1.  Learn Independent Daily Living Skills: What Will Happen When I Am Not Here Anymore?
I often wonder what will happen to Niam when I am not here anymore. Planning for my child’s future is one of my most important goals.  I do whatever I can to try to teach him to have independent skills. I want him to be as independent as possible.  I developed this program for my son, and for those of you who follow me on my Facebook page, know he went from eating 5 foods to eating almost everything – including some salads!

 2 . Be A Contributing Member Of Your Family – Learning To Cook For Others:
Secondly, It’s very important for any child to feel important and part of the family. My son may not like to eat salsa but he enjoys making salsa for his mother. I love Caesar Salad and as a vegetarian I make my own dressing (You can find my recipe here) . He makes the dressing and the salad – I love the salad even more because he made it.  As a mom, I cook for my family and sometimes my husband does too.  Although it’s natural to cook for loved ones, I don’t always like the food I cook for my other son; he likes olives and red chilies in everything, but I can accommodate.

3. Learn to Navigate Through the Kitchen:
What I like about cooking is my son is learning where everything belongs in the kitchen. This is an extremely important skill to learn for so many reasons. It will help in other areas such as unloading a dishwasher and knowing where things belong, and putting groceries away.  My son knows where to find tools and cooking ingredients, knows how to clean up and I say that with a grain of salt as he still runs away – but we are  working on it.

  1. Hands On Experience To Learn Fine Motor Skills that are Meaningful and Useful:
    I have often hated the traditional way of teaching fine motor skills in an ABA program where the child is just repeating cutting paper over and over again in multiple trials. I like cooking because so many different fine motor skills can be targeted in a single recipe. Additionally, recipes can be chosen to target specific skills for your child. For example, many recipes have cutting, whisking, scooping, and many others. It’s a great way to target skills in a fun way that will have meaning to your child.
  2. Learn a Leisurely Hobby:
    Did you know research shows that many of our children when they hit adulthood do not have a leisure activity? We all know how important it is to have hobbies that you love to do. Cooking can be a great hobby to learn. Recently, I have been following a lot of mommy pages on Facebook, and there are many children who love to cook and bake which I think is great! You never know when a hobby can turn into a job or a business, perhaps working in a pizza store? Food for thought.
  3. Develop Language In A Fun And Engaging Way:
    For those children who are non-verbal, or who have limited speech, cooking is a great and exciting way to create opportunities to learn speech and communication in a natural environment. I’ve noticed a lot of pressure is put on my son – he gets anxiety and can often shut down. But when the activity is fun and he WANTS to do it, his rate of learning increases exponentially. He loves cake, chocolate chip cookies, and anything sweet. Sometimes we spend time just decorating cupcakes and work on language, and other skills. So much fun!
  4. Fun Activity to Engage With Others and Develop Social Skills:
    We all know how important social skills are for our children. Social skills can be incorporated in the actual cooking of the recipe. For example tasting the cookie batter and asking if your child liked it, asking questions and engaging in conversation during eating time at the table.
  5. Learn Functional Skills Related to Cooking and Independent Living:
    There are many skills to learn that are associated with cooking. Some are making a grocery list, learning to navigate in a grocery store, putting away groceries, cleaning up and menu planning are just among a few. All of these skills we do naturally are very important for independence. You can check out some of our recipes on Able2learn, they include an easy to follow recipe, grocery planning list, menu planning and shopping tips.

9. Learn Skills That Can Be Used On The Job in Culinary:
Learning safety in a kitchen, how to put away left over foods, slice , dice and navigate through the kitchen are all skills than can be used in a restaurant or other places where food is sold and cooked.

Potential Determinants of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction is a common comorbidity of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and is associated with increased severity of characteristic autism-associated symptoms. However, the underlying biological mechanisms for GI dysfunction symptoms in children with ASD are unknown.

This review explores potential explanations for these symptoms including altered enteric microbiota, impaired intestinal permeability, changes in immune homeostasis, and genetic factors such as single nucleotide polymorphisms. It was shown that genetic factors not only influence the development of altered enteric microbiota and impaired intestinal permeability, but also are a strong, independent contributor to GI dysfunction in ASD patients.


Kobe Bryant observed a major car crash unfurl right beforehim in Newport Shoreline, CA on Friday — but didn’t take off the scene … he stuck around to consolation everybody involved. we’re told it was T-bone crash at an crossing point — and you’ll see Kobe in his new pink sweat suit taking control of the circumstance.

Within the film, you’ll be able see Kobe walk right into the destruction scene to talk with the individuals included — coordinating activity and calling the shots some time recently offer assistance arrived. Witness couldn’t accept their eyes when they saw the NBA legend get included … but he appeared to be making a genuine affect and truly helped. As for the individuals included, cops tell us the degree of the injuries are obscure right presently — it’s still unfolding. It’s not the primary time Kobe has played the part of Great Samaritan taking after a crash — he did the same back in Sept. 2018 … too in Newport Shoreline … making a difference individuals after the collision. And we’ve done stories around Kobe’s previous partner Shaquille O’Neal doing the same thing numerous times over the years. Something almost those ex-Lakers, huh?!

The world of humor in mourning, the famous comedian dies

Philadelphia-based comedian Chris Cotton passed away at the age of 32. The bitter news was confirmed by the “Comedy Center” on Wednesday.

“We are devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton, an amazing comedian, a respected member of the Comedy Center family and a joy to all of us. He will be missed,” the statement said.

The cause of the comedian’s death is still unknown. In addition to this work, Chris also tried to become a writer.

He published a book entitled What My Dad Did: My Theory On Joke Writing, in which he wrote about the time he worked with his father at one of the city schools in South Philly.

He was active on the Philadelphia scene as well as teaching at Comedy College. He has been married to the love of life since high school, Ericalynn, which will bring their first child to life next year.

Homeless Man with Multiple Sclerosis Lives in a Tent in Los Angeles

Yesterday it was raining in Los Angeles. Although he lives in a tent homeless, Todd says he loves the rain. He is originally from Seattle, which explains his fondness for damp weather. Todd has been homeless in Los Angeles for six years. Todd has multiple sclerosis (MS) and is in a wheelchair. Todd once lived in a retirement home, but he says it’s not the best environment. Todd says because he is not going to beat MS, he’s going to embrace it. Todd has decided to live his life instead of being in a board and care.

Have you ever had Brain Mist / Fibro Haze or any kind of cognitive brokenness?

Over the year or so this blog has been running there has been quite a bit of interest in the area of brain fog or cognitive dysfunction.  Very common for people with such varying conditions as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia!  Also known as the “clouding of consciousness”!

This should give you a good overview of the issues involved.

We thought it would be of value to find out what proportion of our readers have ever suffered from brain fog.  It would be great if you could take the poll below to tell us about yourself.

Feel free to share your brain fog story using the comment box below

Thanks very much in advance.

Have you ever had Brain Mist / Fibro Haze or any kind of cognitive brokenness ?

Fibromyalgia and Genetics! Do other members of your family also have Fibro? Take our poll and share your experiences?

As I’m sure you are aware that many medical conditions, such as cancer or sickle cell anemia, have a genetic component.

On the other hand there are other conditions which may only be genetic in some cases.

What about fibromyalgia?  We thought it would be interesting to find out from our readers if any of their family members have fibro or exhibit symptoms of fibromyalgia without a diagnosis.

Feel free to use the comments box below to add any thoughts you may have on the subject of fibromyalgia and genetics

Many thanks in advance

Do other members of your family have fibromyalgia or show the symptoms of fibromyalgia? click the link for the poll

click the link https://poll.fm/10476931

Getting diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. What tests were used to find out if that you have Fibro?

Welcome to our latest fibromyalgia blog on the subject of your FMS and the tests used for  its diagnosis.

The aim of this blog is to find out more about the experiences (and stories) of people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and their friends and families.

One of the reasons for this is the attitude to Fibro of physicians.   Many people with Fibro will be familiar with the saying “it’s all in the mind” being directed at them by healthcare professionals and friends alike.  Indeed there are still some doctors who say the condition does not actually exist.

We should like to focus therefore on the story of the tests used for diagnosis of fibromyalgia. In particular we are interested in the following questions:-

Firstly, have you actually been diagnosed with fibromyalgia yet?

  • Were you diagnosed by a specialist or primary care physician?  Did you find them sympathetic to the condition?
  • What symptoms did you exhibit before and after diagnosis?
    What was your physicians’ attitude to your symptoms?
  • Were you given a “table tilt test”? What other tests were used?
    How would you like to see the diagnostic process improved?

Finally, if you have any advice for other patients or suggestions as to other resources please do not hesitate to add them to your blog comments.

Thanks very much in advance for your help.