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Bonus Child Behavior Tips and Updates, Issue #006 -- teaser here
August 12, 2010

Summer Newsletter 2010

I don’t know about you, but my summer has been very busy. We are expecting our second child in late December, which our older son can hardly wait for. He asks every day, “Is the baby coming out?” I try to tell him he needs to wait until Christmas, but then he says, "Can we have Christmas please?"

In addition to many days at the pool to cool off in this very hot summer, we have also been working with an occupational therapist to help our son with his recent diagnosis of sensory processing disorder. As a result of his therapy we have noticed substantial improvements in his speech, sensory seeking and ability to focus, which we are very excited about. I hope your summer has been as fun filled as ours! updates

Check out the following new pages on the Child Behavior Guide:
School Bullying
Toddler Hitting
Aspergers Symptoms checklist

Also, be sure to read my child behavior blog for additional updated pages and blog posts with more ways to help improve your child’s behavior!

Bonus Child Behavior Tip

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Allergies and Asthma by Kenneth Bock

I wanted to let everyone know about a book that I have discovered recently that appears to have very exciting treatments for Autism and ADHD. The doctor is in the field of integrative medicine and has discovered a healing program based on biomedical treatments for children with Autism and ADHD.

The book describes how he came to find these treatments, their success rates, which are relatively high, and how you yourself can lead your child through the healing program as well. All information is based on documented research that is cited at the back of the book.

This type of treatment is not necessarily intended to replace other therapies, but when used in conjunction with other validated therapy, it can cause a dramatic improvement in symptoms. Often those that are associated with challenging child behavior.

The book also provides a series of case studies that illustrate his success with this type of treatment. I believe it can also be extremely valuable in the treatment of sensory processing disorder and have decided to explore this option myself for my son.

You can read more about this book on the Autism Treatments Page under biomedical treatments.

What’s in the News?

Western Diet associated with ADHD

A new study published in the international Journal of Attention Disorders from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research is now showing a link between ADHD and a western diet. Associate Professor Wendy Oddy, from the institute, said the study classified the dietary patterns of 1800 adolescents into 'Healthy' or 'Western' patterns.

“ ‘We found a diet high in the Western pattern of foods was associated with more than double the risk of having an ADHD diagnosis compared with a diet low in the Western pattern, after adjusting for numerous other social and family influences,’ Dr Oddy said.”

A "healthy" dietary pattern includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and fish. It tends to have more omega-3 fatty acids, folate and fiber. A "Western" pattern includes more takeaway foods, confectionary, processed, fried and refined foods. These diets tend to have more total fat, saturated fat, refined sugar and sodium.

This study provides even more evidence about the importance of your child having a healthy and nutritious diet to help avoid symptoms of ADHD.

For more on this news story, check out the following link

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