The 411 and the DL on Haley Moss’ New Book—Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About!

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Whether your child has Autism or Not, this is a must read for all girls entering middle school. Growing up in the 80’s there weren’t books that provided this type of information and especially not from the perspective of a young girl actually going thru it. Haley is not only a talented artist she is also a girl who’s been there. Haley was diagnosed at the young age of 3 with high-functioning autism. She takes you through her experiences and will teach your child many important lessons along the way.—Everything from how to work a combination lock, using tweezers, and getting a period. She even provides an entire section of references for slang to help someone that struggles socially (I learned 411 means information and DL means the Down Low—Thanks Haley). She gives advice on saying no to drugs, sex, and cheating. These are lessons as parents we try to teach our children early on. There is nothing better than hearing from a peer first hand and her survival methods to these tricky social pitfalls that every child will be sure to encounter at least once during their school years. But, my favorite section of the book is when Haley discusses the important role of a mother (or a female adult) and how to connect and keep the relationship going. As she concludes the book she tells all that “Different is Cool” and how middle school it is very much about “fitting in” but by the time they enter high school individualism is the new trend! She tries to instill confidence in your child and demonstrate that it is ok to be yourself and that one day soon they will find their groove.
I hope you check out Haley’s new book and purchase it for your child entering middle school as their survival guide.

http://www.haleymossart.com

The Goldilocks Find!

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I wanted to write about this recent find…her name is Dr. Keri Chiappino and she is a DAN Dr. located in Smithtown, NY. As many of you know by reading my blog, I have been to several DAN doctors as well as received some homeopathic advice. And, although each of them has helped my son, I have yet to find the right fit for us.
We have been to physicians that either only provide all inclusive programs that may not specifically fit the needs of my child or they spend too much time and many dollars later working on a few supplements without getting to the next level. And, although I do know there is no silver bullet for this diagnosis, I don’t want to be wasting time not trying to help my son with other strategies.
The right fit for us would be someone that could:
Utilize existing (if the test are relatively recent) blood and urine test results without adding stress/anxiety for my son and extra costs for running new panels
Focus on new areas of therapy without continuing programs that have been completed already—for example, not have to participate in visual training if a child has recently completed several months of visual therapy….just because it is part of an all inclusive program. I do understand that at times a child needs to repeat a type of therapy but all too often I have been told that the program put together for my son is unique to his needs…however, he has to take part in all of the therapies provided at the particular center.
• Provide guidance on supplements and special diets (if necessary for the child). Sometimes parents are given multiple supplements and sent on their way with minimal follow-up. And or parents are handed the physician’s recommended products but not given alternatives if the child won’t swallow pills, or is bothered by the taste of a particular product. I have even experienced being asked to remove a product because it was not the “best” on the market. When my child wouldn’t take the new one…I was left with no where to go—I can’t imagine what I was doing before was worse than nothing at all. This can be very frustrating.

So, I decided to take a different approach this time. Instead of just going to another DAN doctor I decided to do what I did before Tyler was born. Now, you may laugh but this is very common in NYC….I decided to interview doctors before I showed up at yet another office with another bill for blood and urine panels. After 3 other interviews, I finally found her….Dr. Keri Chiappino. I asked her some basic questions on how she handles new patients and she had all the right answers. She was exactly what we were looking for…Basically, it’s the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears, and she is “just right.” Not too fast providing an all or nothing program, and not too slow…getting your child to the next level. She will work with you and your child and REALLY provide unique strategies to address the underlying causes. She is planning to come out and talk to the group about Special Diets and Biomedical/Supplement Strategies this summer. I hope you all come out and hear her speak. To contact her for more information about her practice you can call She also has an office in NYC!
323 Middle Country Rd.
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-265-1223

So many activities…So Little Time!

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This summer has been a whirl wind. I have clearly signed my kids (especially Tyler) up for too many activities. We are doing baseball, horseback riding, swimming, training at Power Pals, Another sports program at Sport Time along with his feeding and audiology therapy. The good news is, he is really enjoying all the activities…thank goodness. I will be sharing all the goods these upcoming weeks, and I hope some more friends join us. If you are interested in any of these activities contact me at rosiemom2@ymail.com

Vaccines

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Just wanted to pass along a link to a website that I got from my sister today thru a friend in NC that has a son they are working hard to recover from vaccine damage. I know there can be many debates around this topic. But, for those of you interested in learning more…there is a great website that is considered a vaccine watchdog. Take a look at the site for more info!
http://www.nvic.org/

Men Only!

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For all the daddies out there!

Very often the support groups and resources are geared towards the ladies! In many cases we are the primary care-takers. But, what about the family settings where the fathers are taking the lead in caring for the children. Or, for the dads that just want to be more involved and learn more. Well, I wanted to pass this along for my fathers that read the blog. There is an excellent group for dads and male caregivers—http://www.longislandsnap.com/for meeting dates and times and to rsvp (which is a must), you need to email rick@longislandSNAP.com with your name, phone, loved ones’ diagnosis and number of guests attending. The group is not professionally moderated and conversations are driven by topics of interest. So to talk about life, parenting, marriage, and learn from other dads whose experience and insight can help you as a parent—join the group now!