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The Impact of Nutrition on Physical and Mental Health

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The Impact of Nutrition on Physical and Mental Health

Note: This blog was written by Juliette Heim, Autism Resource Specialist, and Kristy Myers, Health Consultant at the Autism Society of North Carolina. Juliette Heim’s reflections on her experience as a parent to a son with autism are in italics.   Health is broadly defined as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being, in…

“Are Chicken Nuggets a Vegetable?” and Other Mealtime Musings: Selective Eating in Autism

One of the first jobs of parenting is to keep your child healthy and nourished by ensuring they eat a variety of nutritious foods, alongside the extra treats and occasional Happy Meal that accompanies childhood. Before having children, many of us felt like this would be the easy part. Three meals a day, snacks sprinkled…

Managing End-of-Year Stress at School

Hurray, the school year is ending! Bummer, it is the beginning of state testing! This is the time of year when some children feel like giving up on school because they are mentally checked out. However, this is the time of year when children have to amp it up on both their brainpower and their…

Win-win: Brother wins contest, builds autism acceptance

Colin Maxwell has always had a way of talking to his sister, who has autism. “Because Kayleigh is 18, and he’s 11, he doesn’t know anything else but having a sister who has autism. He does amazing with her,” says Stephanie Maxwell, their mother. “She responds so well.” Colin always has patience and gives Kayleigh…

Parent-to-Parent Support – It Will Change Your Life

What is support? As a verb it means: To bear all or a part of the weight of, hold up. Give approval, comfort, or encouragement.   When families first call an Autism Resource Specialist, we encourage them to get involved with a local support group, such as the ASNC Chapters. Why do we do this?…

Ten Handy Tips to Toilet Training (Without Tears!)

Toilet training can be challenging for many caregivers and professionals, but it should never be stressful or upsetting for the child.  Some children are ready to toilet train around the same time as their peers, and others are not.   For some children with autism, the process will be fairly quick – they will just “get…

Access Family Navigator through Trillium Health Resources

ASNC is partnering with Trillium Health Resources for residents of Pitt, Beaufort, New Hanover, and Pender counties to provide support to individuals on Medicaid through Family Navigators. What do Family Navigators do? Family Navigators – who are all parents of loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) – teach…

Public Policy Update: Rate Increase to Support Wages for Direct Support Workers A First Step in Right Direction

The state budget that passed in December 2021 included funding towards increasing Medicaid home and community-based provider rates so that wages paid to direct support professionals/direct support workers can be increased. While the budget special provision language states that 15.00 per hour is the goal, there is not enough money appropriated in the budget to…