Thursday, April 20, 2017

#GFCF Pork Fried Rice

A great recipe that is naturally gluten and casein free!

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (6 ounce) boneless pork loin chop, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup cold cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Put canola oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir pork, carrot, broccoli, peas, and green onion in oil until pork is cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove pork mixture to a bowl and return skillet to medium heat.
  • Scramble egg in the skillet until completely set. Return the pork mixture to the skillet. Stir rice, peas, soy sauce, garlic powder, and ground ginger into the pork mixture; cook and stir until heated through, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    As Many As 1 In 3 Teenagers with Autism Are Hitting the Highway!

    Everyone is excited about getting their driver’s license and getting out on the road. For people with autism, there is just as much excitement and anticipation. For 1/3 of teens with autism, this dream is fast becoming a reality!

    Every adolescent looks forward to the day they can get behind the wheel of their own car and become mobile and independent. Driving can help to increase mobility and independence for young teenagers with the autism spectrum disorder. A study by Allison Curry of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research Preservation found.

    “We know that driving can increase mobility and independence for adolescents with ASD [autism spectrum disorder], but little was known about their rates of licensure. Our results indicate that a substantial proportion of adolescents with ASD do get licensed, and support is needed to help families make the decision whether or not to drive before these adolescents become eligible for a learner's permit,” she added in a recent hospital news release.

    The researchers in the study used data obtained from New Jersey teenagers. They found that one out of every three teenagers with autism, but no intellectual disability, had obtained an intermediate driver license as soon as they turned 17. Of all teens with autism that obtained a learner’s permit, 82% went on to receive their intermediate license within a year. For teens, not on the autism spectrum, 94% went on to get their intermediate license within one year of getting their learner’s permit.

    “For teens on the autism spectrum, the decision to pursue a driver's license is one of several milestones that other families might take for granted. Independent means of transportation contributes to other long-term opportunities, such as post-high school education or employment, and being socially involved and connected within their community,” study co-author Benjamin Yerys said. He's a scientist at the hospital's Center for Autism Research.

    But Yerys pointed out that "ASD can affect decision-making, information processing and attention to varying degrees." Yerys said experts need to understand what resources, specialized instruction, and other support might help teens with ASD who want to drive.


    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Autism Is Growing in Awareness Around the World Thanks to TV

    Popular TV shows like Sesame Street and the new Power Rangers movie embrace Autism and help to dispel popular myths and misinformation

    It is always enlightening to see TV and movies embracing a stereotype and helping to dispel myths and misinformation instead of adding to the problem. The children’s television show, Sesame Street, and the new Power Rangers movie are two of the latest to embrace this new trend.

    On a typical sunny and happy day on Sesame Street, Abby Cadabby asks her new neighbor Julia if she would like to come outside and play a game. Julia doesn’t respond. Instead, she keeps swinging and eventually moves off to the grassy area and plays with her stuffed bunny toy, Fluffster. This obviously leaves Abby confused, and she heads over to ask Elmo why Julia doesn’t like her and doesn’t want to play with her.

    “Julia sometimes does things differently because Julia has autism,” Elmo explains. “Abby can ask Julia to play again. Abby could use fewer words and wait a little bit. That usually works for Elmo.” Within a few minutes, the three Muppets are all playing a game of I Spy together, that Julia quickly wins.

    “Sesame Street” producers have said they created Julia to help explain autism spectrum disorder to millions of viewers and present accurate portrayals of the condition on screen, countering decades of what critics have said are stereotypical depictions of autistic people. Many households nationwide with autistic family members are hoping Julia, along with an autistic Power Ranger revealed in a new movie earlier this month, will change the way next generations of children view autism.

    It is encouraging to see someone on the Autism spectrum being portrayed positively to other children, helping to remove years of negative images. It helps to show autistic children that they aren’t alone, they don’t have to go it alone, and that there are children who understand. It also helps children that interact with other children affected by autism to see that although they may be a little different, there is absolutely nothing which can’t be overcome with just a little understanding and patience.

    Julia won’t appear on “Sesame Street” until April 10, but in preview clips, she speaks in fragmented sentences, usually only when prompted. She doesn’t always greet other characters or answer their questions. She also flaps her hands when she’s excited and is extra sensitive to loud noises – traits common in some people with autism. Still, she happily sings along to the show’s theme song and plays peek-a-boo with Elmo.

    Reference Article

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Children with autism 40 times more likely to die from injury, study says

    Preventable injuries often lead to death among people with autism, a new study says. They are three times more likely than the general population to die because of injuries, according to the study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health.
    For children and young teens with this developmental disability, the numbers are more striking: They are 40 times more likely to die from injury than the general child population, researchers said. 
    Drowning is the most common fatal injury among children with autism.
    People diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, which causes challenges with social skills and communication, die at an average age of just 36, noted the researchers. For the general population, life expectancy is 72.
    Two motives drove Dr. Guohua Li, senior author of the study and founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, to research the relationship between autism and injury.
    "First, the prevalence of autism has been increasing," Li said, noting that there are an estimated 3.5 million people living with autism in the US, including about 500,000 children under the age of 15. 
    "Second, there is anecdotal evidence that people with autism are at higher risk of injury."
    Actual research to provide hard evidence, though, has been difficult to find.