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Serotonin & Autism Blog Post

Is There a Relationship Between Serotonin and Autism?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP November 14, 2019

Did you know that serotonin is one factor that researchers link to about 25% of autism cases? Learn about the connection between serotonin and autism, recent research, and potential treatments.
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5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

The 5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 05, 2019

Children with autism have unique learning needs. It's important to be aware of these so that teaching strategies can be adapted and be most effective. In this article, we'll explain the most common challenges and best strategies to help teach kids with autism.
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Everything You Need to Know About ABA for Autism

Everything You Need to Know About ABA for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 28, 2019 2 Comments

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a common intervention used for children with autism. It focuses on how the learning process and environment affect behavior. In this article, we will provide an in-depth overview of ABA therapy and discuss how this field of study applies to children with autism and their families. 


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Zinc & Autism Blog Post

Zinc and Autism: What's the Connection?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 10, 2019

Autism rates continue to increase and potential treatments to help improve autistic symptoms are continually studied. Research shows that zinc can play an important role in helping reduce autistic behaviors. Learn about the studies that support the supplementation of zinc for individuals with autism.
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Ultimate Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Blog Post

Ultimate Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 04, 2019

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is an often misunderstood term in today’s society. The term OCD is often used loosely. However, it is important to know that OCD is a very real disorder. Learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of OCD and the most effective treatment.
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The Scientific Case for Treating Autism with Medical Marijuana blog post

The Scientific Case For Treating Autism with Medical Marijuana

by Tina Richardson October 04, 2019

Medical marijuana is being used as a natural alternative to treat or reduce the symptoms of a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders. Could individuals with autism also benefit from the use of medical marijuana? This article discusses the traditional therapies and treatments to help the symptoms of ASD as well as marijuana's history as a medicinal or therapeutic alternative. 
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Essential oils for autism and ADHD

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP August 28, 2019 5 Comments

Many parents want to consider alternative therapies for their child with autism and ADHD. Using essential oils for autism or ADHD is one alternative therapy that may be worth trying. There are many essential oils that can be beneficial and our article is your ultimate guide!
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CBD oil for autism

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil for Autism

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP August 28, 2019 28 Comments

If you're researching CBD oil for a child with autism, read our article to learn about what CBD oil is, how it works, and the benefits CBD oil might have for kids with autism. There is a lot to learn and we can help!
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Sensory Toys for Adults blog post

The Ultimate List of Sensory Products for Adults

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L August 02, 2019 5 Comments

Do certain sensory inputs cause you stress or anxiety? This is more common than one would think in adults. We dive into why sensory toys may help, then give you the ultimate list of sensory tools, items and products to help create a more sensory friendly environment for more relaxation and less stress
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sleeping with weighted blanket blog post

What are The Benefits of Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket?

by Casey Ames June 24, 2019 17 Comments

While weighted blankets offer many benefits, the one most people are looking to get is to improve sleep, particularly insomnia and restless leg syndrome. We look at the science behind weighted blankets and what you need to know when it comes to purchasing one.
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Can Gut Bacteria Affect Symptoms of Autism?

Can Gut Bacteria Affect Symptoms of Autism?

by Casey Ames June 11, 2019 10 Comments

The Autism Gut Bacteria Theory actually has a lot of research behind it. In this article, we take a look at how autism, leaky gut, and overall gut health can actually affect autistic symptoms. Learn actionable tips to fix help your child's microbiome.
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Body Sock Activities blog post

10 AWESOME Sensory Body Sock Activities

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP June 06, 2019

Body Socks are a sensory tool that provides proprioceptive and deep pressure input. They also offer opportunities for fun and relaxation. Learn all about the benefits of a body sock and check out our list of 10 body sock activities to add to your child's sensory diet!
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