You make the time to cook a fresh, healthy dinner and your child refuses to eat it unless it comes in the form of -and actually is -french fries.
You can read up on the benefits of special diets for autism, but how do you follow them if that means removing the only foods your child will eat?
How can you introduce any new foods when it seems like your child is so resistant to change?
Being a parent is a full-time job; being a parent of a child with special needs is like working overtime- you don’t have free time to research the whole internet, compare notes and implement multiple plans to see what will actually work. You need clear steps to follow.
I have worked with kids in their homes for many years, watching how hard you work as a parent and the unique struggles a family with special needs faces.
Staying up late pouring over articles online, reading books and searching for the best support network you can find for your child is exhausting. There is so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Scheduling and time is another big factor. It is one thing to find the time to set up an appointment- actually getting to the appointment is another issue (“just get a sitter” is not as easy as it sounds when your child has special needs).
My consults are online so you can be at home with your family (or anywhere) while we talk.
In our consults I will:
- teach you how to get your child eating healthy food
- teach you which foods to include and which to avoid (and how)
- provide specific action steps based on your child's symptoms, food preferences and goals
- offer recipe ideas and healthy tweaks to your favourite meals
- help you ensure your child is getting the nutrients they need
- provide you with email support between sessions to answer any questions that arise
I began working with children with special needs over a decade ago, and fell in love with their unique self-expression and view of the world. They are intelligent, kind and funny- just like anyone else- but sometimes extra challenges get in their way of developing alongside their peers.
I have worked as a behaviour therapist for years, and have seen many children make wonderful improvements. Quite often there are also physical symptoms that make it harder for kids to make significant gains - who wants to play with their friends or learn how to read when their tummy hurts?
Seeking new ways to support the children I work with, I went back to school to become a Holistic Nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied the science of how different nutrients support the body, and how finding healthy foods can significantly reduce common autism symptoms such as:
- poor concentration
- poor sleep
- sensory sensitivities
- food sensitivities
- rashes, eczema
I believe that working together to combine my autism and nutrition expertise with your expertise of your child, brings the best and longest lasting results.
When I’m not supporting kids and families on the autism spectrum, I am often at a yoga studio, in the forest or cuddling my dog on the couch! Relaxation is a huge part of supporting the body, something I focus on with my clients as well (it’s wonderful to clean up your diet, but it doesn’t help if you are super stressed about it!).
I am so glad that you found my page and I can’t wait to hear all about your child! I am here to offer you support on this journey that can feel overwhelming and confusing.