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Back to School- the Top 10 Metro Areas for Autistic Children

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

 

 

Autism Speaks cites best US Cities: An autism community of over 800 partook in a new online survey led by Autism Speaks, proving that the best places to live with autistic children are in the metro.

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Metropolitan areas are most autism-friendly

You might think you live in one of the best cities for autistic children, but it only became official recently, when one of the country’s most famous (and controversial) autism advocacy groups revealed the findings of a recent online poll.

Conducted through Survey Monkey, families in 48 states and the District of Columbia who utilize services for their autistic children gave their two cents, anonymously telling it like it is.

Support for Parents of Autistic Children

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Deciding factors

Here are the deciding factors that influenced their vote on the best…and worst areas for children with autism:

Availability of services and resources

Hands down, what matters most to parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a selection of autism programs, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), The Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), and Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR)

Satisfaction with the educational services

The ability of a learning program to mainstream autistic children into regular public school classrooms, provide a safe, enriching environment, and raise their IQ level was a point of contentment among most parents.

Distance from extracurricular programs

Parents who had to drive a long time in order to access after-school and weekend therapies, counseling services, or medical clinics for autism were the most dissatisfied with their living areas.  Among the worst overall states listed were Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and California.

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Flexible work schedule:

Employers in metropolitan areas tend to most accommodating to parents of autistic children, particularly when work timetables sometimes conflict with their parental duties.

Access to medical services

Parents feel better knowing that quality medical care is within the vicinity, where mothers who had to drive an hour into town for a doctor appointment tended to be the most disgruntled.

Recreational areas

Family fun time is a vital, therapeutic part of every child’s life, including children on the autism spectrum.  Large cities have more opportunities for autism-friendly outings, such as sensory-friendly movie showings, public pools, children’s libraries, and handicapped parks.

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

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And the 10 best American cities to live in with autistic children are:

  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Cleveland
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Boston
  7. New Jersey
  8. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  9. Seattle
  10. Milwaukee

10 Fun, Easy and Cheap Summer Activities for Autistic Kids

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Autism Videos for Kids, Teens and Parents: You Tube’s Top 10

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Sources:

Lovaas Blog – ABA Treatment for Children with Autism  – Lovaas

Best States with Services for Autism

The 10 Best Places to Live if You have Autism

‘Best’ Places to Live With Autism All in Major Metro Areas: Survey

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Preparing your Children for Shots- 6 Tips to Ease the Pain

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

 

 

Trauma-Free vitamin B12 Shots for Kids: Whether your child needs vitamin B12 shots or a flu vaccine, shots can be scary and painful.  Try these tips for taking some of the “ouch” out of getting shots.

Vaccines, B12 shots, and IV’s- oh, my!

Visits to the pediatrician can be tense, for both mom and child.  The threat of yearly immunizations looms over their heads, child wondering if this would be the “year of the needle,” and mom worrying about how to get through the doctor’s appointment with as little tears as possible.

Besides getting the annual vaccine shots, other needle-centric events or conditions in your child’s life might be:

  • Vitamin B12 shots for Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Shots for symptoms of autism
  • Diabetes (insulin) shots
  • Flu shots
  • Intravenous therapy (IV)
  • Blood testing
  • Autoimmune disorder treatment

How to make shots less painful

Let’s face it- your child will never enjoy getting shots.  Most adults still sweat at the thought of receiving a sharp needle in the arm. 

Still, you have some basic tools at your disposal will make the whole stressful episode run much more smoothly, and hopefully, alleviate some of the pre-doctor anxiety the next time around.

Here are some tips for soothing your child during shots, IV’s, and blood tests

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Tip #1: Look!  Up in the Sky…

For taking some of the pressure off the moment at hand, the first trick up your sleeve should be distraction, distraction, distraction.  Use whatever tools you think will work; consider this your moment to shine and practice resourcefulness.  Sing, dance, mime with a sock puppet, or whip out some favorite storybooks. 

When it comes to helping your child through a round of injections, there can be no diversion too sneaky…or cheesy.

Tip #2: Pacify

Before leaving the house, make sure you pack your bag with some of your baby’s favorite toys, a pacifier (assuming he takes one), and a lovey, like a soft blanket or doll. 

Another trick that’s worth trying at least once a year: soothe them with sweets, either by dipping her binky in a bit of sugar, or allowing her to take from the lollipop jar.

Tip #3:  Put on your best poker face

What, me worry?  That’s the attitude you want to convey to your child before and after the procedure.  Kids are very good at picking up even the smallest hint of tension on your part, so act cool, paste on a smile, and prepare for whatever comes next.

Tip #4: Ahem, ahem.

Believe it or not, there’s some research indicating that coughing before and during vaccinations is an effective way to reduce the pain. 

In 2010, the journal Pediatrics published a report that focused on children between the ages of four to twelve, finding that faking a cough before getting a shot, and then, again, during the round of shots, resulted in less trauma.  Alternatively, your child could pretend to blow a feather across the examining table, or soda bubbles through a straw.

Tip #5: Ease the pain

After the nurse has administered all the shots, and the tears have (almost) dried, you still have a few options for relieving the pain. 

Gently rub the pinprick spot to reduce swelling, and apply a topical anesthetic, such as EMLA cream

A small amount of pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, will also go a long way towards pain management.

Tip #6: Seek alternatives

With medical technology practically bursting at the seams, it’s good to know that there are some new alternatives to painful injections. 

Find out if your child is eligible to receive FluMist, an innovative flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray. 

For childhood diabetes, an experimental needle-free insulin injector might be a good option.

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Sources:

Ouch! How to Make Shots Less Painful for Kids

10 ways to make shots less painful for children

8 Ways to Make Shots Easier for Kids

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