News and Notes from The Johnson Center

Family and Food:  Another SuperFood - The Lucky Lentil

JCCHD | Wed, June 06, 2012 | [Family and Food][Healthcare]

Lentils are a tiny round legume.  They come in many colors and sizes – yellow, red, green, and brown lentils are all easy to find in grocery stores. 

Why add these to your diet?  They are rich in fiber, which helps manage blood sugar as well as regulate the gastrointestinal system.  They contain significant protein – second only to soybeans, of all legumes. They are a good source of many vitamins and …

Read more

Q & A: Are there parent support groups that can help us care for our child with ASD?

JCCHD | Tue, June 05, 2012 | [Community][Q and A ]

Networking with other parents who can offer support and above all else understanding can be invaluable. There are many autism-related parent support groups online and in communities across the country that parents can get involved with; in fact, if you Google this question, you’ll get over 20,000,000 results.

Being a parent is challenging; being a parent of a child with ASD presents …

Read more

Q & A: In conducting research, do you only need children with autism to participate?

JCCHD | Mon, June 04, 2012 | [Q and A ][Research]

One of the biggest challenges in performing research is finding the right participants and enough of them to complete the needed studies. Healthy children without an autism diagnosis are critical to our research. While we have great success in recruiting children on the autism spectrum, we still have an urgent need for typically-developing children to serve as the control groups for comparison in our studies.  We need healthy boys and girls ages 2-8, both those with and those without a sibling with an ASD, to participate in our studies.

These healthy participants greatly increase the quality of our research by providing …

Read more

Q & A: Do I need to live in Austin to get help from The Johnson Center?

JCCHD | Thu, May 31, 2012 | [Autism Treatment][Q and A ]

If you come to The Johnson Center, you might meet a young adult from Maine or a toddler from Ireland waiting in our playroom. We’ve had families come to us from 49 states and 53 countries, seeking treatment from our team of professionals. While we look forward to the day that everyone has access to knowledgeable and appropriate services close to home, we often hear that the level of specialized and individualized care that children with developmental delays require is not provided near where their families live. For this reason, The Johnson Center has built each department around the needs of these families, offering a range of services under one roof. Our multidisciplinary clinic produces an environment that allows our clinicians to inform each other and to provide comprehensive and continuous care for our patients.

If you decide to bring your child to us, how often would you need to come to Austin? We require that patients be seen in person a minimum of …

Read more

Family and Food: Pistachios – Beneath the Shell

JCCHD | Wed, May 30, 2012 | [Family and Food][Healthcare]

Pistachios have a lot hidden under their shells. This nut promotes healthy heart function and is full of fiber and minerals and vitamins such as copper, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, and B6. Pistachios are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants among nuts.

Pistachios originated in the Middle East. Due to high demand from Middle Eastern immigrants, they appeared in America roughly in the 1880’s. Soon thereafter, they became a popular …

Read more

The Sibling Experience: Facing Challenges

JCCHD | Tue, May 29, 2012 | [Community][Sibling Spotlight][Webinars]

Growing up with a brother or sister with autism is a unique experience to say the least. As parents, it’s important to understand the experiences of siblings so you can help them navigate the challenges they might face.

One of the first things siblings need to know is the answer to the question: “What does autism mean?” It’s important to check in with younger children and debunk …

Read more

Q & A: Why does my doctor want me to have a prescription compounded? What does a compounding pharmacy do, and why would we use one?

JCCHD | Mon, May 28, 2012 | [Healthcare][Q and A ]

Compounding pharmacies have the ability to create custom pharmaceutical products tailored to the specific needs of your child. There are a number of reasons why practitioners at The Johnson Center recommend that medications be filled by a compounding pharmacy. Benefits include: altering the form in which the medication is available, changing the route of administration, and ensuring the cleanest products possible are used. For these reasons, the use of compounded medications often increases compliance, directly affecting health benefits.

Medications that are mass-produced for retail pharmacies often contain colors, preservatives, and fillers that can sometimes have a negative effect …

Read more

Family and Food: Coconut Oil - Nutrient Dense and Necessary

JCCHD | Thu, May 24, 2012 | [Family and Food][Healthcare]

Coconut oil has a multitude of benefits.

Over 40% of the healthy saturated fats found in coconut oil are from lauric acid. Why is this important?  Monolaurin is a fatty-acid derivative that is found in breastmilk—it serves as a natural antiviral and it offers antimicrobial protection as well, which supports infants in avoiding disease and infection. 

What’s more, consistent intake of the healthy saturated fats in coconut oil …

Read more

Research Update: IMFAR 2012

JCCHD | Tue, May 22, 2012 | [Events][News][Research]

The 11th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held this past week in Toronto, Canada. The overall theme of the conference was “looking ahead to the next decade of autism research.”  Keynote speakers addressed topics such as the role of oxytocin in human affiliation (Dr. Ruth Feldman), the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders (Dr. Bernie Devlin), and structural network modeling of the brain (Dr. Alan Evans).

Perhaps the most interesting and significant inclusion in the program this year was over 50 oral and poster presentations on …

Read more

Q & A: When we come to The Johnson Center, how can we make the trip to Austin something the whole family will enjoy?

JCCHD | Tue, May 22, 2012 | [Community][Q and A ]

During their first visit to The Johnson Center, families can look forward to being in a supportive environment where they will meet with a team of knowledgeable professionals dedicated to helping their child reach their maximum potential. We understand that traveling can be stressful, so we would like to share some helpful tips on how to make the most of your trip to Austin. Because our city offers a variety of family friendly activities, it is easy to turn your visit into a mini-vacation. Many families like to book their appointments at the beginning or end of the week so they can stay over on the weekend. There’ s always something happening in Austin –  kite festivals, pet parades, live music, and more; one of our Family Care team staff members can research fun events happening during the time of your stay.

For our out-of-town guests, The Johnson Center has a partnership …

Read more

Page 20 of 22 pages ‹ First  < 18 19 20 21 22 >