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Caudwell Children – Autistic Children’s Therapies

I have some wonderful news that I am excited to share – I am now an authorized practitioner for Caudwell Children, a UK charity that supports children with a wide range of disabilities including autism.

Caudwell Children’s ACT (Autistic Children’s Therapies) programme funds treatments including nutritional therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders.  To be eligible for a grant, children must be under 18 years of age and living in the UK, and the combined family income (excluding benefits) must not exceed £45,000 per annum.

Grant recipients will now be able to have their Brain Food nutrition consultations funded by Caudwell Children.

To apply for a Caudwell Children grant on behalf of a child with autism, please visit the Caudwell Children website.

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MEfA Conference 2013

Next Saturday 5 October I will be giving a talk on “Diet and Behaviour” at the 2013 MEfA Family and Professional Conference. MEfA (Montessori Education for Autism) is a remarkable charity that supports children with autism and their families using Montessori methods and resources. There are some great speakers lined up for the conference – see below for the full programme.

3rd Annual Family and Professional Conference

 

 Saturday 5th October 2013

 

Mycenae House, 90, Mycenae Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SE

 

 Montessori: Building Living and Learning Skills

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

10:00   Opening Welcome and News Update

 

10:15   WENDY FIDLER: MEfA ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

 

‘Children with Sensory Integration Issues’

 

11.00   JENNY EDELSTEIN: NUTRITIONIST

 

‘Diet and Behaviour’

 

11.45   WENDY FIDLER AND LESLEY BROOK: MEfA GRADUATE

 

‘Handwriting: Cursive’s flow works the brain and builds distinct cognitive skills.’

 

12.30   MEfA POST-GRADUATE SEN CPD COURSE: COHORT 8 GRADUATION  

EVENT

 

13.00   LUNCH

 

13.30   ALI GOLDING: MEfA GRADUATE/ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE

 

‘Dance Workshop: The Development of Montessori Dance with MEfA’

 

14.15  JANET BJØRN: PAEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRIST

 

‘Early Development Revisited – the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Experience’

 

15.00   WENDY FIDLER: MEfA ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

 

‘The Aid to Life Initiative: Helping parents to support children’s development

 

15.30   PANEL QUESTION TIME

 

16:00  Close

 

For more information and to book your place please contact MEfA at: www.montessorieducationforautism.com or call 0208 305 2202 or print and complete the registration form below:

2013 CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

 

Directions to Mycenae House: http://www.mycenaehouse.co.uk/map.html

 

Travel to Mycenae House:

 

Train: London Bridge to Westcombe Park Station

 

Underground train/tube: to North Greenwich then 108/422 bus to Blackheath Standard*

 

For local information please call 07860655597

Mycenae House is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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Healthy snack ideas

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I have a lot of ideas for the Resources section of my website that I hope to implement over the next few weeks. One idea I have already gotten started on is a Healthy Snacks page. I’ve begun putting together a list of gluten and dairy free snack ideas that I plan to add to over time. If you’d like to contribute your ideas, I’d love to hear from you – please comment on this post or get in touch.

Most children will be ready for a substantial snack in the mid-afternoon (after school for school-aged children). Younger children may also need a mid-morning snack. My recommendation is to give your child a hearty snack at those times but to discourage grazing at other times – treat snack time as a mini-meal if you will. Your child is more likely to eat well at mealtimes if she has not been grazing throughout the day. And just as you would not serve the same thing for dinner every night (would you?), rotate your snacks as much as you can.

Here is the list so far. I’ll be updating it as new ideas come in over in on the Healthy Snacks page in the Resources section.

  1. carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus
  2. a hardboiled egg, a soft-boiled egg with (gluten free) toast soldiers or a couple of hardboiled quail eggs
  3. a wedge of Spanish tortilla with some cherry tomatoes on the side
  4. a glass of gazpacho *
  5. a handful of edamame
  6. a slice of Brain Food banana bread
  7. trail mix: combine any nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds raisins, dried cranberries, maybe even some dark chocolate
  8. a small bowl of applesauce
  9. a few nori chips
  10. watermelon shapes
  11. a sliced apple with cashew butter – or make it sandwich style
  12. falafel * dipped in hummus
  13. a handful of grapes (in summer try freezing the grapes)
  14. homemade cinnamon apple chips
  15. cucumber or avocado maki, with a little tamari sauce
  16. half an avocado, eaten with a spoon or mashed on some (gluten free) toast with a small amount of olive oil and salt
  17. baked kale chips
  18. peanut butter and honey on a rice cake, topped with sliced banana or pear
  19. stovetop popcorn
  20. a power bar, like this apricot one

All of these snacks are free of gluten and dairy, and suitable for a GFCF diet – but always check labels for any food that is not homemade. I’ve added a * for foods that sometimes contain gluten or dairy, so double-check these or make your own.

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Happy New Year!

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Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2013!

Huge thanks to all you who have supported me during the launch of my website. I’m planning to start blogging here very soon. In the meantime, why not check out my Pinterest boards? I’ve shared a collection of gluten and dairy-free recipes I can’t wait to make on my GFCF recipes to try board. I’ve also started a cooking with kids board that I am really excited about. I’ll be posting all of my blog entries on Pinterest as well.

See you soon!

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Welcome to Brain Food!

Welcome to Brain Food, a children’s nutrition practice based in London.

We hope you have enjoyed looking around our new website. If you have any comments, please drop us a line.

Starting in January 2013, this section of the website will feature delicious and healthy everyday home cooking, without gluten or dairy.

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