Top ASD resources for parents

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A Google search of “autism resources” brings up more than 67 million hits. So how do you know which resources will be helpful? In honor of Light It Up Blue on April 2, a global ASD awareness campaign, I want to share a list of my recommendations of autism resources.

Hidden in plain sight: Signs that your teen may be using drugs

Pieces of aluminum foil that can be shaped into smoking devices.

Ohio is under siege as opiate addiction kills as many as 5 people every day. In fact, Ohio has the 12th highest heroin overdose rate in the country, according to the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. Often considered a suburban epidemic, heroin use crosses all demographics. And the hike in heroin use has hit young people ages 18 to 25 the hardest.

Team approach is the key to treating Turner syndrome (Video)


Although short stature is a hallmark of Turner syndrome, this and other symptoms can be well-managed, especially with early detection. Dr. Cydney Fenton, director of diabetes and endocrinology at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the importance of working with a multidisciplinary team to care for girls affected by this condition.

Use a spacer to put the squeeze on your child’s wheeze


Huffing and puffing was bad enough when the Big Bad Wolf blew down the homes of the Three Little Pigs, but when your child does it, the fairy tale is over. Fortunately, spacers make it easier for patients to use inhalers correctly to control their asthma.

“My heels are killing me!” What is this mysterious heel pain that plagues young athletes?

Youth soccer team kicking the ball

After a long weekend of playing multiple soccer games on hard, dry grass, I can distinctly remember walking around like a geriatric man after a workout at Silver Sneakers. I limped around making painful noises and whining about heel pain. My heels became very sore, felt swollen, and were tender to touch. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I probably had Sever’s disease.

Make snack time fun while cutting the carbs

Popcorn can be a sensible snack. Pop some popcorn in an air popper or on the stove with a little oil. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Salt to taste.

When the urge to snack strikes, many people reach for foods high in carbohydrates like chips or cookies. But you and your child with diabetes can enjoy a variety of appealing snacks that are low in carbs.