More than ever, hugging trees is good for your health

More than ever, hugging trees is good for your health

Modern society creates a lot of stress in our everyday lives, making nature therapy, like tree hugging, an accessible option for many people. While hugging a tree may initially sound like a silly thought, the benefits are vast and evidence-based. And now, as social distancing measures necessitated

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Nursing Professor Offers Tips to Help Children with Autism Eat Well

Nursing Professor Offers Tips to Help Children with Autism Eat Well

School nurses are critical to the health care of children with autism since they work with a population susceptible to malnutrition, says a Ball State University nursing professor. “These children are often picky eaters,” said Connie McIntosh, An associate Professor in the College of Health. “Parents and schools

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The Real Reasons Autistic People are Stressed During the Holidays

The Real Reasons Autistic People are Stressed During the Holidays

By Terra Vance Holidays are thrilling times for a lot of people, but autistics– even if they love the season– tend to be extra stressed during the holidays. One thing I’ve learned from neurotypical/non-autistic parents and partners of autistics is that they struggle to understand how their

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Simple Ways to Satisfy Picky Eaters

Simple Ways to Satisfy Picky Eaters

Family mealtime can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including the varying taste buds of all family members. Although there is no consistent definition of picky eating, according to a report published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, the term is generally used to characterize children

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Inclusion, Mental Health, and Autism

Inclusion, Mental Health, and Autism

By David Gray-Hammond Autistic People Make Excellent Teachers and Advocates Gaining access to mental health services can be extremely challenging for autistic individuals, especially for those affected by addiction, and whose early years are marked by a lack of strong social, familial, and professional support. While my

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How to Share a Love of Food With Others

How to Share a Love of Food With Others

Food is comforting and communal. Humans have broken bread together since ancient times. National Geographic says that a circular loaf of bread with scoring marks — baked to be divided with others — was retrieved from the ashes of Vesuvius. Biblical references to “breaking bread” are as

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