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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10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

By Terra Vance Every April, autism takes a center stage in global awareness.  All around the world, well-meaning, good-hearted people “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month, and they decorate their social media with the puzzle piece frames and the jigsaw rainbow awareness ribbons, go on awareness

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Make Words Sing: Making Poetry & Music

Make Words Sing: Making Poetry & Music

By Donnie Welch   In his short poem “To Make Words Sing” Langston Hughes writes: To make words sing Is a wonderful thing– Because in a song Words last so long.   I’ve always found this to be sound advice! In first approaching poetry as a reader,

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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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How All Autistics Are Different, And How They Are The Same

How All Autistics Are Different, And How They Are The Same

By Brittany Neal One of my favorite quotes about autism:  If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.  Autism is not a one-size-fits-all condition.  It is an umbrella term for a wide range of characteristics held by various neuro-diverse people.

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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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