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PALEO - What's all the hype about?

21 Apr 2016 1:23 PM -

Paleo is the new buzz-word on the diet and nutrition front. Pete Evans, the well-known chef, is all for it, promoting the benefits around the country and publishing a number of books with Paleo recipes. But what is it all about?

Paleo is based on what our ancestors ate and drank thousands of years ago and is what our body is designed to eat. By this, I mean our digestive systems and digestive enzymes. Paleo is what our ancestors were able to hunt, pick and grow, in terms of meat, vegetables and fruit.

In today’s fast moving world, we are constantly stressed, over-worked and sitting at computer screens all day long. To try and make our life easier, food manufacturers fill the supermarket shelves with pre-packaged and easy to prepare meals that are full of sugar, salt, additives, preservatives and flavourings; these are chemical products disguised as food. These foods are making us acutely and chronically sick.

Recent research has identified

> By 2025, 80% of adults and 1/3rd of children will be obese or over-weight.
> By 2025, 3 million Australians over the age of 25 years, will have Diabetes.
> By 2025, 1:2 children will be diagnosed with a spectrum disorder.

These are frightening statistics and we need to change our diet and lifestyle now!

The Paleo diet focuses on real food;

> Grass fed meat - animals are not designed to eat grain in a shed or be injected with hormones and antibiotics.
> Wild fish - not farmed fish.
> Organic vegetables and fruit – not Genetically Modified or sprayed with pesticides and insecticides, or forced to grow faster.
> Healthy fats including coconut oil and milk, extra virgin olive oil, nut oils, avocado, butter, ghee, oily fish and grass fed meat.
> Some nuts and seeds

The Paleo diet excludes;

> Legumes – can cause digestive distress in some people and contain phytic acid, which can block the absorption of other nutrients.
> All grains (breads, pasta, biscuits, cakes, etc) – these are high carbohydrate foods (this means high sugar), can cause digestive distress and are inflammatory.
> All dairy foods – these can cause digestive distress in some and can be inflammatory
> All processed, pre-packaged and take-away foods.

But Paleo is more than just a diet, it’s a lifestyle change;

> Controlling and minimising stress, which has very negative effects on health
> Getting adequate, quality sleep.
> Exercise and play for the whole family – get out and move that body in the sunshine and fresh air.

In addition to eliminating the foods that are restricted in a general Paleo nutrition template, ASD Healthy Life focus on removing what foods harm and replenish with what foods heal.  By temporarily removing some foods, gut irritants, and lifestyle factors that are known to promote the inflammatory processes that have a negative impact on gut health, healing can begin.  Although some may find Paleo can be effective at managing and even reversing- symptoms of autoimmunity and other chronic diseases, it can also be challenging to navigate and implement properly.

If you are following Paleo, but you haven’t achieved the results that you were hoping for, consider booking a FREE (no obligation) 30 Minute Initial Appointment.  This will give you the opportunity to discuss your concerns, learn more about our services so you can decide whether you would like to work further with us.

Can you hear me!?

8 Apr 2016 9:49 AM -

One of the many important areas of a child’s success in school and home is their ability to being able to listen and follow directions. For many children at school, starting school for the first time, or even in kindergarten, the task of listening is one that can often present many challenges.

If a child has difficulty hearing it may raise concerns with their behaviour, their processing of information, and their overall ability to understand. If your child seems to have trouble listening at home or in the classroom here a few ideas you can use to help your child become a better listener.

1. Have their hearing tested.

This is often the first thing a Speech Therapist may ask if your child shows difficulty in following directions, hearing or saying sounds, or general behaviour. The level of hearing needed for speech is very precise and even a slight blockage or loss of hearing in the ears can impact on your child’s overall ability to listen.

Frequent ear infections and upper respiratory tract infections can also tell that a person’s hearing has been affected with some fluid on the ear which can muffle speech and stop your child listening well. If the only hearing test your child has had was the newborn test, then an additional hearing test will provide more current information on how your child is hearing.

2. Talk about concepts.

Many instructions we give involve concepts such as 'first', 'last', 'beside', 'in', 'after', 'before'. If your child has trouble listening to and following instructions, it may be that they don't understand the concepts used in the instruction e.g. "after you eat your lunch, put your lunch box beside your bag". 

If you think your child may be struggling with concepts, play games at home that include concept words. A great option for this is blocks or Lego. Play alongside your child and take turns giving instructions using concept words such as "put the green block on first" or "put the red block beside the green block". As your child becomes good at following these instructions, increase the complexity or add two concepts into your sentence such as "Put the red block beside the green block after you stack the two yellow blocks".

3. Address background noise.

For many children, background noise can be very distracting as it can be hard for children to isolate the sounds they want to listen to from the sounds around them. If your child's hearing seems to be worse in noisy environments you can help them listen at home by getting on their level so they can see your face and reducing background noise when giving important instructions. 

To help improve your child's ability to listen over noise, play listening games with an increasing level of background noise. For instance, you could play a treasure hunt game where your child is given an instruction but you both have to stand next to a radio with white noise playing while the instruction is given. Start with the noise low and gradually increase the volume. Once your child can follow instructions with white noise, increase their ability to listen with more distracting noises like talking or television. 

If your child's listening problems persist, or your child is becoming distressed that they are unable to follow instructions, it's a good idea to have your child assessed by a speech pathologist who can guide you further in supporting your child's listening skills. 


Easter is a time for celebration but it doesn’t have to be ALL about the CHOCOLATE.

8 Mar 2016 5:19 PM - Rhonda Muller, Nutritional Therapist

Make Easter about what YOU DO
instead of what YOU EAT




Make it a family day and do something fun together

> Go fishing
> Make a day of it and head out into nature (hiking, swimming etc)
> Make it a craft day
> Movie marathon (have fun at home or head to the cinema)
> NON –Chocolate Easter Hunt, finding toys, books, special messages from loved ones near and far
> Have a fun cooking day in the kitchen with the kids

Non Food Ideas

> Winter Pyjamas
> Toys
> Movie Tickets

Easter Craft activities

> Themed colouring pages
> Eggs cups to paint
> Themed craft activities, balloon animals, cardboard rabbits, Sugar String Balloon Eggs, let your imagine run wild

 
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You will LOVE ASDHL’s “Easter with Ease” eCookBook 

  • Do you or your loved ones have food allergies or sensitivities?...
  • Do you dread Easter because it’s usually all about food?...
  • Do you need ideas, solutions to support special diets?
  • Want to learn how to provide healthy, yummy Easter treats?

Food is Medicine - help the body repair, grow and perform. 
If you want your kids to have a healthy and happy Easter you need to feed them the right foods.

  • Learn more about nutrition with the ASD Healthy Life “Easter with Ease” eCookBook
  • Enjoy fun filled ideas for the whole family.
  • Learn exciting new ways to fuel your body with easy
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Remember... we're here to help.
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Rhonda xx

 

TOYS!!!

6 Mar 2016 11:15 AM -

As a Speech Pathologist, I am often asked about why I’ve chosen the toys I use and what would I recommend for the home and Speech Therapy practice. I tend to follow a few little guidelines on how I pick my toys, often starting with what toy sales are on and where! You don’t need to spend a lot of money for a therapy toy! Here are some of my guidelines:

1.    Ditch the batteries.

Toys that make sounds tend to allow a child to play silently and lose the opportunity to make the sound themselves. You don’t need the toy to make the noise. You want your CHILD to make the noises!

2.    Go back to the basics.

Pick traditional toys. The more traditional a toy is, the more it allows for growth in language and symbolic play. Wooden blocks, legos, simple train tracks, Mr Potato Head, play doh etc. These toys allow for conversation between you and your child and helps everyday language develop.

3.    Don’t worry about Gender.

You don’t have to always stick to toys that suit your child’s gender. Let your girls play with trucks and trains, and your boys play with kitchens and baby dolls. The more generalised play that your child is immersed in, the broader their language will grow.

4.    Keep them moving inside and outside!

You don’t have to buy outdoor specific toys for therapy to work outside. Heading to the local park is great and free! Vocabulary development increases the more a child is exposed to different places and locations. Some outside toys that may help could be: a water play table, buckets, cups, spoons, even a cubby house can help with language development. 

5.    Less is more.

Believe it or not, children can get overwhelmed with too many toys and can end up moving quickly from one toy to another which can actually limit their play (and language) opportunities overall. So pick a good collection of 5 or 6 toys to play with each day and rotate them around so you do use all the lovely toys in your cupboard.

The perfect toy for a child helps to provide meaningful, familiar experiences and encourages reciprocal social interaction. 



Mindful eating: Food for thought - pun intended!

3 Mar 2016 10:39 AM -

Good food and eating is one of life’s pleasures, yet all too frequently, we don’t give ourselves time for this pleasure. Mindful eating is about how we eat, not what you eat. The following are aspects to think about with mindful eating;



1. Recognising when you are hungry.

  • Are you “stomach” hungry or you are “mouth” hungry?
  • Are you eating to satisfy hunger or are you eating to satisfy emotional needs or boredom?
  • Are you confusing being hungry with being thirsty?
  • Do you have triggers that cause you to eat without thinking about the food; just eat for the sake of eating?

2. Listening to your body signals.

  • Are you allowing yourself to go too long between meals, resulting in you becoming over-hungry and making inappropriate foods choices that you “inhale”?
  • Do you eat too fast, too much and feel uncomfortable in the tummy as a result?
  • Do you recognize when you are full and stop eating before becoming uncomfortably over-full.

3. Enjoyment of meals

  • Do you appreciate the food set before you?
  • Do you eat on-the-go, whilst working, whilst driving at work, or mindlessly in front of the television?
  • Do you sit down to eat or eating standing up or walking around?

Mindful eating allows us to appreciate food and eating and lets us appreciate the food before us with the nutritional benefits good food brings;

  • Sit down to eat your meal at the table without the distraction of the television, phone, or computer. Eat as a family, so children develop good eating habits.

  • Take a short period of time to look, smell and appreciate the meal before you, before tucking in. This helps to activate the digestive system and digestive enzymes, in preparation for the meal.

  • Eat slowly to appreciate the tastes and textures of the food. The saliva in our mouth contains digestive enzymes that start the digestion of food. Chewing thoroughly, helps to break the food down adequately, before food enters the stomach.

  • Putting your eating utensils down between each mouthful of food, automatically slows down the rate at which you are eating. It is important to note, that it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that the stomach is full. “Inhaling” your food, means that the brain doesn’t realise that your stomach is full, resulting in over-eating.

  • If you are trying to reduce your portion size, serve your meal on a smaller plate. You can fill the smaller plate and trick your brain into believing you are still eating a good sized portion of food.

  • Check in with your hunger signals throughout the meal. Do you need to continue eating, r have you eaten enough?

  • Stop eating just before you feel full. After 10-20 minutes, you may find that you have actually eaten enough and feel full. This can take time to gauge when you are nearly full, but it can be done. This results in you feeling comfortably full, rather than over-full and uncomfortable. 

“Mindful Eating, is eating with intention while paying attention”
- Kati Konersman


The therapeutic benefits of yoga for kids

1 Mar 2016 3:47 PM -

Last month my blog spoke about extra-curricular activities and went into detail of the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of learning an instrument. 

This month, I am going to continue to discuss extra-curricular activities; specifically, the therapeutic benefits of yoga for kids!

Let’s jump into the specific skills… 


GROSS MOTOR BENEFITS:
 

Yoga allows a person to build their strength and endurance through using their own body. Poses focus on overall strength, coordination, balance, stability and flexibility as kids breathe and hold the positions. Another benefit of yoga for kids is that each pose usually has an easy, medium and difficult kind. Kids can start with the easiest of each pose and continue with ”easy” for as long as they want and transition when they are ready. Holding the poses and switching from pose to pose can also help to build muscle tone, and increase body awareness and eye-contact.

FINE MOTOR BENEFITS:

Trunk stability and core strength play an important part in fine motor development. This means kids have to be able to keep their trunk steady and strong when trying to accomplish something with their arms and hands. Many poses require kids to balance some of their weight on their hands to hold the pose or to hold themselves up. This helps to strengthen the muscles of shoulders, arms, forearms and hands.  Balancing your weight on flattened palms strengthens the “intrinsic muscles” of the hands. These are the tiny muscles inside your palms that a child needs for writing, tying their shoelaces, or even using a fork. 

BEHAVIOURAL BENEFITS: 

Yoga can lead to a significant reduction in behavioural problems; including withdrawn behaviours, attention issues, and maladaptive behaviours (irritability, lethargy, hyperactivity and noncompliance). This is why yoga is often recommended for children with low self-esteem, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I could talk for days about the benefits of yoga for children with behavioural difficulties, but as every child is unique, it’s very time consuming to discuss what aspects of yoga your child may specifically benefit from.

As an Occupational Therapist, I use adjusted yoga as a technique with my clients to increase strength, balance, flexibility and, most importantly, to reduce hyperactivity and increase attention. Yoga is a non-competitive activity that is open to kids with both special needs and those who are “neurotypical”.

Feel free to call and book a FREE 30 minute appointment with me to discuss how yoga can assist your child specifically!

Remember to also keep in mind… Although yoga is fabulous for kid’s development, it is also a fantastic activity for us as adults to build strength and coordination, and to find our ground again – a great alternative to a “stiff drink” at the end of a long and chaotic day!


School… ready, set, go!!

8 Feb 2016 11:50 AM - Rhonda Muller, Nutritional Therapist

Making a good transition into a new school or a new grade can set a tone for the entire school year, especially for our sons and daughters who are easily triggered, get anxious or can’t control their impulses.

Discovering your child's areas of strength are key in finding ways to keep the learning processes going and ensure success in school.  Teaching to their strengths is the best way for parents and teachers to assure our babies reach their true potential.


At home

> When your child gets home from school, give them half an hour to settle before starting any usual routines. 
> Give your child extra time to process and respond to instructions. (Silently count to 5 to allow processing time)
> Try not to ask your child lots of questions about school.
>  The biggest struggle for most kids starting the new school year is getting and staying organized.   

Here’s some extra tips:

- Get a spot setup for homework, a quiet place with proper lighting, and few distractions.
- Make a supply box with extra pencils, pens; paper a three-hole punch and things like extra calculator, rulers, and compasses.
- A homemade one-page, nine to ten week calendar is a good idea to mark project due dates and special test dates.

At school

> Use a communication book with your child’s class teacher or aide to help provide a link between school and home. This can help to highlight a potential problem or solve any problems quickly.
> Ask for your child to be given a buddy to support them at school.
Make sure your child knows a safe place where they can go if they feel overwhelmed – for example, when they moves between classes at school. It can help if your child carries a timetable, so that an adult will know where they should be going and can help out.
> A help card is a visual reminder to your child to ask an adult for help when they need it. A help card can help your child feel less stressed and anxious when they get overwhelmed.
> A short, timed break during which your child can do their favourite activity or destress for a few minutes might help. If your child doesn’t speak much, a ‘break’ card that they can use when things feel overwhelming might help.

Keep the lines of communication open.  The more the teacher knows about your child’s strengths and weaknesses the better they will be able to teach them.  Never assume the teacher knows of your child's IEP etc.   You should provide copies of any IEP or modifications.   A brief cover letter listing your child's strengths, learning style and weakness can make all the difference. Being brief and concise is critical as this is a very busy time for teachers, if it is too long to read, it will do no good. A follow-up face-to-face or phone call to discuss how the teacher plans to implement modifications is always a good idea.

Teachers generally want students to succeed. They can never know your children as well as you do in a non-school setting, just as you can never know how your child reacts to the school setting as well as the teacher.  Liking or disliking the teacher is irrelevant! You must collaborate with them for the sake of your child. You should always provide your contact details to the teacher and in return ask for their direct email address.  Ensure you make it clear you want notification of the first sign of problems. Never go over a teacher's head, go to them first and always include them in any correspondence with school or special education administration.

Even when things do not go well, never complain about the teacher in front of your child, tell them we just need to help the teacher understand.  Understand yourself that regular teachers usually have little training in dealing with different learners. They also usually have too many students, are generally over worked and my personal belief… definitely under paid!!

Compassion for the teacher and school's problems can bring compassion in return for your child. Always be supportive as possible, even if you disagree, the teacher sometimes needs to learn what is best for your child.

All the best, and remember we are here to help.  Rhonda xx



Nutrition for education

4 Feb 2016 3:25 PM -

We all want our children and grandchildren to do well at school. Nutrition is often underestimated as a vital component in the ability to learn.

Childrens bodies and brains are growing all the time and nutrition is important to supply the necessary proteins, fats, good carbs, minerals and vitamins. Good nutrition in childhood is also linked to performance in later life. On the flip side, poor nutrition results in decreased learning ability, decreased interest in learning, poor ability for social interaction with their peers and reduced activity levels.

Building a healthy brain requires;

> Balanced blood sugar – for a consistent supply of energy.

> Essential healthy fats – our brain is 60% fat and good fats are essential.

> Vitamins and minerals – are essential to make sure the chemical messengers are firing on all cylinders. 

> Avoid anti-nutrients or poor food choices and eliminate allergies, which create inflammation in the body




Two important (of many) considerations; 

1.     Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most families eat their evening meal about 6pm. If your child then goes to school without a nourishing breakfast, they may not have eaten for 16 hours – how can they possibly concentrate on learning? Breakfast really sets them up for the day, boosts their energy and learning capacity.

2.     Snacks and treats high in sugar throughout the day, can cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar balance, resulting in high and wired or cranky and tired children; neither state being conducive to learning. Sugar is also addictive – the more you have, the more your body demands. Try to make sure the lunch box has good quality protein snacks, vegetables and whole fruit, to provide a regular supply of nutrients and energy.

If you would like some support and advice on how to improve your child's concentration and learning ability through healthy food options, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Give Speech Therapy some LOVE

4 Feb 2016 1:51 PM -

In the love-heart filled month of February we are often reminded of Valentine’s Day and how much we love our families and each other. So why not give Speech Therapy some LOVE! Here are some ideas how:

1.    Compare and Contrast with hearts:

Valentine’s Day is known for all the heart shaped objects and gifts. There are various sizes, shapes, textures and colours and can be seen everywhere! This is a great activity to support children in learning about attributes (colour, size, shape, texture etc) and to compare and contrast using their language. Cut out different shapes of hearts or even find heart-shaped objects in the house and ask your child to tell you something that is different between the two. Go on to find what is similar between the two heart-shaped objects. You can model the activity yourself by explaining how the hearts are the same/different.

2.   I like you because….:

This is a great activity that can involve a written component while writing Valentine’s Day cards with your family. It can help with social skills and also further into attributes (description) of others. Have the child think of someone who they would like to write a Valentine’s card for and let them tell you the positive reasons why. Suggest that they think of kind things about their friend and how they act, think, play, work, or look. If writing is still tricky then the activity can be a discussion on who they like (family/friend) and what they like about them.

3.   Hunt for Hearts:

This is a fun activity that can be used to work on many different speech and language goals. Find a speech or language activity that you have been working on and tape little pictures or phrases onto heart-shaped cards. Then, hide the hearts around the house and have your child find them. Once found, get them to read/say what’s on the card. To put a twist to the simple ‘hide and find’ routine, you may even give them directions or a ‘treasure map’ to help them find where the hearts are. Giving directions helps their receptive language for them to understand what’s been said and where to go.



Benefits of Instruments on Childhood Development

3 Feb 2016 4:44 PM -

Now we have commenced term 1 back to school, I’m sure a number of you are contemplating extra-curricular activities to keep your children extra busy.

Well, I’ve saved you a lot of contemplation because today, I’m going to discuss with you the benefits of learning an instrument!…. Let’s go!!!

One of the largest studies into the effect of learning an instrument on the brain has revealed incredible findings. The study (conducted in 2014 by the University of Vermont College of Medicine in the US) found that even small amounts of music education could produce major benefits to a child’s development. The study provides some convincing evidence to suggest that getting your child to learn an instrument could be one of the best ways to ensure life-long success.

So, what can learning an instrument do for your child…?

Cognitive Development

> Music and maths are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognise patterns.

> While learning an instrument, children will also call on their short-term and eventually their long-term memory to remember musical concepts and songs. 

Physical Development

Most instruments help children develop fine and gross motor strength and coordination skills; as they require movement of the fingers, hands, arms, and/or feet, as well as the ability to sit or stand with an appropriate posture.

Emotional Development

>  Learning music stimulates children to be more creative and to have a sense of self-expression.

>  By setting goals, children are able to feel a sense of achievement that will encourage them to feel good about their capabilities. 

>  It refines discipline and patience.

Overall, although learning any instrument is fantastic encouragement for childhood development, every child is different, and choosing a specific instrument that best suits your young ones may be tricky!

Things to consider when selecting an instrument:

> Is your child interested/excited about the instrument?
> Is the instrument too challenging or is it not challenging enough (for both you and your child)?
> Does your child’s temperament match the instrument?
> Can you afford the instrument, maintenance of and lessons?
> As a parent, are you willing to assist and/or prompt your child in practicing the instrument?

As you can see, it’s science – and as a piano teacher myself, I can’t argue with that!

Please feel free to give Hannah a call if you would like some assistance in choosing the best instrument for your child. 



Happy New Year!

18 Dec 2015 10:40 AM -

We all try to make a New Year’s resolution each and every January, mostly around weight loss, more exercise or my personal goal of not buying so many clothes! Well how about making a Speech and Language Therapy resolution!?! 

Your child’s growth over this next year is vital to how they develop the necessary speech and language processes in order to succeed in their day-care, school, high school and beyond! So what are some ideas that we can make a resolution for better speech and language?

1. Make a SMART goal: we all do this, we see January around the corner and make a goal that is way too big to achieve in a short time. So how about we make a series of 12 little goals to see how each month goes. Most family households have a calendar. So why not write a little 30 day goal that can be achievable before the next month comes around. 

Eg. Tom will practise his /s/ sounds twice a week.
Jane will write 10 new spelling words and learn their sounds each week.
Beth will tell a story each day about a game she played at school.

Simple and achievable, these goals allow for an intensive look at different language activities whilst not committing to a full year of the one goal!

2. Set a review date: We see July 1 as the new financial year, so that might be when we can review our previous 6 months and how we have gone. Does Timmy need a hearing test? Has Johnny improved in his reading? Target a bigger goal that you set way back in January and see if it needs a review or change up. Keeping up the motivation behind a goal will help the improvements come along

3. Create new activities and ideas to help the goals be achieved: If we did the same activity, the same time, every day of every year, our enthusiasm for the goal lowers. So, if the goal is of great importance to work on throughout the year, try thinking up different ways to tackle it. For example: if we wanted to practise /b/ sounds we can use – card games, board games, fishing games, colouring in games etc. If you’re able to come up with 12 different ways then that’s changing the practise each month!

4. Keep track of goals and their progress: Just like we all monitor weight loss or gain, how about monitoring speech progress? With goals written on the fridge or calendar, make a little chart that shows the better weeks to the not-so-great weeks. Over time, you will see where the best improvements occurred and what activities used were most helpful.

Everyone is capable of making a New Year’s resolution. But have a good think about how you want your child to progress over the year and what their goals are to strive for in the future. And above all, make sure it is fun, achievable and diverse in activity!

5 Things to do this January

16 Dec 2015 9:21 AM -

Welcome to 2016! With the official start to the New Year and a month into school holidays, our kids are probably starting to drive us mad with “I’m bored”s!  Well!! I’m excited to share with you what you can do with your kids the rest of these school holidays that will make sure they enjoy themselves, endure and develop skills, and head back to school ready to learn! 

1. Get moving!

Children need physical activity to grow and learn, and summer is a great time of year to develop these habits. Go for a go to the park for a play date, take a family walk along the beach or through the Botanical Gardens, go skating or bowling. Even play gross motor games such as Twister, balloon tennis, or even old-fashioned outdoor ball games. 

2. Get messy!

Provide your kids with opportunities for sensory exploration. Just as children learn through movement, they also learn from exploring their senses! By getting hands-on and MESSY, kids (young and adolescent) will learn more about their environment and the world that surrounds them. Not only is it fun to get messy, many messy play activities help develop other childhood skills such as overall strength and visual-motor. Examples of messy play include; going to the beach and building a sand castle or sand sculptures, planting a garden, drawing on the cement with chalk, finger painting on a large sheet of butchers paper (even include “foot” and “toe” painting!), making cookies, painting with ice cubes or frozen paint cubes (great to cool off). 

3. Work on fine motor muscles

Use the school holidays to keep those hands working so they can develop or maintain pencil and writing skills. Squeeze, pinch and roll play dough, build with legos, encourage use of kitchen tongs and utensils, string beads, keep cool by squeezing spray bottles of cold water. 

4. Encourage core strength

Core strength is an ability that assists children to sit at their desk for a prolonged period of time without fatiguing. As well as encouraging attention/concentration, core strength is a foundational skill to develop good hand writing skills. 

Do animal walks, wheel barrow walks, colour while lying on the floor, colouring, writing or painting on a vertical surface. 

5. Go swimming!!

Swimming would be my absolute top recommendation for the kids to do during our hot Mackay summer. Swimming is an amazing activity that promotes sensory integration, motor planning, spatial awareness, bilateral coordination, improved core and overall strength, and so much more. All of this and it is a great way to cool off!

I hope my tips have been helpful and that you and your families make the most of the rest of the summer school holidays!   

Why do we fail?

15 Dec 2015 8:11 AM -

Most of us make New Years resolutions and most of us fail. Why do we fail? Because we “go for broke”, “its all or nothing” or if we don’t see improvements or changes within a week or two, we give up. If your New Year resolution is to eat healthily and become fit, ASD Healthy Life can help you……….

ASD Healthy Life can help you to achieve your healthy eating New Year resolution. We take the time to listen to your health concerns and the reasons you have for initiating changes. We can help you to make SMART goals;

S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – realistic 
T – timely

These are just some of the ways a Nutritional Program at ASD Healthy Life can help you!

  • Once your SMART goals have been identified we help you to start to make changes and we explain why the changes are necessary. 
  • We provide you with a nutritional program that gradually introduces changes that are manageable for you to achieve as an individual and are suitable for you as an individual. There is no one-size-fits-all-diet. 
  • Throughout the program we monitor your progress and “hold your hand” giving you advice and support throughout; we want you to achieve your goals, as much as you do. 
  • We focus on moderation, not deprivation. We focus on swapping foods, to help you to make better choices. As soon as someone says “you have to stop eating that food now” or “that food is bad for you”, you want it even more. If there is a food that we believe you would be better off avoiding, we will explain why and we will suggest a tasty alternative choice. 
  • We have a Nutritional Program that we can link you to on the internet. This will provide you with numerous recipes that are suitable for you as an individual to become healthy.



Making healthy changes is so easy with ASD Healthy Life, you will ask yourself why you didn’t come and see us sooner. So contact us today to arrange your 30 Minute FREE Initial Appointment

FIRST APPOINTMENT FREE
Contact the office to arrange an appointment for a free 15-30-minute exploratory conversation.  This will give you the opportunity to discuss your concerns, learn more about our services so you can decide whether you would like to work further with us.

Sensory Overload

27 Nov 2015 8:19 AM -

Family, friends and festivities, how to manage

The Christmas Holidays can be an incredibly fun time! Decorations, Santa, songs, presents, tasty treats, freedom from school, parties. For most children, these things are what make the holidays so special.

However, for some children (particularly those with Autism or sensory processing difficulties), the Christmas Holidays can be completely overwhelming! Busier shopping centres, crowded houses, new foods and smells, the increased heat of Summer… new sensations are absolutely everywhere this time of year, and these are the things that can bring on anxiety, meltdowns and even sensory overload. 

Signs of Sensory Overload:

> Withdrawal from activities and/or hiding away
Behaviour is heightened and busy – jumping off furniture, running inside, spinning pushing others and so on.
May portray aggressive behaviour – arguing, pushing, biting.
Extremely bothered by noises - covering their ears, making extra noise to drown out the overloading sounds.
Covering their eyes/face
Meltdowns occur more frequently – throw themselves on the ground, cry inconsolably, throw objects, scream.

Tips on how to manage Sensory Overload during the Holidays:

  • Be prepared. Plan for sensory overload and meltdowns! For example; have a chew toy, pair of sunglasses, ear plugs or fidget toy in your purse wherever you go. Or even better, make up a “sensory bag” with your child to take with them that includes items that generally assist them to calm.
  • Remind of the rules. Rules are a lifeline to children who require routine and predictability and since they are easily overwhelmed, they may need constant reminders that the rules don’t change when visiting other’s houses, or when there are sparkly trees and decorations in the shops.
  • Rest up. Half an hour of down-time at home after a friend/family gathering or after a trip to the shopping centre may often assist your child to become grounded again.
  • BE PATIENT! Your child is not trying to be naughtier than usual. They are overwhelmed and can’t find their calm. You are their safety blanket where overreacting to their overreaction will only worsen the behaviour. Be patient and understanding. 
FIRST APPOINTMENT FREE
Contact the office to arrange an appointment for a free 15-30-minute exploratory conversation.  This will give you the opportunity to discuss your concerns, learn more about our services so you can decide whether you would like to work further with us.

Yes, a little bit matters

27 Nov 2015 12:56 PM - Rhonda Muller, Nutritional Therapist

A friendly reminder from ASDHL’s Nutrition Practitioners heading into the Christmas season:

We have all been there… we often get nervous around any special occasion.  This time of year just seems even more daunting!!

Special diets are hard to manage at the best of times, throw Christmas into the mix well it just becomes even more stressful. There are parties and food everywhere we look - candy canes in the Christmas cards, chocolates in the classroom, class parties, band parties, family parties, friend's parties, work parties. Focusing on our own health can be challenging enough.  When it comes to our children well… this brings it to a whole new level. The need to provide good alternatives so they don't miss out on anything becomes paramount. This is when we need to be on the ball… we need to put our organising queen hat on xx.  We all get anxious, it’s only human nature.  This is the time of year when sometimes it seems like it’s just all too hard.  The temptation to say "It's only a little bit, it won't matter" is right on the tip of many people's tongues. 

The truth is… a little bit does matter. You can't be a little bit gluten free, just like you can't be a little bit pregnant.  Your body doesn't know how much you're giving it - a little bit can set off a reaction.  People kid themselves that there is no damage done. Sorry, that's not true. You are doing yourself a disservice and run the risk of undoing all your hard work and effort if you relax the rules now. 

I know it's hard. I know you don’t want to be seen as the fun police. I know that some people may look at you like you’re a crazy person.  But please remember… they DO NOT understand you are using FOOD AS MEDICINE. Please rest assured, you are doing the right thing.  Sit down, close your eyes and breathe, remember WHY you are doing this food stuff and get yourself organised. 

There are yummy, healthy, safe ways to create all your favourite Christmas treats. Nobody needs to miss out.  Don’t forget we now have the ASD Healthy Life Christmas Cookbook on the website to help you through this, so jump onto the website it’s just $4.95. 

So… here's to a happy, healthy Christmas! 

P.S. If you think you need some more intense support and hand-holding during this period, just shoot us an email to see if we can help you.  We love getting stuck into special diets this time of year.  Being at home on school holidays makes life so much easier as you have time to experiment and practice what you need for you and/or child. By the time school goes back in January, you're sorted.  

Recipes and Speech Therapy

28 Nov 2015 5:47 PM -

With holidays just around the corner we are all prepared for the bombardment of family, fun, vacations, and a lot of FREE time. And well, gearing up for Christmas you’ll most likely have a bit of cooking to do. So why not have your kids help you, and add some essential Speech and Language therapy into the mixture!

Recipes are a great way to target a variety of speech and language goals in a fun, unstructured way. There is a lot of planning and processing needed to execute a perfect recipe and the perfect time to add to your loved one’s language. Here’s some ideas that can help in the kitchen:

  • Sequencing: read through the recipe and have your child identify what step is first or last. You can add in basic concepts such as before, after, and next. Example: “What comes after the eggs?” Feel free to use a visual with each task to support the actions needed.
  • Word Recall:  read out the list of ingredients for your child and have them repeat a few, or even all of them, back to you. This is a great way to target word retrieval and working memory skills.
  • Categorisation: when shopping for all the ingredients maybe make a pre-shopping list and categorise the items into what part of the store that you will find them. Example: flour, salt, and sugar are in the baking aisle; strawberries, apple, and mango are in the fruit section.
  • Articulation: pick out words that your child may have trouble pronouncing and practice the sound while making the recipe. Example: if your child has trouble with their “ch” sound, emphasise the words that have that sound in it – “Where’s the CHocolate? Oh, there is the CHocolate” “How muCH CHocolate will we need?”
  • Reading comprehension: if your child is reading, have them read through the recipe. Then, test their knowledge with a few questions. Example: “when do we put in the flour?” or “How hot does the oven need to be?”

Remember, cooking with your kids is fun! Try to pick one or two activities to incorporate into your recipe. Don’t overwhelm yourself or your child by trying to make it too structured but rather, turn any fun activity into a learning activity! This is one of many great ways that you and your family can work on speech and language goals and have fun at the same time. 

What is Speech Therapy?

9 Nov 2015 1:13 PM -

It’s always interesting to hear first impressions of what being a speechie is when asking the general public. I often get asked…              

>  “Do you write speeches for important people?”
>  “So all you do is work with people who stutter?”
>  “Do you only work with kids or disabled people?”

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding NO. This is because many are unfamiliar with seeing the whole picture of what it is that I do. Speech Therapy is based on everything to do with COMMUNICATION. Whatever age you, or your children, are there is some area and activity that a Speech Therapist can help with.

Whether it is your little bub who’s learning their first sounds, your primary school child who just can’t get those spelling words right, your high school student who is having trouble with their assignments and even to the older generation who need help remembering the important things, a Speech therapist looks at what your individual needs are and how best that they can help.

The 5 main areas within Speech Therapy are: speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing. These areas help with what sounds we can produce (speech), how we can understand and express information (language), how we use our speech whether it’s smooth or a little bumpy (like a stutter), how our voice operates (singers, teachers, and speakers), and even how we manage our throats in speech and swallowing foods.

The job for a Speechie is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to communicate to one another even if it’s through pictures, sign language, or speech.


This is why we do, what we do;

6 Nov 2015 11:01 AM -

A beautiful 2 and ½ year old girl presented to ASDHL in November 2014. Her mum was looking for help and support with tantrums, irritability, anxiety, problems with language, problems with sleep, OCD tendencies, constipation, bloating and picky eating.

We went to work, doing what we do best;

  • Nutrition – eliminate the foods that were causing inflammation within the body and mind and to recommend foods to heal, nourish and repair.
  • Supplements – recommended to reduce inflammation, to start a gentle detoxification program, to ensure her bowels were evacuating her waste products effectively and probiotics to repopulate good bacteria within the gut.
  • Provide Occupational Therapy support – to provide strategies to reduce tantrums and establish an effective sleep routine.

Over time, adjustments were made to our recommendations, to account for “road bumps” and progress made.

In October 2015, this little girl was “seen” via skype, by one of our Specialist Paediatricians, who assessed original health presentation and her current health.   Stating that if she had been presented in 2014, a diagnosis of Autism would have been given, but that now there was no diagnosis of Autism to be made. How fabulous for the little girl and her wonderful parents, who have put in the hard work at home to achieve such an outcome. There is still progress to be made; a Nutrition plan to follow, supplements to be taken and adjusted as necessary and therapy to continue – but no Autism diagnosis.  

This is why we do, what we do

Sensory Issues and Play Dates

4 Nov 2015 12:50 PM -

For kids who have difficulties with sensory processing, social interactions with other kids can be really tough.

Going to a friend’s house or having a friend over to play may seem like an overwhelming feat for a child who has hypersensitivities or for a child who seeks out sensory input through rough play.  

Even though sensory behaviours can definitely make social interactions more challenging, there are ways to support kids to create positive play experiences with peers despite sensory processing needs. Here are some tips to assist your child to have a fun time with minimal meltdowns…

1.      Choose the day and time of your play date wisely.  Most children (with or without sensory needs) tend to have a time of day when they are at their best.  This is your best opportunity to allow your child to shine!

2.      Consider the day of the week.  Is your schedule packed with appointments, lessons, pick-ups, and drop-offs?  Don’t try to squeeze a play date in too.  Go for scheduling your play date on a day that is free and easy.

3.      Keep it flexible.  Saying “We’ll be there between 9 and 10” might be a better bet than committing to an exact time.  This gives you some wiggle room to manage any meltdowns and to make a smooth transition.

4.      Provide Structure
If you’re the one hosting the play date, it may be helpful to provide a loose schedule of events to help your child feel safe, secure, and prepared for what’s coming next.  Allow your child to help you write down or draw pictures of a simple schedule of events.  Be careful not to tie yourself to very specific play activities…inevitably, things will not go as planned and this could lead to a meltdown.  Instead, make a general timeline.  For example:  

  • First – play downstairs     
  • Next – snack time     
  • Last- play outside

5.      Establish a “safe place”
Before the play date begins, talk with your child and establish a quiet space or “break space”.  This isn’t to be used as a “timeout” or punishment, but as a voluntary choice the child can make if he needs a break in the action.  It helpful to utilise sensory items for your child to take to this safe place in order to assist them to feel grounded again.

6.      Choose Your Location Wisely
Rather than playing at your house or a friend’s house, what about meeting up at a favorite place that is already designed to meet your child’s sensory needs?  A park, the Blue Water Lagoon, or the pool might be great options for kids who need to move. While the library or Artspace might be better for kids who are successful in quieter, less active surroundings.

7.      Ask the Professionals for Help

For children who demonstrate significant negative behaviours due to increased sensory processing difficulties, it may be more appropriate to look into a therapeutic intervention social skills group. 

Back to School Challenge - Beat the Morning Rush

6 Oct 2015 3:30 PM -

Is it term 4 already?!

Making the transition back to school after two weeks off can be quite a challenge for kids and parents alike! How many of you feel the angst flourish over you when you think about transitioning your children after two weeks from casual dress to uniform, from free-time to structured learning, from sleep ins to early wake ups?
 
For many families, one of the toughest hurdles is getting your kids out the door on time. Am I right?!
Well, here are two helpful suggestions in attempt to conquer the morning rush!  

>  If you can, encourage and assist your children to get organised the night before. This is backpacks ready, uniforms laid out, lunch planned (if not made).

>   It is also very important that your kids know what time they’ll be woken, what time they’re expected to have breakfast, get themselves dressed and what time they’ll leave the house. A visual checklist (including times) is a fantastic way to assist your kids with keeping to routine and making sure they will complete all required morning tasks.

Lift your game with one-on-one support from ASD Healthy Life

5 Oct 2015 1:43 PM -

Hours at the gym, training on the field and nutritional supplements, will only take you so far if your body isn’t functioning at its peak.

Food is an important part of life and a varied diet contains all the macronutrients and micronutrients to have you functioning on all cylinders. But;

>  Is your current food intake helping or hindering your training and sport performance?

>  Is your digestion and absorption of foods at an optimal level?

At ASDHL we can provide a comprehensive assessment of your nutritional intake and refine it for you to achieve your goals. We take a biomedical approach to ensure that your digestion, elimination and detoxification pathways are functioning well.

We know that you need to balance energy intake in the form of carbohydrates and fats, and protein for muscle building, strength and repair. Minerals and vitamins are important for vital production of enzymes, neurotransmitters, for biochemical reactions and for the body’s metabolism amongst many functions. We can provide you with an individualised nutrition plan to boost your performance and to help you achieve YOUR goals.

If you need supplements, we can direct you towards products that are of high quality and are well absorbed by the body. This ensures that you getting “bang for your buck” where supplements are concerned and can be purchased in our shop, at a discount if you are on a nutritional program.

Contact ASD Healthy Life to set yourself up for success.

FIRST APPOINTMENT FREE
Contact the office to arrange an appointment for a free 15-30-minute exploratory conversation.  This will give you the opportunity to discuss your concerns, learn more about our services so you can decide whether you would like to work further with us.

Proprioception & the Vestibular Input!

26 Aug 2015 3:41 PM -

Proprio-WHAT? Vesti-WHO?

Sensory processing is the neurological process of our bodies receive messages from the environment (through our senses) and generate then into appropriate motor and behavioural responses.

Of course, we all know of our 5 senses – vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. BUT! Did you know that we actually have 7 senses? Add proprioception and vestibular.

Proprioception: Is our sense and awareness of our body position in space. For example; if a person is blindfolded, he or she knows through proprioception if an arm is above the head or hanging by the side of the body. Proprioception allows us to manipulate objects and move skilfully without observing our actions.

Common observations of individuals who have difficulty processing through their proprioceptive system can include:

Poor motor planning and body awareness
Delayed in reaching motor milestones
Chews frequently (on shirt, pencils, toys and so on)
>  Appears to fatigue/tire easily and seem to have weak muscles
>  Poor bilateral coordination

>  Poor dynamic balance – seems to like to fall
>  Looks with the eyes to make body position adjustments

>  Heavy walkers
>  Accident prone – always falling, bruising, stubbing or banging parts of the body.

Vestibular: Is our “movement and balance” sense, and is involved in emotional regulation. It has the most wide-spread influence in our daily lives! Our vestibular system helps us keep our balance, coordinate movements of our head, use both sides of our body at the same time, feel the direction of speed and movement, and remain in a upright position.

Common observations of individuals who have difficulty processing through their vestibular system can include:

Poor attention
Difficulty following instructions
Poor self-regulation/emotional difficulty
Poor core muscle strength
Poor visual-motor coordination
Poor body awareness
Feels insecure or overly-secure with movement (one extreme to the other).

These additional senses are of utmost importance and difficulty processing through these systems can result in delay of many childhood skills!

Burning the candle at both ends

7 Jul 2015 6:20 PM -

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that doesn’t stop us from putting pressure on ourselves to achieve the impossible.

Some days we feel like ‘the little engine that could.’ We soldier on, eager to please an overbearing boss, desperate to keep our income stream alive so we can support our family. The weight of the world is on our shoulders.

Most of the time we can continue to climb mountains, even though it feels like there are rocks on our back. But sometimes that pile of rocks is just too heavy, and instead of being the engine that could, we rapidly feel like the failure that couldn’t.

The candle can only burn at both ends for so long, before adrenal fatigue begins to set in.

Adrenal fatigue is a modern condition that is associated with high stress levels, characterised by the adrenals not functioning as well as they should. Prolonged stress and not taking care of yourself are usually the influencing factors that can lead toward this condition.

How can you tell if you have adrenal fatigue?

Symptoms usually include a range of feeling like you’re unable to cope, you constantly feel tired, sluggish and drained; you crave carbohydrates and sugar to get you through the day; your stress leads to sleeplessness because you are unable to shut off and you can find yourself trapped in a negative thought process. These symptoms can also lead to increased feelings of anxiety, you may have a lowered sex drive and when not treated these symptoms can lead to depression.

How can i overcome adrenal fatigue?

The good news is that adrenal fatigue is completely treatable.

It starts with building a good nutritional foundation, and that comes from learning to take care of yourself first.

How can ASD Healthy Life help?

An individualised diet can help improve cellular health by providing more nutrients and eliminating food toxins.

Very simply, Biomedicine assesses the need of the individual patient (through specialised testing) and prescribes individualised treatment to optimise nutrient intake (minerals, vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids) and maximise excretion of toxins (heavy metals, PCBs, bacterial by-products and all environmental toxins).

Taking care of you, is the first step toward living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

If anything in this article feels this may be true for you or a loved one, don’t wait any longer, avoiding a solution only makes it worse. Call us NOW and book a consultation with Rhonda who has worked with many cases like this. We will guide you through getting back to better health.

Better Education Good Health

22 Mar 2015 5:34 PM -

Jack and Jill sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.

I’m often asked What Can I Do Prior to Pregnancy to help Prevent Childhood Illness?

Fantastic question... prevention is key and if I knew then what I know now, I guess you probably wouldn’t be reading this today.

> Today 1 in 3 Australian children have asthma
> 1 in 4 allergies
> 1 in 10 ADHD
> 1 in 50 Children in Queensland have Autism

Childhood cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have each more than doubled in the past 20 years.

We all look forward to having healthy babies so if considering becoming pregnant, give yourself six to twelve month to improve your diet and make better lifestyle choices.

Some women I’ve worked with choose to address GI-related conditions prior to conceiving, especially if they have a history of candida (yeast), digestive problems, food allergies/sensitivities, bloating, constipation, or parasites.

Everyone has bacteria good and bad in the gut but women also need good bacteria in the birth canal. When passing through the birth canal, babies get their “first meal” of these bacteria, enabling baby to digest food, keep pathogens in check, support the immune system etc. If delivered by caesarean the bacterial profile changes with less beneficial and more pathogenic stuff. Bad bacteria can cause diarrhea and colic in the short term, with more serious effects later on.

Working with a Professional with first-hand experience can help you lay the foundations to health and wellness, greatly minimizing the likelihood that your child will be prone to the above conditions.

Practical ways to detox for the whole family

18 Feb 2015 4:17 PM -

I’m sure a lot of us ate a little too much over the holidays and it’s time to debloat. Here are some safe and healthy ways for the whole family, to clear the body of all the sugar and excess food they might have consumed.

SLOW AND STEADY… A detox reaction indicates toxins are being removed from the body faster than the main organs of elimination (bowels, liver, and kidneys) can comfortably excrete. Eg: Symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, sore throat, cough, skin irritation, sweating, or an exacerbation of pre-existing symptoms. All of which can slow down the healing process.

• Raw fruits, organic if possible. CAUTION!! Eat fruit in moderation, we don’t want to add even more sugars.
• Eat lots vegetables which are also full of fibre.
• Another smart choice is nuts and seeds (if tolerated). They are high in fat but they do have lots of fibre. Eat them raw, without all the oils and salts.
• Eat non-gluten grains and grain free pastas
• Avoid starchy vegetables, high carbohydrates and gluten products. All those carbs=sugar
• Insure hydration and increase liquids to flush toxins.
• Move the bowels at least 1-3 times a day.
• Soak in a Food Grade Epsom Salt Bath for 20mins 2-3 times a week



School time, focus and concentrate!

12 Jan 2015 4:01 PM -

Is this challenging?

Do they:
• Require many prompts to stay on task
• Constantly fidget
• Easily frustrated
• Poor recall of information already learned
• Slow processing speed
• Impulsivity
• Poor social function
• Have delayed language

Did you know...
ASD Healthy Life now offers the following Integrative services:

Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Hannah Ritchie, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Piano Teacher.
Previous experience:
• AEIOU Townsville - Foundation for Children with Autism & Mackay District Special School
• ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Sensory processing difficulties and/or delays, behavioural and emotional difficulties or disorders, challenges and delays of general development
• Enhancing children’s: fine motor and handwriting skills, visual perception skills, - self-care skills (e.g. Dressing, eating and toileting), sensory processing skills, behaviour and self-regulation skills, attention, memory and play skills

Tutoring & Language Coaching – 5-12 years old
Jessica Rath is a fully registered teacher and language coach-educating children with ADD, ADHD, Intellectual Impairment, ASD, and Learning Support.

BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioners
The diet can have a HUGE influence of focus, concentration and behaviours.

• Assess Food Sensitivities
• Remove sugar and food additives
• Good vitamin and mineral supplementation may also help
• Address the immune system, Candida and Inflammation

All of these imbalances can affect the health and behaviour of some children.




Travelling with allergies or sensitivities

9 Dec 2014 3:15 PM -

If you or your child is on a special diet, the idea of taking a trip away can make anyone think twice and consider just staying at home

Planning ahead makes it easier…Google restaurants, natural food stores near your destination.  Locate restaurants that understand your dietary needs.  Book a hotel that has a kitchenette or refrigerator.

Convenience stores or airport deli’s are not always reliable sources. I’ve been to places that don’t have a single choice. Getting caught without any choices, can put you in a stressful situation. We refuse to let a special diet stop you from having fun!

Pack an esky...whether you're going by plane, train or car.

Boiled eggs / Cooked bacon, chicken drumsticks / Nut butters (With celery, apple, crackers) / Hummus (Dip veggies or bread) / Tins or Packet Food / Sardines (bones for added calcium) / Salmon/tuna with avocado-easy tuna salad / Beef or salmon jerky / Veg chips


Restaurants can be tricky

Skip the buffet—cross-contamination-almost guaranteed / Tell your waiter you’ll need your entire meal cooked fresh for you / Your Allergy Travel Card can help the chef, if they seem confused uncertain, ask to speak with the manager / Fried foods-do they cook flour-breaded items in the same fryer

Digestive Enzymes can help breakdown gluten, casein and soy. Helpful for sensitivities BUT are not a free ticket for those with allergies or coeliac. We have these in stock so pop in and see us to grab yours or find out more about them.

With a little forethought, you can have a wonderful time, enjoy the sights, relax, and rejuvenate.

Happy travels and Merry Christmas

Rhonda x