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Can Food Impact Mood and Behavior?

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Can Food Impact Mood and Behavior?

Absolutely! Research abounds identifying the manner in which food and nutrition affect the health, learning and behavior associated with many disorders. Current understanding of the gut-brain connection maintains that giving special attention to the food and nutrition one receives ~ or in some cases, does not receive can improve overall health and happiness, in addition to improving symptoms of these disorders.  Join us on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30pm to hear more about keeping our children with ASD, ADHD and other related disorders...

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Screenings for Winter Social Connections Groups

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LoveU2Pieces is currently scheduling screenings for our winter Social Connections Groups! Our therapists will be screening new potential group members on Saturday, November 14 between 9:00-12:00. The screenings take approximately 30 minutes. To schedule a screening, call Leigh at 314.952.5072, or email...

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A Visit with Shawndrea Thomas at Fox 2

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A Visit with Shawndrea Thomas at Fox 2

It was a wonderful morning at Fox 2 News this morning! Leigh Rolnicki was invited to sit down with Shawndrea Thomas to talk a little bit about the new LoveU2Pieces Play and Learning Center and our upcoming golf outing at Tapawingo National Golf Club tomorrow! See the video clip here. Thank you for reaching out to LoveU2Pieces and we look forward to your visit to our Play and Learning Center!

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LoveU2Pieces Play and Learning Center Dream Becomes a Reality!

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LoveU2Pieces Play and Learning Center Dream Becomes a Reality!

LoveU2Pieces is thrilled to announce that after 5 years, we are opening our first Play and Learning Center! We have designed a gorgeous space for our families to connect, play and learn! The LoveU2Pieces Play and Learning Center is designed to nurture the development and resilience of families living with autism spectrum disorders. More specifically, we specialize in children who are functioning at a high level on the autism spectrum. While these children may excel in the academic realm, we find that social interaction is an ongoing struggle,...

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A Little Rest Goes a Long Way

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res·pite [res-pit] Noun:  A delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief Verb: To relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from No matter how you say it – stay, hiatus, rest, recess, postpone, suspend – respite is something that all parents need from time to time. It’s especially true of parents who are raising one or more children on the autism spectrum. If this describes you or someone you know, then you’re probably already aware...

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Joy, Happiness and Hard Work – Helping Taylor Reclaim His Voice

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Joy, Happiness and Hard Work – Helping Taylor Reclaim His Voice

It’s an all-too familiar scenario: Family welcomes new baby into the household Baby grows well physically, mentally and emotionally Baby turns into a happy, loving toddler And then, something happens. That “something” is a diagnosis of autism. Then, the world as the family knew it is gone. This is what happened to the Crowe family after son Taylor, a happy, verbal, well-adjusted toddler, began to change into a mostly silent, withdrawn and frequently inconsolable child. After seeing doctor after doctor, they finally received the autism...

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Just 15 Minutes – Taking Time Out only for You

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Just 15 Minutes – Taking Time Out only for You

Women are marvelous jugglers. We raise families, hold full-time jobs or run our own businesses, manage our homes, volunteer, act as chauffeur to our children, are caregivers when someone is sick and, more frequently, care for aging parents. Essentially, it may feel like you’re on the go 25 hours a day (if that were possible). It’s exhausting and dangerous for your physical and mental health. While you’re taking care of everyone else, the one person who needs the most care is ignored – you. If you’ve flown on a plane before, you’ve likely...

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Autism Types Explained

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Autism. For many, this word conjures up images of children either completely out of control or so withdrawn they can barely function. But these images are extreme examples of autism – a complex disorder than manifests in a variety of ways and at different ages. In its mildest form, autism can minimally limit one’s life; in the most severe cases, full-time care may be necessary. An autism diagnosis typically results in understanding where one falls on the Autism Spectrum. Regardless of the diagnosis, those diagnosed tend to display similar...

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Keeping your Marriage a Priority when raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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Caring for a child on the autism spectrum is challenging for even the most loving and committed couples. The constant stress, unexpected financial pressures, lack of downtime and exhaustion can test relationships on all levels. Finding time to be a couple, versus parents of a child with ASD, can be almost impossible. Yet the shared responsibility of caring for a child (or children) on the spectrum can actually strengthen a relationship, if the couple makes their bond as important as the care they provide their child. It’s about Communication...

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Demystifying Sensory Processing Disorder

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Has something ever happened to you where you just wanted to hit something or scream at the top of your lungs? Have you ever had so much energy that you just had to run it off or do something else physical so you could relax? If you can recall a few times these things have happened, that’s common. For a child or adult with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), these responses to stimuli are an everyday occurrence. If you’ve not heard of SPD, that’s not surprising. It’s often misdiagnosed and those who have it are often labeled stubborn,...

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