foodallergies Category

Chef Courtney Brown

(Arizona and “Cheffie Court”) One of the first challenges I faced in raising Arizona was trying to figure out all of her allergies to what seemed like an endless list of foods. After a year of trial and error (with foods I was eating, due to breastfeeding) and myriad visits to allergists, dermatologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, […]

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Jack & Arizona

(Arizona and her friend Jack) Jack and Arizona have been in school together since they were 2. They met at Step by Step, moved on to Echo Horizon in the Pre-K program and when that didn’t prove to be a good fit for either of them, both ended up attending and graduating from Cheerful Helpers. […]

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Food Allergies : Holiday Baking

(Arizona loves baked goods!) Because Arizona is allergic to wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy and especially since a lot of our kiddos have food sensitivities these days, I thought it would be helpful to share some practical tips in getting through the holidays with fun, baked goods that everyone can enjoy. In the past, […]

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An Alumni Event : Cheerful Helpers

(Interactive reading with the kiddos!) When Arizona graduated from Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center in 2012, I was anxious about stepping back into the scary world without my special needs tribe around me. I was accustomed to weekly parent groups, family therapy sessions and connecting with the teachers and other families multiple times […]

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A Snapshot : Fall 2016

(A sushi date with Arizona) I often get asked, when people haven’t seen Arizona for awhile or they’ve just learned about her special needs journey, “So, how is she doing now?” I always answer that she is amazing and doing well, because that’s mostly how I feel. But what does a typical day look like […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is Arizona’s favorite holiday, hands down. She loves anything scary – and revels in spiders and skeletons and ghoulish zombies. Aside from the Halloween parade at school today, we will trick or treat in our neighborhood with a few friends this evening. My favorite part of the evening is watching Arizona practice her social […]

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My Therapy : Dates with My Daughter

(PURE LOVE!) Every week or so, Arizona and I go to her favorite restaurant Kay n’ Daves for a Mommy & Me date. Due to food allergy concerns, we don’t get to eat out often. But when I find a restaurant where Arizona can order a gluten / dairy / egg / soy / nut […]

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Autism & Diet

(Arizona and her cousin Adeline eating dinner) I’ve been focused on Arizona’s diet since day one; long before the autism diagnosis was on the table. She had a rough start to life with myriad food allergies and our journey of eliminating foods began at the age of 3 months. Certainly, food allergies mandated an obvious […]

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