Fighting Childhood Obesity at Home Before It Causes Tinnitus

Kids that grew up in the 60s,70s and 80s, who are now parents today had it a little easier growing up.  There was no internet, social media, cell phones and most televisions only got a few channels.  These kids had to amuse themselves outside, they had chores to do, they rode bikes, went swimming in the summer and spend much of their day engaging in physical activity.

Parents, even those that worked full time seemed to spend more time outside than people do nowadays.  Lawns were mowed, driveways were shoveled and both parents usually worked in the garden.  Much of that has changed today, not that some parents and kids aren’t really active but with childhood obesity rising and our children aren’t expected to have a life span as long as us.  It is evident that something has changed and we need to fix it.  Fighting childhood obesity at home is where we need to start.

Too Busy

This isn’t about pointing fingers this is about pointing out some changes in the way we live as a family.  Once our work day is done the last thing any of us want to do is head to the gym or jump on the treadmill for an hour.  Workdays are stressful you want to come home, relax and curl up with comfort food, preferably that you didn’t have to make sounds perfect.  Except this isn’t working, it is leaving our children bored and fat.  We can’t continue to do that.

Food

Your children not only watch what you cook they watch what you eat.  As they grow up these are the nutritional lessons that they are going to learn.  Ask yourself if you’re comfortable with that.  Will they being learning how to prepare healthy meals or will they be learning to order take out.  If you want them to live long healthy lives it starts with nutrition and good eating.  Here is some help in teaching your kids to eat right.

Exercise

You can come up with some pretty valid excuses not to exercise, not enough time or you’re too tired.  You need to remember that at the same time you’re a role model.  Consider getting a family dog, it serves two purposes, it allows you and your children to get some exercise as they need to be walked regularly.  It also teaches your kids about looking after something else and making sure the family dog is cared for.

Do you have to be perfect…no.  You do need to be motivated and teach your toddlers good habits is a lot easier than trying to change your teenager.  Childhood obesity is a huge issue in our country and we need parents to help fix it.

Tinnitus

Recent research from the Tinnitus Treatment Center shows that childhood obesity has a direct link to Tinnitus. In many ways, this research shows there is a very strong correlation between being obese and getting tinnitus when you are older. If your child complains of their ears ringing, be sure to contact a trained audiologist ASAP. Tinnitus.net offers a great directory of trained audiologists that can help your child with their ear problems. If you have any questions at all about what causes tinnitus and how it can be prevented, be sure to contact your local pediatrician or tinnitus specialist.

Helping Your Autistic Child Find a Job

People who have been diagnosed with any of the autism spectrum disorders are like everybody else, if they want to live independently then they need a job.  Unfortunately the prospect for finding employment doesn’t look so good for them.  While there  are no comprehensive studies done employment rates for autistic adults who are employed, estimate say the unemployment rate is near 80%.  That’s a staggering statistic.  Combine that with only 12% of autistic adults working fulltime, these are people who are diagnosed as a high functioning autistic.  Patients with more severe forms of autism are even less likely to find a job.

Improving Skills

Social interaction, life skills and specific job training can drastically improve the chances of an autistic adult finding a job.  In the US alone where coaching was made available to autistic you resulted in 87% of the participants finding employment.  While those without any form of coaching or help, less than 10% were able to find employment.

Lack of Resources

In most cases in the US and abroad once an autistic student is finished school they aren’t entitled to any programs that will help them find gainful employment.  They don’t get the help with social skills that allowed them to participate in their school classes.  Judging the number of autistic adults who are capable of holding down a permanent job is difficult to do, most with autism spectrum disorders test at above average intelligence.  However intelligence doesn’t mean that someone is employable.  Things like anxiety often hold them back during the interview process and it affects their ability to communicate even more.  Most adults with high functioning autism are eager to work, getting hired though is another matter.

The Interview

The interview is often the most difficult part of the hiring process.  Many with autism struggle to learn social skills and don’t do things like make eye contact when speaking to an interviewer.  There are now a couple of apps that can actually help with this to a degree they don’t replace social coaching that they actually need.  Things like scripts can help them to remember to make eye contact and learn how to shake hands with a potential employer.  It’s hard to believe that these simple skills are what keeps them from gainful employment and how easy this would be to remedy with some coaching.

As countries like the US, Canada and the UK have gradually moved away from an economy based on production to one that is more service based this has compounded the struggle of autistic adults, even those with autism education.  They tend to be very direct and interacting with customers or attending a team meeting poses a challenge. They don’t indulge in small talk and are often very focused on the tasks they are meant to do.  That same issue often makes them spectacular employees.