Finding Sugar on Food Labels

Since one of the courses I teach at Yavapai College is Health Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education, I have an interest in learning and sharing nutrition information. A healthy diet for all of us is one that does not have lots of sugar in it. Unfortunately, most processed and prepared foods do have sugar in them. It is important to read labels and be able to identify sugar under its many label names.

Here is a good source for that information, The Harvard School of Public Health.


Dogs For the Deaf and Children with Autism

You can find resources in the strangest places. I was leafing through the April AARP magazine and saw an add in the back that said the following:


Do you know a special needs class that could benefit from a professionally trained Program Assistance Dog?

  • Provide a calming influence
  • Enhance learning
  • Increase social skills
  • Motivate & reward
  • Help students focus


OK, you got my attention! I went to the website and found out they provide dogs  as Program Assistance Dogs:


Program Assistance Dogs go to work with and assist full-time professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors, and licensed therapists in the treatment of and work with their clients and students. These dogs can provide a calming effect, allowing the professional to better serve or treat the clients. These dogs do not have public access except when accompanying the professionals and their disabled clients in order to provide assistance to the clients.

They also have Autism Assistance Dogs:

Autism Assistance Dogs are trained for children and families living with autism. The rise in autism rates are staggering. The evolution of programs geared toward successfully integrating children with autism into routine daily activities includes Autism Assistance Dogs.

Autism Assistance Dogs are trained to enhance the safety of children with autism by acting as an anchor and preventing the child from bolting into unsafe environments such as traffic, bodies of water, etc. Autism Assistance Dogs can also have a calming effect on the child and may improve the child’s willingness and ability to communicate and bond.

If this sounds like something you’d like to explore, check it out!

PARCC and CCS What???

For new teachers and parents, all the acronyms in education can become overwhelming. Just when Arizonans were comfortable with understanding the acronym for Arizona’s AIMS testing, it’s time to become familiar with a new one: PARCC. This stands for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Arizona has adopted the CCS, that’s the Common Core Standards which should be fully implemented by the next school year (2013 – 2014). On the heels of this implementation, the AIMS test will be replaced by the PARCC which will be ready to be administered during the 2014-2015 school year.

Here’s information on Arizona’s involvement with this process. If you are from another state, go here to see if your state has jumped on the wagon.

If you’d like to learn more about the Common Core Standards in AZ, here is Arizona’s Common Core webpage. Enjoy the ride!

Brain Injury Alliance of AZ

I’m currently doing my annual decluttering and organizing, a challenge for all teachers who tend to save things that might be useful for their practice in the future. One of the purposes of this blog is to serve as a repository of articles and resources that my college students and others may find useful.

Here’s a resource I saved in my pile that I would like to share today. It is the weblink for the Brain Injury Alliance of AZ

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) is a non-profit membership organization of people with brain injuries and their families, friends, and service providers working together since 1983 to provide information and referrals, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.

At this site you will find pages on the following:

  • Learn about Brain Injury
  • Coping with Brain Injury
  • Find Resources
  • Community Resources
  • Community Involvement
  • About Us
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Calendar of Events

At the bottom of the home page is a link to Navigating the System: A Guide for People with TBI and their families. When you click on this, it takes you to a page that lists a series of videos on the following topics:

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

In the Hospital

In Rehabilitation

At Home and in the Community

Children and TBI

I Hurt My Head But Didn’t Get Help

To the right of each video there is a list of resources you can access.

Overall, I am impressed with what this organization and website has to offer for a person with traumatic brain injury as well as families and professionals helping that person.


Resources for Hard of Hearing and Deafness

Hearing Loss Guide

This is a comprehensive guide to hearing loss provided by AARP. It is relevant to all ages. In particular there is vital information on how to prevent hearing loss.

Deaf Websites: The History of Sign Language:

Early Childhood News Staff Newsletter: Teaching Babies to “Speak” with Signs:

American Association of the Deaf-Blind: (Deaf-blindness is covered in ch. 14 and is a separate federal category from deaf)
American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
National Information Center on Deafness-Northridge University

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

American Society for Deaf Children:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

Family Voices: Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Universal Hearing Screenings and Assessments: This website provides information about universal hearing screenings and assessments.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):

Early Intervention in Hearing:

—ASDB Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind:

How Does a Hearing Aid Work: —



Here’s some good information on alternative sources of calcium that may be required by children who are allergic to dairy products.

Mission Nutrition

Following on from our last post, we’re highlighting some alternate sources of calcium for you all! Most commonly, calcium is found in milk and dairy products. However for some reasons (vegan, vegetarian, medical reasons, food aversions etc.) some individuals may not consume these products and may be missing out on essential calcium. Therefore this mineral has to be obtained from other sources instead.

Calcium is needed for development and maintenance of your skeleton, and for muscular and cardiac function. Many other factors do play a role in calcium absorption, storage and use within the body, however calcium itself is an important mineral that is still needed through dietary sources! Women and men who are between 19-30 have a recommended dietary intake of 1000mg per day. This intake is slightly higher in menopausal women (1300mg/day) and for men above 70 years of age (1300mg/day). This picture shows some alternate sources of…

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