Category Archives: Advocacy

Children Need Less Screen Time

According to new guidelines shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics at a national conference held in San Francisco recently, setting healthy limits on digital media exposure was discussed in detail.

Infants who are 18 months of age and younger should not have access to technology as it takes away valuable time from brain development activities and parent-child connections and interactions.

Children two to five years old should have no more than one hour per day maximum, and creative, unplugged playtime should be the primary focus for this age group.

Children six years and older need to focus on school, homework, interactions with other family members, extracurricular activities, physical activity (at least one hour per day), social contact (other than virtual socializing via technology), and sleep.

You can create a healthy digital media plan for your children on the Healthy Children website by clicking on this link.

More Autism Research Surprises

Over the last couple of years, the big news in autism is that autism presents differently in girls than in boys.  This is why it goes undetected in girls far longer, and why it takes longer for girls to be diagnosed with autism.

Additionally, autism research has shown that girls with the same genetic mutations as boys diagnosed with autism don’t always develop autism.  Understanding the role gender plays in autism will prove beneficial in treating autism in both males and females.

While there is no blood test to confirm or rule out autism, there are a number of factors considered.  Read more via this link.

Teal Pumpkin Project for Hallowe’en

Next weekend, little ghouls and ghosts will be making the rounds, and if you’re like most people, you want to make sure each and every one of them has a great time trick-or-treating.

This Hallowe’en, should you see teal pumpkins, you can thank a group of mothers from East Tennessee for the Teal Pumpkin Project initiative they started in 2014.

Last year, all 50 states in the U.S. as well as 14 other countries participated by painting a pumpkin teal, then setting it out on their front porches to let trick-or-treaters know that their houses were providing non-candy treats as well as traditional fare.

The initiative began as an effort to make Hallowe’en more inclusive for treat-or-treaters with special dietary needs or medical conditions that are exacerbated by certain ingredients.

Learn more about this project by visiting

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Have a more inclusive Halloween thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project