Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Music Festival Launches in Jermyn

Inclusion Festival, an autism- and sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, will be held July 28 and 29 at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, just north of Scranton.

Inclusion Festival celebrates neurodiversity, promotes understanding and acceptance, and provides educational opportunities within a safe, nurturing environment. Individuals with special needs, and those who wish to support them, are invited to participate and attend recreational and educational workshops, connect with nature, experience live music, participate in mindfulness practices and build a supportive community network and lifestyle that extends far beyond the festival grounds. Continue reading

Yoga Improves Lives of Autistic Children

by Lisa DiFalco

ed_autismyoga_brianaubin_cralexthomasAutism and autism spectrum disorders can be challenging for affected individuals and their families. However, children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities create an opportunity for service providers to think differently and find ways to embrace everyone within their practice, helping children, teens and adults with autism, Asperger’s and other special needs. Brian Aubin is that type of wellness provider, offering customized yoga instruction focused on the specific needs of those with autism and special needs. He is also different from the average yoga instructor in another way.

Aubin has a personal connection to autism. Although now a yoga instructor on a mission, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a “mild form” of autism, at the relatively old age of 17. He was spurred by the benefits he felt when he started to practice yoga in 2013, and he began to train as a yoga teacher. He has dedicated his life to providing yoga to an underserved population and offers classes throughout Long Island.

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Cooking with Kids

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Slicing fruit for a fruit salad, mixing dough for cookies, creating our own smoothie blends—these are some of the fun and easy ways that I get my kids, George, 12, and June, 9, busy in the kitchen with me. They’ve both learned some serious skills over the years—we’ve been cooking together since George was 4 and June not even 2. The cooking first started as a therapeutic approach to help George learn to focus and engage with others.
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Retrain the Brain with LENS

by Jeffrey Rutstein

What is LENS? 

Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.

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