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Tips for stay-at-home activities for children with autism

What else can families do to ensure that their children continue to learn this summer while also having some fun?



As the remote learning school year comes to a close for many children, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, exhausted parents may be wondering how their families will handle the upcoming stay-at-home summer – especially if they have children with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Brittany Juban, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, a Clinical Director at May Institute offers the following tips:

1. One of the most important things parents can do for their children is to maintain a regular schedule and daily routine.

It may be tempting to take it easy over the summer months, but too much unstructured free time can lead to boredom and an increase in problem behaviors for some children. If your child’s remote learning (e.g., Zoom calls, school-provided activities or materials sent home) is coming to an end for the summer months, now is a good time to think about activities you can add to his or her schedule that might replace some of those school-related activities.

What else can families do to ensure that their children continue to learn this summer while also having some fun?

2. One good thing about summer is that you can add more outdoor activities to your schedule.

Although many parks and playgrounds have been closed during the pandemic, you can create some fun in your own backyard. Here are a few ideas:

  • Nature walks – children of all levels can participate in these. You might make a game of asking your child to identify objects during a walk such as cars, bicycles, flowers, birds, etc. They could also work on naming colors and practice counting. For example, how many red cars can you find? How many yellow flowers? For older or more advanced children, consider taking a nature book along for the walk and make a game of classifying different plants or animals that you may find.
  • Scavenger hunts – these are also adaptable and can be fun for children of all ages. Consider asking your child to look for a number of items one at a time, or make a list of words or draw a series of pictures of things they can find in the yard such as dandelions, sticks, leaves, stones, and outdoor toys such as balls or sidewalk chalk.
  • Obstacle courses – these can be simple or complex. You can create an obstacle course outside with household items. For example, you might put towels on the ground and then ask children to hop from towel to towel. Or you might set up a sprinkler and have children jump through the spray before they run around a tree. After a few practice sessions, your child may want to help set up a more complex course!

3. Inside, you can enlist your child’s help with everyday household chores and transform them into learning opportunities.

He or she could practice counting while helping you set the table (how many forks and spoons?) or matching (can you make your place setting look like mine?). You might also work on teaching your child to follow multiple-step instructions: “First spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread; then spread the jelly on the other; then put the two pieces together.”

Learning doesn’t happen only in a structured, school-like environment. Learning by helping out at home can be fun for your child and may boost his or her self-esteem. It may take a little extra time to incorporate your child into your everyday activities, but it is well worth it.

4. If you are working on academic skills with your child this summer, remember to schedule regular breaks throughout the day.

Give yourself a break too! When your child is enjoying a break by watching a favorite program or playing a game on his or her device, give yourself some time off too to relax and renew!

5. And remember to give yourself credit for all that you are doing during this time of COVID-19.

Our world and our lives have changed dramatically over the past few months and we are all doing the best we can. Most parents are doing a fantastic job and utilizing a lot of the parenting skills they already have. Keep up the good work!

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A personalized approach to women’s health and wellness is the way

Current healthcare systems and common wellness practices ought to develop in more ways possible to service and help women meet their evolving and exclusive health demands.



One-size-fits-all solutions for health and wellness are a thing of the past now. Filipinas have come a long way to realizing and embracing the unique builds of their minds, bodies, even their aspirations and priorities in life.

Challenges related to women’s health and fitness are to each her own. Current healthcare systems and common wellness practices ought to develop in more ways possible to service and help women meet their evolving and exclusive health demands. In the commencement of women’s month, here are practices to consider and digital tools that can be customized and convenient to you, to better and sustain your health this season and beyond.

Personalize your diet and fitness goals

You might have heard of trendy fitspiration workout and diet plans to stay healthy and fit. But how sure are you that it suits your unique physique’s needs and capacity? What works for one individual may not for another, more so for women.

Oprah Daily said hormones influence feelings of hunger and fullness, metabolism and body fat levels that overall affect women’s lifestyle.[1] Hormone levels differ by age and reproductive or menstrual condition. Filipinas can pursue the latest intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet and calorie-counting trends to achieve their body goals, however, these should be done along with a consultation from your nutritionist or personal health providers. Approaches to your diet have to be an efficient and targeted program to achieve better and healthier results.

There are also high-tech fitness gadgets that can personalize and support your health and fitness journey, especially for female-body types. These gizmos can monitor one’s activity levels and notify workout, eating and water drinking schedules, overall helping users sustain personal diet and fitness programs.

Maximize women-focused tools and services

Thanks to technological advancements in modern society, gone are the days when women manually tracked and tested themselves for health issues. Female-focused virtual tools, in the form of mobile applications, have innovated primarily women’s reproductive, menstrual and sexual health monitoring for awareness and disease prevention. FemTech Analytics forecasted that by 2026, the Asia-Pacific region will see the world’s fastest growth in women’s health apps.[2]

These can be period and pregnancy tracking apps available in android and iOS, which also houses teleconsultations to help women be more knowledgeable about their bodies and conscious of their hormonal status, equipping them to make informed decisions in these aspects of their wellbeing.

Meanwhile, women-centered high-tech facilities are also gaining momentum in the market and are becoming safe spaces for Filipinas to get treatment. These establishments started from serving women and assisting them through common reproductive, sexual or pregnancy issues, and has now developed to holistically address mental health and even dermatological or aesthetic needs of women. You may find a number of facilities, whether government-funded or privately listed, in many regions nationwide, especially accessible within metros in greater Manila areas.


Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy works closely with doctors and customers and considers factors such as patient age and allergy history in the process of customizing medicines to a patient’s needs.

Trust in customized medicines tailored to your specific needs

Forbes magazine revealed that Personalized Healthcare is one of the top trends in the industry this 2023, with emphasis on precision medicines that are tailored to patients based on age, genetics and other risk factors, rather than a generic approach.[3]

For Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), pioneer specialty compounding pharmacy in the Philippines, women may require customized dosages or delivery methods for medications related to their reproductive and hormonal health. Better and more targeted management of these can lead to stronger immunity and preventive health.

Through compounding– the science of customizing medications to a patient’s specific needs, medications can be tailored to meet their individual requirements. This process removes problem-causing excipients, adjusts dosage strengths to suit certain patients, such as infants or the elderly, adds flavors for better taste and even creates alternative form factors to make medicines easily ingestible such as lozenges, candies, gels, creams, capsules and liquid.

This month, AIP encourages Filipinas to explore Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Weight Loss Management solutions, two of their top categories in service of female patients.

Women who suffer from hormonal imbalances caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or menopause, common conditions of Filipinas young and old, can turn to hormone replacement therapy to treat their symptoms. BHRT is the process of replicating hormones using natural resources to supplement the body with the hormones it lacks. These can be: Thyroid Hormones Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) that stimulate body oxygen and energy consumption, increasing basal metabolic rates; Progesterone that increases core temperature during ovulation, relaxes smooth muscle, reduces gall bladder activity, normalizes blood clotting and vascular tone, and assists in thyroid function; Melatonin that improves the circadian rhythm and induces drowsiness for better sleep; Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA that strengthens the immune system, slows the natural changes in the body that come with age and provides more energy, improving mood and memory, and building up bone and muscle strength; Pregnenolone that improves energy, vision, memory, clarity of thinking, well-being, and libido, and many others.

AIP also provides prescribed weight management offerings, including clinically proven prescription medication, Phentermine Hydrochloride + Topiramate that is used to treat obesity type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. AIP also offers various nutrients like Methionine thatmayassist in the breakdown of fats to help to lower cholesterol thereby preventing excess fat buildup in the liver and throughout one’s body’s circulatory system; Inositol that promotes the health of cell structures and nerve synapses in aid of the metabolism of fats, helps reduce blood cholesterol, and participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite; Choline that supports the liver in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products; and Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12) thatis has been shown toboost energy and overall metabolic rates, assisting in the burning of stored body fat, detoxifies the body, increase of red blood cell production, maintain a healthy liver, help regulate sleep, mood, appetite and energy, and works synergistically with other nutrients to improve health, and slow aging.

Women in healthcare supporting Filipina patients

AIP has been providing world-class health and pharmaceutical care for custom medication needs for 10 years. In the last three years, AIP’s study showed more than 70 percent of their subscribers are female patients, a significant increase of 72 percent in the number of female patients served from 2021 to 2022. The female patients’ profiles comprise of gen Z adults ages 18 and above at 53 percent, millennials ages 27 to 42 as the largest generational group at 23 percent, followed by Gen X ages 43 to 58 at 20 percent, and Boomers ages 59 to 68 at 4 percent.

AIP’s Managing Director Sofia Lista also harps on supporting women empowerment in the industry which is evident in their operations. “Many women work in the field of pharmaceutical compounding as pharmacists, technicians, or researchers, and their contributions are vital to advancing the field and improving patient care. In AIP, 66 percent of the workforce are women and hold leadership positions. Let’s celebrate the important role that women play in healthcare and medicine,” says Lista.

AIP works with female doctors who specialize in women’s health– gynecology, endocrinology and dermatology. It advocates for the pharmacy triad or finding accountability with doctors, patients and pharmacists to provide superior pharmaceutical care, strengthening patient confidence and compliance. Visit to know more about their offerings, and follow AIP’s FacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn channels.

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Suffering from a Concussion after a Car Accident

Concussion symptoms can take several forms, with symptoms different for every person. Concussion symptoms should be treated by a medical professional who can clear each person to return to everyday life.



A concussion is a form of brain injury that is often misunderstood. The CDC explains a concussion can change the quality of life of people involved in a car accident. Concussion symptoms can take several forms, with symptoms different for every person. Concussion symptoms should be treated by a medical professional who can clear each person to return to everyday life.

What is a Concussion?

To understand concussion symptoms, we need to separate fact from fiction. The jolting movements of a car accident make concussion symptoms a possibility. The most common reason for a concussion is a blow to the head. The fast movement of the head in any direction rapidly moves the brain back and forth. A blow to the head is not the only way to receive a concussion. Car accidents can result in a blow to the body leading to concussion symptoms.

Concussion Symptoms After a car Accident

The violent shaking of the neck and head during a car accident can result in many concussion symptoms. The symptoms and length of the issue vary by the individual involved. Among the common symptoms of a concussion are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

These are the most common symptoms of a concussion and should be looked for in the aftermath of a car accident.

There are plenty of other symptoms of a concussion. Not all concussion symptoms are commonly seen, with other symptoms including:

  • Concussion
  • Loss of memory of the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response
  • Forgetfulness

Delayed Symptoms of a Concussion

Following a car accident, the symptoms of a concussion can arrive minutes to days after the traumatic event. Many delayed symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to identify without the help of a medical professional. People affected by a delayed concussion can go through personality changes and display irritability with those around them. Concussion symptoms can be displayed through sleep disturbances and psychological issues, including depression. Light and noise sensitivity are long-term symptoms of a concussion following a car accident.

Should you see a Doctor?

The Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor for all head injuries within one to two days of the traumatic event. Concussion symptoms can have a devastating effect on the quality of life of those affected, with concussion symptoms never being ignored. There is no set timescale for recovering from a head injury, with medical professionals ensuring symptoms do not develop into a life-threatening condition.

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How to help children build a growth mindset

Consider these three tips to help children build a growth mindset.



A new year is a perfect time to consider the habits you want to keep and the ones you’d like to develop. One resolution to consider is helping your children develop a growth mindset this year.

“We know one of the greatest boosts to parents’ confidence over the past year came from knowing their children’s whole selves are being nurtured, and we want to see that trend continue,” said Carter Peters from KinderCare Learning Center’s education team. “A growth mindset helps children try new things despite fear of failure. It’s the kind of thinking that allows inventors and creative thinkers to get excited about trying something new and ensures they have the cognitive flexibility and problem-solving skills to work through hurdles.”

Adults can often easily spot when children are engaged in creative thinking and prideful of their work, but that confidence may be lost as failures turn into insecurities. By nurturing a growth mindset and showing children they can learn and develop new skills in any area, it better sets them up for long-term success.

Consider these three tips to help children build a growth mindset:

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1. Praise effort

It’s easy to fall into the habit of praising successes. However, praising effort encourages children to try new things without the fear of failing. It also teaches children personal growth and achievement are possible, even if their overall effort wasn’t a success.

“Young children often get excited to try something new,” Peters said. “By praising effort and showing children they’ll still be loved and valued despite the outcome, you can reframe how they approach challenges and teach them that difficult doesn’t mean impossible.”

2. Encourage the process

People often withhold praise until there’s a result, which leads children to hurriedly scribble a picture to hold up for a “good job” instead of taking time to focus on their efforts. When children know adults will encourage them during the process, instead of only upon the achievement, they’re more likely to try new things or master a new skill. For example, try providing encouragement such as, “I can see you’re focused on drawing that tree. It looks so lifelike because you’re putting so much thought into what you’re doing.” Once their project is finished, continue the encouragement by hanging up their artwork or school projects in a prominent place.

3. Model a growth mindset

You can model a growth mindset for children by narrating your actions when you are facing a challenge: “I am having a difficult time putting this shelf together, but it’s OK. I’ll take a break then read the instructions again.” Remove negative words from your vocabulary, such as “I can’t” or “I’m stupid.” Even when you are joking, children may not be able to tell the difference. You can also ask your children to join you in problem-solving. Take time to hear their ideas and try them even if you think they won’t work. This not only supports the development of their growth mindset, but the quality time and encouragement reinforces their sense of self-worth and builds confidence.

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