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Author Archives: Heidi Cooper

Enzymes

Okay, I’m ready to take the leap and write this post. I have been putting it off because I have been doing some field testing and didn’t want to jump the gun. So here goes… The Subjects Doug is 44 years old, and displays textbook Asperger’s syndrome. He has sensory overload, food intolerances, terrible people … Continue reading »

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Torah and diet

Torah definitely affects the way we eat. One of the first changes made as a person begins keeping Torah is the switch to kosher food. No more ham, pepperoni, or shrimp! For some people, this is an easy change. For some people like my husband, it can be very difficult. But how far does kosher … Continue reading »

Categories: Featured, Torah, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Trial and error

I have spent the last couple of weeks doing some experimenting. I am just about done reading the book Enzymes and Autism. I now know more about the digestive system than I ever thought possible. Did you know that your intestines are wrapped in nerves to the point that your digestive system is called the … Continue reading »

Categories: battleplans, Praise!, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Character training?

There are six children living in my home. There are also two parents and two dogs. Throw in two people with aspergers, and you have a recipe for conflict. “Mom, she’s keeping me awake!” “She just gave my toothbrush to Elisha!” “Isaac, get off your sister! You’re crushing her!” “I don’t like her. She’s a … Continue reading »

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A good day

Some of you may remember that months ago, we set out to install a windmill in our backyard. We have been working a little at a time on preparation. Today, we asked my Dad to come over to help us assemble the tower and test run lifting it up. In the past, this would have … Continue reading »

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Lifegiving Psalms

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the … Continue reading »

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Battleplan

After much research, I think I can safely say that there are good things and bad things about autism spectrum disorders. My husband has been so helpful in giving me his perspective. He grew up in the days before aspergers had a name, and he was labeled learning disabled. Now that I have been able … Continue reading »

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a prayer

YHVH, I have so many questions. I don’t understand the decisions you make. You are so wise, and you understand everything. I have been tempted to go to others for help. If I just search for the right words on the internet, then I’ll find answers. Someone will explain to me why I have been … Continue reading »

Categories: heartcries | 2 Comments

The beauty of routine

I have struggled with the idea of routine for years. I would start one and then fall flat on my face. I guess I don’t like the perceived rigidity. I want to be able to accommodate my lazy inclinations. (Did I just write that out loud?) But I have learned to embrace the concept of … Continue reading »

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A gift or a curse?

Is asperger’s and its autistic cousins a curse? Is it something to be dreaded? Should I fear what the future will look like? Or is it a blessing in disguise? Have they been given a gift? Is there reason to hope? I think aspergers is a gift and I’ll tell you why. In my world: … Continue reading »

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