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Signs of Autism and the Perfect Book for Parents of Autistic Kids

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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is presented when a child’s social skills are challenged, they have repetitive behaviors and when they face difficulty with speech and nonverbal communication.

Autism can present itself at different stages of a child’s life, even up to age 3. It is important for parents or caregivers to learn the signs of Autism to seek professional help if necessary.

***Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.***

● SIGNS OF AUTISM

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions
  • Limited or no eye contact

By 9 months

  • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
  • Little or no response to name

By 16 months

  • Very few or no words

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

At any age

  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent preference for solitude
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Delayed language development
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

[Source: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism ]

Are you a parent of an Autistic Child? 

If so, here is the perfect book by a Jamaican Author for you and your child that is available on Amazon.

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF from Smoked Marlin Restaurant!

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Suga a.k.a Gabby Burgess with husband, Randy Burgess at Smoked Marlin Restaurant 2 years ago.

Flashback Friday to lunch at Smoked Marlin Restaurant two years ago.

Smoked Marlin is still up and running on the western end of the island, Hanover and is a fantastic spot for Seaside dining while indulging in authentic Jamaican cuisine.

Smoked Marlin Restaurant

Location: Main Street. Hopewell, Hanover

Ph: 876-609-4181

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Lifestyle and Rotaract Club New Kingston present Phenomenal Women United!

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Rotaract is a worldwide organization made up of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. There are over 7,000 clubs in more than 163 countries with membership
exceeding 180,000. In Jamaica, there are about 20 Rotaract Clubs, of which the Rotaract Club of New Kingston is a community based service organization, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Kingston. It is made up of young professionals committed to the commonality of creating opportunities for promising individuals within the Kingston Metropolitan Area. Rotaract provides opportunities for Personal and Professional development of its members as well.

Suga is not only an artist and owner of GW Art, but also a past Rotaractor and still supports the projects of various Rotaract Clubs. Suga Lifestyle and the Rotaract Club of New Kingston have teamed up to conduct an Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop with young women from the Women’s Centre and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

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Gabby a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle presenting on basic Painting and Entrepreneurship skills at the launch of Rotaract Club of New Kingston and Suga Lifestyle’s Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop for young women on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The Workshop was launched on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The venue and supplies needed for the Workshop have been funded by Suga Lifestyle and New Kingston Rotaract Club. The young ladies have been attending the workshop every Saturday since then under the guidance of Suga and Rotaractors.

The ladies are on course to use their learnt artistic, entrepreneurship and customer service skills to produce, showcase and sell their artwork at Craft Cart’s Pop Up Village on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Campion College’s Auditorium. They will get to keep all of the proceeds.

Phenomenal Women United will have Paintings, Desktops/Tabletops and Wooden Signs. Here is a Preview!

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Entry Cost is $200JMD with part proceeds to the Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA).

There will be over 50 exhibitors, please come out, look out for us and support this initiative, JASA as well as other talented local artisans.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Food Trucks of Jamaica at Kensington Crescent!

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Last Friday, Food Trucks of Jamaica made their way behind NCB Twin Towers at 2 1/2 Kensington Crescent off Oxford Road. They served lunch from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

This was their menu!

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Suga Taster, Stephen Greig visited the Food Truck last Friday at 1:45pm and reported that there was no line to my surprise. He said customer service was average, but quick.

He had the Chicken and Jerked Sausage Basil Pesto Alfredo Penne ($1300JMD) and thought that there was more Sausage than Chicken and it lacked spice. However, the Pasta was well cooked, the sauce was creamy and cheesy with just the right amount of parsley and portions were more than sufficient, so the meal was value for money.

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Chicken and Jerked Sausage Basil Pesto Alfredo Penne ($1300JMD) from Food Trucks of Jamaica last Friday, March 29, 2019. (Photo: Stephen Greig)

Kudos to Food Trucks of Jamaica for serving their food in a biodegradable box.

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*** Their Suga Taster rating is a 3.8/5 ***

Follow @foodtrucksofjamaica on Instagram to see where they are headed to next!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Healthy Blueberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Blueberry-Banana Smoothie – Blend the following:
1/2 a Frozen Banana
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
A dash of Cinnamon
1/2 cup 25/30cal Unsweetened Almond Milk/Skimmed Milk
1/2 – 1 cup Water *(depending on desired consistency)

N.B. If you can afford some Carbs or need a bit more fibre, add a tbsp. of Flaxseeds.

Get your Cinnamon, Flaxseeds and more at any one of Green Hills Natural Foods’ locations this year and use the code ‘SUGA19’ to get 10% off! 

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PriceSmart is great to get your Blueberries and Almond milk in bulk at a reasonable price.

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of CHAMPS 2019!

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Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of the Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships 2019!

BOYS

After Calabar High won 7 straight titles, Kingston College (KC) did not yield and executed one of the best and highest scoring CHAMPS win in history.  Their win was confirmed from as early as Friday night. With practically an injury free team compared to Calabar, they kept a high standard all season and executed their races well, winning races they were expected to win and creating upsets, running with momentum and heart. Well done KC. They continue their ‘Purple reign’ with the most Champs wins in history, 32. This was Project 32 and they succeeded.

Kudos also to Calabar for roaring towards the end and putting on a great show. They still managed to rack up over 300 points, which showed a valiant effort despite their mishaps and having an injured star athlete, Christopher Taylor.

Here are your final results!

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A generation of Calabar athletes is now gone and there is a new crop of KC athletes, plus emerging JC athletes with their very own new track and field. It will be interesting to see how Calabar regroups and how long KC can reign this time.

GIRLS

Competition was stiff on the Girls’ side. It came down to the relays to determine the winner. Defending Champs, Edwin Allen held on strong to beat the challengers, Hydel High, who were hot on their heels by 7 points.

There was a fight in the middle order of the top 10 too, where the ladies from Constant Spring Road, Immaculate High came out and made a statement this year, taking back the Corporate area title. They showed up in both field and track events, winning in high jump, long jump, a 4×100m relay and 200m! They got a silver in the Shot Put too! Well done Suga’s alma mater, Immaculate!

Here are your results!

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Hydel came really close this year, can they win next year for the first time? We’ll see.

Suga’s Athlete of CHAMPS 2019 – KC’s Wayne Pinnock!

Long Jump, 110m Hurdles and Sprints including 2 records! #SugaSnaps

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Suga’s Race of Champs 2019 – The Class 3 Boys 800m Final!

That moment when Jaquan Coke came from behind to secure the win for KC on the line was priceless.

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Suga would like to congratulate all the athletes for such talented, relentless performances. Jamaica has a lot to look forward to in the future of our Athletics Programme.

Also, thanks to all of you who tuned in and followed Suga Lifestyle every step of the way on Facebook and Instagram.

See you next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Point Standings for CHAMPS 2019!

After 5 Finals, here are your Point Standings for the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships!

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Suga expects HYDEL, JAGO & HOLMWOOD to come up in the sprints for the Girls, but EDWIN ALLEN should still take Champs. I have to big up IMMACULATE who might finally take back the Corporate area this year. Can CALABAR nurse their injuries and improve execution from a tight situation to beat KC? Stay tuned! 2 more days to go!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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