March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Website Hosting For Under Ten Dollars

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Are you looking for a website hosting place for under ten dollars? Then visit Web Hosting Geeks. They are ready to help you with your website, and they have been receiving awards since 2004. They even offer free things just for doing business with them. I have learned over the years how website hosting allows your website to thrive, so why not sign yours up today. At least get out there and check out what they do have to offer. Maybe you know someone who just isn't wanting to spend a whole lot of money for a service during these times. Are you needing help? Do not worry about that one. Everything is covered there on the website. Take your time reading and learning. Better yet, get your website hosted my Web Hosting Geeks today. Everything that you need is just around the corner to make sure that your website is ready for the world. See what you can get for free, and how much it will cost for you to enter your website. Take care and I hope that you will at least go on over and visit them. You can also visit their blog.

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Judge Upholds Wendy Portillo's Suspension


Judge uphold the suspension with the case of Wendy Portillo out of Florida. She is currently under unpaid suspension from the school after she allowed students to vote an autistic child out of the classroom. Here is the videos of her testimony.





Here is her "vote-out" incident.



The mother of Alex Barton has told me that she has created a website for his justice. She was really pleased at the justice he was receiving on my blog, and I hope that you will visit there as well.

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GSM and Shire To Promote Vyvanse For Adult ADHD

GlaxoSmithKline and Shire enter an agreement to promote Vyvanse for adult ADHD. This is great news for Shire. Vyvanse is what my boys are on, and they are doing very well. This is a 3-year agreement that covers the United States only and will add an important product to GSK. For more information about Vyvanse and this agreement you can visit Fox Business. Another great article is from Ruters.

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Generation Rescue Strike Out Autism Bowling Event


Generation Rescue is having a family-fun bowling event on
April 19th, 2009 from 10 am - 12 pm across the country to raise awareness and funds in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. Sign up on-line today!

Please join us, children bowl for FREE & it's just $35 for an adult!!!! Register on-line today at Generation Rescue

Join a team, create a team or just come and watch!

Invite all your family and friends as we Strike Out the Pins and Strike Out Autism! All proceeds go towards our Rescue Family program, which funds biomedical treatment for families who can not afford it. Your attendance helps one more child in the battle against autism.

There are door prizes at each location, including items for children and an autographed copy of Jenny McCarthy & Dr. Jerry Kartzinel's new book, Healing and Preventing Autism, as well as bowling gift bags for each participant.

Locations:

Scottsdale, Arizona
Anaheim, California
Petaluma, California
San Jose, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Shady Grove, Maryland
Commerce Township, Michigan
Austin, Texas
Wallington, New Jersey
Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
New York, New York
Rochester, New York

For further information or questions contact Candace McDonald at cmdonald@generationrescue.org or call 818-990-0444 x 225.


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Media Tour for Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Kartzinel During Autism Awareness Month

Healing & Preventing Autism Help us put Healing and Preventing Autism on the NY Times Bestseller List and keep autism in the news.

Purchase from Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Just Released! Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. Jenny McCarthy has teamed up with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, the doctor who recovered her son, to write Healing and Preventing Autism. Their new book provides all the necessary information about biomedical treatment from diagnosis, dietary interventions, environmental changes for the home to advanced therapies that doctors use today.

Follow Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Kartzinel on their
media tour during Autism Awareness Month.

New York Tuesday, March 31

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM - ABC RADIO TOUR

WRQX RADIO, Washington, DC
WPRO RADIO, Providence, RI New Bedford,
WLW RADIO, Cincinnati, OH
WTAM RADIO, Cleveland, OH
WIBC RADIO, Indianapolis, IN
KCMO RADIO, Kansas City, MO
KTRS RADIO, Saint Louis, MO

New York Wednesday, April 1, 2009

8:00 AM GOOD MORNING AMERICA
9:00 AM (Tape) FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND Air Date TBA
10:30 AM REUTER TV

New York Thursday, April 2, 2009

7:00 AM-11:30 AM TV SATELLITE TOUR Multiple Interviews TBA

Los Angeles Friday, April 3, 2009

1:15 PM -2:30PM EXTRA Interview with Jenny & Dr. Kartzinel, Air Date TBA
6:00 PM LARRY KING LIVE Interview with Jenny, Jim Carrey, Dr. Kartzinel and JB Handley

Los Angeles Monday, April 13, 2009

Taping ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW Interview to air 4/14

Los Angeles Wednesday, April 15, 2009

9:00 AM GOOD DAY LA
4:00 PM (Tape) THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW Interview to air 4/16

Los Angeles Thursday, April 16, 2009

3:00 PM CHELSEA LATELY

Los Angeles Friday, April 17, 2009

9:00 AM (Taping) THE DOCTORS Interview with Jenny, Dr. Kartzinel, JB Handley, Stan Kurtz, and a recovered family, Air Date TBA


Show your support and listen to the radio and watch the television shows in support of Jenny McCarthy & Dr. Jerry Kartzinel! Check Generation Rescue's web site often for updates and changes.


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UKAF Fundraiser on Autism Awareness Day

>> Monday, March 30, 2009


Fundraise for UKAF on UN World Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2009. To mark UN World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2009 on 2nd April - the UK Autism Foundation is now partnering with JustGiving to launch a fundraising campaign for autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This is great news for the UK. I wish them the best and hope that you will support them as well. Remember autism is a world epidemic in my opinion, and help is needed all around the world for this ever growing condition. Enjoy your day!!

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UK Autism Foundation To Request GOP To Act

Poverty and autism in the United Kingdom has led to the decision of the UK Autism Foundation to request that the GOP act on Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2009. Something I can relate to. I wouldn't say we were rich either, and these days, poverty is becoming more common due to the economic state of the entire world. Such sad time that we have to go through something like that.

The UK Autism Foundation is also appealing to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN General Assembly to take action on Poverty and Autism. The credit crunch and the deepening global economic recession has placed huge pressure on families and adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. There are many more families below the poverty line, as described at Medical News Today.
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A Shopping Blogger

So, you like to shop you say. I have a wonderful blogger friend who is an expert on that subject, and I would like to invite you to her page. Sunegrl72 loves to shop, blog, and share her shopping experiences online. Shopping is her thing and I hope that you will go on over and visit her web site. Shopping can get expensive these days, but sunegrl72 is there to help you out.

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Animal Therapies

Animal therapies are becoming common with helping children with autism. I found this wonderful article on autism dogs, that I thought you would like to read. They are just so amazing on how they help with the child to cope with everyday living. Plus, it gives them a new best friend. I wish we had one, but Eddie is allergic to dogs, and Devin is just plain scared of them. The dogs keep the children close to home allowing for the parent to relax for a moment. Other great website include 4pawsforability, Autism Service Dogs of America, and National Service Dogs (Canada) Horse therapy is also common and Winslow has a great website on horses and autism therapy. I love horses, and I was planning on taking the boys to Have A Heart Horse Rescue this summer to enjoy the horses there. The poor things. Other great websites include dolphin therapy. Planet Puna is also a dolphin website. Hope you enjoy discovering these therapies and that it helps make a decision on what kind of therapy you would like to try.

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Ann Curry's Octuplet Mom Interview


I was digging through my widgets and found that Celeb-o-matic had a piece on the Ann Curry from the Today show in New York City. She had a four part interview with Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets among fourteen children. Wow, and I thought two was enough. The octuplets interview is really something. The article was talking about a text message that was sent saying that Ann Curry really hated this women. Now that just isn't right. Ms. Suleman is having lots of trouble financially as we all well know. Who would not these days with the terrible economy. I wish her the best to her and the kids. One child is diagnosed with autism, one with ADHD, and another with learning difficulties. Hope you will watch the video and enter your comments.

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School Grades Are In

The boys have done it again, and the teachers have really been very pleased. Eddie's teacher says, "I love his brain. I love how it works." He is reading at an early 4th grade level and he is now almost done with the 2nd grade. I was really impressed with him on that one. He's reading on a J level.

Devin is reading where he should be which is great for him. He's still quite a loner when it comes to social play. His teacher was worried about a gagging reflex while at lunch. She said that he picked at his food and would mostly eat the bread. She was wondering about acid reflux. I told her that most kids with autism has stomach issues and I was in need of a doctor for them. She recommended one, and I plan on taking them as soon as possible. Well, lets get on with their grades. Let's do Eddie first:

Eddie

Handwriting S S S S
Spelling 100 99 100 98
Language 90 88 89 94
Reading 99 82 91 98
Math 99 100 100 98
Science 94 100 97 100
Social Studies 95 85 90 88

Devin

Reading S+ E E- E
Language S E S+ E
Math S S S S
Science S S S S
Social Studies S S S S

Great job boys! Keep up the good work 1st grade and 3rd grade are just around the bend
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Today Is The Day For Adoption

Today is the day that I send off for my original birth certificate from the state of Texas. I am very excited and a whole slew of people are awaiting the results. If I have the correct names of my birth parents, then I am able to receive the original copy. If I am correct then I have a wonderful half- brother and sister. They are quite shocked about me, but we have become friends. No one had any idea that there could have been another sibling. I just wish that I could get a hold of my birth mother. I haven't been in contact with her family yet. Well guys, wish me luck on this, and hopefully this will be the end of my search. If not, then I have made some really good friends.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

>> Sunday, March 29, 2009

Behavioral Analysis is the systematic study of variables that influence the behavior of an organism. ABA is the process of systematically applying what scientists have learned in the laboratory to significant behaviors in real life situations, such as home, school, and work. It is to help reduce inappropriate, self-injurious, and stereotypical behaviors; modify conditions under which interfering behaviors occur, teach new skills, and transfer and generalize behavior from one situation to another.

Behaviors have definable and measurable frequencies rates, durations and intensities and consist of specific actions that can be maintained, increased, or decreased. ABA is not a specified program, but rather many different programs that follow a set of principles and guidelines. Others use specific terms to describe actions therapist take with their clients.

Components of an ABA Program that allows the program to be efficient. ABA, like other therapies is most effective with autism children at a young age. Usually it begins at ages of two and eight. When the children are at this age therapists may use ABA methology to teach a pre-school curriculum including many skills. Areas can include the following: color, number and letter identification, vocabulary development, gross motor development with essential safety awareness skills, fine motor development and language and organization. ABA is compatible with other therapies. Integrating it with biomedical intervention, for which the C.A.R.D. Program is the model and can be extremely effective. ABA professionals are learning how to incorporated sensory integration into ABA henseforth most autistic children do have certain types of sensory issues. Mine sure do and I've even found myself to have a few.

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EEG and ASD

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

In today's autism world, an EEG (electroencephalogram) can be useful. Individuals diagnosed with AD(H)D, learning disabilities and autism can learn how to control their brainwaves to sustain attention, increase concentration, improve sleep and decrease anxiety. Looks like I could use those three things. What about you? This is obtainable by super fast computers which are capable of handling real time data from the brain. How great is that?

Neurofeedback is a highly sophisticated version of biofeedback that allows the brain to "eavesdrop on itself" and learn how to alter it's own timing and the frequencies of its brainwave activity. Neurofeedback has emerged into a powerful therapy that teaches the brains of autism patients to function more efficient.

Brainwave frequencies are measured in cycles per second, or Hertz; therefore, one Hertz equals one cycle per second. EEG signals can be dominant; all occur simultaneously composed of many different frequencies, and are organized in frequency bands. The list below shows these bands and the mental state associated with each band, and may slightly vary from doctor to doctor.

Frequency Name, Cycles per second (Hertz), Mental State

Delta, <4, Sleep
Theta 4-7, Drowsy
Alpha 8-11, Inattentive
SMR ( Sensori-motor rhythm), 12-15, Calm
Beta, 16-20, Focused
High Beta, >20, Excited

Did you know that the brains with attention deficits demonstrate a dominance of low-freguency theta waves, which produce drowsy mental state, resulting in symptoms such as lethargy, poor focus, and compromised memory. That is right too many theta waves can disturb sleep making children feeling tired most of the time even a school.

Nurofeedback takes the form of a visual display with auditory signals, and occasionally tactile feedback. Visual display has the sole purpose of entertaining the subject and training the brain. This makes it possible for the training to proceed even with non-verbal individuals. The brain still tries to do its best (at an unconscious level) to adjust to the demands of its environment. regardless of the cognitive level of the person with autism and other spectrum disorders.

Types of neurofeedback can include hemoencephalography (blood-brain-image) or HEG, the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS), and passive infrared thermal training (pIR). HEG uses a headband with infrared heat sensors that can detect blood flow within the brain. The LENSE system, invented by Len Ochs Ph.D, use a very low power electromagnetic fields, no larger than those that surround digital watches to carry feedback to the subject. Visit the LENSE link for more information or visit these other sources:

EEG Info

EEG Institute

BCIA

EEG Directory

ISNR

EEG Spectrum

AAPB

Brian Othmer Foundation

Source of info:
Envisioning a Bright Future by:
Patricia Lemer

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MagNext Games

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009


On line games are the best when it comes to entertaining my oldest son with autism and ADHD. He loves magnetix as well. He really enjoys putting the cars together and crashing them to knock the balls off of them. Now he can go online and do the exact same thing. It is good for him I believe to use the computer to play games. It helps with his eye-hand coordination a lot. MagNext is the place for your kids to hang out and enjoy themselves. I will be showing this game of to my oldest son when he gets home from school. He will absolutely love to play it. I tried it out and I highly recommend playing the game. You can upgrade your "ball" character with hats and colors of different kinds. Playing with other people and having a buddy list really encourages the child as to having a type of social interaction with others online safely. You can add pre-set emoticons, and language text to enhance the buddy friendship stature. So grab the kids and hop on over to play. I am sure they will like it and have lots of wonderful fun with it, I surely had a lot of fun playing it myself. Made me feel like a kid again.

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My Autism Awareness Vehicle Message Plan


I thought that I would share the picture that I will be putting on our vehicle back windshield for Autism Awareness Month. What do you think? It is a little hard to read though. Guess I need a new camera...LOL



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Gary McKinnon You Tube Videos

There are many You Tube video's on Gary McKinnon, and I thought that I would at least share the search link for his video's. He is currently going to have legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has agreed to participate in a musical protest against attempts to extradite UFO enthusiast turned hacker Gary McKinnon to the US. Janis Sharp, McKinnon's mum, is organising a sing-in protest to coincide with President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to London for the G20 conference on the global economic crisis at the beginning of April. News of Gilmour's involvement gives a massive publicity boost to these efforts. You can read up on this article here.
Here is the embeded video in the article for you to watch here. His mother has rewritten the words to Graham Nash's Chicago. In which David Gilmour will sing for Gary McKinnon.




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10 Things To Do With Your Autistic Child On Autism Awareness Day

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

April 2, 2009 is Autism Awareness Day!! So I thought that I would come up with a little to do list with your child on this special day. Hopefully you will find it interesting as much as I did putting it together.

10 Things To Do With Your Autistic Child on Autism Awareness Day

1.) Give your child a hug and kiss and tell them today is your day. You are special.
2.)Give thanks to your doctors and therapist by helping your child make a card.
3.) Go on an Autism Awareness Walk in your area. If there is not one create a walk with closest friends of the child.
4.) Read a children's book about their condition or any other type of book they enjoy. Age appropriate children want to learn more about their condition.
5.) Create an Autism Awareness Message on your vehicle, and add a link to your blog or another favorite website. I plan on doing this one.
6.) Donate to autism research. One of the most fulfilling things you can do.
7.) Bake an Autism Awareness Cake. Make sure that it is GFCF, and colors are of natural origin.
8.) Buy your child a favorite toy he does not have. It is sure to keep them busy for a few minutes while you at least sit down.
9.) Buy an Autism Awareness product for you and your child to wear on autism day, and during the month of April.
10.) Go fishing, shopping, or create your own idea. I am curious as to what you can come up with.



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The P.L.A.Y. Projects Lv. 1&2 Comes To Tupelo, MS

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The creator of P.L.A.Y. who is board certified in general pediatrics and developmental and behavioral pediatrics is coming to Tupelo Ms., on November 6-7, 2009 at 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $175.00. So join us for this 2-day workshop by creator Dr. Richard Solomon as he presents the P.L.A.Y. Project, a unique community based autism training and early intervention program. The model is based on Dr. Stanley Greenspan's DIR ( Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based) Theory, also known as "Floortime". Part 1 of this workshop will help parents and professionals learn effective, low cost and efficient strategies for developmentally delayed young children ages 18 months-6 years in order to help them gain language, social and play skills. Part 2 of this workshop focuses on helping school age children on the autism spectrum (4-8 yrs) who are working on developing richer levels of interaction, two-way communication and social skills. The DIR theory, research and dozens of video case examples will be presented to help participants learn strategies, methods, and techniques. No prior knowledge is needed. Please contact Tricia Edmonson (trishe3@gmail.com) (662-407-0028) for more information. Let her know if your group is interested or with any questions you might have. Space will be limited, so please inform her of your interest so she may put your group at the top of their list. A limited number of scholarships, provided by local cherities, will also be available for families in need on a regional and 1st come/1 st served basis. If there is a charitable group in your area who might be interested in providing scholarships, please contact Tricia. Additional information can be found by visiting PlayProject. This event will be a great opportunity to network and get valuable information on the newest, most promising and cost effective treatments available for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Delays.

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Sears Winter Apparel Sale

Are you looking for an apparel sale at Sears? They are having a sale taking up to 75-80% OFF ORIGINAL PRICES ON FALL & WINTER APPAREL from now till April 18th. What a great time to add clothing to next years wardrobe. What a sale they are having now. I just love this suit, and it is only fifty dollars. Great price I would say, then I'd just have to go out and see what all that they do have. A day in town with my friends and family shopping around Sears looking for the next new look for the next winter season. Shopping is a past time that I really enjoy doing once I get the chance to go. I am hoping that you will save some time by going to the link to find something that fits you and your family. Shopping online is great, and it is very convenient as well. Getting your friends and family together for this event is well worth it. There is not much time left for this great opportunity to enjoy so get out there today and see what you can grab up before it is all gone. You will be amazed and pleased to find so many things on sale. Wish I could go right now and shop. Everything seems to be on sale even blue jeans that are still in need this time of year when it is just getting warm, but not warm enough to wear the shorts. Having a business meeting or trip, then get you something that you know you will look good in and run for it. But you better run for this sale because it will be ending soon. Are you just not wanting to spend right now, then how about charging what you need and want so much. You can always pay it off later. I hope that you have a wonderful trip.

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A Great Autism Meeting

Well guys, I went to the autism meeting last night, and it was a good one. The speaker, Dr. Callaghan, was talking about the biomedical approach to autism. He was talking to us on how to get started in the biomedical aspect of autistic children and how to heal their bodies... to feed a starving brain. Autism is contributed to many factors, and an unborn child is even still at risk for all of the chemicals that are transported from the mother to the unborn child. Pesticides and mercury are transported to the child causing harm already. Some children are just predisposed to have a weaker immune system that the environment triggers and causing autistic like behaviors. Treating a child with autism is difficult, from diets, to nutritional supplements, removal of metals in the body (chelation), and probiotics ( parasites in the digestive system) to break down materials in the body. Children with autism usually don't have enough of these probiotics to compensate for their bodily functions, and can be added to help the body rid itself of many bad things. Most can have parasites that also need to be treated. Yeast is also another problem with children with autism. Yeast can travel to the brain causing inflammation. An entire body affected by yeast, because the body can't rid itself of it without help. Medication and a lowered yeast diet can help rid the body of this potential problem. B12 is also very helpful with a child with autism since they have lowered amounts. Make sure that their B12 is checked. There is so much that can be done to help a child with autism so get those tests done to see what you can do to help the ones that you love. You may refer to other articles and posts that I can created to find out information on biomedical treatments that could potentially help you children and yourself.

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Sears Sale Going On Now

>> Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sears is having a sale. Sears Clearance Apperal on March 20-22nd. Sears offers additional 15% off shopping pass on regular, sale and clearance priced apparel, shoes and accessories.
Sears is also offering 75-80% OFF ORIGINAL PRICES ON FALL & WINTER APPAREL from now till April 18th. So you better hurry and get out there today, but you still have until April to get the second best offer for your apparel next year. Hope that you get that coupon and get to Sears today and enjoy a day of shopping. I always like to go to Sears to see what they have, and with this sale who would not want to get out there and do some shopping.

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Relationshiped-based Therapies

Stanley Greenspan, a child psychologist, developed The Developmental Individual Differences, Relationship-based Approach (DIR). The DIR offers a framework to assist parents and professionals in creating a comprehensive, intensive therapeutic program. It is also fully compatible with other therapies including biomedical intervention, occupational therapy, sound-based therapy and let us not forget vision therapy. While DIR focuses on the individual, they also focus on the entire family to help resolve family issues that may be interfering with a child's growth and development. Components of DIR falls into six categories.
1.) Shared attention- Utilize all the senses and motor abilities, stretching the child's capabilities for interaction.
2.) Engagement- Follow the child's lead, building upon pleasurable interactions. Match the child's rhythm, deepen the warmth, add physical closeness.
3.) Two-way purposeful interaction with gestures- Exaggerate emotion, become animated, support initiative, facilitate goal achievement.
4.) Two-way purposeful problem solving interaction- Add extra steps to play, such as acting dumb, playing obstructively and creating barriers, forcing the child to solve problems.
5.) Emotional ideas- Encourage imaginary play, combining words with ideas and affect with action.
6.) Emotional thinking- Building bridges between ideas and development of abstract reasoning. Challenge with "wh" questions. This high level of development is the ultimate goal for all children.

The individual differences that affect learning and behavior. They are as follows: auditory processing, gestural non-verbal language, ability to understand and use language, visual spacial processing, motor planning and sequencing, and sensory planning and sequencing, and sensory reactivity and modulation. The Dir approach assists caregivers in developing adult/child relationships, which then allows a child to develop meaningful relationships with peers and siblings. According to Greenspan, all individuals categorize experiences by their sensory and affective qualities.

Sensory perception focuses on physical properties (bright, loud, big smooth, etc.) and emotional qualities may be perceived as soothing, jarring, happy, tense, etc. DIR focuses on the child's ability to interact with others. Our interaction malfunction would be getting along with each other (parents and sibling). Guess well be working on that one. We are riding a bumpy road, but with faith we will make it through. The primary goal of DIR-based intervention program is to enable children to form a sense of themselves as intentional, interactive individuals, and to develop cognitive language and social capacities. The heart of DIR is Floortime that have guidelines to allow the child to develop spontaneous interactive behaviors that are purposeful and intentional. They include:
1.) Follow the child's lead- do what the child does, he is the leader. If he spins, take his hand and do a little dance.
2.) Join the child's developmental level and build on his natural interests- treat whatever the child is doing as intentional and purposeful.
3.) Open and close circles of communication- When a child avoids or rejects adult interaction, treat is as an error. Say, "Oh you don't want this!Sorry! Here try this toy."
4.) Help the child do what he wants to do- Guide by putting hand over hand. Work face-to-face, or at a mirror so the child can see adult expressions. When a child is purposeful, hand him another object.
5.) Create a play environment- focus on creative interaction; avoid structured games.
6.) Extend the circles of communication- interact in such ways that help a child reach individual goals such as obtaining a toy.
7.) Broaden the child's range of interactive experience- extend the child's desire to expand upon emotional, sensory, and motor responses.
8.) Tailor interactions to a child's unique sensory processing differences- assess the child's sensory difficulties and add sensory play using balls, whistles, bubbles, etc.
9.) Mobilize the six developmental stages simultaneously- share attention, engage the child with gestures and pre-verbal problem-solving to encourage two-way purposeful interaction, emotions, ideas and thinking.

A lot of the DRI intervention takes place in the home. Parents, caregivers, and therapists typically interact with children in Floortime activities for at least 20 minutes eight or more times a day. For children attending school, the program can integrate into the classroom which allows interactions with typically developing children when the child was ready. A balanced DIR program includes both spontaneous and semi-structured activities designed to facilitate mastery of specific processing abilities, and emotional, congitive language and motor skills. DIR includes structured activities at least three times a day to address the following areas: motor and sensory skills, balance, coordination and left-right integration, rhythm, modulation, and visual-spatial skills. For those interested, go to icdl.com.

Relational Development Intervention ( RDI) was developed by Steven E. Gutstein. Like DIR, RID educates and coaches adults to interact and work with children on the ASD spectrum. The goal of RDI is the remediation of specific deficits that define ASD by creating numerous daily opportunities for a child to respond in a flexible thoughtful way. The RDI consists of nine different elements:
1.) Diagnostic evaluation
2.) Parent education
3.) RDI program planning
4.) Consultation
5.) Parents use RDI as a lifestyle and function as facilitators
6.) Children work individually with adults, and then in therapeutic peer dyads or groups when ready.
7.) Episodic memory
8.) Emphasis on Self Development
9.) The RDI Program is a primary intervention.

Goals of the RDI Program include: understanding and appreciate the many levels of experience sharing, become an equal partner in co-regulating experience sharing interactions, value the uniqueness of others' perspectives, ideas, and feelings, work to maintain enduring relationships, become adaptable and flexible in both social and non-social problem solving, and recognize that their own unique identity can continue to grow and develop.

Lyte Kaufman and his family, established The Option Institute and The Autism Treatment Center of America, where they have been offering the Son-Rise Program since 1983. The Son-Rise Program is based on the idea that adults must enter the world of autism instead of asking the child with autism to enter the "real" world. By mirroring repetitive and ritualistic behaviors and interacting with the child through play, accompanied by a optimistic, trusting, respectful, and non-judgmental attitude of love and enthusiasm, adults can gradually lead a child tword a more normal life. Parents are encouraged to explore their own belief systems and to question judgments that limit them. The guiding principles are listed and described below;
1.) Autism is a relational, not a behavioral-disorder- Son Rise views autism as an interactional disorder in which children have difficulty relating and connecting to those around them.
2.) Motivation, not repetition, hold the key to all learning- Son Rise strives to uncover each child's unique motivations, and use these to teach children the skills they need to learn.
3.) "Stimming" behaviors have important meaning and value- son-Rise accepts and respects children's behaviors.
4.) Parents are the child's best resources- nothing equals the power of the parent.
5.) Parents and professionals are most effective when they feel comfortable with a child, optimistic about a child's capabilities and hopeful about the child's future- caring professionals often do not have the resources, guidance, or support they need to help the children they are working with.
6.) All children can progress in the right environment- most children on the ASD spectrum are over stimulated by plethora of distractions that others do not even notice.
7.) A child's potential is limitless- Son-Rise focuses parents on their own attitudes striving to help them reclaim their optimism and hopefulness, and see the potential in their children.

Carol Gray developed Social Stories to help individuals with autism learn to "read" and understand social situations by answering questions, "who", "what", "when", "where" and "why" to a variety of situations presented in the form of stories. The goal of Social Stories is to impart accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner, not to challenge an individuals behavior. Social Stories uses four types of sentences that are named to described below.
1.) Descriptive sentences- express what people do in a particular social situations. Ex. " When the bell rings, the children come in from recess and go to their classrooms, where the teacher reads a story."
2.) Directive sentences- move a person toward a desired appropriate social response. Ex. " When the bell rings, I stop playing and line up to come in from recess.
3.) Perspective sentences- present others' reactions to a situation so that the individual can learn how others' perceive various events. Ex. " The teacher is happy to see all the children line up quietly and walk to their classroom."
4.) Control sentences- identifies strategies the person can use to facilitate memory and comprehension of the social story. Ex. "I remember that the bell means it's time for recess to end by thinking of a teapot. I know that when it whistles, the water is done. The bell is like a whistle; when it rings, recess is done.

The Miller Method, developed by Arnold Miller, a Boston psychologist, gradually transforms a child's limited reality systems by expanding his/her repertoire of activities. As a child with autism gradually tolerates and accepts new reality systems through repeative activities, and can make transitions from event to event without distress, the ability to cope with different life situations improves dramatically. Miller has developed specialized training systems and instructional equipment to help children maximize their capability to learn. The Miller Method uses two major strategies to restore typical developmental progressions. The first extinguishes children's aberrant systems such as lining up blocks, and transforms them into functional behavior such as putting blocks into cups. The other introduces developmentally appropriate activities involving objects and people to fill in the gaps in development.
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My Birthday Day

I had a wonderful birthday. My day started out good. I woke up at 6 am to check email and everything. I still felt tired so I went back to bed until about 9 when Devin woke up. The boys were good today, except for a few times when they just could not leave each other alone.

Most of the afternoon, I was scrambling to get the house clean, because I had called mom to let her know that I needed a babysitter on the 23rd so that I could go to the autism meeting that I had planned on going to for two months now.

Mom said that Ryan wanted to go watch a movie. He's my brother. Just got his first car, but I do not even know what kind it is. Just that it does have one headlight out so they didn't bring it. So we agreed to go out for dinner and a movie for my birthday. She said that she would be back for me to go to the meeting. So I am greatful that she will make two trips for me.

While I was washing the dishes, I had wished that mom would bring me the chairs she had given to me months ago. To my surprise, within an hour he she comes bringing me my chairs for my kitchen table. Yipppeeee I got my birthday wish. LOL.

So what movie did we see? The Knowing. It was a good movie, but having to sit so close was torture on the eyes. Especially mine since I am sensitive to lights. I had to cover my ears a few times because it was so loud. I have sound sensitivities as well. To bad for me.

Well, guess I had a pretty good 29th birthday! Would also like to say happy birthday to my Uncle Bobby who had a birthday on the 20th. The day before mine. Usually, we celebrate them together when we are together. We did this a lot when I was a kid and the last time we did, I was turning 15. Been a long time Uncle Bobby, so I hope that you had a good birthday as well.

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You Tube Debute and The Love of Transformers

My husband has created a video he calls, "Transformer Nemisis Tribute." He has always loved the Transformers ever since he was a child. It was 2000 when he bought his first collecting Transformer. He bought Optimus Prime, just before my oldest son was born. He said that he will pass his collection to them. The collection has grown to over 200 figures in and out of boxes that fill our lovely bedroom. He is also into collecting videos of Transformers T.V. shows. His favorite characters are Star Saber and Dethzaurus from Transformers Victory, a Japanese cartoon. The entire family including myself have grown to love them as well. We would really appreciate if you would watch his "Transformer Nemisis Tribute" video. He is very excited to be on You Tube and would like to see more views. The video works well with the music and he did a great job, plus there is already more in the making. You are always allowed to add comments here as well. Thanks for watching!!!



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I'm 29 Today

>> Saturday, March 21, 2009

Well, looks like today is my 29th birthday. Happy Birthday to me. So I give myself a picture and share it with you as well. Hope to have some birthday wishes today!!


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Relationship-based intervention with Rebecca Klaw

>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

Play is fueled by social interaction, and serves as the basis for early learning. The child at play is very complex and engage in activities that develops skills and builds, bit by bit concepts as complicated as physics and essential as empathy. Children with autism have difficulty learning from others how to expand their play, and need to learn through patient and skilled adults, how to play.

Have a child who wants to be left alone when he plays is quite common. These children have social difficulties that makes it hard for you to interact with them. Insist that they play with you . They need to be guided moreable ways to explore all aspects of their world, not just how to manipulate objects, but how to share, build, pretend, elaborate, invent, describe and create. Some of the ways to engage children with ASD in play is by heightening interest, be persistent, include repetition, establish routines, add sensory stimulation, minimize language, and most importantly have fun. Rebecca Klaw has a DVD collection on relationship-based intervention and also visit her website to see her schedule of training nationwide.

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Autism Doctor Plans To Come To Tupelo, MS

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

As some may know from reading other articles that I have posted that Dr. Tim Callaghan of Senatobia, Mississippi will be speaking at the next autism meeting in Tupelo, MS. He was featured in our local paper. The Daily Journal captured the interview, as he said that, " At this point, we no longer use the term DAN doctor, so we now call ourselves biomedical doctors. What we practice is a biomedical approach to autism. Biomedical means that we don't believe that autism is an entirely genetic , fixed permanent, psychological state of being."

We are hoping that locals will come visit Dr. Callaghan who will be able to answer questions that parents may have. I hope that you will be able to go to the meeting that is held on March 23, 2009 at 6:00p.m. at the Lee County Library. Hope to see you there.


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Austism Society of America.. Donate to receive free wristband

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day
You must make your online donation this week to receive your wristband in time!

We’re urging valued supporters like you to make a donation now to receive your autism awareness wristband. Wearing your wristband on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd demonstrates your commitment to the Autism Awareness cause.

If you’ve made your donation, you have our most sincere appreciation, and our assurance that if you haven’t already received your wristband, it will arrive in time to wear it on April 2nd.

However, if you want to be part of the action and haven’t yet made your online gift it’s not too late, but you must act before March 25th.

Donate now to advance our cause by wearing your autism awareness wristband on April 2nd!

We’re on track to be thousands strong on April 2nd but the more people we have showing their support, the better. If we haven’t yet heard from you, please join us now to make our voices heard loud and clear on April 2nd. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Lee Grossman
President and CEO
ASA Member since 1991
Parent of a son with autism
Autism Society of America
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Happy St. Patrick's Day


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Happy St. Patrick's Day. Do not forget to wear the green. How about some St. Patrick's Day history. Check out this website for more information. Enjoy your day.


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The Lego Helicopter


Devin, my six year old, decided to collect the little bitty Lego pieces that were scattered in the boxes of millions of little toys in his room. Oh how wonderful that he decided to do this. After collecting piece by piece he built this wonderful looking Lego helicopter. He loves flying things, but helicopters are his favorite. Wonder where he gets that from. I love to fly as well, but dad is probably to scared to even try it. HAHAHA!! He's more of a ground type person. I did get him to allow some pictures. I am amazed at his no frustration behavior while building and playing with his "new" toy. So here his is little helicopter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. As always, comments are welcome. He would love to see someone else who adored his little helicopter as much as his mom and dad did.



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Win A Free Vacation To Kissimmee, FL

>> Monday, March 16, 2009



There is so many things that you can do in Kissimmee. How would you like a FREE Vacation? That is right a free paid vacation to Kissimmee. The Freedom to Enjoy Sweepstakes is going on right now. And it is time for you to get those entries in for your chance to win. Three will win a 3 day/2 night stay for two, and two will win a week long vacation for 4. Sounds wonderful does it not? Drawings will be held on or around 4/15/09 and 5/21/09. So you better hurry. Time is running out. There is so much to do in Kissimmee, Florida. There are also a list of special offers that I thought would also help you out on your dreamy vacation. They are coupons for percentages off of wonderful things such as hotel, beauty salons, food, air boat rides, etc. Be sure to check those out as well. I am sure that you will be pleased with something there. I would love to go to Kissimmie for Free so follow my lead and get registered for your chance to win and hopefully someone who visits here will win, and it could be you. I would love to go and ride on the air boats. That sounds like a lot of fun. I have never had the opportunity to ride on would and if I did win this contest, I would sure to be getting myself on one of those. There are parks there in Kissimmee where I could take the boys for some play time in the park. They would absolutely love doing something like that. Kissimmee is in the heart of Florida where you can also take the kids to Disney World and Sea World. It is your vacation, and they just pay for it. They will also pay for one that you are already planning. Now how about that. It just gets better and better so start planning one today. Even if you do not win, you will be sure to know that you will already have one planned out for when you do decide to get going. So click on the link to get started. Enjoy your time and let us know here if you have entered the contest. I would like to see who all did. Thanks and have a great day.

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