Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spectrum holidays

'Spectrum holidays'

Happy Holidays! 
Whatever your faith, belief-system, religion, denomination, higher-power preference...
if you live on the Autism Spectrum, you probably can relate to some aspect of  'Autism Night Before Christmas'.
... an awesome perspective that raises Autism Awareness!

'Autism Night Before Christmas'
by Cindy Waeltermann
Twas the Night Before Christmas

And all through the house

The creatures were stirring

... Yes, even the mouse

We tried melatonin

And gave a hot bath

But the holiday jitters

They always distract

The children were finally

All nestled in bed

When nightmares of terror

Ran through my OWN head

Did I get the right gift

The right color

And style

Would there be a tantrum

Or even, maybe, a smile?

Our relatives come

But they don’t understand

The pleasure he gets

Just from flapping his hands.

"He needs discipline," they say

"Just a well-needed smack,

You must learn to parent…"

And on goes the attack

We smile and nod

Because we know deep inside

The argument is moot

Let them all take a side

We know what it’s like

To live with the spectrum

The struggles and triumphs

Achievements, regressions…

But what they don’t know

And what they don’t see

Is the joy that we feel

Over simplicity

He said "hello"

He ate something green!

He told his first lie!

He did not cause a scene!

He peed on the potty

Who cares if he’s ten,

He stopped saying the same thing

Again and again!

Others don’t realize

Just how we can cope

How we bravely hang on

At the end of our rope

But what they don’t see

Is the joy we can’t hide

When our children with autism

Make the tiniest stride

We may look at others

Without the problems we face

With jealousy, hatred

Or even distaste,

But what they don’t know

Nor sometimes do we

Is that children with autism

Bring simplicity.

We don’t get excited

Over expensive things

We jump for joy

With the progress work brings

Children with autism

Try hard every day

That they make us proud

More than words can say.

They work even harder

Than you or I

To achieve something small

To reach a star in the sky

So to those who don’t get it

Or can’t get a clue

Take a walk in my shoes

And I’ll assure you

That even 10 minutes

Into the walk

You’ll look at me

With respect, even shock.

You will realize

What it is I go through

And the next time you judge

I can assure you

That you won’t say a thing

You’ll be quiet and learn,

Like the years that I did

When the tables were turned.

'Autism Night Before Christmas' by Cindy Waeltermann

{posted by Jenn Alvey, our EnjoyHi5Autism Facebook Friend - November 29, 2011}

Wishing all families an enjoyable holiday season.

"Understanding fosters Appreciation - Appreciation garners Support - Support leads to Unity. "

Hoping that individuals living with Autism will be accepted this holiday season and thereafter.

God Bless
The Cosse' Family
ENJOY!


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday supports Special Needs!

'Cyber Monday supports Special Needs!'
Hi5!
'Black Friday', 'Small Business Saturday', and now 'Cyber Monday'!

Continue supporting charities, donating to organizations and purchasing from businesses that support Special Needs families and individuals.

Here are a few...


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Stores like Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Penneys, Macy's, Sears, Target, Dell, Apple, J. Crew, Bloomingdales, NFL Shop, Barnes and Nobles, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Avon, Best Buy, Banana Replublic, Staples, Crate and Barrel, Ebay, Kohls, Office Max, Office Depot, Nikes, Lowes, LL Bean, Old Navy and many, many more!

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TOYS''R''US
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Shop using the ToysRUS Toy Guide for differently-abled kids!  Watch the closed-captioned video featuring actress Eva Longoria!  Pick up a guide at any ToysRUS store. Shop by your child's Skill Level. mailto:DifferentlyAbled@toysrus.com View the guide in English, Spanish and download digital pdf versions, too.


What do the symbols represent?
Because all kids are unique regardless of ability, toys are not categorized by disability; nor are they categorized by age. Instead, symbols are assigned to each toy so parents can find those that promote different skills, such as Auditory, Language, Social, Creativity and more. In this way, the Guide helps parents of all children choose toys that help build or reinforce a variety of skills.
How are toys selected for inclusion in the Guide?
Toys"R"Us works with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates hundreds of toys based on specific criteria during therapeutic play sessions to identify those items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.
National Lekotek Center: Helping children with special needs ...
The National Lekotek Center helps families raising a child or children with special needs learn fun, creative, and healthy ways to play together. Lekotek makes toy ...

Keep giving gifts that last beyond the holiday season.
ENJOY!
References and Resources 

 LD Online
Census finds that nearly 1 in 20 school children have a disability: (via )
 Special Needs Radio
Learning Disabilities: Evaluation and Accommodations


tech in ed
Do you have kids in uppper grades that are working on Math skills. We are going to give away several promocodes...
 The Audubon Society
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SocialShield
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 Office Playground
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Save up to 70% Cyber Monday Deals
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If you didn't get enough deals on Black Friday, check out our "coupons page" daily!


Lekotek co-hosts an inclusive play event - with the Creative Discovery Museum and Playcore showcasing a new concept in play, Snug Play USA. more >>>
YouTube Power of Play video The Power of Play - Witness the power of play through the story of William and his big brother Owen featured on YouTube. view YouTube video >>>
NAPPA Partnership - National Lekotek Center serves as toy judge for the prestigious National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products competition. more >>>
Legislative Action - Visit our legislative action center. Your involvement can make a difference. more >>>
Lekotek State Funding Update & Next Steps - Visit our Advocacy page to learn more. more >>>
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Choosing 'The Right' School



"Choosing 'The Right' School"

Hi5!

Our son likes buildings with large windows, low light, large yards and no stairs.

Our son likes classrooms with various centers, not too many students and a teacher that talks calmly, low-tone and directly to him(mostly without looking him directly in the face).

Our son enjoys a quiet lunch by himself.

Our son prefers restrooms that do not use 'industrial' size toilets. Also, he likes everything to be 'automated': flush, soap dispenser, hand-washing water activation and Dyson hand dryers (soft air, low sound, minimal vibrations).

Our son enjoys a school with an accessible library with a variety of books, audio/cd/dvd, computers.  
Our son really likes well-stocked libraries with rows and rows and rows of BOOKS!

Our son enjoys a school that offers The Arts as enrichments:  music, art class, languages.

Our son enjoys a school environment that embraces the  multi-cultural backgrounds of the Students.

Our son enjoys a school with a Sensory Room and offers after-school Socialization opportunities.

Our son enjoys a school that is involved in community collaborations(on-site fundraisers) and fields trips.

Do you know your child's preferences in the type, curriculum, activities, location and amenities in a school choice?

Does your child prefer one type of classroom setting over another?

Does your child enjoy being inside for recess?

Does your child prefer to eat lunch alone?

Does your child participate and achieves in a low or moderate Teacher to Students ratio?

Does developmental, learning or intellectual factors determine your child's school preferences?

Does developmental, learning and intellectual disabilities impact your child's ability to achieve academically?

The National Center For  Learning Disabilities has resources to help Parents with choosing the right school.   Here are excerpts of  "Choosing A School: An Overview of What Parents Need to Consider":

The right school is a place where your child feels accepted and supported, a school that provides your child the special services he or she requires to succeed. No school is perfect, but maybe you’ve grown concerned about your child’s current school. Ask yourself:

Is my child


  • reluctant to go to school?
  • weary and unhappy at the end of most school days?
  • stuck in a cycle of underachievement or failure?
  • complaining that school is boring and that teachers don’t care about him or her?
  • lacking close friends at school?
  • stressed out during the school year?

If  your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, the school may be a poor fit for your child. What can you do?

For information on your options, see “Choosing a School: Understanding Your Range of Options.” For a worksheet of questions to ask and things to look for when you visit a prospective school, download “Visiting a School Worksheet: What to Ask, What to Look For.”

Bonnie Z. Goldsmith has worked in the field of education throughout her professional life. She has wide experience as a writer, editor, and teacher.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The Power to Hope, to Learn, & to Succeed
Our Mission:  To ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilites at school, at work, and in life.  Learn more >

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ENJOY!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: On "Quiet Hands"

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: On "Quiet Hands": Julia Bascom juststimming.wordpress.com Explaining my reaction to this: means I need to explain my history with this: 1. Whe...

References and Resources




Enjoying The Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience
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