Day: October 19, 2017

Digitaljournal.com: Highly Trained Autism Service Dog to Help Twin Daughters Age Six in Chester, Maryland

Digitaljournal.com: Highly Trained Autism Service Dog to Help Twin Daughters Age Six in Chester, Maryland

Six-year old twin girls living in Chester, Maryland, received a very special Autism Service Dog delivery today from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.

CHESTER, Md. – October 19, 2017 – (Newswire.com)

Caitlyn and Riley, six-year-old twin girls living in Chester, Maryland, received a very special Autism Service Dog delivery today from Service

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Daltondailycitizen.com: Editorial: New children's institute in much needed in area

Daltondailycitizen.com: Editorial: New children's institute in much needed in area

The announcement of the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute was well-timed.

The center, to be built by Hamilton Health Care System, “will be a regional center for the care of children who are experiencing the challenges of autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or developmental delays.” Plans for the center were

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People.com: Teen Allegedly Confesses to Drowning 6-Year-Old Nephew with Autism in Bathtub

People.com: Teen Allegedly Confesses to Drowning 6-Year-Old Nephew with Autism in Bathtub

The teen uncle of a 6-year-old Washington boy found dead in a dumpster Tuesday allegedly confessed to drowning him in a bathtub, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Andrew Henckel, 19, of Kerrville, Texas, allegedly told police during questioning that he was visiting his relatives in Lynnwood, Washington, and had been

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- An Unfinished Story

Blog:The Secret Aspie- An Unfinished Story

I guess the writing was on the wall but neither I or Rashid could see it.

At the end of the day we both got burnt and I do not regret one thing that I did because it lead me here.

Maybe I should explain what happened as this will give me the closure that he refused to give me.

He was a slave who approached me for LTR 24/7.

He also refused to give

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Telegraphindia.com: Rise above it all

Telegraphindia.com: Rise above it all

• WHISPERS OF WAR: AN AFGHAN FREEDOM FIGHTER’S ACCOUNT OF THE SOVIET INVASION (Sage, Rs 495) by Masood Khalili records the pain and suffering of the people of Afghanistan after Russian troops invaded their country. Khalili leaves his family behind to go and motivate his fellow citizens to fight against

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Courierpress.com: Art and Science of Autism Spectrum conference and art show is next week

Courierpress.com: Art and Science of Autism Spectrum conference and art show is next week

Students from Culver Family Learning Center participate in art projects through Kaleidoscope.(Photo: Provided)

Communication doesn’t come easy for everyone, and oftentimes is difficult for children who are diagnosed with autism.

But art can be therapeutic and help kids successfully express themselves, officials said.

The past several weeks, about

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Video:Lookyus- Tommy recites entire Jungle Book script from memory as 50th anniversary tribute

Video:Lookyus- Tommy recites entire Jungle Book script from memory as 50th anniversary tribute

Tommy recited The Jungle Book script as a 50th anniversary tribute to his favorite movie! Tommy’s autism affects his pronunciation (but gave him an amazing memory!) so you might like to follow along with the written script, which is online here: http://www.cubbi.org/disney/scripts/tjb.txt
The story of how Disney has changed Tommy’s life is here: http://www.autismmeansfriendship.com/disneyfun/
Here is an excerpt: Before he was even a year of age, Tommy would watch Disney movies, showing incredible engagement and excitement at the stories, laughing at the funny parts, and running from the room when villains filled the screen.
When Tommy was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2, his parents were told Tommy should not watch movies, advising that the movies should be turned off in favor of trying to get Tommy to engage more, face to face, with people around him than with the television screen.
Tommy’s parents couldn’t imagine taking away his movies. Ignoring the advice of the professionals, Tommy’s parents not only provided him unlimited access to his VHS Disney movies, but continued to expand his movie library in an effort to enrich his life and provide him with more stories and enjoyment. The smile on Tommy’s face, and the twinkle in his eye was their guide.
Still, Tommy remained nonverbal and didn’t respond to language. But his enjoyment of the movies continued. On Tommy’s 3rd birthday, his mother was desperate to have him understand that it was his birthday, so she had a really specific Disney cake made just for him. The picture on the cake was a replica of a picture he often stared at in one of his Disney books- the scene of Mowgli being hypnotized by Kaa. This attempt to make Tommy understand that this particular birthday cake was all for him worked! Tommy saw the cake and was delighted! When it came time to open gifts, Tommy received a small plush toy Iago – the parrot from Aladdin. In a breakthrough moment, Tommy took Iago and put him on his shoulder, imitating Jafar, the villain. It was a moment of surprise and joy for Tommy’s family, showing them that not only was he watching the movies, but that he understood and connected with the characters, and he could engage in imitation and make-believe play, using Iago as his prop. It gave them so much hope!
Still, Tommy’s speech did not develop as hoped, other than a few very infrequent, often hard to understand verbalizations. Tommy loved trains, and would say “toot” like a train. He would say “whee” when going down slides, he would say “Oh oh!” when something fell and broke. He sometimes said “go”, he sometimes said bye-bye which he pronounced “dye dye”. Much of his babbling was simply unrecognizable as words to others (we now know that dyspraxia, or motor planning issues, were affecting his ability to produce words). He often uttered sounds that we could not decipher (ka, oy kee ka, was a common one!). But he seemed truly unable to understand speech from others, or make connections, such as that characters and people had names, that objects important to him had names. He didn’t use language to ask for things or name things. Professionals began to tell his parents that he would likely never become verbal.
At the age of 5 and 6, Tommy began to type and read simple words, and as he approached the age of 7 began to say more and more single words, all of which he could already read and type on programs like Kidworks on the computer. The written word was becoming his doorway to speech.
Another breakthrough moment happened the day Tommy received his first Disney movie on DVD, The Jungle Book, when he was 9 years old, in 2000. Tommy discovered the subtitles on his own. He came running to get his mom, brought her to the computer screen, where he had paused the movie on the scene where Bagheera says to Kaa “Kaa! Hold it, Kaa!” He said “ka oy kee ka” (sounds he had said, and laughed about, repeatedly, for years) and had his mom read the words aloud. And then he said “Kaa! Hold it Kaa!!!” clearly, for the very first time, ever. The written words of the subtitle supported his speech. From that moment on, his parents ensured he always had the closed captioning or subtitles turned on his movies. They bought a new tv that was closed caption capable so all his old VHS Disney movies would have captions! What a joy is was to see Tommy’s language gradually improve more and more with this new tool! Thank you, Disney! Thank you, Jungle Book!
Check out our videos of Tommy at Disney World! Visit Tommy’s website to learn more about how Disney helped him learn language.
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Tommy’s mantra is “I’m going to be the First Fastest Runner in the World!” Thank you for watching!

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Tbo.com: Instructor's 'Dancing for Donations' spawns a treat for special needs kids in Brandon

Tbo.com: Instructor's 'Dancing for Donations' spawns a treat for special needs kids in Brandon

BRANDON — Sara Battaglia’s love for dancing and generous heart has launched a feet-driven fundraising effort.

When Battaglia first began holding free dance classes in her native Port Charlotte, she decided to ask parents for a small donation to go directly to a different charity each month.

As a busy

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Medicalnewstoday.com: The 10 best autism blogs

Medicalnewstoday.com: The 10 best autism blogs

Autism blogs feature information from autism experts and individuals with autism, as well as parents and caregivers. People with autism, as well as their families and caregivers, are impacted uniquely by the disorder. We have chosen the best autism blogs that help to support families affected by autism, educate and inspire

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