Yearly Archives: 2013

An upcoming invention

From news right here in my own backyard (Raleigh)… An invention that could help students/adults refocus on the task at hand.  Interesting!http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2013/12/fokuslabs-wristband-aims-to-help-you.html

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Watching out for wandering

I know people have varying opinions on “tracking” kids with ASD.  My family has decided a tracker for my non-verbal grandson could be beneficial.  The local police station provides a few, free of charge.  Connor is on the waiting list.  He … Continue reading

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Breaking barriers

Great post on the Autism Awareness Page!This young man has overcome his fears.  He’s breaking barriers, tearing down stereotypes, and teaching others!http://autismawarenesspage.com/x-factor-contestant-breaks-barriers-for-aspies/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=autaware&utm_campaign=x-factor-contestant-breaks-barriers-for-as&utm_term=20131206

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A sense of humor is important

“You might be an autism parent if” was tweeted this morning by @JenCluff.It is a funny look at the truth.  Laughter IS the best medicine.http://mom-ology.ca/wordpress/you-might-be-an-autism-parent-if-2/

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In a fight for a life

This article (from Huffington Post) mirrors our story, in the book.  We have only started to begin reaching for Connor’s best education.  Is this family’s story how our family’s story is going to be?  God bless them… God bless us all.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/public-schools-special-education_n_4261145.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing15%7Cdl18%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D410894

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Non-verbal, but you can see the excitement

Okay, this is not news.  It’s an absolutely adorable picture of my grandson (and my oldest son).He may be non-verbal, but I think he has communicated his joy in this picture!

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A holiday letter to help others understand

Here’s an interesting idea, from the Autism Society of North Carolina’s web site…http://autismsocietyofnc.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/holiday-letter-helping-friends-and-family-understand-your-child-with-asd/

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Happening NOW!

Check out the Autism Speaks to Washington Summit.Click this link and follow it LIVE!http://www.autismspeaks.org/events/autism-speaks-washington-livestream

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Treatments to avoid

Yikes!  This article, from Forbes, is downright scary.  Be aware/Be informed/See things differently – but use common sense…http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/10/29/the-5-scariest-autism-treatments/

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Great news for the Raleigh, NC. area!

A new school is in the works, slated to open in August 2014!http://www.wral.com/news/education/video/13013060/#/vid13013060

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Interesting APP

We have not tried this, but it certainly is an interesting site…http://autismate.com/Home/Comprehensive-App-For-Autism-With-Visual-Supports/

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Autism wanderings

Great tips in this article from Autism Speaks!http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/7-steps-you-can-take-prevent-wandering-your-child%E2%80%99s-schoolThere is also a program in, Roanoke VA, to give wandering children tracking anklets, free of charge.  I can’t locate the link at the moment, but when I do I will share it.

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Updated App

OH!  I’m going to have to check this out!http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/267028.php

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See differently.

Think of the potential for personal growth and relational growth, when we decide to see things differently!

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An appropriate photo – grin

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Sleeplessness

A new article from Autism Speaks talks about sleep (or the lack thereof).  There are many outside links – I highly suggest clicking on them and gathering as much information as you can!http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/largest-study-date-confirms-autism%E2%80%99s-link-disordered-sleep

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Yea for ABA!

I scanned this article from my husband’s Penn State Alumni magazine.  Great info!“ABA is the way to go.”

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A Gene Connection?

Autism Speaks recently posted this article…http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/autism-study-advances-understanding-gene-environment-interactions

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The book is on a deep discount sale!

WOW – Amazon has deeply discounted my book!  Not sure why but that’s good for people who want to buy it!http://www.amazon.com/Autism-Expressions-non-verbal-Pam-Horton/dp/1490979433/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379078062&sr=1-1&keywords=pam+horton

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Service dogs in school

This article hails from OHIO, but could be just as relevant in your town…http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23340944/school-reaches-deal-with-family-of-girl-with-autism-service-dogRemember, knowledge is power – do your research!http://www.ada.gov/ 

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Not new, but true!

Early intervention is SO important!http://mashable.com/2012/10/19/katy-perry-firework-autism-jodi-dipiazza/

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Better services for military students!

From the Autism Speaks site…http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/local-schools-told-step-services-military-kids

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A wonderful response!

Follow-up to the hate letter posted earlier.  This mom got it right – YEA for her!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/karla-begley-response-hate-filled-autism-note_n_3831153.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl16%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D365241

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Worth reading

Cartoons and communication – grin.http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Ireland-based-company-use-Disney-and-Pixar-to-help-educate-autistic-kids-217363451.html

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Interesting Article

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