My New Year’s resolution is to get started on an Insulin Pump. I’ve taken the first step after 20 years as a diabetic and 5.5 years post two surgeries for Cushing’s Disease. I know it is the right choice for me but it’s been a difficult one to make. I selected the Omnipod that does not have any tubing. I’ve done my research/homework and know that the company is transitioning to a newer model in late Feb. or early March that is FDA approved.
A New Year calls for SOMETHING BETTER. I’m positive that this will be IT for me.
For my son, Doug, on his 41st birthday. We started back when autism was new, in a world yet unexplored. He has taught me and a world around him. I have shared those lessons. Together we honor National Autism Awareness Day as we Light It Up Blue.” Yes, together, Doug and I Believe in Blue!
PS. There is no ending punctuation in this poem because autism never pauses
Treat your heart to this warm read between two young adults on the autism spectrum. Feel the beat of their language, their emotions, their world. Know that there is “someone for everyone.”
From Willow Moon Publishing
Hans Asperger (February 18, 1906 – October 21, 1980) was an Austrian pediatrician, after whom Asperger syndrome (AS) was named. He wrote over 300 publications, mostly concerning autism in children.
Hans Asperger with a child in 1940
On the date of his birth, February 18, the international community honors this man
who contributed so much to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
(From Wikipedia) Asperger died before his identification of this pattern of behaviour became widely recognized because his work was mostly in German and little-translated. The first person to use the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” in a paper was British researcher Lorna Wing. Her paper, Asperger’s syndrome: a clinical account, was published in 1981 and challenged the previously accepted model of autism presented by Leo Kanner in 1943. It was not until 1989 that his reports were translated into English. Unlike Kanner, Hans Asperger’s findings were ignored and disregarded in the English-speaking world in his lifetime. Finally, from the early 1990s, his findings began to gain notice, and nowadays Asperger syndromeis recognized as a diagnosis in many countries of the world.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANS ASPERGER ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
We Connect Now was the brainchild of Gabriela McCall in 2008. The site connects college age students of all disabilities with information and each other in a colorful array of information and inspiration.
We Connect Now offers stories, law, a blog, focus of the months, events, news, links, and contact information. I spent some time on this site after being contacted by the creater. I am impressed and want to recommend it to both students and parents as a fine resourse for ASD and all disabilities.
Thank you Gabriela, for sending this my way in order to share it with my readers. SLPs, this would be a great resourse to share at an IEP with the parents of high school students who plan to attend college.
Be sure to check out and “Like” me on my new Facebook page, KATHIE HARRINGTON’S AMAZING AUTISM PAGE.
This is another new way of presenting information and inspiration to the autism/ASD community.
Share with your family and friends.
After all – life is AMAZING!
Oral Motor Exercises such as blowing bubbles, clicking tongue, wiggling tongue, vowel exchanges, pursing lips, making silly faces. Beneficial for articulation, apraxia, autism, attention/focus. Parents and professionals should always provide a model and have FUN.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ~TONGUE TRACKS~
Just what every parent and professional needs for oral motor exercise and fun!
I learned this from my daughter, Katie, when she was eighteen months old.
It was a Thursday afternoon in 1974. I was reading a book on a snowy day in MO.
Doug, three and one-half years old was playing with an object repeatedly,
as he did most days. He was content and being himself with ASD. Katie, Doug’s
sister walked and talked early and liked control. She wanted what Doug had.
“Doug, Doug, Doug.” Katie was calling her brother. He didn’t look. He didn’t respond.
I sat silent on the couch as I watched the scene unfold.
“Doug, Doug.” Katie didn’t accept Doug’s lack of response. She marched over to Doug’s side, put her face up to his, and announced, “My turn,” as she pulled the treasure from his hands. That seemed to elicit their Joint Attention.
I present many strategies for Joint Attention in my blog at ADVANCE for the Speech/Language Pathologist. They work and I hope you have some of your own to share with me on either of my blogs.
- Your sensory child and ASD
Do You Know Me? is a wonderful, easy chart for both parents and professionals to assist in identifying sensory processing issues in children. (perhaps in yourselves as well) A sensory processing disorder (SPD) goes hand-in-hand with autism and Aspergers. Parents and professionals don’t want to miss this aspect of their child’s total world of ASD.
This flyer, created by Melissa Zacheri, is unique and useful as can be.
Take a look, you’ll find it on a walk down Sensory Street.
You’ll be glad you did.
Get it now from AliMed
Designed for both PARENTS and PROFESSIONALS,
Tongue Tracks is fun, interactive, and will improve your child’s
oral motor strength and flexibility for improved articulation skills.
Tongue Tracks will assist children of all ages who experience:
mild to sever speech delay
your child’s way to improved intelligibility with Tongue Tracks