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Campaign: Day 2

Whew!  Our video is complete and has been added to the campaign.  We may make some slight edits.  Oh well, nothing is ever perfect, right?  Anyway, the campaign is being successfully and enthusiastically shared by many.

Its time to raise autism awareness and some funding for such a great cause.

 

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Light the White House PINK and BLUE for World Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2012!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/light-the-white-house-pink-and-blue-for-world-autism-awareness-day-on-april-2nd-2012/

Let’s urge the President to light the White House Pink and Blue!   Please sign the petition above and feel free to leave a comment.

Dear Mr. President,

Please show your support for the millions of individuals affected by autism around the world by lighting your home in PINK and BLUE for Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2012.

Currently, the educational requirements of many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder are not being met. Many special needs teachers are not being properly educated in methods and techniques that can best enhance communication skills and independence while promoting individuality.

Sadly, restraint, seclusion, and bullying are still taking place in many schools.

We seek your support in acting as a beacon in promoting autism awareness for all! It would mean so much to our community to know that we have your support.

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Imitation

When Kate was a baby, she really enjoyed playing by herself.  She did not engage in games such as Peek-a-boo.  She did not follow my gaze.  Kate learned to make eye contact, respond to her name, and point with the help of Early Intervention.  There were so many skills that come so easily to many children  that she had to work hard at to learn.  Today she discovered another skill!

Kate was eating yogurt this morning for breakfast, while watching a video.  Kate seems to eat more and have less problem with sensory issues when she watches something while she is eating.  I really enjoy the summer because Kate can watch sailboats or watch birds fly by and she often does not need a video to help her eat.  When Kate finished her yogurt she had some on her lips.  I asked Kate to lick her lips.   Kate proceeded to give me an awkward smile.  (Smiling is another issue for another time.)

I said, “Kate, watch mommy.”  I licked my lips and she imitated me!  Fortunately for Kate, once she acquires a skill set she does not lose it.  It was just the first step, but it was a big one.  I decided to try imitation with Kate again.  An hour later I asked Kate to tap her head, touch her nose, put her hands in the air and give me a high-five.  She imitated each step.  Great!  So far 2012 is looking good.

What skill is your child working on in 2012?

Unwritten

Today I am dedicating this song to all those affected by autism and their families.  To those that push the limits, to those that exceed expectations, to those that intuitively know – that to love a person challenged by autism, is to accept them exactly the way they are! Challenged, but not broken…struggling , but not defeated…perfect, just as they are!

Unwritten  – Natasha Bedingfield

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your innovations
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inner visions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
To the years where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
To the years where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inner visions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
To the years where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
To the years where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, yeah, yeah

The Outer Limits

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison, astronaut

Kate’s therapist, Amanda, has been working with markers and crayons with Kate for several months now.  Kate is very disinterested in writing or coloring.  She loves music and she enjoys typing on a keyboard, but somehow, she has not acquired an interest in writing or coloring.  I always believed that Kate just did not understand how wonderful coloring can be.  I don’t think she has made the connection between  having an idea in mind and watching it take shape through coloring.  

Amanda has been working on ideas that Kate enjoys such as animals and asking her to draw one.  One day Kate wrote the word FARM when asked to draw an animal!  I’m going to frame it!  I did not know she had the capacity to write.

On Friday night, I took out a blank birthday card for Amanda.  I handed Kate a red marker and told her it was a birthday card for Amanda.  She stared blankly at me and the card.  I asked Kate to write her name.  She studied the point on the marker for a moment and suddenly began to write her name unassisted!

K -A- T- E.-…Next, I asked her little sister to write her name on the card too.  She did, and she also drew a picture of herself wearing pigtails.  How precious.  I gave it to Amanda.  The look Amanda had on her face when she opened it was worth a thousand words.  Amanda consistently pushes Kate’s limits and she has stretched my imagination as to what Kate can accomplish.

Thanks to all the therapists that push the boundaries and encourage our kids to blossom!  Where would we be without you?  ( HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA)


No Applause Required

The New Piano

My husband and I have wanted to buy our daughter, Kate a piano for quite some time.  The problem with autism is that it takes up so much time.  Time for special needs class, time to travel to and from class, time for therapy after school, time for special cooking for dinner (feeding issues), huge amounts of time for feeding, time for cajoling any verbal interaction I can get from Kate, bath time, and (whew!) time for bed!  After many many months we finally got that piano.  Kate has been taking music therapy classes for 3 years.  She can play the piano by ear.  One of her blessings and talents is perfect pitch.  So we just knew she would love, love, love a piano in the house.

My mom volunteered to entertain our two young daughters in Kate’s bedroom while the family surprise piano arrived.  The girls shouted with pure delight at their first glimpse of the piano in our living room.  They sat on the bench together and just banged on it for a few minutes.  Wow!  They actually sat and played together!  As awful as the banging sounds, it also sounds like the sweetest music ever played in our home.  Autism has made our family slow down to a crawl and appreciate things that many families miss.  Two young girls banging together on a piano, in sync.  No gentle sweet tones, no melody, no harmony, no pitch, no one to impress….and no applause required.