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Dionysus…”The Inclusion Theater”

Greetings everyone!  I was made aware of a non-profit (501(c) 3) organization, by one of my parents, called the “Dionysus…”The Inclusion Theater,” which brings the theater experience to actors with disabilities and those who are non-disabled!  “Dionysus gives audience members a creative way to experience theater.  For more information, please call (713) 728-0041.  Also, check out the video, below, of some of the actors in action!  How inspiring!

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Little League Challenger

Greetings everyone!  I would like to pass along some good information regarding a little league for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22, if still enrolled in high school, in Pearland, TX, to enjoy the game of baseball.

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

If you are in the Pearland, TX area (near Houston, TX), please check out Pearland Little League to sign up.  If you have any questions about the challenger division, please contact Juan Huerta at pllchallenger@gmail.com.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Ipads 4 Autism

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you information that came into my viewing regarding “Ipads 4 Autism.”  This organization is affiliated with the Easter Seals in Houston, TX and provides Ipads for children with autism who may not otherwise be able to afford them.  It also accepts donations of new or used (they refurbish if needed) Ipads or similar devices.  The website is Ipads4autism.net and the contact person is Chris Benson at cbenson@ipads4autism.net.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Some of the many great pediatric therapy sites!

Greetings everyone!  I attended a meeting on last week and received some very good information regarding pediatric therapy sites that I would like to share with you.  The sites are listed below:

*Talk It Up Therapy:  http://talkituptherapy.blogspot.com (Authored by a Speech-language pathologist, Talk It Up offers practical suggestions for increasing language development, focusing on 1-8 grades).

*MamaOT:  MamaOT.com (offers kid-oriented ideas for sensory play, motor skills, toy recommendations and more.  There is also a Pinterest site)!

*Therapy Fun Zone:  http://www.therapyfunzone.com

*The Motor Story:  http://themotorstory.org

*KidPT:  http://www.kidpt.com/articles

*Dino PT blog:  http://blog.dinopt.com (Here you will find creative gross motor treatment ideas, which was written by a PT).

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Life and Soul FREE Health Fair in Manvel, TX

Greetings everyone!  I would like to pass along some information to you regarding the 5th annual “Life and Soul Free Health Fair” on September 26, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This event is located at Sai Primary Care (New Life Plaza) at 3945 CR 58 (at the cross of 288 and CR 58), Manvel, TX  77578.  A free health screening, helmet giveaway, health education and immunization event for ALL ages.  Also, FREE mammograms (by appointments only)-Call (979) 864-8415.  For additional information regarding this event, please call (281) 402-6585.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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2015 “AU to Z” Special Needs Conference & Resource Fair

Greetings Everyone!  I would like to pass along some information to you guys regarding a special needs conference and resource fair sponsored by “The Arc of Fort Bend County” (a non-profit 501(c)(3) serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) in the Houston, TX area.  The conference will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Dulles High School (550 Dulles Avenue, Sugarland, TX  77478).  There is no cost associated with this event!  Also, there will be FREE child & adult care (supervised by two Behavior Specialists and high school volunteers).  To pre-register for sessions and childcare, visit http://www.arcoffortbend.org.  Also, if anyone is seeking CPE/CEU credits (provided by the University of Houston), please pre-pay at http://www.arcoffortbend.org.  On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  Parents, Educators, Therapists, Social Workers, students and the general public are welcome to attend, regardless of residency or disability.  Pass it along!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you a short article entitled, “Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism.”  The article stated the following:

“A new free resource aims to help families and professionals identify the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children.  “About Autism in Toddlers” (www.autismnavigator.com), a Web-based tool, features videos on core features of autism, challenges to early identification, how to recognize unusual behaviors and other information.
The tool, part of Autism Navigator, includes side-by-side video comparisons of two similar-age toddlers-one diagnosed with autism, one typically developing-to illustrate how they behave differently in the same play situation.
Autism Navigator is a collection of tools and courses that integrate current research into an interactive Web platform with extensive video footage to illustrate effective evidence-based practice.  Created by faculty and staff in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, it also offers professional development courses for early intervention providers and primary care providers.”

*Information was derived from a short article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Microsoft to Recruit Employees with Autism

Greetings everyone!  I want to share with you an interesting article I read entitled, “Microsoft to Recruit Employees With Autism.”

“Microsoft is planning a pilot program to actively hire people with autism spectrum disorder, the second techology company to launch a recruitment effort that specifically targets this population.
The company says plans are underway to hire people with autism for full-time positions at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
Microsoft said it will work with Specialisterne, a nonprofit that focuses on helping people with the developmental disorder apply their talents to work in the technology field, to facilitate the hiring effort.  The same company worked with SAP, a Germany-based software giant, to hire people on the spectrum in the United States and abroad.
Microsoft expects its program to include about 10 people with autism.  “Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” wrote Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of worldwide operations, in a blog post.  “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,” she writes.  “Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”
Smith, who has a 19-year-old son with autism, said that though a new pilot program is focused on autism, Microsoft is “passionate about hiring individuals of all disabilities.”

*Information was derived from an article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Young Girl’s “meltdown” Caused her to be “kicked off” Plane, along with her mother, because Pilot felt “uncomfortable”

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you a disturbing video I ran across regarding a 13-year old girl, with Autism, and her mother who were basically kicked off a United Airlines’ flight due to the pilot feeling “uncomfortable” because the young girl had a “meltdown.”  I just think if these airlines and others were educated and trained in Autism Spectrum Disorders, this wouldn’t occur.  Autism Awareness shouldn’t be limited to one month out of the year.  Education should be consistent and ongoing!  The more we know about Autism, the better we are in understanding how it affects those who are on the Spectrum.  Take a look at this embarrassing moment for the young girl and her mother.

 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success

Greetings Everyone!  I would like to share with you an upcoming webinar, through PresenceLearning, entitled “Uniquely Human:  A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Succes,” which will be presented by Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  The groundbreaking techniques revealed in this webinar are essential for teachers, special educators, and parents of children with Autism.  So, if possible, please join a nationwide audience as one of the world’s leading authorities on Autism shares research, stories and advice based on countless experiences with families and children with Autism and answer your burning questions.  Please, go to http://www.presencelearning.com for additional information regarding this webinar.  Thank you for stopping by and I look foward to our many discussions and sharing of ideas!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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