Seven-year-old Torin Phillips and his 6-year-old sister, Kaia, are on a mission to overcome the limiting effects of autism. The two siblings, who live just outside of Boston in Forestdale, MA, receive intensive applied behavior therapy (ABA) from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Torin and Kaia’s unique and uplifting stories are featured in CARD’s newest episode of “Mission Possible: Portraits of Hope.”
Longer days mean waking up to sunshine and birds singing. My children both love birds – watching birds, making bird sounds, pretending to fly, building nests with old Easter grass, etc. One of our favorite summertime activities is feeding the ducks at a local pond.
Yesterday, April 17th, advocates from around the state joined as they met with elected officials to advocate for the over 15 proposed bills for the 2012-2013 legislative session impacting the autism, special needs and disability communities.
Play has always had an important role in teaching Jack Riley. They have used play to teach him how to use items functionally – like when they use pretend food and place it on a plate. Jack Riley has now graduated to doing socio-dramatic play with his therapists where they take on different roles. They have been playing ‘restaurant’ for the last two months, where Jack Riley pretends to be the waiter, costumer, or the chef. Now that he has played out these roles, Jessica and Mike are taking him to an actual restaurant to see how he behaves in public.
On Monday the 8th the Autism Live crew was joined by Glee actor Mark Christopher Lawrence, the author of Cowboy & Wills Monica Holloway, Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank, and the director of ACT Today! Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, and from Onyx Salon Lorenzo the stylist came to help Shannon Shave her head as an act of compassion for a young dad with brain cancer.
It’s Autism Awareness Month! This month CARD would like to recognize to online programs that are making it easier (and cheaper) for parents to bring quality therapy into their home based on ABA principles. The best part about it, is that the training and curriculum is online! So YOU can use it when YOU have time!
There were a lot of ridiculous tutorials posted on my favorite crafting blogs on Monday…embellished disposable diapers, hand sewn ruffled toilet paper, meat disguised as cake and cake disguised as meat. Even Google got in on the fun, promoting their newest product, “Google Nose Beta,” which allowed users to search their “Aromabase” and download “scentibytes.”
Join advocates from around the state as they meet with elected officials to advocate for the over 15 proposed bills for the 2012-2013 legislative session impacting the autism, special needs and disability communities. Bill topics include: extension of SB 946 (autism mandate), diversity and equality of services through regional centers, consumer safety, increased accessibility to services, and more.