As we approach the last 2 weeks of Autism Awareness month, I wondered what I may be able to share with you that would be helpful for not only you, but me. I am drained with the awareness, the daily effort of sharing has taken a toll. So, I came up with this list of qualities that my son has, qualities that are super cool and you should know about.
After the tree was out of sight, the bees gradually rose from the grass level for the sake of visibility. The Cardinal could no longer be seen, but they knew that it was still not entirely safe to drop their guard. If the Cardinal decided to look for them somewhere else – which, although unlikely given the thing’s relentless nature, was not at all impossible – and found them, there would be no guarantee of another successful escape.
As such, the return trip was significantly quieter than the approach. It was more or less unconsciously agreed that communicating at this point would be too risky, and no one really knew what to talk about besides. The closest anyone came to real discussion was when one of the bees thought that they saw the Cardinal.
Eventually, they reached the colony. There was significantly less activity than there normally was, and they were initially scared that no one was left; however, the sight of a few stragglers proved otherwise. There was still time.
Flying into the hive, the bees saw the extent of the damage. The Infirmary Section was completely full, so many of the patients – and the medic drones trying to take care of them – were spread out throughout the hive. There were many bees on the ground, and it was hard to tell which ones were alive and which ones were… less alive, as there was very little motion from even the healthy bees – Where would they go, honestly? Hiverson mused. It’s not like anybee would leave the others behind, and at this point most of the hive is filled with infected bees.
Barnabee flew down to one of the medic drones. “Is-is Charlie okay?”
“Yes. He’s fine, or as close as can be considered. He’s held out surprisingly well, but the disease is taking its toll.”
“Can-can you… take me to him?”
“I’m actually treating him right now.”
“…Oh.” Barnabee looked down at Charlie. “H-hi, Charlie. I… I’m sorry. I didn’t recognize you.”
“It’s… alright,” Charlie responded weakly. “I mean, we all… kind of look the same.”
“T-true.” Barnabee looked up at the medic drone again. “We-we have the Silver Honey now. We can-we can cure the Skells.”
“…Really? Wait…” The drone looked up at Hiverson and Beeter, then looked back down to Barnabee. “…Are you the three who were sent on that fool’s quest? Because I can’t really tell.”
“Yes!” the three responded in unison.
“… I’m still not sure.”
“Sh-should I show you the honey?” Barnabee asked. “W-we can prove ourselves- ”
“No. I’m just a lowly medic drone; you’d do better to prove yourselves to someone else. If you are who you say you are, then go to the Queen and show her. She’s… not doing too well. If she doesn’t get help soon…” The drone stopped. Clearly he didn’t want to think about it.
“We’re on it,” Hiverson said. “Barnabee, Beeter, come on. We have to cure her.”
April is a month that brings mixed emotions for me. It is a month that many help to celebrate and accept Autism. I actually embrace it and share even though a strong part of me wants to hide. Our family lives it every day, we know the pain, the sadness, the highs and lows. We want nothing more than acceptance and awareness but at the same time, I don’t always want to be seen or to answer any questions.
Just a toddler, not yet 4, I grieved for the life I had planned for you. A life full of friends, sports, academic achievements and all the other normalcies your future would presumably have brought. Though only briefly, I allowed myself selfish assumptions; that life with a son with Autism would be an uphill struggle. In retrospect, there have been lots of hills on this rollercoaster and I wouldn’t trade any of them. You have already changed the world for the better, whether you realize it or not.
Well, we made it to Mexico and back and the memories are tremendous. Marky was truly awesome. He loved the adventure, he adjusted to the time change, the language barrier, the lack of schedule- all of it. He was in awe on our snorkeling trip and it brought such a sense of calm for all of us. I knew he would like this, as his love of the water is so tremendous!
The most difficult part of the trip was the headaches thrown our way by the airlines, but we made it through. My husband and daughter were more frazzled by it than Marky.
If you were new to Richmond, what contacts would you need?? What questions would you ask? What resources were available in other parts of the country that you can’t find in Richmond?
Infants have soft, pliable skulls which may be abnormally shaped at birth or shortly after. Parents may become concerned if their child’s head continues to look misshapen several after several weeks or develops a flattened area in the first several months Here we share information on potential causes, what concerned parents should look for, and treatment options.
Flattening of the head may be due to positional causes or craniosynostosis, an abnormal fusing of the sutures in the skull. Positional plagiocephaly is flattening of the head due to persistent head positioning and does not require surgical intervention. Craniosynostosis is premature fusion of the cranial sutures and may require surgical correction. Cranioynostosis in the back of the head or fusion of the lambdoid suture is extremely rare. The difference between positional flattening and craniosynostosis can usually be made on clinical grounds by your child’s pediatrician or a specialist despite the fact that they both result in flattening of the back of the head in both cases.
There has been an increase in referrals for plagiocephaly to neurosurgical centers and the incidence has increased six fold from 1992-1994. This is felt to be due in part, to the recommendation in 1992 from the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid sleeping children on their stomachs as a measure to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Treatment for positional plagiocephaly may include such things as tummy time when the child is awake and may be supervised as well as making sure the child spends time upright in an exer-saucer or other such device, keeping them off the affected side. Other options include, putting the toys in the crib on the opposite side or feeding the child on the opposite side. Physical therapy may also be needed if the child has shortening of some of the neck muscles, a condition found in about 2-4 percent of newborns known as torticollis.
Watchful waiting and merely observing the child’s head shape over time may be an option depending on the severity of the deformity. In more severe cases, helmet therapy or a molding band may be used. This requires a visit to a person who specializes in making this equipment and is best started around 4-5 months of age. Typically, insurance companies do not cover this and they are quite expensive.
Therefore if parents are concerned about head shape they should bring it to the attention of their pediatrician during the monthly newborn checkups. The pediatrician may give them treatment advice or make the referral to a specialist if they feel it’s appropriate
Dr Gary Tye,Neurosurgeon
The great thing about homeschooling is that you can choose a formal curriculum, none at all, or mix and match where you see fit. For many considering homeschooling for the first time, the last two options may seem daunting. This week, I want to recommend my top research based curriculum choices for language, written and math based disabilities. Please remember that no one curriculum works perfectly for every child or even for every teacher/parent. I highly recommend attending a homeschool convention before purchasing. Most conventions will have a curriculum room with vendors and materials on site. This allows you to see the items in person and ask questions directly. If you are unable to attend a conference, contact your state homeschooling organization. Most of these will have an office with limited curriculum on hand. My last bit of advice is – don’t be afraid to stop using a curriculum that is not a good fit and try something else. The good thing about homeschooling is that you are no longer under the same hard timelines as the public school system. You can do school year round or take breaks outside of the traditional timelines. Take all the time you need to figure out what works best for your own teaching style and your child’s learning style.
We will be working with management and team members in Virginia Beach Sky Zone to better understand autism to assure the highest level of customer service for individuals with autism and their families. Sky Zone Virginia Beach management team wanted to make sure that this Sky Zone is a “judgement free” zone. Bringing the Missing Piece Awareness interactive training to the team members will help jumpers of all abilities and their families to feel welcome and enjoy a “WOW” experience every time they enter the park.
IT’S HERE!! Influenza has hit Virginia pretty hard these past 2 weeks, especially when it had been an extremely mild flu-season up until that point. At this point in time, it is probably too late to be effectively vaccinated for this season, as it will take a few weeks for the body to mount an immune response, and we are all exposed on a daily basis. Chances are, if you have a fever, body aches, cough, congestion, sore throat and extreme fatigue, you’ve got it! If you think you or your child have flu symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can in order to effectively be treated with an anti viral medication such as Tamiflu.