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Well, we are back into our routine here an I am the one struggling! I am still forgetting the bus times, what day it is and that there are things to do once school is over! It is not normally this hard for me!
The weather in Fall is perfect for outdoor time. Here is a “Bucket List” of many ideas of things to do. Pick and choose a few that feel good for you. Some actually an incorporate some sensory/ tactile techniques too.
Regal Cinemas is calling it “My Way Matinee” and these movies will allow the children to see movies with lights on and sounds lowered.
Presenting a gallery of artwork by Tyler Szymonik. My son Tyler is 12 years old and has profound autism. His speaking skills are very limited. When you first meet him, you might think that not much is going through his thoughts. But he often drops us hints that he really is ‘in there’. He has often reminded me of the tiger in the ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ cartoon. To the rest of the world, Hobbes the tiger is a stuffed animal. Blank expression, unseeing eyes, cuddly but devoid of thought. But when he and his boy Calvin are alone, Hobbes comes to life with wit, a sense of humor, and the capacity to misbehave in sometimed clever ways! Thus it is with Tyler.
Recently, he gave us an interesting glimpse of what is going on in his mind. Of what he likes and finds interesting. It came in the form of several pictures he apparently drew in Microsoft Paint on the computer, and saved to a file. Being Tyler, he never pointed them out to me or his dad. We would probably never have known they existed if he had not set a few of them up as screen savers. One day I walked into the office and there they were, silently passing by on the screen. We were delighted at these little snapshots of what is in his head, and investigated further. There were more. LOTS more. I submit them here for you to peruse. I hope you enjoy them. Cindy
St. Mary’s Hospital has served Central Virginia since 1966. They know that a stay in the hospital is stressful for children and parents. That’s why they do everything we can to make the process more comfortable for your child and you. Their staff of medical professionals is focused on making your child well and doing it with compassion and kindness. They will stay in close contact with you and your child, and will consult with your child’s physician through frequent updates and communication.
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You can meet some staff at these two local events listed below, or check the site to learn more.
everyone! Cole here. Now, here in the northern hemisphere,
it’s September… which means it’s that time of year again.
School is just about to start, and my long days of free time
are about to end… and I’m looking forward to it. In this
article, I’d like to describe my thoughts and feelings about
returning to academia, as well as what I expect to happen this
off, some notes about my school. I’m going into high school
this year, so I’m entering a new school – Deep Run. Mom says
that this school is exceptional in the country, but it just
seems like an ordinary school to me. The only major
“stand-out” feature about the school is the IT Specialty
Center, which I am entering to learn more about computers.
(Computers are the future. If anyone disagrees, please
remember where you are reading this. Smartphones also count as
advanced computers, since they’re part of the 4th Generation,
so…) That said, although it seems like a typical public
school, it seems to be a very clean, high-quality sort of
school, so I can probably expect a very good learning
have mixed feelings about returning to school. On one hand, I
am excited about my upcoming experience. I have been told that
high school, although functionally similar to middle school,
is far more interesting and better overall than the latter.
Additionally, I’m looking forward to getting the social life
that I’ve been dreaming about since I was a wee boy. That
said, the summer is more or less over, and for the first time
in my life, I’ve managed to get through it without finding
myself bored and listless (primarily because of my job as a
petsitter), so I’m a bit saddened by the idea of going back to
school. Also, I’m not looking forward to the first week of
school because the first week of school is always boring. I
don’t even get to learn
on the first week – it’s all about the syllabi and the
preparation is important, Cole.
know, Cole. It’s still boring, though.
do you know? Do you really
Because last I checked, you didn’t even prepare this article.
You just kind of wrote down the general structure of the
That’s not good enough?
it isn’t. Also, this entire “conversation with myself” gimmick
is just pulled out of your first article. You can’t tell the
same joke again and again just to try to make your audience
I see your point. Should I just slap myself now and pretend
this never happened?
I don’t like syllabi and preparation, so… there’s that.
I’m looking forward to school, although I’m not comfortable
with the end of the summer. As of this time I haven’t actually
entered school yet, but it’s almost time. I hope to describe
the events of the school year as they happen, so stay tuned.
Anyway, it’s been fun. Insert witty closing sentence here.
the “witty closing sentence” was from your first article too –
I was watching the Today show and the sky was a beautiful blue, the day was crisp ( we lived in NY), and I was ready to conquer the day. Then, the day conquered us. I watched as the plane hit the Twin Tower and thought,wow, this is a terrible accident. Then, the second, still, no-one on TV or around me was mentioning Terrorism, but our minds raced. Then we heard.
I quickly called school to check on my daughter, checked on my husband and then quickly started calling all I could to be sure they were safe.
This September, Autastic Avenues is partnering with Luther Memorial School for a variety of venues. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue growing in the community with this endeavor. In addition to contributing to their after-school program, Autastic Avenues is now offering Saturday social groups at Luther Memorial School.
Our social groups are geared toward a variety of age and skill levels. We work with children, not diagnoses, which means our groups are open for any child to apply. We structure our small group activities based upon skill and interest level.
Our morning group, Builders and Gamers, focuses on skills that facilitate following the group plan, cooperation, collaboration, and emotional regulation. Our group for high school age young adults meets later in the day. Social “rules” change as children grow into young adults, and the teaching approach must change as well. Our teen group fosters the skills necessary to improve social thinking skills and become social problem solvers.
We are accepting applications for all age groups. Contact us at email@example.com.