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Miss America Pageant and Autism

January 9, 2013

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When I came across this, I thought it was AWESOME and just had to feature this positive story here on my blog.

Alexis Wineman is Miss Montana and she has Autism. She will be competing for the Miss America crown. The show will air live  Saurday on ABC January 12, 2013 at 9pm ET in Las Vegas.

I normally do not watch the Miss America pageant, though this year I most likely will tune in because of Alexis. I am very interested to see her comedy talent routine.

Also Alexis needs your support- you can vote online for her through January 10th here at this link;  http://www.missamerica.org/videocontest/

When asked what she will do if she does not win the crown, Alexis will continue her public awareness speaking about Autism. What a special lady she is.

 

Good Luck to Alexis!  I think she is a beautiful inspiration  inside and out.

Further info about her story : http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/01/08/beauty-autism-miss-america/17018/

 

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Autism is not just about deficits, it is also about positive ABILITIES.

The Major Effects of Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey

November 19, 2012

A picture speaks a thousand words…
A video speaks volumes …


I live and work in NJ.

I know and have visited these areas… Environments and lives have been drastically changed.

The more inland NJ counties suffered  wind damage , downed trees/ poles and power outages for up to 10 days. Though the NJ shore and bay towns suffered far worse damage.

Mother nature was in control here.

Please HELP the relief effort!

By Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and specify NJ Storm Relief
By Text: Text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation

By Check: Made payable to The Salvation Army, with NJ Storm Relief specified in the memo.

Mail to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 3170
Union, NJ 07083

Donate to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund today
visit
https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html

Your donations make a real difference!
THANK YOU!!!!

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 6, 2011

http://www.teachingsofjon.com/filmmaker.html
Nice story about Jon. Worth watching   = )

Yes, I totally agree. People with disabilities also teach us lessons.

2011 U.S. Debt Ceiling and Financial Crisis

August 15, 2011

I’ve been watching all the info, fights, finger pointing, plunging stock market, unemployment, weakening of the dollar etc  etc. I am really concerned about the well being of the United States.

Simply put, our president has again handled things quite poorly.

As a Behavior Analyst – this is the reality –

America has a debt ceiling headed speedily towards $15 trillion.

Lets say we have an individual American
– they have accumulated debt on their maxed out credit cards that equals $150,000
– they are not earning enough money to pay their bills
– the interest on this debt keeps on accumulating
– this individual does not change their behavior of spending money that they do not have
– because of their behaviors, their credit rating has been downgraded
– they borrow more money thinking it will stimulate their situation for the better
– they do not track where their money goes
– they keep planning and going on vacations despite the looming problematic issues

What would happen to this individual?

Actually, what could happen to the United States?

The problem is that ALL are to blame for this mess.

Complacent voters
Americans who do not pay attention to current affairs of our country
A President, Judicial system and Congress that do not fully realize that they are public servants
Bad budgeting and accounting skills
Corporations that get away with paying no taxes
Too many loop holes
An entitlement system that can not sustain everyone – its citizens and illegal aliens
Greedy people
Buy now, pay later mentality
Jobs going over seas
51% of American households in 2009 did not pay any federal taxes at all
Too many Americans relying upon government hand outs
Pork barreling ear marks by members of the Congress
A lack of humility and charity for others
Good leadership is missing
We need better political candidates to vote for
Our talent in our country is not fully utilized
etc etc etc

In my professional opinion, our country is in trouble financially and our values have weakened.

Where is America today ?

It certainly is not what it once was.
I hope and pray we find our way back.

This is the debt as of today and counting … 

United States National Debt $14,600,255,553,827.94

www.usdebtclock.com

 

No one else, only us Americans are going to pay for this.

Casey Anthony Trial Verdict and Possible National Caylee’s Law

July 10, 2011

Yes, I did watch the Casey Anthony case. My thoughts ? In observing and analyzing what was presented as evidence during this murder trial, in my opinion there was not enough evidence to convict on murder one / death penalty. Though I do believe there was enough evidence to convict on manslaughter and child abuse. The Florida prosecution only had circumstantial evidence, the defense made up stories and accused others to throw off the jurors, Casey obviously lied and partied alot, Cindy Anthony lied on the stand, the jurors must have encountered difficulties understanding the case etc etc

I just do not get it – a juror claimed that they were ‘sick to their stomachs’ as they acquitted Casey Anthony because the who, what, when and how was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt ?? More appropriately would have been, can these jurors actually say Casey Anthony was innocent without even a shadow of doubt at all ???

I say this- then who , what, when, how did the targeted persons by the defense commit this murder? Was the drowning proved? Did one of Casey’s imaginary nanny and/or friends really do it ? Of course not.

Many say that the CSI television show effect impacted this innocent verdict- I agree. People need to understand that when you have a body decomposing for several months while out in the elements of nature, it is very hard to prove the cause of death. FYI jurors, CSI shows are MAKE BELIEVE – real life, everyday cases in America are not that clear cut The prosecution worked with what they had. However, they should have simplified their approach more to take into consideration that perhaps these jurors could not tolerate and understand the lengthy explanations ( shorter attention spans? Jurors could not understand the forensics?)

Actions can speak the truth

Proven actions

– 31 days – no reports of Caylee missing by her mother Casey Anthony
– 31 days of lying to her mother about all the fun activities engaged with Caylee and the imaginary Nanny named Zany
– the numerous photos of Casey partying, smiling and dancing – no sadness, no remorse?
– Casey gets a tatoo while her daughter is missing/dead – ” It’s a beautiful life”
– Casey’s password for Facebook and Myspace accounts- timer55 – the exact amount of days from the day Caylee supposedly died till the day of Caylee’s birthday
– Casey lying to the police numerous times- sent police to places that she said she worked at but did not

Casey was not too concerned about her daughter’s where abouts and safety now was she?

I agree with the prosecution’s theory, Casey wanted to silence her daughter since developmentally – Caylee’s verbal language would be getting stronger. Then Caylee could use her words to tell the truth. Casey did not want to sacrifice and be a mother- she wanted to party.

Further proof

– The blanket, the child’s clothes, the specific designer laundry bag – all evidence was linked to the Anthony home
– the computer searches for chloroform – though not sure if it was once or 84 times
– The duct tape was matched from the home
– Why would Casey request a shovel from her neighbor?
– I think the prosecution should have heavily explained about the police dogs who indicated a dead body had been in the trunk of Casey’s car – police dogs are HIGHLY trained and have a much better sense of smell than humans

My Issues with Defense

I disagreed with the defense- the prosecution is allowed to define the picture of Casey- it shows her character, it helps to substantiate motive

– It truly bothers me that the defense implied that if someone has been sexually abused as a child then they can become disturbed and be like Casey to explain away the partying and lying for 31 days
– Casey was a good Mom because the videos and photos taken shows it, there was no history of abuse ?- well you do not need to have a history of abuse to predict a behavior of murder
– Casey lied so that she could do her own searching for Caylee- huh???????? she was too busy partying and lying to her parents and friends she was hanging out with
– Casey has imaginary friends – thus implying she is unstable ? – but that does not give her the right to kill her child.
Other stuff
Is the Anthony family dysfunctional – probably YES – whether sexual abuse occurred between the father, Casey and the brother Lee was not proven – just eluded

Did Casey’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony tell the truth all the time during this murder trial ? NO

I can go on and on …. In my own opinion – Casey is guilty based on circumstantial evidence, she did it.

What really concerns me is – this verdict by jurors who are our peers just basically reinforced that it is ‘okay’ to not report your child missing for 31 days, to dispose the child’s body to decompose for a long time and make up lies.

Unfortunately, a beautiful child is dead and her mother is freed to make millions?? Something is very wrong with this.

Hopefully something good can come out of this ?????

A few states have already drafted legislation to make it a felony for a parent and /or guardian to not report their child missing immediately. http://abcnews.go.com/US/casey-anthony-trial-aftermath-caylee-law-drafted-states/story?id=14020260

“(Newser) – Casey Anthony’s not guilty verdict sparked Facebook outrage, a couple of Nancy Grace rants, and now a fast-growing petition for a new law. “Caylee’s Law,” thought up by Oklahoma mom of two Michelle Crowder, would require parents and guardians to report a child’s disappearance to police immediately. Caylee Anthony was last seen June 16, but was not reported missing for a full month.

Crowder, who started a Change.org petition as well as a Facebook page asking Congress to create the law, says she was “sickened” when Casey Anthony was convicted only of lying to the police, and was not “charged with child neglect or endangerment, or even obstruction of justice.” Her Change.org petition is the fastest-growing campaign in the site’s history, with nearly 2,000 people signing it each hour, the Washington Post reports. ” retrieved from http://www.newser.com/story/122834/casey-anthony-not-guilty-verdict-inspires-petition-for-caylees-law.html

http://www.change.org/petitions/create-caylees-law

So do the right thing !

Sign this petition, call your State Congress representatives and State Governor !!!  Tell your family and friends. Lets get this law passed in ALL states to protect ALL children.

Rest in peaceCaylee
 

 

Help for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Yes, Valentine’s Day is here again. Some have a loved one to share the day with, others may not have a special someone.

For those that may be down alittle today – here is a pick me up commercial just for you !!

The Ladders  at www.theladders.com – which is a website to search for jobs did a great job in executing their message –  ” feel like you are irresistable ” The director for this commercial campaign really was able to behaviorally bring out the confidence of the actor participants.

Everyone deserves to feel good. Oooo aahh … la la laaa …

Happy Valentine’s Day

Bouncing Heart

 

The Reinforcement of Power – Super Bowl Darth Vader Commercial

February 8, 2011

Super Bowl commercials- some were good, some were not so good and some were awesome!

Why feature a commercial on this blog ? A commercial has behavior analysis components???
ABSOLUTELY!

This was my favorite commercial during the Super Bowl.

Smart thinking of Volkswagen and their Advertising Agency in branding.  Lots of behavior shaping going on here.  Triggers, linking and pairing.

The data for likeability ? 20,602,257 hits on You Tube and counting as of this writing.

As for the effectiveness for increasing sales ? – time will tell …..

May the force be with you !!

ABA Related Cartoon : Cat VS Internet

January 12, 2011

Throughout the past couple of years of providing BCBA Supervision to various students in New Jersey and other states in the United States, I like to send along to them a variety of creative /  lighter venues that showcase Applied Behavior Analysis.

My supervisees love it and those that are BCBAs and BCaBAs now want me to still send along what I find on my searches and travels for various types of ABA related content for review. ABA is not just only about discrete trials and Verbal Behavior thus I try to keep my students ABA open minded.

This approach I do has worked so well that it recently motivated one of my current supervisees to send me this cartoon ( which by the way, if I had found it, I would have sent it along to my ABA people list- FYI, already done! ) 

So I say to my BCBA supervisee  – Thumbs Up

Therefore, I decided to share it here with all who visit my ‘web blog about behavior’.

Perhaps some will get all the ABA related concepts involved and be able to breakdown the chain of behavior events. Hopefully, most will see how this is so classical and have a chuckle too.

Cat Vs Internet

 Just also wanted to say thank you to http://theoatmeal.com for creating this cute cartoon.

The NJ December 2010 Blizzard, Gov Christie and Snow Plows

January 3, 2011

My Behavior Analyst thoughts …..

Here in NJ we recently had a very bad blizzard that started on Sunday December 26, 2010 and said good bye Monday December 27, 2010. It left snow totals of 30 inches in my area which is the central part of New Jersey. A State of Emergency was declared though this blizzard storm was a monster. Not only did it dump numerous inches of snow, it also had winds that were equivalent to a Category 2 Hurricane.

Despite the President of the NJ State Congress- Senator Sweeney declaring a State of Emergency and urging people to stay home, too many people still ventured out into the blinding snow. Thus many became stranded on the roads as a consequence of their decision.

This storm was so bad that even some of the snow plows, tow trucks and emergency related vehicles became stuck in the snow. It was a massive storm that only the fury of Mother Nature was in charge of.

Many of the towns in Central NJ received poor service through their municipalities in plowing streets. Townships blamed layoffs and monetary budget issues. I say it was township mismanagement.

While the snow was barreling in, NJ Governor Christie was vacationing for the Christmas holiday at Disney in Orlando Florida and his Lt Governor was on vacation at the very same time in Mexico.

NJ has been a mess during this past week while residents have been digging out, still plowing and shoveling. Even upon this writing of this blog which is a week after the storm, there are still secondary streets, turn offs, jug handles and traffic lanes that are not fully cleared yet.

I personally had friends and family trapped in their homes due to the extra slow service of the plows doing the streets. Some were not able to get out of their home for 4 days until Thursday!  I was fortunate and got out Wednesday.

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I know of people personally that got stuck out on the road and had to stay overnight in frigid temperatures and piling up snow. Hopefully they will think twice about traveling during a blizzard next time.

Even last night,  I still could not believe  here in Monmouth and Ocean counties that some of the traffic lanes have not been fully plowed. Especially higher traffic roads that have double lanes. Some lanes may have half a section plowed and it varies too. Because of this, there are accidents  happening during the day and in the dark of night due to people  not being able to see that their initially plowed lane turns into a wall of snow and ice.

New Jersey residents are upset. We have had major snow storms before though usually do not get this level of snow.  However, I can distinctly remember that we have had a few other blizzards in past years that had large accumulations and the plowing was not this bad.

Many people are saying Gov Christie should have been here in NJ for the blizzard.  The governor deserves to go on vacation. Although, I think he and his Lt governor should have not taken trips out of the state at the same time. I even said to a few people as they blamed the NJ governor. So you say Christie should had returned to NJ during this blizzard storm? How could he from Florida ? All the airports were shut down, he could not drive up or take a train since the storm affected the east coast. Gov Christie did the responsible thing of calling in to his administration.

The storm was massive which brought massive issues. But do businesses have both the boss and 2nd in command take off  at the same time? Perhaps the real issue was that  New Jersey people were looking for more leadership during this blizzard and to have someone address the poor snow plowing aftermath. With Gov Christie away, where was the leadership to lead us through this snow mess ?

I do not think that Gov Chris Christie should be blamed here.  It really was our township governments that failed its residents. Yes it may have taken an extra day to plow the roads properly due to the additional snow environment. But not a few days extra or even now a week later to have some places on our busy roads that are not fully plowed and still unsafe to drive on.

America’s Got Talent – Jackie Evancho Sings Pie Jesu

September 9, 2010

I have to confess, I really like this show. Especially when they have lots of real talent to enjoy.  I truly appreciate Art, Music and Creativity.

During this 2010 season, America’s Got Talent  has featured and opened many doors of opportunities for a variety of very talented people.

I’ll talk more about this show later on in a future post.

But I must post this.

Jackie Evancho, a 10 year old opera singer.

WOW, she sings like an Angel Glitter Text

Superb talent!

She sings so beautifully.

Good luck to Jackie, she made it to the finals!