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Pope Francis Blesses Child With Disabilities on Easter

April 4, 2013

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“The moving images of this Easter Sunday moment at the Vatican have spread around the world over the last few days. Greeting followers in St. Peter’s Square from the “Popemobile,” Pope Francis called for 8-year-old Dominic Gondreau, who suffers from cerebral palsy, to be raised up to him. He proceeded to hug Dominic, giving him a kiss on the cheek.

Paul Gondreau, a theology professor at Providence College, had traveled with his wife and children to Rome to teach for a semester. He was shocked to see his son in the arms of the newly elected pontiff, and he shared the amazing experience with Megyn Kelly on America Live.

Gondreau said he was seated with his four other children further away from the pope. Dominic and his mother, Christina, had been summoned earlier by the Swiss Guards to move into a closer seating area with other disabled children.

Gondreau said one of his other sons pointed out what was happening, telling him it was actually Dominic that was being held by Pope Francis.

“(My son) said the pope is holding Dominic! That’s when I looked up at the Jumbotron and beheld  this grand moment and was immediately moved to tears with my son. I will cherish that memory forever,” he said.”

source: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/04/03/watch-megyn-kellys-emotional-interview-with-dr-paul-gondreau-dad-of-disabled-boy-embraced-by-pope-francis/

This moved me to tears, just had to share. May God Bless them both.

“Autism does not define me.” by Miss Montana

January 27, 2013

Alexis is very correct. Too many think that Autism is only about deficits.

People with Autism also have abilities, talents, positive feelings and dreams.

 

 

Summer Swim Suits and Down Syndrome

January 13, 2013

I had to share this ADORABLE ad of a 10 month old child with down syndrome.

It is just awesome that this child represents a swim wear line for DC Kids.

Kudos to the companies who are promoting ALL kinds of people.

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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.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2012
Statistic Verification
Source: University of Scranton.   Journal of Clinical Psychology
Published: 12.13.2012
Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for   2012

1

Lose Weight

2

Getting Organized

3

Spend Less, Save More

4

Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5

Staying Fit and Healthy

6

Learn Something Exciting

7

Quit Smoking

8

Help Others in Their Dreams

9

Fall in Love

10

Spend More Time with Family
News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually   make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently   make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutely   never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are   successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent   success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail   on their resolution each year 24%
People who explicitly make   resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who   don’t explicitly make resolutions

Resource:  www.statisticbrain.com

My own opinion

It is that time of year again, out with the old and in with the new?

I was curious to review what the percentages were for New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 as our country approaches the Fiscal Cliff and remains in a weak economy. Note that money matters ranked number 3 for personal resolutions – not surprising to me.

My thoughts on this?  Spending less money, saving money behaviors also need to be our state and federal governments’ New Years Resolution. The overspending and over borrowing behaviors only cause higher taxes and lesser support programs as consequences for Americans.

Our governments can not financially sustain what they are putting out and borrowing. Have we not learned from Europe and especially Greece?

Therefore, as Americans try to change their spending behavior for the better, so should our government.

Am I concerned about our country?  Yes I am. I have been since the expensive wars started under Bush and the worse over exorbitant spending under Obama. Would you run your own personal home budget like this?  What would be the consequences of that behavior if you did?

Not very good ones….

As the resolution statistics say- perhaps if our president and elected officials made it a collective goal to straighten out our over spending and borrowing issues, maybe they would more likely be able to achieve it?

With watching all of this mayhem, I think unfortunately more crises will occur. If things continue to not improve, spending less, saving money will rise higher on the Resolution list.

It is that time of year again, out with the old and in with the new?

Unfortunately, the American debt is not going anywhere but increasing.

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I can still try to hope for the best though. It is the optimist in me  = )

Tis the Season for Kind Giving

December 3, 2012

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Officer Lawrence DePrimo of Long Island, N.Y. shared on “Good Morning America.” “To look down at this gentleman’s feet and see that he had no socks. And when he told me he never had a pair of shoes. …My heart went out to him.”

So the officer bought this man some thermal socks and new boots.

Tourist Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., captured this generous, kind act moment on camera while visiting Times Square with her husband on the cold night of Nov. 14, 2012.

http://gma.yahoo.com/nypd-officers-act-kindness-goes-viral-162926285–abc-news-topstories.html

Would like to see more of this genuine behavior.

Developing a Registered Behavioral Technician ‘RBT’ Credential

August 26, 2012

Finally, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board   ( BACB )  is developing a new credential, Registered Behavioral Technician ‘RBT’ .

There has been so much confusion over people calling themselves behavior therapists, behavior aides, behavior assistants, behavior techs  etc that have hardly any formal and verifible Applied Behavior Analysis training and supervision by a  Board Certified Behavior Analyst  ( BCBA ). The Applied Behavior Analysis ( ABA )  consumer has no way to know who is professionally trained versus someone who went to a one weekend ABA training. The BACB has made a smart and very responsible move towards credentialing those that do assist the implementation of behavior plans.

The result of this? Better managed and trained staff that ABA consumers can trust and rely upon.

I am looking forward to the development of this newest RBT credential

Stay tuned ….

Source: http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=100179#74

What is Important to Changing Behavior?

June 24, 2012

The ‘Good Behavior’ Commercial

April 6, 2012

As a Behavior Analyst and consumer of products and services, I love this commercial.

The message was communicated very well via a dog engaging visually in good behaviors, the song ” I will be good” was perfect to play to enhance the emotional message. Very smart to use http://www.goodbehavior.com and show the positive value of engaging in good behavior.

The commercial wants you to buy Traveler’s insurance utlizing ‘good behavior’ as their selling point. I love it !!!

Kudos to the advertisement agency Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis who developed this commercial.

Well done.

April 2012 is Autism Awareness Month

April 2, 2012

It is now April 2012 and the CDC released the increased rate of 1 in 88 children has Autism. However, the upcoming new DSM V will be making it harder for children to meet the criteria to get the diagnosis of Autism. In my opinion, this makes no sense.

Thus supposedly no more Asperger’s, no more PDD either – so then where are these children going to belong and how are they going to get help?

Autism Spectrum disorder was meant to be an umbrella. The classifications were helpful distinctions to differentiate the functioning level of the child. An Asperger’s child versus a child with Autism are two different children. Even if you compared any two Autistic children there would be differences.

Us professionals in this field and the kids’ parents are perplexed by this move in the DSM V to change the Autism diagnosis. It is a wrong move that will not benefit these kids.

We have an epidemic of Autism. The kids are here, so lets give them the help and supports they need instead of looking to lowering numbers based on a more strict criteria.