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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.

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.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers- the Gift of Giving

December 12, 2010

What is on my mind today ? The gift of giving.

 

Every year during the Christmas season, I donate money to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. I give the Salvation Army and their volunteer helpers much credit for trying to raise money for the needy that they serve.

Some ring just a bell, some play holiday music with a brass instrument or a few times I have seen a flutist, others may play Christmas carols on a CD player.

During these past few weekends in New Jersey the weather has been quite COLD .One day it was 30 degrees with a wind chill factor of 17 degrees. I was in route to enter a major retail store to get out of the blustery cold though lo and behold, I heard the bell ringing. I turned and there  was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, all bundled up and out in the cold. I thought , why can’t they at least be in the entrance/exit foyer for some weather protection????

So thus I heed the major retail stores- thank you for allowing the fundraising though please have a warm heart and at least allow the Salvation Army helpers some refuge from the cold.

To all those who come by my blog and or pass by the Bell Ringer, please have a generous heart and put some change in the Salvation Army’s kettle to help those who are less fortunate than us this Christmas season. Thank you.

www.salvationarmyusa.org

Thanksgiving Thoughts …

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

It is my hope that many during this holiday remember to be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

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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!

Good Deeds Teach Good Behaviors

July 29, 2009

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Last June Phoebe did a good deed, she raised $3,736 that expanded to over $33,000 to feed poor families in San Francisco.

After seeing a man begging for food while her parents’ car drove her to preschool, this 5 year old girl was inspired to help feed the needy. She decided to do a community service project and mandated it for all the students in her school.

She originally came up with a $1,000 goal. Her teacher Kathleen Albert thought that was great but cautioned it was too ambitious. Phoebe remained determined anyway to help those in need.

Her project spurred on other agencies to do matching donations for her good cause.

End result from one good deed initiated by Phoebe?

$33,624 worth of food — or 17,971 meals — for the city’s hungry.

Her teacher, Kathleen Albert said, “I think it is very important to teach children to give back to the community. I see so many adults who walk around and have no idea of that. It doesn’t matter your wealth, you can still give back. It teaches kids that small donations can add up to big donations.”

Source: http://www.gnn.com/article/preschooler-feeds-nearly-18000-with-cans/592963?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl5|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gnn.com%2Farticle%2Fpreschooler-feeds-nearly-18000-with-cans%2F592963

I say, IMPRESSIVE and may God Bless this child for her good deeds. Phoebe is a very good kid.

Good deeds help others, it also helps the one who does the good deed. By doing good deeds, it positively shapes one’s character. Good deeds shape future behaviors.

So think about it parents-

What good deeds has your child done lately????

Note: Food banks are in greater need of food and cash donations. Those needing food have risen due to the poor economy. Please do a good deed today and donate to your local food bank or food pantry.

You can also check out www.feedingamerica.org

The Bigger Picture of ABA

April 14, 2009

Since I have been writing on this blog, I sometimes get very interesting people with various comments and some good questions sent to me too.

Recently, I received a set of good questions that I think my answers would benefit those who are interested in the bigger picture of ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

Hello there inquirer,

Thank you for complimenting my Behavior Analyst Blog. I specifically started this blog to educate people that ABA is not just about Autism and disabilities.

My background is extensive- I apply ABA to:

Supervising ABA students
Supervising staff
Working with agencies, state employees
People with and without disabilities
Applying it to businesses, customer service
Utilizing it in case management, grant writing
Measuring trends in just about anything
Applicable to the Medical field
Shaping my own behaviors
Applying ABA to real life
etc etc

ABA can be endless….

I am just trying to do my part to help others understand the fuller value of ABA ( when assessed, utilized and applied appropriately for each unique situation, field, environment, group, setting, issue, behavior etc)

It is my hope that ABA will still continue to successfully improve the lives of those with Autism and disabilities. Though lots of other various fields can benefit from ABA. We just need some more smart, logical people with good common sense to realistically demonstrate ABA’s effectiveness with other things.

So check back for more ABA tales at my blog = )

Thanks,
Beth

Disabilities and the 2008 Presidential Election

October 26, 2008

One day in my email, I received something from a friend with a disability.  It was a forwarded letter written by a person who has a disability and asking people to vote for Obama because he simply knew him.

 

Well….  that email got deleted very quickly.

 

So my response back ?

 

John McCain has physical disabilities himself that he suffered as a result of being tortured as a POW. He is not able to use a computer independently because of his physical injuries to his shoulders and hands.

 

John McCain has reached out publicly numerous times to the disability community

 

McCain’s VP choice, Sarah Palin has a child with down syndrome

 

Sarah Palin has strongly stated that she will make it her personal interest to advocate for the disabilities community and their families in the White House.

 

They both have direct experience with disabilities, they both care, they both want to help.

 

 

Obama CAN NOT MATCH the forementioned

 

But I am going to tell you what Obama did do

 

Obama mocks McCain’s disabilities

 

Now is Obama a true friend to the disability community ?

 

 

Some Thoughts About the Current Politics

September 2, 2008

Just to let everyone know, I am NOT an Obama fan. His weak platform of ‘Hope and Change’, flip flopping statements, associations with negative individuals / organizations and teleprompter speeches have been quite unimpressive to this Behavior Analyst.

 

I have to say though, it has been quite refreshing these past few days after Governor Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s VP running mate. The Main Stream Media has actually begun to cover this presidential race more fairly or at least I hope.

 

The constant biased news coverage about Obama was getting ridiculous.  It was quite unfair to Hillary Clinton.  http://www.cmpa.com/Studies/Election08/07_12_21_Election_Study.pdf

 

 

Even recently, Obama has been receiving the media frenzy more so than John McCain. According to the online Tyndall Report, Obama received more than twice as much nightly news network coverage as McCain during the last month and a half. Obama got 166 minutes of news coverage compared to 67 minutes for McCain 

http://tyndallreport.com/comment/20/2966/

 

So I am looking forward to seeing how these numbers will change with Palin added to the political mix.

 

Am I voting for John McCain because he chose Sarah Palin ?  No, I just will not vote for Obama.  My vote goes to the experienced one, John McCain. Though I am excited that McCain did choose Sarah. I think it was a very smart move. It shows that the Republican party respects and values women in government. Unlike how the Democratic party allowed Hillary Clinton to be bashed so unfairly.

 

I find it quite interesting too that Sarah Palin has a cute 4 month old baby boy named Trig with Down Syndrome.  I wonder what Sarah can bring to the White House for people with disabilities and their families. I hope more awareness and good changes for increased supports will occur.

FYI:  Upon the birth of their son, the Palin family issued a statement that read: “Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/380134.html

 

 

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Trig Palin

 

So I say this;

 

BE SANE, VOTE McCAIN

Blessings

March 30, 2008

I was attending church today and noticed a new family.  Yes, even when I am at church, my mind still is in a Behavior Analyst mode. So the reason that I specifically noticed this one family was because they had a larger stroller that was occupied by a pretty girl, approximately 7 years old.

The Mom was middle aged and had two other younger children with her. All three of her kids were well behaved. In fact so much more so than the mother with her disruptive young daughter sitting next me ( whom I put on active ignore due to her excessive attention seeking behaviors)

I was interested in the mother of the child in the stroller. She looked at me with some hesitation as I turned to see her daughter in the stroller. I specifically made sure that I smiled at both her and her child in the stroller. The Mom was probably relieved that I was not judgmental and smiled back at me. Sadly, the other church goers paid no attention to them or purposely looked away.

This approx 7 year old child in the stroller did not move very much. She was sleeping throughout most of the service with a few little snores here and there. I am not sure what her diagnosis is, though it was evident that this child did not walk, did not move on her own, did not smile, her eyes did not focus on people so she might have vision issues etc.

This child’s mother has taken very good care of her. She was nicely dressed, her hair was styled in a cute pony tail with a bow, her weight and coloring were good, there were blankets to layer on when needed to keep the girl warm etc.

Some might say, well this child can not do anything. Actually , I would have to disagree with that. I observed the Mom, how she happily and lovingly doted on this child in the stroller. I observed her two younger siblings willingly taking turns sitting next to her at the end of the pew.

This child is still a human being, she has lots of worth. I am sure that God was happy to see that her family brought her to church.

My hope is, that others in society and even at my church will show more kindness and value what this pretty girl in a stroller and others with disabilities have to offer.