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therapy, autism, alternate therapy [Sep. 2nd, 2010|10:48 am]
x-posted, some of you will see it twice or thrice.

Some time ago I asked for input on activities that your ASD kids enjoy that have helped then in some way. Something that gave your child a real-worked benefit that isn't considered therapy. I'm doing research for, and applying for a grant, to start a therapy center that offers what I call alternate therapy.
Some ideas included music, swimming, crafts, sports skills, cooking. Some suggestions were more specific, I'm just giving generals for reference.

Here's the update. I have started a grant application on Pepsi Refresh Everything. (it is murder to get it submitted before the slots are filled...tried twice and missed). I suggest everyone go there and vote for things you feel will help whatever cause you support.

In addition, I decided not to wait for help that may or may not come, and start myself on a small scale. My drummer husband agreed to teach basic drumming as a first project. The benefits of this are numerous and we are excited to start. We are doing research on inexpensive practice pads and sticks, and have decided on the second Tuesday of the month. We should be able to get a conference room at the library. Now all we need is kids with a parent in attendance and we can start. The only cost to participants is the cost of the equipment....should be less than $20 each kid. No licensing needed as we are offering to hare our knowledge at no cost to parents who want to help their kids learn.

I have a facebook page for this if you want to follow the updates. Center for Alternate Autism Therapy. Also, if you know anyone in the Salt Lake area who might be interested, you can refer them to our page.

My ultimate dream is a large center offering many things, including aids so the parents can have a break if they desire one. If this was nationwide, even better. Perhaps others have talents/skills they can share in their communities?

Thanks for reading.
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cub scouts [Jul. 6th, 2010|11:14 pm]
Spent two days at cub scout day-camp. The boys had fun, and the adults are all exhausted. It's a good thing the poeple running it do most of the work. All we had to do was yell at our boys to stay with the group, eat their lunch, or pay attention.
Very little was "boring" for the boys. They got to shoot BB guns, bows and arrows, sling shots. Run obstacle courses, dig for fossils, build rockets, make leather bracelets, learn about our flag and how to care for and respect it. They got to push each other on go-carts, get a gem from a creek, and do some fun things that required working as a team.

Fortunately, we don't have to plan scouts until August. I think I need a break.

Came home and slept for 3 hours. Is it really a good idea to let old fat people be in the scouting program?
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kids' movies [Oct. 25th, 2009|11:53 pm]
We saw G Force Saturday at the dollar theater with the boys. It was Disney. We thought it would be ok, since it was animated and we thought Pixar might have a hand in it. Wrong! It was not Pixar.
It was a cute movie. However, I get really tired of toilet humor. Especially in kids' movies. I know everyone thinks it's ok. But I was raised that certain things are not appropriate humor. Some things are crude. Honestly, some things are crude. I have to think about my ASD boy. For him, if it's ok in a movie, it's ok with his buddies, and at school, and in front of his grandma, and at church. He can't compartmentalize. And really, he shouldn't have to. I shouldn't have to sit in a children's movie and tell my kids, "that's inappropriate", "we don't agree with that" "that sort of behavior is unacceptable" "we don't act/talk like that". I have to do enough of that in the real world. Kids' entertainment should be safe.
My kids will see what we watch on our tv and tell us "that's inappropriate", but when they see it on Disney, or Cartoon, or Nick, and I tell them it's inappropriate, the tell me it's ok because it's on Disney (or Nick or Cartoon, etc). It makes the battle to raise decent kids even more difficult.
My kids can wear heavy metal T-shirts, and listen to gangsta rap at school, but they can't wear a T-shirt proclaiming they are a child of God, because I guess if they wear a T-shirt, they aren't expressing free speech. They are establishing a state religion.
What is this world coming to? I was born 40 years too late!
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Writer's Block: Agree to disagree [Oct. 1st, 2009|07:44 pm]
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No, I have not stopped being friends with someone because of differing political views, or even religious views. I have stopped being friends with people who attack my religious views, or who keep going on and on and on about particular political idiologies where we disagree. If they can't find anything to talk about, other than the things we disagree on, there's no point in being friends. I don't have friends in order to fight or always be defensive or in attack mode.
I have stopped being friends with people because of their values and how it affects the way they live their lives and the way they treat other people, including their spouse, their parents, their kids, or me.
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floor canvas [Aug. 6th, 2009|12:21 pm]

I have seen floor canvases on those decorating shows, and I need to make one of my own to get the look I want. The problem is that I don't know what kind of canvas to get, what type of paint to use, if I need to pre-treat it or how to go about it, where to get one.
Does anyone know anything about it, or where I could get any info about it?

Any help would be great.

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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2009|11:47 pm]
Load your gun and don't be such a sissy-girl!
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(no subject) [Jul. 3rd, 2009|09:42 pm]
Riley's having a hard time with my mom's death. Our cat, Liam, died around Thanksgiving, and our cat, Katy, is a princess and doesn't give loves the way Liam did. Riley stopped singing and reading, saying he did that when Liam was alive and he just can't do it anymore. So today we got 2 kittens. Katy is not happy. Bo-bo (big siamese we inherited) doesn't get it yet (not the brightest star in the constellation...doesn't know how to ask for loves or to purr) and the dog thinks the "babies" are his birthday present. (today is the dog's b-day, and the anniversary of finding Liam).
To add to the mayhem, it's our weekend for Chance, and Bruce decided to get him this afternoon, instead of tonight. All day I've been telling boys to keep kittens in their room, or stay with them so they don't pee on the carpet, and I have to keep telling Chance that they're babies and he needs to treat them like it. (he says they are cats, not babies, so we have to explain how they are tiny, and scared, and need to be loved, made safe, and NOT be hurt....it's a constant mantra today)
Riley says the kittens are his joy, and now he can sing and read again. Doodles is just upset that he didn't get to name them, since they were his b-day present.
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Winter Solstice [Dec. 21st, 2008|10:32 pm]
So, a few years ago we started celebrating the solstice. We take stale bread, old veggies, (not rotten, just stuff we'd likely throw out) and go up on the hill and put it out for the deer. We tell the kids we're honoring our pagan ancestors by celebrating the solstice. We "make an offering to the gods and ask them to bring back the sun". Then we tell how man was given dominion over the beasts of the earth. This means responsibility, so we are actually feeding the deer. We also tell how Christmas is appropriately celebrated near the solstice because the solstice is when the sun "returns" by staying longer, giving life to the earth and the plants, therefor the animals and people, and how Christ brought light to the earth and eternal life to man. We tie the whole thing in to Christianity and our particular beliefs.
this year we won't be celebrating. We aren't in our house due to the remodel, and time has gotten away from us. Perhaps we can celebrate next weekend, as the actual "longest night" is sometimes after Christmas where we live ,due to the mountains.
What a mess this year has been.
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life and death [Nov. 26th, 2008|11:10 pm]
So we tried for two years to find a contractor to do our attic. Either they don't do THAT. or they don't do older homes, or they don't show up for the estimate. Finally we find someone who shows up. We have been out of our home for over three months. Left the cats there and feed them every day. Last week Liam starts having problems. I take him to the vet and he has a urinary tract infection. According to the vet, it's due to the stress of having us gone so long. So we medicated him, and he gets worse. Monday he was feverish and lethargic. Yesterday couldn't find him to take him to the vet. Tonight we find him in the litter box, stiff. The irony, four and a half weeks ago the contractor said he'd be done the 24th. The week before that, he said he'd be done the 24th. The 21st, he says he'll try to have it done the 28th, If he has to, he'll work Sat, the 29th to get it done. SO Monday, the 24th, he says he has three other jobs he's doing. Tuesday he says he'll try to have it done but he can't guarantee it. He'll so his best. He said he'd have the siding up before the bad weather on Thursday. It's Wednesday. No siding.
I am beyond livid.
Happy Thanksgiving, all.
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poetry [Jun. 28th, 2008|08:37 pm]
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In an early episode of M*A*S*H Klinger is reading from a book of poetry by Rupert Brooke. Radar takes the book and leaves a poor nurse helpless in his presence after reading the sultry words of Rupert. I have been looking for a book of poetry by Rupert Brooke for nearly 30 years. I found on today at the D.I., and I bought it!
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