Parents to Parents Panel: How to keep our adults safe?

How to keep our adults safe?

Our adults with a disability – mild or severe — what are all of the areas to consider to guarantee parents and community are doing their all?

Safety must always be #1

How can you, as a parent, avoid abuse, neglect and exploitation?

How can you avoid financial exploitation?

How can you avoid emotional abuse?

Join us. Let’s brainstorm and discuss this serious matter.

 

The event is organized by three of the featured guests of WEDU-PBS broadcast:

Autism Town Hall Meeting – Breakthrough to Hope ( watch it here: wedu.org/autism ):

Ann Millan
 www.autism-believe-future.com

Yadira V. Calderon
 www.autismhappykingdom.com

Filomena McDonald
 Gulf Coast Autism Assoc Internet: http://gulfcoastautism.org/

A reading to share emotions: The Story of Thomais

Click the link to watch the video:    Fave page from book…

Families are welcomed to join Thomais as she reads favorite pages from her book “The Story of Thomais”.

Thomais recently expressed: “Parents you must also share your emotions with your kids!

In a safe and child friendly environment children and parents will share, using words or drawing, their emotions.

Read about her book – The Story of Thomais

Thomais has autism. She is understanding and acknowledging her EMOTIONS. She is also learning it is important to express them and there are many ways to do this…

Thomais was learning 3 languages, reaching milestones like any other child – until December 2010 when she had a massive regression. She stopped talking, lining up toys, behavior crisis began and she was sick every month.

April 2012, what we lived  –   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfcRxgTZVHk

Almost 7 years later, after many interventions, therapies, over doses of love, patience and attention, Thomais is capable of engaging the day to day. She faces many challenges and as time passes they are easier to manage…

 

REFERENCES-

Deborah McNamara, Ph.D.  – Five Things You Might Not Know About Human Emotion

Parents-to-Parents education on the benefit of therapies and nutrition

The Tampa Bay special needs community is invited to participate in a panel titled:

Parents-to-Parents education on the benefit of therapies and nutrition

Join Gulf Coast Autism Association http://gulfcoastautism.org/  and Florida Institute on Community and Disability (FICD) www.myFICD.org as they support Yadira V. Calderon, a local author and advocate who insists: “Informed parents make the best decisions”.

Many children and adults with a diagnosis face a variety of challenges – physical, medical, developmental. A plethora of researched and tried services, therapies and lifestyle changes are at the disposal of the families. The purpose of this panel is to present valuable information so families can make informed decisions.

The event takes place on

Saturday, Sept 30, 2017,

12:30-2:30 pm

Countryside Library Clearwater

2642 Sabal Springs Dr. Clearwater, Florida, FL 33761

The speakers:
Kid Pro Therapy Services Inc President/Owner, LorRainne Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ph.D., BCBA-D. She will do an overview of the benefit of today’s therapies and the importance of parent mediated interventions. http://www.kidprotherapy.com/

Hayes Family Chiropractic — Dr. Christopher Hayes, DC will present the benefits of chiropractic care and how he helps patients achieve the best health and quality of life possible http://hayesfamilychiro.com/

The event is organized by three of the featured guests of WEDU-PBS broadcast Autism Town Hall Meeting – Breakthrough to Hope ( watch it here: wedu.org/autism ):

Ann Millan
    www.autism-believe-future.com

Yadira V. Calderon
     www.autismhappykingdom.com

Filomena McDonald
     Gulf Coast Autism Assoc       Internet: http://gulfcoastautism.org/

 

LorRainne Jones shares why this event is so relevant! (click the picture)

SENSORY ARTS FOR THE SPECTRUM – PALM HARBOR CREATIVE ARTS CENTER

Special arts exploration event for individuals in the autism spectrum!

Enjoy as many options as you wish:
1 – Spray bottle painting on canvas
2 – Making slime
3 – Rock painting

Environment will be warm and inviting, softly lit and with minimal noise pollution.

Meditative spa music and lavender scents will make the space relaxing and inspiring.

Seating is limited to 20 people.

No age restriction.

$10 per person.

Reserve your space here

 

1103 Florida Avenue
Palm Harbor, Florida, FL 34683

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Learning about Raffles!

Greatest experience ever…  another one!

To see my daughter being a kid and learning the big lessons in life

Enjoy her creation, words, illustrations and expression of emotions…

Video here: Raffles Really Really Stink by Thomais

Individuals in the spectrum are very literal

Explaining the concept of a raffle takes many efforts, subtleties and the classic be ready for the unexpected survival skill we parents – diagnosis or not – utilize quite efficiently…

At 9yrs old this became a fun experience, drawing it made it easier to handle…
Bottom line: Emotions shared and unwillingly comprehending she did not win and she has to deal with it…
A big plus… no behavior crisis, no torture for no one…
We continue… Enjoy!

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Proud of me!

My daughter is 9 years old.

My daughter has autism.

My daughter is proud of who she is.

As a parent I could not be more at peace, relieved, proud and accomplished.

This sentiment, being aware of it, is instilled at home. My day as a parent could have been as challenging as it can be, as complicated as it could get… yet, I’ll always make the choice to guarantee my daughter will hear from me, I am proud of her.

The source of pride is love which supercedes all confrontations with reality I may face. Yes, that unconditional love parenting promotes.

The source of pride is prioritizing what we are and how my actions will influence and/or impress my daughter.

I invite every parent to put aside – for a minute – all worries, source of pressure, frustrations we all face as we raise or care for our child/adult with a diagnosis. Say it with my daughter, say it with me – I am proud of me.

Do not miss the opportunity to communicate this powerful idea, thought with your loved ones.

Let me know how it goes!

 

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Hollywood can’t handle talent with a diagnosis!

Now I understand why Hollywood, Netflix, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, Disney, Nickelodeon, Broadway, etc. will not hire actors with a diagnosis, with obvious or mild challenges.

Video: Trolls and Friends  The Musical, Dunedin Community Center, FL

In an attempt to entertain, the writing may reflect some of the realities faced by an individual who is considered to have limitations. But a trained actor is the one hired to perform the role of someone they have no knowledge of, they cannot relate to, many times, they don’t even respect who they are. This trained actor pretends to have a diagnosis and pretends to make others laugh or cry. Decent writing and marketing may save the show. This is pathetic, ridiculous and short sighted.

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TV report – Alternative Medicine

Conversation about alternative medicine and its benefits.

FL lifted the ban on medicinal cannabis and a dispensary in St Pete FL opened.  I was interviewed to discuss our reality — we can’t afford the product, even though we’d benefit immensely from it.

As a parent – I’d have to pay for a consult, then a permit of sorts, plus the product.

Video: Reporter – Beatriz Pares – InfoMas, Tampa FL (July 2017). Subtitled.

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AUTISM REALITIES

We know all about autism awareness.

We want action. Life with autism is 365 days, 24/7…

These are various posts  I shared in social media. They reflect the reality of many families. For many it’s been the same or worse for 10+ years. The media rarely reports on these matters.

Do share!

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