Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Song for a blue day.....Autismshutsthehellup....oy, I need a cigarrette....

Tomorrow is a Long Time
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

If today was not an endless highway,
If tonight was not a crooked trail,
If tomorrow wasn't such a long time,
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all.
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',
Only if she was lyin' by me,
Then I'd lie in my bed once again.

I can't see my reflection in the waters,
I can't speak the sounds that show no pain,
I can't hear the echo of my footsteps,
Or can't remember the sound of my own name.
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',
Only if she was lyin' by me,
Then I'd lie in my bed once again.

There's beauty in the silver, singin' river,
There's beauty in the sunrise in the sky,
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love's eyes.
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',
Only if she was lyin' by me,
Then I'd lie in my bed once again.

Copyright ©

Monday, December 25, 2006

Autism on C.N.N....NO AUTISMSPEAKS!!!!!

Sanjay Gupta did a small segment on Autism on C.N.N. this morning. So small, it is not even on the web page. I waited with baited breath...I have always had a great respect for Dr. Gupta as he seems to "get it" in the same way I do in so many things. I was waiting to be disappointed...

He had on a family, whose oldest son was Aspergers (post PDD-NOS), and whose oldest daughter had a more severe form of autism. He mentioned the one in 166, but gave no reasons except doctors think it is genetic, and ............................

No tug at the heartstrings because of the difficulty for parents...No "scarey" pictures to imply trajedy but realistic ones...I'm going to have to paraphrase because the link isn't up but, the father ACTUALLY IMPLIED HIS CHILDREN WERE A BLESSING!!! THE AUTISTIC ONES, I'M TELLIN' YA, NOT THE "NORMAL" ONES...AND THE THING THAT REALLY GOT ME WAS NO LINK TO ALLISON'S FRIGHT-SITE!

What the hell is wrong with these people (tongue in cheek...)?

Dr. Gupta, I still love you!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Autismspeaks - Autismwhines: Don't change your children to fit the world,

Change the world to fit your child.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Why be thankful?

There is an expression in the Bible...it says, "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord".
I always thought that was a cool expression, and talks of self-renewal, not finger pointing.

I am thankful that when I lost my religion, something much better replaced it.

Monday, October 30, 2006


For giving me so much more to give my students than anyone has given them before. They continue to amaze me every day.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Sweetest Thing, for Betty

Some of you may know I started teaching in a Orthopedically Disabled classroom in August. The teachers ("aides") and I finally have our poop together, and we are moving quickly in the direction of communication...two-way, where it has traditionally been that the student's were passive participants in their education, just because only one has a "voice", and all have severe communication problems due to CP, Autism, or other "genetic" diseases.

What it has come to is the state requires a two-way testing in which each child is assessed for their knowledge...in this case, it is the alternative assessment for Science. Most of the kids are showing some confusion...one didn't know the difference between the sun and the moon. Really, maybe it had never been presented to her.

But, then there is Betty. Betty has CP so severely all her muscle systems are affected. She can say "Mama", "Bob" (her brother), and little else with ease. I got her to say "ssssss" for "yes" a few weeks back, I tried again a couple of days ago, with no luck. It is just too difficult for her to get all the muscle groups working together without a tremendous desire on her part. It's like asking a fat kid to run 600 meters! (I know this from personal experience...cough, cough,......!!!!)

Betty has no muscle group in her body that she has total control over. Even her eyes, which are usually good indicators of where her mind is at, occasionally suffer strabismis in the middle of an action. Her left foot, supposedly, is the most predictable indicator, the problem being Betty has vision problems. If you put the answer down low, she may not be able to read it in order to "kick" the correct one.

I have figured out if you place both answers directly in front of Betty's eyes, where she can see them closely, her left hand can slap the answer sometimes, if it is a choice of 2. Three to four items can be placed on her wheelchair table, and if given a lot of time...she will eventually pick an answer. But there is no way to know if her hand slipped...it's just very difficult to determine exactly what she is doing. But I've always gotten the feeling she was bored to death. She "loves" all her teachers who give her one to one teaching...the PT's, OT's, Speech and Vision teachers. I also detect a "teen age" attitude. All of these things make me feel as if I am going insane, because I am never really sure whether I WANT to see these things in Betty, or if they are REALLY there!

SOOOOOO...I am giving Betty this science assessment. So far, she has missed two answers, out of 30. One was choosing a picture that showed the wind blowing. The tree was so small she could have never seen it. The other was determining which body system pumped blood. She chose the skin, rather than the heart. Having never learned science, it was a good guess. All the veins running through it, and her extremeties often lose blood and turn blue, or have too much and turn bright red. The skin was a logical choice.

She only missed two. In my mind I'm thinking..."Do I want this so badly for her that I am always reading her answers to be the correct ones, always giving her the benefit of the doubt, or is she really bright?"

"Betty, you are doing really well on your test. If you are really smart, tell me 'yes'!"

"Ssssssssss!" she says, and looks at me all bright eyed!

Her mom is there, she is my third aide, although she has never been paid. I'm telling her how I think I am losing my mind...that it is so hard to believe that I am not reading into Betty's answers.

"Do you know where I'm coming from?" I ask.

"Yes, I know what you mean..." and we are both wide eyed in the ramifications of this. She has always wanted me to work one on one with Betty, but with up to 2/3 of the time given to feeding and changing, and with 6 other students, it's difficult.

Later on, the kids are watching the "Follow the Drinking Gourd" episode of Reading Rainbow so the aides can get some lunch in, and are laid out on mats to get out of their wheelchairs a while. The door to my office is closed except for a tiny little crack. The classroom is dark, but my office is lit up enough that I can see just two bright eyes near the bottom looking through the crack in the door. Betty has rolled over off the floor mat to look in on me through the crack in the office door.

It was the sweetest thing!


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Though Much Is Taken, Much Abides...

Though much is taken, much abides...from Tennyson's Ulysses is quoted in part, remniscent of Ballastexistenz's post I quoted yesterday. I hope she will forgive my brazenness, I'm sure it's not "proper netiquette"...

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

At the time, all I had come across were the words

Though much is taken, much abides

I felt it fit my own "insanity" according to the "science" (is all science subjective?) of Psychiatry, and gave me the grace to love that bit of myself that remained untarnished by the brazen egos of others.

And life goes on...

Saturday, October 07, 2006

What Psychiatry tends to forget....

That’s what psychiatry tends to forget, is however “damaged” a person may be by an experience, there’s a part that the damage cannot touch about them

Thanks, Amanda. Couldn't agree more.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

I am selfish...I'll admit

I'll admit it...I am putting links to really important material on my blog. I have gettingthetruthout.org memorized, but I think this link is important,too. I don't want to lose access to it when my 20 day history runs out.

Thanks to "consumer" Rich Hohn, who gives a great description of what it is like to be unchallenged.

It's like my teacher's planner, this blog is...If I lose it, I'll lose my mind, in a way. I have a lawyers mind: get everything in writing!! If it has an existence outside this great, confusing conflux of a brain there is a chance I will look at it again and be reminded where I am going.

Ben is doing great, and FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, looking forward to school. I must have bored the hell out of him this summer...it was like "Why don't you watch tv babe?" which he used to want to do constantly. He finally BURNED OUT ON TV, a thing I thought would never happen.

No mother of the year awards this year, I guess. Kinda like this poor guy!

Parents of the year return honor after crimes revealed
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

Three days after winning parents of the year honors in South Carolina, a Myrtle Beach couple returned the award amid revelations he is on probation for arson and recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

A father of three adult children, Nabil Khalil and his wife Nargues, who have been married for 25 years, were recognized as part of the Parent's Day Council as outstanding parents and members of the community. Similar events meant to "uplift parenthood" are held across the country, according to web site for the Parent's Day Council, which is affiliated with the Washington D.C.-based American Family Coalition...

Tim Murphy, state director in South Carolina, was stunned Tuesday night to learn of the charges. By Wednesday afternoon, he said, Nabil Khalil had given back the award. The group was looking into Khalil's background, something they failed to do at the outset, said Murphy....

During the ceremony Sunday, the winning couple received a plaque and letters from politicians, including a commendation from President Bush, were read to the small gathering.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Combating Autism Act of 2005

I'm not sure what to think of the following which I received from a local parents support group. They will probably never send me another one after reading this, if anyone does, because I am fraternizing with the enemy...so to speak, although our only weapon is acceptance. I am sorry if someone else has blogged on this before, for stepping on your toes!

Who will receive the most benefit from the Combating Autism Act of 2005?
God forgive me, but my cynical nature wonders if after spending a billion dollars, if ONE child will be "cured" of autism. It is good that money will be spent on helping kids with autism, and possibly they will be given the tools to have successful lives. But then again, one wonders: will this money be spent to fill the pockets of researchers, doctors, therapists--will one grown child with autism be helped? This is brought to you courtesy of the Autism-Society.org website.

Go here and search S.843 to see the wording of the bill, if you are interested. I may get to it later, but am in a frothing planning stage.

I urge you to support S. 843, the Combating Autism Act of 2005, when it comes before the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. This important legislation would dramatically improve our federal investment in autism research, early detection, and intervention.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children and adults with autism are often unable to communicate, have difficulty with social interaction, and, in some cases, may be aggressive or self-injurious.

This serious condition affects more than 1.5 million Americans, and autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year. At this rate, the Autism Society of America (ASA) estimates that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade. Furthermore, recent estimates have put the economic burden of this disability on the American economy at as much as $90 billion per year.

Despite the serious physical, emotional, and economic impact of autism, there is still much we don't know about this serious condition. Autism is often undiagnosed, leading to significant delay in treatment and intervention. Furthermore, there is a great need for additional research into treatments, diagnostics, and causes of autism.

The Combating Autism Act is a critical piece of legislation that addresses this problem by authorizing more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism related research, early detection, and intervention. This legislation was passed by Unanimous Consent by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee on June 19th, and will likely come to the Senate floor prior to the August recess.

We urge you to cosponsor this legislation, and work with the Senate Leadership to ensure that it is passed by Unanimous Consent before the August break.

Thank you for your consideration of this request

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Math Tools from the National Science Foundation

My current obsession continues...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A free, interesting concept for teaching reading

Get there fast, and copy off these books if your children are age 3 to 9 or if they need practice in reading and phonics. The link is in the title of this entry. These will be downloadable for a certain time only, then they will use the input to gather info for the books that will be for sale.

It's an interesting concept, teaching the Dolch word list in context. The parent/teacher reads to the child, and the child reads the letters in red. Prerequisites might be that the child knows the consonant sounds...but, primarily, it teaches the vowel sounds and then some of the harder long vowel and consonant sounds. Kind of a phonics/sight word approach. (The only thing missing is whole language.) Also teaches left/right reading style, as ideally I think the parent would place their own fingers on the words until they hit the red letters, and then have their child place their fingers on the page...placing their fingers gives them a power of a sort.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Two weeks to the classroom/Discrete Trial Trainer

The creator of the discrete trial trainer is a father of an autistic child. I thought, initially it was a form of behaviorism when I saw the booth at a Family Connections (for parents of children with various disabilities)Seminar. I scurried past the table, hoping to avoid any eye contact that might drag me in.

Later, out of curiousity, I sent for the 30 day trial version, which I opened up today.
To my surprise, the DTT comes from Columbia, South Carolina...'jes like the worst welfare disaster in history!

For $10 for a home copy, or free to school...you can try it out. It is for children who are developmentally 2 to 9 years old. It teaches a variety of content, and I tested it with Ben who still has trouble with multiplication/division, which I chose to cover with patterns, ie, the 2 family is 2,4,6,8,10...and the 7 is 7,14,21,28...etc. His "reward" which was age related, was a picture of a jet plane taking off...although a Harley would have meant more to him!

The child interacts only with the computer, which calls him by name and asks questions which he answers. The answers given can then be broken down into the time it took to answer, which ones were correct, etc., etc., in the assessment aspect of the DTT which is relatively new.

I KNOW I can use it in my classroom. Some kids do better on computers, as they are fair and don't belittle, if it is a learning process they have had a lot of trouble with. It is for kids with LD, Autism, MD, even the severely disabled can adapt their switches to answer independently.

I've cut and pasted a page that goes into a little detail:

About Us

Accelerations Educational Software (AES) was founded to create effective & affordable software especially for children with autism and other learning disabilities. In particular our software is designed for individuals that need virtual one-on-one instruction. We incorporate methods from behavioral psychology so that these individuals can usually learn to use the product independently. We also use universal design principles to allow a wide range of students to benefit from our products thereby increasing the value to customers. Wide use of the software allows us to lower the cost to users.

Our target students need a lot of help so we work to create lots of content in our program and yet sell this to customers for an affordable price. Our software is truly worth much more than we charge but we do not want price to be an obstacle in helping especially those individuals with autism and other learning disabilities.

We incorporate feedback from behavioral psychologists, autism & ABA professionals, academics, teachers, speech & language pathologists, researchers, other professionals, and parents to create effective software for even very low functioning individuals.

The founder, Karl Smith, is a father of a child with autism, an engineer, and a software developer. He formed AES to focus on creating needed software and help make a difference for his son and others with learning disabilities.

Sorry, but my current obsession is teaching.

Friday, July 21, 2006


...as my mother used to say...

I am so sorry, but I have come 'cross a good page, and should anyone ever need it, including myself...

Well, ya know, when yer surfin da net, sometimes ya see things ya know 'r good, eh?

Oh, gosh, 16 more days, and I haven't even got the first day's schedule yet...

Gol dang it!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

PBS-positive behavioral support

Conney Dahn is a Special Educator in Florida who received the teacher of the year in Florida for 2007. I read just a tiny blurb where she mentioned she expected good behavior of all her students. She said they were responsible to themselves, ideally, or something like that.

I thought "What the heck is she talking about?" I looked for her email to ask, and then to her school. In tripping around the link, I saw where her school uses PBS. This link will give more info about it, at a teacher's level. What it amounts to is an online class.

It's one of those things that I think you have to take what you need and leave the rest. I like that it looks for patterns of misbehavior, and reasons for it. It asks teachers to accommodate student needs. It helps the students to learn self management skills , and it rewards positive (I did not say "good") behavior!

Learning "a bit at a time"...

"If a child can't learn the way he is taught, we must teach him the way he can learn." Dr. Glenda Sternberg, founder of Glenforest School, for children who didn't learn typically in the public schools. She was a special educator in the public schools, and began Glenforest with 12 students in the 1980's. She now has over 150 students at Glenforest, although she has retired as head.

So many people hope to make a living by finding a "cure" for Autism. Carl H. Delacato used "patterning exercises" in which the child went back to supposed missed developmental milestones that were missed, and his therapy was considered paramount when I was in college. Stanley Greenspan feels it is a defective parental relationship that causes autism, and parents learn how go back to enter into their child's world. What these both have in common is "fixing" the child. When the child undergoes appropriate therapy, he is "fixed". Even Lovaas "fixes" the child. The end goal is to be "indistinguishable from his peers". What is missing is instilling a desire to learn.

What appealed to me about Dr. Sternberg was her way of seeing the child, first, as whole. Her goal seems to be to teach the child in spite of the difference. She didn't try to change them, she tried to teach them.

I am going to be working in a classroom of multiply handicapped kids. My goal is not to teach some how to color...an impossibility because of lack of muscular control, but to teach them how to see as an artist sees. My goal is not to teach some how to talk, because they may never have language, but how to communicate in ways they can be understood in their world. Most will never walk, so I will bring them to the world they will want to explore.

When we try to "fix" autism, are we missing the broader goal of teaching our children how to live?

The goal of education, in an ideal world, is to inspire children to want to learn. It should be a broadening, not a narrowing. Instead of looking back, why not look to the future?

I can't help but think of Helen Keller these days...no amount of going back could have helped her. It was only when the future was opened up to her that she began to learn. Annie Sullivan could have spent the rest of her life trying to extinguish Helen's "negative behaviors", and we would have never known what a wonderful mind she had. It was only when she broadened her future, showing her how to learn, how to communicate with others, that Helen developed a desire to do so.

When we teach a child to read, we enter their world. We get down to their level and see it with their eyes. A mass of confusing symbols has no meaning to them. We break it down to a level they can understand, and then we build on that. We immerse them in a world of chaos and then take incremental steps to give that chaos meaning. We must look to the future, but only a bit at a time, so as not to overwhelm them.

I have one child whose teacher had an "aha!" moment when I explained how I taught my son non-visual language. "That sounds just like "M"!" We will break down language, and teach him through immersion...a bit at a time.

I've no doubt the kids will teach me how to learn to teach...a bit at a time, so I don't get overwhelmed. Just like Ben taught me how to be a mother...

Friday, July 14, 2006

Working with Children with Orthopedic Disabilities

I'm thinking it was Kristina, possibly at Autism Vox who gave me the above line to ed.gov. I can't seem to find the blog entry, though, to reference. I AM the queen of space-cadets. Whoever it was, you are a godsend!

It turns out I am going to be working with kids with both severe Orthopedic Disabilities/Disorders (OD), with a secondary diagnosis of Communication Disorders. I've looked at their IEP's, and met with my "aides" (a VAST understatement, they are brilliant), seen pictures of the kids (all bright eyed and bushy-tailed)and scoped out the classroom. I can't wait to get started!

My gosh, people...when you see what these kids deal with every day, it makes our kids look very lucky indeed! Many of the parents deal with issues that we will never have to, like gastric tubes for feeding, bedsores, choking, severe health issues (early deaths)---I can't imagine the strength it takes! Some parents are in the acceptance stage, some have a long way to go.

Back to the title and link...because of the link, my planning for this year has a focus. The link above won't concern most of us, but it will be invaluable to me. It led me to the latest research in teaching kids with severe communication disorders. It starts from the ground up. Most of the kids have identification of objects as Iep goals, but the initial step of communication is to signal discomfort (NO!) and comfort (YES!). One of my children has to simply smile at a familiar voice. What has always been done "wrong" is communication must be taught in concrete form (symbolically, as in actual objects) after yes/no, then by symbolic (pictures), then by abstract (language). ALL of most of the childrens IEP goals are presently using pictures, skipping the second step. Awfully big stuff.

I have 2 weeks to get ready. I may not be around for a while, but I will read posts.
God bless y'all!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Is it Venting or Hate Speech?

Read the link above by Joel Smith which came to my knowledge via neurodiversity .com. In it, he talks about whether it is venting, or hate speech that fills some parent forums/blogs about their autistic children. He gives a good argument that it wouldn't be acceptable in any other context. Joel's great article and another one I read this week seemed to go together like a hand in a glove.

Now, although I haven't thumped my bible in a few years, nor even attended Mass, I am a dyed-in-the-wool catholic, the cradle to the grave kind. We still get "The Catholic Miscellany" of Charleston, SC. In the commentary articles. Dennis Heaney, the old curmudgeon (term of respect) mentions graduation speeches and how they are long and winded and kinda flaky. He thinks we ought to smack the kids with the truth in brief, memorable stories, and quotes a graduation address given by Rabbi Marc Gellman, given at Marymount College in Manhattan...

Was there a point here? Oh, yeah...

The good Rabbi tells a story that even he is not sure who to attribute to, so I quote it here in full...

An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat them down and said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.” The children were very quiet and listening to their grandfather with both their ears. He then said to them, “This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, “Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight?” He said quietly, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf will you feed?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

To Be, Or Not To BE

I know of no arrogance greater than to believe oneself capable of deciding who is worthy of life.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Communication Matrix

An interesting, FREE, easy to use communication matrix that can be used online to see where your child stands and what goals could be developed to further them down the line. It begins with pre-interventional behavior: expressing comfort and discomfort, (precursers to refusing and obtaining), and the social goal of expressing interest in people. The last 3 symbols deal with symbolic communication, such as concrete and abstract symbols, and ends with language (combination of symbols, according to grammatical rules..."me want juice")

It was designed for people with severe communication disorders. I realize most of our kids are past that. Ben learned language via visual symbols (level 5, concrete symbols) when he was 4 years old, but didn't really used yes and no with meaning until he was 4.5.

My primary job, from what I have surmised, will be to teach communication to severely communication disordered kids. Thus, my emphasis will not necessarily be on autism, and I apologize.

The teacher's consistent, consistent, consistent response leads to learning. The simplest changes in presentation can lead to lack of communication and frustration.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Beyond Imagining

I have an interesting reference to Special Education. My degree is nearly 25 years old, and so are my ideas regarding SpEd. When I did teach, it was under a regular educator who knew nothing of learning styles. Many things she did were good, but when it came to the kids who were LD, I was given a lot of latitude.

A few years after leaving the education circuit, Ben gave me a whole new look at SpEd from the other side of the IEP table. It's NOT the same.

So now I have about a month to catch up on the legal/educational/therapuetic aspects of teaching a class of four kids with Orthopedic Disabilities. I don't know anything else about them, yet.

I look back on my life, where I worked at the CDC (Child Development Center) with Eric and that beautiful curly haired kid whose name I can't recall...I can see their faces and their smiles.

And Brynn, who "suffered" from a rare chromosomal disorder known as Trisomy 13 which left her with no language or body control...but whose spirit was that of a wise-cracking cheerleader! Lots of positive energy there.

And the Artist, Maria?, who lived in a state institution. I was told she liked to paint. The nurses would look at me nervously as I arrived each week right before her bedtime, thinking, how long is she going to keep her up this time? She moved so slowly, but with such purpose as she made circle after circle on the ragpaper, carefully picking up the color from the pallette. Georgia O'Keefe would have been impressed. I almost talked the local art club into selling her paintings.

Okay, so I have known 4 OD (Orthopedicaly disabled) kids/people in my life. Now I am blessed enough that 4 more will join the lot.

Back to the title.

What is beyond imagining is how far we have come. Maybe I'm just lucky to be in such progressive circumstances,and the examples I've seen are more the exception than the rule, but schools seem to be attempting inclusion. And REAL MONEY is being spent on the most handicapped kids among us. Not money "taken away" from regular classes, as evil administrators would have you think, but money in addition -- specifically mandated for special needs kids. In fact, many schools are so clueless, they end up not spending that money given to them for special ed. Hmmm....

Even Peter Wright, infamous for "Wright's Law" and encouraging parents to litigate in order for their children to recieve a "free and appropriate education" is excited about the possibilities of IDEA 2004. It used to be kids had to fail before individualized education was mandated...now with RTI, or "Response to Intervention", kids who may be falling behind are singled out each year and given intervention proven by research to be effective!

I don't think Ben would have slipped through the cracks with his poor math skills if true RTI had been in place. And teachers are going to have to be more creative than giving worksheet after worksheet to try and help kids. The onus is one the teachers to find appropriate intervention rather than on the kids (and parents, by default) to "catch up". These are things that good, effective teachers have always done. It is encouraged these things be done in the regular classroom, where the most learning can take place.

What makes Peter Wright's blessing so meaningful is he was one of those kids who fell through the cracks, the learning disabled kid. He went on to be a lawyer whose voice strikes fear in the heart of every public school administrator.

Instead of the institutions of the past, at the high school here, profoundly Mentally Disabled kids are placed in the Fine Arts Hall where they interact with their peers to an extent, and are recognised at graduation. I'm not sure who this is better for...the PMD kids or the "normal kids". It's hard to have "eugenic" thoughts about someone you've known your whole life, unless you've got a heart of stone.

As monolithic an entity as public education is...I may being idealistic here...it may be the best place to encourage equality, to discourage ablism, to save us from our own greed that lives in a land of "not enough" except for the "worthy" (eugenics).

I have so much work to do, so many ideas to be digested, in so little time. Thanks, Kristina, for the links that got me started.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Fun little tool. A blessing for dylexics, I'd imagine. It's free, too. We've got the technology, one day we'll allow kids to use it. Just click on the title to download it.

Why couldn't a person scan their homework reading, convert it to PDF document, use a PDF to text converter, and then plug it in to Readplease to listen to it? I'm not sure about the PDF to text converter, but PDF creator and Readplease are free.

I remember a kid in college who Joel and I befriended for a bit. He used to wear a suit to classes because he didn't take his chance for granted. He was looking to get his degree in art. He talked about the painful, laborious process reading was, but how he did it anyhow to get his degree. I so looked up to him...a degree in ART! But I think he felt "less than" because he couldn't do what everyone else did so easily.

The advances made to help people get around their "handicaps" are a saving grace.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Thanks to Autism-hub

This "change of heart" I've undergone since joining the hub is singularly responsible for me obtaining my first real full-time job in my life at age 50. The Principal was impressed with my "heart" for the kids.

I think Autism-hub plants seeds of acceptance unlike any other place I have come to cross.

I "heart" Autism-hub. Would make a good bumper-sticker, don't ya think?

UPDATE:As per Camille's idea:

Listen: I know I am squirrel bait and an iffy artist at that. It's the idea that counts! Heck, I was just thinking I could make a bumper sticker for Granny's B-day!

Thursday, June 29, 2006


I have been busy trying to update my Bachelors degree in Mental Disabilities K-12 in order to obtain sustainance, together with the fact that Ben may go to college or tech school, and unless things change, he probably won't be looking at scholarships.

In South Carolina, the state has a wonderful service that ties the school districts together with teachers who are looking for work, both in geographic and particular subject areas. Although I have been told Special Ed jobs are relatively easy to find, in a five district area, I have not come cross more than 10 or so I was qualified for.

I had three districts down as places I would like to work for over a month. I changed to add 2 more...AND...THEY CALLED ME WITHIN HOURS!

The Director of Special Education was impressed (I'm quite an actress..... :) ) and sent me on to the Principal of an area elementary school. Fooled him too, and he offered me a job based on references/certification checking out.

The interesting thing, and the reason why I am boring you with the details is: this district is establishing a sizable fund for getting augumentive communication boards for the students, and I would be instrumental in helping out with that!

Thank you, Ballastexistenz, for you timely article.

I've got some reading to do.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Chapter 21---The Little Prince

The fox begs the Prince to tame him, which the Prince finally agrees to do, by arriving at 4 o'clock each afternoon and sitting a bit closer to the fox each time. In a few days the fox is eager for the arrival of the Prince and begins to look forward to it at three, and spends an hour in anticipation. Once tamed, the fox is sad to think the Prince must leave.

But the fox has taught the Prince two invaluable lessons, and a very important secret.

Lesson 1: Before we make a friend, people are like any of thousands of others in the world; once befriended, they become unique to us.

Lesson 2: We become reponsible, forever, for what we have tamed.

The secret is very simple:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye

I read The Little Prince in high school. Reading it again to Ben the last few nights, the secret was the only thing that I remembered, only after reading it again did that feeling of deja vu hit me.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Teacher or friend

Our kids are so sensitive to the feelings of others...if we are anxious, a lot of times this feeds their own anxiety.

I am trying to find out exactly what way is best to teach our kids. I can't help but come back to the feeling that if there is no relationship between the child and the teacher, no peaceful feeling, that it will serve as a block, and whatever "wisdom" we choose to impart will be like the child who lives in fear of the parent; they try to please them to avoid punishment...but there is no growth. I am a little uncomfortable bringing up ABA, because of the bad feelings it imparts on many. It has never been my intention to hurt others.

I loved my teachers. There was a kindness there, almost like a mother, and one wanted to please them because their "acceptance" was like a drug.

I've often heard that one wants to be a child's parent, not their friend, and use that idea to justify abuse. I think a parent should be a childs friend, and, in addition, a parent, with all the responsibilities that entails. I think a teacher should be a child's friend, and above and beyond that a mentor. When Jannalou said that one of her "rewards" was to do anything to make her students laugh...I thought, she's got it! Shared laughter is the best form of communication, a wonderful bridge. It's a hard thing to do sometimes for kids with autism, but what a goal to shoot for!

I want to go into teaching again, and with the grace of God, a teacher of kids with autism. I just want to know the best way to go about it. I just wanted to get these thoughts out before I leave.

I will be heading off to DC for a week. Let's hope there is no retaliation for recent events in Iraq!

I am so thankful to be a part of this hub. I will miss the wisdom it imparts.

Friday, June 02, 2006

ABA--the baby and the bath water

I used Catherine Maurice's (editor) ABA book to teach Ben language. It was phenominal in it's breadth. We worked for about an hour or two a day for a year, with NO behavioral aspects (sit here, look at me, do this...), only the language component. Ever since I found out Janna had onced worked the ABA circuit, I've been dying to find out a little of her opinion of it.

So, I just asked her. And she answered, bless her heart! Thank you, "Miss" Janna !(Southern term of respect, y'all...)

Forget Lovaas, or the JRC guy. They can rot, for all I care. But there is something else there that the teacher in me can't throw out.

My questions are in bold, Janna's answers in regular type--hope that's kosher! I wanted to get this out, although I will be asking a couple of other people Janna suggested, just to get a feel for the "good" side of ABA, as I see it, if there is one.

I remember when I graduated from college with my special Ed degree...the hardest thing to understand was kids who were wired visually or kinesthetically to learn...YET, they end up being 90% of the kids in special ed, according to my friend who is a speech pathologist, often the first "professional" to see our kids. Any way I, as a teacher/mom can wrap my head around it makes me happy. Any way I can help improve best practices makes my life worth living...( can you say D_R_A_M_A- Queen ?)

1) When Ben was young, I used the language component of Catherine Maurice's edited book about "Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism," To your knowledge, was the ABA you used based on this or any similar book or particular practice?

Yes, it was. Catherine Maurice's book was based on the Lovaas-style ABA that I was initially trained to use, back in August 1999. Many of the programs we taught were straight out of her book, in fact, for many of the children I've worked with.

2) What do you feel was the primary educational component of the ABA you used--language or behavior? Was one more difficult to teach than the other?

Language through behaviour. I don't distinguish between the two. I know some people do, but honestly, I consider language to be a type of behaviour. (Meanwhile, not all behaviour is communication.) But the programs I worked in were (thankfully) not focussed on controlling unwanted behaviours.

3) Some teaching is by nature directed to the needs of the child, and some is directed toward helping the child to pass pre-established criteria. Criticism of the first is that it is not structured, and of the second that it is teacher-centered. Which do you feel the ABA teaching standards you used fell under?

By and large, the programs I worked in were specifically geared towards teaching the child to "pass as normal" - meet specific goals, etc. I think there is a middle ground that nobody has quite managed to find just yet. I have in my head a way to do it, but haven't been able to make it happen, and may never choose to do it, either.

4) Were any aversives used, and if so, what were they?

When potty-training, we had a child wash out his underwear in cold water when he soiled himself.
Over-correction was used in another program, on a 2yo boy. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I regret to report that I was very good at this.
Tx: Do this. (Stand up, turn around, sit down. Count to three slowly to see if child will comply.)
St: (Sitting in chair, gazing at ceiling. Probably smiling.)
Tx: No. Do this. (Stand up, turn around, sit down, grab child, stand him up, spin him around really fast three times in a row, sit him down.)
St: (Not smiling anymore.)
**Repeat the above until you get the following**
Tx: Do this. (Stand up, turn around, sit down. Count to three slowly to see if child will comply.)
St: (Crying at this point, stands up very slowly and turns around slowly, making vocalisations.)
Tx: Good for you! Go play!
I think there were probably others, but they were very mild and mostly in the form of a mild "no".

Were any rewards used, and if so, what were they?

Constantly. Toys, tickles, songs, candies, piggyback rides, sparkly things, Silly Putty, books... if the kid likes it, I use it.

5) Were you a part of a taxpayer covered program, or did you teach in a private school? If private, were the fees for entering children exorbitant or reasonable?

I taught in people's homes. Mostly a base hourly pay from the government (which is never enough to actually live on unless you're an actual consultant); parents use their respite money to pay for ABA, and they will often top up the pay so they can keep you if they like you enough and can afford it.

6) What did you enjoy the most about teaching ABA to children with autism? What did you enjoy the least? (If this is too personal, leave it out.)

I loved the children. Getting to know them, their families. Spending time with them. Seeing them learn. Playing with them. Finding ways to make them laugh. Coming up with new ways to teach them things. Devising programs. Designing data sheets.

I hated being stuck within methodologies that didn't recognise that these kids were *children*, not machines. I hated the two-facedness of the consultants. I didn't like working for cure-oriented parents. I hated the "production-oriented" mentality of the whole thing.

THERE...I think that is about everything I could possibly want to ask. Thanks for even considering it. I enjoy your posts and artwork quite a bit!
Thanks for the compliment and the opportunity. I look forwards to more dialog!

Perhaps others in the Hub would like to engage me in such discourse...Janna

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Autism and Friendship

When Ben was young, the most heart-rendering thing about Autism was the "inability to form" friendships. This was reiterated the other night at the ADHD support group (Ben fits the ADHD label more so than autism, because his is so mild...He attends an Asperger's class...). One mother was so sad that her child would never have friends. I tried to tell her that things are not always as cut and dried as the "experts" might have it seem.

Even back in the days when Ben was attending the Early Child Development preschool, he had a friend. The teacher said they used to hold hands going down the hall. (Ben was three at the time!) So, I thought it might be wise to invite Juan, his brother and mother over to the house to swim in our little plastic pool.

Juan was the cutest little kid, but he was like a preschooler on high-speed, moving a hundred miles an hour! That kid had more energy than the energizer bunny! Just being around him hyped me up!

We moved far away, never to see little Juan Diego again.

After we had been in our new apartment about a year, the cutest little guy with his curly hair and round glasses and Portuguese accent asked "Can your kid play?". I knew when I saw him he would be Ben's friend. He reminded me so much of the ornery little poops in my family. He was a little hell cat and at six years old his mom would kick him out of the house to play, and he was welcome here. Because of Sean, Ben went to his first sleepover in second grade. He was a very lovable kid, very friendly, but most of the parents kicked him out after a bit, because he tended to STAY! He and Ben watched "Sponge Bob" and made fart noises, and generally got into mischief. But I knew it was good for Ben. When Sean moved away, Ben was sure he would never have a friend again.

Sean's parents were very good people. His Mom grew up in the Azores,near Portugal; his Dad was Air Force retired...An electrical engineer, making good money. At the time Ben was having so much trouble at school I was ready to sue to have him placed in a private school for kids with learning disabilities (Glenforest). In talking to his Dad, he told how he had flunked 4th and 10th grade in school. Somehow, that gave me HOPE! And I wondered, again, why this ADHD thing and friendship for Ben came up.

Next, a cute, pudgy little black kid with glasses came around. Now, Ben's Dad said, "He's gonna be Ben's friend". Joseph (Joe) was being home schooled. I wonder if it wasn't because a teacher had suggested "Ritalin". ALSO, just so happens, Joe has an older brother who has severe Autism, and at age 13 is just beginning to use words. Strange how these things go. Ben and Joe get along pretty good, although Joe is friends with everybody in the apartment complex, but tends to stay...

Which brings us to today...

In Ben's Asperger's class, there is a little girl called Rachel.

"Rachel says she'll be my girlfriend, mom. But I don't know...She's in 7th grade..." He obviously was worried about the May-December aspect, as he's only in 6th.

"Do you like her?" I ask.

"Yes, she's nice...She calls Caleb a twit!" he says, speaking of his competition in class.

On the last day of school, they traded phone numbers and promised to get together.

Ben has been cleaning up around the house, specifically his room, getting ready to call Rachel when she gets back from a three day outing to Charleston. Instead, she calls this morning and asks Ben to go swimming. They eat pizza, and later go to see Grace Stables, where Rachel has her own horse. It also so happens that they do therapeutic horseback riding there. Rachels mom says Rachel has blossomed and rides competitively now.

Anyhow, Rachel loves animals as much as Ben loves Hot Rods and Choppers, his current obsessions.

When Rachel's mom brings her and Ben back to our house, Rachel notices the bird, Georgie, right away.

"Can we bring Georgie to our house?" she asks. She sees the fish, Skippy.
"Can we bring Skippy to our house?" she asks, while everyone is talking one hundred miles an hour.

She goes after the bird, and immediately gets Georgie to sit on her hand, something we are seldom able to do. I have never seen the bird so acceptable of human interference. Georgie usually does her "I vant to be left alone!" deal with us.

"I like animals...I talk about them all the time...that's why I don't have many friends..." Rachel says, and I am thinking of Ben and his cameras and cars and 60's music and motorcycles, that none of his friends seem to care too much about.

"Do you get bored when Ben talks about his stuff?" I ask.

"No, I understand..."

And the two are making big plans to get together the next day with or without the parent's permission...talking right over us and making plans.

Rachel's mom and I decide maybe we ought to give it a rest of a few days.

But I imagine they'll be getting together.

It's not a point of difficulty in making friends...it seems it's more finding the right kinds of friends.

Please never give up hope.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Family Values...revisited

Thanks to Bluejay Young's comment from ballastexistenz's post

Bluejay Young Says:
That child lived and died within a few miles of the town where we were born, the place we mean when we say “home”. I did a little digging and found this.


Well, read Bluejay's link. Katie McCallon's Grandfather gives a heartwarming story. Katie will be profoundly missed.

Somehow...his link served as my muse, and I am thankful to him.


OHANA: from Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Lilo: [Nani is taking Stitch outside] He was an orphan and we adopted him! What about o'hana?
Nani: He hasn't been here that long!
Lilo: Neither have I. Dad said o'hana means family.
[Nani stops]
Lilo: O'hana means family. Family means...
Lilo, Nani: ...nobody gets left behind.
Lilo: Or...?
Nani: ...or forgotten. I know, I know. I hate it when you use o'hana against me.

(Emphasis mine)

It was just a kids show...so why did I cry when I heard this part when I took Ben to the Disney movie a few years back? And I asked him, today, what was that word that meant family, from "Lilo and Stitch", and he says "Ohana".

"How do you spell that?" I ask, so proud of his remarkable memory!

"O-h-a-n-a." he says, matter of factly.

"How do you know THAT?" I enquire, amazed.

"It's on the back of the kleenex box..." he says, undeterred from his program.

And sure enough, there it is.


That's the family values I'd like to see more of. Maybe that's too much to ask these days...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

In Memory of K.M.

Ben at age 4.
I have purposely left the post somewhat ambiguously in memory of K.M. Katie is gone now; nothing in this world can ever bring her back. I tend to believe the spirit is larger than life, and that her spirit probably still lives. Her death, at least, will have meaning, as it has not gone unrecognized as the deaths of many "handicapped" do...

My parents were such wonderful people, kind and caring. Often, when we did something bad, they would say..."You've punished yourself enough already" and laugh. In doing so, they gave us tremendous consciences! My Dad was a bartender, and I can think of many a preacher who could learn from him. Maybe Katie's mom didn't have parents who developed her conscience. Too bad for her mom. Maybe she felt like she would be seen as a martyr. Too bad for her.

Somehow, I don't think we need to belittle or punish Katie's mother. Funny, but I can't imagine that she won't become the "hollow shell" she purported her child to be. To be so emotionally fragile to kill one's own child, we're either talking unimaginable selfishness, or a suicide watch forever. If she's that selfish, Karma will be a bitch. If she's that fragile, suicide would be a relief. It has nothing to do with Katie being autistic. A murderer is murderer.

This post is also for the other mother's who think their children would be better off dead. Before you take their lives into your hands,let's settle things. Let's make sure that you love your child first. If you love them unconditionally, as we are all called to do, and still feel that they would be better of dead, if your conscience frees you, then I'm not going to judge. I'm a good Catholic girl, taught by nuns, and I remember Sr. Casimir telling us that if our consciences don't judge us, then God will not. I thought she was full of it at the time.

This is from the Bible, because that is the religion that I am familiar with, but it could be from any other religion or belief, because in essence they all say the same thing:

LOVE is patient,
LOVE is kind.
It does not envy.
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
LOVE does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 )

Do you love your child?

I do feel for you, Katie's Mom (K.M.). You are the last person on this earth I would want to trade places with right now. There was one moment in my life when I thought Ben and I would be better off dead. I thank God I didn't react to that "feeling" which was short-lived. For some reason, you were able to justify snuffing out your own childs life and living. That takes a kind of guts I hope I never have...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

And the winner is....

Ben desinged a car for his "TEAMS" class at school, and it went so fast, it bent the axle twice.

He raced against three other cars.

In this picture, you can see it racing past him, leaving a trail of smoke...

The teams class is his favorite. In it, he has built motors, played with robotics, and other fun stuff. He designed this car, and it beat out the other three after an unfortunate accident (play imitates life...) with one of the other front runners.

He couldn't have been more proud of himself, and Mom was really happy for him!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Choice:

God bless the artist, Theo, who created the above landscape with a computer program. I was looking for web images while googling "the choice", and I think this picture could not more perfectly illustrate my point! Click on the link above to find his website. Thanks, sir!

Ballastexistenz had seen a movie put out by autism speaks that she found somewhat condescending. I had just recieved a link to the same production by one of the mothers in a parents group I have attended for four years.

Now, I am not belittling those mothers, although it may sound like it. I am just looking back to my own past, and how I saw autism once, versus how I see it now. It has been a gradual turning...but it is so much freer now that I have made "the choice ".

I don't know how to tell them that the great ball and chain they have around their own necks is somewhat of their own making. Remember how, in the good book, Jesus says his burden is light? I wonder if he meant only in the cases where the mothers didn't have autistic children...?

From the film, one would think there was NO JOY IN AUTISMLAND...

Okay, so my son is mild...maybe that has something to do with it?

NADA! Ben's great-godmother began a school for her daughter Judy, who is my age, nearing 50, and I don't think she has ever spoken a word. I was good friends with Judy's sister Mary Ann, and I never heard Judy do anything but yell in a high-pitched, excited voice while flapping furiously when I would come in the door. I think she liked me! But their mother was one of the happiest people I have ever known, and started a new way of seeing autistic kids, who, because of her, stayed home a few more years rather than being sent to institutions in their youth to "help the family". Judy was home until she was 18, unheard of in those days. Mrs. Hunt changed the world for Judy, not Judy for the world.

So, here's the deal.

You have a child who is autistic? You have 2 choices. You can change your child for the world, or you can change the world for your child.

Guess which is easier to do???????

Friday, May 12, 2006

Looking Back...

Dr. Kristina Chew has a sweet post about her son Charlie. He is working so hard along with teachers and Mom and Dad to open up the communication and relationship channels.

After a hard day, he settled down into his routine listening to his iPOD and watching a tape.

"Mommy wie down." he says to his mom, and she doesn't take those words for granted.

I know exactly how she feels, to have her son WANT her in his busy world.

Since I quit being the Queen of Mean, choosing to change the world, rather than try to change the wiring of my son...Ben has become so close to me.

When he was little, we didn't have much of a relationship, anything like it is now, anyhow.

I tried to explain it on the way to school.

"It's like you heard 'wah-wah-wah-wah-?'" I said, where the parent sounds like the muted horn sound of adults on Charlie Brown specials.

"Instead of hearing 'what it your name, Ben', you heard 'wah-wah-wah-wah, Ben'."

"Uh----forty seven!" he says, making a joke.

But you know, that's the way it was. He was punished for "mis-behavior" because I assumed he knew what was going on. Looking back, it's so obvious he needed help, not punishment. If there was one thing I could get through to younger parents, it would be this. You see, I had wonderful, loving, understanding and forgiving parents. And I could never understand why I couldn't get through to Ben. If I could have wrapped my head around the fact that some people really ARE wired different, it would have saved us both a lot of heartache.

That's why it is such a blessing that the whole "Neurodiversity" thing is catching on. Teachers are slowly changing their expectations, and with that, their manner of teaching.

There is a school here in Columbia, South Carolina started by a mother who was a high-ranking Special Educator in the public school system. Here is a critique of the school given by a student:

(March 2005)
"Glenforest SChool is an amazing school. It's a school where everyone knows your name and you don't fell left out. I am a Junior at Glenforest and love it. This is my second year and my grades are better than they were in public school. The motto ' If a child can't learn the way he is taught we must teach him the way he can learn' and they go by that at Glenforest. I love it and any student who is stuggleing in public school or parents who want a new place for them Glenforest is the place to be!I will be at Glenforest School til i leave in 12th grade. Another awsome thing about the school is how small it is 6 to 10 students in a classroom WOW! amazing compared to public school."
- Robbie

Every school for differently abled kids in this area has been started by parents who were involved in public education, and became sorely disappointed when their "differently abled" child was treated poorly. Hell hath no fury like mother who knows there is a better way, I guess.

If we could have afforded it , we would have sent Ben to Glenforest in first grade. When I talked to Dr. Glenda Sternberg, the founder, she said they used no labels there, but spouted off a string of labels the kids had from the public school before coming there. They were the same ones you can see above, at the top of the blog, under Hard Won Wisdom. Luckily, Ben is in a program for "Aspergers", one of TWO in the whole STATE at the middle school level. It's kind of like "Glenforest-lite", and they ARE trying to help rather than punish.

I can still hear Autism Diva , whose line on Autism podcast I'll paraphrase:
"Your child is autistic? How COOL!"

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Really Random Thoughts...

On the MSM search engine,"gettingthetruthout" had 266 "hits", and "gettingthewordout" had 235.

On AOL,truth had 152, although the other day, it had over 500 hits. Word had 91 hits, although the other day it was over 100.

On Google, truth had 544. Word had 344.

Truth wins out.


does not want to be put on a pedestal. It's not really like that. In my mind, she "teaches". It's more she is given a place of respect, as a good teacher is. She brings her experience into the conversation, which previously was not a part of the "story of autism", to the degree it makes this wonderful time to be alive! Like being a part of those people who began the Civil Rights Era...and I hope people don't think I am being facitious. Among the blacks who were treated kindly, I just can't imagine that there was a degree of paternalism,ie, "we know what's best for you" and "we'll take care of you".



Lack of social skills.......

I have been on the web since 1999, scared to death to start my first entry into a forum. Rightfully so, as for some reason, I always ended up in a fight with someone. I guess my thoughts were not worth validating. Or maybe I was missing out on some social protocol. Or maybe I just was a nasty person. So many possibilities.
But I always felt like I had to be "accepted" before I could be believed or even considered. I guess I just jumped right in, when I should have kissed up.

I have always been a poor kiss up. (Kiss up: give another person who is believed to be higher on the social ladder a GOOD FEELING about you. Say how wonderful they are, how happy you are to be under them...)

But things were different with this blog.

I started the blog first. I think it was before I saw 'gettingthetruthout'.
Anyhow, I had ownership of my thoughts, and I really wrote it for my self.

Then, I got curious about other blog posts. I saw the autism-hub and actually had written an email to be invited in. But something stopped me. Something told me, wait to be asked. I wrote a comment on somebody's blog, I'm thinking it was Aspergerian Pride, but I'm not sure. Maybe it was Autism Diva, whose posts I had come across many times in the past for some reason. Anyhow, Aspergerian Pride invited me to be a link on her blog. Within a short time, Autism-hub also invited me to be a part of his blog.


I was socially accepted! FOR THE FIRST TIME!


I am trying to listen to Autism Podcast. It is near impossible for me to write this post and listen to the podcast. This is the third try. I hope I can catch the one sentence that keeps grabbing my attention.

In it the teacher, Nicole Sparapani (SLP-CCC), talks about how she teaches "social skills" to her kids. She uses pictures, colors, visualization, role-playing, comic strip conversations, drawing. Forgive my attempts to put into writing what she said.

She says, of giving visual representations of skills..."It works, it like a magic thing...overwhelmingly positive...fun", "visual reminders" and "generalization" and "literal".

To her credit is her understanding:

"Another point is, there are so many things we take for granted that we just learned along the way, and when I sat down a while back and started doing these social groups I was amazed at the small things that the kids don't know, and you know it's all these little "catch-ems" (?) and these little things that are happening and hitting and biting and anything that might have happened, it's just because of a lack of understanding around what other people might think or what they are supposed to do..." She notes that "visual learners" don't learn the same way others do. She says something like, if you can find the key to understanding their language, you can end most, but not all, negative behaviors. The host, Michael, makes a comparison to relationships when divorce happens, where people don't quite communicate.

That's just a teaser,...here's the "piece de resistance"...

"It's like going to another country, and not understanding their culture at all, and trying to make a living...If you don't have an understanding of the way you are supposed to interact with these people, or even the language they speak, I mean, what does that leave you with? I mean, they're just very frustrated little minds...I'd probably want to hide in the corner if I didn't know how to communicate with everybody..."

I remember when I tried to tell Ben's teachers that language was a second language to him. He was constantly trying to visualize what they were saying, and that takes time. They say if a person learns a second language after a certain time in their lives, they NEVER learn to "think" in that language, that they spend the rest of their lives re-interpreting what was said into their native tongue. With all of this going on, who has time to work out the subleties and nuances???

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

To Ms. Warner...

Thanks so much for believing in me. It means so much when someone sees us as we might be, even as they see us as we are!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

And it's only the giving that makes you...

What you are... (Wond'ring Aloud by Jethro Tull)

My son Benjamin can talk to me, tell me his wants and needs. Some days I even get a low-down on what happened at school.

When he was 5, I wasn't sure he would ever carry on a conversation with me. I wasn't sure if he would "digress", and lose all language.

When I look back upon our lives, I relive with pleasure those times I got outside my fears and saw the boy.

When we wrap ourselves up in a flag of fear, valiantly trying to see ourselves as our childrens saviors... well, we can't do it now...maybe never... as THERE IS NO CURE FOR AUTISM. Not now, probably not ever. You can do everything your little heart or pocketbook can do, and your child will still be autistic.

My child is.

"Perfect love drives out all fear."

Do we live bound up in fear for our chidren's future, or do we allow them the power of a sound mind, the mind God gave them?

I don't know...probably ain't making a lick of sense to anybody out there.

Good luck to you who are on the journey.

Hope you wise up sooner than I did. Your baby's gonna be gone, and you'll never have learned how to love him for what he is.

And that's much sadder than having an autistic child, anyday!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Acceptance Therapy

Go read this.

Here's a teaser...

A wide range of positive changes or transformational outcomes have been reported by parents of children with disabilities, including: the development of personal qualities such as patience, love, compassion and tolerance (Summers et al 1989; Behr & Murphy 1993; Scorgie & Sobsey 2000; Kausar et al. 2003); improved relationships with family members and others (Stainton & Besser 1998; Scorgie & Sobsey 2000; Kausar et al 2003); stronger spiritual or religious beliefs (Yatchmenoffet al. 1998; Scorgie & Sobsey 2000; Poston & Turnbull 2004); an ability to focus on the present (Featherstone 1980); and a greater appreciation of the small and simple things in life (Abbott & Meredith 1986; Kausaret al. 2003). Studies therefore indicate that, with time and experience, parents of children with disabilities may come to regain a sense of control over their circumstances and a sense of meaning in life by seeing the positive contributions of their children with respect to personal growth and learning whatis important.

Brave New World...

(Picture is of Ben, who has always been free...)

Egad, I feel so much better lately! (Ahhhhhh....raised arms and stretches...yawns...)

A ton of worries, right off my chest.

I no longer have to be my son's "savior".

He's just fine the way he is.

No amount of money or therapy or anything else is going to make him more PERFECT than he already is.

Acceptance....It's a beautiful thing!

Thanks to gettingthetruthout.org! I lost my chains of bondage...I am free at last, free at last, thank GOD ALMIGHTY, I'm free at last.

I'm floatin' down the RIVER OF FREEDOM!

I have seen the TRUTH, and the TRUTH has SET ME FREE!!!!!


My heart, my head, my wallet......FREE!!

I could lose my life today and die HAPPY!

Unconditional love...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's 11:11, and frankly

I think the muses are OCD.

Okay, that's over...

In my next life, when I get to do it all over again knowing what I know now...when a teacher implies that my son is lazy, instead of giving Ben ritalin at school and working with him for up to 4 hours a nite to be sure she can put an "A" grade in the book, I'm going to say:

"Damn right! He takes after me...want to make something of it?"

Of course, in the next life, maybe the teacher will be enlightened so I won't have to.

Ben tells me I'm weird. I don't know why he thinks that.

Monday, May 01, 2006

National Media Contacts...If anyone is interested...

I don't know why I'm putting this out there. What if I got in a car wreck and died tonite and somebody needed this and here it would be sitting in a file on my computer and not on the web like it should be. I have no idea when it was created or updated, and hope I am doing nothing illegal.


ABC News, 20/20, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, Barbara Walters, 2020@abc.com
ABC News, George Stephanopoulos, thisweek@abc.com

ABC News, Good Morning America, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, John Stossel, 2020@abc.com
ABC News, Nightline, nightline@abcnews.com
ABC News, Primetime Thursday, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, Ted Koppel, nightline@abc.com

ABC News, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, World News Now overnight, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, World News Tonight weekend, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....
ABC News, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, http://www.abcnews.go.com/....

Air America Radio, Al Franken (comments), factorcorrections@airamericaradio.com
Air America Radio, Mike Malloy, mike@mikemalloy.com
Air America Radio, Randi Rhodes, rrhodes@airamericaradio.com

Alan Colmes Show, Alan Colmes, alan@alan.com

Albany Times Union, Letters to the Editor, http://www.timesunion.com/...

Alternative Radio, Alternative Radio, info@alternativeradio.org

Alternet, Feedback or Tips, info@alternet.org

America's Black Forum, Feedback or Tips, talk2us@americasblackforum.com

Army Times, Judy McCoy (Associate Publisher), jmccoy@atpco.com
Army Times, Tobias Naegele (Executive Editor), tnaegele@atpco.com

Associated Press (AP), Feedback, feedback@ap.org

Associated Press, Jennifer Loven, jloven@ap.org
Associated Press, Kathleen Carroll (Executive Editor), kcarroll@ap.org
Associated Press, Larry Margasak, lmargasak@ap.org
Associated Press, Michael Silverman (Managing Editor), msilverman@ap.org
Associated Press, Michelle DeArmound, opinion@thewire.ap.org

Associated Press, Nedra Pickler, npickler@ap.org
Associated Press, Ron Fournier, rfournier@ap.org
Associated Press, Sandra Johnson (Washington Bureau Chief), sjohnson@ap.org
Associated Press, Seth Sutel, pr@ap.org
Associated Press, Terry Hunt, thunt@ap.org

Associated Press, Tom Raum, traum@ap.org

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barbara Senftleber (National/International Desk Editor), bsenftleber@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bill Steiden (Washington and Politics), bsteiden@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carolyn Warmbold (Day News Editor), cwarmbold@ajc.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Contact Us, http://www.ajc.com/....
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cynthia Tucker (Editorial Page Editor), cynthia@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cynthia Tucker (Editorial Page Editor), cynthia@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, George Mathis (Metro News), gmathis@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hank Klibanoff (Managing Editor - News), hklibanoff@ajc.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hank Klibanoff (Managing Editor), hklibanoff@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hyde Post (Editorial Director), hpost@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, James Mallory (Managing Editor), jmallory@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jay Bookman (Deputy Editorial Page Editor), jbookman@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Julia Wallace (Editor), jdwallace@ajc.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Julia Wallace (Editor), jdwallace@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Letters to the Editor, letters@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike King (Public Editor - Fairness and Accuracy), insideajc@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Phil Gast (Evening News Editor), pgast@ajc.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Raman Narayanan (International), rnarayanan@ajc.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Robin Henry (Deputy Managing Editor), rhenry@ajc.com

Atrios, Atrios, atrios@comcast.net

BBC News, News Online, newsonline@bbc.co.uk

Beyond the Beltway, Bruce DuMont, btbtalk@aol.com

Black Entertainment Television (BET), BET Nightly News, news@bet.com

Black Op Radio, Anita Langley, anita@mindgallery.com
Black Op Radio, Jim Fetzer, jfetzer@d.umn.edu
Black Op Radio, Len Osanic, osanic@prouty.org

Bloomberg News, Heidi Przybyla, hprzybyla@bloomberg.net
Bloomberg News, Holly Rosenkrantz, hrosenkrantz@bloomberg.net
Bloomberg News, Richard Keil, dkeil@bloomberg.net

Boston Globe, Christine Chinlund (Ombudsman), ombud@globe.com

Boston Globe, Ellen Goodman, goodman@globe.com
Boston Globe, Kenneth Cooper (National Editor), kcooper@globe.com
Boston Globe, Kevin Galvin (Assistant National Editor), johnson@globe.com
Boston Globe, Letters to the Editor, letter@globe.com
Boston Globe, Matthew D.B Brelis (Assistant National Editor), brelis@globe.com

Boston Globe, Tom Oliphant, oliphant@globe.com

Business Week, Alexandra Starr, lettersbwol@businessweek.com
Business Week, Richard S. Dunham, richard_dunham@businessweek.com

Buzzflash, Feedback or Tips, buzzflash@buzzflash.com

Cambridge Forum, Cambridge Forum, query@cambridgeforum.org

Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), contact form, http://www.cbc.ca/...

CBS News, 48 Hours, 48hours@cbsnews.com
CBS News, 60 Minutes II, 60II@cbsnews.com

CBS News, 60 Minutes, 60m@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Bill Plante, bpc@cbsnews.com
CBS News, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, evening@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Early Show, earlyshow@cbs.com

CBS News, Erin Moriarty, efm@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Face The Nation, ftn@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Mark Knoller, mkx@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Peter Maer, pma@cbsnews.com
CBS News, Rita Braver, rbc@cbsnews.com

CBS News, Sunday Morning, sundays@cbsnews.com

CBSnews.com, Dick Meyer (Editorial Director), grain@cbsnews.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Avis Weathersbee (Deputy Features Editor), aweathersbee@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Bill Zwecker (Columnist), zwecker@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Business Desk, stbusiness@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Christine Ledbetter (Features Editor), cledbetter@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, City Desk, metro@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Dan Miller (Business editor), dmiller@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Deborah Douglas (Red Streak Editor), ddouglas@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Don Hayner (Managing Editor/News), metro@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Features Desk, showcase@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Jack Barry (General Manager), jbarry@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Jeff Wisser (Assistant Features Editor), jwisser@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, John Barron (Executive Managing Editor), jbarron@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, John Cruickshank (Publisher), jcruickshank@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, John W. Cary (President - Digital Chicago), jwcary@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Letters to the Editor, letters@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Mary Mitchell (Columnist), marym@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Michael Cooke (Editor in Chief), mcooke@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Michael Sneed (Columnist), sneed@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Phil Rosenthal (Television critic), prosen@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Photo Desk, stphoto@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper (Columnist), rroeper@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Robert Feder (TV/Radio columnist), feder@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert (Movie Answer Man), answerman@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Ron Rapoport (Sports columnist), rjr@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Steve Huntley (Editorial Page Editor), shuntley@suntimes.com
Chicago Sun-Times, Terry Savage (Personal finance columnist), savage@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times, Zay Smith (Quick Takes), zays@suntimes.com

Chicago Tribune, Achy Obejas (Q Section Writer), aobejas@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Ann Marie Lipinski (Editor), ctc-editor@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Bob Kemper (National Correspondent), rkemper@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, Bruce Japsen (Business Health Care Reporter), bjapsen@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Cam Simpson (National Correspondent), csimpson@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Celeste Garrett (Urban Affairs Editor), cgarrett@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Frank James (Economics Correspondent), fjames@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Gary Washburn (City Hall Reporter), GWashburn@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, George de Lama (Deputy Managing Editor) - News, gdelama@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, James O'Shea (Managing Editor), joshea@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Jan Greenburg (Washington Correspondent), jgreenburg@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Jeff Zeleny (National Political Correspondent), jzeleny@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, Jill Zuckman (Washington Correspondent), jzuckman@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, John Crewdson (Senior Writer), jcrewdson@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Judith Peres (Metro Reporter - Legal Affairs), JPeres@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Letter to the Editor, http://www.chicagotribune.com/....
Chicago Tribune, Maurice Possley (Criminal Justice Reporter), MPossley@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, Michael Dorning (Washington Correspondent), mdorning@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Michael Kilian (Washington Correspondent); Columnist, cptkilian@aol.com
Chicago Tribune, Mike Tackett (Senior Correspondent), mtackett@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Naftali Bendavid (Washington Correspondent), nbendavid@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Paul Singer (Washington News Editor), psinger2@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, R. Bruce Dold (Editorial Page Editor), bdold@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Rich Anderson (Senior News Editor), rranderson@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Rick Pearson (Political Reporter), RAP30@aol.com
Chicago Tribune, Stephen Hedges (Washington Correspondent), shedges@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman (Editorial Board Member), schapman@tribune.com

Chicago Tribune, Vickie Walton (Washington Bureau Chief), vwalton@tribune.com
Chicago Tribune, William Neikirk (Chief Washington Correspondent), wneikirk@tribune.com

Christian Science Monitor, Feedback, http://www.csmonitor.com/...

Cincinnati Enquirer, Byron McCauley, bmccauley@enquirer.com

Cincinnati Enquirer, Carl Weiser, cweiser@gns.gannett.com
Cincinnati Enquirer, Dan Horn, dhorn@enquirer.com
Cincinnati Enquirer, David Wells, dwells@enquirer.com
Cincinnati Enquirer, Jim Borgman, jborgman@enquirer.com
Cincinnati Enquirer, Ray Cooklis, rcooklis@enquirer.com

Cincinnati Enquirer, Tony Lang, tlang@enquirer.com

CNN Headline News, CNN Headline News, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Judy Fortin comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Kathleen Kennedy comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN Headline News, Linda Stouffer comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Mike Galanos comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, News Segment Comments, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Renay San Miguel comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Report Errors, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN Headline News, Robin Meade comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Rudi Bakhtiar comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Sophia Choi comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN Headline News, Stephen Frazier comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN Headline News, Thomas Roberts comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Aaron Brown, aaron.brown@turner.com
CNN, Aaron Brown, comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, America Votes 2004 comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, American Morning, am@cnn.com
CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, 360@cnn.com
CNN, Anderson Cooper comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Andrea Koppel, andrea.koppel@turner.com
CNN, Bill Hemmer comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Bill Schneider, bill.schneider@turner.com
CNN, Bruce Morton, bruce.morton@turner.com
CNN, Candy Crowley, candy.crowley@turner.com
CNN, Carlos Watson comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Carol Costello comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Carol Lin, carol.lin@turner.com
CNN, Christiane Amanpour comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Crossfire, crossfire@cnn.com
CNN, Daryn Kagan comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Daryn Kagan, daryn.kagan@turner.com
CNN, David Ensor, david.ensor@turner.com
CNN, Daybreak, daybreak@cnn.com
CNN, Fredricka Whitfield comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Heidi Collins comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Howard Kurtz, kurtzh@washpost.com
CNN, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, In The Money, inthemoney@cnn.com
CNN, Inside Politics, insidepoliticts@cnn.com

CNN, James Carville, crossfire@cnn.com
CNN, Jeanne Meserve, jeanne.meserve@turner.com
CNN, Jeff Greenfield comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Jeff Greenfield, jeff.greenfield@cnn.com
CNN, Jim Walton (President of CNN News Group), jim.walton@turner.com

CNN, Judy Woodruff comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Judy Woodruff, deirdre.walsh@turner.com
CNN, Kelly Wallace, kelly.wallace@turner.com
CNN, Kyra Phillips comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Kyra Phillips, kyra.phillips@turner.com
CNN, Larry King comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Live At CNN, live@cnn.com
CNN, Live From, livefrom@cnn.com
CNN, Live Today, livetoday@cnn.com

CNN, Lou Dobbs comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Lou Dobbs, lou.dobbs@turner.com
CNN, Lou Dobbs, loudobbs@cnn.com
CNN, Miles O'Brien comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Miles O'Brien, miles.obrien@turner.com
CNN, Moneyline, moneyline@cnn.com
CNN, news tips, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Newsnight, newsnight@cnn.com
CNN, other anchor/reporter comments, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Paul Begala, crossfire@cnn.com
CNN, Paula Zahn comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Paula Zahn Now, paulazahnnow@cnn.com
CNN, Paula Zahn, paula.zahn@turner.com

CNN, Paula Zahn, paulazahn@cnn.com
CNN, report errors, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Rick Davis (Executive Vice President - CNN News Standards and Practices), rick.davis@turner.com
CNN, Robert Novak, robert.novak@turner.com
CNN, Soledad O'Brien comment, http://www.cnn.com/...

CNN, Tom Hannon (Political Director), tom.hannon@cnn.com
CNN, Tucker Carlson, crossfire@cnn.com
CNN, War in Iraq comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Weekend American Morning, wam@cnn.com

CNN, Wolf Blitzer comment, http://www.cnn.com/...
CNN, Wolf Blitzer, wolf@cnn.com
CNN, Wolf Blitzer, wolf@cnn.com

Coast To Coast AM, George Noory, george@coasttocoastam.com

Common Ground, Common Ground, info@commongroundradio.org

Copley News Service, Finlay Lewis, finlay.lewis@copleydc.com
Copley News Service, George Condon, george.condon@copleydc.com

Cox Newspapers, Bob Deans, bobdeans@coxnews.com

Cox Newspapers, Chuck Lindell, clindell@coxnews.com
Cox Newspapers, George Edmondson, gedmonson@coxnews.com
Cox Newspapers, Larry Lipman, llipman@coxnews.com
Cox Newspapers, Mei-Ling Hopgood, mhopgood@coxnews.com
Cox Newspapers, Melanie Eversley, meversley@coxnews.com

Daily Kos, Kos, kos@dailykos.com

Dallas Morning News, Letters to the Editor, http://www.dallasnews.com/...

Daytona Beach News-Journal, Letters to the Editor, http://www.news-journalonline.com/....

Democracy Now, Democracy Now, mail@democracynow.org

Don Imus, Don Imus, imusshow@yahoo.com

Doug Basham, Doug Basham, bashamradio@yahoo.com

Economist, Letters to the Editor, letters@economist.com

Ed Schultz Show, Ed Schultz, ed@kfgo.com

Ed Schultz Show, overall show content, wendy@edschultzshow.com
Ed Schultz Show, producer, james@edschultzshow.com

FAIR, Deborah Thomas (Extra! Publisher), dthomas@fair.org
FAIR, general, fair@fair.org

FAIR, Janine Jackson (Program Director), jjackson@fair.org
FAIR, Jim Naureckas (Extra! Editor), jnaureckas@fair.org
FAIR, Julie Hollar (Communications Director), jhollar@fair.org
FAIR, Peter Hart, (Media Activism & Administration), phart@fair.org

FAIR, Sanford Hohauser (Shipping/Sales), shohauser@fair.org
FAIR, Steve Rendall (Senior Analyst), srendall@fair.org

Financial Times, Amity Shlaes (Senior Columnist - Political Economy), amity.shlaes@ft.com
Financial Times, Letters to the Editor, letters.editor@ft.com

Financial Times, Martin Wolf (Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator), martin.wolf@ft.com
Financial Times, Philip Stephens (Associate Editor and Senior Commentator), philip.stephens@ft.com
Financial Times, Quentin Peel (International Affairs Editor), quentin.peel@ft.com

Fort Myers News-Press, Gail Palmer, gpalmer@news-press.com

Fox News, After Hours, afterhours@foxnews.com
Fox News, At Large with Geraldo Rivera, atlarge@foxnews.com
Fox News, Brian Wilson, brian.wilson@foxnews.com
Fox News, Brit Hume, brit.hume@foxnews.com

Fox News, Bulls & Bears, bullsandbears@foxnews.com
Fox News, Cashin'In, cash@foxnews.com
Fox News, Cavuto on Business, cavuto@foxnews.com
Fox News, Collins Spencer, collins.spencer@foxnews.com

Fox News, Comments, comments@foxnews.com
Fox News, DaySide with Linda Vester, dayside@foxnews.com
Fox News, Forbes on FOX, forbes@foxnews.com
Fox News, FOX & Friends, friends@foxnews.com

Fox News, FOX Magazine, foxmagazine@foxnews.com
Fox News, FOX News Live, feedback@foxnews.com
Fox News, FOX News Sunday, fns@foxnews.com
Fox News, FOX News Watch, newswatch@foxnews.com
Fox News, FOX Report with Shepard Smith, foxreport@foxnews.com

Fox News, Hannity & Colmes (Alan Colmes), Colmes@foxnews.com
Fox News, Hannity & Colmes (Sean Hannity), Hannity@foxnews.com
Fox News, Heartland w/ John Kasich, heartland@foxnews.com

Fox News, James Rosen, james.rosen@foxnews.com
Fox News, Jim Angle, jim.angle@foxnews.com
Fox News, Major Garrett, major.garrett@foxnews.com
Fox News, Molly Henneberg, molly.henneberg@foxnews.com
Fox News, On the Record with Greta, ontherecord@foxnews.com

Fox News, On the Record with Greta, ontherecord@foxnews.com
Fox News, Special Report with Brit Hume, special@foxnews.com
Fox News, Studio B with Shepard Smith, studiob@foxnews.com
Fox News, The Beltway Boys, beltway@foxnews.com
Fox News, The Big Story with John Gibson, myword@foxnews.com

Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, oreilly@foxnews.com
Fox News, Viewer Services, viewerservices@foxnews.com
Fox News, War Stories, warstories@foxnews.com
Fox News, Wendell Goler, wendell.goler@foxnews.com
Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, cavuto@foxnews.com

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Letters to the Editor, letters@star-telegram.com

Gannett News Service, Ana Radelat, aradelat@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Billy House, billy.house@arizonarepublic.com
Gannett News Service, Carl Weiser, cweiser@gns.gannett.com

Gannett News Service, Dick DePledge, ddepledge@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Doug Abrahms, dabrahms@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Erin Kelly, ekelly@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Faith Bremner, fbremner@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, James Carroll, jcarroll@gns.gannett.com

Gannett News Service, Jane Norman, jnorman@dmreg.com
Gannett News Service, John Hanchette, jhanchet@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Jon Frandsen, jfrandsen@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Katherine Scott, kscott@gns.gannett.com

Gannett News Service, Larry Bivins, lbivins@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Maureen Groppe, mgroppe@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Mike Madden, mmadden@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Pam Brogan, pbrogan@gns.gannett.com
Gannett News Service, Raju Chebium, rchebium@gns.gannett.com

Gannett News Service, Susan Roth, sroth@gns.gannett.com

GreenWave Radio, GreenWave Radio, cmulholland@greenwave.com

Ground Zero Radio, Clyde Lewis, clyde@clydelewis.com

Guy James, Guy James, guyjames@theguyjamesshow.com

Hearst News Service, Charles Pope, charliepope@seattlepi.com
Hearst News Service, Helen Thomas, helent@hearstdc.com
Hearst News Service, Stewart Powell, stewart@hearstdc.com

Houston Chronicle, Letters to the Editor, viewpoints@chron.com

Houston Chronicle, News tips/Editor, citydesk@chron.com

Howard Stern Show, Howard Stern Show, sternshow@howardstern.com

International Herald Tribune, Letters to the Editor, letters@iht.com

Investor's Business Daily, IBD Editorial Department, ibdnews@investors.com

Jim Hightower Jim Hightower info@jimhightower.com

Kansas City Star, Editorial Page Editor, letters@kcstar.com
Kansas City Star, Steve Kraske, skraske@kcstar.com
Kansas City Star, Steve Shirk, sshirk@kcstar.com

KCRW-FM, Left Right & Center, sarah.spitz@kcrw.org

KDKA (Pittsburgh), Mike Pintek, pintek@kdka.com

KFI-AM (Los Angeles), John and Ken Show, johnandken@johnandkenshow.com

KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), Bernie Ward, bernieward2@yahoo.com
KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), Ray Taliaferro, raytaliaferro2@yahoo.com
KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), Ronn Owens, EmailRonn@aol.com

KHOW (Denver), Peter Boyles, peterboyles@clearchannel.com

KIRO (Seattle), Mike Webb, mike@mikewebb.org

KKOB (Albuquerque), Jim Villanucci, jim@radiojim.com

KMOX (St. Louis), Charlie Brennan, cwbrennan@cbs.com

Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Alan Bjerga (Washington Correspondent), abjerga@krwashington.com

Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Charles Hurt (Washington Correspondent), churt@charlotteobserver.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, David Goldstein (Washington Correspondent), dgoldstein@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Frank Davies (Washington Correspondent), fdavies@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Jim Puzzanghera (Washington Correspondent), jpuzzangherra@krwashington.com

Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Lauren Markoe (Washington Correspondent), lmarkoe@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Maria Recio (Washington Correspondent), mrecio@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Matt Stearns, mstearns@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Peter Nicholas (Washington Correspondent), pnicholas@phillynews.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Ron Hutcheson (Washington Correspondent), rhutcheson@krwashington.com

Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Ruby Bailey (Washington Correspondent), rbailey@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Steve Goldstein (Washington Correspondent), slgoldstein@krwashington.com
Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Tom Webb (Washington Correspondent), twebb@pioneerpress.com

KQED-FM, Forum with Michael Krasny, forum@kqed.org

KSTP-AM, Joe Soucheray, gljoe@am1500.com

KTSA (San Antonio), Jack Riccardi, jack@ktsa.com

Lionel Show, Lionel, Lionel@LionelOnline.com

Los Angeles Times, Aaron Zitner, aaron.zitner@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times, Alan Miller, alan.miller@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Barbara Serrano, barbara.serrano@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Barry Siegel, barry.siegel@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Bill Rempel, bill.rempel@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Bob Drogin, bob.drogin@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times, Bob Ourlian, bob.ourlian@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Chuck Neubauer, chuck.neubauer@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, Davan Maharaj, davan.maharaj@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, David Johnson, david.johnson@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times, David Kelly, david.kelly@latimes.com

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PRI, Capitol Hill Bureau, news@capitolhillbureau.org
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Richmond Times-Dispatch, Letters to the Editor, letters@timesdispatch.com

Roll Call, Josh Kurtz (Politics Editor), letters@rollcall.com
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Roll Call, Norman Ornstein (Contributing Writer), letters@rollcall.com
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