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Sounds like another of Wyatt’s sing-songy repertoire …”Fape, Fape, Fape!” F.A.P.E. stands for FREE appropriate PUBLIC EDUCATION. Something every child in this great country should RIGHTLY be entitled to.

Unfortunately…like all great systems they are not always implemented properly. Especially with the wonderful word “appropriate” inserted into the already muddy equation. I wonder how many legal battles that line in the sand…I mean “word” has drawn? SERIOUSLY, could they make it any tougher on a group of people in an already TOUGH situation? There is so much range in ability/disability within the SPECTRUM. The puzzle piece ICON says it all!

How do we deem what is appropriate for your child as compared to mine? In the world of autism, the word appropriate really doesn’t even apply. They love to call everything autistics say or do inappropriate! So the nerve of them to force-feed us “their A-word”! It really isn’t working for us. In the case of a disabled child… Why not use the word “specialized” ? It’s much less confrontation. Appropriate would be considered “fighting words” in most conversations. Someone telling you something isn’t appropriate is a direct assault on your ideas.

Furthermore, HOW are these teachers able to decipher the appropriate teaching methods for autistics? In my case they just were NOT . Wyatt is a more profoundly affected individual… that my school district had absolutely NO BUSINESS even trying to accommodate. They just did not have a program to meet his abilities. Which is so often the case. Grouping kids by age works for typical people. When you automatically use age to group our kids on the spectrum…no telling what you will get?! Some kids may have math and reading skills while others can’t speak. Keeping kids in classes that are like this is futile! The kids that can,wait for the others who can’t…and so on. Not efficient. I call this school district tunnel-vision. Oh well …this is the way it’s always been done. “YADA,YADA,YADA!” (Thanks Wyatt!)

What could work? To “Draft” autistic kids to different classrooms. Take a look at four or five surrounding cities and the autistic students in those cities. Within that group it will be much easier to place like individuals together. Thus helping the teachers by having their classrooms more manageable. I can only imagine the time that is wasted and lost because of this lack of organization. Each state really needs to consider what I am saying here. It may seem a daunting task…but,it will be less daunting then continuing with the wheel-spinning. Think long run people …The autism train is not slowing down. Unfortunately it seems to be picking up steam! Kids on the spectrum deserve respect…not to just be clumped together and hope for some progress.

Let’s do the best we can to teach them cohesively…in a specialized program. Makes a lot of common sense to me! Dare I say it…it seems …APPROPRIATE!

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HI THERE, HI THERE, HI THERE! (?) !! I just came from tucking Wyatt in and I truly HEARD …a sing-songy version of the above mentioned! I’ve heard it before, just like ; YADA,YADA,YADA & DIGA,DIGA,DIGA. Along with several other … variations on a theme that have rotated in & out over the years. But there was something different about this time.

I exclaimed “Wyatt, you SAID Hi There!!” He proudly giggled…into a chirp simultaneously bouncing on belly, burying face in pillow! So between the two of us we said it a hundred times giggling and bouncing! Then I asked him the big question, “are you going to tell everyone hi there at school tomorrow?” He looked at me with the BIGGEST-WYATT smile giggling..”hi there hi there hi there.” So, I am happy to believe him as I sit here in this moment. I will go to sleep and hope my sweet boy keeps his loving words! In the morning we will find out at… ! If nothing else…he and I just had an incredible moment, that isn’t going anywhere! Such as life… in our autistic world, incredible moment after incredible moment (with the occasional meltdowns!)

WE ALL KNOW how our kids amaze us everyday. Fighting little spirits of pure heart! Kids that like all others want to be comfortable and happy. Which is quite the feat sometimes with the cards that have been dealt them. It can be like a science experiment learning how to make each individual comfortable in their own skin!

As parents of these beautiful people we begin to make a FORMULA. A formula that works for your child and family. When you are lucky you are surrounded with people that understand this. Schools that will take an “out of the box” approach like Leroy Haynes. Tailor making a program geared toward the individual needs of each child. It is also important to realize that some “traditional teaching methods” usually just don’t work for autistics.

Wyatt’s school has changed his whole demeanor. Even though he is NON-VERBAL I sense that he feels better understood. He is blessed to attend a school that takes the time to keep up with all emerging ideas and inform the community with FREE GUEST SPEAKERS and TRAININGS!

Just today…a massage therapist came to the school! When I picked Wyatt up I was informed that he was the one that had the longest massage!! I wasn’t surprised!!! Think…SQUEEZEBOX! HEY, now it’s dawning on me … if I want WORDS I”ll need to get my massage therapist certification!!!

WYATT’S WEIGHTED VEST was made by Suzanne Stone…an A~LEAGUE MOM!! Her site is

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NONot the one that The Who sang about….The one that TEMPLE GRANDIN mooed about! Wow…watching HBO’s amazing portrayal of her life made me so happy! The story behind her miraculous discoveries…make it so clear to people how autistic people often feel. Completely OVERWHELMED. I urge everyone to make a point to watch this film, and suggest others do as well. The production is simply BRILLIANT. I wish it was eligible for oscar consideration!

When you see what the young Temple ‘innately’ knew about her mind’s need for organization. How she did not want to go on to college without her SQUEEZEBOX. The resistance of others to believe in what she KNEW …and her ultimate victory against ignorance. An Autistic person healing her world, the cows world and the world of knowledge about AUTISM! Talk about a hero of Olympian quality!! I was dumbfounded the first time I became aware of the squeezebox technique.

Wyatt was at summer day-camp and was generally very unhappy with having to meet and greet…moving from 1 activity to the next. A fabulous O.T. Kristen …began to squeeze and roll , squeeze and press, again and again. To my amazement I saw Wyatt “like putty”… transform into a receptive boy! She looks at me & says he needs alot…handing him back off to me ! That was my lesson…and I took it. Wyatt has been getting squeezed and rolled for years now, you’de think he was the …’dough-boy! We also found out about the BODYSOCK that summer! What a life-saver. For those that don’t know the B-sock is essentially a lycra envelope to get inside of!!! Wyatt can’t leave home without it. We are about ready for a new one (growing boy! ).

I have had success with bodysocks purchased here at One Stop Sensory Shop.

Lucky for us Wyatt does not usually have an aversion to touch as did Temple. So his deep pressure squeezes are a much loved activity in our family! So much so with his Grampa Bob that they wear out the springs on every recliner we have had! It JUST works plain and simple. I have had to squeeze him out in public from time to time…and I get some crazy looks. I think it may look as if we are trying to restrain the individual when that is just NOT the case.

So…take a look at HBO’s outstanding movie… learn how deep pressure helps organize the mind and meet AUTISMS SUPER-HERO Temple Grandin!

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Kid Companions – Great new product!

As a parent or caregiver, looking for accessories for a growing special needs child can be a challenge. Youth affected by Sensory Processing Disorder -SPD, Autism Spectrum Disorder -ASD, Attention Deficit Distorder ADD/ADHD, etc., can still benefit from developmental tools. However, age appropriate tools can be even harder to find.

Kid Companions is a chewable and wearable fidget that is safe, stylish and effective. It’s the perfect alternative to fidget toys and chewys that can be less-than-discreet.

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