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The Canyon Club ROCKS!!

How great was Cinco De Mayo for everyone in attendance last Wed. in Augora Hills California? To infinity and beyond!! That’s how great!! To see Autistic Performers entertaining a delighted CROWD!! A vision I want to see more of!! A vision made possible this night by Autism Movement Therapy creator Joanne Lara. Truly a champion and angel for all things spectrum! She is a passionate woman to say the least!

Her passion for dance, music and the Autism Spectrum is infinite! When I was first made aware of this STAR she immediately impressed me! She is actually more like a flaming comet…a star seems far too mild! If you have ever been to one of Joannes presentations your head is bobbing up & down right now as I speak. She is “High~Energy where it is so needed. Thankyou Joanne for all you do and for inspiring others as well!! The best thing we can all do. Spread each others good word and good works. Promoting Friendship through common understanding! That is why I am adding Joanne’s website permanently to OUR Interesting sites section in the left hand margin! Click there for fun and self-esteem therapy! The best therapy the planet has to offer!

Lora Mancini and I arrived to the nice big airy club and got a great seats behind the mixing board! Some amazing performances, great company and atmosphere, Tequila, chips and salsa. It was a celebration that won’t soon be forgotten! So fun to be Celebrating Talents of individuals not previously Showcased with MORE TO COME!! So nice to see a “neuro~diverse crowd meeting in the middle! On the big airy dance floor!

The list of performers was varied like our spectrum!! Soulful Singer Chadwick was the thread running throughout the evening. What a huge voice with incredible range! His personable and compassionate delivery made him the perfect host. Not to mention his goosebump evoking version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Look for Chadwick music on facebook & twitter.

Kyle Cousins and Nick Guzman performed a couple of songs …mixing it up with their different styles and talents! Kyle’s performance had the crowd wowed , enjoying his talent and confidence on stage.

Nick serenaded us with his voice and acoustic guitar skills. Nick also works the microphone and the crowd. He was persistent at nights end to be sure patrons were on hand to collect their raffle prize! ” Do we have a 8675309…Is there a # 8675309 ?” A great time was had by ALL & heck free C.D.’s if you were lucky enough to have Nick call out your number!

Susan Sheller treated us with some awesome numbers. So love her passionate style! Her song inspired by her awesome son “Lookin for Julian” ROCKS!! Her original music can be found in the hit documentary “Normal People Scare Me!” (Love that name!)

Stephen Shore played piano which sounded fabulous…such a diverse crowd. Another amazing treat was the appearance of Elaine Hall and Wyatt Isaacs! For those of you who don’t know …those two names are from the great HBO Documentary “Autism the Musical”! Such a wonderful concept and Documentation of it!

Her idea of an entire production driven by and showcasing the talents on the spectrum. ~AUTISTIC~PEOPLE HAVE SKILLS!!! Woo Hoo!! Elaine has a new show coming out very soon! Find-out more about this little Dynamo here…

Wyatt Isaacs is 15 and quite a young man now!! It was very fun to see him perform his song from the documentary film “Sensitive!! Also exciting to meet with his very cool Mom! There is just something great about Spectrum Supporters! We have a lot of heart and soul!! Wyatt rocked the room and his stage presence and pride beamed!

Jack Mack and the Heart~Attack had a great sounding set and really played hard… Truly including our performers in ALL of the fun!! Thankyou to everyone involved in making this happen!! It was very fun, very entertaining, very marketable and very needed in communities everywhere!!

Here’s hoping that others will follow the lead of these AUTISM~ART~ANGELS!!!  With visionaries like Joanne , Elaine, Keri Bowers … and Susan Sheller a whole new world of self-esteem is opening up!

Perhaps….. YOU could be the NEXT PERFORMER!!


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A~LEAGUE ?!! That’s right skip the…APPLE PIE !! We A-League Mom’s are too busy having our cake and eating it too!! Thanks to the persistence of one MOM in particular…LORA MANCINI!! What an accomplishment Lora. We honor you especially !!

On this blog you will see something very extraordinary! Mom’s that have been working their tails off for their kids. NOW Basquing in some unexpected GLORY!!

When we got our kid’s DIAGNOSIS I am sure we all felt that swift kick. However, we all know that you can’t keep a good woman down. Especially when it comes to these kids of ours .

I say “these kids” like that because …there is something so amazing about each and everyone of them! The deficits real and perceived cannot be outweighed by the GENUINESS of Spirit they possess.

As we have entered into this Baseball Adventure I am sure we kept our expectations low. No need to stress everyone out…right?

Well HECK, some of these players have been needing the bar raised a little bit more every-outing! So amazing and encouraging to watch. These players are also seeing the growth of their team-mates!

I actually over-heard the cutest “candid moment” between a father and son. Dad was in a lawn chair and his son was Cuddled at his feet as they both were watching the action. He told his Dad…”I even like to watch it more than I like to play it!!”

Well as Mom’s we know how our men REALLY LIKE to watch their sports! This moment was so sweet…as if it was an absolute new discovery! One he won’t soon forget…now that he KNOWS!! lol

Today was precious! As all of these games and practices have been. We are experiencing so much more than we have dared dream, for our BALL-PLAYERS. To see the Men in our kids lives have this chance . This sports experience that had been put “on hold!

PHENOMONAL for us Mom’s. To be sharing all of these memories with people you are in the Autism~Trenches with…amazing. How many more superlatives can I throw out there? We are growing and bonding as teams and leagues do…

We will all be sharing Dodger dogs again tomorrow! Can you believe it? More major league action for our major league sweethearts!

On Mother’s Day to boot!! So talk about the best Mother’s Day ever!! Looks like it is full steam ahead to Chavez Raveen where we will have a day in the sun with our beautiful BALL~PLAYERS!!

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 Turns out I am lucky enough to have one. I Always knew I was. There has always been something so…good, so…PURE, about Wyatt. From day one his nature was very sweet and helpful. Before we even knew about his Autism there were so many examples of his “good ~vibrations,” his intuitions! He just has a way about him that is infectious. Some days I feel Wyatt’s vibrations jumping out of his skin. Other days…not so much.



But I firmly believe that we as parents of Spectrum kids…gain a type of intuition as well. A Telepathy if you will. It is an “organic-feeling” that occurs. Born out of sheer necessity. When you have a child that is non-verbal you will do anything to try and figure him or her out! Entering their world is the 1st step to that communication. For so long now, we have been on the wrong-road. The road of forcing them to come into “Our world.” A world that is just too multi-faceted for the majority of our Spectrum individuals. So we need to re-think our approach. Thankfully, I see a lot of US are taking that “high-road” The highway to new understanding and acceptance!!

It is much easier for US to “down~size” our world. Making it less overwhelming for them. Which will make them feel more ~stable and able~ to share with us what they will. Most importantly that we are attentive enough to receive it!! The telepathy is a two-way street! Which brings me back to this “VIBRATIONAL THEORY.” The theory that Autistic people can be operating on a high vibrational level…that they are even more aware than we could ever imagine!

I like that thought very much. Something about it is ringing very true to me! I have sensed it in Wyatt and some of the other Autistic friends I have come across. For example ; something seemingly “super-natural” just occurred between myself and one of Wyatt’s A- League teammates, Zach. Don’t laugh, I am serious…You be the judge.



Wednesday April 28th I was thinking -I wanted a picture of an AIRPLANE! I have 1500 pictures I’ve taken in my computer …not one shot of an airplane! All day long it kept occurring to me. It’s not like I was going to run out to Bracket Field here in La Verne Calif. to wait for a photo-op. I just couldn’t shake the thought for… whatever reason. Fast forward to Thursday evening’s “A-League” practice. As Wyatt and I approached, Zach’s Mom was holding something I instantly focused on. As I got closer to her in complete amazement I saw what it was yet, I still had to ask, “What is that?” She smiled a proud yet, sheepish smile replying that it was Zach’s own~ creation ! That Zach made lots of Airplanes and Signs. Signs too?!



Incredible!! Here, I have been blogging… incessantly about the undiscovered talents that will reveal themselves this decade and beyond!! I have been coaching and speaking with Zach for weeks now. I have been wanting a photo of an airplane. Zach has been watching me document the games with my camera. He has even posed a bit for me. Today this “HIGHLY VIBRATIONAL KID” revealed one of his special talents to me in a huge and phenomenal way ! The more I think about this the more ASTOUNDED I am.


What I experienced here is something that I will never forget. It tells me that I am on the right path! The right HWY. with so many other incredible people. People that are standing-up right NOW and saying look at what these AWESOME TALENTED INDIVIDUALS have to offer the landscape of our world!! Wow….we are about to ASCEND people and the pilot says, “Please fasten your seat belts!!”


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This “A-League” is sure doing that!! We all knew we were missing something in our lives…& now that we have found ourselves at the ballpark. EUREKA!! We have found “IT” and we are not budging!! The feelings we are all having are just getting better with each practice and game! You’de have to be crazy to think we’de give this up now!! Last weekend we were at the Rosebowl for the Autism-walk. So today the players were ready, willing and able!!

The Yankees and Angels were swinging away BIG-TIME! These players are really amazing EVERYONE coaches and family alike!! Watching any kid master something is very gratifying …but watching the efforts of our “A-Leaguers” is something to behold! Yes, I am biased as the proud mother of Wyatt. Heck, I am feeling so proud of all of these kids!! It takes the term… “Team MOM” to a whole new level! We are all very at home with each other …& those “good vibrations” are just so infectious!!

As I was saying …the younger division really went after the ball agressively! Every player was making good contact. More and more the tee is being phased out! So neat to see these kids progressing with COMPLETE love and acceptance. Absolutely NO PRESSURE! Perfect recipe for success! Yes and it tastes sweet! The kids actually were going for those outs today…with several tosses to 1st base. A time or two they actually got the ball there before the runner arrived! AWESOME!! I love the end of each game …as they line-up and slap all the high~fives!! Very COOL!

Soon after their fans cleared out…it was The Braves & Dodgers show!! Game~ON! The day was the best yet perfect mix of sun and breeze. I made a batting line-up and away we went. Our lead-off hitter is a spark plug Zach he bounced right out hit & off to 1st w/ ease! Wyatt came up and did his “finger-roll” today…whatever floats his boat is fine by me!! The Zapata Twins got there sticks on the ball!! Line- drives today & BIG SMILES!! What could be better??

Our guys are always going for that out at 1st base. Today was no exception…more than a few tosses beat the runner.Speaking of runners we had a little news in that department. Eric on the Braves…also known as “E-Rod” has had some pains as of late so he utilized a pinch runner. Which turned out to be cute little Emily in her sunny yellow and green out-fit! Very Fun! Cosmo from the Dodgers was in an exceptional mood today!! He ran the bases like a champ!! With a spring in his step that I have never seen before! GREAT!!

I must tell you being out on the field with these players is exhilerating! To see the unsolicited support THEY ARE GIVING Each Other is priceless. Encouraging their OPPONENTS as they touch all bases. Unbelievable, phenomonal … Goosebumps, Chills, Tears …ALL GOOD!! Just another week in the life of the “A~LEAGUE“!

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