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 and MUSIC and individuals living with Autism 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 eachothers goodword 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 seat 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 Chadwickmusic 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 CONCEPTand Documentation of it!
Her idea of an entire production driven by and showcasing the talents on the spectrum. ~AUTISTIC~PEOPLEHAVE SKILLS!!! Woo Hoo!! Elaine has a new show coming out very soon! Find-out more about this little Dynamo here… http://www.themiracleproject.com
Wyatt is now 15 and quite a young man now!! It was very fun to see him perform his song from the film “Sensitive!! Also exciting to meet with his very cool Mom! There is just something great about Spectrum Moms and Supporters! We have ALOT OFHEART!! (Nature of the Beast ) Lora especially loved the number. She has such a soft spot for Wyatt and all individuals living with Autism. Her heart was melted. She is the “AutMom” that started “A-LEAGUE” Afterall! She totally understands HOW Important this SELF ESTEEM Issue is! Wyatt rocked on stage and his PRIDE shows!! PRICELESS!!
Jack Mack and the Heart~Attack had a GREAT Sounding set and really played hard… TRULY including our performers in ALL the FUN!! Thankyou to EVERYONE involved in making this happen!! It was very fun, very entertaining, very marketable and VERY NEEDED in Communities E-VER-Y-WHERE!!
Here’s hoping that others will follow the lead of these AUTISM~ART~ANGELS!!! Joanne has secured this awesome VENUE for these talented and (SO FAR) Little-known ARTISTS! Well, thankfully that status is about to change! With visionaries like Joanne , Elaine, Keri Bowers … http://www.normalfilms.com and Susan Sheller a whole new world of self-esteem is opening up!
Contact the Canyon Club about their 2nd WEDNESDAY of the month! http://www.canyonclub.net Looks like the performers on the SPECTRUM will have a permanent stage on that night! I have recently become aware of some talented ARTISTS that would sound GREAT on the Canyon Club Stage!!! Perhaps….. YOUcould be the NEXTPERFORMER!!
That’s WHAT my friend James said when I told him something very cool. Something I was UNAWARE of. That in Australia they have an award event called Autism SA Recognition Awards” to celebrate and honor the spectrum. WOW!! We were both speechless. He said “Really??” James is 24 has autism and is fairly high functioning. He was literally taken aback!! Me too. We both said…”COOL,” in UNISON!!
Recently I became aware of an Australian woman named Allison Dix.She is a busy lady with twin boys with autism. Her11 yr old daughter Kristie has asperger syndrome and sings like an absolute angel.I happened upon her performance at this AWARDS EVENT! Which led me to discover Kristie’s Mom Allison and her site http://www.rainbowlandautismservices.blogspot.com/ at the end of this article PLEASE watch
Kristie Dix’ talented Performance! Allison and ALL under her AmazingRAINBOWare doing great work toward GAINING MOREAUTISM AWARENESS!! I have barely had a chance to research them and will hopefully be speaking to and about them VERY SOON! As I said a few blogs back AUSTRALIANS are not “Down Under.” They are “UP Above.” ! Far and away!!
I am so glad to see that we will have some great examples to pattern after!! What a day it will be when our family members on the SPECTRUM are accepted and understood to this degree! Celebrated EVEN ! I also came across yet another Australian Accomplishment. A full-blown Acting Co. writers, creators, actors and more. Telling THEIR stories. How incredibly informative entertaining and INSPIRATIONAL ! To say the very least. America likes to think that we are CUTTING EDGE on many issues. Well, on this important issue we are working with a DULL BLADE!
We have no problem awarding celebrities over here in the U.S. ~right and left. The list of award shows grow every year. So many that they can’t even televise them all. That is alot because, we know how they love to televise themselves. Now, yes… these people create amazing realities. They should be commended and applauded!! But AWARDED… every time they turn around for, ‘CREATING’ REALITY?!!! How about realizing REALITY and helping to CREATEArtistic Equality and Harmony? I would like to award someone for that!
Well we do have SOME creative arts going and that is where the momentum must continue ! There is a GREAT SHOW “Autism Sings” coming on May 5th…at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills visit Joanne Lara’s website for info http://www.autismmovementtherapy.com I also have info on that on my blog titled “MUSIC SOOTHES…” Some of you may have seen last years HBO Documentary “Autism the Musical”…Very cool, Very needed!! One of the boys from the documentary coincedentally named “Wyatt” is also in “Autism Sings!”
The need to create to feel self worth is INSTINCTUAL. It is to be respected and cultivated. The days of just shuffling these kids from one gruelling endeavor to the next needs to cease or slow-up. Let these kids do the ARTS.Let these kids PLAY BALL! As I heard on the Australian news report I posted a few days ago …take them out in to NATURE! These are three therapies we can ALL TRY on a limited budget!! It is our duty to our beloved individuals on the spectrum…let them be as mainstream as they are comfortable with. Once they are out in the world creating… by writing, singing, acting, painting, playing teamsports or more.The sky IS THEIR LIMIT!!
It is their right . Their instinct to feel that they are contributing and serving a purpose in life! We need to make these HIGHWAYS available for our amazingly talented and insightful A.S.D. family members. And…AWARD THEM Accordingly!! BRAVO !!
…the SAVAGE BEAST?!! Hold ON!! I am in NO WAY calling ANYONE a SAVAGE BEAST!….Unless of couse YOU want me to!! lol Yet another of our double-edged sayings!!I must admit I am having way TOO MUCH fun with all of these “catch-phrases” and words of wisdom. I have been collecting them my whole life! Now I have a great place to insert them as I assert them!! Follow THAT!??
It is a KNOWN FACT how well people with AUTISMrespond to music! How many of us have sung to a fussing child? It is a built-in human resource. One of the best. Music just evokes such GREAT VIBRATIONS! These vibrations can be KEY in helping someone on the spectrum make it THROUGH THE DAY. More importantly through THEIR SCHOOLWORK! Teachers have used that technique with Wyatt before! If you do this you can have some MUSIC !
Words are KEY! Yet the language of MUSIC has even MORE POWER!! No one may know this better than Joanne Lara creator of www.autismmovementtherapy.com She has created an awesome program to benefit EVERYONE…especially individuals on the AUTISM SPECTRUM. Not only do they benefit from the healing aura of music…she has added MOVEMENT into the exhileratingMIX!!
This is AWESOME because these individuals can benefit so greatly from this stimulation. The MOVEMENT helps them cross over the mid-line in the brain thus forcing them to use bothhalves! When Joanne had a workshop at Leroy Haynes Center she hadALL of us;CARE-GIVER’S, PARENTS, TEACHERS alike movin!! Very fun and makes… SO MUCH SENSE!! I applaud her for helping so many. She offers a CERTIFICATION for others so this magic can SPREAD across the NATION / WORLD!! Many hands…make light work! Information about that and SO MUCH MORE can be found on her GREAT WEB-SITE .
Which brings me to something SUPER EXCITING! A musical EVENT coming SOON!! “AUTISM SINGS“!! May 5th, 7:00~to~ 10:00 PM…@ the Canyon Club in Augora Hills!! ALL the INFO for this is also on Joanne’s AMT website! There will be special headliner guests!!! BUT, what is MOST SPECIAL is the majority of ALL the PERFORMERS are on theA.S. Spectrum!! FANTASTIC! Artistic visions~ to fruition…MY FAVORITE! With the special perspectives these performers BRING…this EVENT WILL BE …
PLEASE make arrangements to secure your tickets! I have a feeling this will sell- out quickly! With any luck this will become at the very least an annual event! To have a chance to express THEIR NATURAL GIFTS must be an intense moment for THESE ARTISTS ! It is the way OF OUR FUTURE! More and more brilliant minds to blend into the creative landscape!! It is ABOUT TIME!! The world is about to receive MANY GIFTS from people with something SOSPECIAL to GIVE!
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…www.leroyhaynes.org! 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 FREEGUEST SPEAKERS and TRAININGS! www.autismmovementtherapy.com
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!!!