Archives for the month of: March, 2010

Aloha friends!

As April is right here, we should all be aware of Autism month.  Every person that I meet and “what I do” comes up knows a someone with Autism. EVERY PERSON.  Today I read that 1 in 110 Americans are born with Autism and 1 in 70 are boys. These figures are amazing and calling our attention whether we like it or not.  Let today be the day that you become more aware.  Involve your children and let them know of children with Autism, even if they don’t know anyone…. yet.  Teaching them awareness is such a wonderful educational lesson.  People with special needs are all around and they are usually amazing people with a lot of great qualities to share.   A great way to teach your child EMPATHY  is to show/model this for them in a natural and organic way.  Carry groceries for an elderly neighbor, or someone who just needs help, recycle and explain why you are doing it, find volunteer opportunities and explain to your child you are doing this and not getting paid in dollars. Many children I have worked with when I was teaching, had these responses to questions about their parents working;

me: “where does your Mommy work”

child: “she is a Nurse”

me: “what does Mommy do at work?”

child:” Mommy goes to work to make money.”

Hmmmmm, this is a lesson that a child has learned that we work to get paid. Now of course this is true BUT in addition to making money a Nurse cares for sick people and people having babies etc.  If you teach your child the world revolves around money, well then, they might have a pretty sad future.  As we’ve all heard money does not buy happiness. I know there is never enough money to do EVERYthing I want and to buy everything (I think) I need.

Teach your child that happiness stems from our inner-selves. Reading a great book makes me feel happy, as does yoga, or painting a picture and framing it.  I have been notoriously happy by building something like a bookshelf!  This always reminds me of the children who are so happy when they build something in the block center.

In looking for guests to interview on my radio show, I have come across so many organizations that look for volunteers. I know there is “no time” for this.  Well I beg to differ, some of these volunteer opportunities revolve around recreational activities and children!  Imagine how good you will feel by getting involved with new people, (outside your social world) helping others and getting fresh air!  Guaranteed happiness, for sure!

Here are some events going on during April is Autism Awareness Month

April 1st The Empire State Building is lit up Blue as well as worldwide prominent buildings                                                                                                                    Your Beautiful Child Radio Launch Show @ Tribeca Grand 7-10pm

April 2nd – World Autism Day Wear Blue

April 21 FREE Developing Socialization Skills 6pm at Brooklyn Autism Center Register at Tcardenas@brooklynautismcenter.org

April 23 Adventureland in Farmingdale NY “A Special Night for Special Kids” Closed to the public.

April 24 Sesame Place – Autism Day

Ongoing events

www.keennewyork.org – participate or volunteer -Recreational opportunities @ no cost.

Drama Therapy group for teens with Asbergers call 212 414 5105 Meets @ NYU after school.

www.SNACK.com\- Participate or volunteer – Yoga, music, art etc. Meets after school and weekends

Aloha from NYC,

I’m not exactly sure what the statute of limitations is on using Aloha….but it sounds a lot more exciting then just hello;) Either way, GOOD MORNING! I am excited and a tad overwhelmed that my radio career begins today!  Just returning home from my stay in Hawaii, I have unpacked, organized, welcomed Cooper (my baby dog) back into my life, and things are back to usual…. except,  I was wide awake all night, I stopped looking at the clock at 4am. Ugh.  Today’s radio show set me off into thinking of a million things I need to follow up on, do, and remember, oh and I had to move my car this morning. I am usually a good sleeper so needless to say I’m a bit wound up this am.

As adults, most of us are lucky enough to be able to work these issues out, we can write lists, sleep with blinders, meditate, practice yoga etc.  Most children are not taught how to manage stress. Without realizing many parents keep their managing stress a secret, they want their children to have continuous smooth sailing.  I see children get the raw end of the deal when parents have a day that isn’t working and they are the ones who are forced to feel that negative energy.  Whether your child is verbal or non-verbal speak with them.  It actually hurts me when I am out and about and I hear children being spoken at.  In their little lives they learn by actions.  Ask yourself ,or someone you love (who won’t bite your head off) to think about what positive learning experience is a child l receiving when an adults stressful day ends up in their lap.

If a child knows what is going on the night or morning  before (depending on the child) they can learn so much. Communication, daily expectations, and managing time, are three major lessons.  Keep a notebook or a list on the refrigerator, of a schedule or to do list.  This will help your day tremendously, but also will lay out a plan for your child to understand, whether you think they do or not, it’s good communication process. It may take a long time to begin this process, but like any good habit, it takes a bit to make a regular practice.  I like to make three sections, and keep it simple. I use stars, in order of importance. You should include all daily activities and tasks, even ones while your child is in school. At the end of the day there is nothing better then looking at a crossed off  list, share this with your child! Dance in celebration, sing a “I did it” song!

We all have special needs, luckily we have tools to help us through our tangled days.  A child with special needs is sometimes referred to as “being in their own world,” well who isn’t in their own wold? Try driving down Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, the majority of people are in their own worlds.  My overall advise for drivers of Flatbush and parents? SLowwwwwww down….

Love and light to you all,

P.S. I’ll meet you on the radio later!

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