Stephen Isaiah Starr, Noah Ezekiel Starr and Kathy Passarette in Port Jefferson
My two year old Stephen suffers from PDD-NOS and my six year old Noah is Autistic.
I have a soft spot for organizations who are looking to educate the public on these issues and/or find special needs children a cure. I devote a lot of my recreational reading trying to understand what my boys are going through and I spend a lot of time and effort finding the little ones challenging things to do to keep their minds focused on positive tasks so they don't self stimulate themselves in negative ways (which can be a very neat trick at times). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and when it doesn't they can be very destructive and exhausting. I never know what I am going to get or what they are going to do until they decide to "unleash their multiple personalities" on me (LOL). They have a game face for every situation so as a special needs parent I have to be prepared. Thank God Stephen has a "tell" but Noah is a bit more sophisticated and it really is a bit more difficult to figure out where he's going with anything...
Life with the little minions is rarely ever boring. I am very lucky and thankful that my kids have a zest for exploration and are very curious about life. They do not always respond in socially acceptable ways, but at least they have the capacity to respond. There are parents out there who have children that do not function as highly and the fact of the matter is we all need your help and support. I am fortunate to have wonderful friends and family members who will take the time to get to know them and help them understand what will and wont be tolerated as they float through life in a society that may not be as forgiving or understanding of their quirks. For a lot of people it is difficult to get past a first perception or impression. Special needs children with learning disabilities need our help.
There is an "Early Bird Registration" in progress that ends on September 26th. The "Regular Registration" will begin on the 27th for the New York City Autism/Asperger’s Conference “Educating and Healing Children With Autism.” This event falls on Saturday & Sunday, October 11-12, 2008 at the Stephen Gaynor School, 148 West 90th Street, New York, N.Y. 10024
Saturday: Educating Children with Autism/Asperger's
Sunday: Healing Children and Adults with Autism
This event will be appropriate for both parents and professionals.
You can download the conference brochure here:
You can register on-line here:
Exhibits & Advertisements:
If you provide a product or service to children with ASD and their families or know someone who does and would be interested in exhibiting at the conference or advertising in the conference syllabus, please contact the following individuals for further details:
Kim Mack Rosenberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Khalid Rehman: email@example.com
Volunteers Needed: There are a number of opportunities for volunteers to be involved in planning the conference and helping out during the conference. If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact: Sabeeha Rehman: firstname.lastname@example.org or Peggy Becker: email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Enjoy your day. Regards, Carolyn.
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