Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Treating Children with Homeopathy

*January's meeting postponed by one week due to the holiday.*

Please join us for the next SPECIAL Families of Pierce County meeting! There will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available. Email me at specialfamiliespc@gmail.com with any questions.

Topic: Treating Children with Homeopathy

Where: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E., Tacoma
(at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

When: Monday, January 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Speaker: Elizabeth Brandegee, Classical Homeopathy

Hope to see you there!
-Angela

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snapshots of Life and Soul

It will never cease to amaze me how a picture can evoke such strong emotion. This year, we are giving photographs as Christmas gifts to our family. In the midst of contemplating the various pictures, I recognized that I have a major project to attend to in the upcoming New Year – actually printing out all of the digital images I have let sit on my hard drive for the past several years. That will be quite an undertaking!

Anyway, while I was quickly glancing through the myriad of picture folders on my laptop, I opened up a few of them to take a peek. Once I did that, I couldn’t resist looking in the next folder and the next…which turned into a two-hour trip down memory lane.

Sometimes I forget all that we’ve been through. Don’t get me wrong…there’s been a lot of good. But, there’s also been a lot of not-so-good. A lot. Looking through those reminders of life is a very emotional experience for me.


I was right back to the moment when Ryan was proudly lining up his toys, before we understood what that meant.  I have lots of pictures of him posing with lined up toys and singular stacks of Legos. 



I looked at Kyle learning how to eat, before we knew what effect those foods would have on his personality and body.   


I recalled Christmas 5 years ago when my husband was undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, and I was juggling a little baby who wouldn’t sleep and a rambunctious toddler who wore me out. My husband had to wear a heavy-duty surgical mask while at home with us, since we were all sick pretty much the entire time he was receiving chemo.

I remembered those family members who are no longer with us.  Many tears were shed as I looked through the images of all of the people I love and what we’ve done together over the years.

I cherished the moments of joy. Thank God for pictures that evoke spontaneous laughter!  The lesson I learned here: little boys and full bottles of powder do not mix!

I love the many happy times we’ve captured and the joy we’ve experienced in those moments. This year has been pretty good, in the grand scheme of things. My husband found a job, and he’s coming up on his 5-year anniversary of being cancer-free. And, my kids continue to make astounding progress.

We have pictures to prove it! Good pictures! Gift-worthy pictures!

In October, I was lucky enough to have Dana Napoleon of Dana Napoleon Photography do a photo shoot with my boys. Any parent of a special needs child knows that taking a decent picture is almost completely impossible. The pictures she took of my boys are amazing.

She captures the light in a gorgeous way.

Through the lens, she highlights personality.

When a person's soul is conveyed in the photograph, you have art.


Through Dana's lens, our boys have become artwork for Christmas.  What a wonderful present to give!  However, adding these pictures to the snapshot stack of our life is truly a gift to me.
  
I hope you have a very blessed holiday season!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Would you like to be in a documentary?


How would you like to be featured in a documentary with your family?  I recently spoke with a producer from a reputable production company.  They are working on a new project and need to find families to participate.  The documentary will be "a day in the life" story, featuring families with more than one child on the autism spectrum.  They are trying to bring awareness to what autism looks like, how it be very different from child to child, and what the experience is for a typical sibling in a household that is dealing with autism.    

I have been given permission to share information about the project, in the effort to help them find a larger group of families to choose from as they pursue the creation of this documentary.  If you are interested in sharing your family's story, you must meet the following criteria:
  1. Minimum of 2 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
  2. Have at least 1 typical, verbal sibling, OR
  3. If there are no typical siblings, the diagnosed children must be capable of speaking in an interview format (suggested age is 6 and up).
If you meet these stipulations and would like to learn more, please send me an email at specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.  They desire to talk with people as soon as possible, so don't delay! 

I am personally very excited, and can't wait to see how it all turns out!

-Angela

Complimentary Holiday Gift Wrapping

Come to the Tacoma Borders store this Friday afternoon and evening for some holiday shopping, and I'll be happy to wrap your gifts for you! I will be gladly accepting donations for SPECIAL Families of Pierce County from 3-10pm this Friday only. Help me to continue my work with the group! Drop by and say, "Hi!" I hope to wrap lots of gifts and hopefully raise lots of money, too!

Date:  Friday, December 3rd
Time:  3pm - 10pm
Place:  Borders Books and Music, Tacoma Store

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sensational Santa 2010!

Click HERE for information on the 2011 Sensational Santa event!

 
The Lisa Anne Viafore Guild – Tacoma Orthopedic Association
in cooperation with
SPECIAL Families of Pierce County & It Takes a Village Foundation
proudly present a Sensory-Friendly Santa Portrait Experience:

SENSATIONAL SANTA

Saturday, December 4th
10:00am to 4:00pm (by appointment only)

Saint Patrick School
1112 North G Street, Tacoma

A sensory-friendly Santa experience, despite the need or diagnosis!
Children may participate in supported activities until it’s their turn.
**$5 minimum suggested donation for each child’s portrait.**

TO SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S APPOINTMENT WITH SANTA:
Call - 253-381-0260 or Email - sensationalsanta@yahoo.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Social & Used Toy Exchange

Please join us for our next meeting!

The December meeting has been delayed one week due to a scheduling conflict. There will not be a speaker for this meeting. We’re going to get together to have some social time together as a group, ask questions, and share information.

Bring some used items from your home that are in good shape that you’d like to gift to someone else. If you can, bring a snack to share also. Please be aware that if you bring your kids, there may be food choices that contain allergens.

Date: Monday, December 13th

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma
(at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting Started with the GFCF Diet: Living without wheat and milk isn't that scary after all!

Please join us for our next meeting! 



There may be dessert involved...
Maybe some GFCF pie or muffins just in time for the holidays? Hmmm...



Topic:
Getting Started with the GFCF Diet: Living without wheat and milk isn't that scary after all!

Date: Monday, November 1st

Speaker: Angela Fish, Mom of 2 boys with food allergies/sensitivities

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma
(at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Amelia Bedelia: A fun perspective for daily life on the spectrum

When I was young, I used to love reading Amelia Bedelia books! Peggy Parish created one of my favorite fictional characters, and the antics of Amelia Bedelia always made me smile. A housekeeper by trade, she humors the reader with her literal interpretation of instructions. Her employer begrudgingly tolerates her quirkiness, and after a series of mishaps, all is forgiven after the first bite of one of her culinary creations. Whenever she blunders, her amazing skill in the kitchen is her forever saving grace.

Last spring I introduced my oldest son to the Amelia Bedelia series of books. He immediately took to them, and loved the books almost as much as I did – although I don’t think he understood the humor to the same degree. In particular, he derived a lot of pleasure from quickly saying her name over and over again. I think he liked the way the words felt on his tongue and in his mouth as he quickly said, “Amelia Bedelia.”

After our visits to the library over the summer, I would listen as my son read the books aloud in the car on the way home. Recalling her various escapades from the recesses of my brain, I remembered how Amelia Bedelia blissfully marched to her own beat. She was always innocently ignorant of when she was committing a mix-up that created chaos for others. No matter how much trouble she got into, she was always forgiven and loved. Her amazing desserts also went a long way to soothing frayed nerves!

When asked to “dust the furniture,” Amelia Bedelia thinks that it’s strange to dust the furniture, as she would rather than “undust” it. So, she finds the “dusting powder” in the bathroom and proceeds to coat the furniture and floor with the powder so that she can cross “dusting” off her chore list. Or, when she is asked to “draw the drapes” she finds a sketchpad and tries her best to draw a picture of the drapes.

Amelia Bedelia’s daily journey of literal misinterpretations of common phrases and idioms, and the reactions they receive, are indeed humorous. However, there are some parallels between the experiences she has in her books, and the experiences some kids on the autism spectrum have as they navigate their way through the social waters of life.

Those of us with verbal kids on the autism spectrum, or with an Asperger’s diagnosis, are quite familiar with the lack of social tact or understanding of anything that is not fully definable or concrete. If only these real life misunderstandings were as funny as Amelia Bedelia’s! Most spectrum kids really don’t “get” the complex gray areas that abound as we go through each day. Their literal translations of life situations are easier and much more logical for them to process.

Amelia Bedelia also brings to light the importance of having a usable and desirable skill, like her ability to appease her employer with a lovely dessert after coming home to a disaster she created. I fully believe that finding a special talent in each of my boys will aid them in their social experiences in and around school. For socially quirky kids, honing a desirable skill that successfully sets them apart from others will also hopefully aid them as they become employed adults.

So, I guess that in an elementary way, Amelia Bedelia helps to give a glimpse into the mind of these complex kids…if only for a moment. I nominate Amelia Bedelia as an honorary Aspie! Do I hear a second nomination?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time to get back into the swing of things!

I'm a slacker!
Well, folks...I admit it.  I've slacked a bit over the summer.  A bit?  More like a LOT!  I neglected to post information about our September SPECIAL Families of Pierce County meeting.  We discussed the Son-Rise program and had an almost record-breaking attendance!  Thanks to Renee Holt, our speaker, we learned a lot about the aspect of using play as therapy for our kiddos.  It was really interesting to see the method, how it's applied, and some of the kids who have used it.  Amazing stuff.  Sorry to Renee for neglecting to post information about her topic on this site.  I'll try to come out of summer hibernation earlier next year!

As for October, here is the information for our next meeting!  I hope you can join us.  Our speaker is an amazing speech therapist, who has done some great work in our region.  I know from personal experience with my own kids what a wonderful person she is, the quality of care her clinic provides, and the dedication she has for helping families. 



Topic: Parent Tips: How to further speech goals at home

Where: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E.
(at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

When: Monday, October 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Speaker: Paula Beckett-Herrington, Clinic Director at CLASS, Inc. in Federal Way

There will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available. Email specialfamiliespc@gmail.com with any questions.

Hope you had a great summer, and are enjoying the new school year and the start of autumn!

-Angela









     

Friday, July 16, 2010

Parent Chat

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, August 2nd

Topic: Parent Chat
-Let's chat about our kids: what's working, what we need ideas for, etc. Come for some informal fun and bring a treat to share!

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Family Social

**There will be no regular July SPECIAL Families of Pierce County meeting.**

Please join us for a family play date in the park!

Date: Saturday, July 10th
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Bradley Lake Park, Puyallup
(located behind the South Hill Walmart)

Bring your special needs kids, typical siblings, spouse/significant other, any extended family or friends, and let's have some fun! We'll meet either under the picnic shelter, or on the grass near the play area.

I'll have my husband and both my boys with me. I'll try to get all of us into bright colors so you can find us. If nothing else, my husband is 6'8" with blond/brown hair, so he should be easy to spot if you don't see me!

Hope to see you there! :-)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vaccinations Choice - Parental Consent: American Rally for Personal Rights

I know many of you are very interested in the vaccine issue. I wanted you to know about a Washington State satellite rally of a live Chicago event happening next week.

Here is the information:

Join us for the web stream of the live Chicago American Rally for Personal Rights to choose vaccination choice and parental consent! Have a look at the line-up - Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Michael Belkin (WA) and Louise Habakus! Please RSVP so I can get snacks on site! We will have Allison Jones from TrackingVaccinations.com on site presenting some of her own research as well! Please share this with as many Washingtonians and Oregonians as possible! For details on the Chicago event, to buy a representative balloon and T-Shirts, go to www.AmericanPersonalRights.org

Date:Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Kent City Library * 212 2nd Avenue North * Kent, WA 98032-4482

If you are on Facebook, please click the link below to RSVP. Granny Lala will be providing allergy-free baked goods for those who RSVP, so she will need an accurate count.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118708408161653

If you are not on Facebook and wish to attend, please send your RSVP via email to: info@wyattshouse.org

This should be a great event!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Activity Ideas

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, June 7th
Topic: Summer Activity Ideas
Speakers: Representatives from Pierce County Parks and Recreation Companionship Program, Metro Parks Tacoma Specialized Recreation, Easter Seals Camp Stand By Me
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Friday, April 30, 2010

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and in less than one hour it will be over. Throughout the month, I tried my best to post a daily tidbit about autism onto my Facebook status. I thought it would be a neat to gather all those little thoughts into one place, namely here. I wasn't intending to dedicate my Facebook status to autism for an entire month, but that's how it kind of ended up, and I rather fancy the idea.

It was a very rewarding exercise to come up with something new and interesting each day. Throughout the month I discovered that the subject of autism is vast, and there are many other things that merit discussion that I didn't have the time, knowledge, or energy to delve into. I posted what came to mind, some I had previously found memorable, or was something I was actively thinking about in my own household.

Thanks for helping me celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

April 1 - If you are in the store & you see a child who seems to be throwing a tantrum, try to think twice before judging them. That child may be having an autism-related meltdown, not a temper tantrum.
April 2 - Today is World Autism Awareness Day! Wear blue today to show your support and increase autism awareness. 1 in 91 kids are being diagnosed with autism!
April 3 - Kids with autism crave routine to bring some order to their often chaotic world. Picture schedules are very helpful tools, especially for the young ones who don't yet read.
April 5 - Many kids with autism also have GI symptoms related to food allergy. About 2/3 of kids placed on a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet see improvements in autism symptoms.
April 6 - The HBO movie, "Temple Grandin," is a simply brilliant depiction of one of the most famous women today with autism. It's available to view for free at the link below. I highly recommend it as a glimpse into the mind of autism.
http://www.theautismnews.com/2010/04/06/temple-grandin-movie-on-hbo-full-movie/
April 8 - A great book for families unfamiliar with autism, or newly diagnosed, is "The Autism Sourcebook" by Karen Siff Exhorn. It's available to check out in my support group's lending library.
April 9 - It has been a very "autismy" morning around our house! We have our good days and our bad, and breaks from school are typically a huge trigger. Thank the Lord that Spring Break ends today.
April 10 - Did you know that 1 in every 70 boys in the US is being diagnosed on the autism spectrum?
April 11 - Want a comedic look at Asperger's in action? Try watching CBS', "The Big Bang Theory." Sheldon, a main character, is a physicist that exudes Aspie.
April 13 - Parents of children with autism are highly prone to divorce. The divorce rates can be 80% or higher! It's crucial to have a team approach, which can strengthen and not sabotage your marriage.
April 15 - It's estimated that the lifetime cost of raising a child with autism is $3 million. I've got 2 - yikes! The societal economic impact of high rates of autism is a huge $$$ issue!
April 16 - Unfortunately, adults with autism have a higher rate of incarceration and a MUCH higher rate of unemployment. What can we do to change that?
April 17 - A great local support group for autism families is TACA. In fact, there's a meeting this morning and I plan to be there! Visit www.tacanow.org/washington to learn more.
April 18 - One of the most common comorbidities of autism is sensory processing disorder (SPD). It can create extreme under or over-sensitivities to sensory input (touch, hearing, smell, etc.). This is why a lot of these kiddos have meltdowns.
April 19 - "It seems sometimes that there are 2 types of adults who are not AS [Asperger Syndrome] parents: the ones who think you're an evil monster, and the ones who think you're such a softie you can't keep order with your own offspring." -Jeffrey Cohen, author of "The Asperger Parent."
April 22 - As we celebrate Earth Day, let's remember that autism kiddos are like canaries in the coal mine. Their bodies react to environmental toxins much more than we realize or understand. Our diagnosis turned our family into environmentalists!
April 25 - With autism rates now 1 in 91 children in the US, and many other developmental delays also on the rise, are neurotypical ("normal") kids becoming the minority? What are your thoughts?
April 26 - Autism can be a gift! Just take a look at these 5 inspirational examples of people succeeding with an autism diagnosis.
http://gimundo.com/news/article/5-remarkable-achievers-with-autism-or-aspergers-syndrome/%20/
April 27 - In the UK: Autism is more common than Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy combined. In the US: Autism is more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
April 28 - It comes as no surprise that populations who are unvaccinated don't have the same prevelance of autism, and some reports say there are no cases at all in unvaccinated groups.
April 29 - It's speculated that many historical figures had autism: Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Warhol, Tesla, Newton, Dickinson, Orwell, Jefferson, Darwin, Yeats, etc. If true, can you imagine a world without the autistic brain?
April 30 - Last day...I thought I'd wrap up autism awareness month with a quote from a famous woman with autism, Temple Grandin. "I am different, not less."

Did you know that auditory processing problems are frequently at the core of many learning disabilities?

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, May 3rd
Topic: "Did you know that auditory processing problems are frequently at the core of many learning disabilities?"
Speaker: Laura Parker, Hands On Learning Solutions
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Please help a local family displaced by fire


A local family we serve was a victim of a fire this week, and they lost pretty much everything they own. In addition, their medically fragile newborn son remains in the hospital and isn't stable enough to bring home yet. Now they are faced with the task of not only finding a home, but filling it with necessities to take care of themselves and their son.

Their current situation is very serious and they really need some help. Here is a link to the updated story that was shown on King 5 News.

http://www.king5.com/home/Family-displaced-by-fire-grateful-for-support-90153192.html

If you would like to provide a financial gift to this family, any donations made through the Wyatt Holliday Foundation are tax-deductible, and 100% of the money will go directly to them.

If you would like to use a credit card, please use the link below as a way to designate your gift to them.

http://www.firstgiving.com/babychristopher

Checks can be mailed to:

Wyatt Holliday Foundation
3915 153rd St E
Tacoma, WA 98446
*Please write on the memo line: Baby Christopher

Specific items they need are:
- food
- gas money to be able to visit their son in the hospital
- low-cost rental home
- cleaning service to try to restore some of their damaged items
- linens
- kitchen items
- baby items
- furniture
- electronics
- storage space for donated items until they can find a new home
- money!

You can visit their baby registry at Target and at Babies R Us.

We now have a place to store donated items. If you wish to drop off a donation to this family, please contact me to arrange a time to meet.
Email - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com
Cell - 253-830-4368

It is my hope to pull together and show them some support. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

I thank you in advance for your generosity.
-Angela

Sunday, March 28, 2010

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day


World Autism Awareness Day
Friday, April 2nd

World Autism Awareness Day seeks to draw attention to the incidence rate of autism as a global health crisis. Autism is now being diagnosed in one of every 91 children in the US. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to devote one day a year to drawing attention toward autism as a global health crisis. As a result, World Autism Awareness Day is observed annually on April 2nd.

One way to show support and bring awareness is to wear blue on Friday, April 2nd. Also, visit World Autism Awareness Day online to learn more.

Early intervention is key. As a mom of two boys with autism, I hope you will join me in wearing blue to show your support of getting the word out about autism.

Turning Negatives Into Positives: Creating a Strengths Packet For Your Child

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, April 12th
Topic: Turning Negatives Into Positives: Creating a Strengths Packet For Your Child
Speaker: Sherry Lyons, A Common Voice
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Visual Processing as a Component of Learning Difficulties

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, March 1st
Topic: Visual Processing as a Component of Learning Difficulties
Speaker: Judy Russell, First Class Development and Learning Resources
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Vaccine News Resource


Vaccines have been on my mind a lot lately. We seem to be emerging from the flu season with the media-hyped swine flu "epidemic." There has been a lot of talk and misinformation. People are scared to vaccinate, but they're scared not to.

Right now a friend of mine is in school and working on her degree. Her English class is currently working on a Persuasive Argument paper, and she needed a controversial topic to take one side on and defend. Well, vaccines is definitely a hot button topic that is generating a lot of interest among her classmates.

Yes, it's quite the issue. My own personal view on vaccines has shifted in the past couple of years. I was a staunch supporter of the vaccine schedule and had both of my children vaccinated on time. After both of them were diagnosed on the autism spectrum and I began to do a lot of research and reading, I discovered that there was more information out there about vaccines than I previously realized. Although I felt like I already had a firm grasp on the topic, I surprisingly found that I was fairly ignorant about the issue.

Since I started volunteering in the special needs community, I've had the privilege to work with many families. Among them, there is a significant percentage who believe without a shadow of a doubt that their children have been injured by vaccines. The stories I've heard are heartbreaking, and I do not dispute them.

Over time, I have found myself unable to continue supporting the current vaccine schedule. And, it's not just about the mercury preservative, thimerosal! I'll save you the boredom of a lengthy dissertation on the reasons why...at least for now. My poor friend has already been barraged with details while she prepares to complete her paper! At some point when I have more time and energy, I hope to do a more substantial follow up to this topic, and then you'll see my own version of a persuasive argument paper!

Until then, a new online resource for you to check out is a vaccine news site by Dr. Mercola. It's available at: http://vaccines.mercola.com. In my opinion, I think the information he presents on his main site, http://www.mercola.com, is quite valuable and I am very happy that he has launched this site specific to vaccines. He has brought a lot of information together on this one topic, and I think you will find it to be a great resource.

If you have any vaccine site links or other resources you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment. Maybe it will end up on a future blog about this topic!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The 7 Steps to a Special Needs Plan

Please join us on Monday the 1st for our February parent meeting!

Topic: "The 7 Steps to a Special Needs Plan"
Speaker: Mark Albertson, Esq., Albertson Law Group, P.S.
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Nutrition as an effective treatment option for special needs children

Please join us on Monday the 11th for our January parent meeting!

Topic: "Nutrition as an effective treatment option for special needs children."
Speaker: Therese Holliday, Certified Nutritional Therapist & Certified Touch For Health Practitioner
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Email me with questions - specialfamiliespc@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angela