March 2009 Archives
March 30, 2009
"There is nothing in our research that in any way conveys a sense that children [with autism] are any less human, any less deserving of our love and respect, or any less of anything at all. It is that the way they seem to learn about this world is rather different than the strategies used by their peers. By better understanding how they do this, the better we will be able to reach them, and like in any personal relationship, the better they will be able to reach us. ... Their different perspective might give us solutions that others, with the typical mind and brain, might never see."This is too true! Â Autistic children are not stupid because they don't learn the same way other children do. Â They are not creatures, subhuman beings that should be approached with fear. Â They are people, just like everyone else, but people that learn differently. Â It's more work to teach an autistic child, but it's also a lot more fun!
March 27, 2009
March 25, 2009
- Have Your Child Evaluated: Â Chances are you have had your child evaluated, which is how you know that your child has autism. Â Remember that while it's possible to recognize one or two behaviors that are "autistic", there are a number of different conditions and syndromes that are very similar to Autism. Â It's best if you have your child evaluated by a psychologist that works specifically with children with disabilities. Â They are educated and trained to recognize the different spectrums and syndromes, and will be able to make a clinical diagnosis. Â
- Contact Your Public School District: Â Chances are your school district will have at least information on autism services, if they do not offer them. Â More often than not, they do offer services, both at the Preschool and K-12 levels. Â And before you start going off about how public schools fail our children, most public schools have Special Education teachers that became special ed teachers for a reason: Â a member of their family has special needs. Â That generally means they are determined to make a difference for special education students. Â No, you generally will not find the Football coach teaching Special Ed, so your child's teacher will not be distracted by seasonal events. Â
- Have A Special Education Team Evaluate Your Child: Â Most Special Education teams that I am aware of include the Special Education teacher, a Speech and Language specialist, an Occupational Therapist, and a General Education Â specialist. Â They work together to evaluate the progress of their students by setting developmental goals for the student and evaluating their progress. Â Our son's preschool has this team, each of whom want the best for our son. Â They work with us to evaluate his goals, so that we not only know what the goals are, but what the process they will take him through is, and what progress we can expect. Â
- Participate In Your Child's Education: Â This is a general rule for all parents. Â Our education system is broken, but not because of teachers. Â For the most part, it is because of parents who would rather have someone else worry about their child's education than take that responsibility. Â Well, guess what: Â As a parent of a special needs child, your responsibility just doubled. Â Children with special needs, like Autism, are NOT A WASTE OF RESOURCES! Â it angers me when I hear parents complain, and some educators or legislators complain about the money it takes to help an autistic child succeed. Â Autism does not make a child dumb, stupid, or instantly resign them to a life of street sweeping. Â Autism just means that the child learns differently. Â You need to cater to the child's learning process, so that they can succeed. Â Get involved, learn what the teachers are doing, and how to continue that learning environment at home. Â
March 20, 2009
March 19, 2009
- Autism Is Still Not Defined: Â Sure, we know the behavior that is associated with the spectrum, but we don't really know what it is. Â There are several genetic disorders that can cause autistic behavior, from food allergies to enlarged brains. Â Autism is not a biological diagnosis, it's a psychological diagnosis. Â Because of this, no one really knows what causes it, just that it exists. Â There have been recent advancements in identifying 6 genes that have a direct link between the size and function in the brain and autism, with another 4 that are being researched. Â But until the research is complete, parents will not know what biological disorder their autistic child will have, and therefore not know how best to address the disorder. Â It all comes down to funding, research focus, and support from the community. Â If your local University is involved in an autism study, do all you can to support that study.
- Â Print Has Power: Â By default, people like to believe what they read. Â This extends to websites, newspapers, gossip magazines, and flyers on their windshields. Â They believe the claim that one can lose 200 pounds in just 3 months if you eat nothing but grapefruit if it comes in a diet book. Â As such, if there is a book out there that claims you can cure your autistic child by feeding them nothing but expensive food that is missing one amino acid, people are willing to believe it. Â Here there are three culprits: Â the writer, for writing such false information, the publisher for not verifying the material, and the reader by not looking for the clinical evidence that supports the claim. Â Often times these writers will put an alphabet soup after their name, and as such feel they don't have to provide the clinical evidence to support their claims. Â If ever you see a claim that is not supported by actual research, hang on to your wallet and run!
- Celebrities Are Treated Like Experts: Â People believe celebrities because they play really smart people on stage or screen. Â Unfortunately, these people are no better informed than the average person. Â They are human, not perfect people as we would perhaps wish they would be. Â But people will still repeat a claim by a celebrity as the final authority, even when doctors and specialists decry such theories.Â First and foremost, the responsibility lies in each of us. Â We can't give credence to people who are not experts in the field, just because they were in our favorite movie at one point. Â It flies in the face of common sense. Â Unfortunately, common sense is not common, and people will believe the Jennifer McCarthy's out there who claim to have cured their autistic child through magic eastern medicine, even when they still have the same behavioral symptoms as before. Â My advice to you is, check the clinical research first. Â Get real, controlled study results and judge for yourself. Â
- People Fear Most What They Do Not Understand: Â This is huge. Â Yes, the unknown, uncontrolled frightens us as people. Â We are afraid, because we can't predict what will happen, when, how it happens, and what to do when it does. Â Autism is no different, as we do not know exactly what causes all instances of autism, how it happens, and what to do about it. Â Because we don't know what it does, we are afraid of it. Â Parents would rather subject their children to polio, measles, small pox, rubella (which damages the blood-brain barrier, by the way), and a host of other illnesses that can be terminal, in an attempt to avoid the unknown of autism. Â
March 13, 2009
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March 3, 2009
Graphic Art I-Drawing with Technology (Age 10-12 & 13-16)
Want to see the art of the future? Look no further than your computer. This interactive course teaches you how to use technology like scanners and software like PhotoShop and Illustrator to create your own art. Enhance hand drawn works or design entirely on the computer -- it's up to you. You will even learn how to modify photographs of your friends and family (picture your best friend with elf ears and bug eyes.) Graphic artists use computers to create company logos, CD covers and even framed images hanging in local art galleries -- what will you create?Â
YETEC 050-001 â€¢ MTWThF, Jun 15-19 â€¢ 9:00 am-12:00 pmÂ LOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLC
NOTE: This section is for ages 10-12.
YETEC 050-002 â€¢ MTWThF, Jun 29-Jul 2 â€¢ 9:00 AM-12:00 PMLOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLC
NOTE: This section is for age 13-16.
Graphic Art II-Drawing with Technology (Age 10-16)
Â You love drawing with a computer. You have taken Graphic Art or have used Photoshop and Illustrator at home. But, you are having too much fun to end it now! In this three-day extension course get further questions answered and hone your skills to realize what professional quality work you can do using Photoshop and Illustrator. Explore more advanced features including time-saving shortcuts, color-based selections and correction. Learn how to modify your own drawings, designs, and photographs. Expand your computer creativity to the max!Â
Â YETEC 051-001 â€¢ MTWTh, Jul20-Jul 23 â€¢ 1:00-4:00 PMLOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLC
NOTE: Prerequisite: Beginning Graphic Art - Drawing with Technology or previous experience with Photoshop and Illustrator.NOTE: This section is for age 12-15
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Claire Turner at cturner at aoce dot utah dot edu.
Video Game Programming I with Dark Basic (Age 13-17)
If you've always wanted to create your own video games and never knew how, this class is for you, even if you've never programmed before! DarkBasic is an introductory-level computer programming language that focuses on basic concepts and 2D games. Learn the fundamentals of computer programming, such as bitmaps, sprites, input devices, sound effects, music, and movies. Course cost includes a DarkBasic book with a CD-ROM trial version of the language compiler.
YETEC 115-001 â€¢ MTWThF, Jul 27-31 â€¢ 1:00-4:00 PMLOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLCÂ
YETEC 115-002 â€¢ MTWThF, Aug 3-7 â€¢ 1:00-4:00 PMLOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLC
Video Game Programming II with Dark Basic (Age 13-17)
Expand your video game programming skills. This advanced class will focus more on game planning, code management, and 3D games. Learn the more challenging aspects of programming and use your imagination to create a variety of fantastic games.
YETEC 116-001 â€¢ MTWThF, Aug 10-14 â€¢ 1:00-4:00 PMLOCATION: Annex 2169, Campus â€¢ SLC
If you have any questions, please contact Claire Turner at cturner at aoce dot utah dot edu. Â She can let you know what they are looking for, which book they are using, and how much the contract instructor pay would be.Â