"Autism & Memoirs of an Old Maid"…C'hele's Story

March 23, 2008

Autism: Words and phrases only a cool autistic kid would know how to say:

Filed under: Autism, Special Needs — C'hele @ 10:40
a. Tormado (Tomatoe)

b. Tomorrrow (roll the r’s when you say it…)

c. Maggots (Magnets)

d. Portado (Potato)

e. (On the phone) – “Hi, Nana? This is Michaela (last name), your granddaughter calling? I just wanted to know…..”

f. She names all her relatives by their titles first (I.e.) Great-Papa “L“, Great-Papa “K,” Cousin “M” and literally call’s them this to their face…(names obviously omitted to provide privacy).

g. (Picking up the phone when it rings): “Yes, hello there?”

h. “Nana, the Bocal News is on T.V.!” (Local News)

i. Glanola bar (granola bar)

j. I know there is more – I just cant remember them all!



March 22, 2008

Autism: An Interesting Article Regarding Autism and Amish People:

Filed under: Aspberger Syndrome, Autism, Special Needs — C'hele @ 22:32

I found this today and found it to be an interesting read: 



March 5, 2008

The Death Of Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — C'hele @ 07:28

As I sit here, the dark blue sky is slowly transforming into a midnight blue hue. There is a pinkish-orange glow highlighting the rooftops of houses that face me through the window above my computer. The many tall cedar tree tops surrounding the houses are very, very still. Not even a smidgen of movement can be detected. There is something eerily serene about it. Just now, I had a thought: I cant even imagine what the power of silence must of been like when there was no environmental background noise such as airplanes and or cars. A long time ago, I once read that the sunset was known as being the most powerful time of the day to many cultures and or spiritualities. I can see why.

Every day, mankind takes advantage of being witness to a most spectacular ceremony: observing the daily ritual of the Earth dying at the end of the day until it is resurrected and kissed by the sun at dawn. This reminds me of the unending circle. No begging, no end. Life continues to go on. Everyday we ignore these simple but beautiful reminders but the earth and sun hold steadfast and continue to be there in all their glory as an example of this simple truth.

I needed this divine reminder. It’s been a very rough day. And now, I intend to withdraw and envelop myself within the comfort of total darkness and wait patiently for my own re-birthing in the morning.


March 2, 2008

Autism: Another Interesting Headline

Filed under: Autism, Special Needs — C'hele @ 22:21


Autism and Non Violent Crisis Intervention

Filed under: Autism, CPI, Special Needs — C'hele @ 22:17

CPI = Crisis Prevention Institute. Otherwise known as Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training. When I worked at the autism centre it was a daily occurrence that one of our students would melt-down and become violent whenever sensory or communications issues arose. It was mandatory for all staff to be equipped with this training as almost everyday these skills would be applied. Eventually we were required to take the advanced course due to many new students with severe behavioural issues coming into the program.

This workshop is incredibly beneficial for a person who has a child or works with children with autism or other social-communication challenges.

You can check out their web site over at: www.crisisprevention.com for more detailed information.This course is amazing. It will help you to understand how behaviour escalates and how to safely intervene before violent behaviour occurs. You will learn how to fine tune your observation skills and recognize the warning signs when behaviour escalates and becomes out of control. You learn how to support your child or student through the various behaviour escalation levels. This program also teaches you, how to appropriately utilize legal physical restraints should a student or child attack you. These models are taught by a certified Non Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor. Examples of self-defence positions taught are: the kick block, bite release, choke releases, hair pull releases and much more.

It was required that I recertify myself every year. Now that I no longer work at the autism centre, I intend on continuing to refresh myself with this program. The information within it is invaluable and it will continue to assist me in promoting the CPI’s motto of implementing the “care, welfare, safety & security” of every child I work with no matter where I work.

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