Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Down Syndrome Track at AutismOne Conference 2012

Andi Durkin has been working on putting a Down Syndrome Information "track" together at the Autism One Conference 2012. Here's the rest of the information from Andi's blog, Down Syndrome: A Day to Day Guide.

Our sessions are scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012. The conference will be held in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The five-day conference is free, with a nominal $25 material/ handling fee. 

Down Syndrome Track Session Overview

All T21 sessions are located at room Grand CD and will be presented one after the other with comedian and father to child w/T21, Bob Orvis as MC.
This information below is accurate, the schedule on the AutismOne website is not correct. 

Dawn of a New Decade
8:00 am - 8:55 am
Jane Winans, parent of a thriving child with Down syndrome, shares her journey and discusses biomedical options she used for her daughter. Hear from 10-year old, Lydia, in this moving opening session designed to enlighten and empower parents. Click to see video 1 and video 2 of Lydia.
Why talk about Down syndrome at an Autism Conference?
9:00 am - 9:55 am
Parent-researcher, Laurette Janak, relates similarities in health histories between DS and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) families and how we can best learn from them. Woven into the discussion will be valid, scientific reasons for trying biomedical options. 

Biomedical Basics: Where to Begin 
10:00 am - 10:55 am

Dr. Norman Schwartz explains how optimizing nutrition, exploring supplementation, monitoring the thyroid, utilizing lab results and avoiding environmental toxins are the building blocks needed to form a solid foundation upon which your child may flourish. 
Trisomy 21: Understanding the Problem
11:00 am - 11:55 am
Dick Deth, PhD shares an easy-to-understand overview of some of the major issues facing our children including the methylation cycle, the Alzheimer's connection, oxidative stress and the effects of GABA overexpression. 

--Lunch Break--

What's Next? Exploring Options
1:00 pm - 1:55 pm
Dr. Anju Usman will explain the next level of biomedical information including optimizing a healthy gut-brain connection, and nutrients for brain repair and neurogenesis, which is the brain's ability to create new brain cells and new connections.
Learn from Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP, how proper nutrition, medical intervention, supplementation and oral motor and communication exercises must all be on track to pave the way to excellent speech. 

The Neurodevelopment Aspect 
Sequential Processing and Alternative Treatment Methods
3:00 pm - 3:55 pm 
Alison Wimmer will explain the fundamentals of neurodevelopment and why it works beautifully with the holistic approach to DS therapy giving our children the opportunity to succeed beyond our expectations.

The Future: Choose Your Own Adventure
4:00 pm - 4:55 pm
Sessions end with each parent's exciting new journey before them. Cheryl Greene will share her time-saving strategies to help parents fit everything in their busy schedules. Andi Durkin (parent to
Jett) will unveil great new resources to support parents as they explore and implement OPTIONS for healthier children including a new Foundation and website with a parent database. The floor will open for questions and answers.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Life On The Ranch: Spring Time = Babies

Ranch life has been popping with lots of new life the last couple months.

There's baby chicks....

Baby goats...

Little lambs....

And even little kittens...

So, here's some more fun pictures from around the ranch.

This is a special little goat. She was born with a crooked neck, but is doing great! Such a cutie!

And here is a quick, fun video from the ranch's YouTube Channel:

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Something Funny From the Little O-Man

Blogging has been on the back burner so far this year. But, I thought I'd pop in here and share a cute little story about O. He's quite the character and seems to do more and more funny things the older he gets :).

Today we were doing flash cards. O has the hardest time remembering the two letter words we read, “in”, “it”, and “is”, but he can remember 4 or 5 letter words so easily (kind of a weird puzzle there!)!

Anyways, we got to the flash card with the word “in” on it and he had no idea.  After trying to remind him, make him think and focus, and he still didn't remember, I told him the word was “in.” O replied with "oohh", with the tone of an "oh duh" kind of response :). I said “you always forget that one.” Being the silly boy that he is, O, as he made a funny face and was pointing to his head, said “need to get it in my brain!” Hahaha! We all were laughing at him.

He then proceeded to tell me he needed to get some other words “in his brain” as we went along with the cards, since we all laughed at that statement.

O comes up with some of the quickest, most hilarious statements sometimes! Such a blessing!

There are statements probably every day that I could share from him!

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