If you are part of an autism family, may I share two fave resources?
1) One Stop Autism-Info Shopping – Guess what happens if you “like” Autism Society San Diego on your FaceBook page? You stay on top of the latest trends and breakthroughs:
legal – medical – behavioral – educational – therapeutic – employment – advocacy
Really, you name it; this hip group misses NOTHING. On top of that, “likers” are treated to stories of personal triumphs (our hearts soar), and inspired by the many ASSD sponsored activities (weekend family camps – gym night – sensory friendly movies). This is a forward moving, assertive group with a very public presence in the community. San Diego kids on the spectrum and their families are lucky to have such powerful support. The San Diego Autism Society: A+ on every level.
2) Dr. Amy Yasko: so smart, so kind – My son follows the autism protocol of brilliant researcher, Dr. Amy Yasko. (My son’s local doctor described Dr. Yasko’s work as being “the Cadillac of Autism Protocols”. Whoa.) When anybody asks me about her, the first words out of my mouth are, “she’s SO smart and she’s SO kind”. But see for yourself: dramyyasko.com – lots of free videos of her lectures: you will see how smart she is, you will see how kind she is. Supported by an astonishing intellect and impressive resume, Dr. Amy is able to clearly explain the most ridiculously complex systems and processes to the likes of me (and apparently thousand of other parents – great parent chat room at www.ch3nutrigenomics.com) (and that is indeed a “3” in the middle of that web address). And her sincere empathy for the plight of families with an autism child? It helps. Really, we love Dr. Amy Yasko.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled STORIES AND STUDIES review:
From our nightly story problem collection – I am still laughing over this: somebody recently wrote that distance from the earth to the sun is exactly the length of 8 CVS receipts – this led to a story problem:
From the purchasing office at Le Fictitious Local Diner – If the typical length of a local diner receipt is 2 feet (what with all the diner coupons attached), and there are approximately 100 receipts printed out daily, and a paper roll of receipt paper is 230 feet in length, how many rolls does the diner need to purchase per month (assuming a 30 day month)? (answers at bottom of post)
- 17 rolls B. 27 rolls C. 37 rolls D. 47 rolls
If each roll costs $2, how much should the diner budget for receipt paper per month?
- $24 B. $34 C. $44 D. $54
Reading for fun – we are revisiting all of our Tom Gates books (author L. Pichon), currently reading book 2, “Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff)”. Tom Gates makes me laugh every single night; I love his favorite rock band, “Dude 3”, I love his sullen sister, Delia, I love the way Tom’s dad tries to avoid his pompous uncle. My son loves Tom’s doodles (vocab) and luckily, Tom is a chronic doodler. We both enjoy trading Tom’s UK words and expressions for American counterparts (biscuits/cookies, jumper/sweater, that sort of thing). Every page is entertaining and so worth a second read through.
Reading for our heart – “The War that Saved My Life”, a 2016 Newberry Honor Book, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. We look forward to opening this book every night. The overriding theme focuses on children who were evacuated (vocab) from London during World War II, but cleverly balanced intertwining themes (horses/air fields/special needs/friendship) make this book difficult to stop reading every night. Excellent discussion provoker.
Our Classical Music Choices – inspired by the UK locale of our two fiction books, we listened to the work of iconic British countryside composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams:
- “The Lark Ascending”, composed in 1914 for piano and violin, scored for orchestra in 1920. This well loved piece keeps placing #1 year after year in the Classical FM website Hall of Fame competition. It is a bit lengthy (16 minutes or so), but it is original, soothing, hopeful and puts the solo violinist (in this case, virtuoso Hilary Hahn) to the test (Ms. Hahn delivers!):
- “Sea Songs”, composed in 1923, Vaughan Williams seamlessly combined three sea shanties in a four minute jaunty piece (which appears to have been performed, recorded, and uploaded onto YouTube by more college orchestras than any other composition). The seemingly irresistible “Sea Songs” also reappears as movement II of Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite”. We’ve selected a performance by the Wheaton College Symphonic Band, expertly led by honors conductor, Elizabeth Barrett:
- “English Folk Song Suite”, also written in 1923. We listened to movement III, a spritely march, “Folk Songs from Somerset” (and sort of interesting: repeated throughout the piece, my son and I can hear the first line of “The 12 Days of Christmas”). A simply outstanding performance by a local Texas MIDDLE SCHOOL (!). We are VERY impressed:
Welcome to the best part of my day!
– Jane BH
Story problem answers: B. 27 rolls, D. $54