Autism Awareness Episode
with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman
Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends. Celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a songs from his album, The Best Day Ever. — www.mysillyfriends.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am April 11th & 12, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: “Superhero” by Baze And His Silly Friends from the album, The Best Day Ever. Baze And His Silly Friends are proud supporters of Autism Speaks.
Childhood Memories Impacts A Family’s Festive Season
Around the age of 10, I began to use the holidays as an excuse to bring out my parent’s wedding china from its usual home in the cupboard.
Holidays were the loneliest days of my childhood. I knew from books and movies that families and friends often came together on holidays, seated at large tables, eating homemade meals, sharing time with loved ones from near and far. The festive feel of the season seemed to rely on a change in daily routine and seeing other people.
In my family we saw each other – my mom, my dad and me, the same as any other day. We did eat a special meal, a canned version of traditional menu items, easy to heat up and clean up from. We sat at the same table we always ate at, half of it cluttered with piles of stuff. No attempt at setting the table happened at my house unless I made the attempt myself. Read the rest of this entry »
We all have repetitive behaviors that we do to fill pauses in our day – twirling our hair, cracking our knuckles, tapping our feet, humming the latest pop song. But individuals on the Autism spectrum can do these types of behaviors more often and with more intensity. It’s called stimming.
When does “weird” happen? I was called this often as a kid. I dressed badly, was painfully shy, and my hair was a tangled uncombed mop. My social skills were lacking until my late teenage years. By then I was spending more time with peers than with my parents. I learned from my friends how to be less weird.
But when do kids start to identify others as weird?
My son is not there yet. I love his preschooler’s open mind. He is completely accepting of others and differences. It does not occur to him that others are doing something socially wrong by doing whatever comes naturally to them. It is just what they do.
He has no clue that Grandpa is different from other grandparents. What differences he can pick up on are based solely on age. He knows that Grandpa is old, my husband and I are “medium” and he is young. Grandpa has certain needs because he is old.
Mail management becomes a challenge when the collector goes on-line and clicks!
Last weekend was one of those not so fun weekends, the kind taken up by household chores. Or specifically, one household chore: installing our new mailbox. This mailbox is not any old correspondence receptacle. It is the largest approved by the US Postal Service. Its purchase required visits to two big box home improvement stores, hours brainstorming and installing it onto a post it was too big for, and hours digging in the wet dirt on the side of a road. The digging part was my son’s favorite. It was a tad less fun for my husband.
We’d been asking my dad to buy a new mailbox for months. I even sent him a link to it online – twice. My husband assured him that he would install it. I explained that our small town post office was rarely open when I was driving by. My husband reminded him that it would be a huge help to me if he would buy the larger box. He never bought it. So we did. Read the rest of this entry »
Hilltown Family Variety Show
Autism Awareness Episode
with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman
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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends for a very special Autism Awareness Episode celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast. In this week’s episode, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a few sneak peaks at songs from his upcoming release, The Best Day Ever.
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am August 10th & 11th, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Dan McManmon from CIP in Lee, MA recommends AANE as a good resource in New England. They have a “fiction for children” section on their web site with a few options. Another resource is Free Spirit Publishing, recommended by Shoshona King for their survival guide type books.
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