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The magic of music

Josh and I attended the Festy Experience in Roseland VA a couple weeks ago. Once again I saw how music helps Josh connect with others. A good friend of mine camped with us and for the first time he and Josh really connected. Ron (my friend) referenced the magic of music. He really came to appreciate Josh as a person over the course of the weekend! The two of them are now sharing jokes and really relating! What an awesome experience!

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Cool!

My degree is in social work. I don't officially have the title of social worker but do work in human services. He sounds like an interesting guy to converse with.

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tphokie

my dad saw the movie you are talking about. He told me about it in our last phone conversation. He was a psychiatric social worker for over 20 years, and said was a very well done film. Will suggest him to you on FB (he loves new friends) and he can tell you more.
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Emmy awards

I don't watch awards show. I find them cheesy and boring. I wish I had watched the Emmys last night, however. HBO made a movie called Temple Grandin which won several awards last night. I have yet to see this movie as I don't have HBO so I can't comment on the film. For those of you who don't know Temple Grandin she is a woman with autism who has written numerous books on autism. She is a very inspirational figure in the autism community. While the film was winning a number of awards last night the real Temple was introduced to and spoke to the crowd. Definitely a great format for raising autism awareness! Has any one seen the movie? Is it available on DVD?

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Sounds really terriffic tphokie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even more important than the music in itself is that it seems that you've found a place where the teachers will be adaptable to his needs. I bet you will make all the difference in the world! Congrats and I wish your son a terriffic school year.
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Checking out my son's new school

My son with autism starts high school this year. Today we went for a tour of his new school. I threw on a Grateful Dead t-shirt this morning. Considering where we live I was shocked that half of his teachers are Deadheads! One of the special ed teachers is a Head and told Josh whenever he needed some down time (as he often does) to come to her room and they would listen to some Dead! That's one of his favorite ways of calming down at home so this should be a great option for him. I really feel confident that having Dead heads as teachers will make this a great year for him!

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Thanks for the post. I read this article and this could make a huge difference. It took over 2 years to find out what was going on with our son. This was 2 years of agony for us and it was 2 years he went without services that could have made a huge difference in his quality of life. Having a physical marker would be hugely important. Our daughter has Down Syndrome. She was diagnosed prenatally with a simple chromosome test that indicated in black and white that she had DS. She started getting the services she needed literally from the moment she was born! No one ever questioned whether she had DS. The facts were right in front of them. On the other hand, we have had family and friends question whether his diagnosis is accurate. If people, including health professionals, can see it they believe it! Thanks again for this encouraging information.

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and more here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10929032

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New scan could improve autism diagnosis

This may of interest...featuring on BBC news today

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10933276

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MacLain

I'm so happy for you! Floydfest is a great festival, its our favorite. Getting a VIP package should be awesome. We went last year and were planning on going this year but our plans changed. Its a bummer we won't get to meet you there. I'm sure you'll have a great time and it should be a fantastic getaway for you! Thanks for all the helpful info.

Preston

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