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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Different how?

    Beautiful pick, Lorrie! :D

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    Wolfkazzy WolfChick says:

    Interesting title. I grew up different, born deaf, didn’t learn sign until I was fifteen so I was actually “different” to the deaf world as I was different to the hearing world. Like Lynn said, different how? :) This is a gorgeous pick, love all the muted browns/tans go with the red fossil coral! In my faves :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    This is beautiful Lorrie!
    Are you talking about you – or that wonderful family of yours?

  4. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Hi Chicks! Yes, I was thinking of my Fam, and how the last social worker had such preconceived ideas about Autistic children. She actually asked what was our 8 year olds savant (like rainman). And couldn’t understand why my non verbal autistic son wouldn’t talk to her.
    We have lots of colors here! and lots of differences in speech (i love pecs) and size, and color! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I still find it amazing that a “trained professional” would have no clue about her cases. You’d think she’d do a little research.
    Did I tell that I have a selective mute in my class this year? Quite the challenge. Hasn’t spoken a word to anyone in school, ever. Won’t allow physical contact. I was so excited when she wanted us to sing Happy birthday on Monday! She stood in the middle of the circle, center of attention, but did look petrified.

  6. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    She was the new worker (guess she hadn’t read his files) !

    Awww, that is awesome!! The birthday part, that us!
    The other part is very sad, and I am sure it has to be greatly frustrating, to see the possibilities for her, and not be able to connect! Plus, you will only have her for the one school year, which isnt enough time to develope long term vhanges.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    It is frustrating – I think she’s one of my top students, always pays attention, but it’s so hard to read her at times because we can’t have a conversation. She interacts with the other children, but doesn’t speak with them either. I’m hoping she’ll read to me at some point.

  8. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, that sounds so difficult! And you know she can read, but can’t convince her to talk? Does she have special goals/IEP that allows you to accomidate (sp) for her strengths?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    No iep because she’s not classified. She does well on all written assessments. I’m starting to see some break down in higher level reading comprehension, but she’s performing similar to the other children in her rdg group. She just looks so sad at times. Mom finally agreed to couneling with our social worker and she looks forward to that.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Different is beautiful!
    First of all your family!!! :-D
    And also this wonderful pick!

    I think maybe you and your family could be an inspiration to the new social worker. Hopefully she has an open mind and is willing to learn and see the reality of life and not what is written in a text book. Bless you Lorrie!

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    Wolfkazzy WolfChick says:

    I agree with the others. don’t have much to say but hope you have good luck with your new social worker. I am taking a 4 month old GSD pup this thurs to a lady with two autistic sons. They’re looking for the right pup to fit their household. This is like the fourth time I’ve picked out a pup specifically for autistic children. :)

  12. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Thanks, Mary!

    Wolfkazzy, It can be really good therapy for special needs children! And lots of lessons, ect involved. Sometimes the challenge is just getting the kids to see the dog, and pet it!

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    Wolfkazzy WolfChick says:

    True, being deaf and growing up, I’ve been around many special needs children since they tend to lump us all together despite the concern of so many parents who think deaf ppl aren’t special needs. Honestly, it teaches us deafies tolerance and more :) I’m also a dog trainer for hearing dogs for deaf people. I have in the past trained dogs for special needs children. My only concern about this GSD pup I have is she jumps alot at first, after a min or two she calms down…this jumping can be a turn off, some like it and some don’t. We’re just going for a visit and see how the boys like her. I saw them last week…they live across the street from my best friend (whom I’ve been best friends with since jr high. She helped me in class since I was the only deaf child in a hearing class at the time) now her daughter is helping the two autistic boys much the same way Hope helped me. Both boys last week played with Rustic new mini Aussie pup. The most endearing thing was when the pup was biting Darby’s hair, one of the boys wanted his hair bit too and Darby showed him how to get the pup to do that. I was rolling my eyes since that’s a bad habbit for a pup but I didn’t do anything since it was a one time thing. They were very happy playing with Rustic.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Sounds wonderful and rewarding Wolfkazzy!

  15. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    That is very cute! I wouldnt encourage a puppy to misbehave, but I can see the appeal of wanting the children to enoy interacting!
    It saddens me to think that a system designed to help can sometimes be so clueless! Every child has somethings they are good at, and some things too hard for them. I am thankful there have been so many changes to the education system. Now, they are more concious of each child (especially when parents advocate) that each child is indeed special! I think that there are so many different aspects to special needs. In fact the program I am involved with (theraputic foster care) includes mental, physical, and behavioral (sometimes children w/ difficulties can get into trouble because they are misunderstood.

  16. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    In my family we say that normal is a setting on the dryer only. My sister was born with a genetic disease that causes tumors to grow on her face. I think that non-different can be a problem also. Nothing to strengthen you.

  17. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    CJ, I like that! My daughter says different isn’t good or bad; its just different!

  18. CAS
    CAS says:

    Bless you … bless you … bless you Lorrie and Wolfkazzy! Mega-huge hugs for you both, the kids (Lorrie) and puppies (Wolfkazzy)!!!

  19. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Good morning Christine!!!!!!! Big hugs!

  20. CAS
    CAS says:

    Good morning Lorrie!! Give Rhi and the boys big hugs from me! Is it a “snowday” today???

  21. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    oh, it is indeed! Snow, on top of snow! LOL kids are loving it!

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    Helen G aka tea chick says:

    Hi Lorrie!
    my daughters both have mild autism, but we’re fortunate to live in a county that has great special ed, and they both get early intervention (from preschool onward) that has helped enormously. I’m so grateful of the teachers and specialists that work with our kids, they’ve helped our family so much. My girls have quite different challenges (Emma has social difficulties, Amanda has speech and language delays) but as far as I’m concerned, they’re both perfect creations of God just the way they are! I love that “normal is just a setting on the dryer” line too!

    Do you get unsolicited advice from strangers too? I hear everything from “she must have a food allergy” to “she just needs a spanking” (that gem actually came while Amanda was having a self-injurious fit, repeatedly trying to slam her head on a concrete floor in the market) It seems that there used to be almost no information available about autism, now there’s lots, but so much of it is misinformation (esp. the Jenny McCarthy nuts (sorry honey, just because you posed naked for Playboy doesn’t mean you’re a qualified pediatric neurologist))!

    special parenting is a wild ride, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  23. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Yes, in my experience everyone does have an opinion. I think that it never hurts to listen, but not any one thing is going to work for every child. Jenny may have had sucess w/ her Autistic child, but each child has different difficulties!
    When they ‘misbehave’ they may be trying to communicate, or be frustrated, or even be having pain.

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lorrie, I suspected this pick was about your wonderful family! Blessings to all of you who wrote here — this has been a fascinating & informative read.

  25. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Thanks Lynn!

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