Category: Shout Out


When my son Keegan was diagnosed with Autism, it helped shed some light on why some things are the way they are. With his diagnoses came a whole new world of information that would be overwhelming for anyone, let alone a newly single parent who like any parent just wants the best for their child. I came across Puzzled Jewelry while learning about autism activity groups / random information on autism itself and the Pacific Autism Family Centre, since then I have followed their projects that bring more awareness to those with autism.

This year Puzzled Jewelry are doing it again and came up with wonderful puzzle piece earrings that will be hitting the shelves of London Drugs at all locations across British Columbia in March. HOWEVER you can get yours early with the purchase of your ticket to their fundraiser  A Night to Support The Pacific Autism Family Centre . It will be held on February 18th, 2017 and will be a night filled with food, drinks, music, dancing as well as some casino fun! Plus when you buy your ticket you’ll get the lovely earrings before ANYONE ELSE ! !

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Tickets to the event can be bought here:
https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com/#/events/view/1015018

For those who can’t make it to the even but still want to purchase a pair of earrings remember you won’t miss out, these will be available March 2017.

If you want more information for the Pacific Autism Family Centre it can be found here:
http://pacificautismfamily.com/

To find out more about Puzzled Jewelry you can find them on Facebook and their website

Again I’d like to personally thank the moms who started Puzzled Jewelry for not only making cute jewelry but more importantly bringing more awareness to autism and helping the Pacific Autism Family Centre.

…Not only about themselves but with what they can accomplish.

I’m doing this shout out blog for SURF’S UP FOR AUTISM, because they are doing something truly amazing. They’re trying to gather donations so children both young an old can have the unique experience of surfing all within a dynamic, enriching  and inclusive environment. But they needs help to raise enough so no one gets left out.

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Surf’s Up is a free two day surf camp in Tofino, BC inspired by a father who’s son was diagnosed with Autism at age 4 and by age 5 was standing on his first surfboard.  From there a dream was born to create the first free Autism surf camp in BC for children and families living with Autism.

The organization provides each child with one to one time with a certified surf instructor and Autism Support Worker so that each surf session is tailored exactly to that child’s needs.  They also have a certified BCBA Autism Consultant involved in the planning and day of the camp.  All the wetsuits, surfboards, food for the day as well each child receives a medal at the end of the event are provided by Surf’s Up

They even include siblings in every aspect of the day!You can help make their 6th annual surf camp for children & families living with Autism a success.

Surf’s Up is a not for profit Society, 100% of every dollar received goes directly into the cost of running the camp!

If you can donate you can do so by clicking on the link below
https://www.gofundme.com/surfsupautism

Don’t feel bad if you can’t donate because you can still help by spreading the word
Follow Surf’s Up
Twitter
@Autism_SurfsUp

Facebook
Rip Curl Surf’s Up Event – SUPA Society
Their website
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Say goodbye to shoe laces…..

Because I found a great product that makes any pair of shoes with lace holes easy to slip on and they’re amazing.

They’re called Hickies and I stumbled upon them late one night when I was doing some internet window shopping.

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As many know my son has autism so shoes with laces can be rather frustrating for him. We’ve tried those twisty laces but they never seemed to last long or really do the job as good as they should. Shoes with velcro straps were starting to be out of the question as well since many of them are well ugly and the velcro straps quickly wear out meaning yet another shoe shopping trip in which both my son and I will just be miserable.

So when I saw this product I thought “Why not give them a try?”

They were reasonably cheap even with the currency conversion and shipping. Three pairs costed me just under $40 and that included a free pair with one of their bundle deals  as well as shipping cost. Now you may ask why buy so many for just trying a product, simple answer is  I wanted some for my favorite pair of runners too.

They really do work on any pair of shoes that has lace holes for normal laces, here is what they looked like on my son’s school shoes.

 

Not only do I approve of this product my son (age 7.) does as well. He is happy that he has these on his shoes so he can have even more independence with what many people over look as a simple task. I would recommend these to anyone young and old. They’re great for those who face daily challenges when it comes to tying shoes like those with autism, arthritis, hard time bending over…etc and they’re amazing for parents on the go or those morning joggers who find themselves having to stop mid jog/run to re-tie their shoes.

They are easy to “install” and come in many colors so go take a look, see what you like and give them a try.
https://www.hickies.com/

 

 

I wanted to bring awareness to something that hits super close to home. However I kept drawing a blank on how to bring awareness and not coming off too preachy or not do the topic justice. Then I saw something that I knew could help me, it was a hand written letter that popped up on my social media feed. After reading the letter I found myself not only relating to what was said but also helped me understand what it must be like for my son when he is at school.  So for all that and much more I would like to give a shout out to someone who has not only helped my son and I but so many others.

Bryan runs a Facebook page called Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness: Bryan’s Advocacy that he uses to be an advocate for people with Asperger’s. Through his page, he shares his experiences as a man on the spectrum as well as posts questions from those looking for help / advice. Last month he wrote a powerful letter from his childhood self to his former teachers.

As a child I was made to feel bad from the teachers for being a badly behaved child,” Bryan wrote. “I couldn’t communicate my needs in an effective way that would truly get my points across.”


This is what the note said:


Dear Teacher,
You wrote my mother and father a really formal letter today and they became stressed which made me very sad. I wanted to cry but I struggle expressing my emotions. I got angry instead and pushed mother which made me shout and scream. Daddy, I mean Father, took me to my bedroom for a timeout. I said “Father” because I copy those around me and I wanted to imitate your style of writing. Miss Teacher, I have autism and I want you to imitate me because I don’t want to be called “bad.”

I am not a bad child when I talk over you in class. I do not mean to, I just didn’t process what you were saying to me. 

When I shout at you I instantly regret it. The lightbulb in the classroom keeps flickering and it is causing me great discomfort.  It hurts me. I become anxious and can’t find the right words to tell you what is bothering me. 

When you give me several verbal instructions at the same time I become confused, anxious, and then I forget what you asked me to do. I did not do this on purpose. I have a great long term memory but a terrible short term memory. 

I communicate better when information is written down and I become anxious when you ask me to stand up to talk in front of the entire class. 

My mother and father cry when you send them a letter to say I’m badly behaved. They blame themselves but I can’t comfort them — the words just do not come. This makes me upset. 

Living with autism is not easy. It’s really difficult. 

But I believe we can do anything when we put our mind to it. All we need are people that are willing to understand us. I need you to understand me. 

So, Miss Teacher, I want us to work together and I want us to understand each other. A famous quote I like is, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life believing it’s stupid.” I don’t learn things in the same way as everyone else. 

I don’t expect you to become an autism expert but I want you to understand me enough not to call me “badly behaved” — it hurts me more than you know. 

Thank you teacher for reading. 

From, every single child on the spectrum. 

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Bryan was not diagnosed with Asperger’s until he was in his early twenties. He spent his childhood and teen years not understanding why he felt different from those around him, so when he finally got his diagnosis it was some what of a relief. Now, he hopes to help others by spreading awareness and understanding about autism. So please help him in this by checking out his Facebook groupASPERGER’S SYNDROME AWARENESS – Bryan’s AdvocacyI personally am a big fan of all the social media work that Bryan does. He has helped so many parents/people get their questions answered without judgement all while receiving real advice. I would also like to take a second to say Thank You Bryan, I’ve had many questions answered and got some great tips / advice from not only you but others who already follow your group.

Erica Ehm’s YummyMummyClub Shout Out

I was recently asked by the YMC (Erica Ehm’s YummyMummyClub) if I had any tattoos for my son and if so would I be willing to submit a photo along with a story for them to use. Now that their tattoo collecting and blog writing is done here is the collaboration piece from a few lovely parents who are all part of the YMC.

http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/kids/20150922/tattoos-that-represents-your-kids?s=fb

I’m always surprised / love to hear peoples reasoning behind peoples ink and I love the fact that it doesn’t matter how many people get a tattoo to represent their children each one is different.

I don’t do a lot of shout outs for charities but from the moment I saw this particular one I decided to help spread the word via social media as well as this blog to help bring more attention to the work that it does.

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Everyone at The Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation understands the need that defenseless and selfless animals suffer because of us as humans.

Eduardo, the crew who works along side him and everyone associated with Black Jaguar White Tiger are fighting to eradicate the idea that a living being can be reduced to a simple object by possessing it. Only a chair, a computer, a TV or something like that can be possessed. They are creating awareness about how sentimental, intelligent, and unique each animal is. They are happy, sad, sleepy, energetic, etc, etc, just like us. The only thing that they don´t do is talk a human language. By showing them love and respect to the extreme, and obviously by taking care of their basic needs, the interactions between them and everyone at the foundation have become something magical and extremely magnetic. Little by little they are changing what most people think about nature and all of its children.

For the moment they are focusing their energy in rescuing from bad circumstances like horribly ran zoo/circus situations, people who still think it’s “cute” to own a big cat species until that cute little lion cub grows up or those looking to make a profit off of tourists taking photos with little tiger cubs. If they can accommodate another type of living being we would gladly do so.The Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation was inspired by a single unexpected act of love and a whole lot of trust and magic. In September of 2013, the story of an orphaned black jaguar cub in Mexico made its way to the ears of an individual, Eduardo (better known as Eddie / Papa Bear on social media), who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Miguel, the cousin of Eduardo and an expert and long time advocate of animal care, told him that the cub, whose mother had died during birth, was being transported into the hands of a wretched character that planned to drug her in order to take pictures with the public as a source of revenue. Eduardo, always being a firm believer in equality and the proper treatment of all beings, took a leap of faith with existence and intercepted the cub from a loveless life in captivity. Before the cub arrived, Eduardo and his girlfriend at the time (and best friend and Founding member of the foundation), Rachel, were already in love with her, preparing their home for their new baby girl. They were able to show/ tell people that it is not for the faint of heart, that these are powerful and unpredictable children of nature, not a pet or a toy. Do not underestimate the commitment, work, energy, strength, and resources that are necessary to care for just one of these incredible beings.

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Today, with the help of devoted friends, Eduardo has rescued dozens of felines (and counting) from a life of terror among the circuses, zoos, and breeders. Now that the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation has been formed, his dream is to end all suffering of the beautiful children of existence that we humans have tried to dictate upon them.

The Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation will need a lot of economical help in rescuing our planet and raising awareness regarding the care of our environment and that of the innocent creatures that us humans are forcing into extinction. If we don’t do the change, then who will?

You can find more information from their website, and hear for yourself the stories of change that the foundation have done
http://www.blackjaguarwhitetiger.org/index.html#mission
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Donate money to the foundation or buy merchandise (all proceeds go straight to the foundation) not only on their website but here as well:
http://www.boycottcircus.org/#!shop/c5em

Follow all the work they do and get updates with videos / pictures at these following places
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JaguarAndTiger

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/blackjaguarwhitetiger/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jaguarandtiger

Take time to hear the story of the foundation, it’s beautiful rescued animals and see for yourself how each one of the big cats they rescue are truly loved. Sadly yes some have passed away but even that doesn’t mean that they are not still loved / remembered, this foundation is one to truly follow, believe in and spread the word of.
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Quick Little Shout Out

To a lovely blogger friend of mine over at Bird’s Party.

She has all sorts of ideas when it comes to parties and not just children ones 😉
What are you waiting for, go take a peek.