Archive for August, 2013

TOTKO: a parents review

I am so glad to read These lines: each child is a jewel – know it or not…


At TOTKO, we believe supporting families of children with special educational needs is just as important as supporting the child.  Our parents workshops (scroll down for the video!) are by far our most popular service that we offer but we understand that sometimes a parent just wants to hear it from another parent.  so, today we bring you this lovely guest piece by a woman called Nic.  Nic attended a TOTKO Parents and Guardian SEN support Workshop earlier this year.  here’s how it went.

“I’m Nic, Mum to five year old Pete.  Halfway through Year One, the possibility was flagged up by his teacher that Pete may have dyspraxia.  We had been having a very hard time with Pete at school; he was in trouble almost every day at school and his sleep pattern consisted of two hour sessions through out the night which contributed to the problem.  Thankfully…

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UNICEF and so many others ask for CHILDRENOFSYRIA

UNICEF MENA     ‏@UNICEFmena                7 Jun

Water = life. Find out how we help #childrenofsyria have access to safe drinking water & why we need your help. pic.twitter.com/vcnb7ECq2

Free Tyra Patterson! Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich

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Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich: Free Tyra Patterson

    1. Nancy Day
    2. Petition byNancy Day

Tyra Patterson has been wrongfully incarcerated for 19 years, for crimes she did not commit. I know because I was one of the jurors who voted to convict her of a robbery that ended in the shooting death of Michelle Lai in 1994. New evidence has surfaced that shows me the verdict was wrong. Tyra is innocent and the Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich should take action to release her from prison immediately.

I had serious doubts about Tyra’s guilt at the time. I could tell she wasn’t really part of the group that committed the crimes. My gut told me that she had just found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we didn’t have the proof to back up my instinct.

It turned out the evidence existed- it just wasn’t presented at the trial. For example, as a juror I did not know that Tyra called 911 after the shooting to get help. I also did not realize that one of the victims had testified at an earlier trial that one of the other co-defendants — not Tyra — had committed the robbery that Tyra had confessed to committing. Knowing that now makes me believe that the “confession” Tyra made was false. She was young and scared, and false confessions unfortunately occur more frequently than they should, as we know from the Central Park Five and other cases. Her lawyers never told us about the concept of false confessions. I wish they had.

If I had known about the evidence that supports Tyra’s innocence at trial, I never would have voted to convict her.

Additionally, all four of Tyra’s co-defendants, a witness and Tyra herself passed polygraphs supporting Tyra’s innocence claim. Though polygraphs are not admissible in Ohio courts unless both sides agree, the results confirm the instincts I had at the time of the trial that Tyra is innocent.

Tyra has spent almost half her life behind bars for crimes she did not commit. She initially received a longer sentence than even the shooter herself.

I have lost many nights of sleep over Tyra’s case. I’m grateful that I now have the opportunity to help correct this injustice. I believe that if enough people sign this petition, the Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich will see that the public supports Tyra’s release and will do the right thing and allow her to come home. I hope that you will sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong.

in order to sign, please go to the o-link:

Read more at www.justice4tyra.com   https://www.change.org/petitions/ohio-parole-board-and-governor-kasich-free-tyra-patterson?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=32959&alert_id=vJQBOpvSEA_gYLuxGKWNa




10:23 AM Eastern – Thursday, August 29, 2013

Low pay is NOT okay –> Fast food strikes in 60 U.S. cities today #default


WeSupportFastFoodWorkers-829-300px.jpgTrying to raise a family on fast food wages? Not likely.

The median hourly wage for fast workers employed by corporations like McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell is $8.94 nationally.

It’s an unjustifiable situation – especially when you consider that the industry is taking in $200 billion a year while many of its workers can’t even come close to making ends meet on the poverty wages they are paid.

Fast food workers are taking to the streets today to stand up for the work that they do and demand a living wage. Strikes are happening in 60 cities across the country.


8/29 Strikes:

Alameda, CA; Atlanta; Aurora, CO; Austin, TX; Ballwin, MO; Belleville, Ill; Berkeley, CA; Bloomington, Ill…

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Asperger´s and Autism: Brain Differences Found


Asperger’s and Autism: Brain Differences Found

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer   |   August 02, 2013 10:08am ET
The brains of children with autism and those with Asperger’s are distinct, a new study finds. Credit: Brain diagram via Shutterstock

Children with Asperger’s syndrome show patterns of brain connectivity distinct from those of children with autism, according to a new study. The findings suggest the two conditions, which are now in one category in the new psychiatry diagnostic manual, may be biologically different.

The researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to measure the amount of signaling occurring between brain areas in children. They had previously used this measure of brain connectivity to develop a test that could distinguish between children with autism and typically-developing children.

“We looked at a group of 26 children with Asperger’s, to see whether measures of brain connectivity would indicate they’re part of autism group, or they stood separately,” said study researcher Dr. Frank Duffy, a neurologist at Boston’s Children Hospital. The study also included more than 400 children with autism, and about 550 typically-developing children, who served as controls.

Art, Music and Autism – what can we learn?


Any parent or guardian of a child with autism will tell you the wonders of multi sensory learning. As well as the more well known effects of autism, such as issues with sensory processing, autism can also cause above average levels of visualization and creativity in the brain. Because of this, when we go in to schools and encounter children with autism, we more often than not discover that those children have a natural strength in subjects like music, art and drama. This discovery gives us a step up in helping young people with autism as we can tap in to that passion and use it as a learning tool.tate britain

As part of our outreach work to help support research in to special educational needs, we have been working alongside anthropologist Emilie Glazer. Emilie is currently carrying out research exploring the embodied multi-sensorial experience of autism. In layman’s terms…

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Syrian Father Reunited With Toddler Son He Believed Was Killed In Chemical Attacks


Syrian Father Reunited With Toddler Son He Believed Was Killed In Chemical Attacks.

When Grown Men Cry
Syrian Father Reunited With Toddler Son He Believed Was Killed In Chemical Attacks


This heartbreaking video shows the moment a Syrian father is reunited with his young son who he thought had been killed.

The father’s relief and delight are tangible, as he cradles his son before sinking to the ground, apparently close to fainting. What are presumably neighbours and relatives cluster around the reunited pair, calling “God is Great”. As the man cuddles his son he tells him: “I am here baba. I’m with you.”

Posted August 28, 2013

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“Learn the Signs ofAutism”


Learn the Signs of Autism

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Autism Speaks’ multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) can help you determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screen, available on our website, takes only a few minutes. If the answers suggest your child is at risk for autism, please consult with your child’s doctor. Likewise, if you have any other concerns about your child’s development, don’t wait. Speak to your doctor now about screening your child for autism.

You can learn more about how to recognize the signs of an autism using our Video Glossary. It contains over a hundred video clips illustrating typical and delayed development. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, relative or friend, it can help you learn the subtle differences and spot the early red flags for ASD.



Though autism spectrum disorders range from mildly to profoundly disabling, a diagnosis of ASD is an important turning point in a long journey. Autism Speaks has many resources for families whose children have recently received a diagnosis.

These include Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit. In addition, our Video Glossary provides information about a wide range of treatments and behavioral interventions that may be suitable for your child. Within the glossary, you can also download descriptions of these treatments and interventions.

Please visit Treatment of Autism and our Resource Guide for more information. Have more questions? Autism Speaks’ Autism Response Team can help you with information, resources and opportunities. Call us at 888-288-4762 (en Español 888-772-9050) or email familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

“The Butler” – a must-watch touching movie: true story and great actors…

“Is this a Preschool or a Prison?” We can´t really Tell the Difference!

Is this a Preschool or a Prison? We Can’t Really Tell the Difference

By on August 16, 2013


(Truthstream Media.com)

Wasn’t America supposed to be the land of the free?

The public primary school for pre-kindergarteners featured in the video below gave me chills. The brightly colored buildings belied their cold, hard, metal feel. The front entrance is card key secured, and a thick metal door attached to a gated metal security tunnel with a metal walkway leads back to a hallway of numbered, metal buildings. Every single window, including the little ones on the thick metal doors inside, have metal gratings bolted on the outside of them.

This Public Preschool Looks Like a Prison: http://youtu.be/bPjY3177k14 via @YouTube  VIDEO

It felt like I was walking through a prison facility.

Four-year-olds attend this campus. That means these little ones are spending the majority of their weekdays all day long inside this place. These kids are literally being taught from the time they are tiny that spending one’s day in a prison-like gated metal security facility is somehow “normal” — this prepares them to expect nothing less than total control. …

Please, read more:  http://truthstreammedia.com/is-this-a-preschool-or-a-prison-we-cant-really-tell-the-difference/