Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jennifer O"Toole and the Theory of Mind

I wanted to thank Tony Mei so much for coming on the show on Friday, August 10th to talk about the 2013 National disAbilities Awareness Challenge. We are looking forward to Tony coming back on the 29th of August to talk about the Working with Scouts with disAbilities website www.wwswd.org and then on September 12th to talk about his work on the National Special Needs Committee for the Boy Scouts of America.

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Wednesday, August 22nd from 10:00 to 10:30 am PST . Our special guest interview will be with award-winning author and Asperkids creator Jennifer Cook-O’Toole. She will be sharing the concepts behind her books which can be translated directly into strategies to use with scouts worldwide.

Jennifer is a teacher and Author of Asperkids - An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome which is on shelves now and The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules which will be coming out this September. Both books are published by Jessica Kingsley publishers.

When I was reading Asperkids, my youngest who is on the Autism Spectrum (not technically an Asperkid) came up to me and asked me, “Are you an Asperkid?”  I said, “No, I am not an Asperkid.” Still standing in front of me, he pipes up “Why are you reading Asperkids?” (Yes, he kept on saying Asperkid in each question. I told him I was trying to learn. Then the next question was “ Are you trying to learn on how to be an Asperkid?” I put the book down, thought a moment and said “Yes”.  Out of my six year old, he got to the root of everything, how does one learn how to teach and work with an Asperkid or any scout who is on the Autism Spectrum, you need to learn their language and get into their world. This is one of the central themes of Jennifer’s book, about getting into their world and learning Aspiespeak.

When learning Spanish, French, German, Russian or Italian it would be natural to assume one would pick up a book or manual to learn.  Asperkids is a place to start to learn to speak Aspie.

Asperkids is an exciting book full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger's Syndrome. With originality and insight, Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties in autism create the need for concrete forms of communication, and she provides a treasure trove of ways to inspire imagination through sensory experience. In particular, she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness them to ensure
academic, social and emotional growth.

It’s geared to parents, teachers and caregivers that work with children on the Autism Spectrum, specifically kids with Asperger’s, although in my reading I found that the strategies and insight she shared were applicable to both my older son (12 with Aspergers) and with my younger son (6 with Autism) and I am sure would work with many scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Jennifer Cook O'Toole is the winner of the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, GRASP's 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, is an Expert Columnist for Modern Parent Magazine and was nominated for Disney's American Teacher of the Year.

Author. Advocate. Aspie. Mom.

http://www.asperkids.com
http://www.facebook.com/asperkids

Find Asperkids Here!

  

Show day will be Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 from 10:00 - 10:30 p.m. PST / 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST.

There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:  
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/08/22/jennifer-otoole-and-the-theory-of-mind

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Here are direct links to both stations of Autism Empowerment:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that gives a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you know of anybody that you would like to see interviewed or you have a topic idea for a future broadcast, please let us know by emailing john@autismempowerment.org
Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting

Autism and Scouting Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/

Autism and Scouting Radio Blog -  http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2013 disAbility Awareness Challenge

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Wednesday, August 8th from 10:00 to 10:30 am PST . Our special guest interview will be with Tony Mei, who we are happy to have as a returning guest.

In this conversation, we will be looking ahead to 2013 and the disabilities Awareness Challenge for the 2012 BSA scout Jamboree. We will look back at the very first disabilities Awareness Challenge and how the one coming up in the summer of 2013 will include Autism Awareness.

Tony started out in Boy Scouts in 1959 in New York State where he made First Class in 1961, from 1961 to 1964 he was in the BSA Troop that was in Saudi Arabia where he made Eagle in 1963. Tony was the first US scout to ever earn a Merit Badge from a Saudi Merit Badge counselor.

In 1965, he founded an Explorer post in Rome, Italy and served as the first Post President. After a few years away, from 1972 - 1975 helped support both the pack in Missouri as well as the Ozark Council wherever he was needed.

When his son Andrew was old enough to join scouting in 1984 that was when Tony went into Scouting full force and has never looked back.

From 1984 - present, he has filled the following roles within scouting:

Tiger Cub Adult, Tiger Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader,  Den Leader, Assistant Webelos, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Member (Cub Scouts), Committee Chair (Cub Scouts), Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, Council Training Committee,  Council Advancement Chair, Council Recognition Chair, Unit Commissioner, BS Roundtable Commissioner, Philmont Conference Trainer, Council Vice President of Programs, Council Executive Board, Wood Badge Staff Instructor, Wood Badge Staff Troop Guide, Wood Badge Course Director, NCAC Commissioner College Instructor, Member of National Council, Special Needs Specialist, Youth Development Team, Special Needs Scouting Task Force, Scouts with Special Needs (Chair), Webmaster for Working With Scouts with disAbilities and Chair of the Jamboree disAbilities Awareness Challenge.

Here is a list of scouting awards.
Eagle Scout (1963), Ad Altare Dei (1963), Cub Scouter Training (1988), Boy Scouter Training (1990), Webelos Leader Training (1993), OA Ordeal (1993), Scoutmaster Award of Merit (1994), Scoutmaster Key (1996), OA Brotherhood (1996), Community Organization Award (1996), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (1996), Award of Merit (1997), James E. West Fellow (2005), Commissioner Arrowhead (2006), Commissioner Key (2007), Distinguished Commissioner (2007), Silver Beaver (2008), Doctor of Commissioner Science (2009).

Tony over the years has developed and taught scores of classes for the Boy Scouts of America in regards to working with Special Needs kids and he is currently putting the final touches on a training on National College of Commissioners “Special Needs Scouting - Autism Spectrum” which takes information from a number of sources including Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting program.

Tony has also served in the US Army as an Army Reserve Officer for eight years and he dedicated 32 years to the US Army Corps of Engineers. In his spare time he has served on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Marin County (Northern California) since 1982, has worked with a number of special needs groups and is a coach for the Special Olympics.

Show day will be Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 from 10:00 - 10:30 p.m. PST / 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST.
There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/08/02/talking-about-inclusion-with-alexander

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Here are direct links to both stations of Autism Empowerment:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

So far, the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that gives a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you know of anybody that you would like to see interviewed or you have a topic idea for a future broadcast, please let us know by emailing john@autismempowerment.org
Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting

Autism and Scouting Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/

Autism and Scouting Radio Blog -  http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Talking about Inclusion with Alexander



Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Thursday, August 2nd from 10am PST to 10:30 am PST . Our special guest interview will be with Alexander Piela who has a unique and fresh perspective regarding the scouting program. Alexander originally earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1979 and is now involved in Scouting again as the parent to a Cub Scout who is now a Bear..

At one point, Scott’s family did not think his son would speak but then around age two started talking in scripts and from what I understand is now very verbal (sounds a bit like my youngest). His son has a diagnosis of Autism and is doing quite well in a typically developing 3rd grade class and thriving in a typical Cub Scout Pack.

Today, we will be talking about inclusion and how a scouting program can open up the world for those on the Autism Spectrum as well as provide a learning of acceptance (the first core pillar of Autism Empowerment is Accept).

Show day will be Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 from 10:00 - 10:30 p.m. PST / 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST.
There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/08/02/talking-about-inclusion-with-alexander

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Here are direct links to both stations of Autism Empowerment:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

So far, the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that givea a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you know of anybody that you would like to see interviewed or you have a topic idea for a future broadcast, please let us know by emailing john@autismempowerment.org
Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting

Autism and Scouting Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/

Autism and Scouting Radio Blog -  http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/


email  - john@autismempowerment.org