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April 27, 2011

Living with Autism
HUG Program helps children through the journey of grief

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(Products/Books) TempleGrandin.jpg"SPECIAL NEEDS" is a broad umbrella over a wide ranging array of disabilities. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound intellectual disabilities; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems; or physical disabilities. While the designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family, it can certainly be overwhelming to figure out where and how to start the process of getting help.  The commitment parents of special needs children is (Special Event Page Graphics) AutismAwareness.jpgamazing.  April is AUTISM AWARENESS Month.

One that many of us hear about quite often is Autism and Asperger syndrome. There are many theories but no answers yet about why these disorders are increasing.  1 in 110 children born in America today will have Autism; 1 in 70 will be boys. Click on the awareness ribbon to learn more about autism from the Autism Society of America. 

I've recently become aware of quite a few  movies about autism.  One that stands out is "Temple Grandin", a true story of courage and persistance, love and support, beautifully told.  I give it 5 stars.  It's not for young children  (Netflix suggests 14 and up.) and I had to look away in two scenes.  Part of its attraction is the clever use of high tech photography to help us see as Temple Grandin does.  It's an inspiring film.

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES... The Santa Cruz community is rich with dedicated professionals and support groups. Sports programs, inclusion preschools, tutoring services, parenting support groups and special needs materials resources are all available locally. VIEW RESOURCES > 

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  Living with Autism

The demands of living with a person with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress. Recognizing and preparing for the challenges that are in store will make a tremendous difference to all involved, including parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family, and friends.


The uniqueness of each individual with autism makes the experience of living with autism different for each family. But there are some consistent themes or issues that most families will want to be aware of to be able to provide the best support to the individual and to family members.

The Autism Society has developed in-depth information on a variety of topics related to living with autism. This information is by no means exhaustive, but it should help to equip families with some of the basic tools they may need to provide the best outcomes for their loved ones on the autism spectrum. These publications are available as free downloads.


Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.


In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to the Autism Society or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives
Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
• Lack of or delay in spoken language
• Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
• Little or no eye contact
• Lack of interest in peer relationships
• Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
• Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Information from the Autism Society of America

  HUG Program helps children through the journey of grief

Childhood and adolescence can be challenging stages even under the best of circumstances. Add to that, the loss of a significant person in a child or teen's life, and such an event can significantly compound the already complicated developmental process. While grief is a universal experience, during times of sorrow, children can often feel overlooked and as a result, can feel especially isolated.

Wanting to see children happy again, adults frequently speak of "letting go" or "moving on", conveying the underlying, false message that because the person is dead, the relationship is over. Relationships with lost loved ones linger for the rest of our lifetimes, but the process of creating a new relationship with the deceased is rarely discussed.

Cherie Alexander, coordinator of Hospice of Santa Cruz County's HUG program says "HUG helps children remember those they have lost in a way that allows the essence of that person to remain. By talking, telling stories, and reinventing traditions, they learn they can have an active and changing memory in the present versus a passive and static memory of the person in the past."

The HUG program is a dynamic, critical component of HSCC's bereavement offerings that, over the years, has helped thousands of children and adolescents to adjust to the death of family members and friends. The program's professional staff seeks to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, nurturing environment. Through the promotion of understanding, acceptance, and growth, HUG helps the most vulnerable children endure one of the most difficult journeys that can be taken, the journey through grief.

(Special Event Page Graphics) Fairways-4-kids3-15-11.jpgHospice of Santa Cruz County provides regular six week Group support sessions for grieving children. These sessions are available to children whether they are currently grieving a loved one who is in the process of dying, or one who has already passed away. A concurrent parent group offers support for parents of the children in the group with focus on their own grief process as they parent grieving children. Spanish speaking counselors are available.

HUG's main revenue is derived from the fundraising event Fairways For Kids Golf Tournament held each May.  This year's event will be held Wednesday May 11th at Seascape Golf Course in Aptos. A favorite among golfers, this fun-filled day starts with a BBQ lunch and includes 18 holes of golf, contests, a buffet dinner and a silent auction.

For information about HSCC's HUG Program contact Cherie Alexander, LMFT, HUG Healthy Understanding of Grief) Program Coordinator, at 430-3040.  For information on Fairways For Kids Golf Tournament contact Ginny Clark or Ginny Solari Mazry at 831-430-3000.  Hospice of Santa Cruz County  ~ Volunteer

 

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgFrugal Living, for Richer or Poorer

Living frugally does not mean giving up all of our material possessions and living like Buddhas in the hills. I suppose it could mean that for some people, but for the vast majority of us, it means making incremental changes in our lives that slowly add up to something very worthwhile. As I talked about in my post, What Does It Mean to Be Frugal?, living frugally is about prioritizing what you actually want out of life, and de-prioritizing mindless spending on things that don't actually make you happy.

Frugal living is incredibly valuable to people who have lower incomes, because the elimination of wasteful spending allows them to channel their limited money towards things, services, and experiences that they really want. But, it can't be underestimated how valuable frugal living is to people across the entire income spectrum. All too often, wealthy people get caught up in a spending cycle that forces them to continue working long hours at high-paying jobs that they hate. To that end, here are three tips for people in three different financial situations: continued >>>>

Cookies for Cancer

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI can't do it better than Michelle, so I'm just passing on her note:

Dear Friends,

If you have spent any time on facebook over the past few months, you have no doubt seen me mention Prince Liam and the Mamas night out I am planning. For those who have not, here is a little background:

4 years ago, while reading one of my parenting magazines, I saw something about Gretchen Witt and her sweet Prince Liam. Liam, at just the age of 2, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. I started following her blog in which you could feel the love she had for her children in every word that she wrote. Thrown into this new world of Cancer, she learned that only 30% of children survive neuroblastoma. She found out that these terrible odds were because very little money was being spent by the government and pharmaceutical companies on childhood cancer; something that was the leading cause of death by disease in children under 18. So what did she do, she organized a bake sale. Gretchen got volunteers to help make and sell 96,000 cookies, and in just in three weeks raised $400,000 for childhood cancer research and cookies for kids' cancer was born.

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Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Every day (Apr 29-May 7) from 12:30pm to 7:00pm

Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical" by The London Daily Telegraph), "Honk!" is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

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