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  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Amazing July at Autism and Scouting

We have had an amazing July here at Autism and Scouting. We hope that your July went well also. We wanted to give you a recap of what we were able to do this month.

Autism and Scouting Radio
For starters, we launched our Radio/Blog Program and have had some amazing guests. Here is a brief recap of who we had on and what we talked about.

Our first broadcast was with Karen Krejcha the Executive Director and co-founder of Autism Empowerment.  Autism Empowerment is the non-profit organization that brings you the Autism and Scouting Program. We talked about the four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/06/autism-and-scouting-radio

Then we had Tony Mei who is the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America Special Needs Committee where we talked about his work on the Committee and the dedication the BSA has to providing Autism Training in future to its leaders. Tony will be coming back on in August and September to talk about certain topics.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/11/tony-mei-and-working-with-scouts-with-disabilities

Tony was followed by Sean Williams who put together the Great Race 2 Autism Awareness. This training that he developed will be the basis for the Autism Awareness Challenge at the 2013 National Jamboree. We went through all of the stages of the Great Race for Autism and will be using parts of it in our upcoming training presentations with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and the BSA Counsel training conference.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/20/the-great-race-for-autism-awareness

Adam Cox aka ScouterAdam, was next up on the radio dial and we talked training and about working with Cub Scouts on the Autism Spectrum. We talked about his personal journey with his son who has Asperger’s.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/26/cub-master-scouter-adam-1

It turned a bit silly and unpredictable but definitely fun when we had Ryan, a new Tiger Scout who is on the autism spectrum visit Autism and Scouting Radio. His Mom (Akela) was with us too. The interview was funny and charming and Ryan let his light shine. We talked to Ryan about his first camping outing, archery, butter making and so much more. He gave a great call to action for all kids worldwide to join scouts. It really is a must listen.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/27/tiger-cub-ryan-and-his-view

We finished out the month with Erika Schron who is the mother to three scouts, two on the Autism Spectrum and the third with ADHD. We talked about the challenges and successes for each at different stages of the scout’s scouting careers. It was really wonderful to talk to her and see what scouting has done for her sons.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/31/a-moms-perspective-on-scouting

In August, we have many more guests scheduled and we are already starting to book people into September.

If you would like to share your story or 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

In addition to this, we also launched the Autism and Scouting Radio Blog to support the radio show.  http://autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/  At this site, you can find links to all of the upcoming shows as well as the previous shows available on demand at anytime..

We are trying to raise funds as soon as possible to expand to radio broadcasts. As a non-profit organization, we rely on public support and need your generosity to help continue our program. Your help of any amount is greatly appreciated.

Please consider your tax deductible donation so we can continue the work of Autism and Scouting. Of if you know of a business that would like to help this unique program, that helps scouts directly that are on the Autism Spectrum in the realm of scouting, please let us know!

The month was a huge success when it comes to Autism and Scouting Radio.

Multi Media
Facebook
The Facebook page of Autism and Scouting continues to grow. The number of scouting friends at our Facebook page passed the 700 mark this month and is growing very strong. We are now in over 30 nations with over 70 scouters in the UK (8 different regions) and over 50 in Australia (6 different regions). In the US, we have scouters for both the Girls Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America (over 44 US BSA Councils).  

The Facebook page and group aim to be positive sources for Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment when working with scouts on the Autism Spectrum, thank you so much for all of your support.

The Facebook page can be reached at http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting  We would love to be over 1000 strong before the end of the year. We also still support the Facebook group that was founded in August of 2010. That can be reached at http://www.facebook.com/groups/121685817883439/

Also, please like our Facebook page for Autism Empowerment as well as our Autism Empowerment Radio Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

http://www.facebook.com/autismempowermentradio 
 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AutismScouting
Twitter we are still going strong as well. We have over 300 followers and we are reaching many scouting groups via Twitter. 


Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/
We have expanded and changed our look here at Autism and Scouting Blog. We have added many more new tabs to the Blog to support leaders and all who wish to learn more about how you can support a scout on the Autism Spectrum.

The Tabs we added were, Autism and Scouting Radio, Programs (talks about programs of Autism and Scouting), What is Autism? (a clinical look at Autism), Resources (links to other resources), Ways You can help (find out how you can help support this program) and then links to the Autism Empowerment Website, Autism and Scouting Facebook page and then to Twitter.

Let us know what else you would like to see and we see what we can do.

July, we also posted one of the highest amounts of blogs since I started this blog.

In addition to this, we also launched the Autism and Scouting Radio Blog to support the radio show.  http://autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/ which was also mentioned above.

Leadership Training
Work is progressing on Leadership Training. We have been asked back to the Cascade Pacific Council’s 2013 Excellence and Training Conference to present the training we did in 2012 and to also offer an advanced course. Autism Empowerment may also have a booth at the training conference providing additional resources.

We are making process toward our work on a Leadership Training kit which will include information that will help all scouting leaders be successful. Visuals are still being produced to help scouts be more successful within the context of a scouting program.


Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting program has also been asked to join a local troop and act as a guide to making their troop more sensory friendly and setting up a sensory friendly patrol within this typical troop. We will be working in the upcoming months on this project and then documenting and having this information available to other units.

We have also helped review other Autism trainings that other scouting leaders have put together in order to provide the best possible training.


As you can see, it has been a busy month. We need your support in order to continue the work we have started. We truly can’t do it without help and you can be part of that solution! Please assist us by making a tax deductible donation to Autism Empowerment to help keep the Autism and Scouting program around.  THANK YOU!

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

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