Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Mother (or Father) Defined for Mother’s Day (Column Related)

Every visit to a beach my son finds me a “heart shaped rock”.
I finally found one for him a couple months ago. After years of him beating me to it.
This time, just a couple of weeks ago, I found one for my daughter :) Long time coming.

If you aren’t a mother, you might not know what it’s like to celebrate Mother’s Day. If you don’t have kids, you might not know what it’s like to be a parent, feel the rewards, watch the growth and enjoy the ride (the rough but worth it ride).

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s a wonderful time not only for mom to get her day to shine (since it’s not very often she does) but it’s also a great time to define what a mother really is and how important to a child she (or he) can be.

Read on, in my May News-Herald Ohio County Kids Column. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Autism Treatment: Best Practice is Within Reach!

Look at this most cutest face. Everyone has a journey, we all arrive where we arrive, when we arrive, and our trip is all planned out for us. I was meant to meet some really amazing kids. My life will never be the same.

Recently I wrote a column for Autism Awareness.


Aside from World Autism Awareness Day, why the heck not!? But honestly, the fact of the matter is, I met an incredible woman (at a picnic in the summer) who works with kids who have autism WAY before I thought about April and it’s significance.

Have you ever been with a child with autism? How about their family? Have you ever watched how they interact, or don’t? Have you ever, after that, gone home and looked back at how your life (and your child’s) might have been incredibly different and how amazingly strong other parents are compared to you?

I have.

I have cried too. Mostly happy tears. I am seeing children with autism do such AMAZING things. I am interacting with them and their parents, and we are all joyful! Why? Because the hope is just bubbling over! The results are just amazing and superb!

I wrote this month because I believe. I wrote this column because I care. I wrote about this topic because it’s on my heart to do so. Please read my column, please tell a neighbor, please ask yourself if you’re just the least bit curious about the best practice for autism.

I know you will be in awe (no pun intended because this is all serious business, of epidemic proportions, and in need of attention).

Please share. Most of you know my love for children, of families of parenting. I’ve written for you all for over six years. But guess what? My love for children, and families, just grew by billions and billions of little balloon hearts and strings and joy and overall motivation to share. The kids at ITC are just making my heart sing and the staff that cares for them just melts my heart!

Want another perspective on autism awareness and the best practice treatment? Read this.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Autism (Treatment and Success) Awareness Column Sneak Peak (video)

One of the sensory stations at Integrations Treatment Center in Wickliffe, Ohio

April is National Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd, matter of fact, is the 9th Annual World Autism Awareness Day. In this month's column and blog, we are going to do more than raise awareness, we are going to talk about HOPE and SOLUTIONS by sharing and applauding a very special person and her staff who are working hard to help families with children with autism to achieve success!

If you are someone who has a child on the autism spectrum, or you know someone who does, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbor llisten to a quick true story from Luke and Jake’s parents who found hope at Integrations Treatment Center!

You have to praise the steps these two children, and their family, have taken using the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. approach. This treatment should not be confused with any type of group or generalized treatment, but know this is an individualized approach using love, patience, consistency, repetition, softness, kindness, determination (and that’s from both the staff and the children) to help children of autism and their families function better and bond tighter. And yet…it’s grounded in the science of natural and normal brain development, one of which comes from the theory of sensory integration as first defined by Dr. A Jean Ayres, PhD in the 1960’s.

At ITC, in Wickliffe, Ohio, children are taught to do the very things, and use the very parts of their brains, to achieve the very things the world never thought possible for them. Every small step forward is a big step in celebration!

I want you to stay tuned for this amazing coverage on April 1st, in my County Kids News-Herald Ohio column, as I cover Autism Treatment, not just Autism Awareness.

If you have questions prior to the full autism treatment awareness column’s publish date of around April 1st, please do not wait to contact Lynette Scotese-Wojtila @Lynettesw@yahoo.com.

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