Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Reviews for Autism: Understanding The Puzzle

Nov. 5, 2011By Janice LeFevre
I recommend this book to anyone who loves and serves a child with autism. Sharla Jordan's warm and informative book will help you understand the special needs of those with autism while giving concrete tips on how to serve. I wish I'd had this book six years ago when I first began helping a little boy with autism in my church class. This book is filled with excellent information that helped me understand my little friend and enabled me to serve him better. I'm getting a copy for myself and several to give away!

Nov. 28, 2011By James Vaughan
I've known about this book coming out for a while and I eagerly anticipated receiving my copy and I was certainly not let down at all, it's fantastic! Having a child with autism, explaining to other parents is sometimes hard to do because it certainly comes across as personal opinion, however letting someone read this book, then talk about the challenges parents like us face on a daily basis becomes much easier for someone to understand. Sharla's book really makes the topic of autism easy to understand, explains such challenges as sensory overload, various therapies and most important, the way to show support for those on the spectrum. If you have someone in your life who is simply struggling to understand, look no further than Autism: Understanding the Puzzle for help!

Dec. 5, 2011By Jenn Alvey
Wonderful book! Can relate to EVERYTHING written in it, since I have a son with Aspergers. It's nice to have a book that explains what it is like living with a child who has Autism, because it can be really hard to explain it to others. I definately recommend this book to everyone who has a family member with an ASD, or a parent who has a child with an ASD, or those who wish to understand what it is like for parents.

Thanks for the great reviews Janice, James. and Jenn! 
You can write a review here click on "Ratings and Reviews."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Boutique and Book Signing

Holiday Boutique
Date: Sat. December 3, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m
Location: 3841 W 8890 S.
West Jordan

Lots of great Crafts and Paparazzi Jewelry, just in time for the holidays.
Also we will have, the premiere of a new book, Autism: Understanding the Puzzle by Sharla Jordan, who will be here for a book signing.

Book signing the Davis County and North Salt Lake coming soon. 
Stay tune for announcements

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Autism is not the end of the World. ... It's the beginning of a different one.

Walk with me.....
Sally Meyer

Walk in my shoes
for one single day.
Then you'll see why
I need to pray.
Come live in my home
for a week or two
and then remember
I am just like you.
I didnt ask for the things I was given
I didnt choose this road I have taken
Walk a mile with me hand in hand
Then perhaps you will understand.

I'm not really complaining
about the stress in my life,
I know that we all have
some toil and some strife.
But walk with me, when you think
I am wrong, walk with me
and you'll start to belong.
Embrace my sorrows,
like they are your own,
And then you will know me
And see I have grown.

The journey I take
is different from yours
My life took one of those
unexpected detours,
But this road that I travel
is not really so long,
If the people who watch me
will join in my song.
Listen to my footsteps
and watch how I dance
And then you will know me
and give me a chance.

Take heart and remember
It can happen to you,
who knows where my pathway
will cross over to you?
So speak to me softly
if you can't understand
Remember I once stood
right there where you stand.
And walk with me gently
when the day is at end.
And then I will know
I can call you my friend.

What it's like to walk down a street when you have autism or an ASD

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autism Night at the Rink

Looking for a fun event for the whole family
over Thanksgiving weekend?

The Maverik Center and the Utah Grizzlies 
are proud to hold their first annual 
AUTISM Night at the Rink
on Saturday, Nov 26th
At the Maverick Center
3200 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, UT

Tickets are discounted and there's Free Skate before the game
(you can even just wear your tennis shoes!)

Ice Skating/Walking from 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Hockey Game starts at 7:05 PM

$8-$12 in section 117

Buy your tickets today. 
Call Jackson Babcock 801-988-8026 
or email Amy Baker

Skates are provided, or you can wear your own tennis shoes. You may bring a helmet, gloves, stroller, wheelchair, or anything else you need to help your child feel comfortable on the ice. We will need to be out of the rink from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. This will be a great time to grab some dinner and take a break before the game!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Making Our Way: Autism

Hope you can set aside about an hour to watch this GREAT video!
Early detection and intervention is so important to help children overcome their challenges and have a greater chance for improvement.
I love how Temple Grandin explains that autism thinking is bottom up not top down. Give the child repetitive examples and teaching situations to understand a concept or theory.
Sensory integration and therapy exercises are wonderful. After getting feedback from multiple specialist, we use sensory tools daily and they help to lower our sons' anxieties and help them function better.
Fabulous parents too, who don't allow their son's challenges to become limitations or excuses.

Watch Making Our Way: Autism on PBS. See more from MAKING OUR WAY: AUTISM.

Autism or Asperger's? It Might Depend on Your Doctor

Here is an interesting article, "Autism or Asperger's? It Might Depend on Your Doctor," about different diagnosis being given according to the doctors interpretation of which Autism Spectrum Disorder best fits the patient.

Free Workshops by Utah Parent Center

The Utah Parent Center in partnership with Davis School Districtis pleased to announce the following upcoming workshops. 
'Tame the Lion without a Whip'Managing Problem Behavior in Positive Ways
The focus of this class will be to help participants understand problem behavior (Why the child presents the behavior). Participants will also assess various interventions that have been successful in changing problem behavior.   Presented by Marian Hunt.   

***See correct date below!*** 
Thursday, November 17, 2011              6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                Click here to register.

Workshops are available to parents and families of children with disabilities in the Davis School District and surrounding areas at NO CHARGE!  Pre-registration for each class is requested and appreciated. 
Register today for any of these events by:
Online:  Clicking the links above
Phone:  801-402-5120 or 801-272-1051
The Utah Parent Center reserves the right to cancel any workshops for which there are no individuals pre-registered!  Please let us know if you are planning to attend. 
 For additional information about the Utah Parent Center, 
please visit our website at

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Book is Available to Order!

To order your copy click here

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

If you want an autographed copy you can order here

Book Signing Event in Davis County Coming Soon, Stay Tuned.

From the Author...About the Book

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"The Peek Award Goes to Dr. Temple Grandin"

"Temple Grandin — the doctor of animal science/best-selling author and expert on autism and inspiration for the HBO movie that bears her name — (was) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 3, to accept the Peek Award for Disability in Media." (KSL)

"The new award, which will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Theater, honors a subject, director or actor in a film that sheds new light on disabilities and heightens social awareness. It’s named in honor of Utahn Kim Peek (1951-2009), who worked to increase awareness of disability through the media and improve education for children with disabilities. Peek helped inspire Dustin Hoffman’s savant character in 'Rain Man.'" (KSL)
"Childlike and beyond brilliant, with a charming sense of humor, Utahn Kim Peek, who died in 2009, was the mega-savant who inspired a Hollywood screenwriter, Barry Morrow, to create "Rain Man."
"The film won four Academy Awards and made Peek a celebrity who traveled the world with Morrow's Oscar, changing perceptions of people with disabilities. Thursday, that 'most loved Oscar' -- so named because more than 400-thousand people have touched it, will be given to Salt Lake City." KSL
You can learn more about the Real "Rain Man" in these next three videos about Kim Peek.

We had the privilege to be in attendance at the moving award night, were learned more about Kim Peek and Temple Grandin. Their wonderful and unique inspiration and contributions to this world are profound. Also in attendance that night was Barry Marrow and Francis Peek, Kim's unconditionally loving and devoted father, who presented the award to Temple.

After receiving the award, Dr. Grandin spoke to the audience, "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds". She encouraged the listeners to help those with autism overcome their challenges, focus on their strengths, and become someone remarkable and special. As parents, we left empowered and have a strengthened desire to keep at our honored role as parents to our special boys.

Like many in the audience, we stood in line to receive Temple's autograph, which she addressed to our boys. They were delighted to see it when we brought it home.

During her visit to Utah one of her several stops was at our son's school in North Salt Lake - "A lot of the kids I've seen here at the school are like a lot of kids I went to school with, they'd be just labeled geeky and nerdy, and there's many of these kids out in industry," Grandin said. "They are the kind of kids who keep your computer going --half of the NASA space scientists probably have been on the spectrum." KSL

“I want to emphasize, autism is a big spectrum ranging from somebody who is going to remain nonverbal all the way up to famous scientists,” Grandin said. “You would have no technical equipment here. You would have no hotel here if you didn’t have people that were interested in things. . . Because after all, who do you think made the first stone spear? It wasn’t the yackity yacks around the campfire, that’s for sure.” Temple Grandin, KSL

Friday, November 4, 2011

Big MAK's Lunch - Nov 15th

Mark your calendar for the MAKS Lunch
Join us Tuesday - November 15 at 11:30
Joy Luck in Bountiful
Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jason McElwain Autistic Basketball Player

I saw this years ago and saw it again recently.
It is such a great story and worth posting.
The best part was how his teammate and school
loved him even before this exciting game.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Temple is Amazing!

One of our boys had the unique and wonderful opportunity to have Dr. Temple Grandin come by to see his school and talk to the students at Spectrum Academy. She gave encouraging and empowering words. She answered some of their questions and as always did a wonderful job advocating the strengths of autism. She left them with the words, "Grow up, reach your goals and be someone special!"

We are excited to see her again this week when she is receives the Peek Award for Disabilities in Media and speaks to the audience about why the world need all kinds of brains.

Hope For Autism & Asperger's Syndrome: My Story