Picture of the Week

Spring is here the Chipmunks are back and stealing feed from the bird feeders.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Afloat

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

I could not decide which picture to use so I am using both. While in Cabo I saw this pelican and he was sitting on a boat floating in the harbor.

Pelican In Cabo San Lucas

Pelican In Cabo San Lucas

The second picture is my sister floating in the pool.

AFloat - My Sister Swimming

AFloat – My Sister Swimming

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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To coincide with World Parkinson’s Day, Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an awareness initiative held in Canada and the United States each year (other countries may also support this event).

In Canada, the major supporting organization for this event is Parkinson Society Canada, and, in the United States, it is the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Raising public awareness about Parkinson’s disease is very important. Although there are no official statistics, Parkinson’s disease is thought to affect over 1,000,000 people in the United States.

In 2010, April was designated Parkinson’s Awareness Month by the United States Senate. By designating Parkinson’s Awareness Month a national event, it is hoped that this observance will lead to more media coverage which in turn will gather further support for those affected.

Whilst people may have heard of Parkinson’s disease, many know little or nothing about the condition and how affects a person and their friends and family.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition and after Alzheimer’s is the second most common disease in the United States. Neurodegnerative is a term which refers to a progressive loss of nerve cells (neurons) and/or their function. Neurodegeneration from Parkinson’s disease can give rise to a wide spectrum of symptoms; symptoms can vary widely between people in terms of their type and severity.

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The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970.

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The aim of this month is educate the public about autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be be present from birth or form during early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause.

People with autism are classed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the terms autism and ASD are often used interchangeably. A wide spectrum disorder, people will autism have set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same.

Increasing Awareness About The Common Characteristics Of Autism

Whilst no two people with autism will have the same set of symptoms, there are common characteristics found in those with this complex disability. Briefly, these characteristics include:

Social Skills � people with autism have problems interacting with others; autistic children do not have adequate playing and talking skills. Mild symptoms on one end of the spectrum may be displayed through clumsy behavior, being out of sync with those around them and inappropriate or offensive comments being made. At the other end of the spectrum an autistic person may not be interested in others.

Empathy � empathy is the ability to recognize and understand the feelings of another person. People with autism find it harder to show empathy to others although they can be taught to acknowledge the others feelings.

Physical Contact � in some cases, autistic people do not like physical contact such as hugs, tickling or physical play with others.

Sudden Changes To Their Environment � a sudden change in the surrounding environment may affect a person with autism. The could be a loud noise, a change in intensity of lighting or even a change in smell.

Speech � speech can be affected in people with autism. ‘Echolalia’ is a typical speech symptom in which the person repeats words and phrases that they hear. The speech tone of an autistic person may be monotonous. Where symptoms are more extreme the person may not speak.

Changes To Behavior and Routine � people with autism often display repetitive behavior in which they repeat the same action many times over. For example, a person with autism may repeatedly pace around a room in a certain direction. Any change to their behavior or routine can be unsettling for them. This could be a reordering of daily activities such as when a person brushes their teeth, takes a shower and has breakfast when they get up in the morning.

My Pic of the Week

The other morning we got snow and then by afternoon it was gone.

Robin

Robin

Robin in the Snow

Robin in the Snow

Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

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Thought for the day….

If you have no empathy for someone who is struggling, even if you don’t know why, you should look inside yourself to see the problem. The problem is not the child; it is you.

A – ALWAYS
U -UNIQUE
T -TOTALLY
I -INTERESTING
S -SOMETIMES
M -MYSTERIOUS

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Our Military Kids

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Military children are our nation’s children. Living in either military or civilian communities, in urban, suburban, or rural settings, military children experience unique challenges related to military life and culture. These include deployment-related stressors such as parental separation, family reunification, and reintegration. Due to frequent moves, many military children experience disrupted relationships with friends, and must adapt to new schools and cultivate new community resources. Some children also experience the trauma of welcoming home a parent who returns with a combat injury or illness, or of facing a parent’s death. Recent research reveals an increase in military child maltreatment and neglect since the start of combat operations and deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Gold Star Wives Day – Remember

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April 5 has been designated Gold Star Wives Day to allow America to pay respect to the spouses and families of fallen members of the U.S. armed forces.

The spouses and families of fallen service members have sacrificed so much and to recognize these sacrifices, the Senate passed a resolution to designate Gold Star Wives Day.

The Senate resolution states military service members and veterans “bear the burden of protecting the freedom of the people of the United States, and the sacrifices of the families of the fallen members and veterans of the armed forces of the United States should never be forgotten.”

Gold Star Wives Day was first celebrated Dec. 18, 2010, through a Senate resolution with support from the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., a nonprofit organization of about 10,000 members that provides services and support to the spouses of fallen service members.

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Asperger’s Syndrome is on the autism spectrum

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This is a very important topic to me because my nephew has Asperger’s.  Asperger’s syndrome, also called Asperger’s disorder, is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.

Asperger’s syndrome is a pervasive development disorder and is on the autism spectrum. It is similar to autism, but those with Asperger’s usually function better, socialize more with others, and communicate and learn normally. Causes are unknown, but genetics may play a role. Treatments may include special education classes, behavior modification, speech or occupational therapy, medications, and more.

Although Asperger’s syndrome is similar in some ways to autism — another, more severe type of PDD — there are some important differences. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically function better than do those with autism. In addition, children with Asperger’s syndrome generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development, although they may develop problems communicating as they get older.

What Causes Asperger’s Syndrome?

The exact cause of Asperger’s syndrome is not known. However, the fact that it tends to run in families suggests that it may be inherited (passed on from parent to child).

How Common Is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome has only recently been recognized as a unique disorder. For that reason, the exact number of people with the disorder is unknown. While it is more common than autism, estimates for the United States and Canada range from 1 in every 250 children to 1 in every 10,000. It is four times more likely to occur in males than in females and usually is first diagnosed in children between the ages of 2 and 6.

Can Asperger’s Syndrome Be Prevented?

Asperger’s syndrome cannot be prevented or cured. However, early diagnosis and treatment can improve function and quality of life.

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