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TINY TALES OF AUTISM – CALL YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN

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Cyclone Kid and I are usually full of cute stories and funny accounts of life along the Autism Spectrum, but today we could use your help with something.

We’re working with Autism Minnesota in support a bill currently being considered by the Minnesota Legislature. The bill called “HF3172” includes provisions that will insure that Minnesota children with Autism can continue to access medically necessary therapy without their parents being required to face overwhelming costs or unreasonable bureaucratic barriers to proven treatments for their children.  These provisions can all be made into law without any further cost to the state by utilizing funds that have been allocated to the Governor’s Autism benefit which has already been approved.

There are ten law makers that sit on the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill Conference Committee and it important it is important that these 10 individuals hear from as many people as possible via phone and/or email voicing your support for the HF 3172 Autism Provisions prior to their meeting at 4:30pm on Monday, April 28th.  All you need to do is email or call with the message:

 “Please support all of the HF 3172 Autism Provisions.  Minnesota children with autism are counting on you to adopt these crucial changes to state law to ensure that they can have a chance at a brighter future.” 

You can find additional information at http://www.autismminnesota.org.

I’ve listed the contact information for the 10 committee members below. So if you could spare a moment to contact one of them on behalf of Cyclone Kid and the other Minnesota kid’s with. Autism we would greatly appreciate it.
 
2014 Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill Conference Committee contact information:
 
District 45A (Crystal, New Hope): Representative Lyndon Carlson: 651-296-4255 rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

District 7A (Duluth): Representative Tom Huntley: 651-296-2228 rep.thomas.huntley@house.mn

District 67A (East St Paul): Representative Tim Mahoney: 651-296-4277 rep.tim.mahoney@house.mn

District 04B (Detroit Lakes, Dillworth): Representative Paul Marquart: 651-296-6829 rep.paul.marquart@house.mn

District 63B (Minneapolis): Representative Jean Wagenius: 651-296-4200 rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn

District 44 (Minnetonka, Plymouth): Senator Terri Bonoff: 651-296-4314 sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn

District 64 (St. Paul): Senator Dick Cohen: 651-296-5931 Use his online e-mail form found here:  http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_bio.php?leg_id=10106

District 11 (Cloquet, Hinkley, Pine City): Senator Tony Lourey: 651-296-0293 sen.tony.lourey@senate.mn

District 06 (Chisholm, Hibbing, Virginia): Senator David Tomassoni: 651-296-8017 sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn

District 43 (Maplewood, Oakdale): Senator Chuck Wiger: 651-296-6820 sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn

Miss Shannan Paul
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TINY TALES OF AUTISM – “HELPING HANDS” OR “WANNA HEAR ABOUT MY HOLE?”

imageSee the little dude in the photo, over there? That’s my Cyclone Kid. The reason I work so hard. The little man who makes me laugh, without saying a word. He is my handsome, fuzzy-headed companion. That’s my kid, and as I’ve mentioned before, he also has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I adore him, but he can be a lot of work. One of the things that took a long time for me to come to terms with is that I can’t do everything. That was a harsh realization for me. I’ve always prided myself on not asking for people’s help, and not being a bother to anyone. And frankly, not risking the disappointment of putting yourself out there and not getting back the response that you desired.

It is not something that I admit easily, but it is something that I should have admitted sooner; before I developed the permanent, exhaustion-fueled bags under my eyes. Kids are a lot of work. Kids with Autism, increasingly so, and no, you don’t have the time or energy to be great at everything.

This leads me to my latest Cyclone Kid story.  If you can’t tell from the photo, Cyclone Kid is quite the bundle. At 5 years-old he’s already more than half my height and weight, and as strong as a baby bear. But, he doesn’t know that, which is okay. At this point, he’s still an adorable baby bear.

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The other day while we were playing, he gave me one of his baby bear style hugs and knocked us both off balance. In typical Mama Bear fashion, I elected not to fall on him and instead reached out to brace myself against the nearest wall.  As it turns out, drywall is no match for Cyclone Kid and me. My hand went right through, creating this lovely hand-sized hole in our wall.  

That was awesome.  I took a deep breath and then laughed for 10 minutes. (I’m a comic. If we don’t laugh at weird stuff like this, we’d burst into tears.) Then reality set in, that chuckles do not repair drywall.

Here’s where the “helping hand” comes in. I considered trying to fix the hole myself, but instead, I mentioned the fiasco to my good buddy, Derick. Of course, he laughed at me too, but after only two compulsory, “Sure I can help you with your hole,” jokes, he patched things right up. Totally worth it! 

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My “Knight in Plastered-Armor” took about 15 minutes to do what would have taken me all day, or even worse turned into an “I Love Lucy” style disaster. 

(Don’t get me wrong. If I ever get a sitcom, that’s totally what’s going to happen in the episode. We’ll call it “Plaster-geddon.)

Many families with children on the Autism Spectrum talk about how they wish that they had asked for help sooner. I am no exception. So thank you to all the good friends that have stepped up to help this occasional “lady in distress.” Cyclone Kid and I appreciate you all very much.

Miss Shannan Paul

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MAMAVATION MONDAY – HEALTHY LIVING: A FAMILY AFFAIR

My sister is pissed off at me. She thinks I’m mean and irrational. Maybe I am, because I snapped on her. Oh yes I did. A full on “Sista Girl” episode at 9:30 am on a Tuesday morning. Why? Because she was feeding my 2 year old, her precious nephew, Chili Cheese Corn Chips.

You might have Corn Chips for breakfast, but we don’t. And there she was giving him one after another like and old lady feeding popcorn to pigeons. When I made her stop, he freaked out. Of course, he wanted more. They are DELICIOUS. Explaining moderation to a 2 year old is impossible, so now he was mad, I was mad, my sister was mad. I snapped on her and now she thinks I suck.
She’s one of those “Skinny/Fat” people. You know the ones that can cram all sorts unhealthy fattening food into their faces and never seem to have any consequence. She can eat anything she wants, but I’ve never been that person. My husband isn’t that person, and so far we have no indication that our son will be that person. And why risk it? He doesn’t need to eat that stuff anyhow. I’m sure the junk food industry has plenty of other fans to profit from.

At our pediatrician’s recommendation we recently switched him to skim milk. We work hard to get his dietary recommendations in throughout the week and to make sure that he is learning to love healthy snacks not just junk. We’re enjoying that sweet spot right now, where junk food ignorance is bliss. Our kid doesn’t know that candy and cookies are delicious. He likes healthy food right now because he doesn’t know anything else is out there. So seeing my sister sabotaging our efforts was just too much.

The other night when Dom decided to wake mama up at 2 am. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I started reading the book sent to me from the Mamavation Sistahood, “Growing Up Healthy The Next Generation Way” by Dr. Mary Ellen Renna. Along with some outstanding diet and exercise information that I found really helpful, she says during the introduction, “There is now an overall decline in the health of the present generation of children in the U.S.” and that “People around the world are exposed to more and more nutritionally deficient foods, creating an increasingly unhealthy population.” Do you think Chili Cheese Corn Chips would make that “nutritionally deficient food” list? I sure do.

Maintaining a healthy diet is going to stay a key focus in our house. It’s working for us so far, so we have no reason to jump off the healthy eating train. This week is going to be really busy because I have comedy shows, plus a major event going on at work, so I’m just going to try to stay hydrated, eat as clean as I can and just focus on running this week. To stay on track with my Half Marathon training I need to log 17.5 miles this week, so that’s the workout goal I’m shooting for.
Dom has forgotten about the Corn Chips for now. My sister, well, her memory is a little longer, but since she’s 19, I think taking her shopping might help her get over our little spat. I’m not above a little sisterly bribery.

See ya in the produce isle.