Autism, child health, family, Minnesota, Miss Shannan, mom, Shannan Paul

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 – WEEKEND WARRIOR

imageWhat’s your weekend like?  Trips to the park? Morning cartoons? We get that sometimes.  But, we also have therapy sessions.  My little Cyclone Kid works hard and sometimes to get enough therapy hours in. We’ll pick up a Saturday morning ABA session.

Instead of Bugs Bunny, he was working on his Vocal Imitation Trials, Letter Recognition and Time Compliance. Things that he has to practice daily so that he can catch up to his peers. Like I said, Cyclone Kid works hard.

Me, I kept busy downstairs in my office. Including working on this lovely little display of my sword collection.  I think I’ll start a Pinterest Board, called “Sharp Around the Edges.”image

Hope that your Saturday is beautiful.

Miss Shannan Paul
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AUSM, Autism, Comedy, Minnesota Twins, Miss Shannan, mom

THANKS AUSM AND GO MINNESOTA TWINS

Target Field 6-15-12

Thanks to the Autism Society of Minnesota for sponsoring a great event at last night’s Minnesota Twins game at Target Field.


We had a really good time and we learned that our Cyclone Kid:

  • Is willing to sit through 6 and 1/2 innings of baseball. (Especially, if you bribe him with lemonade
  • Only likes the Target Field hot dogs – not the bun
  • Will cheer for both baseball teams when they are at bat, because clapping is super fun. 🙂


The Autism Society of Minnesota is a fantastic resource for families with kids on the spectrum. They work to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Find out more about them at www.ausm.org

Autism, humor, Miss Shannan, mom

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK

Sometimes you have to give yourself a pat on the back. I’m not great at it. I usually pick myself apart and I always think I could do better at whatever random thing it is that I’m trying to achieve. But sometimes I think, “Wow, you’re really good at that.”

My little man is Autistic. Lately Dom has been waking up for two or three hours in the middle of the night for what I’ve affectionately started calling “Pre-Schooler House Party.” Oh, he has a great time. We drink almond milk, jam some kiddy songs, dance on some tables with lamp shades on out heads. It’s a blast!

I’m not sure if it’s the change in his therapy schedule, or the fact that he’s given up on naps or what, but it’s certainly not wearing off quickly.
At first I tried, in vain, to get him back on track. Kids are supposed to sleep through the night. I know that. I hear it all the time from my friends that have non-autistic kids. They lie there peacefully, drool rolling down their cherub-like little faces. My friends brag. Then I think, “Maybe I should get new friends.”
Sleep through the night – not my kid. Looking back, I think he’s sleep completely through the night maybe 100 times in the 3and 1/2 years he’s been here. I’m really bad at math, but I’m pretty sure that’s a crappy ratio.
The thing is; I’m really good at waking up in the middle of the night. I’ve always been a wonky sleepy. My friends used to call me the “Borg,” and joke that I never slept, I just plugged in to recharge at 45 minute cycles.
But I’m great at rubbing the crust out of my eyes at 1:30 am and listening to Dom babble at me. I can make waffles without burning them, and even smoothly spread the peanut butter without sleepily losing a finger.

I’m great at being a 2:00 am architect of “Pillow Forts.” At 2:45 am, I can still work the DVD player, so we can watch Thomas the Tank Engine for 1,011th time.

And at 3:30 am, when Dom finally is ready to go back to sleep I have just energy to plop him back in his bed and cover him up with his favorite blanket. It’s the fuzzy one, with the frayed edges.
It feels good to be good at something.
Autism, Comedy, Miss Shannan, mom

OUR LITTLE ACROBAT

If something new shows up in the house of course our kid is going to climb on it.
Which is way my Spin bike was shoved in the garage last year. Is really hard to get your cardio done when you’re waiting for your son to stop using your bike as an impromptu Jungle Gym.

Now that he’s older we decided to give it another go, but as evidenced in the photos old acrobatic habits die hard wth our kiddo.