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Autism Awareness Month: Bullied boy dedicates song to his mom.

The white flowers of the plum trees are blooming. The grass is bright green and is ready to be cut for the first time. A warm breeze welcomes us when we go outside. Spring concerts are filling school auditoriums with music. It's April, a time of renewal and optimism. It's also autism awareness month and we hope that that feeling of renewal and optimism is felt by every child with autism and their parents. There was a spring concert in Boise, Idaho at Cantus Youth Choirs. The Cantus Youth Choirs provide quality music education to enrich the lives of children from [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:44:53-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

Autism and the Eagle Scout Achievement

Micheal Whary is a boy on the autism spectrum. About 1 in 42* boys will be diagnosed with autism. Micheal Whary is also a Boy Scout striving to become an Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout requirements are tough, so only about 1 in 100 scouts will achieve this distinction. And Michael Whary is an amazing kid with a great video message for all parents of children with autism. At age 2, Michael was diagnosed with autism. His doctors told his parents that he would have limitations. Don't all kids have limitations in one or more aspects of their lives? Some kids [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:44:54-05:00 |Blog|3 Comments

The Greatest Gift – Hearing Our Daughter’s Voice.

Our star of the month is Aubrey. I could go on and on about this beautiful little girl. I could tell you about how hard she works and how far she has come, but I'm not going to. I'm going to let her mom tell you. Aubrey is our beautiful blonde hair, hazel eyed 7 year old daughter. Still undiagnosed, Aubrey is non-verbal and cognitively impaired. She also has PDD-NOS as well as seizure disorder. Doctors spent many years telling us all of the things she'd never do. They told us that she would have a short life expectancy and [...]

By |2014-12-24T09:57:43-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

Giving Thanks For Expressive Language Progress

Cooper is our star of the month. Cooper is great kid. He's the kind of kid who lights up the clinic with his personality and his inquisitive nature. When he comes to Kidmunicate for therapy, he makes his rounds and talks to everyone in the office. And he's a great conversationalist too because he's genuinely interested in learning more about the people he's talking to. I guess he innately knows that people love to talk about themselves. Perhaps that's why so many people love Cooper. This was not always the case. Before Cooper started therapy, he was not much of [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:44:55-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

A Stuttering Man Wows American’s Got Talent

Stuttering can lead kids to avoid situations and might even keep them from pursuing their dreams. Frank Dimitri, who is now 74, has always wanted to be a singer, but lacked confidence to sing throughout his life because of he stutters. He recently found the courage to get on the stage of America's Got Talent. When he was finished singing Frank Sinatra's "I've got the world on a string.", he got a standing ovation. Stuttering, also referred to as stammering or disfluent speech, is a fluency disorder. To the point, stuttering is any interruption in the flow of speech. It [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:45:43-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

An Inspiring Commencement Speech by a Student Who Stutters

Parker Mantell, who stutters, delivered an inspiring commencement speech in front of 17,000 of his fellow graduates at Indiana University. His message was simple, "Far too often, society has instilled and reinforced the idea that those of us with disabilities are to remain disabled and perhaps even incapable." He added, "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Beautiful words from a man who has challenges with fluency. Mantell was no ordinary student. He interned for Congressman Eric Cantor, Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. During these internships, he did not avoid speaking roles, he embraced them. [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:45:43-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

Inspiration and Hope from a Mute Girl with Autism

We often say at Kidmunicate that communication is a gift. Some are born with it and some need a little lift. Well, in Carly's case many people were there to help lift her up in this inspirational story featured on ABC by John Stossel. Carly gives hope to all parents who deal with kids who have autism. For many parents of children with autism, the days are long and sometimes they wonder if all the work and therapy is worth the time, money and effort. Carly's dad admitted in this video that he had felt this way at one time. [...]

By |2015-06-01T16:56:10-04:00 |Blog|0 Comments
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