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Friday, March 2, 2012

The Final Day of My 2nd Year

Tomorrow will mark the start of my 3rd year at TouchPoint full time. Already today has been memorable as I awoke to a thunderstorm producing some nice sized hail. The sun hadn't risen yet but it was still time for me to get going as I had a presentation for two elementary schools South of town.

That presentation went amazingly. Nothing gives me more hope than teachers that want to know what is going on in the mind of a person on the spectrum. That presentation also presented a couple challenges as, right at the time I mentioned how school bells distracted me they went off and later on my composure was shaken when a thunderstorm producing hail hit. I didn't say anything, and I didn't get my phone out, but I wanted above anything else to look at the radar on my phone. I could see other people doing that so if anything major was about to hit I had faith that they would get us to safety.

Right now I sit at my dad's house awaiting my ride to Washington University and my first ever time as a keynoter. I still don't know fully know what I'm going to say or in the order I'm going to say it. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's the worst thing possible, but I'm going to enjoy my 45 minutes and hopefully say stuff that is really relevant. From the presentation my dad will be taking me to the airport as I head West to Phoenix for the race.

I would write more but time is wearing thin. One thing though, I am planning on doing a video blog tomorrow to commemorate the start of my 3rd year at this (Monday will be the 3rd year for my blog) and also announcing an exciting string of events that I am planning to do for Autism Awareness Month. I'll probably film it at the track so it might be tomorrow evening before it goes up... and if the hotel doesn't have wi-fi then it might be Sunday or Monday before it goes up, but in any event be looking for that this weekend.

7 comments:

  1. Aaron, It is encouraging to see teachers take an interest in learning more about the spectrum and how they can help these children become successful in the classroom and in life as well. I just wish more would grasp the need to become educated in this. It is people like you who bring your own life's experiences to help educate the school staff as well as the public so that our children can also become productive citizens in our society. And I thank you for that.

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    1. I was one of the teachers at the presentation yesterday and I thought Aaron did a great job working through the storm. At my school, we already have a few children diagnosed and a few that are currently being assessed for autism. Aaron's presentation really helped put things in perspective. Many of the things that he mentioned are things that we, as teacher's, don't think about. But now knowing and looking back at things that have happened, it completely makes sense. Thanks Aaron! I look forward to reading more about this!

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  2. I really enjoyed your presentation on Friday. I have a grandson that is non-verbal, but has many of the same OCD tendencies on the spectrum. I'm optimistic that he has an opportunity to be happy and productive, like yourself! Thank you!

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  3. Hi,Aaron,
    I have a real important question. Has anyone of your contacts knowledge about the using of prednisolon or kortison for kidneys function? My autistic fosterson is in the hospital because he has a kidneys disfunction with this medication for 4 weeks, high blood pressure and today also seizures. This night they will take samples from cerebrospinal fluid. I cant sleep. For any answers I would be glad.
    Nice regards , Sakura

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    1. Oh Sakura, that's terrible... I'm currently ill, so I'll probably be seeing some doctors any time soon. If Aaron doesn't have any answers before then, I'll ask around for you. I can't promise anything of course, but my prayers are with you and your son. :(

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  4. Sakura, I am unsure of that. I am also out of town but I will ask some people in private but I don't know if I'm going to be able to find anything.

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  5. Thank you, I am really sick with worry. I have asked professionals, but I know from my studies, that research is only on the beginning. There are in UK and USA more experiences than in Germany.
    You are right Issha, we can only pray. The boy is beliefing in me. And I can not help enough. I will write to my university, may be, they can answer in short time. Fingers crossed...

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