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all of you writers who have submitted an article
 Reply |Karen at Autism Today to me
show details Sep 14 (2 days ago)

Dear Dr,

I am writing on behalf of Karen Simmons who wanted to let you know personallly that she was amazed and overwhelmed by the wonderful response she received regarding the article and story submissions.  She wanted to respond to you directly and had a sudden emergency in her family that she had to attend to.  She asked me to reach out to you and thank you if you were someone who did send articles and stories.

The best way to submit your article is to submit it online at:

If you have sent your story already as an attachment, or in the body of an email because you didn’t know how to submit it online then we will need you to email me your story again to ks@autismtoday.com along with the permission to use as follows:

Permission to Publish Article:
I agree to give permission to Autism Today to use my article in any way that they feel is appropriate, including, but not limited to, website content, newsletters, article sharing sites, and blog postings.

I understand and agree that there is no remuneration for the article I am submitting in the form of revenue to me and I am submitting because I would like to contribute knowledge and information to other people and families who share my area of interest.

TYPE YOUR FULL NAME AND REPLY to ks@autismtoday.com
It would help a great deal if you could put the words “Story and Permission” in the subject line.


Larry Draut
Autism Today Support

Bubble Riding (hardcover book)

A Relaxation Story, designed to help children increase creativity while lowering stress and anxiety levels

by Lori Lite,
Illustrated by Max Stasuyk

Children love to visualize or imagine filling their bodies with the colors of the rainbow. Children join the sea child and turtle as they take a bubble ride into the world of relaxation. Visualization, also known as “creative imagery”, can lower stress and anxiety levels. It can have a positive impact on your child’s health, creativity, and performance.

It can be used to decrease pain and anger. The colorful imagery in this story quiets the mind and relaxes the body so your child can manage stress and fall asleep peacefully.
“Bubble Riding” is the easiest, most effective way I have found to help children relax. …an excellent way for children to manage stress, anxiety and fears. —Susan, Maryland

What a beautiful book! Bubble Riding is so very child friendly. It teaches in such a bright, colorful way HOW to relax your body. Both my children love to follow along relaxing each part of their bodies as they prepare to relax for bed. As a pediatric occupational therapist I have also used this book and its wonderful methods to teach relaxation to some of my clients and their families. GREAT! – Kelly Giaquinto, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Children are enchanted by this friendly journey through relaxation. Bubble Riding offers children a positive, life long skill presented in a calm, peaceful and colorful adventure. This child friendly story is well written and beaut ifully illustrated.” – Melissa C. Fedosh, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Mother

A Relaxation Story, introducing deep breathing to decrease stress and anger while promoting peaceful sleep

by Lori Lite,
Illustrated by Max Stasuyk
Children will love to experience belly breathing with playful sea otters and a sea child. This effective, self-calming technique also known as “diaphragmatic breathing” can have a positive impact on your child’s health. Proper breathing can lower stress and anxiety levels. It can be used to decrease pain and anger.

Delightful characters and easy breathing encourage your child to slow down, relax, and fall asleep peacefully. If you enjoyed A Boy and a Bear, you will love Sea Otter Cove.
“This child friendly adventure is beautifully illustrated and loved by children of all ages. Sea Otter Cove teaches children a powerful breathing technique, which helps children to slow down and focus in this fast paced and over stimulating world. The techniques are easy to use anywhere!””
—Melissa C. Fedosh, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Children’s Yoga Teacher, and Mother
Book #3
Angry Octopus (hardcover book)

An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing

by Lori Lite
Illustrated by Max Stasuyk
Children love to unwind and relax with this fun exercise known as “progressive muscular relaxation”. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger.
This effective stress and anger management technique focuses awareness on various muscle groups to create a complete resting of the mind and body. Muscular relaxation can lower stress and anxiety levels. It can be used to decrease pain and anger. This engaging story quiets the mind and relaxes the body so your child can let go of anger and fall asleep peacefully.
“The first time I read this book to my children, they both engaged in the progressive muscle relaxation without any prompting from me. Several days later, my six year old spontaneously talked about how he could manage his anger by doing what the octopus did. A must have for anyone with children or anyone who works with children”
—Dr. L. Teegarden, Clinical Psychologist
Book #4
Affirmation Weaver (hardcover book)

A Believe in Yourself Story, designed to help children boost self-esteem while decreasing stress and anxiety

by Lori Lite
Illustrated by Max Stasuyk
Children love to turn self-doubt into self-belief. Children relate to the dolphin in this story as the sea creatures show him how to believe in himself. Watch your child’s self–esteem grow as the sea creatures weave a web of positive statements.
This “feel good” technique can be used to bolster self-image, manage stress and anxiety, and accomplish goals. This encouraging story will bring a smile to your face and give your child a tool that will last a lifetime.

“This wonderful book offers children the chance to learn relaxation skills and a positive psychological outlook like no other work I am aware of. The beautiful illustrations and engaging dialogue surpass any other resources I have come across in my field of psychology. I look forward to utilizing this book and Lori’s other products in my practice.”-Dr. Rasin-Waters

I am familiar with many of the author’s books and CDs, so I ordered Affirmation Weaver. As an adult, I was skeptical when I first looked at how basic this story was, but I was quickly proven wrong by my child. He caught on to the direct, no fluff approach to affirmations. It was thrilling to see my child say he liked himself. This is quite a turn around from how he usually critiques himself. He also enjoys the relaxing way that the story is written. It is very melodic. The author truly writes to impress the child, not the adult. -Denise R. 

Learning for Life: What you need to know about autism


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by KING 5 News 


Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM 

Updated Wednesday, Aug 25 at 8:49 AM 

About one out of every 110 children is diagnosed with autism. 

Sixty years after being identified as a disorder, scientists still don’t know what causes autism. And, just like snowflakes, no two individuals with autism are alike. On one end of the spectrum is Asperger’s Disorder, a high functioning sub group of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and on the other end of the spectrum are profoundly disabled individuals. 

This week on Learning for Life, we talk with Dr. Felice Orlich with Seattle Children’s Autism Center, about what autism is, how it’s diagnosed and the signs parents should look for. We also explore the issue of whether there are enough resources available to support the increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. This is the final segment in a month-long series Learning for Life – and Birth to Thrive Online (Thrive’s daily blog) – is doing on children with special needs.

 Learning for Life airs every Wednesday on KING 5 Morning News on KONG 6/16 TV between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Please send any story ideas about people, programs and work being done to support children from birth to age 5 t

Karen to me
show details Aug 24 (5 days ago)

Dear iwansuwandy,

Thank you, you have helped us realize how much your voice counts and really needs to be heard by all the parents and professionals in the special needs community.

You’ve told us you’re honoured to have been asked, and honestly, we’re quite honoured to have you as part of our expanding membership.  Also, if you’ve asked what you should write about, then honestly, as long as it’s helpful to our community and appropriate for our audience, we want YOUR voice to be heard by all!

Here are some examples of topics:

·         Appreciating my child for who they are
·         Anything pertaining to special needs
·         Meeting the challenges of dietary restrictions
·         Successful method of treatment for autism
·         Supplements that have worked for my child
·         Living on the spectrum in the military

For sharing your story in an article format that demonstrates a lesson or gives useful information (300 – 500 words), we will give you the recognition and acknowledgement you so deserve.  We would ask you to visit:


and enter your article/story.  Don’t forget to checkmark the permission block if you are in agreement with the terms and conditions.

Hopefully we (and many others) will be able to benefit a great deal by reading your words of wisdom and experience.

With Great Gratitude,

Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, Autism Today

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