The Omni Intelligencer

Sell your house faster for more. auction-style-property-sale
  Wednesday, July 29, 2015  Home > Body-Mind-Spirit > Health & Wellness > Children's Health > A Call for Social Stories!
Follow us on Twitter
Every Dollar Helps
Donate using PayPal
Amount:

A Call for Social Stories!

| More

Teachers, aids, caregivers and parents, if you've a great Social Story, here's a chance to put it to music and share it with others.  

Many of you already know, in addition to being stepdad to a terrific young man on the spectrum, I'm also a banjo player. Most of you also know, winters up here in Minnesota are looooong.  :)  So long in fact that, if you're a musician, you've got time on your hands to practice and do creative things. I was talking with some of my creative music friends the other day and found we all had a common interest in writing music to Social Stories.

"What a great idea" I thought. "We could write original tunes and record videos of us playing them to kids. Then, thanks to VCASMO, we could combine these videos with Powerpoints (visuals) of the best Social Stories."

Video of Music here           --        Visual of Social Story here

"And I know the perfect outlet for these musical, Social Stories - The Education Library at Autism Hangout!!"

It's been proven time and again that music helps open up our kids. So why not put together "the best of" our community-prepared Social Stories with music so that all our special kids can benefit? I got so excited about the idea I couldn't stand it!

Now, we all know ANYone can write a good Social Story, but I wanted to open it up to all the parents, caregivers, teachers and para-aids out there that have some GREAT prepared Social Stories that they're successfully using right now. Ideally your Story is complete with visuals (i.e. Powerpoints or other scanable artwork). And if it rhymes, even better!

So I'd like to invite you to send me your best, successful Social Stories that we may consider putting them to music! I figger' it's worth a try at least. So here's my official "cattle call."

Please Send Me Files of "The Best Of" Your Successful Social Stories.

I've got musician friends standing by waiting to be a part of this. Ideally, once the music is prepared, I can videotape the actual musical artist singing the Social Story to a bunch of kids (and place it next to the prepared visuals in the VCASMO format now being used in the Education Library). You can make 'em full-screen, you know. THAT will be awesome!!

Send your Social Story files to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I can't promise we'll use them all, but for the ones we do, I'll certainly give credit where it's due. And if I can figger out a way that everyone gets paid a little bit for their work, that would be great, too. But the fee has to be low enough that most folks and kids can take advantage of this incredible resource.  I'm really excited about this! I hope you are as well!

Thanks again, everyone... for being a part of Autism Hangout!

Kind regards,

Craig Evans, Founder - Autism Hangout

Web: www.autismhangout.com
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Sell your house faster for more. auction-style-property-sale
| More
 
  • Anthem profit beats as medical costs stay at low end of estimates 29 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm

    The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, CaliforniaIt also said that a key financial measure of medical costs fell during the quarter. Health insurers closely manage costs to contend with a constant rise in medical spending. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire Cigna for $47 billion in cash and stock to create the No. 1 U.S. health insurer with 53 million members.


  • Boeing may move work abroad with Exp-Im future uncertain: chairman 29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Boeing CEO McNerney waits to be introduced to speak, in front of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner under construction in EverettBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co Chairman Jim McNerney said on Wednesday the aircraft maker was actively considering moving "key pieces" of its operations to other countries given the uncertainty about the future of the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30. "We are now forced to think about this differently," McNerney said in an interview hosted by the Economic Club of Washington, noting that Boeing is looking at countries that offer export credits. Boeing officials had no further details about which business operations could be affected or when the company had launched its review.


  • First child double hand transplant announced in US 29 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Pictured here is 8-year-old Zion Harvey of Baltimore, Maryland with his newly transplanted handsAn eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors, nurses and other staff from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology, to pull off the pioneering surgery.


  • Boys??? Second- and Third-Degree Sunburns Show Dangers of No Sun Protection 29 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm

    Shauna Broadway was horrified to find her sons had no sunblock on field trip.

  • Flesh-eating bacteria kills Virginia fisherman 29 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm

    (Reuters) - A Virginia fisherman stabbed by a catfish barb has died of a flesh-eating bacteria, a state health official said on Wednesday. Charlie Horner, 75, of Mechanicsville, was fishing on July 18 in the Rappahannock River about 130 miles south of Washington when a cut on his leg became infected with vibrio vulnificus, a deadly river bacteria, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said. Michelle Stoll, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, confirmed the death was caused by vibrio vulnificus.

  • Ebola cases fall to year low but WHO warns of trouble ahead 29 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm

    An health worker gives a drink to an Ebola patient at Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone. There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra Leone, the WHO said in the latest of its weekly updates on the epidemic. The patient died on July 23 and was confirmed (Ebola) positive after post-mortem testing.


  • Telemedicine can widen access to depression therapy for seniors 29 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm

    By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Talk therapy delivered by two-way video call helped older veterans with depression as much as in-person therapy sessions, a U.S. study found. Many seniors face obstacles to getting help for depression, including mobility issues and fear of social stigma, researchers say, so telemedicine might expand their access to treatment. “Psychotherapy works for depression whether you deliver it by face-to-face or the telemedicine approach,” and telemedicine is a good option for “older adults who have barriers to mobility, stigma, or geographic isolation,” said lead author Dr. Leonard Egede “At our facility, we have almost 40 percent of people who live in rural areas, so this is a good opportunity to be able to provide care for them without them having to drive long distances,” noted Egede, the Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair and professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, by email.

  • GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine 29 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm

    The world's first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday. "We believe that there should be a thoughtful, staged roll-out of this vaccine, particularly because it is important that we acquire more knowledge about where it really works the best," GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters. Experts also need to build up a bigger database on safety, he added, since it is the first time a vaccine will have been launched in Africa without any history of use in developed countries.

  • Exclusive: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania 29 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm

    A jogger runs past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in LondonDrugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania. GSK confirmed it was looking into the latest claims of improper payments set out in a whistleblower's email sent to its top management on Monday. The latest allegations say GSK paid Romanian doctors hundreds, and in one cases thousands, of euros between 2009 and 2012 for prescribing its medicines, including prostate treatments Avodart and Duodart and Parkinson's disease drug Requip.


  • Correction: Weight Loss-Balloon story 29 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 28 about an inflatable medical balloon approved to treat obesity, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount of weight patients regained after having the device removed. Patients actually regained about one-third of their lost weight.