AUTISM Interview with Katherine Sanger

July 2, 2019

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Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 80

October 2, 2018

Today’s AUTISM Interview in Autism Parenting Magazine is with Teresa Dannaway who has an 8 year old son (Tyler) with autism and apraxia. Our AUTISM Interview is on page 69-70 and sadly after this AUTISM Interview was conducted her son Tyler passed away and here is a link to his obituary

Around 15 months, he started having seizures and GI issues. This is when he lost his speech (he had about 10 words before the seizures). My sister in law who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education suggested we start him on a gluten free dairy free diet. We started that right away and it was not very difficult to transition him since he had not been on solid foods that long. He has been on the gluten free dairy free diet ever since. We saw a huge difference when we took him off it for a week in preschool. In fact, the teachers begged us to put him back on the diet. He had become aggressive and extremely hyper when off the diet. Tyler was diagnosed with autism at 2 and a half years old. We were not shocked with the diagnosis because we had already suspicioned it. The hardest part we had was finding all the resources available to us (financial as well as therapeutic). This is primarily why I started a local support group. We meet once a month in person and I have a private Facebook group as well. Whenever I come across an autism event, I post it in my Facebook group. That is one way I try to share information. I also host guest speaker events. In fact, we just had one last week about flying with a child with autism. Another way I share information is through my job as Family Care Navigator. I speak to families who are just diagnosed and feel lost. Once you receive the diagnosis, you go through a grieving process because the life you had dreamed of after having a child is different now. There is a poem I like to share called “Welcome to Holland.” It helps explain the new world these recently diagnosed parents enter.

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DERRICK Interview with Aiden’s Waltz Author Victoria Marin

December 24, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Victoria Marin who graduated from New York University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Her book, Aiden’s Waltz, received a 5 star rating from Readers Favorites Book Reviews as was recommended as a teaching tool for parents and educators. Ms. Marin advocates for creative arts programs for children with special needs.

D is for Dream: My dream was to become a successful author of children’s literature. In February 2012, I published my first children’s book, Aiden’s Waltz, about a young boy with Autism who overcomes bullying as well as his challenges through the art of ballroom dancing.

E is for Encourage: I am encouraged by the people I hope to educate through my mission to share the power of dance for all individuals with special needs.

R is for Resource: My skills as a healthcare professional coupled with my life experience as a mother of a child with special needs provide me with a unique perspective on the true feelings, struggles and emotions of a child on the spectrum.

R is for Ready: As I watched my son tearfully refuse to go to school, I knew I was ready to bring our experiences to the community so as to shed light on the prevalence of bullying toward children with special needs.

I is for Individual: Others should learn more about Tommy Lasorda who once managed the Los Angeles Dodgers. His quote, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination,” has motivated me to reach small goals which eventually led to successfully attaining my larger long term goals.

C is for Continue:  My children spark my motivation to continue even when times are bleak. I strive to be a positive role model for them who embodies the core values of family, hard work and education.

K is for Key: My key to success is thinking out of the box. Creative approaches to marketing has set me apart from the rest of the pack. Tap into your hidden talents and create your own success!

Visit Victoria Marin for more information.