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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Autistic Wiki: Why Autistic Wiki?

I'm very interested to see how this develops.  My kids are a bit young for this, but what a great resource for older ASD kids and those that care for them.



Autistic Wiki: Why Autistic Wiki?:  The Autistic Wiki - Where Autism Really Speaks The autistic wiki is a free library of information about autism. It is written and monitor...

‘Refreshed’ autism strategy is all too stale, say activists

‘Refreshed’ autism strategy is all too stale, say activists

Friday, August 8, 2014

Graziano's - West Loop

When the weather is nice, I make the time to explore the neighborhood around my office, trying food from restaurants I've never been to.

I subscribe to a million email newsletters (information junkie) and this morning, I came across this one:

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/chicago/best-native-chicago-sandwiches-will-special-cemitas-italian-beef-and-more?ref=twitter-869

Most of the sandwiches look really good, although I was disappointed they didn't include the Freddie from Calabria on the South Side.  Jeff Mauro included the Freddie on his Sandwich King show on Food Network:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/il/chicago/calabria-imports.html#!

The first sandwich listed in the Thrillist article is from J.P. Graziano Grocery, which is a healthy walk from my office.

http://www.jpgraziano.com/

It's a small place with some outdoor seating, but has lots of character. 

I ordered the Will Special, as Thrillest recommended - wow!  Seriously one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in my life - fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, hot giardiniera, Italian deli meats on really good fresh Italian bread. 

When I ordered the Will Special, the man behind the counter smiled.  I didn't see a Will Special on the menu, so maybe it's an "in the know" kinda thing.  When I was leaving, he asked if I had read "the article."  Guess I wasn't the first person there today for the sandwich.  Glad I discovered this place, though - will be back to try other things on the menu!
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Link regarding social skills

A link to this page was posted on one of my favorite Facebook pages.  Good exercise for ASD kids or anyone who needs help with language and social skills.

http://ideas.ted.com/2014/07/28/how-to-turn-small-talk-into-smart-conversation/

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cleveland Part 3



On our last day in Cleveland, we were getting ready to check out of the hotel.  I brought up a trolley and we loaded all our bags – was struggling to maneuver the trolley out the door and down the hall – looked around – where’s Todd?  A couple standing by the elevators said, “oh, he got on the elevator.” 
 
Went downstairs hoping he was in the lobby.  No.  My dad and brother went out to the parking lot to see if maybe he walked to the car.  No.  Starting to panic a little.  Did he go up the elevator instead of down?  He could be anywhere in the hotel!  Told the front desk clerk what happened – she was wonderful – got on her walkie-talkie to housekeeping, explained to them he was non-verbal.  A few long minutes later, a housekeeper brought him down  - he had been on the third floor.
 
I want to give a shout out to the employees at the Courtyard Marriott in Willoughby, Ohio – they were immediately helpful, calm and non-judgmental.  Thank you!
 
 
 

two good articles

Picked up on one of the many autism Facebook pages I belong to...

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=352

http://blog.theautismsite.com/dillan-speech/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=dillantest&utm_term=20140723&utm_campaign=4

The second one especially got to me. :)