Going to be on TV...again

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Registered: 10-21-2003
Going to be on TV...again
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Fri, 10-08-2004 - 8:44am
Three years ago ALicia and I did a 5 minute spot on our local ATV "Live@5" news coverage (which actually covers all of Atlantic Canada...I believe)for Early Intervention week. We were the "spokesfamily"LOL, and it ended up being part of CanadaNow (a Saturday broadcast from around Canada...to "recap" the news from around the country for the past week). ANyway, The IWK Children's Hospital where we go for assistive technology, and used to go to for ALL our therapies before Alicia was in school, has been interviewed for another segment on Live@5 called Housecalls. THey are doing a piece about assistive technology and augmentative communication and what it is and what it does so of course Alicia's AT-Marybeth asked if she could give our name as the "family representative" and of course I said yes. Why I don't know I get SO nervous in front of the camera, but maybe this time I can let ALicia answer some questions with her eyegaze board, or maybe they will lend her a talking device for the show. She doesn't have one of her own yet, but that is what we are working toward. Actually I always say yes to things like this because most people do not realize what is available for people who have special needs. Too many people are shocked that ALicia can communicate with her eyes, and that she can do schoolwork (the same schoolwork as her classmates "manually" write)on a computer. So I think it is very important for those not in the know to learn how our kids CAN be a productive part of a classroom, or in society in general.

ALicia is excited, SHE isn't camera shy at all, she also starred in a "movie" about adapting a classroom for a nonverbal child. It was two speech and language pathologist students thesis for their Master's...it is used as a teaching tool at some Universities. FUnnily enough, ALicia's aide (Michelle...who was in the movie with her...as her aide!LOL) ended up having her Professor using the video in one of her classes. While it was on The Prof kept looking at Michelle and then at the screen, she just nodded and at the end everyone was freaking out that she was in the movie. After that, when she had to do a project on special needs in the classroom (she studied to become a teacher) we took Alicia up and helped Michelle with her presentation...she was a hit. My goodness she is SUCH a ham. Well I suppose that's our news from NS. Have a great weekend. SHelley
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Sat, 10-09-2004 - 7:59am

Hi Shelley!


That sounds fabulous!

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Registered: 01-08-2004
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 12:43am
That is just AWESOME!!! GL and lots of (((HUGS)))

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 10-14-2004 - 8:03am
Shelley...that's terrific and I'm sure will help a few other parents looking for some answers!

 


 



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Registered: 10-21-2003
Thu, 10-14-2004 - 12:46pm
No update yet. Got the first call, from the PR guy and am still waiting for the producer to call. It's SUPPOSED to be in less than a week; but they better get off their butts if they want me to take my munchkin out of school for it. I'm not sure who else they have to interview, I know they did Alicia's speech/language pathologist (who works in conjunction with assistive tech) and her AT...but that was an overall type interview, so I don't know if they are going back to talk specifically about Missy with them and why they chose the types of devices for her. So we are on holding pattern for now.