Friday, November 30, 2007
We would like all comments to come here for the blog. I hope everyone can post their comments here...This way it will foster discussions....because that is part of this new form of investigative reporting..showing you the process and being in constant communication with you the viewer.
I will post our air schedules weekly. This first week we are introducing families.
All stories will air on the morning show first...but they might not be up on the web until after the 5pm showing.
December 3rd Monday 5pm Caring Families -Everhart
December 4th Tuesday 5pm Caring Families-Will
December 5th Wednesday 5pm Caring Families-Michael
December 6th Thursday 5pm Caring Families-Jeremy
December 7th Friday 5pm Caring Families-Adam
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I was always "a little different" as a kid. I started to read my first words at 2 1/2 years, but socially and emotionally, I was a bit delayed. It's amazing to get a diagnosis where everything is finally starting to make sense. I call the diagnosis a blessing and a curse. A blessing because as I mentioned, I no longer feel the need to blame myself for not being a "normal" 36-year-old woman (I know I've done everything I can do). It is a curse because other than the anticonvulsants I have been prescribed, I am confused about what I should do with my life. My current job as an instructor is extremely difficult because I am so sensitive to the lights and sounds of the room. But as I learn more about the reality of having an ASD, I also realize how much I can help to educate people. I'll post again soon! Thanks for the invitation! Maureen :)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Then there was also the phase when he was totally fascinated with any man with facial hair. In his attempt to interact with his subject of interest, he approached each man in need of a shave with the phrase, "My mom really likes your beard." And then he would shove me and my glowing red face in the direction of his new acquaintence. Thanks to Wynn, I have flirted with a lot of five o'clock shadows in my time.....
Currently, at age 12, Wynn has become much more direct in his social initiations. He is methodical and to the point as he follows this simple two-step formula: first give compliment, then ask a short, personal question. More specifically, he bluntly says, "I like you. Why are you so weird?". No matter your age, color or size, he uses the same formula.."I like you. Why are you so weird?"....It is amazing how effective such an approach has proven to be. I have watched countless people be totally taken off guard and become completely real in just a matter of seconds.....Usually, the individual of interest laughs first and then proceeds to explain their particular "weirdness". It's humbling to be witness to such confessions but it is also heartwarming to see the walls come down and the bonding begin. And now, my son with autism has many, many friends. I think he may be on to something.
Life should be so simple.
I really enjoyed being able to observe Will’s occupational therapy, it was a great way for me to see how Will is able to communicate as well as some things that he enjoys doing such as puzzles. I have been on one other shoot with a family and I believe that the combination of the two have really started to open my eyes to what it is really like to be affected in some way by autism.
I felt that the interviews with Will’s parents, Tim and Dee, went extremely well. I loved being able to hear about what his parents hoped for Will years down the line and some of his therapies, as well as about their lives and how Will is such a big part of them. Tim Miles made a point that his son is not bad and they did not do anything wrong, he’s just different, just like some people are right handed and some are left.
As we were doing the interviews Will was occupied with other activities such as his dinner and games on the computer, although there were times that he would come into the living room to see the interview, just out of curiosity. Being able to see just how interested Will was about everything around him was very neat and I enjoyed the visit to his home very much.
I can’t wait to share more of Will and the Miles’ family story with you.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Our opening is almost done. I will post it on here once we get it compressed....Thanks to Brad Hale. He is doing all....and I mean ALL of our graphics for the series.
Ryan was our photog for the shoot. Meredith and Jessica came along for our blog and web content. Meredith setup the interview.
One of the most compelling comments Champion gave us is the reason behind the law. She says there is enough reason to be concerned about the safety of mercury in vaccines. While the law does have an emergency clause, Champion says this is a way to move forward.
Friday, November 23, 2007
After Ashley interviewed Dr. Miles in the summer of 2007, the flood of emails she received is what started this whole series. Getting an interview with Dr. Miles was difficult but it was also imperative to the series, so we headed over to the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodeveopmental Disorders here in Columbia, where she works.
When Dr. Miles was ready for us, we followed her back to her office where we set up for the interview. We talked to Dr. Miles about what the Thompson Center offers, and numerous studies, including one she did, among other things.
After we finished speaking to Dr. Miles, we shot some footage of her working in her office and then some footage of the Thompson Center. When we were done there, we drove back to the newsroom at KOMU.
The series starts soon, I can't wait for you all to see it.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
and in time the spinning stops we find we have lost our minds.Not even relizing the real storm has yet to hit.My son is seven now and we have came a long way as well he.I can see the sun will shine again and in time I will be able to get my home and myself back the beauity we once had.It's just going to take time and energy.What I am wondering is will we ever cry about the pain?I mean really.
Or will lifes getting better take the place of the tears we really had no time to express?And is crying really that important?Are we as people stronger then we think we are?And with hard work and determanation are we able to over come hurt/Or is it going to be a thing we will someday have to deal with? Is there going to be another storm?This time within ourselves!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
As a part of the investigative portion of this series reporting on the vaccine debate; It's important for us to have a legislator talking about why mercury laws have been passed. Senator Champion takes the political approach to the issue. She says she doesn't pick a side to support whether vaccines cause autism.... but says she is an advocate for the children and their safety.
During our interview she stressed that there is still much research to be done, but in the meantime there is enough concern to eliminate the mercury from vaccines for the safety of Missouri's children in the future. Senator Champion was very good at articulating the reason for the mercury law in Missouri. She wants to be cautious until further research is done.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We went to the Miles family on Thursday. This is our last family shoot. Will is three years old and has autism. He is such a cute boy. We went to Will's house and got video and pictures of a therapy session. I think this will add a lot to our series, because we have not attended a session yet. There is a separate room in the house for Will's therapy.
The Miles are a local family here in Columbia, MO. Tim Miles, Will's Dad has blogged on here about Will. It was neat to talk to a family that has been watching this series unfold.
Will is the center of Tim and Dee's world. Dee and Tim are beyond dedicated for their son's needs. The house is setup to accommodate Will to help him improve developments.
The most compelling part of the shoot is when I was interviewing Tim. He told me he hopes someday he can hear Will tell his Mom he loves her. I can't wait to share their story with you in just a few weeks!