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4. Footprints

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe University of North Texas Press PDF

We came to Rochester to rescue our careers and rescued our son instead. As we planned our return to California, Mark knew he could at least step back into his old orchestra job, as tenuous as the symphony’s finances would be that fall. No matter what happened, Mark would still be able to work—he had greatly expanded his repertoire and his network in the past year. But I remained adrift, with no clear direction in sight. I had some inkling where Sam was going to go, but I didn’t know what I was going to do.


Spring break came and went, and before we knew it, it was

April 27, Sam’s appointment day with Dr. Copeland. The hospital staff told us to bring only Sam. Patti agreed to watch

Michael for the day.

Syracuse was a two-hour drive from Rochester. Since Sam’s appointment was at nine o’clock, we were at Patti’s house a little after seven. Patti had moved her nursery school to the two front rooms of her home after church officials decided to start their own program, so Michael would spend the morning with the “big kids” in nursery school.

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2. Potty Training

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe University of North Texas Press PDF

Potty Training

I liked Ken and Jennifer, co-workers at my new job at the California Confederation of the Arts. They were good-hearted people, dedicated to the group’s mission of promoting the arts.

Both Ken, my boss, and Susan, the executive director, prided themselves on their family-friendly office policies. They encouraged Mark to bring Michael to the office to nurse during my first few weeks on the job. My body needed to adjust to routine feedings, instead of breastfeeding on demand. Within a month,

Michael and I lined up with morning, noon and evenings feedings and Mark didn’t have to bring him anymore. Instead, I bicycled home at noon to share lunch with Mark and Sam, and nurse Michael.

Before moving to Texas, the Confederation’s outgoing office manager, Blair, trained me to do her job. Blair motored around the office in her wheelchair. I wondered if Ken built the ramp from the parking lot to the back door for her, since the front door emptied onto the sidewalk on P Street, near the capitol. Blair told me how, as a teenager, she was paralyzed from the waist down after an illness. She still had enough feeling in her legs that she had hope she could walk again. If she lived with her family, she would have more support to build her strength. Later, Jennifer told me that she doubted Blair’s ambition. Jennifer thought the push to walk again was coming from Blair’s family. I listened to Jennifer’s doubts and began to wonder, if it takes all the energy you have to walk and you have none left for your other daily tasks, then what have you accomplished?

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Going Home

Dan E. Burns University of North Texas Press PDF

Going Home

In September, Ben and I marched in the 2008 Alan Ross Texas

Freedom Gay Pride Parade with our church, Cathedral of Hope.

Marchers wore red, blue, green, or yellow shirts, rainbow colors, and the church’s theme, A Rainbow People, reminded me of The

Wizard of Oz.

As Ben and I waited for the parade to start, standing in the shade of a huge old cottonwood tree and sharing a blue snow cone, I thought about how far we had come, and not come. Two decades earlier we began our journey. Me, the Cowardly Lion, kicking holes in the wall and fearful that I was not up to the task of raising a disabled child. Sue, our Tin Man, rusty with grief. Ben, our Scarecrow with a head full of straw. The Yellow Brick Road is an image of the changes taking place in our lives, our journey, the gifts we have received.

Ben is a work in progress. The full force and fury of the autism storm have passed. Like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, damage is extensive and repair work is underway.

Standing there in the shade, sipping my melting blue snow cone,

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Chapter 24: Lynn—Paralysis, Skiing Accident

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Twenty-Four

Lynn—Paralysis, Skiing Accident

From cantering through Texas countryside teeming with thousands of Monarch butterflies, to cantering around an arena to thunderous applause from fans cheering riders from around the world—this is the trail taken by World Class Rider Lynn Seidemann. Representing the United States in the 2000 Paralympic Games, Sidney, Australia, winning a

Gold and a Silver Medal in the 2003 World Dressage Championships for the Disabled in Belgium, and a Silver in the 2004 Paralympic Games in

Greece, are only a few of Lynn’s accomplishments.

Always an athlete, Lynn played soccer on the University of Cincinnati team for two years, and excelled in tennis and basketball. She also snow skied.

Just after turning twenty-one, racing down the gleaming white slopes in Colorado, Lynn fell and hit a tree. The impact broke her back at T-eleven vertebrae. She could not walk, but Lynn didn’t let it stop her.

“I wanted to stay active and it was a natural thing to keep playing sports, at least do as close as possible to what I did before,” she said. “I started playing basketball and tennis.” Nine years after the accident, Lynn qualified in tennis for the 1992 Paralympic Games, Barcelona, Spain, and won a Silver Medal in doubles. Shortly thereafter she learned about therapeutic horseback riding.

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Vargas, Roberto Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Aremarkable statement from Marianne Williamson begins, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”1 While inadequacy may not be our deepest fear, it is often a deep wound, and the truth is that too many of us carry feelings of inadequacy that limit us. To advance a healthier society we must understand what undermines our power and how we become empowered. Toward this end, this chapter elaborates on the concept of EL NO, the negativity that limits our power, and co-powering, the process of empowering others and our relationships.

The Great Turning, the shifting of our world to the positive, requires all caring people to accept and develop their power to make good happen for themselves, their families, and our society. Key to this goal is developing our skills to empower each other. We can do this by engaging in co-powering communication, and consciously confronting the negativity that undermines our personal, family, and community power.

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Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

GLOSSARY tion with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, offering competition for mentally and physically challenged riders. The name comes from the term “Top Hand,” an honor bestowed on the best ranch cowboys in the Old West.

Tourette’s Syndrome: A neurobehavioral disorder in which classic symptoms are uncontrollable facial and vocal tics. It affects about one in two thousand people, is three to four times more common in boys, and usually begins before the age of seven.

Transverse Myelites: A neurological disorder caused by spinal inflammation, part of a spectrum of neuroimmunologic diseases of the central nervous system. It can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty substance that insulates nerve fibers, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.

Vaulting: Therapeutic vaulting is a modification of traditional vaulting.

The basic positions are taught, in an environment where the vaulters can progress at their own speed, while still being part of a group working together.

Vestibular System: The organ of the inner ear, containing several sets of three semicircular ducts at right angles to one another, which helps keep the body balanced. Also involved are the outer ear and the pull of gravity, which play a large roll in sensory integration. Over stimulation can cause motion sickness.

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Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

GLOSSARY numbing of responsiveness to the environment, exaggerated startle response, guilt feelings, impairment of memory, and difficulty in concentration and sleep.

Precautions: Physical or mental conditions which limit an individual’s participation in an equine assisted program.

Proprioception: The mechanism involved in the self-regulation of posture and movement through stimuli originating in receptors imbedded in the joints, tendons, muscles and internal ear (labyrinth). The perception of internal bodily conditions, such as contraction or stretching of muscles, bending, and straightening.

Proprioceptive: Capable of receiving stimuli originating in internal tissue.

Rainbow reins: Reins with bilateral bands of color, enabling the instructor to tell the rider which color to hold for the proper length of rein to carry out various maneuvers, including turning, stopping, backing, and trotting.

Range of Motion: The degree of free, unrestricted motion found in each joint in the body.

Scoliosis: A lateral curvature of the spine, predominantly congenital.

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Chapter 8: Recreational Riding—with profile of Amy

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Eight

Recreational Riding—with Profile of Amy

The objective of recreational riding is more toward enjoyment and social pleasure, plus learning horsemanship skills, while reaping physical and mental benefits from the horse’s motion. These riders often start with private lessons, then find it more fun to join a group where the members interact with each other.

The usual tack is a western or English saddle, although a bareback pad is occasionally used for simple vaulting type exercises. For beginning riders, reins are fastened directly onto the halter. This allows them to learn the gentle touch of reining without causing undue pressure on the horse’s mouth.

As the rider advances, his mount’s headgear consists of a bridle and bit, or hackamore, with rainbow reins attached. These reins have bilateral bands of color so the instructor can tell the rider where to hold them for a particular maneuver.

Even for advanced riders, the horse always wears a halter under the bridle. When exiting an enclosed area, such as going to and from an outdoor arena, a leader will have control with a rope snapped onto the halter. Leaving some slack in the rope allows the client to continue guiding his mount with the reins.

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Jonna Jepsen Karnac Books ePub

Every approach to research is value-skewed. There is no neutral research.

S. Brostrøm (2002, p. 10)

A great deal of research has been carried out into the various areas of premature children’s development. Apart from covering a few Danish investigations, I am summarizing the main points from some of the most recent Norwegian and Swedish research projects, as conditions in these countries are comparable to those in Denmark. In addition, I refer briefly to a single international investigation and give references for some other such investigations.

As far as intelligence evaluation is concerned the tests used are based on the traditional perception of the concept of intelligence, and the researcher’s conclusions must be considered with this in view. When evaluating the results of an intelligence test, it is important to be aware of the age of the testing method. In today’s information society children have a tendency to develop earlier, which is why a test method can give too high a result (Stjernqvist, 1999).

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22 A Strategy of Peace

The Arbiner Institute Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“Do you remember yesterday morning when I drew a pyramid and divided it into two levels?” Yusuf asked. “I called one level ‘dealing with things that are going wrong,’ and the deeper level ‘helping things go right.’ Remember?”

Everyone nodded.

“Then you’ll remember how we agreed that we normally spend most of our time dealing with things that are going wrong, even though that isn’t ideal.”

Again, the group nodded.

“I’d like to give you more detail around that pyramid,” he said. “It forms a structure that governs everything we do here at Camp Moriah with the children, with the staff, and with you. It shows not only how to find peace, but how to make it. It shows how to replace conflict with cooperation. Yesterday we called it the Change Pyramid because it guides all attempts to get others to change or improve. Since the change we at Camp Moriah are most interested in is the change from war to peace—first within us, and then without—we often call the more detailed version the Peacemaking Pyramid.”

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Anticipatory Grief

Donna S. Davenport University of North Texas Press PDF


The heartbreak in King David’s cry when hearing of the death of his estranged son soars far above those sweet twinges we feel in relinquishing small lovely moments.

Grief is the name we give to that pain experienced when we are wrenched away from a closely held connection, especially from one loved over time. Freud used the term “cathexis” to explain human attachments, a term from the Greek word meaning “holding.” One becomes “cathected to love objects” when one invests emotional energy in them, when, in effect, one holds them close. Anytime we let someone or something mean something to us, we are cathected, and the loss of that love object may be agonizing. Those people and things that we bond to are what define us as individuals. So grief raises the question: Who are we when they are no longer in our life? How do we then define ourselves?

A new understanding of anticipatory grief

Grief, according to Freud (1917/1957), has a purpose: Mourners must learn to detach their feelings and attachments from the deceased, so that they can become free to reinvest in new relationships. The reality of the loss must be accepted as final and they must “decathect”; pathological grief is that which has reached no closure or resolution. As much as psychoanalysis has evolved since Freud, contemporary psychoanalytic thought is still consistent with this early conceptualization

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Secret 2: Get Informed and Shop Around

Kalena Cook and Margaret Christensen, M.D. University of North Texas Press PDF


Get Informed and Shop Around

In a perfect world, you could trust that all things are safe for you. In reality, we have been blessed with a curious and discerning brain and a woman’s remarkable intuition to help us make safe decisions for ourselves.You have a choice in pregnancy and birth: either get informed and make decisions or remain naive.

If you favor natural birth, do you want an experienced caregiver, personal service or straight-forward care? In selecting the right physician or midwife at the right hospital, birth center, or a home birth, consider the following questions.

Having a Baby? 10 Questions to Ask

Have you decided how to have your baby? The choice is yours.

First, learn as much as you can about all your choices.There are many different ways of caring for you and your baby during labor and birth.

Birthing care that is better and healthier for mothers and babies is called “mother-friendly.” Some birth places or settings are more motherfriendly than others and that’s important to your outcome.When you are deciding where to have your baby, you can choose from different places such as a:

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CHAPTER ONE. A child psychiatry case illustrating delayed reaction to loss

Gillian Wilce Karnac Books ePub

D. W. Winnicott

On his eleventh birthday Patrick suffered the loss of his father by drowning. The way in which he and his mother needed and used professional help illustrates the function of the psychoanalyst in child psychiatry.

In the course of one year Patrick was given ten interviews and his mother four, and during the four years since the tragedy occurred I have kept in touch, by telephone conversations with the mother, with the boy’s clinical state as well as with the mother’s management of her son and of herself. The mother started with very little understanding of psychology and with considerable hostility to psychiatrists, and she gradually developed the qualities and insight that were needed. The part she was to play was, in effect, the mental nursing of Patrick during his breakdown. She was very much encouraged by being able to undertake this heavy task and by succeeding in it.

The father had a practice in one of the professions. He had achieved considerable success and had very good prospects. Together they had a large circle of friends.

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Chapter 15: Leah—Intrauterine Stroke

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Fifteen

Leah—Intrauterine Stroke

“Chesto! Wheo Chesto?” The soft voice came from the direction of the arena entryway. I looked up to see a little girl with huge blue eyes and a sunny smile leaning on a tiny walker. “I wanna wide Chesto!” she said with a little more volume.

I finished saddling a big bay, breathing the earthy scents of horse and oiled leather, and stepped from the stall. I walked toward the client, passing a row of open pipe enclosures along the outside perimeter of the huge arena, in which horses stood picking at the remnants of their hay ration. Others were saddled and ready for their riders, or standing patiently while volunteers brushed them and cleaned their feet with a hoofpick.

Greeting Leah Epich and her mother, Susan Epich, I checked the helmet list to see which one she needed, and retrieved it from the cabinet.

Jessica Whaylen, former Rocky Top Therapy Center instructor, walked into the arena and I handed the helmet to her. Fastening it over

Leah’s bouncy red curls, she said, “Chester’s all saddled. He’s been sticking his head out of the stall looking for you.” The girl giggled at this disclosure.

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Susanne Soborg Christensen Karnac Books ePub


Children have two essential central psychological needs that can only be met through interaction with their parents or caregivers:

  attachment to significant adults;

  exploration of their environment.

As parents, one of our most important tasks is to ensure that our children are able to seek comfort and nurture from us when they are sad, confused, and exhausted, and dare to go exploring, be it in the strawberry bed, the forest, or at school.

In simpler terms, one could say that our children develop on the basis of two kinds of behaviour:

  they seek intimacy and contact (attachment behaviour);

  they explore the world (exploratory behaviour).

Normally, these two apparently opposite types of behaviour do not occur at the same time. Attachment behaviour can be caused by malaise, anxiety, pain, unpredictability, and insecurity, while exploratory behaviour comes from feeling safe and secure, from feeling confidence, warmth, predictability, and reliability. Together with the care-giving adult, the child develops an ability to tolerate appropriate levels of frustration as he or she alternates between these two types of behaviour.

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