Meeting Update

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We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!

Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hopeful

Dr. Jed Baker is a pioneer and the leader in the U.S. in developing "in school" programs for social awareness, and education for students with Asperger Syndrome.  His programs have set the standard for what a successful program can be to get the NT population (neurotypical...what is that?!) within the school setting, to know and then stand up for and stand up "with" our kiddos that are their own flavor of AS.  Hearing him 4 years ago is what set me on fire to be able to start the groups I am now blessed to say I help run in the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Centers in Owasso and are now part of the curriculum for AS kiddos...I'm working on the Mid High now!!! (Prayer here would be lovely!)  A year ago I went to hear him again, and then had lunch with him to ask some questions, etc. about my groups and get his general perspective on things.  He had started his whole seminar day with this question:  "What is the most important thing that you need to have to help your kids/students/clients be successful?"  To this question, we all leaned a little closer to this man, who seems to have so many of the social answers on helping our kids.  The answer he gave was one syllable, and indeed one word:  Hope.

I daresay that we all have that with the ebb and flow of good and bad days with our kids.  I will say that even when I'm about all in...there is still that seed that will not extinguish within me for the possibilities that are within our amazing kids, and that is hope.  In lunching with him on his break that day, he continued to use verbiage to illustrate that we all should continue to push...and hope... for more and more advancements all the way around for this ever increasing population.

I know that hope can be hard to find on some days, perhaps especially in starting a new school year...but hang tough!  I have found that with the Lord by my side, and holding me up when I need it...I literally cannot be without hope for what can be.  So!  I hope this verse blesses you and helps you remember who can give you the power to come up with that hope!

             "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may
              overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."            
Romans 15:13.


Blessings and Hope for you! 
Julie