Jaime Loves Stuff : May 2011


Another Diagnosis


Le sigh.

Life.

Sigh.

My daughter went through a round of neuropsychological testing to figure out some more things about my little Princess.

If you aren't familiar with Neuropsychology here's a description from Barrow Neurological Institute (where she had her testing)

Neuropsychology is the interdisciplinary branch of psychology that deals with the relationship between the nervous system (especially the brain), and mental functions such as language, memory, and perception.

Clinical neuropsychologists have extensive knowledge of the brain; use neuropsychological tests to accurately assess cognitive deficits; and practice the treatment and rehabiliation of brain injured and neurocognitively impaired patients



Pretty much what Dr. Fulton told me was pretty much expected. Emma's strengths are her personality and loving nature and (this is me, not the Dr) her strength and determination. I haven't really been around "normal" 7 year olds. I am not sure WHAT "normal" is for her age group. I know she's delayed but not sure to what extent. I think her speech is awesome (granted, I also went from having a child who barely started speaking at the age of 4) and her vocabulary is amazing. It is. Relative to how it was. She has global delays (speech, fine motor, visual, spatial, overall motor skills) which is not surprising and she is at the functioning level of a child who is 3.5-4 years. Good thing that is what I guessed, huh? He also did give her a diagnosis of "Moderate Mental Retardation". I am also not surprised. Also, the fact that I was pretty much aware of the reality of where she is, it doesn't lessen how much it hurts to hear. I know she's mentally challenged. I know... but... it pisses me off. She WASN'T BORN LIKE THIS! If somebody didn't think they could play judge and jury, my daughter would be FINE. She wouldn't be spending her childhood going through therapy, special education, training programs and a constant barrage of doctors and testing. She would be allowed to be a LITTLE GIRL. She should be going to Girl Scouts! She should be getting into shenanigans with other little girls her age. Instead... she's trying to learn to talk more clear, to walk with her left foot straight and to learn how to make her left arm work...

There are good things out of this. The Dr. will talk to Emma's 3rd grade teachers and discuss her and how to handle her. This will also help carry more weight with keeping the services SHE NEEDS to have in order to reach enough independence in her life and my life. I know she will always be at home with me... I know that. I just need to know she can take care of herself at some point. Ohhhh my little sweetheart. How I wish I could make things alright for you...

Anyways, he also recommended a book to me called the "Explosive Child" by Ross Greene. Can't wait to read it. I ordered it on Amazon.com

Also, I made a pledge to help end the "R" Word. People so flippantly use the word "Retard", "Retarded" and don't realize that you are beating down an entire population that have no control over the fact that they are "MENTALLY RETARDED". That word wasn't always bad. In fact, groups fought to get it included instead of their children being called imbeciles, but now... it's used as an abusive derogatory term. Emma is "moderately mentally retarded". She didn't ask for this. She wants to be accepted and loved. That's it. The fact that society has made it so easy to throw this word around, it makes it easier for people to become desensitized to it and less tolerant towards those who are intellectually challenged. Take the pledge!

http://www.r-word.org/

Here's a GREAT video from the View discussing the "R-Word", which has moved to the level of the "N-word".


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Giveaway!!!!!!!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho…..you know what that means! Captain Jack is back and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theatres everywhere on May 20th! Here is a brief synopsis of the fourth Pirates adventure:

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Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past(Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Check out the official trailer:



Synopsis:

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN : ON STRANGER TIDES (In Disney Digital 3D™)

WALT DISNEY PICTURES/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS




Whoo hoo! I can't wait! I absolutely loved Pirates of the Caribbean and am so excited for this installment. I am really excited because I get to giveaway an AWESOME prize pack! Hooray for you... ONE lucky winner will receive these items:

ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY:



- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN : ON STRANGER TIDES in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL
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- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN : ON STRANGER TIDES bandana in black
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- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN : ON STRANGER TIDES temporary tattoo (2 per winner)
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Who wants to win this? Cool. Here's what you have to do:

1. No PO Boxes
2. USA or Canada
3. MUST include an email address in your comment...

Ready? Contest will end on May 20th, on the day of the premiere at midnight. I will use random.org to pick the winner. Entries must be on separate comments with your email address with each one or the entry will count as ONE. Normally, I make my giveaways simple. It still will be but I will allow you a chance for extra entries. If you wish.

Mandatory entry:

Do you plan to see this in the movie theatre or are you going to wait for Pay-Per-View/DVD?

Extra entries (only worth one)

Like them on Facebook: Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean

Follow Disney on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyPictures

Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/Historyslover

Follow me via GFC

Follow me via Facebook (see my button on the side)

If you tweet this, please make sure it's @disneypictures @historyslover

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!












Please let me know if you have any questions!



All available press materials can be downloaded at: http://media-file.net/WaltDisneyStudios/ and http://media-file.net/7/onstrangertides/. Visit the official website at: http://www.Disney.com/Pirates.



“Like” PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN on Facebook at: http://www.Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean



PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theatres May 20th, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D™.



Thanks!



Marshall J






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