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The Wyatt Holliday Foundation Newsletter - February 2009
Greetings!

We hope this message finds you in good health and spirits, and that it reminds you that we are still here to help!  A lot has happened since the last newsletter was published in December 2007 and this newsletter will try to squeeze a year's worth of info into a few lines of text. 

First, our 2008 conference was absolutely amazing and a number of families came away from it stating that it had changed their lives.  Keynote speakers Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier spoke on biomedical intervention for Autism as well as Androgen therapy.  The Friday keynote speaker, Andrew Cuddy, Esq., covered the Special Education Battlefield as well as Due Process Arguments.  We had 28 speakers and over 40 vendors present covering toys, organizations, products and services. We still have attendee binders available for purchase for if you are interested in acquiring the plethora of information shared at this event.

The stress of hosting such an event unfortunately took its toll on my personal health and thus the past year has been somewhat silent from us.  However, things have turned around and we, as an organization, have a new face!  As of the beginning of 2009, we have a new board of directors and still have 2 leadership openings.  I have decided to step down for health reasons and because my life is going in a new direction.  As our new Executive Director, a wonderful lady named Amy Barrett Carr will continue to bear the torch for those families whose lives revolve around their special needs child.  I am humbled by the very caring people now involved with us to benefit you.  For now I will continue some of the public relations duties until our new public relations person starts and move into being a spokesperson for the Foundation.

As part of the facelift, we have moved our organization from Olympia to Puyallup, WA in Pierce County.  Our new address, phone and fax numbers are listed on both web sites as well as below - please update our contact information in you little black e-books!

Please share your needs with us to help us determine our offerings in the coming year!  Or if you believe you can make a difference in the lives of special needs children by joinging us - please contact me at therese [at] wyattshouse.org and let's talk!

Therese - aka Wyatt's Mom
 
FEATURED ARTICLE:
 
Rhythmic Movement Training-Effective Tools for Children with Challenges

By Sonia Story
 
Sonia StoryAs parents of children with challenges-such as Autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delay and sensory disorders-we continually seek solutions for our children.  We want solutions that deliver tangible, noticeable results in better health, easier learning, and greater emotional well-being.
 
Rhythmic Movement Training is one of these tools.
 
Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is a system of simple movements that create changes in the brain and body.  Parents are often surprised at how effective these tools are-they look too simple to be anything special.  But Swedish psychiatrist, Harald Blomberg, MD, knows that though the movements are simple, their effect is profound.  Dr. Blomberg says that doing RMT movements brings new neural connections linking up the various areas of the brain for optimal functioning.  He should know.  Motivated by his own challenges left from childhood polio, Dr. Blomberg spent years studying the effects of movement on balance, learning, development, emotional health, mental health and physical health. What he found astounded him...
[FULL ARTICLE]

 
NEW DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY SERVICES
 
Ethan PruettBecause most phone calls we receive focus on the topic of educational child advocacy, we are honored to welcome a new member to our staff to assist families with advocacy questions and services.

Ethan Pruett, Director, Advocacy Services. has a very sweet son diagnosed with Autism, and has gone against his own school district multiple times in court to acquire minimal services. He reads special education law for fun! He also quit his full-time job to homeschool his son and implement the Son-Rise Program by being trained through the Option Institute.  He is truly one of our Dad-Heroes and a great resource for fathers!  Ethan can be reached at 
advocate [at] wyattshouse.org or 1-888-860-1508 - Support Services.

Our lending library includes the publications "WrightsLaw" by Pete Wright, Esq., "From Emotions to Advocacy" and "Special Education Battlefield".  If you need to borrow any of these please contact angela [at] wyattshouse.org for details or you can purchase them through our online bookstore under "Special & Gifted Education".

Also, there are a couple other resources for parents:  "The Advocate" Special Ed Radio Show online and the "Special Education Battlefield" Yahoo Group are both linked from the home page of www.ExceptionalFamilies.Net.

Please contact Ethan with any other resources you may have!
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILIES NETWORK 

 Autism Society of Washington

Welcome Special Families of Pierce County
to the Exceptional Families Network! 

One of the many changes over the past few months has been the suspention of Olympia, WA parent meetings and the establishment of a new parent group, namely the Special Families of Pierce County.  The gourp members collectively agreed to become an affiliate of the Exceptional Families Network, thus making them part of our 501c3 and able to accept tax-deductible donations benefitting local families.  They also benefit from years of experience in hosting groups and as well as our multitude of contacts of speakers and connections, and are now host to our lending library.
 
You can join www.ExceptionalFamilies.Net and find meeting dates, discussion groups, video clips on a variety of topics and a wealth of information in file sharing.  If you wish to learn more or know a family who would benefit from regional support, please contact our new Community Outreach Director, Angela Fish at angela [at] wyattshouse.org.
WASHINGTON AUTISM ADVOCACY
 
WAAToday at noon (PT) many families, organization members and leaders will assume their places at the Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington where the needs of children diagnosed with Autism and their families will be shared with government representatives such as addressed in current bills like Shayan's Law [SB 5203, HB 1210], more online at http://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org.

Insurance companies and lobbyists are heavily fighting this bill due to the costs involved and in a hearing last week promised to provide government reps with more reasons they should vote "no" in separate private meetings.  Please contact your legislators and share your opinions on current issues.

"Our families want the same level of protection as the families in all of the other states which have passed similar laws" stated Arzu Forough of WAA and Autism Speaks.
DR. MARK GEIER AND DAVID GEIER COMING TO WA STATE
 
Dr. Mark GeierGolf Tourney 2009
Dr. Mark Geier, internationally known Geneticist, and David Geier, Medical Researcher are in the process of opening multiple practices in Washington State and will be offering presentations on exciting new treatments for Autism in the area: 

- Bellevue Library @ 3:15pm, March 2nd
- Randy's Pharmacy, Olympia @ 6pm, March 3rd
- Everett Library at 1-3pm, March 4th
- Evergreen Library in Everett 6-9pm, March 4th

More events may be scheduled so please RSVP to Christy at (206) 351-8859.

Thank you again for you interest in our organization and please join us on April 25th on the green to help raise money for our kids!

Sincerely,
Therese Holliday, Founder
The Wyatt Holliday Foundation
THE WYATT HOLLIDAY FOUNDATION ASSISTS FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION AND SUPPORT.  WE ARE A WASHINGTON STATE BASED 501C3 PUBLIC CHARITY AND OFFER FAMILY SUPPORT THROUGH OUR EXCEPTIONAL FAMILIES NETWORK COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM.