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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Matt Knits 2008!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Hello everyone,

We at Mattknits.com wish you a wonderful, healthy, and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Monday, November 17, 2008

Good News for Matt

Hello everyone,

Matthew is currently working in an enclave at The Yard House at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a Valley of the Sun based enclave. He is still attending the day program called Good Neighbor Support Services after work.

For those here in America, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and thank you for your prayers for Matthew - they are helping him and the family get through each day.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Enclaves: A Work Alternative For Matt

Hello everyone,

Matthew is currently on a waiting list to get in an enclave (a workplace where people with disabilities are always supervised).

The enclave that the family is hoping for is called Stars in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He is now attending a day program called Good Neighbor Support Services, which will assist Matthew in fun and recreational activities and also reinforce his social skills.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Vocational Rehabilitation

Hello everyone,

For the past two months, Matthew has been placed in Vocational Rehabilitation, which is a branch of the state government that helps people with disabilities obtain a career in the workplace.

Matthew was working at a local thrift store to reinforce his interpersonal and customer service skills. He enjoyed working in the job (as all autistic people are in routine) but there was one
problem.

He needed supervision at all times, which the local thrift store does not provide. Matthew is currently looking for a job (specifically
an onclave) that will help him with his work skills and to become more independent in the workforce.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Audio Integration Training (AIT) Week

Hello everyone,

This is Audio Integration Therapy (AIT) week here at Matt Knits.

For the next two weeks (starting today), Matthew will be listening to music (he will have to tolerate headphones for 30 minutes twice a day for 10 days) from an occupational therapist, who uses a specialized CD Player that plays specific tracks with different frequencies. These frequencies are to help Matthew cope with major transitional changes, such as graduating from high school and then entering a job training program the same month.

Many people with autism frequently have problems dealing with social interactions and activities. This training is also to help Matthew comprehend the environment that he is in and to also make him more expressive in his social skills.

If you would like more information about AIT, please visit the following websites:

Friday, July 4, 2008

Fourth of July

Hello everyone,

It's the fourth of July here in America.

Matt is having a wonderful time spending the evening with his grandparents and watching the fireworks at Tempe Town Lake on TV.

Here is a wonderful 4th of July hat to keep up the holiday cheer!

For all of our American Internet users, we at Matt Knits wish you a wonderful and safe holiday!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jenny McCarthy Speaks about Autism

Hello everyone,

Jenny McCarthy will speak about her personal crusade with her 6-year old autistic son. You can read the transcript or watch the interview here: Fox News On The Record

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April is Autism Awareness Month

Hello everyone,

Autism Awareness Month is here!
It is a time to remember and support those who have autism.If you would like more information about specific events or fundraisers that are going on this month, please visit the links below.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Break

Hello everyone,

Matthew is now on his Spring Break and will be working on some more of his knitting. Here are a couple of links for good spring and Easter knits:

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Hello everyone,

Have a good New Year's Resolution for your autistic child or adult? Here are a few of Matt's resolutions:

  1. Learn how to be a better knitter.
  2. Learn how to read and understand my language better.
  3. Do my chores so that I can earn more points and get rewards (such as a videotape or DVD).
  4. I will try to do less compulsive behaviors during all of my therapy
    sessions.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Bye for now!

 

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