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Butterfly Effects Teams with Camp Lejeune Wife to Eliminate Artificial Barrier to Critical Autism Services for North Carolina’s Military Families

Pompano, FL (PRWEB) February 23, 2012

This spring, the North Carolina General Assembly will consider HB487, a bill that expands the definition of who can provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism. Presently, only licensed psychologists are permitted. The problem, which appears to be one of language, might seem like a trivial one, were it not so critical to the lives of the 10,000 children diagnosed with autism in North Carolina, and had the legislation not already been delayed a year, a dangerous waste of time considering how critical is is to provide early intervention to children with autism..

This problem is dangerously acute among military families as their TRICARE insurance requires that ABA is delivered by clinicians certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). As there are no more than 20 licensed NC psychologists certified by the BACB, an artificial barrier to services is keeping the children of military personnel stationed in North Carolina from receiving the only kind of therapy that will allow them to realize lives of achievement and inclusion.

The BACB standard is becoming the accepted norm across the nation, (10,000 certifications have been issued worldwide), which means that military families raising children with autism in other states know that their children can lose access to essential services they are presently receiving if the family is transferred to North Carolina.

Donna Anders is the wife of a United States Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Together with her husband, who is presently deployed, she is raising three sons, one of whom has autism. Autism can present itself in many ways. With Donnas son, there are challenges with self-injury, elopement, non-communication, and PICA, an eating disorder typified by the compulsive eating of non-food items. Sometimes those challenges can be as frightening as they are overwhelming.

During one military move, Donna was unpacking boxes when she looked up and noticed her son was gone. She and her neighbors frantically searched for the boy and contacted military police, who after an hour found him naked in a river that was posted as a ‘Protected American Alligator Area’.

Raising a child with autism requires various kinds of help no matter what the situation. For Marine families who must move from base to base and deal with constant deployments, that need can be especially acute. Finding a child who runs off is important, but just as important is the kind of help that allows a child with autism the opportunity to enjoy a life of realized potential and inclusion. Mrs. Anders is involved with an effort to make sure that Marine families in North Carolina continue to get that kind of help, but she is going to require an assist from North Carolina voters.

Fortunately for the Anders, their son is eligible to receive support from Butterfly Effects, a national provider serving individuals with autism and other chronic challenges. Over the course of the last few years, the intensive behavioral intervention provided by Butterfly Effects has helped their child successfully adapt to the severe difficulties that once required him to be watched 24/7. Today, he is realizing options for inclusion and enrichment that did not seem remotely possible just a few years ago. (Read about this support at http://butterflyeffects.com/services/for-children-with-autism)

That help has also allowed Donna Anders the breathing space she needs to play her good fortune forward. She is standing up to ask that military families stationed at Camp Lejeune, as well as other bases in North Carolina, be allowed access to the same services that her son receives. To this end, she is rallying support for passage of HB487 by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Passage of this important bill will not cost the voters of North Carolina a single dime, yet it has been passed over, delayed, and tabled now for over a year. If enacted, this bill will simply allow military families more ready access to therapeutic support based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

As a therapeutic approach for children with autism, ABA stands alone. It is the only type of treatment that is regarded objectively substantiated as effective by the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. This opinion is shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the FDA.

The U.S. Department of Defense concurs and now funds ABA interventions for children with autism through its TRICARE military insurance. TRICARE requires that these services be delivered by individuals certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, recognized by most states as the official standard-bearer for ABA. To be an approved provider of ABA-based support requires stringent training and testing. A BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) must also hold a relevant masters degree. BCaBAs (assistant analysts) who work with clients under the supervision of BCBAs are required to hold a bachelors degree.

However, current North Carolina regulation requires that licensed psychologists must be the ones who deliver all ABA-based services. And theres the rub.

In recent years, the state law, which supersedes TRICARE regulations, has made it difficult to find qualified psychologists to serve children in the state. According to Charlotte Fudge, Butterfly Effects CEO, The North Carolina rule disqualifies highly competent and certified ABA specialists who are permitted to practice in other states. This leads to delays and delays are never good, as the younger a child receives services, the more positive the outcome. (Learn about ABA at http://butterflyeffects.com/company/aba-supports)

Thanks to the diligence of Butterfly Effects, the waiting list for services, which once stretched 25 families long at Camp Lejeune, has been erased for now, but that offers little assurance to those families whose lives are dependent on ABA services.

ABA therapy has given our son the skills he needs to function and communicate, says Mrs. Anders. Knowing that I had a therapist working with my son and seeing that he was making progress enabled our family to make it through my husbands deployments, says Mrs. Anders. ABA saved my child and the well being of my family. Now she wants to make certain that other families are saved.

On February 27th at 1:00 PM, Donna Anders will speak at the City Hall Military Affairs Meeting in Jacksonville NC on behalf of the legislation. Come May, she joins State Representative Phil Shepard in pushing for the bill before the General Assembly.

Mrs. Anders wants all North Carolina patriots to stand up with her.

She is hoping for good turnouts of support at these meetings and is asking that North Carolina voters contact their legislators by phone or email as a way to support the bill and thank our military families.

To locate addresses and phone numbers for North Carolina legislators, visit http://www.ncleg.net/GIS/representation/Representation.html

Be sure to identify HB487 by number in any written or spoken messages.

ALSO of NOTE for all families raising children with autism: At last count, 29 states now require carriers to provide insurance for autism treatment. North Carolina is not yet one, but it is considering its own insurance reform bill, HB115. Linked with HB478, that bill has met with similar delays and is also scheduled for consideration this spring.

Find out more about TRICARE Autism services for Military families at http://butterflyeffects.com/services/autism-services-for-military-families.

Donna Anders can be reached at donnaanders44(at)gmail(dot)com.

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New Book Offers Emotional Boot Camp for Military Moms


Bennett, CO (PRWEB) April 21, 2012

What happens to our natural instinct, as a mother, to protect our child when he or she is ordered to one of the most dangerous places in the world? What gets us through the day? How do we survive? These are the questions Tracie Ciambotti, author of the new book Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp For Military Moms (published by WestBow Press), asked herself when her son, Josh, was sent to Baghdad. Ciambotti sensed that thousands of moms across the country were also asking these same questions, and she felt burdened to help.

Ciambottis son, Josh, enlisted in the U.S. Army two days after he graduated from high school in 2005. Five months later he was on his way to Baghdad and the reality of war began to sink into the depths of Ciambottis heart. She describes this period as an emotional battle.

Its the theme of my book the emotional battle that occurs when your child deploys to a war zone, says Ciambotti. Battles of the Heart is my personal experience of the war that was raging in my mind and heart while my son was fighting the war in Iraq. My son was trained and ready for his war. I, as a parent, had no idea that I was marching into my own battle at home. Part II of my Boot Camp for Military Moms is a training guide to prepare military moms and family members for the emotional challenges of deployments.

The importance of Battles of the Heart, says Ciambotti, is it exposes the burden placed on our military families from multiple deployments and the need for a systematic approach to supporting the parents and extended families of our service members. My personal struggle with the challenges of military life and the lack of support available for the families of our service members inspired me to write Battles of the Heart.

Ciambotti hopes her new work will reach not only military families, but all families.

My hope is for this book to increase awareness to the civilian community of the sacrifices made by military families and promote an understanding that our nations freedom is not free service members and their families pay a very real price for our freedom.

About the Author

Tracie Ciambotti is the co-founder of Military Families Ministry, a non-profit organization that supports service members and their families. Her experiences as the mother of an U.S. Army infantryman over the past six years have afforded her the passion and knowledge to be an advocate for military families. Ciambotti is a Blue Star Mother (Denver chapter) and a contributor to the blog, Off the Base, which focuses on creating civilian awareness of military life. She lives in Bennett, Colorado, with her husband, Jeff.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the worlds largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to inspire the world with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit http://www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.







Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico Launches “Summer Guaycura Camp” for Children

Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico (PRWEB) April 22, 2012

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto (http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com), Baja California South, Mexico, the newest luxury resort from the Villa Group, is pleased to announce Summer Guaycura Camp created for kids ages 8-15. Starting July 14th, there will be six week-long adventure camps throughout the summer offering children an opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor and cultural activities. The Guaycura camp is named after the native people who occupied the region before the arrival of the Spanish.

Children will be completely engaged through a range of hands-on activities and excursions in this remote natural setting, remarked Carlos Velasco, the resorts activity director and camp creator. Its also great for parents who want to enjoy our resorts many amenities or pamper themselves at the newly opened spa knowing their kids are having fun too.

Families with children of all ages will appreciate the resorts protected, private and tranquil bay which is ideal for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding and boasts miles of sandy beaches, five pools, two restaurants, and accommodations with spacious one, two and three bedroom suites.

The Guaycura Camp activities include:


Nature adventure hikes, including the survival basics (including bamboo raft-making) and night-time stargazing;
A visit to historic Loreto and its 1697 mission;
Cooking classes featuring traditional Mexican cuisine and cooking over a bonfire;
Treasure hunt at the beach;
Arts and crafts;
Water activities, including snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding;
Aztec dance lessons for a group performance at night;
Awards for participation in activities.

The one-week camp fees are competitively priced starting at $ 699 for the first child and $ 650 per additional child. Flights from LAX to Islands of Loreto are available through Cal Jet beginning at $ 499 (taxes and fees included). Additional camp information is available at http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com under the specials menu, or through the reservation agent.

About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto ~ Bajas First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico is a secluded resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 171 new, spacious, beautifully appointed one, two and three bedroom villas with balconies, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, four swimming pools, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands (Coronado island is a must), horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico chef prepare it for you), surfing, kayaking, whale watching and baking. With the free shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto; visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

The New York Times lists the Islands of Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring the Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers. The Villa Group offers high-end, family-oriented resort vacations in idyllic settings along the Mexican coastline. Its first property of eight was Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta. Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto opened in March 2011; Paul Moreno serves as the Vice President of Operations. Website: http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com or our toll free number (866) 209-0726.

The Islands of Loreto is known as a safe vacation destination for travel.







HEAD LICE: Unwelcome Bunk Mates at Summer Camp

Easton, CT (PRWEB) May 10, 2012

Along with the usual gear packed for children headed to summer camps across the nation, many parents are adding lice treatment products designed to prevent pedicuolosis capitas, or head lice. Although head lice are not dangerous, they can ruin summer fun and close camps because the itchy infestation spreads easily through close personal contact and sharing personal belongingsand no child or adult is immune. In fact, children or staff members with head lice are barred from attending most camps. http://www.licetreatmentcenter.net/pageCamp.php

Like most parasitic invasions, the earlier head lice are discovered and treated, the better. But preventing the infestation altogether is preferred in order to reduce the risk of spreading head lice to friends, family, and fellow campers. Parents can help reduce the risks by performing screenings before, during, and immediately after the camping experience. http://www.licetreatmentcenter.net/Home_Lice_Removal.html

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Kidpowers Summer Safety Tips: Simple Skills to Help Kids Be Safer at Summer Camp & Rec Programs, at Home and on Trips


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

Child safety expert and author, Irene van der Zande, spells out simple steps parents can take and safety skills they can teach their kids before summer camp and recreational activities start, in ways that are fun and age-appropriate not scary or weird. Van der Zande is the founder of Kidpower, a leading nonprofit in personal safety skills education, known for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing sexual abuse, kidnapping, bullying and other violence.

Taking trips, going to camp, or spending more time on their own in the neighborhood can be great for kids in the summer, says van der Zande. But changing routines can also present new risks, so parents and kids need to take the time to make safety plans and practice how to get help in these new situations if theres a problem.

To help parents get started, Kidpower has released two new resources in the Kidpower.org free library. Van der Zandes article, Summer Safety: Kidpower Tips For Families, offers 14 tips for making safety plans and practicing safety skills for new situations and routines at home, in the community, at summer programs, and on trips.

Kidpower is also releasing a parent-education video, Kidpower Advice To Prevent Sexual Abuse At Summer Camp & Recreation Programs, featuring van der Zande talking in more depth about what parents need to know about sexual abuse and how they can help kids learn to set effective boundaries and get help from the adults in charge. The video covers:

Questions parents can ask and how to assess the answers from a summer camp or recreational program;
How to teach and role play boundary setting skills with kids to help them stop unwanted touch, teasing or affection and how to be persistent in getting help from other adults; and
What parents can do if they become aware of or suspect that abuse may be happening.

About Kidpower:

Kidpower is a leader in personal safety and confidence-building skills education, whose programs are highly recommended by experts worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing bullying, child abuse, kidnapping, and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos and other services have helped to protect more than 2 million young people from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989. Kidpower is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Nonprofit Organization.

Kidpower’s founder and executive director, Irene van der Zande, has been featured as a personal safety expert by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of “The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults”, a comprehensive guide for understanding personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy for young people “Bullying: What adults need to know and do to keep kids safe”; and the “Kidpower Safety Comic Series”, a series of cartoon-illustrated workbooks for younger kids (ages 3-8), older kids (ages 8-12), and teens/young adults, which many schools use in classrooms, and in child abuse, bullying and dating-violence prevention training programs.

For media requests: email “media (at) kidpower (dot) org” for more information or to request an interview.







Fit Body Boot Camp Franchise Announces Thank You Veterans Project, Giving Qualified Veterans the Opportunity to Buy Into Their Fitness Franchise Model for Just $1


Chino Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Bedros Keuilian, founder of the Fit Body Boot Camp fitness franchise, understands firsthand what it is like to live in a country without much freedom and therefore has a deeper respect for what the American dream symbolizes and for our national heroes, which is why he is so passionate about giving back to those who have served and fought for the United States.

In 1980, my family defected from communist Russia to the United States when I was just six years old with only the clothes on our backs and $ 80 cash, Bedros states. We were extremely poor and didnt have much at all. Even with no money, no knowledge of the English language, and no foreseeable employment we were grateful to have come to the United States of America where freedom and opportunity was afforded to every man, woman, and child. Despising the communist oppressive way life in Russia, my father committed to giving his kids the freedom and opportunities that the United States offers, and through his drive and work ethic he was able to put a roof over our heads, and food on the kitchen table. He taught us at a young age to work hard, respect others, and appreciate the freedom this country affords us.

I didnt know then exactly what my father meant by freedom, but I sure as heck learned it over the years as I grew up and entered the work force and later started my own small business in the fitness industry. I can say with utmost certainty that without our Veterans sacrificing their lives we couldnt call this the land of freedom and opportunity and I personally would not have had the privilege to start up my own small business.

Sadly, the unemployment rate in the United States still stands at nearly at over 9% and the national unemployment rate for our discharging veterans is at a staggering 23%. Unfortunately, veterans are some of the hardest hit by this ever-escalating unemployment rate. Fit Body Boot Camp is taking action and is committed to changing these numbers by giving qualified entrepreneurial-minded Veterans interested in opening up a Fit Body Boot Camp location a 99.9% discount off the franchise buy in fee, making it just $ 1 to buy into a Fit Body Boot Camp franchise location.

Fit Body Boot Camp does not stop there. They provide hands on training and world-class business support every step of the way for their franchise owners. Bedros and his Fit Body Boot Camp headquarters team are there from the very beginning to train, support, and walk new franchise owners through opening up and operating a successful Fit Body Boot Camp location.

I know what its like to build a business from scratch and all the ups and downs that go with it, comments Bedros. I have been through the trenches and I know exactly what works and what doesnt. I wasnt always a success story, far from it. Ive been in severe debt, Ive been unemployable, Ive learned through trial and error, hard work, and determination those are the pillars that have helped Fit Body Boot Camp grow into a into a global brand.

Fit Body Boot Camp has hundreds of locations worldwide and continues to expand rapidly. Focused on delivering the most cutting edge and results driven fitness and fat loss workout programs to their members, Fit Body Boot Camp location owners are some of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and service oriented fitness professionals in the industry.

Bedros has not let the falling economy prevent seeking entrepreneurs from becoming successful business owners while making a positive impact in their community. And he wants to give back more by offering our national Veterans an opportunity to not only own their own business, but become a part of the Fit Body Boot Camp family, who is dedicated to helping folks get fit and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Our national Veterans are true heroes and I personally feel such a deep appreciation for what they have done for our country and how they continue to protect the American Dream, states Bedros. This is my way of giving back to them so they can realize their American dream. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting and working with our nations finest.

To find out more the Thank Your Veterans franchise opportunity and the boot camp business, Fit Body Boot Camp, contact Bedros Keuilian and his team at (888) 638-3222. Alternatively you may use the contact form at http://www.myfitbodybootcamp.com/ or send an email to: questions(at)FitBodyBootCamp(dot)com