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2013-10-01 01:07:21 AM
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Definitely monkeys. Definitely going to have monkeys. Specifically chimpanzees.
Humans and chimpanzees share about 98 to 99 percent of their DNA.
It's time for The View.
 
2013-10-01 02:27:00 AM
a while = awhile? Or am I reaching for a potato?
 
2013-10-01 02:28:23 AM
If I go there with a big bag of skittles will they let me feed them?
 
2013-10-01 02:33:03 AM

tarkhuna: a while = awhile? Or am I reaching for a potato?


That happens alot
 
2013-10-01 02:33:04 AM
I wonder what the next big thing will be when this whole autism thing dies down.
 
2013-10-01 02:36:26 AM
"they save water to help butterflies by turning off a row of faucets... "

So they deliberately install a row of faucets, then they turn them all on, then they wait for the kids to come along and turn them off... and this is supposed to save water?
 
2013-10-01 02:36:32 AM
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We got this one kid, Mongo... He's got a forehead like a drive-in movie theatre, but he's a good ship. So we don't bust his chops too much. So, one day Mongo gets out of his cage...

/an upload button? :-D
 
2013-10-01 02:42:29 AM
They would get a traditional zooish upbringing.
 
kg
2013-10-01 02:43:22 AM
www.hollywoodinvestigator.com
 
2013-10-01 02:43:40 AM
It's a very nice zoo.

There are 312 animals at the zoo, except on Thursdays when Brad, the animal curator, brings his cockatiels from home, then there's 314. There used to be 313, but one of the red pandas died, or there would have been 315 on Thursdays when Brad brings his cockatiels from home.

/definitely
 
2013-10-01 02:51:42 AM

kg: [www.hollywoodinvestigator.com image 266x297]


HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!

...and here I was going to go to bed and try not to have nightmares....
 
2013-10-01 02:57:28 AM
www.pbs.org
 
2013-10-01 02:59:07 AM

kg: [www.hollywoodinvestigator.com image 266x297]


Whoa! Truly, nothing is obscure on Fark.

/Mr Dingle was played by a young, pre-Love Connection Chuck Woolery.
 
2013-10-01 02:59:31 AM

Gyrfalcon: kg: [www.hollywoodinvestigator.com image 266x297]

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!

...and here I was going to go to bed and try not to have nightmares....


The worst part of it is that they're comin' right at you.
 
2013-10-01 03:00:17 AM

kg: [www.hollywoodinvestigator.com image 266x297]


The sad thing is, I used to watch that.

But that show also had:

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2013-10-01 03:12:40 AM
As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.
 
2013-10-01 03:49:46 AM
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Type of animal at zoo?
 
2013-10-01 04:48:49 AM
+1 subby. I choked.
 
2013-10-01 06:27:09 AM

Fiction Fan: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 468x343]
Definitely monkeys. Definitely going to have monkeys. Specifically chimpanzees.
Humans and chimpanzees share about 98 to 99 percent of their DNA.
It's time for The View.


The View?  More like chickens
 
2013-10-01 06:39:46 AM
Don't taunt the autism boy!
 
2013-10-01 06:47:08 AM

Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.


My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options
 
2013-10-01 09:15:06 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options


I've spent 3 years with my BF and his autistic son, maybe some of this will help you ...

good luck with no medication. BF's son has autism and ADHD. He wears a Daytrana patch every day, gets focalin, meds to sleep at night. also, gobs of expensive supplements.

If he didn't wear the patch, he would bounce off the walls in a maniacal fury. Unfortunately the patch kills his appetite so he doesn't eat anything during the day and then when the patch comes off, he becomes a terror -- his body is starving but he doesn't know he's hungry.

best thing I can tell you is give the kid vitamins with enough zinc to maintain his palate so he won't restrict food. (not so much zinc it kills him, obviously, consult your doctor). you can feed him a gluten, soy, dairy free diet which may help. Chop up a lot of veggies in small pieces and get them in his food to help with constipation. Don't allow him to just eat cereal all the time, gluten-free or not.

Behavioral therapy ... lots of it. 3 years ago this kid could barely talk, now he is able to answer (some) simple questions and string together complete sentences. He can read and is learning to do multiplication tables. He used to consider cats as moving furniture and dogs as Satan spawn, now he actually pays attention to animals and will pet the family dog. He looks at the sky and notices weather. He can play Simon Says, which if you knew him is a quantum leap. Some of this is age or related to other biological reasons but a lot of it is from the intensive behavioral therapy.

Figuring out parenting style is another important factor. BF's son is extremely defiant. We've figured out that excessive praise and constructive distraction help a lot more than saying "no", although the latter can be hard to avoid. He wants to be an adult and a helper, so we try to get him to do any little thing he's capable of, like turning on the washing machine. I've heard that other autistic kids may flourish with more authoritarian style, so you gotta observe what works best for your kid.
 
2013-10-01 09:15:16 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options


ADHD you can medicate, autism you can't. As for dealing with it, I suggest lots of structure for the kid, as for you, ask your doctor if non-prescription ethanol is right for you.
 
2013-10-01 09:56:29 AM
anyway I originally came into this thread to say, unless the zoo is full of gadgets, the autistic kid in my household will just run around on the paths and then be ready to go home. Animals are not his thing.

\as I type this, lots of weird sound effects are drifting around the corner from where he's obsessively playing a retro 80's pinball game on his dad's tablet
 
2013-10-01 10:18:05 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options


Treat him like a regular kid, and he will behave like a regular kid as much as he is able.
 
2013-10-01 10:28:21 AM

Egalitarian: Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options

I've spent 3 years with my BF and his autistic son, maybe some of this will help you ...

good luck with no medication. BF's son has autism and ADHD. He wears a Daytrana patch every day, gets focalin, meds to sleep at night. also, gobs of expensive supplements.

If he didn't wear the patch, he would bounce off the walls in a maniacal fury. Unfortunately the patch kills his appetite so he doesn't eat anything during the day and then when the patch comes off, he becomes a terror -- his body is starving but he doesn't know he's hungry.

best thing I can tell you is give the kid vitamins with enough zinc to maintain his palate so he won't restrict food. (not so much zinc it kills him, obviously, consult your doctor). you can feed him a gluten, soy, dairy free diet which may help. Chop up a lot of veggies in small pieces and get them in his food to help with constipation. Don't allow him to just eat cereal all the time, gluten-free or not.

Behavioral therapy ... lots of it. 3 years ago this kid could barely talk, now he is able to answer (some) simple questions and string together complete sentences. He can read and is learning to do multiplication tables. He used to consider cats as moving furniture and dogs as Satan spawn, now he actually pays attention to animals and will pet the family dog. He looks at the sky and notices weather. He can play Simon Says, which if you knew him is a quantum leap. Some of this is age or related to other biological reasons but a lot of it is from the intensive behavioral therapy.

Figuring out parenting style is another important factor. BF's son is extremely defiant. We've figured out that excessive praise and constructive distraction ...


the one problem I have with medication is the appetite thing and I've seen some kids turned zombie like with the drugs, not sure how I feel about doing that to him. We do give him daily vitamins and melatonin at night to help him sleep. Now, we just deal with occasional nightmares. He eats pretty well, but he is picky. Unless it's mom's spagetti or grandma's vegtible soup, it's chicken nuggets or cereal.

He does bounce around alot, but we try to keep him focused on other things to help. Mom's iPad and the kids PC help. He will watch youtube videos, currently teaching himself russian alphabet and watching mario videos. he does have sites like starfall that keep him busy as well, he likes to draw as well, mario and despicable me minions are his favorite at the moment. When he's not bouncing around he will play with his fingers, right infront of his face. He actually started doing that and came up with a way of doing the alphabet, but not sign language.

He's been in speech therapy for a while, he was born with extremely high billyruben levels so had issues with that and gross motor skills. The school system will set up an ipe and ot which will help.

Gaseous Anomaly: Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options

ADHD you can medicate, autism you can't. As for dealing with it, I suggest lots of structure for the kid, as for you, ask your doctor if non-prescription ethanol is right for you.


The structure helps alot. we've had one for a while because we had an idea that something was up, but kept getting told, don't worry, he's a boy he'll be ok. I will mention the ethanol to my wife, she has an appointment with his doc. tomorrow. The child psycologist recommended talking to a psychyatrist, we're still debating that.

Thanks. While figuring out him, I also need to retrain myself in dealing with situations with the kids. I'm not sure what's  been the biggest struggle.
 
2013-10-01 05:28:03 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options


Lots & lots of therapy. It takes time but can work wonders. (Our son got his dx 4 years ago.)
Maybe get a 2nd opinion on the adhd. ALL little boys act like crazy superballs. It might just be part of the autism, too.
Good luck, breathe deep, and do the best you can each day, hour or minute.
/My boys got a Mario fixation too.
 
2013-10-01 11:21:20 PM

The Pumpkin Eater: Unoriginal_Username: Rent Party: As the father of a severely awesometistic (yeah, I said that) son, I farking lolled.

My son was just diagnosed autism with a side order of adhd. It's nice to know what is going on, now to learn how to deal with it.
We don't want to medicate, so looking for other options

Lots & lots of therapy. It takes time but can work wonders. (Our son got his dx 4 years ago.)
Maybe get a 2nd opinion on the adhd. ALL little boys act like crazy superballs. It might just be part of the autism, too.
Good luck, breathe deep, and do the best you can each day, hour or minute.
/My boys got a Mario fixation too.


Thanks. It's challenging. but what doesn't kill us and all that.
Aside from the odd melt down, he does pretty good. Of course, when a melt down happens, wow. Thankfully, it usually only happens around bed time.
My family keeps asking us to go back and visit, I'm in GA, they are in Canada. Trying to explain that the longest we've been able to drive with our son is 4 hrs, and I'm not about to subject 300 strangers to the screaming of a 5 yr old because the plane is loud. So, they need to visit us.
 
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