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challenged but not defeated

Strategies for coping with autism and schizophrenia

R.V. Kuser is a profoundly autistic man who works as a Teacher, Developmental Specialist, and Autism Coordinator. He is on a lifelong quest for ways to overcome personal difficulties with communication, behavior, and cognitive perception. The strategies he has developed are detailed in this book, which is targeted (but not limited to) parents, caregivers, and educators in the special-education community.

Subjects such as tools and techniques for daily living, keeping the adult mind focused, the dynamics of childhood friends and play, adolescent social situations, enhancing learning, and ultimately finding one’s niche in the world are all discussed. Join R.V. in exploring how children and adults on the autism spectrum can learn to embrace their individuality and find their voices in today’s world.

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My Story

rvheadshotI feel connected and very rewarded when I’m working with learning disabled individuals ~ view achieve anything, a video of my “Aha” moment. I have worked in education for 30-plus years. All my experience has been educating individuals with some form of learning disability, spanning the gamut from children to adults. When I am teaching I allow myself to be an educational conduit to help individuals find their own personal solutions to learning more effectively and in turn they can use their new tools throughout their entire lives. I feel rewarded because I know I’m an integral part of the process but also because I am learning disabled myself; I have autism, to be exact. Who else but a fellow perceptually impaired individual could understand thoroughly what another learning disabled individual is going through? Throughout my entire life I have found ways to compensate for my learning difficulties and

enjoy teaching this to others. My wife is also an integral part of my life. Marlene has helped me to discover my strengths, to believe in myself, to have a greater insight into autism and schizophrenia, and she accepts me unconditionally. Our relationship has evolved into a mutually helpful partnership.

My Employment History

I have consulted for The Special Children’s School in Winston Salem, North Carolina and also numerous schools in Guilford County, North Carolina. Previously, I was at the Freehold Borough School System in New Jersey. Through out my ten years there, I taught from preschool to 12th grade level. Another previous job was with the East Brunswick Adult Education Program for the Mentally Handicapped. It is nationally recognized as one the premier programs for mentally handicapped adults. I was extremely privileged and honored to have been a part of this program.

What Is Autism?

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by impaired communication, extreme self-absorption, and detachment from reality. Imagine a world where you did not see, hear, smell, feel and taste the way everyone else does. Imagine lights and sounds that besiege your senses. Autism never sleeps, autism never takes a rest, it is constant and unwavering. This can be terrifying, and often what autistic individuals face almost every minute. Autistic individuals have difficulty speaking, walking, and doing things that capable people take for granted.

Did You Know. . .?

  • 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.
  • The risk of autism is more likely in males and not associated with any one race.
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Every individual has their own strengths. We help you to discover your hidden potential ~ “to understand your gift!”

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Identifying Signs Of Autism*

Signs of autism can be detected early in babies, resulting in early screening and diagnosing. Poor communication skills are the benchmark of these developmental disorders, but it is difficult to gauge very young children’s abilities.

Early signs can include:

  • not responding to one’s name
  • an absence of babbling or joyful expressions
  • trouble interacting, playing with, or relating to others
  • avoiding eye contact; not looking at people
  • not pointing to objects to call attention to them
  • unusual movements, such as hand flapping, spinning, or tapping
  • not using or understanding language
  • delays in developmental milestones or loss of milestones already achieved
  • playing with the same toy in a way that seems odd or repetitive
  • not exploring surroundings with curiosity or interest
  • hypersensitivity of the senses, sight, sound, touch, taste and smell
* Is it really autism or do the symptoms just look like autism? There are many possibilities some includes, alterations in nutrients and infections, just to name a few. For more information about autism, visit kidshealth.org and the National Institutes of Health.

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation. People with schizophrenia often have additional mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, major depressive illness, or substance use disorder. Symptoms typically come on gradually, begin in young adulthood, and last a long time. More from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

There is help: “The Recovery Model”

Recovery means different things to different people. For me, it is a process of enabling my body and my mind to be in sync with each other. In turn, this helps me to achieve a greater clarity. The Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA, has outlined four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health. Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from the use of alcohol or drugs if one has trouble with addiction—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well being.
  • Home. A stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose. Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family care taking or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society.
  • Community. Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.
See more at: Science meets the human experience

Our videos

A Different Perspective on Life

Achieve Anything

Autism In Love, a short documentary featured at the Riverrun Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC in April 2013

Press

Q. and A. with author R.V. Kuser, from artview in the Winston-Salem Journal (click above to download PDF)

Article from Forsyth Family Magazine (p. 62) (click to view article)

How can we help you?

We are available for consultations, tutoring, lectures and workshops ~ your first consultation is free! Topics include:

  • Growing Up Autistic
  • We Are Best Friends – I’ll Stand By You
  • Life Skills
  • Behavior Modification
  • Recovery Model Approach
  • Living With Autism: Insider and Outsider Perspectives
  • “Hearing” Light Waves — “Seeing” Sound Waves

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