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Mayfair Community Center 2039 Kammerer Ave. San Jose, CA 95116 (map)
Contact Linda Goldston at 408-920-5862.
Teens and drinking program
Debbie Allen will be speaking at the Mayfair Community Center, 2039
Kammerer Ave., in San Jose. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There is no charge. For more information, call 408-292-7292.
In light of the recent loss in Gilroy of Sarah Botill in December 2009, Voices United is bringing Debbie Allen, Redding, CA, to speak about the loss of her daughter to alcohol poisoning (binge drinking) in 2008.
An expert on the perils of teen drinking — a parent who learned the hard way after her 17-year-old daughter died of alcohol poisoning — will speak Tuesday evening in San Jose about the need to educate young people and their parents about danger signs that can lead to death.
After her daughter died in December 2008, Debbie Allen of Redding vowed to dedicate her life to trying to prevent the death of more teenagers from alcohol — especially if there were clear danger signs and no one knew what to do about them.
Her speech is called "Alcohol + Vomiting = 911."
In a December interview with the Mercury News, Allen said most teenagers think vomiting is a normal thing when you drink.
"They don't see it as a big deal, an alarm," she said. "If they're vomiting and fall unconscious, the only way to save them is to get medical attention."
Her daughter, Shelby, died after drinking with two friends late at night. She started throwing up in the night and was unconscious by morning. She died shortly after a call to 911 around 9 a.m.
Some of the circumstances are similar to the death of 15-year-old Sarah Botill in Gilroy in December. Sarah and two friends were drinking at a sleepover to celebrate the birthday of one of them. She, too, started throwing up and went in and out of consciousness. She, too, died shortly after 911 was called around 9 a.m.
But unlike Shelby Allen's case, an autopsy was unable to determine thecause of Sarah's death. A coroner's report said there may have been multiple factors involved in her death, including alcohol, a heart murmur, and the possible aspiration of vomit or water.
"Everyone needs to know the ones who die are just the tip of the iceberg," said Gabrielle Antolovich, executive director of Voices United, a nonprofit group that provides information and resources on substance use and addiction in Silicon Valley.
"How many times has a friend been comatose but you're afraid to call for help?" she said. "We're all still hiding these experiences."
Another speaker will share a family story of a teenager drinking where the woman's mother intervened in time and her sister lived.
After the death of her daughter, Allen formed the Shelby Lyn Allen Alcohol Poisoning Foundation and speaks to groups around the state.
"When you're not educated about how to recognize the signs and you're scared about getting into trouble and you're under the influence, you're afraid to take action," Antolovich said.
Phi Gamma Delta is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know! Released July 1, 2008, the feedback of our audience shaped the update of this award-winning film. While the update did not drastically change contents of the video, it provides a contemporary feel to better relate to today’s students. The new Tell Me Something I Don’t Know also features updated statistics, a new host, and allows viewers to hear from Scott Krueger’s parents.
Since its original release in 2003, educators and students and found the video to be powerful tool in opening dialogue about hazing, alcohol use and abuse and other risky behaviors high school and college students encounter. Phi Gamma Delta has distributed over 5,000 copies of this educational video, and we conservatively estimate that it has reached over 100,000 college and high school students and parents.
As earlier reported, ScholarBoy2 arrived on the auspicious date of 02/10/2010, and all seems to be well.
The night of 02/09/2010 I took care of ScholarBoy1, and thereafter arrived every other night to make dinner. While Mom & Dad were at the hospital, ScholarBoy1 became disconsolate over the absence of his mother. Eventually it became clear that he would be more at ease if I took off my socks and wore his mother's sandals. Why that was reassuring I do not know.
The mornings of 02/13 and 02/14, I took ScholarBoy1 (aged 18 months) off for adventures. Both adventure days were at a local public park. Day 1 was 90 minutes of climbing, walking, and playing with the other toddlers, then an hour at the library, including reading the same picture book about construction equipment seven times in a row.
Day 2 was foggy and cold at the outset, so I decided we'd walk. And so we did. Slowly. Of course, every time we encountered a drain, there was at least a five-minute pause. If the drain had water in it, the pause was longer.
Then there was the 20 minute encounter with the ground-level dog-watering station. If ScholarBoy1 produced "please", I filled it up and it drained out. The banana fragment was washed numerous times.
The conversation was scintillating. Currently, the utterance meaning "water" is "agua" and the utterance meaning "banana" is (approximately) "neeha". In this one-word phase, intonation counts for a lot.
Here are some of the things he can do: walk and run and hop. Figure out how to climb through a tree bole where the apurture is only wide enough for one foot at a time. Climb up steps on his own, one foot at a time (going down requires hand-holding and is a bit less certain). Pet a cat using gentle hands. Ask for a few food items. Feed himself with a spoon and his hands. (Spearing food with a fork, not so much yet.) Carry a pot of water without too much sloshing. Pour water from one container to another with varying degrees of accuracy. Indicate that he's finished with an activity either by signing "all done" or by standing up, waving and saying "Bye Bye." Get someone's attention to an object of interest by pointing and vocalizing. Take off his own shoes and socks. Select a book, hold it correctly (ie, right-side up) and turn the pages (providing it is a board book). Identify a number of objects on the page.
The Darwin Day Foundation is promoting Darwin Day as an international holiday, celebrating science and humanity. It is more than just a celebration of one great scientist – it is a recognition of the power of science as a human institution. It is also about defending science from anti-scientific goons who would seek to undermine or destroy it in order to protect their world view.
Hewitson L, et al. Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight, Neurotoxicology (2009), doi:10.1016/j.neuro.2009.09.008
One of my twitter friends (I neglected to note which one) recommended this site.http://www.spellingconnectionsonline.com/
The site has games for first grade through 8th grade. I liked the proofreading game, but I'm not really sure how well it would work for a first grader who doesn't have great keyboard skills.
It's worth playing a few games with your children to see how it works out for your students our children.
Then there was the two of us: my old classmate, frankly, uncomfortably honest about his troubles and me, a medical student. “You can’t fool me, Charlton,” he said while with a smile. “I know doctors are as screwed up as the rest of us; I watch House.” He wasn’t wrong about me, and I told him so. We traded a few more stories, promised to keep in touch, and then left. Later that night, I thought about the short bus, its cold vinyl seats. But it wasn’t until half a year later, when I was denied accommodations for the USMLE, that I began to tell my friends about it. Many were surprised by the intensity of my memories. “The problem with riding on that bus,” I would say, “is that some of us never got off of it.”
I was a poor student until sometime in high school when spelling became immaterial to writing and calculation unnecessary for mathematics. Then suddenly, almost magically, I was promoted from remedial classes to advanced ones. I became dependent on academic success to maintain a sense of self and dependent on the special accommodations that made such success possible. That is why when accommodations were denied for the medical licensing exam, my crisis was not purely one of practicality but one of identity. If the academic powers that be did not believe I was disabled, and I had spent most of my childhood and much of my adult life struggling with disability, who exactly was I?
One of the most powerful teaching tools for learning letters and reading words are magnetic letters. The letters can be touched, seen, and moved quickly without a child having to focus on forming letters.
Learning letters : If your child doesn’t know all sounds and names of letters, you can do letter sorts. First you should check which letters are known, and mix up a few unknown letters with the known letters. Use four different letters and about three of each. Have your child point and name letters and use the sound. If your child doesn’t know a letter, you can say the sound and name, and your child can repeat after you.