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Everyone’s Buzzing About Buzzies

Buzzies is a wearable device for children on the spectrum. It uses neuroscience to relieve anxiety and stress. The devices connect remotely through the an App on your smart phone and control the non-invasive vibrating patterns emitted through the device. Buzzies give the user a gentle stimulation or vibration. This bi-lateral alternating stimulation-tactile technology, abbreviated as BLAST, affects the brain and alters the body’s fight or flight mechanism. The technology is mostly associated with EDMR therapy, or the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which is a commonly used method to treat PTSD, anxiety, phobias and other associated psychological disorders. Once you pair the Buzzies, you can choose from one of the pre-settings for Calm, Focus, Improve Performance, manage Anger, reduce Cravings, Sleep, or create a custom setting. Once you hit start, the Buzzies will begin “buzzing” or vibrating bilaterally. It’s this bi-lateral stimulation (called BLAST) that alters the body’s fight, flight, or freeze (F3) response that reduces your stress and anxiety level. For more research information feel free to look at the Research link on their website. Who founded Buzzies? …

JinSoon Is Taking A Colorful Stand

JinSoon has partnered with graffiti artist Chris Riggs on this bright and vivid shade collection. The messaging and meaning behind this partnership resonates with all of us. The names of the shades are Love, Hope, Peace, and Grace. Each of the polishes are available for $18 a piece, and are hitting the JinSoon website later this month. (They are available for pre-order on the Barneys site right now.) We think they’ll make the perfect accompaniment to your spray-painted sign at the next march.

Dove Is Trolling The Trump Administration With Its Latest Ad

via Dove Alternative Facts Ad Against Trump Administration The internet has been having a field day since Kellyanne Conway referred to Donald Trump’s inaccurate inauguration numbers as “alternative facts.” The Twitter hashtag was born, and countless people took to social media to offer up their own invented truths. (Including our favorite “It is not Monday. It is still the weekend. Period.”) But it’s not just general public getting in on the fun — major beauty brands are, too. Read More.  

Gap Is Making A Comeback, & Trust Us, You’ll Want To Check It Out

via Generation Gap 90s Fashion Ads Celebrity Kids Video Gap is back — and in a really big way. The iconic ’90s brand is joining the rest of today’s throwback brands who are wrangling the attention of Generation Z. But for Gap, the comeback approach is simple: Why not recreate the spot that put them on the map in the first place? In an ad that’s aptly dubbed ‘Generation Gap,’ the campaign features a talented band of celebrity offspring whose parents modeled in Gap ads themselves. Refinery29 spoke with model-musician Chelsea Tyler, daughter of Steven Tyler, about what it was like to follow in her father’s footsteps, and what Gap’s latest move is all about. (The Aerosmith frontman’s own Gap commercial featured him rocking out barefoot in 1997.) “It was such an awesome, raw depiction of him and Joe Perry, just being so ridiculous; I watched it again recently and died laughing,” Chelsea Tyler told us. “He didn’t do a lot of things like that back then. I don’t think those two worlds — fashion …

An Experimental Autism Treatment Cost Me My Marriage

via An Experimental Autism Treatment Cost Me My Marriage – The New York Times What happens to your relationships when your emotional perception changes overnight? Because I’m autistic, I have always been oblivious to unspoken cues from other people. My wife, my son and my friends liked my unflappable demeanor and my predictable behavior. They told me I was great the way I was, but I never really agreed. For 50 years I made the best of how I was, because there was nothing else I could do. Then I was offered a chance to participate in a study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Investigators at the Berenson-Allen Center there were studying transcranial magnetic stimulation, or T.M.S., a noninvasive procedure that applies magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain. It offers promise for many brain disorders. Several T.M.S. devices have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of severe depression, and others are under study for different conditions. (It’s still in the experimental phase …

What Donkeys Know About Autism

via What Donkeys Know About Autism – The New York Times Hal Walter always loved donkeys a little more than they loved him. For over 30 years, they’ve fought, kicked, and confused him — and for that, he’s truly grateful. Donkeys have made his temples throb with fury, but they’ve also prepared him for the most perplexing challenge of his life: a boy named Harrison. I traveled to Colorado for a tutorial from Hal in the art of burro racing, the old Rocky Mountain sport of running marathon distances alongside a trotting donkey. I became interested in all things burro by necessity, after we adopted a neglected donkey named Sherman and had to figure out what to do with him. When I heard about burro racing, I was intrigued by three mysteries: How has it survived as America’s second-oldest marathon, right behind Boston? Why do women and older runners often defeat younger men? And most of all, how do you persuade nature’s most obstinate creation that it really wants to run with you? When I …

My Autistic Son’s Lesson: No One Is Broken

via My Autistic Son’s Lesson: No One Is Broken – The New York Times My youngest son, Sawyer, used to spend far more time relating to his imagination than he did to the world around him. He would run back and forth humming, flapping his hands and thumping on his chest. By the time he was in first grade, attempts to draw him out of his pretend world to join his classmates or do some class work led to explosions and timeouts. At 7 he was given a diagnosis of being on the autism spectrum. That was when my wife, Jen, learned about the practice called joining. The idea behind it, which she discovered in Barry Neil Kaufman’s book “Son-Rise,” is brilliant in its simplicity. We wanted Sawyer to be with us. We did not want him to live in this bubble of his own creation. And so, instead of telling him to stop pretending and join us, we started pretending and joined him. The first time Jen joined him, the first time she ran …

A Generation of Autism, Coming of Age

via When Children With Autism Become Adults – NYTimes.com As the explosion of children who were found to have autism in the 1990s begins to transition from the school to the adult system, experts caution about the coming wave. “We estimate there are going to be half a million children with autism in the next 10 years who will become adults,” said Peter Bell, executive vice president for programs and services of the advocacy group Autism Speaks. Services for adults with autism exist, but unlike school services, they are not mandated, and there are fewer of them. Combined with shrinking government budgets, the challenges are daunting. “We are facing a crisis of money and work force,” said Nancy Thaler, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. “The cohort of people who will need services — including aging baby boomers — is growing much faster than the cohort of working-age adults that provide care.” To help parents navigate this difficult journey, in January Autism Speaks introduced a free Transition Tool …

Hatchimals: The Hot Toy of the Season 

Spin Master came up with the Hatchimals  toy concept in 2014 and officially “hatched” on Oct. 7, creating the “Global Hatchimals Day.”  They chose a secretive launch strategy, which helped build the anticipation and excitement for all the Hatchimal species. Since their introduction in October, Hatchimals have become the toy of the season – with the suggested retail price of $59.99 and quickly becoming a rare find. They are finding avid fans in both boys and girls ranging in age from 3 to 12 years old. Hatchimals are interactive, furry creature that hatch out of a colorful egg. They come in five species — Draggles and Pengualas (penguin-like), Owlicorns (owls with a unicorn horn) and Burtles and Bearakeets (little bears and turtles). If you can’t find one now, more will be available in 2017. 

Disney’s Moana Scores Big

This must-see fantastical adventure featuring a teenage girl sailing out on a mission to save her people is empowering and beautiful, and the music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is the gift that keeps on giving. During her journey, Moana meets Maui who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the ocean on an action-filled adventure. In the end, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers who she was meant to be. The official soundtrack to Moana features Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Unstoppable” which details the legendary backstory of a Hawaiian deity. This track didn’t make the cut for the movie but it’s definitely a must-listen for Hamilton fans. As the New York Times points out, “the track has a distinct Alexander Hamilton vibe.”