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 By Christine Frances Poe

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    By Christine Frances Poe

Mario Simoes is, was, and always will be a very important part of our Tikko family.  Mario's dedication to Dorian's autism awareness campaign is greatly missed, following a horrific chain of events on March 19, 2017.  A promised sequel to our last "Autism and Everest - the Attainable Dream" blog, Mario's own account of his May 19, 2016 climb is long overdue.  It seems fitting, while grieving from a void we can't possibly fill; we celebrate Mario's life by sharing his eloquent words in response to my "interrogation" (as he jokingly put it when responding to my questions.)

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By Christine Frances Poe

"So many children (but not so many polar bears) live on the ‘spectrum’.   A ‘spectrum’ is a vibrant band of colours.  If you live with autism, you’re part of a rainbow – a community where everyone is different in their own way…and that’s okay!"

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By Christine Frances Poe

A certain "magic" from stars aligned, wishes granted or unquestionable faith came to light in 2013  when two very special people; so very different and miles apart; believed anything was possible!  One, a former member of the Portuguese Air Force; Instructor at Check-6; CEO & President at Simoes Consulting, LLC; and climbing enthusiast who dreamt of ascending to the highest point in the world; while the other, a 9-year old boy with a neurological disorder, dreamt of making the world a better place for families living with autism.   

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By Christine Frances Poe

Whitney Houston said it best.  “I believe that children are the future.  Teach them well and let them lead the way.” What does is say when two young boys come together to make the world a better place for other kids living with autism?  It speaks volumes.  Our future looks brighter and full of hope; where young boys hold the potential to become great leaders; whether political, spiritual or otherwise.

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By Christine Frances Poe

Swiss NIKON Ambassador Daisy Gilardini is no stranger to polar bears or the Northern elements.  A year ago Daisy waited patiently outside a polar bear den at Wapusk National Park for 4 days; 117 hours at -45/50°C temperatures to capture, on film, polar bears in their natural habitat.  Her determination paid off.  Pics of this mother and cub went viral! 

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By Christine Frances Poe

Finding employment isn't easy.  We've all been there; the never-ending response "You need experience before I can hire you" followed by yet another closed door.  Frustrated, we walk the pavement muttering, "How do you expect me to get experience, if you won't give me a job?"  That familiar catch-22 has us all stumped at one time or another.

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By Christine Frances Poe

There's a vast difference between controlling your life and controlling your actions.  You may "take one day at a time" or worry about the future.  Try imagining your life as a blank canvas and you the artist.  All you need are dreams, and the belief tomorrow's possibilities are endless; providing you have the courage to paint your reality.  We don't always see the "big picture", but we can share our vision; one stroke at a time.

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By Christine Frances Poe

Session #5 In addition to Dorian's appointments with Will, I myself am thoroughly enjoying my "hypnosis/access bars" interludes.  I tend to go into these moments tired, burnt-out, and somewhat anxious.  I'd like to say I've followed through with my "homework"; yet there still doesn't seem to be enough time in the day.  So, deciding to leave you all hanging for three weeks, I managed to gain 2 extra hours a week NOT writing this blog.  You'll be happy to know I did indulge in some home renovations.  Clearing, organizing and rummaging through 10 years of "stuff" can be quite the work-out; not to mention the healing benefits of giving my home a "Feng Shui" treatment!

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By Christine Frances Poe

Being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 7, Dorian's symptoms undeniably reflected many characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome.  Introduced to the technological world at the young age of 2, Dorian took to the keyboard like a concert pianist tending a Baby Grand.  As the electronic industry advanced, so did Dorian.  From computer to Gameboy; Gameboy to DS; DS to DSI; to Wii; XBox; iPod Touch...the list goes on.

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By Christine Frances Poe

"I wish you'd put that away and talk to me.  I want to hear about your day!"  Fixated on his DSI game, I expected Dorian's normal response; a growl, a shriek...anger at my disruption.  "This is supposed to be our quality time."  As we drove back home after a very successful third session with Will, I was excited to hear Dorian's thoughts.

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By Christine Frances Poe

Frequently experiencing nightmare "dragons" at the age of 4, Dorian dreaded bedtime; avoiding sleep like his life depended on it.  It was a worry; the dark circles forever under his eyes; Dorian's meltdowns, anger and violent outbursts.  Always seeking solutions rather than accepting the "autism" label, I reasoned anyone would react the same if deprived of REM sleep.

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By Christine Frances Poe

Benefiting all aspects of your life, the neurological modality "Access Bars"; the electromagnetic component of all thoughts, feelings, ideas, perspectives, opinions and decisions is changing lives across the globe!  A series of thirty-two points on the head, "Access Bars" identify with creativity, power, wealth, body & health, consciousness, happiness, self-control and change, to name only a few.

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 By Christine Frances Poe

Tikko is always excited to go on a new adventure!  Like many of us, Tikko dreams of reaching special destinations; experiencing amazing adventures; meeting extraordinary people; and crossing things off his "Bucket List".  Most of all, Tikko's goal is to inspire the world to JOIN THE JOURNEY; to learn all they can about Autism; to accept those who may seem different; and to see people as they should - with love and compassion!

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By Allison Cuthbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

It was just after dawn on Sunday 12th April. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the birds were singing in the cool spring air. The day we were to run the Wainstones half-marathon had arrived. Tikko and I set off in the car at 7AM so we could be ready for the race registration at 9AM. Our journey went well; we arrived on time, and parked the car in the field as instructed.

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By Allison Cuthbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

April has been an interesting and pretty exhausting month for Tikko and myself. Our aim was to run every day, and we've just about managed it. We only missed a couple of days, but not every day was a running day! I lost my mojo, and at one point felt like giving up the whole challenge. At one point early on I found myself crying while trying to run; I was so frustrated with my performance. Tikko asked me what was wrong, and I explained that I was performing so poorly that it might be time to just throw in the towel. Tikko spurred me on as only he can. He reminded me that parents whose children are autistic rarely get a break.

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By Allison Cuthbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The month of March moved in, and we began training for the triathlon.  Lots of cycling and swimming was the order of the day. Tikko sat by the swimming pool, counting my laps and keeping a check on my times.  I managed to reduce my swim time by over 4 minutes with Tikko's help.  That little bear sure knows a lot about swimming.  Soon came the day that we had to put it all together, to gauge my predicted time for the triathlon.  On a cold Sunday morning Tikko and I set off to swim the 400 m, then bike 10 km, and finish off with a 3 km run.  The swim was perfect; indeed, it was a new personal best.  The cycling leg went well too, although we did get some strange looks from people as we left the pool and went straight out to the bike without changing!

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By Allison Cuthbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Oh dear.  Our total running miles at the start of March were well below what I had expected.  After a long chat with Tikko I soon perked up and was ready to restart our running and training.  We'd entered a 10K run at the beginning of the month, and a triathlon at the end.  I was a little unsure to start - after all, I'd had most of February off because of shin splints.  Tikko asked Steve, my husband, to cycle alongside me in case my leg became sore and I had to stop.  I had to stop Steve humming the theme from "Rocky".  With him humming and Tikko laughing it wasn't at all easy to keep breathing right!  The first run was a lot more enjoyable than I expected. With the encouraging words of Tikko ringing in my ears I can see the 1000 mile goal becoming achievable again.

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By Allison Cuthbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 

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New Year's Day and the Start of my 2015 Challenge:  Running 1000 Miles with Tikko™


By Allison Cutherbertson, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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