Monday, March 13, 2017

Mentioned in a Post on LinkedIn

I have been so busy with work, college, as well as attending middle and high school baseball games that I had forgotten to share something exciting that happened a few weeks ago. I routinely receive email notifications to check out posts on LinkedIn. When I received this particular email notification from LinkedIn, I checked it out. Imagine my surprise when I found myself mentioned and tagged, at the top of the posted article, along with several others, as being a behavior expert!

The article is Parents Can Learn How To Prevent Anxiety In Their Children and I hope that you will take the time to read the article. I had no involvement in the collaboration of the attached article. I was named only as one of the individuals considered to be experienced in the area of behavior intervention...but, it was quite flattering!

Friday, December 23, 2016

#FREE Holiday Printable Gift Tags




     If your family celebrates Christmas, then you are most likely in the final stages of preparing for the big day! I stumbled across these fantastic FREE Holiday Printable Gift Tags and I wanted to share them with you. I don't always like the ones available at the store but, I don't have the time to make homemade ones. You can print these gift tags in full-color on white cardstock and #share with everyone where you found them. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Recognizing and Acknowledging Our Limits


     I would never have imagined that the last year could have flown by as fast as it has for my special needs family. It was a difficult decision to step down as the volunteer coordinator of the parent-led autism support group which had occupied the last three and a half years of my life but, spending more time with my family was more important to me. Unless you had any prior knowledge about the autism diagnosis that my youngest son, Nathan, received almost nine years ago, you wouldn't be able to tell that he was any different from the rest of his classmates. He is currently taking Pre-AP classes in all four of his required core subjects in eighth grade and is receiving compliments from his teachers all of the time. His older brother is also doing well with the advanced classes he is taking as a freshman in high school. 
     While spending more time with my family, I have made it my goal to be a good role model by working to finish my college education. In the last twelve months, I have completed seven college courses towards my associate's degree which I should acquire by the end of my Spring 2018 semester. That fall, I will transfer to a local four-year college to finish my bachelor's degree in Psychology. I love learning about the brain, what makes people do what they do, and how we can help them correct certain behaviors. The information that I have learned from my Psychology courses in the last twenty-four months has given me the insight to prepare Nathan for situations he has, and will, encounter as he approaches adulthood.
     The adjustments that we have made have been challenging but, I know that I can always count on the support of my husband. I love him more now than when I married him almost sixteen years ago. He is ten years older than I am, so keeping him healthy is important to me. Our family has been trying to eat healthier, to exercise more, and to maintain a stress-free schedule. It's not as easy as some might think but, we haven't given up! I remind myself regularly that as humans, we have to recognize and acknowledge our limitations. We also have to set realistic goals to accomplish what we want in life. Please make time to take care of yourselves, as well as those whom you love and want to be in your lives!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

I Apologize for Not Having Made the Time to Post Something Before Now...


It's been quite a while since I have been able to share what has been happening with our special needs family. We are currently experiencing some major changes in multiple areas of our lives. I want to thank you for your continued patience, as we work through each of these changes and how they will affect our daily routines/schedules. Just so that everyone is not too shocked, I will most likely be updating the website over the next few weeks, and possibly "shaking it up" a little more than I have in the past...

Friday, July 3, 2015

PLEASE #Share This Post and Eat at the Southside OKC @SBBurgerjoint Tuesday July 7th to Support to My Almost Blind 3 y/o Granddaughter!!


My sweet 3 year old granddaughter is going blind without any hope of a transplant or cure. She currently still has her peripheral vision but, it doesn’t help much if her eyes are crossed trying to compensate for the loss of her central vision. In an attempt to help my precious granddaughter, I created our Family & Friends Team “Kickin’ It With Kairi”, and she will be the featured recipient at the S & B Burger Joint, located at 7745 S. Walker Avenue in OKC, this next Tuesday, July 7th, 2015. This event will help raise the necessary funds to assist Kairi’s family in helping her adjust to the changes that are ahead of her such as having to learn Braille so that she can read and communicate with others around her; to gain the ability to depend on her remaining senses in order to lead a productive life; and to have access to a school that will facilitate and enhance the education she needs to thrive in society. Please show your support to Kairi by visiting the Southside S & B Burger Joint, located at 7745 S. Walker Avenue in OKC, this next Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 and by inviting all of your family and friends to join you in supporting a great cause!

If YOU are available to help me, for any length of time during the fundraiser event, please email me at lorrieservati@yahoo.com ASAP so that we can coordinate the details. Thank you to everyone who is planning to come by the southside S & B Burger Joint location to show your support to my sweet granddaughter!! I will always accept help from anyone will to ‪#‎share the event through social media and/or by way of email to friends...I have also created a flier if you are interested in putting them up at various locations in your area. Just let me know!


*Here is a short note of gratitude written by my daughter, Candace, Kairi's mother...
"I am so excited that S&B Burger Joint is giving Kairi Lynn Husmann this opportunity to meet new people who care and support her through this transition in her life. It has been almost a year since Kairi was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. It has been difficult on the whole family, not only adjusting to her needs but understanding what she is going through. We appreciate the time and support of the Okc Metro community. Please join us and enjoy some delicious burgers."
                                                                                               

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Have YOU Heard About The Awesomely Unique Way You & Your Friends Can Support @AutismOklahoma Just by Shopping at #TheTithingCloset in OKC?

 
I know that it has been a while since I have posted but, I would like to announce  a wonderful opportunity that benefits AutismOklahoma.org and recognizes the grassroots nonprofit organization in the surrounding community! I was recently contacted by the co-owner of The Tithing Closet, the newly-opened thrift store located at 2605 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73127. She had something interesting to tell me about the activity she was experiencing in her store. First, let me explain a little bit about the philosophy of the organization behind the name of the store...
 
The Tithing Closet is an organization believes in giving back to the community in the form of tithing and giving 10% of what you've been blessed with to the betterment of another. The tithing program is not based on religion and is not influenced by the religious belief of the owners, in fact, they welcome all religions and individuals. When a customer makes a purchase at this thrift store, the receipt from their purchase can be designated towards a charity or organization in the community who has signed up with their location. The Tithing Closet accepts up to five charities per month for customers to choose to support when donating the receipt from their purchase.
 
Back to the exciting news that I mentioned. Earlier this month, there were several customers who mentioned AutismOklahoma.org while making their purchase at The Tithing Closet. One of the customers even pulled up my blog to get my email address so that the owner of the thrift store could contact me about AutismOklahoma.org becoming one of the five organizations that their customers can choose to support. Since their store has only just opened, AutismOklahoma.org will continue as one of the five organizations available to choose from until end of July. And if each of our supporters will introduce themselves to the co-owner, Lazara Gonzalez, when choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org through their purchase of items at the Tithing Closet, we will receive an additional 2% of support from that receipt donated to us...making it a total of 12% and that support will add up amazingly quick during the month!!! 
 
So if YOU like shopping at thrift stores, especially those who give back to our community, please check out The Tithing Closet at 2605 N. MacArthur Blvd and be sure to introduce yourself when choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org with the donation of your receipt at checkout!! If we get enough customers choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org, we may be given the extraordinary opportunity of continuing as an organization receiving year-round support from The Tithing Closet!!!! Be sure to tell ALL of your friends about this truly unique opportunity to support our grassroots nonprofit, AutismOklahoma.org!!!!!!!!
 
Lorrie Servati,
AutismOKC Leader & Coordinator

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be Sure to Mark Your Calendars and Join Us to Support @AutismOklahoma Through the Upcoming Restaurant #GiveBackNights!

Come and meet your friends for dinner! You can enjoy a great meal, have a good time and know that you are helping by making a donation to a great cause with every meal! Check out the Restaurant Dates for other great opportunities to support the upcoming 2016 AutismOklahoma PieceWalk & 5K! 

We hope that YOU will make plans to join us on Tuesday, June 16th from 4:00pm to close at 7900 S. Walker on the southside of OKC for dinner. This is a great opportunity to catch up with family, friends and/or co-workers while enjoying the summer! Please tell your waitstaff that you are there in support of AutismOklahoma and that participating Johnny Carino's location will donate a portion of the proceeds to AutismOklahoma!! Be sure to tell everyone you know about this event!



Join us on Thursday, June 25th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm 1505 S.W. 74th Street in OKC to enjoy either a late lunch and/or dinner! Please let your waitstaff know that you are there to support AutismOklahoma and the southside Schlotzsky's location will donate a portion of the proceeds to AutismOklahoma!! We  look forward to seeing YOU there!



Now, this AutismOklahoma fundraiser is one that YOU will want to put on the calendar on your phone, your computer and refrigerator!! If you have ever eaten at Earl's Rib Palace, you have most likely enjoyed "The Brownie" for dessert. The Earl's Rib Palace in Moore, located at 920 SW 25th Street just off the I-35 Service Road, will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all of the brownie sales on Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm in support of AutismOklahoma!!!