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Irene van der Zande
When her family was young Irene van der Zande protected a group of little children, including her two, from a man who had been threatening to kidnap them. She stopped him yelling and from ordering a bystander. The children were fine. What they saw was that Irene yelled, and the bad guy ran away - but Irene wasn't fine. She kept wondering, "What should he had knocked me down?" "What other children did he go on to assault?" "How will my kids be able to protect themselves when they go out into the world by themselves?"
She even took a self-defense workshop to answer the very first question. However she kept meeting people who would tell her stories which began with the words "If only. ." "In the event ONLY, if my childhood group leader dropped all the children off except for me and started to touch me in a manner that my parents had told me to not let somebody touch me, if ONLY I had known how to prevent him. I'd understood how to tell my parents what happened, if ONLY. My life would have been so much simpler."
Prior to this encounter, Irene's career was as a neighborhood organizer who helped develop services for many nonprofits working with individuals of all ages facing challenging life challenges because of poverty, prejudice, and disabilities. She'd also just written a book called "1,2, 3... The Toddler Years", that is employed in early childhood education programs across the US and has been translated into Chinese and Dutch.
Irene's strategy was supposed to go on writing on child growth, however, as she looked in the 15 women in her Girl Scout troop, Irene thought concerning the rape crisis centre statistic of 1 in 3 women being sexually assaulted before they were 18 years old, and she thought to herself, "That is FIVE of these! Which five women is it okay with me this happens to?" The answer of course, was, "N See all Irene van der Zande products
Natasha Daniels is a child therapist who has worked with kids, teens and families for over 16 years. Natasha has helped tens of thousands of kids, teens and parents and through her writing.
Natasha is passionate about helping children and teens with anxiety and OCD. You can find her writing if she is not working in her practice.
Natasha lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and three young kids.
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Jennifer O'Toole is the winner of the Autism Society of America's 2014 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year, also the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a nominee for the upcoming CNN Heroes of 2015 Award, a receiver of GRASP's 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and a nominee for the 2012 Autism Society Book Award along with Godiva's Woman of the Year. TV actress/Activist Holly Robinson Peete even recorded Jennifer among her "Autism Parent Superstars." She's also a 2015 appointee to the Executive Board of the Autism Society of America, and listed on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Cook_O%27Toole.
Most recently, she's been invited to talk to the President's Council on Fitness at the White House Summit on Americans with Disabilities, was the Guest of Honor of Their Royal Highnesses, the UK's Princess Sophie and Princess Marie of Denmark, also was added to the "Who is Who" listing of International Aspie Mentors -- along with Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore - to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood's "Been There. Done That. Try This" anthology. Nonetheless, it's Jennifer's exceptional "have a cup of coffee with me" conversationalist presentation of helpful insights that has touched hearts, lightened spirits and led to the heritage of Asperkids, LLC, also a multi-media social education company.
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