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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><rss xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:openSearch="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearchrss/1.0/" xmlns:blogger="http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008" xmlns:georss="http://www.georss.org/georss" xmlns:gd="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005" xmlns:thr="http://purl.org/syndication/thread/1.0" version="2.0"><channel><atom:id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980</atom:id><lastBuildDate>Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:11:35 +0000</lastBuildDate><category>autism</category><category>updates</category><category>enclaves</category><category>knitting</category><category>website</category><category>April awareness</category><category>Christmas</category><category>Vocational Rehabiliation</category><category>AIT</category><category>AZcentral</category><category>Arizona Republic</category><category>Autism Society</category><category>Autism Speaks</category><category>Fourth of July</category><category>Jenny McCarthy</category><category>New Year</category><category>SARRC</category><category>Sarah Palin</category><category>Southwest Autism Rehabilitation and Research Center</category><category>baby</category><category>blanket</category><category>employment</category><category>first entry</category><category>interview</category><category>spring</category><category>work</category><title>Matt Knits Blog</title><description>Matt Knits is a family owned and operated business and is founded by an autistic young man named Matthew Yee.</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/</link><managingEditor>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</managingEditor><generator>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>21</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-3764340817689676783</guid><pubDate>Sun, 05 Apr 2015 04:26:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-04-04T21:26:02.846-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">April awareness</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Autism Society</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Autism Speaks</category><title>April is Autism Awareness Month</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Hi everyone,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/as/autclpart/aprilawareness.jpeg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/as/autclpart/aprilawareness.jpeg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;April is Autism Awareness month!&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Please visit the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Autism Society&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/state/arizona&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Autism Speaks&lt;/a&gt; to participate.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Most importantly, I encourage you to spend some time with a person you know on the autism spectrum and find out more about his or her interests. &amp;nbsp;Get into his or her shoes and you may make a friend!&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-is-autism-awareness-month.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-7280458006292109683</guid><pubDate>Mon, 07 Oct 2013 23:35:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2013-10-07T16:43:12.242-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">employment</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">knitting</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">updates</category><title>Good News - Working again! </title><description>&lt;br /&gt;It&#39;s been about a year since this blog has been updated - so many events have taken place this year. Matthew has now transitioned from working at Outback doing set-ups to working at a center-based employment facility with &lt;a href=&quot;http://valleylifeaz.org/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Valley Life&lt;/a&gt; since last summer.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Matthew has enjoyed working there doing processing work from folding bags and packing them up in boxes to sticking adhesive pads to small kits.&lt;br /&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The family is happy that he is doing so well at his job. In addition, Matthew is working at knitting many different products, from blankets to scarves made of ruffle yarn.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Hope to finish updates soon - thanks for visiting and have a great day!&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2013/10/good-news-working-again.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-5326229508196791610</guid><pubDate>Wed, 23 May 2012 23:55:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2012-05-23T16:55:21.689-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">baby</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">blanket</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">knitting</category><title>Matthew&#39;s Last Knitting Project - Baby Blanket</title><description>Hi everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Matthew has finished knitting a garter-stitched baby blanket for a client. He is very happy and hopes that the client and baby are happy too!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VQ8af2t6KLU/T714VpF-RDI/AAAAAAAAAB8/-8UJdr2zhuw/s1600/baby_blanket.JPG&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;141&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VQ8af2t6KLU/T714VpF-RDI/AAAAAAAAAB8/-8UJdr2zhuw/s320/baby_blanket.JPG&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2012/05/matthews-last-knitting-project-baby.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VQ8af2t6KLU/T714VpF-RDI/AAAAAAAAAB8/-8UJdr2zhuw/s72-c/baby_blanket.JPG" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-2669381001834258057</guid><pubDate>Fri, 04 May 2012 21:22:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-04-04T21:27:03.211-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Arizona Republic</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AZcentral</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">SARRC</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Southwest Autism Rehabilitation and Research Center</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">work</category><title>Working at Outback</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;Matthew is doing a successful job working at Outback with the Southwest Autism Rehabilitation and Research Center (SARRC).&amp;nbsp; You can read more about how others are doing well at SARRC by visiting the following article below from the Arizona Republic (azcentral.com): &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/20120501phoenix-center-links-autistic-adults-jobs.html&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Center links Valley autistic adults to jobs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3kL_s4l37jA/T6RJF9J07eI/AAAAAAAAABw/5aDwUYbQwd0/s1600/matthew.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3kL_s4l37jA/T6RJF9J07eI/AAAAAAAAABw/5aDwUYbQwd0/s1600/matthew.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div id=&quot;ff_peerindex_tooltip&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2012/05/working-at-outback.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3kL_s4l37jA/T6RJF9J07eI/AAAAAAAAABw/5aDwUYbQwd0/s72-c/matthew.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-9105543706323746398</guid><pubDate>Mon, 03 Aug 2009 21:49:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-08-05T17:57:30.481-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">knitting</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">updates</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">website</category><title>Matt Knits Deadline Change</title><description>Hi everyone, The Matt Knits website has changed to this Friday, August 7th.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Thanks again for your patience.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Please visit &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/&quot;&gt;Knitting Pattern Central &lt;/a&gt;for some excellent tips and tricks on knitting!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As for a current update for Matt, he is doing real well in his day program and has knitted wrist warmers. We&#39;ll be sending a picture of the type of fabric that Matthew has made for his craft on this blog soon.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://order.1and1.com/xml/order/Hosting?affiliate_id=122427&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;1&amp;1 Web Hosting - Special Offer!&lt;/a&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2009/08/matt-knits-deadline-change.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-7447999181394743964</guid><pubDate>Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:12:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-30T20:31:37.032-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">updates</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">website</category><title>Mattknits.com Website Preview</title><description>Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;The webmaster is still in progress on the website tonight. Would you like a sneak peek?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 485px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 165px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://www.mattknits.com/images/mattknits_preview.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;Please tell us what you think about the new change. We at Mattknits.com hope you enjoy the new improvements to our website. Thanks!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2009/07/mattknitscom-website-preview.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-3700438526926310648</guid><pubDate>Thu, 25 Jun 2009 01:05:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-30T20:11:05.452-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">updates</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">website</category><title>Mattknits.com Updates</title><description>Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;this is a reminder that our website will continue its updates until July 31st.&lt;br /&gt;Thank you for your patience.</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2009/06/mattknitscom-updates.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-6625168414717839154</guid><pubDate>Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:21:21.946-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Sarah Palin</category><title>Sarah Palin Walks for Autism</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Just last week, Alaska governor Sarah Palin went to New York to walk for those who have autism!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Please check out the link below from Autism Speaks: &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.autismspeaks.org/walk_events/west_fair_walk_2009_sarah_palin.php&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Sarah Palin Autism Walk &lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2009/06/sarah-palin-walks-for-autism.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-598664129003700793</guid><pubDate>Thu, 11 Jun 2009 01:27:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:19:57.877-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">enclaves</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Vocational Rehabiliation</category><title>Bad News</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Sorry for not blogging so long. Matthew has been very busy with his job transitions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Matthew no longer works at the Yard House enclave due to work related issues.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;The family is in the process of helping Matt get a new job at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.autismcenter.org/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;SARRC&lt;/a&gt; (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center). Please be in prayer as the family continues to support Matthew in finding a job.&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2009/06/bad-news.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-360816796778258679</guid><pubDate>Thu, 25 Dec 2008 18:23:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:17:52.267-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Christmas</category><title>Merry Christmas from Matt Knits 2008!</title><description>&lt;p class=&quot;style9&quot; align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big  style=&quot;font-family:Papyrus;&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:red;&quot;&gt;HAPPY &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big  style=&quot;font-family:Papyrus;&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:green;&quot;&gt;HOLIDAYS&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big  style=&quot;font-family:Papyrus;&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:green;&quot;&gt;!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;We at Mattknits.com wish you a wonderful, healthy, and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year !&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/12/merry-christmas-from-matt-knits-2008.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-7706532116116479296</guid><pubDate>Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:20:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:16:21.886-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">enclaves</category><title>Good News for Matt</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Matthew is currently working in an enclave at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.yardhouse.com/default.asp&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;The Yard House&lt;/a&gt; at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.valleyofthesunschool.org/services_voc_enclaves.htm&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Valley of the Sun&lt;/a&gt; based enclave. He is still attending the day program called Good Neighbor Support Services after work. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;For those here in America, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and thank you for your prayers for Matthew - they are helping him and the family get through each day. &lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/11/good-news-for-matt.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-8308828776271664068</guid><pubDate>Mon, 08 Sep 2008 20:19:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:14:57.522-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">enclaves</category><title>Enclaves: A Work Alternative For Matt</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Matthew is currently on a waiting list to get in an enclave (a workplace where people with disabilities are always supervised).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The enclave that the family is hoping for is called &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.starsaz.org/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Stars&lt;/a&gt; in Scottsdale, Arizona.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;He is now attending a day program called Good Neighbor Support Services, which will assist Matthew in fun and recreational activities and also reinforce his social skills.&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/09/enclaves-work-alternative-for-matt.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-9036669814328640210</guid><pubDate>Thu, 07 Aug 2008 21:15:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:13:25.541-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Vocational Rehabiliation</category><title>Vocational Rehabilitation</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;For the past two months, Matthew has been placed in Vocational Rehabilitation, which is a branch of the state government that helps people with disabilities obtain a career in the workplace.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Matthew was working at a local thrift store to reinforce his interpersonal and customer service skills. He enjoyed working in the job (as all autistic people are in routine) but there was one&lt;br /&gt;problem.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;He needed supervision at all times, which the local thrift store does not provide. Matthew is currently looking for a job (specifically&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt; an onclave) that will help him with his work skills and to become more independent in the workforce. &lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/08/vocational-rehabilitation.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-8771211273427908378</guid><pubDate>Tue, 08 Jul 2008 02:12:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:12:10.008-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AIT</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><title>Audio Integration Training (AIT) Week</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;This is Audio Integration Therapy (AIT) week here at Matt Knits.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For the next two weeks (starting today), Matthew will be listening to music (he will have to tolerate headphones for 30 minutes twice a day for 10 days) from an occupational therapist, who uses a specialized CD Player that plays specific tracks with different frequencies. These frequencies are to help Matthew cope with major transitional changes, such as graduating from high school and then entering a job training program the same month. &lt;br style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Many people with autism frequently have problems dealing with social interactions and activities. This training is also to help Matthew comprehend the environment that he is in and to also make him more expressive in his social skills.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;If you would like more information about AIT, please visit the following websites:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.berardaitwebsite.com/sait/processing.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Berard AIT Website: The SAIT Archives - Auditory Problems in Autism&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.aitinstitute.org/ait_and_brain.htm&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;AIT Institute - Audio Integration Training and The Brain&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.tomatis.com/English/Articles/how_we_listen.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Listening Research: How the Ear Works&lt;/a&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/07/audio-integration-training-ait-week.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-4630658342009475485</guid><pubDate>Fri, 04 Jul 2008 17:10:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:10:53.136-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Fourth of July</category><title>Fourth of July</title><description>&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br  style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;It&#39;s the fourth of July here in America. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Matt is having a wonderful time spending the evening with his grandparents and watching the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.tempe4th.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;fireworks&lt;/a&gt; at Tempe Town Lake on TV. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br  style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Here is a wonderful 4th of July &lt;a href=&quot;http://maryjanemidgemink.blogspot.com/2008/07/4th-of-july-hat.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;hat&lt;/a&gt; to keep up the holiday cheer!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For all of our American Internet users, we at Matt Knits wish you a wonderful and safe holiday!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/07/fourth-of-july.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-7961741825356017828</guid><pubDate>Sat, 07 Jun 2008 02:07:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T18:09:11.556-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Jenny McCarthy</category><title>Jenny McCarthy Speaks about Autism</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Jenny McCarthy will speak about her personal crusade with her 6-year old autistic son. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;You can read the transcript or watch the interview here: &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,364496,00.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Fox News On The Record &lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/06/jenny-mccarthy-speaks-about-autism.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-1341481088255084584</guid><pubDate>Tue, 01 Apr 2008 21:03:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T14:35:27.153-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">April awareness</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><title>April is Autism Awareness Month</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: left&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Autism Awareness Month is here!&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5359544470139835954&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 84px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 175px; TEXT-ALIGN: left&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dK5WGP4vhOU/SmDtTKyYFjI/AAAAAAAAABI/80QWmkq_xOU/s320/Ribbon_autism2.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;It is a time to remember and support those who have autism.If you would like more information about specific events or fundraisers that are going on this month, please visit the links below.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: left&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/103006.php&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Medical News Today&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.bounceforautism.org/&quot;&gt;Bounce For Autism (Autism Society of America)&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.cafepress.com/buy/autism+awareness&quot;&gt;Cafe Press Autism Awareness T-Shirts&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2008/04/AutismAwareness.htm&quot;&gt;California State University - Fresno State News Celebrates Autism Awareness Month&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://njcosac.kintera.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=262844&amp;amp;lis=1&amp;amp;kntae262844=16425FB37FC34173A25191B3FB9C07E3&quot;&gt;COSAC New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.wrongplanet.net/article368.html&quot;&gt;Wrong Planet - Autism Awareness Month Tips&lt;/a&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/04/april-is-autism-awareness-month.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dK5WGP4vhOU/SmDtTKyYFjI/AAAAAAAAABI/80QWmkq_xOU/s72-c/Ribbon_autism2.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-5411812846910117210</guid><pubDate>Mon, 17 Mar 2008 19:00:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T14:18:39.416-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">spring</category><title>Spring Break</title><description>&lt;div style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: left&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Matthew is now on his Spring Break and will be working on some more of his knitting. Here are a couple of links for good spring and Easter knits: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: left&quot;&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/make-it-so/knit-for-easter.php&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Planet Green&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.lionbrand.com/Newsletters/28719.html&quot;&gt;Lion Brand Spring Knits &lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;See you later.&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/03/spring-break.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-4786908474428321738</guid><pubDate>Tue, 01 Jan 2008 15:47:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T14:12:48.284-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">New Year</category><title>Happy New Year</title><description>&lt;big&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Have a good New Year&#39;s Resolution for your autistic child or adult? Here are a few of Matt&#39;s resolutions: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif&quot;&gt;Learn how to be a better knitter. &lt;/li&gt;&lt;li style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif&quot;&gt;Learn how to read and understand my language better.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif&quot;&gt;Do my chores so that I can earn more points and get rewards (such as a videotape or DVD). &lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;I will try to do less compulsive behaviors during all of my therapy&lt;br /&gt;sessions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Bye for now! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2008/01/happy-new-year.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-840091057460799562</guid><pubDate>Wed, 26 Dec 2007 02:31:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-17T13:24:49.640-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Christmas</category><title>Merry Christmas from Matt Knits</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Papyrus&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:red;&quot;&gt;¡FELIZ &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:green;&quot;&gt;NAVIDAD!&lt;/span&gt;   &lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Papyrus&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;big style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Papyrus&quot;&gt;&lt;big&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:red;&quot;&gt;SEASON&#39;S&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style=&quot;color:green;&quot;&gt;GREETINGS!&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/big&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;p style=&quot;FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif&quot;&gt;Hello everyone, &lt;/p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Christmas has finally come! Here are a couple of helpful tips that I use to help Matthew during the&lt;br /&gt;holiday season:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;  &lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold; TEXT-DECORATION: underline&quot;&gt;Always&lt;/span&gt;  be aware of &lt;span style=&quot;TEXT-DECORATION: underline&quot;&gt;changes in routine&lt;/span&gt;, such as weather disturbances (storms, rainy days, full moons - the gravitational pull of the moon can affect people&#39;s mental health), so try to &lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;keep a steady routine, &lt;/span&gt;such as writing out a daily schedule, and &lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;make sure that&lt;br /&gt;schedule gets updated on an up-to-date basis.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;p align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold;font-size:130%;&quot; &gt;NEED HELP FINDING A CHART? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;  &lt;/span&gt;The chart I use for&lt;br /&gt;Matthew and is recommended by his behavioral therapist is &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.chartjungle.com/&quot;&gt;ChartJungle&lt;/a&gt; -&lt;br /&gt;They have &lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;charts for&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#ff0000;&quot;&gt;FREE!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ol style=&quot;LIST-STYLE-TYPE: decimal&quot; start=&quot;2&quot;&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;FONT-WEIGHT: bold&quot;&gt;Try to be involved in activities that keep that person interested. &lt;/span&gt; For example,  a few years ago, when Matthew was acting up after Sunday worship service,  I  entertained Matthew with games that he had played at school.  I used a dry erase board and marker playing word games like Hangman.   &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Now, it doesn&#39;t have to be something that basic - if you know what he or she likes, such as a Parker Bros.® Board Game, use it to try&lt;br /&gt;to entertain that person. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Please be in prayer for Matthew and for all autisitic children and adults as the&lt;br /&gt;next New Year approaches! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;God bless you all and have a safe and wonderful season! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2007/12/merry-christmas-from-matt-knits.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3411836350122726980.post-1072668302584028033</guid><pubDate>Fri, 30 Nov 2007 04:24:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2009-07-16T18:36:43.688-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">autism</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">first entry</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">interview</category><title>First Blog Entry</title><description>Hello everyone,&lt;br /&gt;Welcome to Mattknits.com! We are excited to provide high quality hand knitted hats and scarves from a young autistic adult named Matthew Yee. We&#39;re glad that you are with us here today.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;First question, what is it like to live with an autistic adult? Many adults who enter parenthood who know that their child has been diagnosed with autism often wonder what their child will be when he or she goes into adulthood -- and what are the symptoms and they should be looking for! For the first blog entry I will now turn to my father, whom I have interviewed in a research project for autism.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This is an interview of my father’s perspective on my brother Matthew.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;1) &lt;strong&gt;Describe Matthew’s autism.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; First of all, Matthew does not speak. He only says about two to three word phrases, but now he can say one sentence. His autism affects his ability to learn; he is at least four grades behind, which is part of his mental retardation. He lacks all social skills, which means he cannot relate to people. He does not like certain foods because of certain taste, and he does not like certain sounds because of his sensitive hearing. He has no concept of time and danger.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;2) &lt;strong&gt;How does his autism affect our family? &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; Matthew always needs adult supervision wherever he goes. This means that your mother and I have to be focused constantly on Matthew over our priorities. We also have limits of travel and work, and also contact with family and friends.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;3) &lt;strong&gt;What were Matthew’s symptoms when he was a child?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; He failed to communicate and he stopped eating. He would cry and scream a lot, lacked eye contact, and failed to respond when we would call out his name. He had verbal and physical compulsive behaviors.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;4) &lt;strong&gt;What were your reactions when the doctor reported that he was diagnosed with autism? &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; I had deep sorrow, grief, anger, shock, and a desire to help him.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;5) &lt;strong&gt;What kind of treatment has Matthew been through?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; He has medications from psychiatrists in order to deal with the real world and to improve his language. He attends regular psychological meetings to check his progression. In school, he had speech and physical therapy to help him with his life skills.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;6) &lt;strong&gt;How has this treatment changed Matthew over the years?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; The treatment has helped him to speak, read, calm down, improve in socialization, control his compulsive behavior, and to improve his vocabulary. He is considered a high-functioning autistic child. I also believe that God has healed him because of answered prayer and patience.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;7) &lt;strong&gt;What are his hobbies/activities?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; He likes hands-on activities, such as making crafts, being on the computer, reading books (he liked this recently), watching classic movies on video or television, and record music on audio tapes. He likes to collect videos, audio tapes, crafts, and other new toys.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;8) &lt;strong&gt;What are Matthew’s routines during the day?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; He gets up in the morning, gets dressed, goes to school (special ed schools in regular/summer school years), eats after school, takes a nap, gets on the computer, exercises with a workout video, does certain chores in the house, eats dinner, and goes to bed. Sometimes he would watch TV shows or videos in between.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;9)&lt;strong&gt; What are Matthew’s current struggles in life? &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; Trying to overcome autism, of course. His major struggle is communication.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;10) &lt;strong&gt;How does Matthew express his emotions?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; He gets angry (tense), hits himself, and yells compulsive short phrases, which can be from TV infomercials or commercials, TV movie lines from broadcast or videos.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;11) &lt;strong&gt;How challenging is it to live with Matthew?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; It is extremely challenging to live with him.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;12) &lt;strong&gt;How has Matthew changed your life, and what is your view on handling all handicapped people? &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Dad:&lt;/strong&gt; Our family and I thank the Lord for Matthew; we try to love him and take care of him, and I believe that handicapped and mentally disabled people should also be treated with the greatest love.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Thanks Dad for your interview about my brother Matthew.</description><link>http://mattknits.blogspot.com/2007/11/first-blog-entry.html</link><author>[email protected] (Matthew Yee)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item></channel></rss>

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