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Contact Natalie Mannherz (Author)                                                                                                               Natalie McKechnie OTR, LLC Occupational Piano
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The Puzalings and the Puzville Pollution (available on Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon)

When Someone Is Different  (available on Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon)

The Puzlings and the Case Of The Green Teeth (available on Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon)

The Puzlings and the Case Of The No-Looks (available on Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon)

The Puzlings and the Case Of The What-Ifs (available on Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon)

The Puzlings and the Case Of The Wiggles

The Puzlings and the Case Of The Musical Concert

The Impact Inclusion Has:

“As the mom to a severely autistic daughter, Sarah, 12, we have had our share of anxiety-ridden moments in public places. Mostly it is just glares (the stink eye) from adults who seem to be judging our parenting, due to the fact Sarah makes odd noises, can get upset and have a hard time calming down sometimes because she cannot find the words to use, and she needs to be on the move, constantly. She doesn’t know to “get out of the way” or to slow down. One of the worst days was when Sarah was a tiny tot, learning to use silverware, and we went to a restaurant in Estes Park called Claire’s. We were outside on the porch, she was eating pasta and making a bit of a mess. The waitress made many thoughtless comments and was frankly incredibly rude. Even the couple sitting next to us commented how disgusted they were with her cold callousness toward a small child with an obvious disability. All restaurants are a struggle — as Sarah needs to rock to get input into her tiny body and often bangs up against a booth with people in it. One time a young woman said to me, “Could you make her stop? That is just so rude.” I replied, “She has autism; could you be more kind?”.
The mall is always a struggle. Once in the Apple Store, Sarah decided to sit down by the door. Passers-by made comments about how she was “in the way” and badly embarrassed her sister, who is three years younger. Anytime I have taken her to public music concerts, we end up leaving because of her need to roam, and again, the stink eye.
Because of this life of constant anxiety of going up against social norms of kids being expected to be still, being quiet and not express their joy and excitement out loud — I am always quite astounded when I run into wonderful, amazing, kind-hearted people who seem to “get it.” Being inclusive is not rocket science. No one needs special training or a road map. Just be kind. Be human. Make a difference. It feels good.
For instance, our small town has a wonderful bowling alley, Coal Creek Bowling, in which the owner goes out of her way to make us feel welcomed and included in a fun activity that no child should be excluded from — she smiles at Sarah’s joy, she says it’s fine she needs to roam. There is no stink eye when we redirect her from the neighbor’s alley.
Or how about Gateway Fun Park, where the teenager who runs the go-karts took the time for Sarah to sit down, and even helped her to steer, again and again. She absolutely loved it! All it takes is for one person to be willing to be flexible and take the time to let our kids be included in fun activities! Imagine what they are left out from trying.

Life is unpredictable at every turn, our kids are fun, quirky and full of love. For those who embrace difference, they reap the rewards of meeting all kinds of people who have full hearts and don’t know the meaning of judging another being on this crazy spinning planet. In other words, life is too short not to open your heart and lighten up.”

– J. Marshall
Freelance Writer, Author