Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ December 2019.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner

Wishes Everyone

A Very Happy Holiday Season

Welcome to the December 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Autism Canada

Autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children; and, is one of the
most common developmental disability affecting American and Canadian Children.
ASD changes the way the brain processes information which affects all areas of a person’s development. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder resulting in developmental disability; this affects a person’s communication, social understanding and behaviour including interests and activities.  Autism usually appears around the first three years of a child’s life and boys are more prone to autism than girls. No one person with ASD behave or responds the same way as others with the same diagnosis everyone is quite unique.

There are five different Autism Spectrum Disorders described under a diagnostic
category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders [PDD].

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder [CDD]:
This is a rare condition that affects 0.2 in 10,000, symptoms are significant losses in social
behaviour, language, and play. These symptoms usually appear after at least three years of a normal developmental period. This disorder results in severe defects in cognitive ability.
Rett Syndrome:
This too is a rare condition that affects 1 in 10,000 and affects girls inclusively. Again,
significant regression after a period of normal development. Severely impaired language and psychotic motor skills and difficulty cognitive ability.

Autistic Disorder [AD]:
This condition is diagnosed more often and affects 20 in 10,000 cognitive impairments, deficits in non-verbal and verbal communications and social understanding, unusual behaviour and restrictive activities.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – not already specified [PDD.NOS]:
This condition is often used in 15 in 10,000 diagnosed; this is also named a typical Autism. This condition is a severe and pervasive impairment that can be found in some interaction or restrictive activities and interests.
Asperger Disorder – also called Asperger’s Syndrome, and Asperger Syndrome, AS:
This is a common disorder and is diagnosed 5 in 10,000. This condition can have mild to
severe impairments along with social understanding, interactions, and repetitive, restricted interests and activates. Cognitive and language development is not delayed; however, there are deficits in communications.
Early Signs of Autism: (12 to 24 Months) – children may demonstrate only a few of these
• May appear deaf because they respond unevenly or not at all to sounds.
• “Failure to Bond” (i.e. the child is indifferent to parents’ presence)
• Does not “Point and Look
• Chronic gastrointestinal problems
• Self restricted/selected diet
• repeated infections
• Reaction to vaccines
• Difficulty consoling during transitions (tantrums)
• Often begins to develop language then loses it or doesn’t acquire language.
• Difficulty sleeping/wakes at night.
• Limited imaginative play
• Not interested in playing with other children
Many paediatricians and other physicians are not experienced in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the physicians fear to make the diagnosis because they were trained to believe that ASD is incurable. Do not accept your doctor’s advice if he or she proposes a “wait and see” approach or promises that your child will “catch up”. If your child has normal development and then regresses, you should seek help immediately. As a child’s brain develops it is pliable and there is a window of opportunity for recovery at a young age that however, does diminish as the child gets older.

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
Phone: 301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476),
Autism Society Canada
Box 22017, 1670 Heron Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 0C2
Tel: (613) 789-8943
Toll-free: 1-866-476-8440

This article is part of the “Treasure Chest of Resources”   Written by Sylvia McGrath, 2008, updated November 2019.
**Please note: that this e-book is just to serve as an information resource, this is not to be used for diagnosis. If you have any medical concerns or questions, please see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Wise Picks


The Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats


by Colin Butcher (Author)

This is an interesting book, that will certainly be very popular with both cat and dog lovers, it is a true story of a remarkable dog who rescues cats, an uplifting story of a how a man and dog team form a Detective Agency.

As a veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer, Colin Butcher was no stranger to dangerous situations. But a career in uniform can wear anyone down, so, in 2003, Colin left the force to start his own private detective agency, specializing in helping reunite people with their missing pets. And yet, despite his hundreds of successes, there were still heartbreaking cases where Colin couldn’t find the missing on his own. He knew he needed a partner.
Molly was the perfect partner to Colin in his business. However, she has become more than a business partner, as the black cocker spaniel has wormed her way into his and his family’s lives and hearts. They are a wonderful team together, which is one good reason they have such success in their searches. I had not thought of a pet detective agency before reading this, but, with how important pets have become in our lives today, I can easily understand how the agency would be the resounding success it is.
I was really impressed by the thought, research, and training Colin put into this book. Of course, Molly and the lost cats stole my heart away. I think every person who has ever owned and loved a pet dog or cat will certainly love this book. It a definite must-read for them.

I have never heard whether such an organization exists in other countries, but, after reading this, I will be looking for more information. I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of being able to read and review this interesting book.

About Author


Colin Butcher
Goodreads Author

Fareham, The United Kingdom

Nonfiction, Fiction, Crime

Influences……… …more

Member Since
May 2017


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Colin’s passion for writing started as a child in Singapore. When at the age of seven his school essay on fire ants received the award for best story and most improved handwriting. ”I strutted around my school as if I had won the Nobel Prize in Literature as opposed to a handwriting competition” he has said. ”It really was a pivotal moment for me, having my work recognised at such a young age had such a big impact, from then on I recorded field notes on all the interesting adventures I had with my brother and read every book I could get my hands on.”

He continued his writing in the Royal Navy and Police and as a Detective Sergeant in 1998 co-wrote the first police training manual for the investigation of criminal cases for Surre …more

Combine Editions
Colin Butcher’s books
Average rating: 4.3 · 128 ratings · 82 reviews · 2 distinct works

This book is available from,,  and other fine bookstores.


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Write a modern-day fairy tale based on your life. Where will you turn to for inspiration? Is your fairy tale replete with evil warlocks, fair maidens, fairies, goblins, elves, trolls and heroic princes? Is it set in a faraway land or your local mall? Are you locked away in a tower or in a place without Wi-Fi?

Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! 

 Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

In Canada, we are experiencing extremely cold and stormy weather this time of year.  It’s also a time when electrical blackouts happen occasionally. Write about what happens on a stormy night during one of these blackouts.

Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂

A Young Writers Guide To Writer’s Block

Some people will tell you there is “no such thing as Writer’s Block” and to some degree they are right. But there will be days when writing just isn’t working for you. You know what I mean, those days when you sit in front of your computer and it feels like getting a cavity filled would be easier. Unfortunately, the only way to overcome this dreaded feeling is to write or refill your creative well… Here are six tips to help ignite your creativity…
Keep a journal. Set the timer on your phone, computer, whatever works for about 20minutes. Your goal is to just write continuously without stopping until your timer goes off.  Write down whatever comes into your head, however random, strange or unimportant it may seem. No censoring and no over-thinking.

Brainstorm. If you are stuck on a particular plotline grab a large piece of paper or a mind-mapping app and write down as many ideas no matter how unusual they may seem, they might trigger something that will work. It’s all about getting ideas down. A page full of ideas can jumpstart your creativity.

Talk with other writers. There are some moments when it’s easier to speak to others about ideas than to write them down. Try talking your story out with another trusted writer. If you are not yet ready to share ideas with another record your ideas on your phone or computer, talking things out can often help.

Writing Prompts. Sometimes all you need to get the creative juices flowing is to have some fun with silly or thought provoking writing prompts.

Create an Atmosphere or Ritual to get you in the writing mood.  I absolutely love my writing area. My original workspace is no longer available so I recently set up a new one in a corner of my bedroom and I love it! I have bookcases filled with inspiring books, vintage typewriters, inspirational pictures or quotes and a few kitsch items that are prominent in my story. I listen to music that helps evoke images in connection with my current WIP, light candles, grab a tea or coffee and snuggly blanket, something to stimulate each of my senses.

Get a change of scenery. Sometimes all you need is a change of pace. Use to writing at home try, a café, library or outdoor venue. People watching, background noise or a little sunshine might be all you need to fire up your creative engine.


The World’s Greatest
Christmas Party

VV Xmas party 1

On Sunday, December 8, Variety will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.

ADMISSION: $8.00/at door


The World’s Greatest
Christmas Party
On Sunday, December 8, Variety will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.

ADMISSION: $8.00/at door


Kate Linder & Friends

High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends
from The Young and the Restless

Sunday, December 8, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto

*VIP Meet & Greet 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Autographs & Photos for all guests
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kate Linder
(Esther Valentine) BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
• High Tea & Show $100
• Patron Preferred Seating $125 – SOLD OUT
• VIP Circle of Friends $250 – SOLD OUT
• VIP Circle of Friend & attend Private Cast Dinner Sunday evening $1,200 – SOLD OUT

Our goal is to raise $80,000 at this event
Funds raised will benefit MODC’s
Conductive Education® program
For more information visit: Toronto 2019 website