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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:14

As a group, the Selective Mutism Treatment and Research Team has had experience with children with selective mutism and social anxiety that goes back nearly 20 years. The NYU Child Study Center, since its inception in 1997, has focused on research and practice with children who are selectively mute and socially anxious. Selective mutism and social anxiety usually become apparent in group settings and impair social functioning with peers and with adults outside of the nuclear family. They are often not noted until the child attends a daycare setting or school. Selective mutism and social anxiety impair a child’s growth in many areas – social development, social acceptance, and academic achievement.

Therapy step-by-step

To improve a child’s comfort level and help the child speak freely, we have been experimenting with several steps that seem to be effective. First, we set up play and game situations with the child and family members in our clinical setting. We let the child know that we will not interfere and not attempt to hear the child speak at the beginning. We ask parents to present questions and conversational statements and praise the child for speaking in that setting.

Second, we let the child know that we are interested in having the child talk to family members while we gradually move into the vicinity. With care, we very gradually decrease the distance between ourselves and the family group while providing the child with praise and small rewards for continuing to speak even though we are getting closer.

Reminders for parents and teachers

-Be patient

-Ask, wait, move on

-Ask “forced choice” questions

-Provide positive reinforcement

-Provide labeled, specific praise


-Provide graduated talking opportunities

-Be happy for progress

-Let the child “own” the anxiety

-Wait for responses


-Mind read

-Ask “yes/no” questions

-Ask open-ended questions

-Be overly excited

-Pressure to be among the “chosen few”

-Label the child as “shy”

-Repeat questions without waiting

-Rescue too soon

Contact Information:

Richard Gallagher, Ph.D, and Steven Kurtz, Ph.D, NYU Child Study Center, phone: 212-263-6622

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:05

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Pamela Geller to Release New Book "Stop the Islamization of America" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bueler   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:04
Conducting interviews on this topic is the author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, Pamela Geller.

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You've seen the reports:

A police officer is told to attend an Islamic religious service at a new mosque, and is punished for refusing.

A major airline confirms it is setting up new service, and it involves discriminating on U.S. soil against Jews and others.

A popular and prominent radio talk show host is pushed out because he won't follow instructions to ease up on criticism of Islam.

A court has to intervene before ads can be posted offering an option for religious choice - in the United States.

And Christians are arrested for talking about their faith on public property.

What would you do in any of these scenarios?

"The First Amendment's free-speech guarantee is central to America's character and our fundamental liberties. Equally important, and stemming from the same philosophical roots, is the amendment's twinned protection of religious freedom and its prohibition of establishing religion," said John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"These pillars of liberty are under attack around the world, and even here in America. If you want to preserve the Constitution, read this book."

In the United Kingdom, signs have been going up in neighborhoods occupied mostly by Muslims that "Shariah," the religion's own law, is being "enforced."

The book explains how Americans need a strategy to defend the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution - but denied by Islamic law.

It is called a "practical primer for patriots" - and offers the fruit of a veteran national activist's years of experience fighting Islamic supremacist efforts.

Author Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of and executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America. She is author of the acclaimed book "The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America" with Robert Spencer. She is a regular columnist for WorldNetDaily, Andrew Breitbart's Big Government and Big Journalism, the American Thinker, and other publications.

After leading the fight against the Ground Zero Mosque in 2010, Geller received the Annie Taylor Award for Courage from the David Horowitz Freedom Center. She has been profiled on 60 Minutes and in the New York Times, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC, CNN, the Sean Hannity Show, the Bill O'Reilly Show, Geraldo, the Mike Huckabee show, and many other programs.

Among the revelations in this book:

Startling new information about the full extent of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the Department of Justice, and its brazen pro-Muslim activities, including its "Monthly Outreach Meetings" with Muslim and Arab groups at the Civil Rights Division - and the Muslim Brotherhood's goal of "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within."

Close ties between the Justice Department and the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Muslim Students Association - all linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The connections of the organizers of the Ground Zero Mosque to the Muslim Brotherhood.

How the Justice Department is fighting for Shariah in the U.S.

How public officials in Detroit, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere are kowtowing to Islamic supremacists' demands to curtail free speech about Islam.

Islamic schools that receive public money - right here in the U.S.

How the meat you buy at your local supermarket could be halal - even though it is not labeled or advertised as such.

Lt. Gen Jerry Boykin, former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and author of "Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom," said, "Americans are searching for ways to get involved in stopping the encroachment of Shariah law on the U.S. Constitution and the takeover of our nation by the Muslim Brotherhood. Pamela Geller provides practical steps for every American to get involved in stopping the attack on our nation by the forces of evil. I hope that every concerned American reads and heads this book."

"This book fills an urgent need. Pamela Geller has brought together all her experience fighting the stealth jihad and Islamization to create the first practical guide to stopping the spread of Shariah and Islamic supremacism in America. Every patriot, everyone who loves the freedom we enjoy in America, must get this book and use it to equip themselves for the great struggle that lies ahead," said Wafa Sultan, a former Muslim and the author of "A God Who Hates."

Read more: Stopping Islamic supremacists: A how-to guide that works

ABOUT YOUR GUEST: Pamela Geller is the founder, editor, and publisher of She is the executive director of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), as well as the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), and is a regular columnist for WND, the American Thinker, Human Events, and other publications. She is the author of "The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America."

ABOUT THE BOOK: How can we defend America against Islamic supremacist encroachment?

In Stop the Islamization of America, renowned activist Pamela Geller provides the answer, offering proven, practical guidance on how freedom lovers can stop jihadist initiatives in local communities.

Today Islamic supremacists are demanding more accommodation of Islamic principles and practices than ever, and daily growing more aggressive in eroding our freedoms-with politically correct public officials only too happy to oblige them. Speaking from the fruit of her experience as the national leader of the fight against the Ground Zero mega-mosque and numerous other initiatives, Geller's guidebook provides a much-needed wake-up call about a sinister agenda that could do nothing less than destroy the United States - with unique instructions about how we can, and must, fight back now to defend our nation and civilization.

Packed with current information drawn from Geller's front-line experience in the struggle against Islamist organizations and creeping Shariah in the United States, Stop the Islamization of America is an indispensable guidebook for everyone committed to defending American liberty.

Here is just a small sampling of what you'll find in this book:

*Startling new information about the full extent of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the Department of Justice, and its brazen pro-Muslim activities, including its "Monthly Outreach Meetings" with Muslim and Arab groups at the Civil Rights Division -- and the 14,000 documents the DOJ won't release that reveal the full, shocking extent of this cooperation.

* A primer for protest against Islamic supremacist mosques and other initiatives in your local area.

* A primer for how freedom fighters can deal with an adversarial media.

* The shocking details of the travesty that is the 9/11 victims memorial, which is planning to put the unidentified remains of 9/11 victims seven stories underground inside a museum that charges admission -- and which will include lavish profiles (above ground, of course) of the 9/11 hijackers.

* The Sheepshead Bay mosque initiative and other mega-mosque initiatives nationwide: the sinister forces behind them and their insidious agenda.

* Never-before-released details of the Islamic honor murders of the Texas teenagers Amina and Sarah Said.

* The American Bar Association's coverup of its work to resist anti-Sharia initiatives.

* The Islamic schools that receive public money.

* The truth behind Virginia's failing to mail military ballots in time for them to be counted in the election of 2008.

* Links between the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Muslim Students Association.

Product Details:
*Hardcover: 198 pages
*Publisher: WND Books (September 6, 2011)
*Language: English
*ISBN: 978-1-936488-36-0

Rutherford Institute Files Motion for Summary Judgment Against Calif. School That Prohibited Students from Wearing American Flag T-Shirts PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:59

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have asked a federal court to rule that a California public school district and its officials violated the First Amendment when they told students they could not wear t-shirts and other items emblazoned with American flags to school on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. In a motion for summary judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Dariano et al. v. Morgan Hill Unif. Sch. Dist., Institute attorneys argue that school officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., violated long-standing Supreme Court precedent forbidding viewpoint discrimination when they ordered students to cover up their stars and stripes apparel or leave the school. School officials allegedly issued the clothing ban after some Hispanic students complained about the patriotic articles of clothing being worn to school on May 5, 2010.

"This is a clear violation of the students' right to free expression guaranteed under the First Amendment," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. "It is past due time that school officials respect the constitutional rights of students."

According to the motion, on May 5, 2010, three Live Oak High School students wore patriotic t-shirts, shorts and shoes to school which bore various images of the U.S. flag. During a mid-morning "brunch break," the students were approached by Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez, who allegedly told the students they could not wear their pro-U.S.A. shirts and gave them the option of either removing their shirts or turning them inside out. When the students refused because the options would be disrespectful to the flag, Rodriguez ordered them to go to his office.

After two of the students' parents arrived at the school, Rodriguez is alleged to have lectured the group about Cinco de Mayo, indicating he received complaints from some Hispanics students about the stars and stripes apparel, and again ordered that the clothing be covered up to prevent offending the Hispanic students on "their" day. Principal Nick Boden also met with the parents and students and affirmed Rodriguez's order, allegedly because he did not want to offend students who were celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Alleging that the decision by school officials constitutes viewpoint discrimination against pro-U.S.A. expression, Rutherford Institute attorneys filed suit on behalf of the students and their parents seeking a declaration that the action violated the First Amendment and injunctive relief against a vague school district policy allowing prior restraints on speech to be imposed upon students. The lawsuit asserts that school officials violated the students' rights under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the protection of freedom of speech granted by the California Constitution. In asking the court to issue summary judgment in favor of the censored students, Rutherford Institute attorneys assert that the undisputed facts show that the officials had no grounds for fearing disruption from the flag apparel and that the school district's policies give officials too much discretion in censoring student speech.

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USPTO Names the Davenport Public Library to Support Intellectual Property Information Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:58

First Center Focused on Electronic Access and Training for Patent and Trademark Information in the Nation

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of Iowa’s Davenport Public Library as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). As the 81st library in the nationwide network, Davenport marks Iowa’s return to the PTRC program and serves as the first center in the nation geared away from the “paper depository” concept towards electronic access and training for patent and trademark information.

Replacing the State Library of Iowa, the former PTRC for the state, the Davenport Public Library will provide a place for Iowans to access patent and trademark information with the help of USPTO trained librarians.  USPTO’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center – formerly known as the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program (PTDL) – is a nationwide network of public, state, special and academic libraries authorized to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support inventors, intellectual property attorneys/agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, historians and the general public who are not able to come to USPTO’s offices in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Services at the libraries are free and include assistance in using patent and trademark information, training on USPTO databases and hosting public seminars on intellectual property topics for novice and experienced innovators.  A list of the current PTRC libraries can be found on the USPTO website

The all electronic Patent and Trademark Resource Center will open to the public and celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, September 8, 2011.  There will be a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the Main Library, 321 Main Street. Mayor Bill Gluba, the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and other elected officials will be on hand to celebrate the opening.  Training with Tom Turner from the USPTO will be from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Members of a panel of local resources who work specifically in the patent, trademark and intellectual properties realm will begin at 2 p.m.  If you wish to participate in the training on Thursday, September 8, please R.S.V.P. to Karen Neal at 563.326.7841.

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) program began in 1871 when federal law first provided for the distribution of printed patents to libraries for use by the public. A list of all the current libraries can be found on USPTO's website at

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