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The North Providence Breeze 07-10-2019

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2 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME JULY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION from Britain, Japan, Canada, Germany, and more. The center also has a theater that seats 35 and a library with more than 500 WWII-related books, Gray said. The collection can take a couple of hours to go through, he said. With lots of mul- timedia platforms, "it's not like a regular museum," Gray said. "'Museum' sounds old and dusty. This isn't old and dusty." Every visitor receives one of the foundation's docu- mentary films so they can continue their education after they leave, he said. Some locals, including vet- erans from Woonsocket and Smithfield, have been fea- tured in Gray's films, which range in length from 60 to 90 minutes and have been nar- rated by Bill Belichick, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Selleck, Gary Sinise, Matthew Broderick, and others. The documen- taries air on public televi- sion stations in the U.S. and around the world. Between the artifacts, the- ater, library, and a sound system which plays radio and news broadcasts from the war, Gray said he wanted to give students an experience they don't typically have in school. Since opening in January, 500 students – mostly from Rhode Island – and a couple hundred members of the public, including veterans from different wars and con- flicts, have visited the center, Gray said. "We anticipate that it will grow now," he said. "The student turnout has been really, really good." Finding a space for the center had been in the works for five years, Gray said. The center is in phase one right now, but Gray said he hopes to expand it in the future and add more days and times for the public to visit. He's waiting to see what the demand will be first, he said. Aside from Gray and a director of operations, the center is run by volunteers, he said, adding that veterans will help answer questions during large group tours. Gray said he's interested in feedback from the public. The foundation also plans to start a podcast, produced live from the center, and has purchased handheld audio tour guides for visitors as they walk around the center, he said. Admission is $15 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. There is no cost for school groups or WWII vet- erans to visit the center. For more information, call 401-644-8244 or visit www. wwiifoundation.org and click on the "Education Center" link. nature of its reality. They are handicapped in doing so by the fact that autism is classified as a psychiatric/ psychological disorder. What, pray tell, is psychological about a 2-month-old baby who doesn't want to be held, doesn't smile, and seems pained by eye contact? What unresolved issue is at work here? The answers to those questions are "nothing" and "none." The symptoms of classi- cal autism appear much too early and much too random- ly to think of it as anything but a yet-undiscovered physi- ological malfunction of one sort or another. Taking it out of the realm of psychology/ psychiatry – that is, removing it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – would be a boon to research as well as a boon to the kids in question and their anguished parents. The roadblock to that has much to do with the fact that autism is producing a signifi- cant income stream for lots of mental health profession- als. And yes, I proudly admit to cynicism. The further problem is that one can't talk in general terms about autism without consideration of the so-called "spectrum" that includes, most prominently, something called Asperger's Syndrome. I say "something" because this Asperger's something is about as ill-defined as some- thing can be. The common denominator among kids who are hung with this label or are said to be "on the spectrum" seems to be "odd" and/or "quirky." Personally, I think children should have the right to be at least slightly odd and quirky. Without exception of which I'm aware, once a mental health diagnosis begins to gain traction – that is, it begins to sell – the men- tal health profession begins expanding it – explicitly or implicitly – such that it cap- tures more and more people (i.e., paying clients) over time; thus things have gone with "the spectrum" and Asperger's. I don't deny that some kids who are said to have Asperger's may need help. Equally likely, their parents need help managing and disciplining them. The many anecdotes I've been told strongly suggest that most of the somewhat odd kids in question, however, grow out of it, whatever "it" is. My longtime readers know that with some conservatively defined exceptions, I'm not in favor of allowing children into rooms with therapists (and I'm a licensed thera- pist). Labels, which therapists have a bad habit of dispens- ing, tend to stick. For me to believe in Asperger's (hypo- thetically) is one thing; for a child to believe he "has" it is quite another thing. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. Check out fireflies in two locations in Smithfield SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road in Smithfield, is hosting an eve- ning of celebrating fireflies on Friday, July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn how fireflies use their flickering lights to communicate and how to recognize them dur- ing the day. They can make a glowing firefly craft and end the evening by going out to the fields to watch for their blinking displays. The event is open for chil- dren ages 6 and up. The cost is $10 for member adults, $5 for member children, $14 for nonmember adults, and $7 for nonmember children. Rain date is July 13. Register online through the events calendar at www. asri.org . On Thursday, July 18, Revive the Roots at Mowry Commons, 374 Farnum Pike in Smithfield, is hosting a firefly walk from 8 to 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors can bring flashlights for the event, described as "a magical eve- ning garden walk," and can enjoy campfire camaraderie and watch for fireflies by the light of a full moon, states a release. "Last summer was a great year for fireflies here, and we're starting to see them again this summer," said Hannah Martin, community builder at Revive the Roots. "We thought it would be a nice thing to share with people." Trails on the property will be lit with markers, Martin said, and members of Revive the Roots will be there to serve as guides. Admission is free but there is a $5 suggested donation to Revive the Roots, which creates ecologically regen- erative and dynamic social spaces through the educa- tion and practice of perma- culture. For more informa- tion, visit revivetheroots. org . GRAY PARENTING From Page One Visitors to the WORLD WAR II FOUNDATION GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER can see a Pearl Harbor display including a section of the USS Arizona battleship. EDUCATION From Page One

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