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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE JULY 11-17, 2019 Calendar 6 Celebrations 4 Entertainment 2 Movie 5 Real Estate 7 Recipe 4 Classifi eds 10 QUICK INDEX valleybreeze.com @ The realities of autism I am perennially asked whether I do or do not "believe" in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it's a test. Nonetheless, it's a fair question that usually takes this form: "I know you don't believe in ADHD, but do you believe in autism?" To be clear, it would be absurd of me to deny that there are children – plenty of them, relatively speaking – who frequently exhibit behaviors associated with the bogus diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder). Those kids are problem- atic, for sure. But no one has ever proven that they "have" something. Childhood behavior disorders like ADHD are constructs; they are not realities. Leukemia and nearsighted- ness are realities. The spurious claim that these kids "have" something – biochemical imbalances being the number one "have" – is used to sell various therapies, including drugs that have yet to reliably outperform placebos and involve the very real possibility of dangerous side effects. But ADHD and classical autism are horses of different colors. I have no way of proving it, but I am con- vinced that autism in its classical form is a very real, "have" thing, albeit researchers have yet to discover the Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND See PARENTING, Page 2 SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Thousands of artifacts and books telling stories of the World War II generation are now available to the public at a new education center in South Kingstown. After operating on an appoint- ment-only basis since officially open- ing this past January, the World War II Foundation Global Education Center, located at 344 Main St., has announced visiting hours for the public. The artifacts let people, especially students, "know that World War II wasn't a video game," Tim Gray, a national award-winning documen- tary film director and founder of the World War II Foundation, told The Valley Breeze. "Every artifact has a personal story behind it whether we know it or not." The nonprofit center's new pub- lic hours, which took effect July 2, are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are still necessary for school field trips or for groups with more than 10 people, and individual appointments can still be made for select times. The interactive center's mission is to share and preserve the personal stories of the WWII generation "so that future generations don't for- get the sacrifices of all those who served and survived WWII," reads the organization's website. "It will also impart the hard lessons of war and its cost to society … The learn- ing center does not glorify war but focuses on the people and their personal stories during that time period." Gray, a South Kingstown resident and former TV sports and news anchor, began making films in 2006 and started the World War II Foundation in 2011, he said. The education center's curricu- lum builds on the foundation's 23 documentary films about WWII. The collection includes thousands of artifacts such as photographs, maps, weapons, and uniforms including helmets damaged by bullets or shrapnel that Gray has collected over the years. Some pieces, including old news- papers, have been donated by Rhode Islanders, but for the most part "we try to keep it global like Experience WWII history at R.I.'s new interactive education center By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com A group of students check out artifacts from World War II at the World War II Foundation GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER, located at 344 Main St. in South Kingstown. See EDUCATION, Page 6 All Your Concrete Needs: Walkways • Stairs • Patios • Driveways Basement Floors & Walls FREE Estimates – Call RI LIC. #30457 Insured Bobcat Services Available CONCRETE Liberty's 401-390-4976 Stamped Concrete Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings!

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