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Candy Waters, a girl with autism whose paintings bring out the Sun
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17 March 2016
Though Candy Waters is nonverbal, her paintings speak out for people with autism, making us notice their talent and potential. With her art, Candy tells us to notice the bright side of life, to enjoy the colors and the beauty of our world. Following are excerpts from the story of Candy and her family, as told by her parents Robert and Sandy Waters:
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Changing the world without words
Candy's art is inspiring others with autism to follow their dreams. Children with autism have just as much of a chance to inspire the world, no matter where they are on the autism spectrum.
Candy's paintings have recently been featured on CBS Sunday Morning Show. Candy's painting Ray of Hope is prominently displayed in the Dan Marino Foundation's newly constructed Marino Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her painting Pure Consciousness is displayed at David Lynch Foundation's main office in New York. . . .
Healing from within
Being a parent of a disabled child can definitely be stressful at times. Did you know that parents of children with autism have stress levels similar to those of combat soldiers?
On a mission to empower other parents of children with autism with knowledge, we created an Autism Awareness Radio Show The Candy Store on Blog Talk Radio.
One time on the radio show we interviewed Dr. Sarina Grosswald, a researcher and cognitive learning specialist and talked to her about the practice of Transcendental Meditation for children with autism as well as their parents.
This is how we found out more about TM, the evidence-based technique that helps relieve stress and can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Dr. Grosswald was very knowledgeable and kind to us and talking with her was very informative.
After the interview with Dr. Grosswald, we decided to learn the technique. We have been practicing TM for over two years now. This technique has helped us immeasurably with stress relief.
We honestly recommend TM to any parent, and especially to parents who have a disabled child. We also recommend that people on the autism spectrum themselves learn to practice Transcendental Meditation.
It is our mission now to help spread the word about TM and its health benefits to the autism community and autism organizations.
We've learned that art and TM can heal.
Source: TMhome.com—Candy Waters, a girl with autism whose paintings bring out the Sun
David Lynch, holding Candy's painting ''Mr. Sun'': ''So many people with autism have amazing abilities and are very creative. Candy Waters and her art is a great example of the remarkable talent and accomplishments that people with autism can achieve. The David Lynch Foundation is dedicated to bringing the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to children and adults with autism—as well their families—to help them overcome stress and to become happier, healthier and even more creative.''
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