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  • There is no word for “autism” in the Somali language. And yet as many as 1 in 32 Somali children in Minneapolis have been identified with autism.

    Recognizing the need, St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development decided to open an autism day treatment program in Northeast Minneapolis. There, St. David’s is partnering with Somali staff and a Somali day care to help Somali children with autism ages 3-4.

    The new program, a replica of the existing ADT program at St. David’s Minnetonka location, features a four-hour morning program supported by home visits. It uses a mental health approach in a small-group, natural setting to help children improve communication, social interaction, and family support. Treatment plans are customized for each child and subject to parental approval.

    The Somali Autism Day Treatment program is accepting enrollment applications now for a four-hour morning program, supported by home visits, for Somali children ages 3 to 4. You can find out more by contacting St. David’s at 952-548-8700.

    KFAI’s Sharon Chen spoke with program consultant Mariam Mohamed and St. David’s Senior Director of Autism Services, Beth Fagin.

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  • DreamBirth® is a system of short, simple imagery exercises designed specifically for pregnancy and childbirth. DreamBirth® techniques are learned and practiced during pregnancy under the guidance of certified DreamBirth® practitioners. This is a method devised by psychologist and imagery teacher, Dr. Catherine Shainberg, to assist mothers, and their attendants, in finding the true richness and deep power within the birth process.

    In the words of Dr. Shainberg,
    “Imagery is the oldest language in the world. Pre-verbal, it communicates through pictures—and it is through these pictures that the outside world is reconstructed and displayed in our minds… Since ancient times, mystics and yogis have used images to change body temperature, heart beat, even mend broken bones. Olympic athletes use visualization to win gold medals. By creating specific images in our minds, we talk to our bodies. We can train them to respond to visual cues, enabling us to access our most hidden body functions. DreamBirth®, an imagery process uniquely geared to procreation, pregnancy, and birth gives the future mother access to this power, maximizing her body’s natural abilities to conceive, carry and give birth in perfect health. DreamBirth® optimizes women’s innate ability to give birth easily, naturally and triumphantly.“

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  • On Saturday, April 5th, a group of DFL activists will choose a candidate to carry the party’s endorsement in the contest for State House of Representatives in District 60b in Minneapolis.

    The seat has been held for more than 40 years by Representative Phyllis Kahn. This year she has a challenger within her own party – recently appointed Minneapolis school board member and previous local office-seeker Mahmoud Noor. Noor is a member of the politically active Somali community in Minneapolis and has strong support there.

    On KFAI’s Morning Blend, Rico Morales talked with both candidates.

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  • As winter lingers into early April in the Twin Cities, the annual May Day Parade and festival in Minneapolis feels very far away.
    But the calendar tells a different story. On April 5th, a series of workshops will begin to literally shape the parade.
    Staff artists at the theater will use storyboards to guide volunteers in the creation of parade floats and features.
    The workshops are free and open to everyone, Saturday mornings and afternoons.
    Workshops are also held on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

    And a big kickoff and fundraiser called “Plant the Seeds” is scheduled to support the parade, featuring food, music and art making activities.
    You can find out more about all the May Day Preparation activities at HOBT dot org.

    Sandy Speiler is the Artistic Director for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. She told KFAI’s Rico Morales that everyone is invited to help make this year’s parade happen.

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  • The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens with more than 200 films, events, panels and parties. KFAI’s Cinema Shanty team, Kathie Smith and John Moret, bring you a look at this annual pageant as festivities begin.

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  • The Metrodome has pretty much disappeared from Minneapolis, with up to 80% of the material from the building being recycled.
    In the meantime, work is underway to put up a new Minnesota Vikings and multi-purpose stadium that’s expected to open in the summer of 2016.
    An essential aspect of the project is an effort to direct construction-related jobs to people who are underrepresented in the workforce – minorities, women and veterans.
    Summit Academy OIC has been selected by the Stadium Authority to provide a link connecting people in these target groups with the employment opportunities they need.
    They’re having a job and opportunity fair Thursday, April 3rd from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.
    Gary Courtney is coordinating that effort for Summit Academy OIC. He talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked how the project was doing on meeting diversity hiring goals.

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  • At a recent meeting of the Arab League, the emir of Kuwait said the United Nations Security Council must do more to solve the conflict in Syria, arguing that it now “threatens the security and stability of the world.”
    Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria’s grinding conflict enters its fourth year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population.
    Millions have fled the fighting. At least one million refugees are in camps in neighboring Lebanon. Many others are in Jordan, but not all live in official settlements.
    Some manage to find housing in Amman, where they wait for a peace that seems quite distant. With assistance from Afnan Al Wahsh, KFAI’s Erin Luhmann filed this report.

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  • If you are struggling with an emotional or physical health challenge, Free to Love, Free to Heal offers a unique, proven path to authentic healing. In this book, renowned mind-body physician and Chopra Center co-founder, David Simon, M.D., guides us in the five-step process that has helped thousands release their emotional pain, find freedom from the past, and reclaim happiness.

    In Free to Love, Free to Heal, board-certified neurologist David Simon provides a systematic approach to identifying, mobilizing, and releasing the life-damaging beliefs and their corresponding physical imbalances that contribute to chronic pain, anxiety, obesity, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, addictive behaviors, chronic fatigue, immune disorders, and many other psychological and physical health conditions.

    Drawing upon the Eastern healing arts and modern science, Dr. Simon shows you how to identify and transform the core misunderstanding that inhibit your body’s natural healing response. If you are prepared to become an active partner in your own healing journey, the information within this book will help you heal your emotions and heal your body
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  • Weigh-in on New Website Survey

    KFAI will have a new website developed through the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge on April 12-13. We’d like to hear from you, our valued listeners, donors, volunteers and the public, on what you would like to see on our new site.

    Let your voice be heard!

  • The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that says global warming is changing human and natural systems worldwide. The panel is calling for swift action to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Without action to address the problem, hundreds of millions of people could be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss by the year 2100.

    J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter, who wanted to know if there was anything truly “new” in this assessment.

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