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									Welcome to The Kingdom of Should: A Special Story for Children on the Autism
Spectrum and Their Parents

The Kingdom of Should is an audio story with a therapeutically designed musical soundtrack and
several kid-friendly songs for and about children on the autism spectrum. The story shows that one's
apparent limitations can be turned into strengths. It also addresses issues like bullying and
gluten-free diet as it relates to autism spectrum behaviors. The Kingdom of Should was created by a
schoolteacher, a developmental music therapist and a behavioral optometrist.

Broomall, PA, April 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Welcome to The Kingdom of Should

Land of Can LLC is an exciting new enterprise dedicated to providing quality products and resources for
children with autism and their families. They have just released their first selections, The Kingdom of
Should - a captivating 2 CD audio story with a therapeutically designed musical soundtrack and
wonderful songs - and Dreaming in The Land of Can - a music CD designed to help children on the
autism spectrum fall and stay asleep.

Land of Can was founded by three people who all struggled with autism spectrum challenges throughout
their lives and who between them have over eighty years of experience working with children on the
autism spectrum as well as those with all types of developmental, neurological and learning related
challenges.

· Joe Romano is a musician, teacher, songwriter and developmental music therapist. Joe composed,
arranged, produced and performed all the songs and music for The Kingdom of Should and Dreaming in
The Land of Can.

· Joan Raina is a teacher, director, performer and head writer for The Kingdom of Should. Joan has taught
young people, including many with special needs, for over thirty years and directed many plays with her
students.

· Dr. Steve Gallop is a Behavioral/Developmental Optometrist with over twenty-five years of experience
working with children on and off the Autism Spectrum dealing with learning and developmental
challenges of all kinds.

Joan Raina explained, "Every person involved in this project has direct connections to people on the
autism spectrum, either by being on the spectrum themselves, having a family member on the spectrum,
or through the work they do."

According to Dr. Gallop, “The Land of Can team decided to make The Kingdom of Should an audio
experience because children have plenty of opportunities to engage with the computer screen. We wanted
to create an experience especially designed to stimulate the imagination and creativity of special needs
children.” Their interactive website (www.KingdomofShould.com), which is wonderfully done, includes
a free downloadable coloring book with pictures related to the story, which we were told is intended to

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help occupy children with purposeful visual-motor activity to help reduce the tendency for
self-stimulating behavior common among children on the autism spectrum. The website and story also
include a great deal of informative content for adults still learning about the complexities of the Autism
Spectrum.

The Kingdom of Should is an engaging story, for and about children on the autism spectrum and their
families. As Joan Raina said, “We very much wanted to honor children who are the least likely of heroes
in our culture - those with special needs. We wanted to impart the message that one's so-called limitations
are often gifts in disguise. We also felt it important to draw attention to the issue of bullying, another
underlying theme in our story."

The Kingdom of Should is woven with music designed to positively affect attention and behavior. The
story was also designed for parents to listen with their children, as it is not only a beautifully crafted tale
but also educational for parents. The story is informative for parents new to the world of Autism
Spectrum Disorders as well as those with more experience. Those just beginning to look for interventions
for their children will find several important issues addressed. Many otherwise experienced parents will
likely be learning about Behavioral Optometry and Developmental Music Therapy for the first time.

According to Joe Romano, "We decided to make The Kingdom of Should an audio story because we
believed, and many parents are beginning to understand, that children have more than enough
opportunities to interact with screens, especially children on the autism spectrum. Little is left to the
imagination when everything is right there in front of you. An audio story gets children away from the
screen, at least for a while. It helps stimulate the brain's visual and creative processes in a very different
way. You get to make the pictures in your head - for yourself. We thought it would also be good to
stimulate the brain with music I designed specifically to enhance focus and listening."

According to Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist and author, in his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music
and the Brain, "for virtually all of us, music has great power, whether or not we seek it out," adding, "we
humans are a musical species no less than a linguistic one." The musical score for The Kingdom of
Should was created based on the clinical experience of Joe Romano, who works with children on the
spectrum as a developmental music therapist. Developmental music therapy in itself is unique due to its
integration of vision, movement and the brain through the universal language of music.

The story's young heroes are children on the autism spectrum: Frankie displays significant autistic
behaviors as well as a subtle visual development issue (very common for children on the spectrum),
Lester struggles with Asperger's syndrome and a crossed eye and Didi has Attention Deficit Hyperactive
Disorder (ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed when there is in fact an undiagnosed visual development
issue). The adult heroes are based on providers of two therapies - Behavioral Optometry and
Developmental Music Therapy - that are not well known to many in the autism spectrum community, but
have excellent track records with the autism spectrum population.

Through his work as a developmental music therapist, Joe Romano realized that before he could start
many of his sessions, he had to help children and/or adults slow down their heart rate and brain activity so


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they could focus their minds in order to learn and develop. He did this using specific tones and rhythms,
sometimes specially designed for a particular individual. This idea grew into much more. Joe began to use
certain notes and rhythms not only to prepare people for therapy, but as an integral part of the therapy
itself. According to Dr. Gallop, “Joe Romano is the only person I know of who is currently practicing this
kind of developmental music therapy, which greatly differs from any music therapy we have been able to
find because Joe incorporates movement and visual-spatial processing, using music as an anchor.” Joe
Romano has been invited to speak at several behavioral optometric conferences, because of the
uniqueness of his approach and his ability to help children many others gave up on.

Joe Romano also created the music CD, Dreaming in The Land of Can, an exceptional and innovative
therapeutic tool to promote deep, restful and relaxing sleep. This music is also based on Joe's work with
children on the autism spectrum. It is quite common for children on the spectrum to have sleep-related
issues. Joe has been working on helping children on the autism spectrum for many years and has had
success using music to help these children relax and in many cases, to sleep.

Land of Can LLC has partnered with Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), co-founded by Patricia
Lemer, M.Ed. Ms Lemer has over twenty years of experience providing educational resources and
advocating for families of children on the autism spectrum.

You can find much more information on The Kingdom of Should, Dreaming in the Land of Can and the
creators of these very special products as well as resources for parents and activities for children at
KingdomofShould.com.

Media Contact: Martin Uniacke
(610) 361-8697
LandofCan@gmail.com




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Contact Information:
Land of Can LLC
Steve Gallop
610-356-7425
Contact via Email
www.kingdomofshould.com


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