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Friday, June 15, 2012

VIDEO : BABY & MONKEY MIMIC EACHOTHER AT ZOO

Baby and monkey mimic each other at zoo


Remember how fun it was to go to the zoo as a child? While this young tot probably won’t remember this visit, his family sure will. When the Little family took a trip to the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, six-month-old Preston Little caught the attention of two-year-old Chimpanzee Mabusu. Through the glass, the monkey began to mimic Preston. When Preston put his hands and feet to the glass, so did Mabusu. The interaction between the two is undeniably adorable. British tabloid The Sun reported Preston’s mother, Cindy, was concerned the monkey would frighten Preston for a short while. “The monkey was hitting the glass really hard, but it made it adorable because of the way they were interacting,” she said. “When we left, the monkey got depressed, so everyone told us to come back.” And come back the Little’s did, to everyone’s delight.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NEWS - REAL LIFE CHUCKY DOLL IN HOUSTON? MOM SWEARS ELECTRONIC PLAY-TIME DOLL IS CURSING AT HER

A real-life Chucky doll in Houston? Mom swears electronic play-time doll is cursing at her 

 

By Tyler Rudick
06.12.12 | 12:13 pm
 
As if talking dolls weren't creepy enough already . . . After buying her 2-year-old daughter a set of You and Me Interactive Triplet Dolls from Toys "R" Us, Houston area mom Rose Pickens soon discovered that one of the little plastic girls had a little more to say than the usual goo-goo-gaga.
"She is a potty mouth," Pickens told KHOU reporter Brad Woodward. "She actually says the ‘B’ word. I just never paid attention to what the dolls say. They say mama and dada, and this particular day she said, You crazy b****."

 According to the Toys "R: Us website, the You and Me babies are "play time dolls that reflect the personality of every young girl." The sturdy 12-inch dolls are apparently programmed to "laugh and play, just like real babies."
"The dolls are basically supposed to interact . . . They play and coo together," explained Pickens. Well, it turns out that some children start speaking earlier than others — you know, "just like real babies."
Toys "R" Us, which has exclusive distribution rights for the talking triplets, is brushing off the allegations and keeping the dolls in stores despite a stream of complaints that started last fall.
“Please be assured that we would not carry a doll that uttered profanity of any kind," Katie Reczek, a spokesperson for national retailer, told KHOU. "We are aware that some customers believe they are hearing something else spoken by one of the dolls in the set, when, in fact, the doll is uttering baby babble.”
In a report from KPRC Pickens said she was surprised by the retailer's lack of concern when she called the store.
"I actually expected them to be shocked. The manager acknowledged that he had heard that this doll does curse and that they had no plans of removing them from the shelves."

You & Me Interactive Play & Giggle Triplet Dolls are available at all Toys 'R' Us stores for $39.99. Stroller and batteries not included.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

ARTICLE - REBORN DOLLS A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHANGING DOLLS


Reborn Dolls – A brief history Of Changing Dolls

June 10, 2012 | Author: TianoLou |

You may not understand what reborn dolls are. Well, they are converted dolls produced from vinyl. What makes it unique is that it has human-like features. These dolls are sometimes shockingly within their similarities to humans. People both young as well as old worldwide are infatuated with reborn dolls. A reborner is a term assigned to an artist of these dolls. Converted dolls have turned out to be appreciated and loved by many people around the globe.

Converted dolls appear to have originated in the usa. It is quite spectacular to determine a ‘reborner’ transform a doll that isn’t painted and unremarkable into practical wonder, with realistic features such as gorgeous skin and fairly fingernails. This is not only a highly skilled craft, but the craftsperson creates each doll to become unique..

You can also choose a custom-made doll. These days, ‘reborn dolls’ have be a rage among collectors as well as hobbyists throughout the world. There is growing need for converted dolls in countries such as the U. S. A., Australia and France. Even celebrities have developed a liking for transformed dolls.

Handmade dolls rank among the most desirable of all the actual collectibles. A recent newspaper post featured a gallery exhibition of some extraordinary ones crafted by world famous artists. It was a highly successful showing, and it showcased the job of extremely creative people. A number of my acquaintances who participate in collecting have become enamored of the loveliness of these so-called “reborn dolls”.
You should be able to create a converted doll if you’ve any artistic ability, but such creation will require time and effort. You can find several sets of instructions describing the creation of converted dolls on the internet, and “reborn dolls” are major moneymakers for doll producers all over the world today.

You have several options for creation of ‘reborn baby dolls. ‘ You can search for an artist (one that isn’t too popular so he/she has time for you to create your doll), that will make what you need for you. You could also start doll-manufacturing by yourself. ‘Reborn doll kits’ are available at a number of online retailers. Who know, you may uncover a hidden talent with which you can make a profit.

are dolls that resemble human beings in facial features. It doesn’t matter if you are a child, or an adult extractor, these dolls are immensely popular worldwide. Making these dolls is extremely complicated; they create realism all the way from their skin to their glossy fingernails. You can find a lot of sites dedicated to making these dolls. There are a lot of artists out there who specialize in making. If you want to make these dolls by yourself, it is a wise decision to get reborn doll kits to begin with.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ARTICLE -DOLLS SOOTHE DEMENTIA SUFFERERS

Dolls soothe dementia sufferers 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND HERE 

By Sarah Doktor, Delhi News-Record
Tuesday, June 5, 2012


DELHI - A controversial therapy has met great success at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre.
Doll therapy refers to the use of life-like dolls in the lives of dementia and Alzheimer patients. The style of therapy has been around for decades but is sometimes criticized for demeaning or belittling elderly adults.
Two dolls were introduced into Delhi Long Term Care Centre three months ago on the advice of Kathie Savage, psychogeriatric Resource Consultant with the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk.
Dementia patients often act on instinct instead of reason, which can sometimes lead to destructive behaviour. When dolls are introduced they can significantly improve the behaviour of the residents.
“It can be soothing,” said Savage. “It gives them something to nurture.”
Most patients in the later stages of dementia believe the doll is a real baby and become dedicated to taking care of the baby.
There are six residents, including one man, that share the dolls at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre. They take turns caring for the dolls and share responsibility for them.
“They’re like little mother hens,” said Denise Boutin, director of programs at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre.
The centre is currently looking into purchasing three or four additional dolls to be used as therapy.
Pam Elson, restorative care aid at the Delhi centre, noted it has increased eye contact and communication between residents who were struggling before the introduction of the dolls.
“It’s more of an in-the-moment therapy,” said Elson, explaining the dolls help with issues in the present such as behavior, instead of trying to repair the patient’s brains to a pre-dementia stage.
“It has decreased behaviour (that would put the patient at risk for an injury),” said Elson. “There is more social interaction.”
One resident was being monitored for depression before but since the doll therapy has been introduced her level of depression has greatly decreased.
“She’s now communicating. She’s more compliant,” said Sarah Cope, restorative coordinator at the centre. When the baby has to go to bed, so will the resident. The same can be said of other activities.
While the sight of an elderly adult nurturing a doll may be met with surprise at first, the dolls are bridging the gap between families and those suffering from dementia.
“Families are really on board,” said Elson. “They use the baby as a way to communicate.”
In one case, when a daughter would come to visit she would just sit in the room with the mother, but after the doll was introduced they would spend their time singing to the baby and caring for it.
While the therapy has worked so far in Delhi, Savage notes it will not work for all patients.
“You really don’t know until the doll is present,” said Savage.

Sarah Doktor

ARTICLE - DOLLS SOOTH DEMENTIA SUFFERERS

Dolls soothe dementia sufferers

By Sarah Doktor, Delhi News-Record
DELHI - A controversial therapy has met great success at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre.
Doll therapy refers to the use of life-like dolls in the lives of dementia and Alzheimer patients. The style of therapy has been around for decades but is sometimes criticized for demeaning or belittling elderly adults.
Two dolls were introduced into Delhi Long Term Care Centre three months ago on the advice of Kathie Savage, psychogeriatric Resource Consultant with the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk.
Dementia patients often act on instinct instead of reason, which can sometimes lead to destructive behaviour. When dolls are introduced they can significantly improve the behaviour of the residents.
“It can be soothing,” said Savage. “It gives them something to nurture.”
Most patients in the later stages of dementia believe the doll is a real baby and become dedicated to taking care of the baby.
There are six residents, including one man, that share the dolls at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre. They take turns caring for the dolls and share responsibility for them.
“They’re like little mother hens,” said Denise Boutin, director of programs at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre.
The centre is currently looking into purchasing three or four additional dolls to be used as therapy.
Pam Elson, restorative care aid at the Delhi centre, noted it has increased eye contact and communication between residents who were struggling before the introduction of the dolls.
“It’s more of an in-the-moment therapy,” said Elson, explaining the dolls help with issues in the present such as behavior, instead of trying to repair the patient’s brains to a pre-dementia stage.
“It has decreased behaviour (that would put the patient at risk for an injury),” said Elson. “There is more social interaction.”
One resident was being monitored for depression before but since the doll therapy has been introduced her level of depression has greatly decreased.
“She’s now communicating. She’s more compliant,” said Sarah Cope, restorative coordinator at the centre. When the baby has to go to bed, so will the resident. The same can be said of other activities.
While the sight of an elderly adult nurturing a doll may be met with surprise at first, the dolls are bridging the gap between families and those suffering from dementia.
“Families are really on board,” said Elson. “They use the baby as a way to communicate.”
In one case, when a daughter would come to visit she would just sit in the room with the mother, but after the doll was introduced they would spend their time singing to the baby and caring for it.
While the therapy has worked so far in Delhi, Savage notes it will not work for all patients.
“You really don’t know until the doll is present,” said Savage.