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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. March 13, 2018

In This Issue

Parents beat clinicians at detecting autism signs in infants

Low intelligence, repetitive actions tied to self-injury in autism

For students with both gifts and disabilities, choices are few

Maloney backs away from questioning if vaccines cause autism

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Our First SPARKforAutism Live-Registration Event

My Special Needs Connection March Newsletter

Sage Learning Center

Encinitas Dance/Karaoke Party for special needs teens/adults

Individual and Family Therapy

TAG Talks with Dennis Spiegelman - In Carlsbad

Community Transition Academy now accepting students for the 2018-19 school year

No Wait for RDI!!!

Autism Society San Diego Spring Family Camp

Author of the Month: Saturday, April 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the San Diego Central Library

Family Gymnastics Night

2018 General & Special Education Conference

Autism Care and Treatment for Military Familes Run/Walk and Family Festival

Passover Model Seder


 



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  • Parents beat clinicians at detecting autism signs in infants
  • Parents who have one child with an autism diagnosis can more accurately spot signs of the condition in their younger child at 12 months of age than clinicians can, according to a new study1. The advantage fades by 18 months of age, however.

    The most accurate results at 18 months came from combining parents' and clinicians' insights.

    The findings suggest that surveying knowledgeable parents could move up the date of autism diagnosis, enabling therapy to begin sooner. Read on...

  • Low intelligence, repetitive actions tied to self-injury in autism
  • People with autism who are admitted to the hospital for self-injury tend to have low intelligence quotients (IQs) and severe repetitive behaviors, according to a new study1.

    Not all individuals who engage in self-injury at home do so when admitted to a hospital, where professionals watch them closely and institute individualized behavior plans. The new findings could help clinicians identify those most at risk for harming themselves in a hospital setting. Read on...

  • For students with both gifts and disabilities, choices are few
  • Schools generally organize themselves according to categories: They divide students by age, grade, and often by academic progress or lack thereof. But what about students who don't fit into those categories?

    That's the problem junior Brendan Olson and senior Joey Firestone faced.

    On a recent morning, they sat with about a dozen other students in a classroom at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. The class is specifically for students who are called "twice-exceptional," meaning they have a disability and qualify as intellectually gifted. Brendan and Joey are on the autism spectrum. Read on...

  • Maloney backs away from questioning if vaccines cause autism
  • A veteran congresswoman on Sunday backed away from her years of championing a discredited movement that claims vaccines cause autism.

    A campaign spokesman for Rep. Carolyn Maloney said the congresswoman now "does not believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism."

    "Congresswoman Maloney believes in the efficacy and safety of vaccines. She was at the forefront of efforts to protect funding for vaccines in the Affordable Care Act," the rep said. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • Hi! I am wondering if anyone has a name of a Medical marijuana doctor in San Diego(north county preferred) not a recommendation doctor- but a real doctor who can give advice for strains and doses. Also any info for trials would be appreciated. Please email me at: mullinsroz@gmail.com
    Thank you!



    Can you recommend someone in San Diego to establish a special needs trust for my 2 children on the Autism Spectrum. We live in Carmel Valley area.
    sri.myemail@gmail.com



    Hi im from chula vista my son is autistic and im having so much problems with his school theres any way you can give information about an advocate on this area please.
    wendy_oropeza@hotmail.com



    Hello! I am a mom of an 12 yr old in an out of state residential placement. I am trying to find moms in a similar situation for support and questions. Please contact me at mvetlesen@gmail.com



    Our pediatrician/family doctor is an ok doctor and is pretty good with my son with ASD. However, he did not understand the impact of ASD on our family well enough to adequately complete the health form for IHSS. Can anyone recommend a Sharp pediatrician for my son with autism (or another one who takes Health Net HMO insurance)? Please email me at sschafer211@gmail.com with your recommendation. I would greatly appreciate it.



    Hello! I am a graduate student studying speech-language pathology and am planning to one day work with adults who are on the autism spectrum. I am currently seeking a summer practicum placement with the adult population that would last for 6 weeks and consist of 10 hours per week. If you are or know of someone who is a certified speech-language pathologist and would be open to supervising me, please contact me at wingkath@isu.edu. Many thanks!
    Kathleen Winger



    Looking for someone to mentor and support my high functioning adult on the spectrum. Need someone at least over 25 and available weekends and possibly open to overnight stays. We are in east county, La Mesa area. Lfmarch@aol.com



    Looking for a primary care physician for my 18 year-old severely autistic son -- non verbal with intense self-injuries behaviors and aggression. Prefer internal medicine specialty. Must have patience and compassion; must understand that autistic individuals manifest illnesses and pain with "behaviors"; must respect the parental point of view and expertise in developing treatment plan. Anthem Blue Cross PPO. Please send suggestions to: momto2specialboys@gmail.com. Thank you.



    If you have a question or request for this newsletter group, please send your email request to ValeriesList@aol.com. People who can help you will email you directly with their responses.

  • Our First SPARKforAutism Live-Registration Event
  • Our first SPARKforAutism live-registration event will be held at our center in La Jolla! We will help you enroll in the largest, genetics study of autism with over 23,000 families already participating nationwide!

    Join the UCSD ACE team on either SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 7-8! We will provide free parking, drinks, child care, games, and giveaways.

    Staff will help guide families through the online registration process and assist with saliva collection. Child care will be provided while parents complete registration. Families who complete the study will receive up to a $50 Amazon e-gift card. Help us understand the genetic causes of autism so we can develop better, more effective treatments!

    Time: 9 AM- 5 PM (select one 45-min time slot)
    Where: UCSD Autism Center of Excellence
    8110 La Jolla Shores Drive, Suite 201/202, La Jolla, CA 92037

    To reserve a registration spot, please RSVP by March 29th by calling 858-534-6906 or emailing Hannah Kaplan at h1kaplan@ucsd.edu. RSVP is required for attendance and additional gift card giveaways.

    BOTH biological parents and the individual/child diagnosed with ASD are highly encouraged to attend this event as this is a genetics study. Families must be able to consent and complete registration in English. We can't wait to see you there!

    Unable to make the event? You can still participate online at www.sparkforautism.org/UCSD.SARRC, or make an appointment at the UCSD ACE by calling the number above.

  • My Special Needs Connection March Newsletter
  • Click here to read their newsletter for the month of March!!!

  • Sage Learning Center
  • A TAG Academic Program
    Thank you for your interest in Sage Learning Center, a unique educational opportunity for families who are committed to the principles of the RDI® Program for their student with special needs. RDI ® is a developmental and cognitively based family focused program dedicated to treating the core deficits of individuals with special needs. Parents are guided to provide their child with opportunities for growth during daily life moments. Some commonly targeted areas include: flexible and independent thinking, creativity, real world problem solving, and sharing opinions, thoughts and perspectives. Click here for all the info!!!

  • Encinitas Dance/Karaoke Party for special needs teens/adults
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    1465 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024-2931


    Please bring a $5 to $10 donation to cover our rent, and a healthy snack to share (not required) parental /caregiver supervision requested for those attendees who need it. please share this Event with those who might enjoy it!
    Click here for all the info!

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • At Xcite Steps, we care about the emotional well being of the entire family. Our services extend beyond the child, as we provide psychotherapy to parents, couples, siblings, and families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other developmental disabilities. Having a child or sibling who needs extra support can provide stress and additional challenges to life. Coping with these stressors is not always the easiest. At Xcite Steps we want to provide you with the tools needed to cope with the stress and anxiety that comes along with a complicated medical condition like Autism Spectrum Disorder. We work with couples to help rebuild and strengthen relationship bonds, while also learning how to cope with parenting challenges. We also work with siblings or other loved ones who are struggling to cope with the family changes. Click here for all the info!!

  • TAG Talks with Dennis Spiegelman - In Carlsbad
  • RSVP by calling 858-689-2027!!!
    www.tagforgrowth.com

  • Community Transition Academy now accepting students for the 2018-19 school year
  • Community Transition Academy (CTA) of Include Autism, our Transition NPS is accepting a limited amount of students, 11th grade through transition age, with moderate to severe disabilities, ages 17-22. CTA is a community-based program located in the heart of the centrally located Hillcrest neighborhood.

    The school day at CTA will balance classroom learning, with hands-on community experiences led by highly skilled staff trained in ABA techniques and supports. Our academic focus is enhanced with vocational, life-science, social skill, and inclusive post-school community opportunities that tie into the classroom lesson plans. Enrollment is very limited to keep the class size very small affording our staff the opportunity to personalize each student's educational transition program. The CTA Team upholds the philosophy that every student at CTA is entitled to the support necessary to maximize his/her potential as an active adult in the greater community with the least possible restrictions and most possible chosen opportunities. With roots in the community, our students flourish!

    We wish to invite you to call us at (858) 360-0282 for more information or to schedule a site visit. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Click here for all the info!!!

  • No Wait for RDI!!!
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®)
    Our primary approach for treatment of autism spectrum is a developmental program called Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®). RDI® is a unique treatment approach that empowers parents to guide their child to succeed in our dynamic world. Children who learn to actively engage with the support of their parents in safe but challenging learning opportunities develop a strong motivation to explore and expand their world, as well as develop competence and trust in themselves and their guides. Click here for all the info!!!

    Two Offices to Serve You
    3555 Kenyon Street, Suite 101
    San Diego, CA 92110
    and
    10731 Treena Street, #105
    San Diego, CA 92131
    619-600-0683 ext. 1
    https://familyguidanceandtherapy.com

  • Autism Society San Diego Spring Family Camp
  • Registration is now open for our Spring Family Camp, happening Friday, April 13th, through Sunday, April 15th, at YMCA Camp Marston in the beautiful hills of Julian. This fun-filled family weekend is open to all ages, and all activities and meals are included. Visit our website for more information and to register!!!

  • Author of the Month: Saturday, April 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the San Diego Central Library
  • Join a wide-ranging, inspiring conversation about stories, families, and compassion with award-winning children's author, Sally J. Pla, and therapist/founder of the Love & Autism Conference, Dr. JennyPalmiotto, Saturday, April 7, at 1:00. - 2:30 at the Central Library. Their talk is entitled "Kids & Books & Love & Autism."

    Humans make sense of the world through story-telling. We all love good stories, but they may be especially meaningful for those whose brains operate just a bit differently - and for those of us who know and love them.

    Award-winning San Diego author Sally J. Pla has written two highly acclaimed books that touch upon what life is like with a slightly different neurology: The Someday Birds, and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine. She is eager to share why she felt compelled to write them, and what her ongoing literary mission may be.

    Dr. Jenny Palmiotto's nationally renowned Love & Autism Conference is held annually in San Diego. Its theme this year is "Stories." We'll hear from Jenny about why this theme is important to her conference, her practice, and her clients.

    Perhaps someone you love, someone you teach, someone you work with, or live with is somewhere on the spectrum. Or perhaps you care about compassion, acceptance, and the celebration of differences in our world. Or perhaps you just love good books and good stories from a unique perspective. In any case, we hope you join us for what's sure to be an enlightening talk.

    Refreshments will be served during a meet-and-greet after the talk. Sally's books will be available for sale.
    Resource information on autism also will be available.

    THE SOMEDAY BIRDS -- Winner of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award. Junior Library Guild Selection. "Nerdies" Book Award Winner. A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of 2017.

    "Offering a mixture of suspense, mystery, tragedy and humor, Pla's story captures both the literal and figurative meanings of journey." -Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    "Pla gives us a memorable hero in this lyrical and funny book." -Shelf Awareness Starred Review

    The Someday Birds is a debut middle grade novel perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree, filled with humor, heart, and chicken nuggets. Charlie's perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.

    When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels crosscountry with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay.

    Author Sally J. Pla has written a tale that is equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn't understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.

    This is a free event and all the info is here.

  • Family Gymnastics Night
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Magdalena Ecke YMCA Gymnastics Center
    6100-B Avenida Encinas · Carlsbad, CA


    Join other families affected by Autism at a Family Fun Gymnastic Night in North County. The Magdalena Ecke YMCA will provide the gymnasium equipment; together, we will provide the fun! Bring the entire family for an enjoyable, relaxing night of family recreation. Click here for all the info!!

  • 2018 General & Special Education Conference
  • 2018 General & Special Education Conferece-San Diego, CA
    Location: Town & Country Resort
    May 2-4, 2018


    Early Registration Fee:
    One Day-$235
    Two Days- $399
    Three Days-$499
    Registration fees after April 23, 2018: One Day-$265; Two Days-$440; Three Days-$525

    Click here to view the brochure for all the info!!

    Click here to register!!

  • Autism Care and Treatment for Military Familes Run/Walk and Family Festival
  • 1 IN 68 MILITARY CHILDREN HAVE AUTISM 10k * 5k * 1 Mile Benefiting military families impacted by autism

    Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for our 8th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival. Since the inaugural event in 2011, this event has raised nearly $700,000 to benefit military families impacted by autism. Our event is a unique opportunity for the San Diego community to come together with our military service members in support of a worthy cause...building autism awareness and helping make a real difference in the life of a military child.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    TECOLOTE SHORES PARK | MISSION BAY
    1300 E. MISSION BAY DRIVE | SAN DIEGO

    Register today at acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/run

  • Passover Model Seder
  • RSVP to 858-487-4879 or Maxime@Friendshipcirclesd.org
    https://friendshipcirclesd.com

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT
  • Autism Accessibility Morning at the Fleet!

  • The third Saturday of every month, Fleet invites the Autism Spectrum Community to enjoy our museum through this special opportunity. Adults and families with children with autism can enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular open hours to the general public and with access to a special cool-off space. Visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum all day. Admission includes a special IMAX film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.

    For more information, visit www.fleetscience.org/events/autism-accessibility-mornings.

  • San Diego Sibshop


  • October 2017 - August 2018

    WANTED: Siblings who have a brother/sister with special needs

    AGES: 7 - 12 years old
    Older siblings are welcome to attend as "Junior Leaders"

    WHAT: A fun-filled opportunity geared to the specific needs of siblings with brothers/sisters with special needs. Join us for games, crafts, hikes, cooking, and art. Meet other sibs - lunch provided

    TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    DATES:
    March 25: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    May 20: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    August 19: Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071**

    DONATION: $5.00 - $10.00 per meeting per family for craft materials, supplies and lunch for the kids

    REGISTRATION: Pre-registration requested by email (if possible) the Thursday before the event.

    CONTACT: Email patmoulton@cox.net for a Sibshop registration form and / or additional information.

    Sibshop Leaders:
    Jody BonDurant-Strong, Administrator
    Ndoto BonDurant-Strong - adult sibling & CSUSM student
    Gina Clifton, ECSE Medically-Fragile Teacher, Special Education
    Pat Moulton, Retired

    Directions for Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center (MTRP):
    1 Father Juniper Serra Trail (92119). Interstate 8 to 15 North / East on Friars Road.
    Stay to left - turns into Mission Gorge Road / Turn left on 1 Father Juniper Serra.

    https://www.facebook.com/sandiegosibshop/

  • Join UCSD Autism Center of Excellence on either SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 7-8 for our first SPARKforAutism live-registration event!

  • Join UCSD Autism Center of Excellence on either SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 7-8 for our first SPARKforAutism live-registration event! There will be free parking, drinks, child care, games, and giveaways. Come out, join the fun, and enroll in the largest, genetics study of autism with over 9,000 families already participating nationwide! Staff will help guide families through the online registration process and assist with saliva collection. Child care will be provided while parents complete registration. Families who complete the study will receive up to a $50 Amazon e-gift card. Help us understand the genetic causes of ASD and develop better, more effective treatments so that each child can reach their full potential!

    Time: 9 AM- 5 PM
    Where: UCSD Autism Center of Excellence- 8110 La Jolla Shores Drive, Suite 201/202, La Jolla, CA 92037


    To reserve a registration spot, please RSVP by March 29th by calling 858-534-6906 or emailing Hannah Kaplan at h1kaplan@ucsd.edu.
    RSVP is required for attendance and gift card giveaways. BOTH biological parents and the individual/child with ASD are encouraged to attend this event as this is a genetics study. Families must be able to consent and complete registration in English. We can't wait to see you there!

  • Spring 2018 Therapeutic Recreation Services Calendar

  • Click here for our new Spring 2018 calendar. Please note the following important dates:

    >>First day of registration for Spring activities
    Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.

    >>First day of registration for Summer Camps
    Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m.


    You may sign up online at SDRecconnect.com or at our office 3325 Zoo Drive, 92101.

  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Residential and Respite Care Services Survey

  • The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and voluntary and the responses are confidential. The responses will be helpful in determining issues and supports related to residential and respite care services. We will raffle ten $25 gift cards at the close of the survey for participants who complete the survey.

    Click here to take the survey and help with research to improve lives!!!

  • Parents Who have a Child with Autism Wanted for an Online Survey
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    People who "advertise" through this newsletter have never been checked out by me. Same goes for the "Sponsors". This includes professionals and even people who are interested in babysitting, etc. So, please take the time to thoroughly check out anyone and everyone who will be working with or caring for your child/adult. We are all sadly aware, through news stories and word of mouth, of people who prey upon special needs children and adults because of their extra vulnerability.

    Valerie Dodd-Saraf
    President, Foggy Coast Ventures, Inc.
    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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