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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. March 27, 2018

In This Issue

San Diegans participate in Race for Autism 5K at Balboa Park

Levels of autism severity in diagnostic manual track with intelligence

How to Toilet Train Your Child with Autism

What Parents Of Children With Mental Illness Wish You Knew

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Is Autism on Your Radar? How to Access Supports Your Child Deserves.

Join Include Autism for The Gatsby Gala!

Free Workshop: Hour of Code for Students with Autism

It's Tax Time!

Exploring Invisible Disabilities: ADHD & Autism

The IEP Guy

SUCCESS group beginning this Spring!

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Friendship Walk San Diego, April 29th!!! -- Discount for ValsList!

FREE Review of Your Child's IEP!!!

AUTISM/DD ADULTHOOD CHECKLIST

2018 ABA Social Skills Groups

Adult Support Group

16th Annual Splash for Cash!

Participate in Research: Attention Differences in Boys with ASD and their Family Member


 






  • San Diegans participate in Race for Autism 5K at Balboa Park
  • KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez was live in Balboa Park for the Race for Autism 5K to raise funds for autism awareness and programs.

    The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) has invested more than $1.6 million dollars in the San Diego community, improving the lives of thousands of children with autism.

    NFAR goes beyond just raising autism awareness, aiming to make an impact through all stages of life with autism - from early identification to employment opportunities - funding the development of programs and services critical to the long-term success of those with autism. Read on...

  • Levels of autism severity in diagnostic manual track with intelligence
  • A rating of high severity of autism from the DSM-5, the latest version of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," tracks with low intelligence scores, a new analysis suggests1. The study is the first to assess how clinicians use the DSM-5 severity ratings.

    Clinicians often consider children with low intelligence quotients (IQs) to be severely affected, and the new findings support that practice.

    It also validates the manual: The ratings agree broadly with those from the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the gold-standard diagnostic test for the condition. Read on...

  • How to Toilet Train Your Child with Autism
  • Toilet training is never easy, and, for many children on the autism spectrum, it can be a real challenge. Some of the usual motivations for toilet training such as peer pressure, a desire for independence, or a need to feel clean and dry may not be present in a child on the autism spectrum.

    Most children with autism can learn to use the toilet independently. But the process often takes time, energy, and perseverance! Read on...

  • What Parents Of Children With Mental Illness Wish You Knew
  • When my son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder almost two years ago, there was so much I didn't know.

    I knew about manic and depressive states, but had no idea they could be mixed. I knew about cycling, but had never heard of rapid cycling. I knew of medications, but did not know that for many of them, the side effects can actually exacerbate the disorder.

    I knew my sweet boy needed help, but I had no idea how to get it for him.

    Two years later, I can honestly say that almost every practical thing I have learned has come from a single, but necessary source -

    Other parents of mentally ill children. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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.



    Seeking Roommate for Autistic Older Adult
    I am seeking a roommate for my sister, who is almost 60, severely autistic and non-verbal. My sister is not aggressive toward others - she is affectionate and enjoys the company of other people, and is intelligent - but she is not verbally communicative and is very low-functioning.

    Roommate would need to also be a Regional Center client, non-aggressive and be in or entering the Supported Living program.
    Please contact Daria at doeringsx5@gmail.com Thank you!



    Hello! I am looking to get any information, experiences and guidance regarding SSI applications. My daughter is 17 1/2 and we never applied before. George gecker@novamobility.com



    We are wondering what parents experiences has been with some organizations for young adults.
    Our son is a client of the Department of Rehabilitation. We need to select a program for job training. We hope to get some feedback about The Arc, Goodwill and Toward Maximum Independence.
    Thanks Laura S. jrschley@att.net



    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.

  • Is Autism on Your Radar? How to Access Supports Your Child Deserves.
  • Do you have concerns that your child may be exhibiting symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Join Gateway and Advanced Neurobehavioral Health on an introduction to Pediatric Neuropsychology and ABA Therapy and how both can be powerful resources for your child who may be demonstrating characteristics of Autism.

    The seminar will cover:

    • A brief guide to pediatric Neuropsychology.
    • What is ABA therapy?
    • How do I access this therapy?
    Speakers:
    Robert M. Gray Ph.D., ABPP, Neuropsychologist (Advanced Neurobehavioral Health)
    Luisa Gatto, M.A., BCBA


    About Gateway Learning Group: Gateway is a leading provider of autism and behavior intervention services in Northern and Southern California. Gateway Learning Group's direct therapy programs are organized on behalf of children and their families, often in collaboration with school districts, regional centers, and health insurance providers.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 P.M.
    Gateway Learning Group Office
    2525 Camino Del Rio South, #335
    San Diego, CA, 92108

    This event and parking are FREE! We are sorry, no childcare provided.

    Please RSVP to kellym@gatewaylg.com by April 13th.

  • Join Include Autism for The Gatsby Gala!
  • An exclusive night out benefiting Include Autism, being held at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 19th, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

    To get involved please call 858.603.7344 or email development@includeautism.org.
    We are currently seeking sponsorships, partners, and in-kind donations!


    We warmly invite you to join us at Include Autism's annual fundraising gala. This year's event is the Gatsby Gala, and this lively and meaningful benefit honors and brings together community members from San Diego and beyond in support of autism inclusion.

    This amazing event will feature the following:

    Delectable hors d'ouerves and fare
    Hosted bar, tray passed champagne, and hosted table wine
    Live entertainment, DJs, and dancing
    Extensive live and silent auctions
    Presentation featuring our very own kiddos
    Exclusive gifts and giveaways
    Photo booth and event photography
    Special guests
    Raffles
    & much more!

    Please note: This is a 21 and up cocktail style event.

    Click here for all the info and to purchase tickets!!!

    Include Autism is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID: 20-0948809) dedicated to providing services that instill community-wide autism inclusion. Our focal program, Community Coaching (CC) program provides natural, hands-on opportunities for our program participants to develop adaptive, functional skills needed to become included in their community. Include Autism also has Autism Inclusion Training for businesses and community organizations, Volunteer, Peer Pal and Inclusion Baseball League programs.

    Include Autism now has two sites, our Central location in Hillcrest and our North site in RB/Poway.

  • Free Workshop: Hour of Code for Students with Autism
  • Hosted by Autism Speaks San Diego and Autism Speaks Southern California

    Saturday, April 7 at 9 AM - 10 AM
    Microsoft Store Fashion Valley Mall
    7007 Friars Rd, San Diego, California 92108


    In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, join us for this FREE, 60-minute workshop where participants with Autism will be able togo behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own game world. You'll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. No experience with coding is required.

    Click here to Register for FREE!!!

    Autism Speaks San Diego will be onsite for additional information on World Autism Month and local resources. All workshops will be set in a sensory friendly environment.

    Questions? Contact sandiego@autismspeaks.org

  • It's Tax Time!
  • Need help navigating the tax ramifications of receiving public benefits such as IHSS? Have questions about which expenses are deductible (special diets, therapies, etc...)?

    As a mother of twins diagnosed with Autism, I am able to provide a personal level of service due to first-hand experience.

    Individual & Business tax returns welcome.

    Serving the special needs community since 2008

    Yvette M. Soto Accounting & Income Tax
    3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205
    San Diego, CA 92108
    (619) 977-6586
    www.yvettesoto.com

  • Exploring Invisible Disabilities: ADHD & Autism
  • Sat, April 7, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Office of Shay Realtors
    10550 Craftsman Way, Ste. 184
    San Diego, CA 92127

    This is the perfect class for families new to an Autism diagnosis.

    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

  • The IEP Guy
  • Developing an appropriate IEP should not feel like trying to unravel a Rubik's cube.

    The IEP Guy is an experienced non-attorney special education advocate working side by side with families to obtain appropriate placement, services, and outcomes for students.

    The IEP is the heart and soul of special education. Think of it as the heliocentric model of our solar system. Just as the planets orbit around the sun, so do placement, services, and outcomes revolve around the IEP.

    Therefore, it is imperative that parents develop an appropriate IEP for their child given the major impact it has on the student's academic and functional performance.

    Services:
    Say goodbye to hourly rates! All services are provided on a flat fee basis. No surprises!

    • IEP Services
    • Discipline
    • Academic Disputes
    • Parent Coaching
    Leo Marchena
    The IEP Guy
    4275 Executive Square, Suite 200
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    858-345-6536
    www.theiepguy.com

  • SUCCESS group beginning this Spring!
  • Intricate Mind Institute
    2247 San Diego Ave #136
    San Diego, CA 92110
    (858) 205-9809
    intricatemindinstitute@gmail.com
    www.intricatemindinstitute.com

  • Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment
  • Experience a unique and effective approach to autism therapy.

    Our aim is to bring to families everywhere the most effective therapies for the treatment of autism. Our integrated care model is based on the scientific research and clinical practice of our founder, Dr. Suzanne Goh. We seek to set a new global standard for autism care by achieving superior developmental outcomes for the children and families we serve.

    At Cortica, we believe the world needs a higher standard of care for all those living with autism, or a potential diagnosis of autism. Families like yours deserve effective, collaborative, caring therapies that are accessible and reasonably priced, no matter who you are or where you live.

    The Cortica Care Model

    • Neurophysiology
    • Family and Home
    • Biochemistry
    • Cognition and Behavior
    • Sensorimotor
    • Communication
    Integrated
    Therapists with specialized expertise collaborate to understand and treat the whole child.

    Personalized
    Your customized program will focus on what your child's developing brain needs most to gain new abilities.

    Proven
    The Cortica Care Model is based on a proven methodology that gives you confidence you're doing the right thing.

    Together, we clarify the complex, celebrate extraordinary efforts, and witness moments of brilliance as our children grow new skills and abilities. Many of our services are covered by medical insurance plans. Contact us for all the info!!!

    Cortica Care
    7090 Miratech Drive
    San Diego, CA 92121
    858-304-6440
    http://www.corticacare.com

  • Friendship Walk San Diego, April 29th!!! -- Discount for ValsList!
  • Walk With Your Heart!!!

    Sunday, April 29th
    Liberty Station, NTC Park, Preble Field
    2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106


    Join us for the 5k Friendship Walk San Diego to raise funds and community involvement for children and adults with special needs. The Friendship Circle provides inclusion programming, fun community outings and friendship for children, teens and adults with disabilities throughout San Diego County. Click here for all the info and to register!!!

    For our upcoming Friendship Walk on April, 29th we want to offer ValsList members a promo code to sign up and get 25% off entry fees ($20 pp becomes $15 per person) with code VALSLIST valid now through March 30th!! https://www.friendshipwalksd.com/Account/Register

  • FREE Review of Your Child's IEP!!!
  • RSVP Required: 858-945-6621 or appropriateeducation@gmail.com

  • AUTISM/DD ADULTHOOD CHECKLIST
  • Families of teens with autism and developmental disabilities are often overwhelmed by the complexities of transitioning out of the school system into the fragmented and confusing system of adult care. This checklist is intended to provide an overview of many of the elements to consider during this transition period and beyond. Click here to view the checklist!!

  • 2018 ABA Social Skills Groups
  • For more information, please contact Ally Wilson awilson@abagroup.org
    https://www.abagroup.org

  • Adult Support Group
  • San Diego Center for Children
    680 Fletcher Parkway. Suite 202 * El Cajon, CA 92020
    www.centerforchildren.org

  • 16th Annual Splash for Cash!
  • Join us for the 16th Annual Splash for Cash on Sunday, April 29th from 8 AM - 2 PM. Swimming begins at 9 AM. This annual FUNdraiser is our biggest pool party of the year! Have a good time in the pool, or just hang out and enjoy the fun - swimming is completely optional! Either way, we guarantee a good time!

    Help us as we raise money for our Pool PALS program . All proceeds fund swimming lesson scholarships, Surf Camp, and our monthly family events like our Family Pizza and Pool Party, and our Family Gymnastics Night.

    Sign up to fundraise as a team OR as an individual fundraiser. All participants receive an event giveaway.

    Any team or individual that raises at least $250 will be able to register one participant for Surf Camp the day of the Splash for Cash. Registration forms will be distributed at the event for those who qualify. Please bring the required documentation with you to the pool in order to complete your camper's registration. Details are on our website.

    Thanks so much to our wonderful San Diego Firefighters who will once again be preparing and serving a pancake breakfast and chili dog lunch at the event.

    Enjoy a fabulous silent auction as well as hourly Swimmer in the Pool prize drawings.

    Join us at Aqua Pros Swim School Pool at the Boys and Girls Club, 4635 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego.

  • Participate in Research: Attention Differences in Boys with ASD and their Family Member
  • Boys with ASD between the ages of 8 and 16 and both of their biological parents are invited to participate in a study examining attention skills and genetics.

    Boys who are typical developing and their biological parents are also invited to serve as a control group.

    This research is taking place at the Neuroscience Center of Alliant International University under the supervision of Alan Lincoln, Ph.D., MSCP, BCBA-D and Shamayne Brown, M.A. You must be able to travel to the lab to participate.

    Study Requirements
    -Both biological parents and the son must participate.
    -Each parent will complete questionnaires about him or herself.
    -This should take about 30 minutes.
    -Each parent will complete a brief standard cognitive measure. This should take about 30 minutes.
    -Each parent will complete a computer task. This should take about 30 minutes.
    -One parent will complete questionnaires about your son. This should take about 25 minutes.
    -Your will complete the brief standard intelligence measure. This should take your child about 30 minutes.
    -Your son will compete the computer task. This should take about 30 minutes.

    Upon completion of participation, your son will receive $20 and each parent will receive a $10 gift card. You may also receive, upon request, results of your performance and/or your child's performance.

    Refer another family to the study and be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card.

    Some individuals may be excluded from participation in the study on-site. If your child is excluded, he will receive a $5.00 cash gift for his participation in the preliminary assessment. If a parent is excluded, he or she will be given a $5 gift card for participation in the preliminary assessment.

    If you are interested in participating, please call 858-635-4068 or by email: asdfamilystudy@gmail.com or sbrown7@alliant.edu. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!

    Approved by Alliant IRB (#1604025150R001)

  • 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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    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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