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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. April 03, 2018

In This Issue

Are Your Dreams for Your Autistic Child Serving You or Them?

What Are the Best Sports for Kids With Autism?

Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen

Free Training on Personal Safety for Self Advocates

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Last Chance to Register for Spring Camp Jam--Only $99

Friendship Walk San Diego, April 29th!!!

Autism Parent Group: Understanding Autism Across the Ages

The NEW 2018 Flourishing Families is Out!!

Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) Spring and Summer Sessions

Safer than prescription medication for anxiety and the effects are permanent!!!

April 16th AutismAwareness Night with the Padres as they take on the Dodgers at Petco Park

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!

Builders of Eloquence and Engagement invites you to join a webinar on College Bound Academy

TAG Talks - Learn About RDI in Temecula!

Southwest Cares for Autism

Sophie's Kensington Gallery Presents: Diverse Perspectives

Join us at Kid Ventures at their Chula Vista/Eastlake location on Mon, April 16th from 5pm - 6:30pm!

Summer Camp Sign-Ups!

Ceramics Class Starts April 5 in Fallbrook


 



THIS MONTH'S SPONSORS






  • Are Your Dreams for Your Autistic Child Serving You or Them?
  • Most parents have very specific goals for their children -- and even more specific goals for their children with autism. Often, those goals start with "I want my child to be happy." Happiness, however, is tough to quantify.

    Do you mean "I want my child to feel no anxiety, fear, or sadness, and to have every desire instantly satisfied?" Do you mean "I want my child to have a life that fulfills his or her personal desires and goals?" Or do you mean "I want my child to have the life that I envision for him or her?"

    Few parents really want their children-- even their autistic children-- to go through life in a happy haze of TV watching and potato chips, cushioned from all engagement in the real world. But quite a few moms and dads are far more interested in their own visions of happiness than in their child's actual desires or preferences. Read on...

  • What Are the Best Sports for Kids With Autism?
  • Many sports offer great benefits for kids with autism.

    Some sports can be challenging for kids with autism. That doesn't mean autistic kids should stay away from physical activity, but it is important to help your child to choose sports that they are likely to enjoy and excel at. Autism creates specific challenges when it comes to sports, but it also opens up some exciting possibilities. Read on...

  • Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen
  • Customized cutoff scores could boost the accuracy of a popular screen for autism in children from certain backgrounds, according to a new study1.

    The tool, the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), may incorrectly flag children whose mothers are black, have low incomes or have a high-school education or less, the study suggests.

    Another screening tool, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, may also yield inflated scores for children whose mothers belong to minority groups or did not graduate from college2. Read on...

  • Free Training on Personal Safety for Self Advocates
  • RSVP to 619-688-3323 or email debbie.marshall@scdd.ca.gov

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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.

  • Last Chance to Register for Spring Camp Jam--Only $99
  • Saturday, April 7th

    Sing spring themed songs, make musical instruments and have fun making new friends. This group will focus on social and communication skills with peers. No music experience is needed. Camps will be facilitated by a board certified neurologic music therapist. Attendees will be paired with a volunteer camp counselor. Central County

    Choose between the children's session (3-12) or the teen/adult (13+) session:
    Time: 9am to 12pm

    Location: Pioneer Day School, 4764 Santa Monica Ave. San Diego, CA 92107

    Scholarship funds are available through our nonprofit partner, Banding Together. Contact 619-299-1411 or info@themusictherapycenter.com for details.

    Click here for online registration

  • Friendship Walk San Diego, April 29th!!!
  • 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, San Diego 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!!!

  • Autism Parent Group: Understanding Autism Across the Ages
  • Wed, April 11, 2018
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Sanford Autism Consulting
    4823 Alfred Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92120
    Cost: $20


    Join us for our April Parent Power Lab. This month's topic is Autism Across the Age Span. Let's learn together and develop appropriate expectations for our children at every stage. Come with questions, leave empowered!

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

  • The NEW 2018 Flourishing Families is Out!!
  • The new edition of Flourishing Families, San Diego and Imperial County's resource guide for families with special needs, is now available! Find helpful articles, resources for specific diagnoses and disabilities, as well as special needs camps, educational programs, support groups and more.

    Access the digital edition on the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego website at www.SNRFSD.org.

  • Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) Spring and Summer Sessions
  • PACT offers Improvisational Theatre and Performing Arts workshops throughout the year, including summer. Workshops are "inclusive", consisting of peers with and without disabilities. Most participants are in their mid-teens, but the program is also open to adults. We are always looking for good volunteers to serve as peer mentors as well!

    To register call 760-815-8512 or email info@pacthouse.org. For all the info click here!!!

  • Safer than prescription medication for anxiety and the effects are permanent!!!
  • Call 858-367-9108 to schedule your free consulation.

    Microcurrent 4 Kids is San Diego's premiere pediatric microcurrent therapy program for children with special needs. Our program is the clinically proven, BEST therapy for Autism & ADHD, as you will see by the rapid improvement in your child's skills and abilities, because of how well it promotes developmental growth and couples with ALL other therapies.

    MicroCurrent4Kids
    4540 Kearny Villa Road, Ste. 211
    San Diego, CA 92123
    858-367-9108
    info@microcurrent4kids.com
    http://www.microcurrent4kids.com

  • April 16th AutismAwareness Night with the Padres as they take on the Dodgers at Petco Park
  • Join us on April 16th AutismAwareness Night with the Padres as they take on the Dodgers at Petco Park. Buy your ticket at www.padres.com/autism

    Only tickets purchased through the link include the donation and limited edition bag. Limited edition Bag is only available to the first 500 tickets! San Diego Padres Autism Speaks Los Angeles Dodgers - with San Diego Padres, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks San Diego at Petco Park.

  • Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!
  • Real Connections Child Development Institute
    Supporting and partnering with families of children on the autism spectrum through understanding, engagement and relationships.

    Developmental Play Therapy - 1:1 developmental therapy in your child's natural environment. Evidenced- based, emotional, cognitive and neurobiological therapy that assists your child in developing meaningful relationships.

    Parent Coaching & Support - Real-time training and education in your child's individual profile. Learn new ways to engage and connect, while focusing on communicative and cognitive/ social emotional development. Maximize your child's developmental growth through both daily interactions and parent-child intervention sessions.

    A "Whole Child" Program

    • Flexible Thinking
    • Problem Solving
    • Scripting
    • Perserveration
    • Meltdowns
    • Executive Function Skills
    • Regulation
    • Sensory Integration
    • Spatial Processing
    • Individualized Program
    Real Connections San Diego
    415 North Highway 101, Suite C
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    619-840-0015 or 858-768-0313
    http://realconnectionsinstitute.com

  • Builders of Eloquence and Engagement invites you to join a webinar on College Bound Academy
  • This is a free seminar for people who type and are college bound. Email her and she will add you. gildacolmenaacademy@gmail.com

    Builders of Eloquence and Engagement invites you to join a webinar on College Bound Academy. Learn about the road to College for individuals who use ACC.

    Dr. Ellyn Peña will share her research on College bound students and the College Bound Academy.

    Once you have confirmed virtual attendance, They will send you the link to access the Webinar.

  • TAG Talks - Learn About RDI in Temecula!
  • Join us for lunch and learn about RDI!
    April 9, 2018
    12:00 to 1:30pm
    43537 Ridgepark Dr.
    Temecula, CA 92590
    http://tagforgrowth.com

    Seating is limited! Please RSVP to admin@tagforgrowth.com or call 858-689-2027

  • Southwest Cares for Autism
  • Saturday, April 7 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM
    Southwest Airlines at SAN
    3665 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, California 92101


    Hosted by Autism Speaks San Diego, ACES ABA, Mission Federal Credit Union and Autism Speaks Southern CA

    RSVP page is Open! http://act.autismspeaks.org/SouthwestCares

    This April 7th Autism Speaks San Diego has teamed up with Southwest Airlines to provide an autism friendly airport and flight simulation experience for our San Diego families.

    The event is FREE but space is limited. Event participants will be selected on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to confirmed past registered Autism Speaks walk attendees. RSVP completion does NOT guarantee event participation.

  • Sophie's Kensington Gallery Presents: Diverse Perspectives
  • Public Reception Saturday, April 7th
    5 - 8 PM
    Wine and Hors d-oeuvre
    Sophie's Kensington Gallery
    4186 Adams Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92116


    Click here for info about Sophie's Kensington Gallery!!!

    Click here for info about Art of Autism!!!

  • Join us at Kid Ventures at their Chula Vista/Eastlake location on Mon, April 16th from 5pm - 6:30pm!
  • Monday, April 16th from 5pm - 6:30pm!
    851 Showroom Pl, Chula Vista, CA 91914

    Families of children with autism including siblings (ages 2-8 years old) are invited to join us for a fun filled time of structured activities, crafts & creative play!

    Registration is FREE, but you will need to RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2IUIskK

    For more information, contact NFAR at 858-679-8800

  • Summer Camp Sign-Ups!
  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth
    9466 Black Mountain Rd., Ste. 100
    San Diego, CA 92126
    www.tagforgrowth.com
    858-689-2027
    To sign up, please email admin@tagforgrowth.com

  • Ceramics Class Starts April 5 in Fallbrook
  • Ceramics with Neill Ketchum starts Thursday, April 5 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM thru May 24. Registration forms for Ceramic Class are on the College of Adaptive Education website. Register now to reserve your spot!

  • 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
  • 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)

     
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    I never endorse anyone or anything. Opinions expressed in what I send out, may not be shared by me. Everything is for informational purposes only.
    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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