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Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. April 12, 2018

In This Issue

Fresno man with autism to run in Boston Marathon

NBA makes space for fans with autism spectrum disorder

A New "Yelp For Sensory Needs" Helps People With Autism Find Inclusive Spaces

Children With ADHD And Time Perception

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Soccer Buddies with Friendship Circle, San Diego

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!

My Special Needs Connection April Newsletter

The NEW 2018 Flourishing Families is Out!!

8th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival

Safer Than Prescription Medication for Anxiety and the Effects are Permanent!!!

Online Floortime Course for Parents

Friendship Walk San Diego, April 29th!!!

Autism Coffee Talk Day with TACA

Learn About RDI in Carlsbad!

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's a Gala!

A Night Out for Autism - Dinner Detective Show

Resource and Activity Fair at MCRD 04/28/2018

2018 General & Special Education Conferece-San Diego, CA


 



THIS MONTH'S SPONSORS






  • Fresno man with autism to run in Boston Marathon
  • The Boston Marathon is just one week from Monday. Thousands training hard to compete in the 26-mile race, including some right here in the Valley.

    One Fresno man has been preparing for this race for a long time.

    The Boston Marathon certainly is not an easy course to trek, but 24-year-old Kyle Grossman has faced more challenging routes.

    Grossman has had to increase his workouts.

    "Pacing, pacing, speed limits, intervals," Grossman said.

    It's all part of his training to compete in the Boston Marathon on April 16. Read on...

  • NBA makes space for fans with autism spectrum disorder
  • When crowds of noisy fans pack sports and entertainment arenas, many people go expecting -- even hoping -- to experience some sort of sensory overload.

    But for families with children on the autism spectrum, it's difficult to enter an often rowdy, overpowering environment without worrying about the kids. For some, it's virtually impossible.

    It's a challenge that's now being addressed by the NBA. Read on...

  • A New "Yelp For Sensory Needs" Helps People With Autism Find Inclusive Spaces
  • People with autism and with illnesses like PTSD, which heighten sensitivity to loud noises and crowds, often struggle to find calm and support in large venues. A new app helps families find them.

    Conditions like autism and conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder make people especially sensitive to loud noises and cramped, overstimulating environments. It's common practice among parents of kids with autism or other sensory needs to just avoid noisy or crowded venues altogether. But Julian Maha, CEO of KultureCity, a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit dedicated to building inclusion for people with autism, is working to change that.

    Last year, Maha and KultureCity worked with Quicken Loans Arena-home to the Cleveland Cavaliers and often called The Q-to create a program that would allow people with sensory needs to still attend and enjoy games. Read on...

  • Children With ADHD And Time Perception
  • "When is my birthday?"

    I looked at my son, a little concerned. He answers this question every single time he sees a doctor or gets a blood test.

    "It's in December, Honey," I answered, wondering what was going on.

    "No, when is it?" he responded, clearly getting frustrated with my lack of understanding.

    "Do you mean how long is it until your birthday?" I asked. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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



    I am trying to find a social group for my 17 year old daughter.She has a mild learning disability and although she does not actually have a diagnosis of autism I definitely think she is on the spectrum with certain behaviors(obsession with time,picky eating, watching shows over and over) My greatest concern is her lack of social skills or awareness and I would love to get her together with some similar teenage boys and girls for fun, friendship ,outings. We live in zip code 92129. Thank you if anyone can help point us in the right direction. Kim kim_t92129@yahoo.com



    Our family is looking to find an occasional (possibly weeknight event,etc./day date/date night) babysitter for our 3.5 year old son with moderate ASD (and nut allergies). He is very verbal but with pragmatic language delays, has some transition sensitivities causing some protesting, but overall he is a fun loving little guy who just likes to be on a schedule. We want someone we can rely on with great references and EXPERIENCE with children on the spectrum (which we haven't been too lucky through care.com). We live in the Carmel Valley/Torrey Highlands area and we also have a 1 year old Bernese Mountain Dog. If you have had an amazing sitter or are a sitter with ASD experience, please email me, Brittany, briajack@gmail.com



    I'm wondering if you know where I could refer a 16-year-old who is low income but does have insurance to be tested for ASD/Asperger's? They live in Encinitas. dr.courtney.higgins@gmail.com



    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.

  • Soccer Buddies with Friendship Circle, San Diego
  • Just wanted to let you know about a very special FREE event happening this Sunday, 4/15 12:30PM-2PM at Nobel Athletic Fields (8810 Judicial Dr, San Diego, CA 92122)! We will be hosting a Good Deeds Day program promoting friendship while we learn and play soccer for fun! This event is for all ages and abilities! Soccer Buddies will be led by expert coaches from Super Soccer Stars, a professional company that works solely with children and teens with disabilities. We are also holding a workshop immediately before the event for our teen and college student volunteers to be fully prepared and excited to meet their buddies!

    Schedule:
    12:30PM - 1:00PM: Participants arrive and meet their one-on-one buddy, free snacks and drinks provided, get-to-know-you games!
    1:00PM - 2:00PM: Soccer fun on the field, separated games for little guys and big guys


    This event is totally free, you don't even need to be a soccer enthusiast just come have fun in the beautiful weather and make new friends. We will be located in the gazebos below the Library & next to the playground - RSVP for more details. Remember to wear sneakers and sunscreen! RSVP required so we can match your child with a volunteer, email me or call 858-487-4879 with participant names and you are all set!

    Looking forward to a wonderful afternoon together,
    Maxime
    www.FriendshipCircleSD.org

  • 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

  • My Special Needs Connection April Newsletter
  • In this month's newsletter we feature our resource of the month, the new and improved Parents' Corner, and upcoming events in your community!

  • 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.

  • 8th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today for Military Families 5k/10k 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

  • 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

  • Online Floortime Course for Parents
  • Building Floortime Families:
    An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® for Parents and Caregivers (Live Online)


    Wednesdays
    April 18 to May 23, 2018
    7:00 - 8:30AM Pacific Time
    These sessions are all Live Online!
    Only $99 USD

    This is an introductory course that helps parents learn what Floortime is and how they can use it in a very practical manner. Both the theory and application of the approach will be discussed.

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

  • 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 Coffee Talk Day with TACA
  • Join TACA San Diego in beautiful Carlsbad, CA during #AutismAwarenessMonth for #AutismCoffeeTalkDay. This is one of 3 locations in San Diego County where you can join us at for this National Event.
    Hosted By TACA San Diego Co-Coordinator Vanessa Surprise and TACA Parent Mentor Malinda Cook

    Join TACA San Diego in Centrally Located Mission Valley, CA during #AutismAwarenessMonth for #AutismCoffeeTalkDay. This is one of 3 locations in San Diego County where you can join us at for this National Event.
    Hosted By TACA San Diego Co-Coordinator Nancy Kirkman

    Join TACA San Diego in Friendly Rancho Bernardo, CA during #AutismAwarenessMonth for #AutismCoffeeTalkDay. This is one of 3 locations in San Diego County where you can join us at for this National Event.
    Hosted By TACA San Diego Parent Mentors Kate Whelan and Shannon DeBlock

  • Learn About RDI in Carlsbad!
  • April 17, 2018
    6 - 7:30pm
    Carlsbad Office
    5411 Avenida Encinas, Suite 110
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
    www.tagforgrowth.com
    To RSVP email cbadmin@tagforgrowth.com

  • It's a bird...It's a plane...It's a Gala!
  • Join us on June 9th from 5:30-11pm at the US Grant Hotel for what is sure to be an evening of epic adventure. You'll enjoy a cocktail reception, three course dinner with wine service, silent and live auction, live entertainment and more.

    Click here to purchase tickets or become an event sponsor.

    Home of Guiding Hands
    (619)938-2854
    jessica@guidinghands.org

  • A Night Out for Autism - Dinner Detective Show
  • Thursday, April 19 at 5 PM - 8 PM
    Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
    530 Broadway St, San Diego, California 92101


    $50 Donation Per Person (21+ adults only) Includes a pre-show networking hour, a delectable 3 course dinner & a hysterical and interactive dinner detective show. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks! You don't want to miss this event.

    Thursday, April 19th, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Networking & Registration
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner & Show

    RSVP by Thursday, April 12th.
    Space is limited so book today: Kasey Wilson 619.446.3048 kasey.wilson@cymsandiego.com


    Local Autism Speaks contact: Larissa Kerstetter sandiego@autismspeaks.org

  • Resource and Activity Fair at MCRD 04/28/2018
  • RSVP to 858-577-4668 or email smbmiramarmcas.efmp@usmc.mil

    http://www.mccsmcrd.com/exceptional-family-member-program/
    facebook.com/mccsmcrdsd.efmp

  • 2018 General & Special Education Conferece-San Diego, CA
  • May 2, 3 & 4, 2018
    Town and Country Hotel, Mission Valley


    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!!

  • 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:
    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/

  • 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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    Disclaimer

    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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