Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. July 29, 2017

In This Issue

Autism severity detected with brain activity test

Unpacking Tantrums

Watch the Trailer for 'Atypical,' Netflix's New Comedy Series About Autism

Bipolar disorder speeds up biological aging

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

NFARs Charity Golf Tournament for Autism in Carlsbad! EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS AUGUST 1ST!!!

USD Football Player Mentor Program

NFAR Teacher's Grant Program 2017 - 2018

Hanen's More Than Words Parent Training Program Starts August 30th

S4EA SPORTS Camp #2 Aug 11-13

How the Roles of Special and General Educators have Evolved

Conference: Love and Autism

2016 Foundation Day at the Races

Back-to-School Countdown: A 4-Week Plan to Get Ready

Self-Advocacy & Leadership Training Conference

The Art of Autism Poems & Art for Peace 2017 Call for Submissions #PEACEDAY

Inclusion Baseball League Sign-Ups Now Registering! Space is limited!

Announcing the CC Social Club!



Want to learn more about Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) for your child on the spectrum?

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a unique treatment approach that empowers parents to guide their child to succeed in a truly dynamic world. Children who learn to actively engage with the support of their parents in safe but challenging learning opportunities (problems and situations that are just beyond their level of competence), develop a strong motivation to explore and expand their world, as well as develop competence and trust in themselves and their Guides. The program has no defined length. It is designed to accommodate parents and children with a wide range of obstacles and handicapping conditions. Therefore participation may range anywhere from one to several years. Have specific questions? See the RDI FAQs for answers!


  • Autism severity detected with brain activity test

  • UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children. Specifically, the researchers found that the lower a child's peak alpha frequency - a number reflecting the frequency of certain brain waves - the lower their non-verbal IQ was. This is the first study to highlight peak alpha frequency as a promising biomarker to not only differentiate children with autism from typically developing children, but also to detect the variability in cognitive function among children with autism.

    Autism spectrum disorder affects an estimated one in 68 children in the United States, causing a wide range of symptoms. While some individuals with the disorder have average or above-average reasoning, memory, attention and language skills, others have intellectual disabilities. Researchers have worked to understand the root of these cognitive differences in the brain and why autism spectrum disorder symptoms are so diverse.

    An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a test that detects electrical activity in a person's brain using small electrodes that are placed on the scalp. It measures different aspects of brain activity including peak alpha frequency, which can be detected using a single electrode in as little as 40 seconds and has previously been linked to cognition in healthy individuals. Read on...

  • Unpacking Tantrums
  • In the April 2017 Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability, Mayes et. al, published an article entitled: Tantrums are Not Associated with Speech or Language. This research is important from clinical, research as well as advocacy perspectives.

    The authors investigated the common notion that children with autism tantrum because they cannot communicate effectively. This notion is connected with research that behavioral methods can replace tantrums with words. Most behavioral plans for children with autism including 'manding' training, that is, training children to ask for things they might want. And yet what Mayes, et. al. found was the opposite: less language was not associated with parent reports of more tantrums. In fact those with more language had more tantrums. They conclude that we need to think of tantrums as not associated with language deficits, but perhaps a learned behavior.

    The article that underlines the need to understand rather than merely 'treat' behavior. It is an excellent starting point for rethinking why we do what we do in the Developmental - Individual Differences - Relationship based (DIR) approach. Read on...

  • Watch the Trailer for 'Atypical,' Netflix's New Comedy Series About Autism
  • Netflix's newest original series about autism, "Atypical," doesn't premiere for another month, but you can catch the show's official trailer on The Mighty. The eight-episode comedic series follows Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a high school senior on the autism spectrum, and his family as he navigates dating, school and being a teenager. The show also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport as Sam's parents.

    "We've seen the search for love from a neurotypical perspective but not from a point of view like Sam's," Robia Rashid, the show's creator and executive producer, told The Mighty. "I liked the idea of telling a familiar story - the search for those things - from a different perspective, from a voice that's not often heard." Read on...

  • Bipolar disorder speeds up biological aging

  • A recently published study demonstrates a link between telomere length, which is a mark of biological aging, and bipolar risk. The research helps to explain why bipolar disorder often comes hand-in-hand with other age-related diseases.

    Individuals with bipolar disorder, which is sometimes referred to as manic depression, experience shifts in mood from feeling extremely energized and elated, to hopeless and depressed. It affects an estimated 2.6 percent of adults in the United States each year.

    Aside from the psychological disruption, bipolar disorder is linked to a range of other diseases normally associated with advanced age, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • Hello! I am looking to connect with someone who has their child in an out of state residential educational setting. Please email me at

    I am a mother to an 11 yr old boy diagnose with Moderate Autism, ADHD and severe speech delay. I was able to move him from Chula Vista School district where he was not receiving the best of services in anyway, to a Charter School close to the exit at Market st coming out of FWY 15. I was wondering if anyone could give me information of a young, responsable adult who could baby sit and transport my child from his new school to home at eastlake. And some days stay with him for a few hrs until I got back from work around 5pm. I will pay for miles and obviously for the care at home. Preferably a person with knowledge of ASD behaviors and techniques to work with them. Claudia

    We are looking to find friends for our 12-year old son Robbie, who is high functioning ASD.
    He is quite isolated and would love to develop relationships with other kids. Among other things, Robbie loves reading; computer games; shooting hoops and soccer.
    We live in Tierra Santa with 2 dogs.

    Hi! My name is Rosalyn. I am a highly experienced and exceptional house cleaner with a genuine personal touch. I am looking to find a monthly or bi-monthly house cleaning job for a family in need of these services in the North County Area. If you are interested please email me at or call me anytime 209 241 9489.

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

  • NFARs Charity Golf Tournament for Autism in Carlsbad! EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS AUGUST 1ST!!!

    NFAR is hosting its second Charity Golf Tournament for Autism on Monday, Oct 9, 2017 at the The Crossings in Carlsbad.

    The Crossings, with its scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, an award winning golf course, and great food, is a memorable place to play. Of course we'll add in the fun with interesting contests and prizes for everyone. So please join us - your participation helps those with autism in our community!

    There are a lot of ways to participate: consider becoming a sponsor, create a foursome, donate Silent Auction items, or simply join us for dinner.

    Golfers don't wait! Sign up now for Early Bird Pricing, good through August 1st. Tournament participation is only $495 for a Foursome or $150 per individual golfer and includes lunch and dinner and lots of fun contests and prizes.

    REGISTER Today

  • USD Football Player Mentor Program
  • August 12th, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location: University of San Diego Manchester Field, Alcala Park 5998, San Diego, California

    Click here for all the info about this program and to participate, please contact Lisa at (619) 222-4465.

  • NFAR Teacher's Grant Program 2017 - 2018
  • NFAR Teacher's Grants for educators of students with autism.

    Autism affects one in every 68 children in the United States, and a growing number of students each year the classrooms across San Diego County. Autism often affects the way the individual receives and processes information. A person with autism may also have sensory issues that interfere with learning.

    To help, NFAR awards funding to educators to support the specialized academic needs of their students with autism. These grants give educators a vehicle for piloting new teaching tools, as well as funding of technology and programs that address key areas of concern for students with autism, such as social skills training, reading comprehension, developing effective communication skills for verbal and non-verbal students, as well as reducing sensory and behavioral issues that interfere with learning. Click here for all the info!!!

  • Hanen's More Than Words Parent Training Program Starts August 30th
  • Please contact Crimson Center to schedule an intake session by August 15, 2017.

    More questions? Call (858) 695-9415 or email Sarah at

    Crimson Center for Speech & Language Pathology
    9606 Tierra Grande St., Suite 107
    San Diego, CA 92126

  • S4EA SPORTS Camp #2 Aug 11-13
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    SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
    2017 SPORTS Camp Session #2

    SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is holding another SPORTS Camp! We are asking you to join the adventure and fun! Spots are filling up fast, however athletes can still sign-up for the next SPORTS Camp at:

    Session #2: Wildwood Ranch
    14488 Mussey Grade Rd., Ramona 92065,
    Fri, Aug 11, 4pm - Sun, Aug 13, 4pm
    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

  • How the Roles of Special and General Educators have Evolved

    In the inclusive classroom, special and general educators complement each other. Before inclusive education was part of the educational landscape, special and general educators had different roles. Here are a few ways that the roles of special and general educators have evolved.

    Before: The special education teacher was only responsible for the education of students with disabilities.

    Now: Both special and general education teachers have a responsibility for the education of all students including those with disabilities.

    Before: Some special education services were provided with a "pull-out" model, where students were taken to a separate place to learn skills and were provided by a special education teacher.

    Now: Since the "pull-out" model can interfere with a student's sense of belonging in the classroom, special education can be provided in the context where it naturally occurs with a special educator in the general education environment. Read on...

  • Conference: Love and Autism
  • Love & Autism: A Conference with Heart held annually in San Diego, focuses on relationships - bridges lived experience, clinical practice & research.
    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

  • 2016 Foundation Day at the Races
  • Click here for all the info!!!

  • Back-to-School Countdown: A 4-Week Plan to Get Ready
  • Start the new school year off right! There's a lot going on-and a lot to keep track of. Download this one-month planner, which has daily tips to get your child with learning and attention issues ready for going back to school. Click here!!!

  • Self-Advocacy & Leadership Training Conference
  • To register for this conference, please contact Maham Khan at or at 714-656-2737

  • The Art of Autism Poems & Art for Peace 2017 Call for Submissions #PEACEDAY
  • 2017 International Peace Day Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All

    For the second year, The Art of Autism (AoA) is supporting International Day of Peace ~ or Peace Day through our call for peace-themed poems and art. We encourage you to share your vision, imagination and personal connection to peace through words, visual art and/or photography. Everyone who is or loves someone with autism is invited and encouraged to participate. See last year's submissions here and here.

    Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21st. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. AoA can support this through art, music, dance, theater, poetry, film, creative writing and photography. Read on...

  • Inclusion Baseball League Sign-Ups Now Registering! Space is limited!
  • Include Autism's Inclusion Baseball League provides a fun and exciting baseball experience to youth who are diagnosed with autism, offering teams matched with peer pal volunteers from all over San Diego county. The goal of this sports inclusion program is to serve as a social bridge between kids and teens with a developmental disability and their typically developing peers. On the second Saturday of the month, September through June, teams of kids and teens with a developmental disability are paired up with local youth baseball players to promote a fun athletic experience for both the kids with autism, ages 8 - 22 (players do not have to be Community Coaching program participants) and young athletes in the community. Registration is $75 for the season.

    Also currently seeking sponsors. To register or sponsor, please contact Coach Johnny at 858.603.7344 or email

  • Announcing the CC Social Club!
  • Include Autism's CC Social Club is a community-based, Saturday social skill and friendship development program for teens and young adults ages 13 - 17 and 18-29 that have challenges in the areas of social communication and relationship building as part of their developmental disability. The CC Social Club meets morning or afternoon on either two or four Saturdays a month in peer groups including typically developing peers. Our goal is to build the skills to maximize functional independence, enhance social inclusion opportunities, and build natural networks of support to live, work, and socialize as independently as one chooses.

    To learn more please visit: or call 858.603.9835.

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT

  • Please visit for more information.

  • Autism Accessibility Morning at the Fleet!

  • In February we began our, Autism Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet (, program. This morning is dedicated to the ASD community to come and enjoy the Fleet in a quieter setting and catch an IMAX film! Our film showings are presented with raised house lights and a lowered soundtrack volume, to provide a more comforting environment. Our goal is to provide an enriching experience for the ASD community

  • SIBSHOP 2016-2017 Schedule

  • October 2016 - August 2017

    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.

    August 13: Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071**

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

    REGISTRATION: Pre-registration requested (if possible) the Thursday before the event.
    CONTACT: Email for a registration form and / or additional information.

    Sibshop Leaders: Jody BonDurant-Strong, Administrator Gina Clifton, ECSE Medically-Fragile Teacher, Special Education
    Pat Moulton, Retired

    **Information for family / community locations will be emailed.

  • San Diego Regional Center's Recreation Resource Page
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    Recreation is important in promoting inclusion and quality of life. Studies have shown that it increases self-esteem and confidence, leads to improved communication, social interaction, and friendship skills.

    The San Diego Regional Center supports clients having time to recreate and believes it is essential to a healthy and well-balanced life. Below are links to some popular recreation activities in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. However, SDRC does not endorse, nor provide funding for any recreation activity. SDRC is not liable for anything occurring while participating in any of the recreational activities. Click here for all the info!!!

  • Jeremy's Vision at ArtWalk Liberty Station!!!

  • I have a paintbrush, a keyboard and autism. Jeremy's Vision is my view of the world expressed through my painting, writing, and advocacy.

    Jeremy's Vision: Local San Diego resident, Jeremy Sicile-Kira, is an intuitive artist and paints colorful abstract portraits of people. Jeremy has synesthesia: he sees people's emotions in color. In August 2012, he began to paint in real life the portraits he was painting in his dreams. Now, Jeremy meets people in person or online, 'reads' their colors and then paints their portrait. Jeremy has his own art studio in downtown San Diego at Space4Art and recently had his first curated solo art show. For more information, visit

    Jeremy also is the coauthor of A Full Life with Autism ( about preparing for the transition to adult life.

    Save the Date! Aug 12 &13
    Frankly I hope to see you at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Booth 409-411

    Arts District at Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza
    2751 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106

    Sat Aug 12, 10am - 6pm ; Sun Aug 13,10am-5pm
    Plenty of free parking!

    (Jeremy's participation was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles)

    Come see new prints of my greatly favorite places in San Diego -
    Nice souvenirs and presents for friends.
    Please invite your friends and come by and say hello!

  • Reset Fitness with Pam Bundy

  • I started off my career as a legal secretary then moved on to be a legal assistant, with the ultimate goal of becoming an attorney. After two of my boys were diagnosed on the autism spectrum 23 years ago, I came to the realization that I needed to be in a less negative environment. What I really wanted to do was to help people which puts me where I am today.

    I am a certified Stott Pilates Full Level One Instructor and ACE Certified Personal Trainer with 20 years of experience working with very large facets of the population. I also hold certifications as a Nutrition Coach, Parkinson's Wellness Recovery trainer, and Bosu Master Trainer. I am currently working on my ACE Behavior Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor certifications. My specialties include back rehabilitation, weight loss and toning, menopause management, Parkinson's clients, and bodybuilding. I have had several life experiences that has helped shape me to become a fitness coach who understands life's challenges, and I excel in helping people overcome obstacles to reach their health and fitness goals. Click here to visit my FB page and please contact me for more info!!!

  • Lisa Hawley-Jennings, Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner

  • Lisa Hawley-Jennings, Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner of 28 years, offers compassionate, experienced massage in her home office in Encinitas or in your home (within reasonable distance). As a mother of a 28 year old autistic son, Lisa carries a special place in her heart for working with caregivers and parents of special needs children. Please call or text Lisa at 760-212-2109.

  • Discounted Photo Services For Special Needs Families

  • As the parent of a child with ASD, I know how challenging a photo session can be. In an effort to pay it forward for the hardest working people I know, I am offering discounted rates for special needs families all year long. You will receive a 33% discount on all photo services, and a promise to be as creative and patient as possible, in order to get you the beautiful family photos or child portraits you deserve! Photo samples and standard rates are on my new Facebook page Openings fill up fast, so if you are interested in a photo session or event any time in the next 6 months, please email now to be added to the calendar

  • Join Our Study! Video Games to Train Attention and Eye Movement

  • Join our study at UCSD's Research on Autism and Development Lab ( We are currently recruiting participants for a study to measure the effects of training visual attention using video games. Click here to view the brochure!!!

  • Parents and Children Needed for Student Research

  • My name is Shamayne Brown and I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University. This study is examining the attention abilities of kids with ASD and their parents. I am recruiting families with a child with ASD as well as families with typically developing children.

    We are looking for boys, ages 8 to 16 years old, who have a diagnosis of ASD and their biological parents - both mother and father need to participate. We are also looking for boys, ages 8 to 16 years old, who are typically developing and both of their biological parents to serve as a control group.

    If you and your family are eligible for participation, you will be asked to come to a lab at the Neuroscience Institute at Alliant International University. You and your child's other parent will be asked to complete consent forms and questionnaires about your own behaviors; this should take you each about 25 minutes. You will also be given questionnaires about your child's behaviors. Only one parent needs to fill out these questionnaires and should take about 25 minutes complete. You, your child, and your child's other parent will complete a cognitive test, which will take about 30 minutes. Each of you will then play some games on a computer. This will take each person about 30 minutes. Your child's participation will take approximately one hour. Your participation and that of your child's other parent will take approximately one and a half to two hours.

    After your child completes his tasks, he will receive a $20 cash gift as an appreciation for his participation. Once you and your child's other parent have completed all tasks, you will each receive a $10 gift card as a token of appreciation for your participation. For further information, please contact Shamayne Brown at or 619-416-1799. Thank you for your time.

    *Approved by Alliant IRB
    IRB #1604025150


    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.