Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. August 10, 2017

In This Issue

Rethinking regression in autism

When Gut Bacteria Change Brain Function

Behavioral Treatments for Kids With ADHD

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

Welcome Back Picnic with Friendship Circle, San Diego!

Family Fun at Kid Ventures! Friday, Sep 22nd 5 PM

Teen Social Skills Group (middle and high school ages)

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!

Autism Speaks, San Diego Walk, September 30th

Lost in the Paperwork? I Can Help!!!

Jeremiah's Ranch August 2017 Newsletter

Start a Speech Program Today at TAG!!!

Social Hour for Autism Moms of San Diego!

Love and Autism Conference in San Diego!

Sanford Autism Consulting

A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs

You are Invited to a Dance on August 12th in Vista!!!

Parents Advocating Together Meetings at a NEW Location!!

UCSD Gymnastics for Youth, Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs


  • Rethinking regression in autism

  • The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.

    ne of the oldest ideas in autism - as old as the naming of the condition itself - is that it comes in two forms: one present from birth, and one that abruptly emerges in toddlerhood. The latter type, or so the idea goes, announces itself through a rapid loss of skills.

    In this classic picture of 'regression,' a talkative, curious 2-year-old suddenly withdraws. He grows indifferent to the sound of his name. He begins to speak less than before or stops entirely. He turns from playing with people to playing with things, from exploring many objects and activities to obsessing over a few. He loses many of the skills he had mastered and starts to rock, spin, walk on his toes or flap his hands. It's often at this point that his terrified parents seek answers from experts.

    This dichotomous view of the onset of autism is what Sally Ozonoff long held to be true. The textbooks and papers she read as a student in the 1980s described regression as a subtype of autism - an exception to the more common 'early-onset' version of the condition, which many considered innate. Studying autism, Ozonoff recalls, meant accepting this divide. Read on...

  • When Gut Bacteria Change Brain Function

  • Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.

    By now, the idea that gut bacteria affect a person's health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism. The trend has become almost commonplace: New books appear regularly detailing precisely which diet will lead to optimum bacterial health.

    But these microbes' reach may extend much further, into the human brains. A growing group of researchers around the world are investigating how the microbiome, as this bacterial ecosystem is known, regulates how people think and feel. Scientists have found evidence that this assemblage-about a thousand different species of bacteria, trillions of cells that together weigh between one and three pounds-could play a crucial role in autism, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. Read on...

  • Behavioral Treatments for Kids With ADHD

  • Helping kids get organized and control problem behaviors

    There are two kinds of behavioral interventions that can help children with ADHD manage their symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention. These ADHD therapies don't affect the core symptoms, but they teach children skills they can use to control them. Some focus on strategies for staying organized and focused. Others aim at cutting down on the disruptive behaviors that can get these children into trouble at school, make it difficult for them to make friends, and turn family life into a combat zone.

    Some children, especially those with severe ADHD symptoms, benefit from behavioral therapy along with medication; for others, the training may make enough difference to enable them to succeed in school and function well at home without medication. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • 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.

  • Welcome Back Picnic with Friendship Circle, San Diego!
  • For questions or to RSVP please contact the Program Director:

  • Family Fun at Kid Ventures! Friday, Sep 22nd 5 PM
  • NFAR is hosting a family play session at
    Kid's Ventures in 4-S Ranch on
    Friday, September 22 from 5pm - 7pm

    Families of children with autism and their siblings (ages 2 - 8 years old) are invited to join us for a fun filled early evening of structured activities, food, and creative play.

    Kid's Ventures creative indoor play facility is designed to help nurture your child's imagination and creativity in a healthy and fun environment.

    Registration is free but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact NFAR or register HERE.

  • Teen Social Skills Group (middle and high school ages)
  • Aug 31-Oct 19; Thursdays 5-6pm
    Registration deadline Aug 28


    Please click to see our calendar.

    *an intake is required for new clients prior to registration to determine eligibility and appropriate fit. Groups are located at Family Wellness Center in La Mesa

    To schedule or get more information
    (858) 634-8300

    San Diego Center for Children
    7339 El Cajon Blvd, Suite J * La Mesa, CA 91942

  • Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!
  • NOW IN SAN DIEGO!!! Why choose us? In a program such as ours the child learns to think reflectively and base behaviors on their own desires and feelings rather then on repetitiously learned non-reflective patterns of behavior. We work from a multi-displinary perspective considering functional language use, visual-spatial processing, auditory processing and motor function.

    Real Connections Child Development Institute
    415 North Highway 101 Suite C
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    (858) 354-2006

  • Autism Speaks, San Diego Walk, September 30th
  • Autism Speaks Walk is the world's largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead 'their best lives'.

    The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

    September 30, 2017
    Liberty Station at Point Loma
    Event Starts at 8:00 am

    Click here for all the info about registering and about having a booth at the Resource Fair!!!

  • Lost in the Paperwork? I Can Help!!!
  • I offer professional accounting services that are customized to your specific needs, including full service computerized bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation for individuals and small to medium sized businesses.

    Services Provided:

    • Bookkeeping Services
    • Business Consulting
    • Payroll Preparation
    • Income Tax Return Preparation
    • Notary Public Services
    Customer service is my number one priority. I like to work closely with my clients to make sure they understand how their business is doing.

    As a small business owner it is important that you spend your time on running your business and not on bookkeeping. Let me give you the peace of mind you deserve by utilizing my 20+ years of diversified experience in accounting and in business.

    Call to setup an appointment for a free initial consultation so that I can evaluate your bookkeeping needs and provide you with a quote.

    Yvette Soto
    3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205
    San Diego, CA. 92108
    (619) 977-6586

    (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!)

  • Jeremiah's Ranch August 2017 Newsletter
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    Click here to read their latest edition for all the news and info about upcoming events!!!

  • Start a Speech Program Today at TAG!!!
  • Programs Offered at Therapeutic Approach to Growth:

    • Adult Program
    • Art Therapy
    • Handle
    • Home Programs
    • Life Balance Yoga Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Professional Training
    • RDI
    • Sage Learning Center
    • Speech Therapy and MORE!!!
    Therapeutic Approach to Growth Inc.
    9466 Black Mountain Road, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92126
    5411 Avenida Encinas, Suite 110
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (858) 689-2027

  • Social Hour for Autism Moms of San Diego!
  • Coming this Fall!!!
    For more info, please contact
    T 858.689.2027

  • Love and Autism Conference in San Diego!
  • Love & Autism: A Conference with Heart held annually in San Diego, focuses on relationships - bridges lived experience, clinical practice & research.

    September 30 - October 1, 2017
    Liberty Station Conference Center
    2600 Laning Road
    San Diego, CA 92106

  • Sanford Autism Consulting
  • Speech therapy and family support since 1998!

    Sanford Autism Consulting provides speech-language therapy services to children and adults ages 4 and over who have solid language and learning abilities, but struggle in social language skills. The diagnostic labels of our clients include not only Autism Spectrum Disorder, but also Asperger's syndrome, Social Communication Disorder, PDD-NOS, ADHD, NVLD, twice exceptional, social anxiety, etc. We offer screenings, assessments, and therapy groups in our home office. We also provide services in the client's home or school setting within a 10 mile radius of our office, on a case by case basis. We believe in the power of family and actively involve parents, caregivers, and significant others throughout the process of therapy to facilitate increased client success.

    Services Offered:

    • FREE Consultation
    • Communication Screenings
    • Communication Evaluation
    • Therapy Groups
    • Parent Support and Mentoring
    Sanford Autism Consulting
    Located in Allied Gardens, San Diego, 92120
    (619) 403-9097

  • A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Please R.S.V.P. with your host Bene' Raphael no later than Aug. 18th at or for any questions please call (760) 845-4551

  • You are Invited to a Dance on August 12th in Vista!!!

  • Parents Advocating Together Meetings at a NEW Location!!
  • Please RSVP to Dayon Higgins at, or leave a message at 858-213-8620.
    Visit our Website:

  • UCSD Gymnastics for Youth, Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

    For questions or to RSVP please contact the Program Director:

  • 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!!!

  • 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.