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Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. August 26, 2017

In This Issue

Raising Childen with Autism, Before The "Epidemic"

Brain imaging studies seek signs of autism before birth

Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

Using Video Cameras in Classroom: Benefits and Cautions

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

Helping Young People with Autism Reach Their Potential

Family Fun at Kid Ventures!

Back to School Special Pricing at MicroCurrent 4 Kids!!!

Announcing the CC Social Club!

FREE! IEP Evaluation Day in Rancho Bernardo

The NFAR Community Projects application period is now OPEN!

Adults with Asperger-like Thinking Therapy Group* Theme: Motivation, Volunteering and Work

NFAR Teacher's Grants for Educators of Students with Autism

Uses of Play with Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay

Special Needs Dance Class in El Cajon!

Crimson by the Sea has Space to Rent!

Science-Based Social Skills Group (ages 8-12)

Teen Social Skills Group (middle and high school ages)

Autism Speaks, San Diego Walk, September 30th

SPECIAL FOR YOU: NFAR's Charity Golf Oct 9th!


 







  • Raising Childen with Autism, Before The "Epidemic"
  • Marilyn Cox was at work when the telephone rang. Her son's elementary school was summoning her, right away. When she arrived, school employees met her at the door and escorted her to the principal's office. There, two doctors were waiting. Unbeknownst to her, they had examined her 5-year-old son, Brian.

    Brian had just started school, already knowing how to read, do arithmetic, and even speak a little Spanish he learned from Sesame Street. These doctors told her Brian didn't belong there. Not in an ordinary kindergarten class, in an ordinary public school, in their corner of Missouri.

    "'We recommend you put him in an institution and forget he was ever born,'" they told her. Her voice, with the steady and even vowel tones of the American Midwest, wavers slightly at the memory. "I said some bad things, turned, and slammed the door." Read on...

  • Brain imaging studies seek signs of autism before birth

  • Brain scans of people with autism reveal many things - structures that are unusually large or small, or atypical patterns of activity. But increasing evidence suggests that autism begins well before birth. By the time a person is diagnosed, her brain may have already adjusted to compensate for the condition.

    To glimpse what the brain looks like as autism takes root, scientists have sought to scan children as young as toddlers and, more recently, babies. At least two different teams are reaching back even further, scanning fetuses with a family history of autism.

    "I think it's absolutely crucial that we investigate what the biological underpinnings of autism might be," says Declan Murphy, professor of psychiatry and brain maturation at King's College London in the United Kingdom, who co-leads one of the studies. "The logical extension has to be that you go as early as you safely and ethically can in terms of trying to understand that." Read on...

  • Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

  • A new study has found that there is a three-way relationship between a type of gut bacteria, cortisol, and brain metabolites. This relationship, the researchers hypothesize, may potentially lead to further insight into autism, but more in-depth studies are needed.

    However, the exact way in which gut microbes might influence brain development is still subject to debates and further studies.

    Now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that there may be a three-way mechanism of communication between gut microbes and brain metabolites, involving cortisol as the channel through which the "message" is transmitted.

    First study author Austin Mudd, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, explains that brain metabolites can have a strong impact on the development of infants, and that these could be influenced by the gut microbiome. Read on...

  • Using Video Cameras in Classroom: Benefits and Cautions
  • We have seen a rise in the use of video cameras in classrooms, from administrators adding cameras throughout school buildings and premises to students bringing in and using recording devices such as their smartphones, computers, or tablets. Depending on what is being recorded, how it is being protected and shared, and the purpose of its use/viewing, cameras in the classroom can be seen as a good thing or a threat to the learning environment. Below is a brief look at the benefits and cautions of using video cameras in the classroom.

    To support appropriate student behaviors

    Benefit: Allows students and teachers to review video to discuss appropriate behavior choices and classroom behaviors that need to improve/change.

    Caution: Adults should not solely rely on camera footage to view student behavior; teachers should maintain positive student-teacher interactions and practice appropriate proximity and monitoring of students in classrooms and common areas (hallways, cafeteria, etc.). Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • I am looking for a 2-3 bedroom house (if possible), apartment or mobile home in North County for my sister, who is severely autistic and non-verbal, and will be in a supported living program (24-hour caretakers plus hopefully another similar roommate).

    The ideal house would be:
    --Anywhere in North County
    --Somewhat isolated so neighbors are not disturbed by her occasional screaming
    --Rustic or "fixer-upper" so we could fix up to our specifications and there would be less concern over possible damage
    --One of the bedrooms large enough for 2 beds
    --No carpet
    --Not depressing - possessing some sort of charm
    --Affordable (a relative term)

    Thank you everyone! Just putting it out there in case anyone knows of such a house!

    Daria 619-294-6577 (home), 619-788-2042 (cell) or doeringsx5@gmail.com



    My son is aging out of his school program (TERI - The Learning Academy) in May 2018, he will be 22, and I'd like to begin the search for an adult day program for him. Is there a list or directory that contains the programs available in north county ?
    Thanks,
    Maureen mtoms1983@sbcglobal.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.

  • Helping Young People with Autism Reach Their Potential
  • Gateway Learning Group is California's premier provider of ABA therapy.

    At Gateway, we help children and teens develop and strengthen their learning, language, behavior and social skills with proven-effective therapy treatment to support not only them, but your whole family as well.

    Gateway works with most health insurance plans and also provides services through school districts.

    Direct Therapy Programs typically involve:

    • Initial assessment of a child's needs
    • Implementation of intensive therapy based on the principles of ABA
    • Transitional support of skills to new environments
    • Parent training
    • Monthly team meetings
    • Daily data collection and analysis
    • Quarterly progress reports
    For those students who benefit from extra assistance in their classroom setting, we also provide behaviorally-trained shadow aides and consult with teachers. Currently, our Direct Therapy Programs and services are available to families in the San Francisco and San Diego area.

    Gateway Learning Group
    2525 Camino Del Rio South Suite 335
    San Diego, CA 92108
    info@gatewaylg.com
    877-264-6747
    http://www.gatewaylg.com

  • Family Fun at Kid Ventures!
  • NFAR is hosting a family play session at Kid Ventures in 4-S Ranch on Friday, Sept. 22 from 5-7pm.

    Families of children with autism and their siblings (ages 2-8) are invited to join us for a fun filled early evening of structured activities, food and creative play. Kid Ventures' creative indoor play facility is designed to help nurture your child's imagination in a healthy & fun environment.

    Registration is FREE, but pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, please click here!!!

  • Back to School Special Pricing at MicroCurrent 4 Kids!!!
  • SEND YOUR KID BACK TO SCHOOL READY TO LEARN!!!

    10% Discount for New Clients -- Available to the first 10 clients to mention this ad!!!

    Two Locations to Serve you!!! In Kearny Mesa and Encinitas!! Call for all the info!!!!

    The Alternative, Safe and Effective Therapy Option!!!

    MicroCurrent4Kids is San Diego's premiere microcurrent therapy program for children, teens and adults with special needs. Our program is the BEST therapy for Autism and 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. (Inquire about other therapies also available!)

    858 367-9108
    info@microcurrent4kids.com
    http://www.microcurrent4kids.com

  • 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: https://includeautism.org/community-coaching-social-skills/

  • FREE! IEP Evaluation Day in Rancho Bernardo
  • Saturday, September 9th
    Call to reserve 1 hour block between 9am and 4pm
    RSVP Required!!! 858-945-6621 or appropriateeducation@gmail.com

    The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson
    16466 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 106
    San Diego, California 92128
    Tel: (858) 945-6621
    www.specialedlaw.us

  • The NFAR Community Projects application period is now OPEN!
  • Each year, funds raised by the Race for Autism help to support autism programs and new initiatives in our community. Together, we have supported over 85 major initiatives, increasing the learning, social, training and employment opportunities for those with autism in San Diego.

    Applications are due by September 30, 2017

    Click here for all the info!!!!

  • Adults with Asperger-like Thinking Therapy Group* Theme: Motivation, Volunteering and Work
  • Sept 11-Oct 19; Mondays 6- 7:30pm
    Registration deadline Sept 6


    REDUCED FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE

    Please click to see our calendar: https://www.centerforchildren.org/family-wellness-center/event-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
    fwc@centerforchildren.org

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

  • 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. We are accepting applications through September 30, 2017.

    To learn more, please click here!!!

  • Uses of Play with Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay
  • Dr. Esther Hess will be presenting an all day workshop on Saturday October 28, 2017 at the UCSD extension campus in La Jolla, CA. She will be teaching Uses in Play for Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay. The course will feature the play therapy model DIR/Floor Time: A Developmental/Relational Intervention for Children and Adolescents with ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder. For more information and to register for the course, please contact Dr. Hess at Drhess@centerforthedevelopingmind.com.

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • Special Needs Dance Class in El Cajon!
  • AWO
    237 East Main Street Suite A
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 579-6197
    http://www.awosd.org

  • Crimson by the Sea has Space to Rent!
  • A large space is available for rent at the Crimson by the Sea clinic. Great space for an OT, PT, tutor, ABA, etc! Please contact Jamie Segal for all the info!!!

    Crimson by the Sea for Speech & Language
    2210 Encinitas Blvd. Suite I
    Encinitas, California 92024
    858-344-1985
    www.crimsonbythesea.com
    https://www.facebook.com/crimsonbythesea

  • Science-Based Social Skills Group (ages 8-12)
  • Aug 31-Oct 19; Thursdays 4-5pm Registration deadline Aug 28

    REDUCED FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE

    Please click to see our calendar:
    https://www.centerforchildren.org/family-wellness-center/event-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
    fwc@centerforchildren.org

    San Diego Center for Children
    7339 El Cajon Blvd, Suite J
    La Mesa, CA 91942
    www.centerforchildren.org

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


    REDUCED FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE

    Please click to see our calendar: https://www.centerforchildren.org/family-wellness-center/event-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
    fwc@centerforchildren.org

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

  • 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!!!

  • SPECIAL FOR YOU: NFAR's Charity Golf Oct 9th!
  • NFAR is hosting a Charity Golf Tournament for Autism on Monday, Oct 9, 2017 at the The Crossings in Carlsbad.

    Compliments of our local breweries, we have some great brews, and really fun new contests and prizes planned. The Crossings, has scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, an award winning golf course, and great food - so please join us! Your participation directly helps individuals with autism in San Diego!

    Golfers sign up now! Special foursome pricing is $525 through September 9th. Registration includes lunch and dinner and lots of fun contests.

    REGISTER Today

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT


  • Please visit http://www.sdnhm.org/visit/accessibility/asd-mornings/ for more information.

  • Autism Accessibility Morning at the Fleet!


  • In February we began our, Autism Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet (http://rhfleet.org/events/autism-accessibility-mornings), 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

  • Fall 2017 Therapeutic Recreation Services Calendar


  • Click here for all the info!!! Registration online or in our office.

  • 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!!!

  • Weight on Me

  • Our goal is to make durable weighted blankets with safe materials affordable for everyone.

    http://myblanketsheavy.com
    Contact Jill 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 ( http://radlab.ucsd.edu). 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 sbrown7@alliant.edu or 619-416-1799. Thank you for your time.

    *Approved by Alliant IRB
    IRB #1604025150

     
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    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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