Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. September 05, 2017

In This Issue

New diagnosis covers 'borderlands' of autism spectrum

Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for Success in School

Sibling study bolsters role of common variants in autism

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

San Diego Regional Center Regarding Respite Services ~ Changes in limits of respite care will be coming in January 1, 2018


CARD Fall Festival in Carlsbad!!!

Autism Speaks: San Diego Walk for Autism

The ABCs of IEPs* (*Individualized Education Program)

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

Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes September Newsletter

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!

Jeremiah's Ranch September Newsletter

Love and Autism Conference in San Diego!

Using Movement to Teach

Dance for Teens and Adults with Special Needs



  • New diagnosis covers 'borderlands' of autism spectrum

  • Children with social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) have the same features as children with autism - just fewer of them, according to a large study of children with either condition1. The results suggest that the condition is a useful addition to doctors' diagnostic repertoire.

    SCD was introduced in 2013 with the release of the fifth edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5). The move spurred criticism from some experts who said there was little evidence that SCD differs from other conditions such as autism. Read on...

  • Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for Success in School
  • The beginning of the school year brings new transitions and the fears that can accompany them. A child's cognitive or speech delay can add to the difficulty if he cannot adequately express his needs. Luckily, there are some simple steps that can be taken to help your child navigate the first days of a new class or school and set him on the path to success.

    Get to Know Everyone at the School
    Providing a community for your student is the most successful way to ensure his safety. Introduce yourself and your child to as many key players at your school as possible-the principal, secretaries, school nurse, building site supervisor and any aids or support staff who will be responsible for your child in your absence. The greater your child's risk of becoming disoriented, the more important it is to have informed staff. The first three days before school are usually staff orientation days. Making an appointment with your child's principal or the school psychologist can make a huge difference in first day success. Read on...

  • Sibling study bolsters role of common variants in autism

  • Children with autism, as a group, are genetically more similar to one another than to a group of their unaffected siblings, a new study suggests1. The findings support the notion that people with the condition share common inherited variants that boost autism risk.

    Studies comparing people who have autism with unrelated controls suggest common variants can contribute as much as 49 percent to autism risk. But ethnic differences between the two groups in previous studies may have skewed this estimate too high, says Michael Wigler, professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

    In the new study, Wigler and his team compared people with autism with their unaffected siblings, who have similar genetic backgrounds. They found strong evidence that variants of small effect that are passed down for generations contribute to autism risk, Wigler says. "It was significant at a very substantial level," he says. 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

    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 ?

    I am a single mom of 8 years old boy with autism who is looking for part time job to help me to get through my graduate program for Clinical Counseling. I worked as ABA behavior therapist for about a year, have extensive experience as a care provider for children with special needs, trained in RDI as well. In addition, I worked as art instructor for 12 years teaching children, typical and with special needs. I am wondering if anyone may need part-time help with their children. I have my son 50 % of the time and My availability is every Monday, Tuesday and every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday at any time. I live in Carmel Valley/Del Mar and planning to stay here.
    My phone number is 858/342-3118
    Thank you so much,
    Yulia Serebryakova

    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.

  • San Diego Regional Center Regarding Respite Services ~ Changes in limits of respite care will be coming in January 1, 2018
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    This message is to inform our San Diego and Imperial counties' communities about an important change in the law (the repeal of Welfare and Institutions Code section 4686.5).

    Currently, regional centers cannot purchase more than 90 hours per quarter of in-home respite and cannot purchase more than 21 days of out-of-home respite for a family, unless an exemption is granted. Effective January 1, 2018, these limits on the purchase of respite services will no longer apply.

    Because of this change in the law, the San Diego Regional Center will revise its respite services purchase of service policies and they will be effective January 1, 2018.

    In-home respite services are intermittent or regularly scheduled temporary non-medical care and supervision provided in the family's own home and designed to relieve family members from the constantly demanding responsibility of caring for a client; assist family members in maintaining the client at home; provide appropriate care and supervision to protect the client's safety in the absence of family members; and, attend to the client's basic self-help needs and other activities of daily living, including interaction, socialization, and continuation of usual daily routines which would ordinarily be performed by family members.

    The planning team makes the decisions about respite services as a part of the Individual Program Plan discussions. If you are interested in respite services please contact your San Diego Regional Center service coordinator for more information.

  • SPECIAL PRICING 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

  • CARD Fall Festival in Carlsbad!!!
  • RSVP: Connor Bratton:
    This event is open to the public! Family and friends welcome!

    CARD Carlsbad
    5140 Avenida Encinas
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

  • Autism Speaks: San Diego Walk for Autism
  • The San Diego Walk is just a couple of weeks away and we're saving a spot for you. Click here to register today. Once you sign up, forward this email to your friends and family and invite them to join you. All are welcome at the Autism Speaks Walk. The more who FUNdraise, the greater our impact. Together, powered by love, we will enhance the lives of people with autism today, and create a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

    Event Details
    San Diego Walk
    Date: 09/30/2017
    Liberty Station at Point Loma

    Start a Team: Register as a Team Captain, then forward this email to your friends and family and invite them to join your team and fundraise.

    Join a Team: Choose this option to join a team that has already been created by a Team Captain.

    Register as an Individual: Save your place now. You can always join a team later. If you would like to join a team but can't find one to join, email us and we'll find a friendly team for you.

    Thank you for being an important part of the Autism Speaks community. We can't wait to see you on 9/30/17.

  • The ABCs of IEPs* (*Individualized Education Program)

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9 am - 2 pm (light lunch provided)

    Learn about the IEP process from the perspective of an administrator and a parent, including the components of an IEP, how to prepare for IEP meetings, rights and responsibilities, and how to create partnerships that work for yourself and your child.

    Read more

    Click here to register online

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

    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!) THIS IS NOT ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY!!!

    858 367-9108

  • Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes September Newsletter
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    Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the info and upcoming events and activities!!!

  • Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!
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    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

  • Jeremiah's Ranch September Newsletter
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    Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the info about upcoming events and activities!!!

  • 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. Click here to see the list of speakers!!!

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

  • Using Movement to Teach
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    Our August Newsletter

    • Stand UP with Social Thinking: 12 Strategies Teaching Physical Movement as Part of Face-to-Face Communication
    • Our leaders, our heroes
    • Our Social Thinking sister clinic in San Jose, California is hiring an SLP
    • New conference lineup
    Click here to read their latest newsletter!!!

  • Dance for Teens and Adults with Special Needs
  • InnerDancer Performing Arts

  • 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

  • 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.
    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 ( 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.