Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. September 19, 2017

In This Issue

The First Year Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

Supporting the Emotional Needs of Kids With Learning Disabilities

Teens on Board: Gaming Group Builds Social Savvy for Kids on the Spectrum

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

The Foundation of Every IEP is a Proper Assessment: What Parents Need to Know

Social Communication Specialists!

Jeremiah's Ranch Village Block Party

The 35th Annual Pro-Am Golf Classic Benefiting Home of Guiding Hands

Therapeutic Approach to Growth (TAG) is Hiring!!!

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Children with Autism and Their Mothers are Needed for Student Reseach

The ABLE Act

FREE! Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders

Special Education Law

In Del Mar: Jodie K. Schuller & Associates Speech Language Pathology, Orofacial Myology, Educational Therapy/Tutoring

Adaptive Dance in Carlsbad!

Individual and Family Therapy for Children and Adults



  • The First Year Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences
  • My oldest spent the last half of his second grade year miserable.

    He cried every single morning and physically fought me when it was time to go to school.

    He lost recess every day because he couldn't finish the math timed tests in under 3 minutes and had to stay in until they were complete.

    He was bullied over his shoes, his speech, and his intellect.

    He had straight A's without even trying, and was in the 99th percentile on every single standardized test he was ever given.

    He was reading at a high school level, but was only allowed to check out library books up to a fourth grade level.

    He was depressed and frantic, all the time.

    I was depressed and frantic, all the time.

    When the last day of school finally arrived, I knew he would not be going back. Read on...

  • Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

  • Learning, memory and social behaviors all hinge on the tight control of messages passed between brain cells at junctions called synapses. This communication depends on proteins at these synapses that allow neurons to respond appropriately to signals, such as developmental programs and environmental cues.

    Increasing evidence suggests that autism is a 'synaptopathy,' a condition in which protein production is disrupted at synapses, leading to too many, or possibly too few, proteins at these junctions. Changes in the number or type of proteins at synapses can lead to problems with brain signaling, which could underlie features of autism.

    Protein production relies on messenger RNA (mRNA), molecules that contain the information encoded in the genomic DNA. In the past few decades, researchers have identified mutations in genes that regulate the translation of mRNAs into proteins at synapses. Read on...

  • Supporting the Emotional Needs of Kids With Learning Disabilities
  • Signs your child might be struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression, and how to help

    When kids are diagnosed with a learning disability we naturally worry about how it will affect their school performance. What we often don't think about, but should, is how having a learning disability may affect children emotionally.

    Not all kids with a learning disability become frustrated, sad, or anxious, but it is pretty common for kids to go through at least some period of emotional struggle. It isn't easy for children when they see themselves falling behind their peers at school. Even if they pretend that they don't notice or care, struggling in school can be a demoralizing experience. Here are some signs that kids might be struggling emotionally: Read on...

  • Teens on Board: Gaming Group Builds Social Savvy for Kids on the Spectrum
  • On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, a conference room in Washington is transformed into a board gamers' haven. At promptly 5 p.m., a group of teens ranging in age from 14 to 19 starts trickling in, greeting their peers and Katie Jo Glaves, a marriage and family therapist, with full eye contact, strong handshakes, high fives and smiles.

    This is significant because the teens all identify on the autism spectrum, though a formal diagnosis isn't required for group membership. The Autism Spectrum Board Game Group was created to help address social struggles commonly experienced by kids on the spectrum, from difficulty understanding social cues and emotions to knowing how to adjust their behavior for different environments.

    These kids don't seem socially hesitant, though; sly grins and good-natured teasing dominates. They've come to play cooperative board games - games requiring players to work together toward a goal - like Castle Panic and Forbidden Desert, and role-play games like The Quiet Year and Fiasco that allow players to step outside of their comfort zones and into various roles and team-play scenarios. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • 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

    Looking for 1-2 roommates to share cute 2 bedroom 1 bath house in Encinitas with my sister, who is autistic and non-verbal, and her caretaker. My sister will be starting Supported Living in 6 months or more, so roommates(s) could move in now or later. Please email or call me for more information - Daria at 619-294-6577 or

    I am looking for an instructional aide to help my 6-year-old ADHD daughter in a private, Catholic school setting Monday-Friday 8am-12noon in Coronado. I would prefer someone with ABA knowledge. My daughter is a bright, spirited kid who needs lots of help staying on task and guidance and instruction on non-preferred actives (handwriting.) She is currently medicated but it is only taking us so far. She has behavioral issues we are working out. She needs someone who is strong and seasoned who will provide guidance and direction across all areas of the school setting; she is bossing around her current aide! Please contact me for info, or text 858-405-7264. Thank you for reading!

    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.

  • The Foundation of Every IEP is a Proper Assessment: What Parents Need to Know
  • Tuesday, September 26
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    17010 Pomerado Rd
    San Diego, California 92128

    RIENZI HAYTASINGH, PSY.D., ABSNP- of Brain Learning Assessment and Treatment Center will be speaking

    You can't truly help the child without recognizing the needs in all environments. A proper assessment can offer a great deal of understanding for everyone in your child's life.

    Click here for all the info!!!

    FREE! Click here for tickets!

  • Social Communication Specialists!
  • At Social Communication Specialists, we help socially quirky kids, teens and young adults connect.

    We understand the social challenges kids face today. In order to have healthy friendships, kids need to understand not just the "how", but the "why" of social interactions.

    Social Thinking
    Our program is for bright kids, teens and young adults with good language skills. Many of our students have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD or Social Anxiety while others have no formal diagnosis. Our students are intelligent, creative and want to have friends but often struggle with social interactions.

    SCS's cutting-edge Social Thinking® groups are based on the work of world renowned expert Michelle Garcia Winner. Social Thinking teaches the thinking that we do when we interact with others. This helps students use their social skills in a variety of settings. Our program teaches a wide variety of concepts with the lessons targeted to the needs of the students in each group. Click here for more info about our Social Thinking program!!

    Executive Functioning
    Even the brightest students can struggle to keep track of assignments, plan out and manage their time and prioritize and initiate tasks needed to meet their goals.

    Executive functioning skills help us with everything from getting dressed and out the door on time to managing distractions so we can complete the task at hand. While these skills develop naturally for most of us, some children need direct teaching and therapeutic treatment to help develop these skills and put them into practice. Click here for more info about our Executive Functioning program!!

    Social Communication Specialists
    5703 Oberlin Dr, Ste 207
    San Diego, CA 92121
    (858) 558-9552

    Information on fall groups coming soon!

  • Jeremiah's Ranch Village Block Party
  • Jeremiah's Ranch, a nonprofit that offers Special Olympics, college-like classes, a support group, and fun activities is having a fundraiser Nov. 4 at Z Cafe in Bonsall for purchase of land for a community center and housing.

    We are seeking silent auction items!!! Email

  • The 35th Annual Pro-Am Golf Classic Benefiting Home of Guiding Hands
  • Join us on the greens for a spectacular day of golf on Friday, October 27th at one of the top ranked courses in San Diego, Maderas Golf Club.

    The day begins with the pairing of your team with a San Diego PGA Pro. Shotgun starts begin at 10 am. As you head out to the course you'll be greeted by HGH clients who line up to wish you luck. Players will enjoy lunch, on-course games and craft beers, a hole in one competition, dinner, awards and much more. The top three teams will be invited to play in the Randy Jones Golf Invitational for a chance at $10,000 for the charity of their choice.

    Register now. Last year's tournament was completely sold out!

    The Pro-Am Golf Classic raises money for the HGH programs that support more than 2,500 infants, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth (TAG) is Hiring!!!
  • Contact TAG for all the info!!!

  • Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment
  • Experience a unique and effective approach to autism therapy.

    Our aim is to bring to families everywhere the most effective therapies for the treatment of autism. Our integrated care model is based on the scientific research and clinical practice of our founder, Dr. Suzanne Goh. We seek to set a new global standard for autism care by achieving superior developmental outcomes for the children and families we serve.

    At Cortica, we believe the world needs a higher standard of care for all those living with autism, or a potential diagnosis of autism. Families like yours deserve effective, collaborative, caring therapies that are accessible and reasonably priced, no matter who you are or where you live.

    Meet our extraordinary team of autism specialists.
    Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialists from many different fields. All of our team members have specialized training and expertise in autism care.

    • Pediatric Neurologists
    • Electroencephalography & Neuromodulation Specialists
    • Neurology Nurse Practitioners
    • Nutrition and Holistic Health Practitioners
    • Speech-Language Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Music Therapists
    • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
    • Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)
    • Social Workers and Marriage-Family Therapists
    • Special Education Teachers
    We provide every child at Cortica with an individualized program to accelerate learning and development. An essential ingredient for success is collaboration among physicians, therapists, parents, children, and our extended communities.

    Together, we clarify the complex, celebrate extraordinary efforts, and witness moments of brilliance as our children grow new skills and abilities. Many of our services are covered by medical insurance plans. Contact us for all the info!!!

    Cortica Care
    7090 Miratech Drive
    San Diego, CA 92121

  • Children with Autism and Their Mothers are Needed for Student Reseach
  • Ariane Myers-Turnbull, MA

    Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
    California School of Professional Psychology

    If interested please contact or call 858-414-1076!

  • The ABLE Act
    Most people in the disability community have heard about the "Achieving Better Life Experiences" (ABLE) Act over the last few years. Finally, after nearly six years of revisions, testimony and lobbying, ABLE won final congressional approval and was signed by President Obama on December 21, 2014. While adoption by states is voluntary, California will almost certainly adopt the ABLE Act. Now more than ever is the time for special needs families and advocates to become keenly aware of what it will...and won' for them.

    The ABLE account was meant to be a version of the "529" (College Savings Plan), but with the tax-free withdrawals to be used for "qualified disability expenses." Advocates had hoped that these accounts would be a viable alternative to special needs trusts: exempt from being counted against the eligibility limits for SSI, Medi-Cal/Medicaid, or other means-tested programs, while having the added bonus of tax-free growth. Unfortunately, the ABLE act that came out of Congress was neither the ABLE Act that went in...nor the Act that most advocates expected. Read on...

    San Diego Special Needs Law Center
    110 W. C Street #1300
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 235-4357

  • FREE! Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders
  • Wed, October 25, 2017
    6:30 PM - 8:00
    Center for Health and Human Potential
    6342 Riverdale St
    San Diego, CA 92120

    Childhood neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders are rising at an alarming rate.

    --Find out what is behind this rise.
    --Understand the common threads of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, OCD, ODD, and Tourette's.
    --Leave with a strategy to improve their health and quality of life.

    Join Dr. Steve Tullius as he discusses his own son's journey and a plan of action to help your child. Call (619) 363-5073 for more information or with any questions.

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • Special Education Law
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    Children with special needs face unique challenges in obtaining a free and "appropriate" public education. The law recognizes these challenges and provides special protections to accommodate your child's special needs, individualize the educational program, ensure parent participation, and protect against discrimination. This article broadly discusses the three main sources of education law (the IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA). Read on...

    Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey
    2247 San Diego Ave. Suite #237
    San Diego, CA 92110

  • In Del Mar: Jodie K. Schuller & Associates Speech Language Pathology, Orofacial Myology, Educational Therapy/Tutoring
  • Jodie K. Schuller & Associates, located in Del Mar, California, provides the highest quality, most comprehensive services for children and adults with speech, language and educational needs. We also provide academic support with our specialized program, Fast Track to School Success, which helps students achieve their full potential by overcoming reading, written language, math and general learning disabilities.

    Our Services:

    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Communications Skills
    • Early Intervention
    • Language/Auditory Processing Challenges & Study Skills
    • Pre-School Reading Enrichment Program
    • Phonology
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Social Thinking / Pragmatic Language
    • And, much, much more!!!
    Our Promise: Give us 4 months & we will give you a different child!

    Jodie Schuller & Associates
    2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Ste 304
    Del Mar, CA, 92014
    (858) 509-1131

  • Adaptive Dance in Carlsbad!
  • Pacific Motion Dance Center
    3146 Tiger Run Court, Suite 113
    Carlsbad, CA 92010
    (760) 727-2426

  • Individual and Family Therapy for Children and Adults
  • Xcite Steps is now offering individual and family therapy for children and adults, providing a personalized and therapeutic approach to assist each client with their unique path to personal and emotional development.

    Our aim is to enhance skills for overcoming common emotional health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, social isolation, and relationship conflicts. Our approach is genuine and comforting, allowing the individual, couple, and family to explore emotional and systemic patterns in a safe setting.

    Individual and family therapy services are offered on an appointment only basis. We currently accept TRICARE and Molina Healthcare insurance for therapy services, and also offer sliding scale, low-fee therapy services for applicable individuals.

    For more information or to register for our Clinical Therapy Services, contact Xcite Steps at: (858) 428-0222.

    Xcite Steps
    3978 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Ste 100
    San Diego, California, CA 92121
    (858) 428-0222

  • 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!!!

  • Book: One Track Mind

  • Driven by her intense journey parenting a child with special needs, Andrea Moriarty relays life-changing inspiration and practical ways to help parents maximize the potential of their unique learner. One-Track Mind is at once an uplifting memoir, a practical parenting guide, and a collection of music metaphors to help you leverage your child's special interest into a purposeful niche-promoting confidence and life-affirming joy.

  • Book: I Know You're In There

  • I Know You're In There shows what is possible when a child's medical issues are treated in conjunction with intensive behavioral and educational rehabilitation. This story chronicles the long and difficult road traveled to help Ryan become the successful young man he is today. Our family couldn't give up on him, because sometimes we caught a glimpse of the kid we knew was in there.

  • Book: The Someday Birds

  • The Someday Birds is a debut middle grade novel perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree, filled with humor, heart, and chicken nuggets.

    Charlie's perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.

    When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay.

    Debut author Sally J. Pla has written a tale that is equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn't understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.

    Buy the book here!

  • Book: Eikona Bridgge

  • Eikona means "image" in Greek. Eikona Bridge takes you on a journey to a world that you have never been to before: the inner world of people with autism. This bridge helps parents, educators and the public in general understand today's children with autism. You will learn to discover these children's talents and ways to communicate with them. You will come to see autism as a communication problem, and that once the communication problem is solved, everything else falls in place.

  • Book: Surviving the Cure

  • Surviving the Cure: Cancer was Easy,* Living is Hard is the humorously frank story of life after cancer and the challenges that face nearly every survivor, all rolled into one battered individual. I thought I knew cancer. After all, I'd lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn't be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs started failing. The cure was killing me. Extreme treatments prevented an all-but-certain death, but at great cost: 100 pounds of weight gain, emotional and mental trauma, and a bone disease for which joint replacements were the only fix. Though I was in physical and mental agony after my release from the hospital, I decided to try to piece together a life worth living. One where I could be happy, could joke about my condition, could have the best parking spots. Maybe even one day hold the supremely enviable world record for most joints replaced. But none of that could happen until I picked myself up. The only question was: could I?

    Click here to buy the book!

    About Andrew Bundy

  • Book: Improve Your Health and Cooking Skills with Breakfast

  • This isn't any ordinary cookbook. This book was specifically written for people who learn best through pictures. Our book contains typical breakfast recipes and is organized from simple to more difficult. Our goal was to put together recipes that are not only tasty but also healthy. All of our recipes are balanced and include a calorie count. Our focus is on fiber and protein to promote colon and heart health.
    Buy on Kindle!

  • Book: Healthy Relationships

  • Healthy Relationships (Blue)
    My special education students share that they are going to complete high school, go to college, and then get married. The challenge is providing students and adults with the skill set necessary for them to be safe, independent, and build the relationships that they long for. Be it a friendship or dating relationship the many hidden rules and nuances that are part of relationships are difficult to understand. Healthy Relationships is a workbook for teens and adults with Williams Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and other human conditions that may present challenges in building relationships. Through activities, cartoons, and many scenarios the workbook teaches how to investigate and build friendships and relationships safely over periods of time. The workbook provides the reader with the skills for thoughtful and proactive steps necessary for healthy relationships. This workbook comes with an interactive multimedia CD ROM.
    Click here to purchase!

  • Book: A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence

  • A guide for helping our children lead meaningful and independent lives as they reach adulthood

    In the next five years, hundreds of thousands of children with autism spectrum disorder will reach adulthood. And while diagnosis and treatment for children has improved in recent years, parents want to know: What happens to my child when I am no longer able to care for or assist him? Autism expert Chantal Sicile-Kira and her son Jeremy offer real solutions to a host of difficult questions, including how young adults of different abilities and their parents can:

    *navigate this new economy where adult service resources are scarce

    *cope with the difficulties of living apart from the nuclear family

    *find, and keep a job that provides meaning, stability and an income

    *create and sustain fulfilling relationships

    Click here to buy the book

  • Book: Autism Spectrum Disorder (revised): The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism

  • Newly revised and updated, this award-winning guide covers every aspect of understanding and living with autism today.

    Comprehensive and authoritative, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight. Newly updated to reflect the latest research, treatment methods, and DSM-V criteria, this invaluable book covers:

    * The causes of autism spectrum disorders
    * Getting an accurate diagnosis
    * Treatments based on behavioral, psychological, and biomedical interventions
    * Coping strategies for families and education needs and programs
    * Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
    * Community interaction and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals

    **Best Book on Autism for 2017 --Healthline

    Click here to buy the book

  • BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IMAGING LABS - Recruiting Participants

  • If you are interested in participating in any of these studies, please call 619-594- 0176 or email

  • 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.