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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. October 03, 2017

In This Issue

A Break for Caregivers: Respite Care and Autism

Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

Offering Relationship Driven Therapy to Families in San Diego & Carlsbad since 2004

Less Than 2 Weeks Away! - NFARs Charity Golf Tournament

East County Autism Support Group

No Wait for RDI at Family Guidance!!!

Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes October Newsletter

The Independent Educational Evaluation: Leveling the Playing Field

The Art of Autism seeking new Logo - other opportunities inside

N. Jennifer Oke, PhD., Specializing in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with ASDs

Birdies and Barrels Golf Tournament & Beer Garden event is quickly approaching!

SAVE THE DATE!!! FAMILY ACTIVITY at theNAT!

Support & Information for Adults: San Diego Continuing Education

MCRD Presentation on Early Intervention, Oct. 11th

FREE! - LEGO Parent & Child Interactive Group-Led By Dr. Oke


 




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  • A Break for Caregivers: Respite Care and Autism
  • Autism caregivers are often under great stress. Respite care can help.

    Respite care is, very simply, substitute care. A respite caregiver is a person who takes over when the primary caregiver takes a break. Sometimes the break is just a few minutes or hours and sometimes it's a long as a week or more.

    Why Caregivers for People With Autism Need Respite Care
    You need to get to the doctor for your own checkup. You have another child, a spouse or a parent who needs you. You're close to your breaking point, and unable to do a good job of caring for your autistic loved one.

    You haven't had alone time with yourself or a partner for far too long. Without respite care, you run the risk of losing your health, your relationships, and your sense of humor. Without those critical tools, you'll be no help to your loved one with autism. Read on...

  • Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

  • Children who have an older sister with autism are more likely to also have the condition than are those who have an older brother on the spectrum. The risk is higher among younger brothers than younger sisters. The results, based on insurance records of more than 1.5 million families in the United States, were published today in JAMA Pediatrics1.

    The findings are consistent with the idea that girls require more mutations than boys to end up with autism.

    "For a girl to emerge with [autism] in the first place indicates that that is a high-risk family," says study investigator Nathan Palmer, instructor in biomedical informatics at Harvard University. Read on...

  • Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

  • Babies with autism show behavioral and brain features that differ from those of babies with language delay1. These findings from a new study hint at different biological origins for autism and language delay.

    The results, based partly on brain scans, could help clinicians identify and treat subgroups of children with language problems.

    "The diagnoses we use in clinical practice today are entirely based on behavioral observations and lack any grounding in the underlying biology," says lead investigator Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Children who have autism and language delay show dampened brain activity in two language centers as early as age 1, researchers reported in a 2015 study. Children who have language delay alone do not show this pattern. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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 doeringsx5@gmail.com.



    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 christinevantuyl@hotmail.com, 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 ValeriesList@aol.com. People who can help you will email you directly with their responses.

  • Offering Relationship Driven Therapy to Families in San Diego & Carlsbad since 2004

  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth believes that every individual is unique and has the potential for significant growth. We assume and foster competence while honoring family values and priorities. Our holistic approach is built upon trusting, supportive relationships and collaboration between disciplines and families.

    San Diego Office:
    9466 Black Mountain Road
    Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92126

    Carlsbad Office:
    5411 Avenida Encinas
    Suite 110
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

    Phone: (858) 689-2027
    Email: admin@tagforgrowth.com
    http://tagforgrowth.com

  • Less Than 2 Weeks Away! - NFARs Charity Golf Tournament
  • JOIN US ON OCTOBER 9th!

    NFAR's Charity Golf Tournament is less than two weeks away! Golfers - sign up today for this fun event 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. Plus, we've included some really fun contests and prizes, making it interesting for players of every level.

    So please join us, (sponsorships still available) - your participation helps those with autism in our community!

    Invite your friends to join you for golf or for dinner with great views of the sunset.

    Tournament participation is $600 for a Foursome or $175 per individual golfer and includes lunch and dinner and lots of contests and prizes.

    Sign Up Today!

  • East County Autism Support Group
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    Monday, October 9, 2017
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Office of Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh
    5550 Baltimore Drive, Suite 150
    La Mesa, CA 91942


    Support, information, resources and referral for families of persons on the autism spectrum. Join us to learn the experiences of others and share your own. Light refreshments. Click here for all the info!

  • No Wait for RDI at Family Guidance!!!
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
    Our primary approach for treatment of autism spectrum is a developmental program called Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). RDI is a unique treatment approach that empowers parents to guide their child to succeed in our dynamic world. Children who learn to actively engage with the support of their parents in safe but challenging learning opportunities develop a strong motivation to explore and expand their world, as well as develope competence and trust in themselves and their guides. Click here for all the info!!!

    The Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California
    3575 Kenyon St, Ste 102
    San Diego, California, CA 92110
    and
    10731 Treena St., Ste 105
    San Diego, CA 92131
    (619) 600-0683
    www.familyguidanceandtherapy.com

  • Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes October Newsletter
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    Click here for all the info about their activities and upcoming events!!!

  • The Independent Educational Evaluation: Leveling the Playing Field
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    One of the least utilized tools by parents is the independent educational evaluation ("IEE"). This article will explain how the IEE will help "level the playing field" between you and the school district, so that your child can obtain the services they need.

    A good evaluation is critical to educational planning. A good evaluation will help explain the nature of the problem(s) your child may be experiencing, help identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, provide invaluable information about your child's current needs, and offer guidance in choosing the services necessary to meet those needs. In short, a good special education evaluation is a critical tool in the Individualized Education Program ("IEP") process. Click here for all the info!

    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 Art of Autism seeking new Logo - other opportunities inside
  • Click here for all the latest info from Art of Autism!!!

  • N. Jennifer Oke, PhD., Specializing in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with ASDs
  • Dr. Oke has been in private practice in the San Diego area for over 16 years specializing in the area of autism, Asperger's, and Pervasive Developmental. She is dedicated to providing a warm, supportive environment for children and families while collaborating with parents on treatment goals.

    N. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.
    5677 Oberlin Drive, Suite 214
    San Diego, CA 92121
    (858) 452-9596
    http://drjenniferoke.com

  • Birdies and Barrels Golf Tournament & Beer Garden event is quickly approaching!
  • The Birdies and Barrels Golf Tournament and Beer Garden will be taking place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course and is looking to be bigger and better than ever!

    All proceeds from the Birdies and Barrels Golf Tournament and Beer Garden go toward supporting Include Autism's programs.

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • SAVE THE DATE!!! FAMILY ACTIVITY at theNAT!
  • Join us at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) on Sunday, Nov. 12th for a morning of discovery and fun!

    ASD Mornings is a once-a-month program where theNAT opens an hour earlier for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families. This innovative program encourages individuals to explore, play, and discover the treasures theNAT has to offer in an environment that is comfortable for them.

    Register with NFAR for $10 per person (flat fee). (Regular admission is $19 adult and $12 child).
    Register HERE.

  • Support & Information for Adults: San Diego Continuing Education
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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Autism Society of San Diego
    4699 Murphy Canyon Rd
    San Diego, CA 92123


    Leslie and Krystle will discuss the non-credit programs offered through San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE). SDCE is the non-credit, adult education side of the San Diego Community College District, serving individuals age 18 years or older. SDCE has seven campuses throughout San Diego and offers a wide range of vocational training programs and courses specifically for adults with disabilities.

    They will discuss the supports provided by Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), how to apply for DSPS services, and provide information on the vocational programs and DSPS educational assistance courses that can be of benefit to adults with disabilities.

    Our Speakers will be Leslie Quinones and Krystle Taylor. Click here for all the info!!!

  • MCRD Presentation on Early Intervention, Oct. 11th
  • For more information and to register please contact Christy Howland at: 619.524.0916 or christy.howland@usmc-mccs.org
    Visit us online!
    www.facebook.com/mccsmcrdsd.efmp

  • FREE! - LEGO Parent & Child Interactive Group-Led By Dr. Oke
  • Saturday, October 14 at 10 AM - 11:30 AM
    Autism Tree Project Foundation
    2845 Nimitz Blvd, San Diego, California 92106


    Come build LEGO with your child using LEGO-Bades Therapy Skills. Perfect for kids aged 3-13
    Click here for all the info and to RSVP!

  • 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.

  • Recreation Resources from SDRC
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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!!

  • 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.

    www.andreamoriarty.com
    http://amzn.to/1PWMwN4

  • 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.

    http://www.autism-and-treatment.com

  • 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.

    www.eikonabridge.com

  • 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

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    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

  • 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 amyers-turnbull@alliant.edu or call 858-414-1076!

  • BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IMAGING LABS - Recruiting Participants

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

  • 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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    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.
    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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