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

In This Issue

13 Speech and Communication Problems That Affect Kids with Autism

ABC Awards Full Season To Popular Autism Drama

Distinct changes mark brains of people with mutations tied to autism

Milan Fashion Week's Biggest Model Wants to Change the Way We Think About Asperger's

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

NFAR Men's Group - Oct 12, 2017

Less Than 1 Week Away! - NFARs Charity Golf Tournament

East County Autism Support Group

No Wait for RDI at Family Guidance!!!

The TERI Players: Monster Story Time 2

The Independent Educational Evaluation: Leveling the Playing Field

Support & education options after high school/transition programs

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

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


Support & Information for Adults: San Diego Continuing Education

MCRD Presentation on Early Intervention, Oct. 11th


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  • 13 Speech and Communication Problems That Affect Kids with Autism
  • Even when autistic people use language, they have a hard time communicating

    Most people with autism (though by no means all) do have the ability to talk. In fact, some people with autism talk a great deal. Most of the time, though, people with autism talk differently from neurotypical people. Some of those differences relate to actual production and use of spoken language. Others related to non-verbal "body language" and other social cues. Still others are really about understanding and responding to cultural expectations.

    What Is a Pragmatic Speech Delay?

    The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) describes pragmatic speech as having three components: Read on...

  • ABC Awards Full Season To Popular Autism Drama

  • A television drama centering on a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome is proving so popular with viewers that network executives are ordering up more.

    After airing just two episodes, ABC said it is granting a full season to "The Good Doctor."

    The hourlong drama focuses on Shaun Murphy, a young physician on the spectrum, who's medically gifted but struggles to connect to those around him. Read on...

  • Distinct changes mark brains of people with mutations tied to autism

  • Some people missing a copy of 16p11.2, a chromosomal region linked to autism, have unusually large brain structures, according to a new study. Those with an extra copy of the same region show the opposite pattern1.

    For instance, the band of nerve fibers that connects the brain's two hemispheres is unusually thick in some people missing a copy of 16p11.2. The same band, called the corpus callosum, is abnormally thin in some people with an extra copy of the region.

    People with the deletion and a thickened band have poor social and communication skills, whereas those with a duplication and a thin band score low on tests of intelligence. Read on...

  • Milan Fashion Week's Biggest Model Wants to Change the Way We Think About Asperger's
  • Few people had a busier Milan Fashion Week than Nina Marker, the Danish top model who has been present for the week's biggest events. Whether she was stomping down the runway with the supermodels at Versace, joining the crowd at Angela Missoni's 20th anniversary collection, or walking for Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi, Marker made her mark. Given her schedule, it would have been easy for Marker to focus solely on the job, but just before Max Mara, she used Instagram to deliver a hopeful message. Sporting a T-shirt that read "Bee Kind, I Have Autism," Marker reminded her followers that those on the neurodevelopmental disorder's spectrum are more than capable of achieving their dreams. "It's possible for us to be successful and have a good time," she wrote in the caption. "Stay safe and protect your mind."

    Marker is passionate about using the platform afforded her by modeling to tackle meaningful issues. Diagnosed with autism at the age of 15 after experiencing issues with her education and personal life, Marker hopes that speaking out will bring about changes that can prevent others from going through similar difficulties. "It's important to me because the lack of [awareness] has created some issues in my life that maybe wouldn't have been there if my autism had been discovered earlier," says Marker, who found out she had Asperger's syndrome only after seeking out treatment for her mental health. "I went to a psychiatrist when I experienced a deep depression-which stemmed from my local education system handling my condition incorrectly." Due to the lack of programs in place to help children with autism, Marker faced an uphill battle at school. "There was still no support from the school or the systems behind it. This was rather damaging, since I didn't learn or pick up stuff the way the other kids did." 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

    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!

    My family is a dual income family and we need additional help caring for our 15 y/o daughter who is high functioning Asperger. Specifically, we would like to find someone who can be at the house after school while we commute back from our jobs. It would be 3-5 days a week in the afternoons from 3-6pm. A certified professional behavioral coach would be preferred, but not mandatory.

    Our schedules are moderately flexible and we work with the candidate to create a schedule that works for the both of us.
    Thanks! please contact Dustin at

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  • NFAR Men's Group - Oct 12, 2017
  • The Men's Group is for dads, step dads, and granddads helping to raise a child with autism. We offer dinner, guest speakers and a chance to network with other men in a relaxed setting.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Giovanni's Italian Restaurant
    9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92123

    Dinner: Pizza, Salad, Soda.
    Dinner is provided

    October Topic: Managing the Holidays

    Learn how to decrease stress and create fun holiday opportunities for the entire family!

    The holidays can provide a welcome break from our daily routines and schedules; however, for children with special needs a change in schedule can be stressful and overwhelming. Come and hear ideas on ways to:

    -Prepare for changing routines

    -Establish what's expected

    - Use visual supports

    -Manage sensory changes

    -Manage new foods and mealtime changes

    -Adapt family traditions

    Guest Speaker: Guest Speaker from K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates Inc.

    K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates Inc., is a private practice providing pediatric and adolescent occupational therapy, physical and speech therapy in a family oriented, child friendly center. We offer assessments, individual intervention and group programs. . For more information about KIDS Therapy Associates.

    To RSVP

  • Less Than 1 Week Away! - NFARs Charity Golf Tournament

    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
    10731 Treena St., Ste 105
    San Diego, CA 92131
    (619) 600-0683

  • The TERI Players: Monster Story Time 2
  • Monster Story Time 2
    Friday, October 13, 2017 @7pm
    The Star Theatre, Oceanside, CA
    Show website to learn more and purchase tickets:
    Tickets are $10 Children, $20 Adults

    Show Synopsis: The troupe of "misunderstood monsters" returns for another exciting Halloween adventure! When newly-elected mayor Frankenstein is cursed by a witch, the townspeople rally to break the spell. What magical concoction will they try? Eye of newt or tongue of bat? Whatever the recipe, it's sure to be a mixture of music, laughter, and zombie-good fun for the entire family.

    About the TERI Players: The TERI Players is a theatre troupe made up of actors and musicians with special needs and talented staff from TERI. The show is developed, written, and performed by the TERI Players, making it a unique and entertaining performance!

  • 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

  • Support & education options after high school/transition programs
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10 am - 12 noon
    North County Regional Education Center
    255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069

    For students with IEPs and their families who want to learn about the adult support and education options available after leaving high school and adult transition programs. Come meet agencies and programs that provide services and supports appropriate for ALL students with IEPs .

    Read more

    Click here to register online

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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
    Visit us online!

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT

  • Please visit for more information.

  • Autism Accessibility Morning at the Fleet!

  • The third Saturday of every month, Fleet invites the Autism Spectrum Community to enjoy our museum through this special opportunity. Adults and families with children with autism can enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular open hours to the general public and with access to a special cool-off space. Visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum all day. Admission includes a special IMAX film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.

    Upcoming dates:
    • October 21, 2017
    • November 18, 2017
    • December 16, 2018
    • January 20, 2018
    • February 17, 2018
    • March 17, 2018
    For more information, visit

  • 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.

  • 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

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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 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

  • 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.