Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. October 07, 2017

In This Issue

Play With Your Autistic Child: More Easily Said Than Done

Asperger's syndrome: How 'Aspie' diagnosis slipped past world expert Tony Attwood

What My Child with Special Needs has Taught Me

Schizophrenia: Nearly 80 percent of risk down to genes

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

NFAR Men's Group - Oct 12, 2017

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!

A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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

Visit Jeremy's Vision: Open Studios San Diego October 14th & 15th

Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together

UCSD Autism Center of Excellence- SPARK

Jeremiah's Ranch October Newsletter

Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party


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  • Play With Your Autistic Child: More Easily Said Than Done
  • If there's one issue that's shared by all young children with autism, it's difficult with ordinary play skills. Little ones with autism may line up or stack toys, play by themselves and resist interaction with their peers, or simply spin, rock or otherwise spend time in their own world. It's this self-absorption that makes it so hard for autistic children to learn from imitation, socialize with other children, or connect with the adults in their lives.

    In theory, parents can play a key role in actually teaching their autistic children to play. But while "playing with your child" sounds like a no-brainer, it can be very, very challenging for the parent of an autistic child.

    What's so tough about playing with an autistic child? Read on...

  • Asperger's syndrome: How 'Aspie' diagnosis slipped past world expert Tony Attwood
  • How did a world expert in autism miss a diagnosis right under his nose?

    That's the question that Professor Tony Attwood still mulls over and deeply regrets.

    The clinical psychologist is recognised as a leading authority in the diagnosis and management of Asperger's syndrome.

    But all his skills and research couldn't help his son Will.

    It was only when the 35-year-old ended up with an overwhelming drug addiction and in jail for burglary that Professor Attwood had a sudden insight. Read on...

  • What My Child with Special Needs has Taught Me
  • My daughter does a flip turn at the other end of the pool. Screaming erupts among teammates, competing teams, parents and coaches as she and the swimmer next to her break the water's surface in unison. My daughter rises higher, her arms out wide before whipping them forward to dive under the surface again.

    I am hoarse from yelling. I can't help myself. My girl, my child with special needs, has come so far and overcome so much. I am her biggest cheerleader.

    Never did I imagine that I would have a child with special needs. I imagined a brood of "normal" kids. I ventured into parenting with prayers and dreams of perfection. Read on...

  • Schizophrenia: Nearly 80 percent of risk down to genes

  • The largest twin study of schizophrenia to date reinforces the role of genetics in determining risk, suggesting that 79 percent of the likelihood to develop the condition is due to heritability.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a "chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder" that affects 1.1 percent of all adults in the United States.

    Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30.

    Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 percent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic. 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

    My son is 5 and he will be on Kindergarten the next school year. He is currently in TK, and he is doing fine. He has an IEP, and he he is on general education with some support fron school staff. We would like to apply by choice to the following schools:

    Holmes Elementary, Curie PTA Elementary, Spreckels Elementary

    Do you have any experience with any of these schools in relation with the support and awareness for kids on the spectrum. Are these good options ? I will really appreciate your help and comments. Please write to

    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.

  • 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

  • Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!!!
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    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.

    Services Provided:

    • DIR/Floortime Therapy
    • Developmental Therapy
    • Behavioral Supports
    • Parent Training and Support
    • Developmental Assessment
    • Social Skills Support
    Real Connections Accepts Many Insurances!!!

    Real Connections Child Development Institute
    415 North Highway 101 Suite C
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    (858) 354-2006

  • A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Please R.S.V.P. with your host Bene' Raphael no later than Oct. 13th at or for any questions please call (760) 845-4551

  • 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

  • Visit Jeremy's Vision: Open Studios San Diego October 14th & 15th
  • Jeremy Sicile-Kira (a local artist with autism) and his fellow artists at Space4Art in the East Village will be participating in the Third Annual Open Studios San Diego on October 14th & 15th from 10 am-5 pm. Open Studios San Diego is a great opportunity to visit artists in their work spaces. Jeremy's art studio in Space4Art is located at 340 16th Street San Diego, CA 92101. For more information about this event and on other participating studios go to

    Jeremy is looking forward to showing you his studio! For more info about Jeremy and his work click here!

  • Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together
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    AEFCT provides high quality services that are structured, comprehensive, and individualized. Our mission is to provide intervention to children with autism, putting the needs of each child first so that they are met fairly and appropriately. We use developmentally sound strategies supported by empirical evidence, combined with a team approach that involves family participation. Autism affects the entire family unit, and we recognize that parent education and participation are essential to achieve success.

    Our Services:

    • Assessment
    • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
    • Supervision / Consultation
    • Parent/Caregiver Training
    • Funding Sources
    Developmental Approach:
    AEFCT is dedicated to providing developmentally appropriate services that utilize teaching strategies supported by empirical evidence.

    Team Approach:
    Direct family participation is a central component of the AEFCT program. Parent participation both during direct instruction and after behavior consultants leave is imperative to each child's success because autism affects the entire family unit. The most important teachers in a child's life are their parents. As such, parent education and participation are essential in order to attain and maintain success.

    Multicultural Approach:
    Sensitivity to the diverse population that exists in San Diego is addressed through the individualization of curriculum, parent and staff training, and education.

    4669 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite 212
    San Diego, CA 92123

  • UCSD Autism Center of Excellence- SPARK
  • UCSD Autism Center of Excellence is working with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) as part of an exciting research partnership called SPARK, and we would like to invite you and your family to take part. SPARK is an online, national genetics research partnership that seeks to improve the lives of people with autism. Through DNA analyses of saliva samples, the ultimate goal of SPARK is to gain a better understanding of causes and best treatments for autism. To get started, sign up and a saliva collection kit will be mailed to your home. A gift card totaling up to $50 will be sent to you once saliva samples from both parents and individual with ASD are received. We already have 1,991 participants registered on the website, help us reach our goal of 3,000 today!!!

    To register for SPARK: go to

    For additional information contact Hannah Kaplan at the UCSD ACE: or 858- 534- 6906

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

  • Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party
  • Friday, October 13, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Aqua Pros Swim School/Boys and Girls Club
    4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA

    Bring the entire family to enjoy a swim in an indoor, heated pool with free pizza and drinks. Lifeguards are provided. For safety purposes, no flotation devices or "floaties" are permitted. A special thank you to Aqua Pros for making this event possible. RSVPs are greatly appreciated!

    ** Admission is free but a $5 donation per family is appreciated to help cover the cost of the food and venue.

    ** For the safety of your children, we ask that you do not enter the pool area until 6:00 pm.

    Click here for all the info!!!

    Click here to sign up for their FREE! newsletter to find out about all of their upcoming activities and events!!!

  • 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!!

  • Yvette M. Soto Accounting & Income Tax

  • I have a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego and have over 20 years of experience working in the field of accounting. I am also a Notary Public. I offer professional bookkeeping services at an affordable price, including payroll and tax preparation for individuals and small to medium sized businesses. I can also navigate the tax ramifications of receiving public benefits and credits for special needs because I, myself have twins with Autism.

    Yvette M. Soto
    (619) 977-6586
    3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205
    San Diego, CA 92108

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    Lisa Lundhagen
    Independent Mary Kay Consultant
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  • MitoSpectra for Mitochondrial Dysfunction

  • What is Mitochondrial Dysfunction?
    Within each cell are "power sources" called mitochondria. In patients with autism and related disorders, these mitochondria may not function properly. This causes a decrease in cell performance and has been linked to hyperactivity, abnormal fatigue, muscle weakness, and regression of social and language skills.

    A Link to Autism
    During the last two decades, scientists have made a connection between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and mitochondrial dysfunction. In 2009, researchers from Johns Hopkins University produced guidelines for the treatment of ASD patients with mitochondrial failure. They recommended a vitamin cocktail to restore the function of mitochondria, and improve brain chemistry.
    Click here to view An Educational Webinar about Autism and Mitochondrial Function by Dr. Suzanne Goh

  • 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.

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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.