Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. October 26, 2017

In This Issue

Data do-over backs dominance of genetics in autism risk

Brain signals hint at speech delay in babies at high autism risk

What Puts Youth with Autism at Risk for Being Hospitalized?

An Overview of Drugs Used to Treat Autism

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Financing Available at MicroCurrent 4 Kids!!!

Fall Social Groups Enrolling Now!

Executive Functions, Social Thinking® and The Zones of Regulation®: Developing a social emotional engine for a lifetime of self-management

Advocate for Children with Special Needs & Disabilities

DIR 101 Courses Open for Registration

Family Activity at theNAT! FREE!

Special Needs Planning: 7 Costly Mistakes

Developmental Parent Support Group In North County

Lil Athletes Soccer (ages 4-10)

Sensory Friendly Museum Mornings

Adults with Asperger-like Thinking Therapy Group

Little Trees Pediatric Therapy

Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders

Support & education options after high school/transition programs


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  • Data do-over backs dominance of genetics in autism risk

  • A reanalysis of data from more than 2 million children in Sweden suggests inherited genetic factors account for 83 percent of autism risk1.

    A 2014 study using the same dataset pointed to an equal contribution from genetics and the environment, but experts in the field were critical of the findings, citing flaws in the study's methods.

    Then, to their surprise, the researchers came up with a heritability estimate of 85 percent using an overlapping dataset of nearly 800,000 Swedish children2. That result prompted them to revisit their earlier work. Read on...

  • Brain signals hint at speech delay in babies at high autism risk

  • Some infants who have an older sibling with autism have weak brain signals as early as 3 months of age, according to a new study1. The weaker this brain activity, the worse a baby performs on a test of expressive language at age 1.

    The findings point to a possible marker for language delay, a common feature of autism. Detecting language delay early could enable doctors to treat infants when their brain is most flexible.

    "Changes in the brain occur well before even the most skilled and attentive clinicians could ever pick up signs and symptoms [of language delay]," says lead investigator April Levin, instructor of neurology at Boston Children's Hospital. Read on...

  • What Puts Youth with Autism at Risk for Being Hospitalized?
  • Children and teens with autism are more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric care1 than their classmates. If we understand why, researchers ask, can we take steps to prevent their problems from reaching that point?

    A new study outlines five factors that increase the risk of a psychiatric hospital stay in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They include, in decreasing order of risk, having: Read on...

  • An Overview of Drugs Used to Treat Autism
  • No one drug can cure autism, but many can help with its symptoms

    Can Drugs Cure Autism?
    You've read that there is no known medical cure for autism -- yet your doctor is prescribing medication. What's that about? The answer is simple. Your doctor is not treating autism: she is treating specific symptoms of autism. Often, when symptoms are treated, people with autism are better able to learn, communicate and generally connect with others.

    Which Symptoms of Autism Can be Treated with Drugs?
    Not everyone with an autism spectrum disorder has the same symptoms, and not all symptoms can be treated with pharmaceuticals. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • 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 in 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

    My son is almost 19 and next year he will finish his certificate. He is done with typical academia. He is not interested in formal college. Are there different choices besides adult day programs or college. Employment is an option, however that seems limiting.
    Are there any other ideas or options out there?

    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.

  • A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • "My Time For Dinner" was created to give Special Needs Parents a special time for themselves to enjoy an evening out to dinner.

    Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
    Little Italy Bar and Grill (Approx. $15 per person)
    10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd.
    San Diego, Ca 92131

    Please R.S.V.P. with your host Bene' Raphael no later than Nov. 10th at or for any questions please call (760) 845-4551

  • Financing Available at MicroCurrent 4 Kids!!!
  • Back to School Special Pricing at MicroCurrent 4 Kids!!! 10% Discount for New Clients -- Available to the first 10 clients to mention this ad!!!

    Two Locations to Serve you!!! In Kearny Mesa and Encinitas!! Call for all the info!!!!

    The Alternative, Safe and Effective Therapy Option!!! MicroCurrent4Kids is San Diego's premiere microcurrent therapy program for children, teens and adults with special needs. Our program is the BEST therapy for Autism and ADHD, Learning Disorder, Anxiety and More as you will see by the rapid improvement in your child's skills and abilities, because of how well it promotes developmental growth and couples with ALL other therapies. THIS IS NOT ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY! (Microcurrent therapies have been approved by insurance companies for PTSD.)

    858 367-9108

  • Fall Social Groups Enrolling Now!
  • Social Comm Specialists

    Our groups explore the social cognition and communication skills that support successful and rewarding peer relationships, family interactions and academic achievement. We work to develop better social cognition, including social problem solving, social interpretation, and social expression.

    We have options for all ages from preschool to college age students. Below are descriptions of our programs and information on enrolling. Email Janet Dudley at or call 858-558-9552 to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.

    All lessons are driven by the needs of our students. We look at social strengths and challenges along with age and developmental level and develop lessons tailored for each student. Below is a sample of what students might learn.

    Ages 4-7
    Social communication skills are taught via play-based groups with stories, play and structured activities and lessons. Some concepts taught include learning how to follow the group plan, improving flexible thinking (in order to handle those moments when things don't go their way!), participating in cooperative play and improving social use of language.

    Ages 8-18

    • Reading nonverbal cues (facial expression, body language)
    • Developing perspective taking and the ability to identify what others might be thinking and feeling
    • How to be part of a group
    • Understanding how social expectations change with age
    • Recognize impulses and develop self-control
    • Observe and interpret social expectations
    • Social problem solving
    • Dealing with anxiety and frustration/regulating emotions
    • Conversational skills - being an effective communicator
    • Understand how they impact those around them
    • Figuring out what's expected and unexpected and how those behaviors make others feel
    • Executive functioning skills - planning, organization and time management.
    Who is a good fit for our program?
    Our approach to social learning is heavily language based. Children we work with have average to above-average language skills and can participate safely within a structured setting without the need for behavioral supports.

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

  • Executive Functions, Social Thinking® and The Zones of Regulation®: Developing a social emotional engine for a lifetime of self-management
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    Teachers and parents want their children to be emotionally self-regulated for obvious reasons. Yet, simply seeking emotional or behavioral self-regulation cannot be the singular goal of a treatment program.

    Let's explore self-regulation as one of many important components within our lifelong journey of social emotional learning as we each morph and evolve with maturity, experience, changing contexts, etc.

    Our own social emotional engine, when humming along and utilized to share space with others and/or engage in social interaction, gives us the systematic thinking and emotional-behavioral tools to attend to social emotional information, interpret our own and others' thoughts and feelings to make meaning of what is going on around us, and problem solve to make decisions about how to proceed in the situation. Ideally, we then produce an emotionally sensitive social response. Wow! That's a lot to factor in! Read on...

  • Advocate for Children with Special Needs & Disabilities
  • April Villafaña is an advocate for North County children with special needs & disabilities.

    Specializing in IHSS In-Home Supportive Services, Early Intervention IFSPs & Special Education IEPs. Complete our new client consult form online at to arrange a free phone consultation for your family.

  • DIR 101 Courses Open for Registration
  • DIR® 101 Courses - Open for Registration - Online and Around the World

    DIR® 101 is the Introductory DIRFloortime® course that is the first step to learning Floortime. This course is open to professionals and parents. Many professionals, including OTs, SLPs, Counselors, Psychologists, and others can earn continuing education credits. Check out our long list of courses today! Click here for all the info and to register!!!

  • Family Activity at theNAT! FREE!
  • Join us at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) on Sunday, Nov. 12th from 9 - 11 am for a morning of discovery and fun!

    TheNAT has planned some great activities, including animal encounters and a sensory friendly 2D film at 9:50 AM.

    Please register at NFAR.
    Admission is FREE, but you must arrive before 9:45am.
    (After that it is regular admission at $19 adult and $12 child).

    Register HERE

  • Special Needs Planning: 7 Costly Mistakes

    The common denominator in all of these issues is this question: "How can I get the right legal advice regarding special needs matters?" The fact is, any attorney in California can call themselves a "special needs attorney," or "elder law attorney" regardless of their experience. Forms are available to any attorney or paralegal for "special needs trusts." The skill is not in the tool, it's in the person using it. You need to be able to trust the skill level of your attorney. At a minimum, they should have an excellent understanding of Public Benefits Law to adequately advise you on the type of Special Needs Trust and clauses to use in your individual situation. In California, there are two types of certified specializations that are relevant in this area: 1) Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs), who have Public Benefits Law as the core of their specialization, and 2) Certified Legal Specialists, Estate Planning Trusts and Probate (CLS-EP). While anyone can hold themselves out as a "special needs attorney" or as doing "special needs trusts," only those who have undergone rigorous evaluation and testing can call themselves either of these. Regardless of whether or not your "special needs attorney" has either of these specializations, you should ask them direct questions about the length of their experience in this area, and what percentage of their practice is devoted to special needs planning.

    The Seven Costly Mistakes:

    • MISTAKE 1: Disinheriting The Child
    • MISTAKE 2: No Long-Term Plan
    • MISTAKE 3: Not Having a Custom Plan
    • MISTAKE 4: Procrastinating
    • MISTAKE 5: A "Generic" Special Needs Trust
    • MISTAKE 6: Choosing The Wrong Trustee
    • MISTAKE 7: Funding The Trust
    Click here for all the info about these costly mistakes.

    San Diego Special Needs Law Center
    110 W C St # 1300
    San Diego CA 92101
    619 235-4357

  • Developmental Parent Support Group In North County
  • We are looking to build a monthly developmental reflective parent community in north county for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum. This once a month meeting is an opportunity to build understanding of neurodiversity and how best to parent children to become flexible, resilient thinkers. Parents are encouraged to share, support and learn from professionals and other parents because there are always new challenges and nothing ever goes exactly as expected. It is our belief that having a support group to think things through and learn together is vital to the well- being of the child and the entire family. It is important for parents to have a safe space in a supportive environment to problem solve, stay connected with others and deepen the parent-child relationship. Come join us- everyone is welcome- childcare is not provided.

    Date: Wednesday November 8th, 2017
    Time: 6:30-8:30pm
    Place: 415 North Highway 101 Solana Beach, Ca 92075
    Contact: Mara Goverman LCSW 619 840 0015

  • Lil Athletes Soccer (ages 4-10)
  • Soccer Clinic for Children with Autism (October - December)

    Our ongoing 6-week soccer clinic supports children, ages 4-10, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to build confidence and have fun!

    Children will learn soccer and teamwork skills in a non-competitive environment. Our soccer clinic is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) skills training and is led and supervised by our team of adult experts. Soccer clinic is held each Saturday for one hour with a FREE TRIAL session on October 28.

    Soccer clinic is every Saturday from 9:00am - 10:00am November 4 - December 9


    Contact 858-634-8300 or for more information or to register.

  • Sensory Friendly Museum Mornings
  • First Sunday of each month from 9:00 - 10:00am An early morning geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. This early morning event is a welcoming, comfortable environment for your child and family to enjoy the Museum in a quiet and accepting setting. We encourage families to make connections and share resources.

    Upcoming dates are:
    November 5th
    December 3rd

    Click here for all the info!!!

    San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
    320 N Broadway
    Escondido, California 92025

    Should you have any further questions, please contact us at: 760-233-7755 or

  • Adults with Asperger-like Thinking Therapy Group
  • Connect with other adults in a supportive environment to grow your skills in building relationships, social knowledge, and educational/vocational transitions.

    You may benefit from this group if you:

    • Don't feel like you understand others, get overwhelmed by different emotions or environments, or find socializing challenging or draining.
    • Are overwhelmed by other people's ideas of what you "are supposed to" do in life.
    • Struggle with anxiety, nervousness, lack of or challenges with motivation.
    • Have a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), High-Functioning Autism (HFA), social anxiety or similar challenges.
    Having a diagnosis is not a requirement. Groups are led by pre-licensed marriage and family therapy trainees and interns. Under supervision of Courtney Olinger, PsyD, LMFT.

    Registration is required by November 3. Contact 858-634-8300 or for more information or to register

    Group meets every Monday from 6:00pm - 7:30pm from November 6 - December 18, 2017


  • Little Trees Pediatric Therapy
  • Little Trees Pediatric Therapy provides highly skilled, family-centered occupational therapy and physical therapy services in North County San Diego and Riverside County.

    We provide pediatric therapy in all areas of development and specialize in early intervention and feeding therapy.

    Call us to schedule an appointment
    Phone: (760) 207-7934
    Fax: (760) 657-2932

    Little Trees Pediatric Therapy serves North County San Diego and Riverside County.

    Main Office:
    27537 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 106
    Temecula, CA 92590

  • Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders
  • Wed, November 29, 2017
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    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 and to register!!

  • 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

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

  • San Diego Sibshop

  • October 2017 - August 2018

    WANTED: Siblings who have a brother/sister with special needs

    AGES: 7 - 12 years old
    Older siblings are welcome to attend as "Junior Leaders"

    WHAT: A fun-filled opportunity geared to the specific needs of siblings with brothers/sisters with special needs. Join us for games, crafts, hikes, cooking, and art. Meet other sibs - lunch provided

    TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Oct. 29: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    Dec. 10: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    Feb. 25: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    March 25: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    May 20: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    August 19: Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071**

    DONATION: $5.00 - $10.00 per meeting per family for craft materials, supplies and lunch for the kids

    REGISTRATION: Pre-registration requested by email (if possible) the Thursday before the event.

    CONTACT: Email for a Sibshop registration form and / or additional information.

    Sibshop Leaders:
    Jody BonDurant-Strong, Administrator
    Ndoto BonDurant-Strong - adult sibling & CSUSM student
    Gina Clifton, ECSE Medically-Fragile Teacher, Special Education
    Pat Moulton, Retired

    Directions for Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center (MTRP):
    1 Father Juniper Serra Trail (92119). Interstate 8 to 15 North / East on Friars Road.
    Stay to left - turns into Mission Gorge Road / Turn left on 1 Father Juniper Serra.

  • 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

  • Service Specialists

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    Exclusively BMW Automobiles

    1330 India Street - Downtown, Between "A" & Ash
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Check out our great reviews on Yelp!

  • Lisa Lundhagen, Independent Mary Kay Consultant

  • I truly believe that serving customers is one of the great factors that sets us apart from every other company.

    Lisa Lundhagen
    Independent Mary Kay Consultant
    760-480-2766 DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE!!!

  • 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

  • Care For Us: Providing Therapy, Support, Play and Social Groups

  • Care For Us is dedicated to changing the lives of special needs families for the better. We are a 501(c)3 exempt non-profit organization providing free individual, marriage and family therapy, support groups and social engagement activities for families with unique parenting needs. No matter what your journey is, we have resources and teammates that can help you with yours. This journey is best walked with others. We serve the San Diego area and are located in Eastlake Chula Vista. Follow us on facebook at Care For Us and see our website at

  • Sarah Nissen, Holistic Food & Health Consultant

  • I'm Sarah and I live in San Diego, CA with my 2e son (gifted and ASD), my 2 dogs and my husband.

    I research and find outside-the-box alternative health and diet solutions for myself and other families. I've done this ever since I can remember.

    I facilitate holistic changes that create thriving kids naturally. Specializing in gluten-free real food diets, and advice on outside-the-box therapies and educations.

    Check out my website and my FB page for all the info!!!

  • Smile Art Dentistry for Special Needs Families

  • Welcome to Smile Art Dentistry, I'm Dr. Michael Scrydloff. Our Poway Dentistry staff and I invite you to discover our cosmetic and sedation (Including "laughing gas") dental services in Poway. Smile Art Dentistry utilizes the most advanced techniques and equipment to provide the smile you deserve. We pride ourselves in creating an enjoyable and comfortable environment for your dental visits. Smile Art Dentistry provides routine dental care, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dental services, and oral surgery all at one convenient Scripps Poway area location.

    Special-Needs Dentistry
    Smile Art Dentistry is happy to serve all the dental needs of patients with disabilities or special-needs. Dr. Scrydloff is experienced in treating medically complex and special-needs patients. All dental services are provided in one place, so there is no need for excess transportation or referrals to other offices. In addition, we offer a wide array of dental procedures and services to provide any patient with a healthy smile. Contact Smile Art Dentistry today for Special-Needs Dentistry in Poway.

    Smile Art Dentistry
    9932 Mercy Rd # 104
    San Diego, CA 92129
    858 566-2151

  • Participate in a Research Survey!
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    I am a graduate student of Communication Disorders at Eastern New Mexico University. The reason I'm reaching out is to see if ValeriesList can assist me with my graduate research. My focus is how applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques are viewed by parents of children with autism. To collect information for my research I have an online questionnaire with a 12 minute video on survey monkey. Would it be possible for you to put the survey link in a newsletter or email to reach your followers? This research is very exciting to me, as it will illuminate perceptions of an important strategy in improving the lives of children with autism.

    Principal Investigator: Erin Bishop
    This project has been reviewed by the IRB of Eastern New Mexico University and approved as protocol # 1718006. Records pertaining to proposal review and approval are available upon request.

  • 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

  • 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.