Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. October 28, 2017

In This Issue

Embracing Autism, Neurodiversity, and Societal Collaboration

Family Matters: Exploring Risks for Obesity in Autism

What Is Social Skills Therapy for Autism?

Ties That Bind: The successes and challenges of Halloween for us

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

Help Local Rapper with Autism Raise Funds for Autism Society San Diego

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

Autism Adult Social Support Group

DIR 101 Courses Open for Registration

North County Autism Support Group

Special Needs Planning: 7 Costly Mistakes

ATPF LEGO Parent & Child Interactive Group - Led by Dr. Oke

ATPF Musical Playgroup

Sensory Friendly Museum Mornings

DynamiX CeramiX

Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders

iFLY Oceanside's All Abilities Night


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  • Embracing Autism, Neurodiversity, and Societal Collaboration

  • As a neurotypical living within a family sprinkled with Aspergians, I have learned more from my family than them from me. My preconceived perceptions have been restructured. I attempt to embrace difference and diversity while perceiving humanity's uniqueness as a melting pot. A melting pot of unique individuals who possess various talents, mindsets, learning modalities and experiences. When each individual is embraced from this perspective and their individual ability to make contributions within society is noted, a teamwork mentality is formed.

    We transform from the "them and us" ideology to "we". Embracing our differences, and varied talents arising from awareness of said differences, leads to a collaborative mentality. This is a win win for society when a collaborative mentality is formed and embraced through joining forces. Everyone on earth has talents to contribute, whether they possess physical, medical, behavioral, or intellectual challenges, or otherwise.

    Quoting the wise Dalai Lama "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." (Dalai Lama XIV) Read on...

  • Family Matters: Exploring Risks for Obesity in Autism
  • Why are children and adults with autism more likely to be obese than other people? Studies show that many have extremely picky eating habits, do not exercise as much as others, or take medications that cause weight gain. While those may affect weight, a new study says the biggest risk factor, at least for youth, has nothing really to do with autism: it's families.

    Youth whose sisters and brothers were obese had almost three times the odds of being obese, according to a study of 1,791 children and teenagers with autism. Having an obese mother doubled the odds, while an obese father increased odds by 1.5 times. This is similar to patterns in the general population, explained the study, from the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Whether someone has autism or not, his genetics, lifestyle, access to healthy foods, and eating habits play a large role in his weight. Read on...

  • What Is Social Skills Therapy for Autism?
  • Social skills training is key for people on the autism spectrum

    One of the most significant problems for people on the autism spectrum is difficulty in social interaction. The level of difficulty can be very severe (as it usually is for people with no spoken language) or relatively mild. Even mild difficulties with social communication, however, can lead to major problems with relationships, school, and employment.

    What Social Skills Are Affected by Autism?
    In some cases, people with autism lack very basic social skills.

    They may find it very difficult (or even impossible) to make eye contact, ask and answer questions, or respond appropriately with please and thank you. These basic skills, while they are not enough to support a meaningful relationship, are important tools for self-advocacy and for interacting with any member of the community. Read on...

  • Ties That Bind: The successes and challenges of Halloween for us
  • Halloween is a fun little tradition that I grew up enjoying. My mom made most of our costumes and I still remember some of my favorites: princess, angel, clown, hobo, rapunzel, pumkpin. I couldn't wait to have my own little ones to dress up and walk through the neighborhood with ...and later sneak their candy.

    Halloween doesn't come without it's challenges, though. Choosing a costume for Mareto is hard. For his first Halloween he went as the courageous lion from the Wizard of Oz. It was a simple lion jumpsuit with the hood being a mane. I tied the red ribbon around his tail and made his "medal" out of felt and pinned it to his chest. It was warm and cute. He didn't love the hood and kept ripping it off but that was fine. We had no idea he had autism and sensory processing disorders at the time. 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?

    I have a number of parents with whom I work who restrain their children with autism in times of escalation (e.g. physically harming others or self). None of them have been trained (e.g. PART training) on how to do so appropriately like the training we receive in special schools and inpatient units. Does anyone have a resource for parents to be properly trained? Thank you.
    Kristina L Franey, Psy.D.
    Child Psychologist

    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.

  • Help Local Rapper with Autism Raise Funds for Autism Society San Diego
  • Please help local rapper and autism supporter Vee Vrsatyl Meadows win $25,000 for us!! Please go to and like his amazing video, and then share, share, share!!! Thank you!!!!!

  • 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...

  • Autism Adult Social Support Group
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    Saturday, November 4, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    United Way Building
    4699 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Join us for our November Autistic Adult Social Support Group! For our November meeting, we will meet at the Autism Society San Diego office at the United Way Building for a Game and Pizza Night. We will have pizza to share, and ask that you bring along your favorite game if desired. Please feel free to bring a food item to share if you like. We will have a separate space for caregivers and support people to meet as well.

    This group is a place for autistic adults to come together for support and understanding. Make new friends, share questions and concerns, and get support from your peers, in a non judgmental and accepting atmosphere. This group is a open to all adults with autism as well as any support people that you require to participate successfully. We look forward to seeing you! Direct questions to 858-715-0678 or

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • 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!!!

  • North County Autism Support Group
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    Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Kirsch Therapy
    1945 Avenida Del Oro, Suite 120, Oceanside, CA

    This group is open to all parents, professionals, and members of the community interested in improving the lives of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. The group's demographic includes all ages, home & out of home placements, and all "levels of functioning." There's a wealth of information to be shared by our more "seasoned" families, and it is a welcoming place for those new to the Autism diagnosis.

    This meeting will run the 1st Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there! Direct questions to 858-715-0678 or

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • 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

  • ATPF LEGO Parent & Child Interactive Group - Led by Dr. Oke
  • November 4th, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Autism Tree Project Foundation
    2845 Nimitz Boulevard
    San Diego, California 92106

    Come build LEGO with your child using LEGO-Bades Therapy Skills. Perfect for kids aged 3-13

    Register by calling 619.222.4465 or emailing

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • ATPF Musical Playgroup
  • November 11th, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: Autism Tree Project Foundation
    2845 Nimitz Boulevard
    San Diego, California 92106

    You and your family are invited to join us! We will learn valuable interaction, communication, and social skills through group music making in a fun and friendly environment. The ATPF Playgroups are facilitated by board-certified music therapists from The Music Therapy Center of California.

    Ready to make some music? Register today!
    Contact Lisa Kauffman at 619-222-4465 or

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • 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

  • DynamiX CeramiX
  • After years of searching for appropriate recreational activities for our teenage autistic daughter, and after much brain-storming, we decided to start our own ceramics and pottery making group with the help of Master Potter and special education teacher, Bob Driver.

    The pottery shop is located in the coastal North County area of San Diego. We welcome children with special needs to join our group along with their parents and family member. There is no charge for the pottery sessions except for a small fee for materials for each participant. Parent or caregiver will get one free lesson on the wheel during their first visit.

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • 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!!

  • iFLY Oceanside's All Abilities Night
  • Experience indoor skydiving at this exclusive event for those with special needs and their families. Nov. 1, 4:30-7 pm. $39.95 includes two-flight package with free digital video. Make reservations here.

    iFLY Oceanside
    3178 Vista Way

  • 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

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    1330 India Street - Downtown, Between "A" & Ash
    San Diego, CA 92101
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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.