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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. November 04, 2017

In This Issue

Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

San Dieguito continues to pay thousands as a result of its failure to listen to spec ed parents.

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Autism in fragile X syndrome tied to seizures, sleep problems

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

As a friend of ValeriesList you are invited to a special performance of America's favorite holiday fable returning for its 20th joyous year!

Parenting with Positive Disapline

The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson

TRIO Consultants

FAMILY FUN AT KID VENTURES! Friday, Dec. 1st

Join the Special Needs Resource Foundation on December 15 - OPENING NIGHT for the next blockbuster Star Wars film, The Last Jedi at UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center in Mission Valley!

RDI Information Nights at TAG!

Fall Social Groups Enrolling Now!

S4EA November Newsletter

AUTISM MEN'S GROUP November Meeting

Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party

Support & Information for Adults: Housing


 


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  • Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

  • New research from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas has identified two potential new treatments for autism spectrum disorder, targeting the impact of a faulty gene on neural communication.

    Autism - which is often used as an umbrella term for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - is characterized by repetitive behaviors, impaired social communication, and very focused interests.

    According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 in 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with ASD.

    Treatments for ASD are often focused on addressing the behavioral symptoms and helping people with the disorder to learn better communication strategies. So far, relatively few efforts have targeted the biological causes of autism. Read on...

  • San Dieguito continues to pay thousands as a result of its failure to listen to spec ed parents.
  • This past October, the school board approved the hiring of a $30K facilitator to govern the district's special education task force, which the board approved this past summer to address the mounting and unaddressed problems in the district's special education programs. The district will also pay substitute teachers to cover the class loads of teachers attending the monthly 4+ hour meetings held during the school day. (Parents will not be paid to participate). Another $25K was approved to hire Hanover Research Council to provide research and surveys to support the Special Education Department. These are but a few of the expenses resulting from the lack of reform in our district.

    The San Dieguito Special Education task force was created this past summer after a public outcry at an August meeting revealed how district administrators overseeing special education had failed to address the continuing problems raised during the district's volunteer special education forum committee the year before. Mark Miller, the district's associate superintendent in charge of special education, was not at the August public meeting, but has stated he attended several of the the special education forum committee meetings during the 2016-17 school year. It is unclear why no action was taken during the 2016-2017 year to address the concerns raised at those meetings, but the task force with its $30K facilitator is scheduled to meet during the 2017-2018 to finally address the ongoing problems. These meetings are open to the public and attendees may present public comments about special education topics. (The next meeting is scheduled for November 28, 2017). Read on...

  • What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
  • When disruptive behavior drives a wedge between parents and children

    When parents start googling behavior issues, one phrase tends to jump out: oppositional defiant disorder. It's easy to see why. "The words 'oppositional' and 'defiant' show up in parents' vocabulary fairly frequently," says Dr. David Anderson, director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. "It's one of the more aptly named diagnoses that exists."

    Whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder (or ODD) or not, learning about the disorder can be helpful. That's because the behavior management strategies used in treatment are evidence-based techniques that all parents will benefit from knowing. Read on...

  • Autism in fragile X syndrome tied to seizures, sleep problems

  • In people with fragile X syndrome, autism is often accompanied by seizures, trouble falling asleep and anxiety, a new study suggests1.

    Fragile X syndrome is an inherited form of intellectual disability. Small studies and family surveys have hinted that people who have both fragile X and autism have more neurological and behavioral problems than people who have fragile X alone2. The new findings confirmed these observations in more than 200 people with both conditions.

    "The study is the first large-scale study of autism spectrum disorder in fragile X syndrome," says lead researcher Walter Kaufmann, Ravenel Boykin Curry Chair in Genetic Therapeutics at the Greenwood Genetic Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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 julissa_ll@hotmail.com



    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?
    Laura jrschley@att.net



    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
    kristina.l.franey.civ@mail.mil



    Dear Friends and Family of We Rock the Spectrum - San Diego,

    Today our Corporate team was alerted that the owners of this location have had to make an emergency move out of the state of California due to family health issues. Our location will be temporarily closed until we can find a new owner.

    In the mean time, if you have any outstanding memberships or events booked with the gym, please reach out to info@wrtsfranchise.com and these will either be transferred to another location or refunded.

    If you or any other leaders in the community are interested in helping with this transition or to become a franchisee with We Rock the Spectrum, please reach out to our Franchise Development Director, John Canaday, at john@wrtsfranchise.com.

    Thank you to everyone for your unwavering support of this gym over the past two years. Hopefully we can continue to provide this amazing community with the sensory gym you deserve. We are committed to serving the San Diego area either in this gym or with a future location.

    We will update you all when we have better news.

    Sincerely, Dina Kimmel
    Founder, CEO
    We Rock the Spectrum



    Looking for an autism friendly art studio for my 23 year old daughter. Her primary interest is painting but I would like to expose her to other artists mediums. She is at a very basic level as far as painting skills. North County would be fabulous but I'm willing to travel for the right teacher/studio.
    Thanks so much! margie1515@me.com



    If you have a question or request for this newsletter group, please send your email request to ValeriesList@aol.com. People who can help you will email you directly with their responses.

  • As a friend of ValeriesList you are invited to a special performance of America's favorite holiday fable returning for its 20th joyous year!
  • Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day," and "Fah Who Doraze," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as The Old Globe is once again transformed into a snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

    Space is limited, get your tickets now!
    For ticket to our sensory-friendly performance, please call the Box Office at (619) 234-5623, and say ValeriesList
    OR
    Follow this link: https://www.theoldglobe.org/reserve/index.aspx?performancenumber=14761&promo=6999 to save $10 off adult and children's tickets!


    More about Sensory-Friendly Performances
    For its sixth year, The Old Globe will offer a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday classic Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Following in the footsteps of successful sensory-friendly performances of The Grinch and Into the Woods in seasons past, The Grinch will be performed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

    What is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?
    In order to help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for theatregoers with autism and other sensitivity issues, slight adjustments are made to the production including:

    • Fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience member.
    • The lobby of the theatre will serve as a quiet area for children who need to leave their seat during the show.
    • On-site volunteer specialists will be on hand to assist families as they arrive at the Old Globe Theatre and throughout the performance.
    An online social story will be available for parents to view and print at home that outlines in words and pictures the experience that families will have during their trip to see Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Families can make an appointment to "meet their seat" and familiarize themselves with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre.

  • Parenting with Positive Disapline
  • Parenting with Positive Discipline Training--A Free Pop-Up Event By The Family Guidance & Therapy Center of Southern California!

    Monday, November 13, 2017, 6-8 pm
    Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church in the Family Life Center
    2128 Chatsworth Blvd
    San Diego CA 92107

    Questions? Call 619-600-0683 or email us: info@familyguidanceandtherapy.com

    Click here for all the info and to RSVP!!!

  • The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson
  • Your child's education comes first.
    Your child is entitled to a "free and appropriate public education" or FAPE, whereby the school addresses all of your child's unique needs. A school district must provide your child with an appropriate education regardless of budget cuts, what's convenient, or what's available. Too often the school district offers a "one size fits all" program that fits within their needs, but not within the unique needs of your child. Ensuring that your child's education comes first means having the right team on your side. An effective team works cooperatively and collaboratively with the school district, using their knowledge, expertise and experience to foster quick and yet effective resolutions.

    Practice Areas:

    • Special Education Advocacy, including appearances at IEPs, obtaining/reviewing educational records, evaluation of current program
    • Special Education Law, including representation in due process disputes regarding eligibility, assessments, IEP programming, private placement, manifestation determination meetings, and discipline
    • General Education Discipline, including representation at expulsion hearings and appeals
    • 504 Plans, including advocacy and legal representation at 504 Plan meetings and due process
    • Civil Rights Claims, including representation in federal and state court proceedings regarding civil rights violations
    • Regional Center Claims, including advocacy and legal representation at IPP meetings, obtaining/reviewing educational records, evaluation of current program, due process hearings, and appeals
    • Appeals, including legal representation at federal and state court regarding appeals of IDEA, 504, expulsion, and civil rights matters
    Serving children of all school districts located within San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino & Imperial Counties.

    As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Thomas S. Nelson takes great pride in helping children with special needs.

    The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson
    16466 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 106
    San Diego, California 92128
    Tel: (858) 945-6621
    www.specialedlaw.us

  • TRIO Consultants
  • What's The TRIO?

    The Expert: Cynthia LaBrie Norall, PhD, BCBA-D
    The Individual: Evan Wooton, Social Coach & Facilitator
    The Family: Julie Marie Miller, Mother. Writer. Ally.


    We are advocates, counselors and coaches for those with hidden disabilities such as ASD, ADD/ADHD and dyslexia in schools, in communities and in the workplace. With our TRIO of perspectives, we are able to offer an innovative approach unique to our field.

    Services Offered:

    • Autism Coaching
    • Educational Diagnosis
    • Expert Family Law Testimony
    • Parent Coaching and Support
    • Friends' Club
    • Job Transition Facilation
    • Job Coaching
    • Hidden Disability Educational Support
    • Educator Disability Coaching
    • Employer Disability Training
    • IEP Review and Advocacy
    • New Diagnosis Counseling
    Your challenges become our goals as we seek to provide an empathetic experience while leading and guiding, to ultimately teaching you the skills of self-advocacy through resources, and support along with proven methods. With a pool of resources gained over two decades, we can offer referrals to you to help you turn your roadblocks and struggles into meaningful life experiences. Through many combined years of trials and successes, we are excited to become your number one alliance toward peace of mind toward the future.

    julie@trioconsultants.net Tel : 760.207.3802 https://www.trioconsultants.net

  • FAMILY FUN AT KID VENTURES! Friday, Dec. 1st
  • NFAR is hosting a family play session at
    Kid's Ventures in 4-S Ranch on
    Friday, December 1 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm


    Families of children with autism and their siblings (ages 2 - 8 years old) are invited to join us for a fun filled time of structured activities, crafts, and creative play.

    Kid's Ventures creative indoor play facility is designed to help nurture your child's imagination and creativity in a healthy and fun environment.

    Registration is $5 per child. For more information, contact NFAR or register HERE.

  • Join the Special Needs Resource Foundation on December 15 - OPENING NIGHT for the next blockbuster Star Wars film, The Last Jedi at UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center in Mission Valley!
  • This event is more than simply seeing a movie. It's an EXPERIENCE!

    A very special event will be taking place December 15, 7pm at the UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center in Mission Valley OPENING NIGHT for the much anticipated Star Wars The Last Jedi! The festivities begin at 5:30 pm; theater seating begins at 6:30 pm.

    Throughout the evening, we will have visits and photo opportunities from Star Wars characters, Star Wars themed crafts, prizes, movie snacks, swag bags and more, all leading up to the opening night viewing of the much anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    Be a FORCE in our community! * Limited seating - buy your tickets today, before they sell out.

    Proceeds from this event will benefit the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego.

    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099328

  • RDI Information Nights at TAG!
  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth specializes in the development and implementation of individualized comprehensive programs utilizing Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing, Applied Behavior Analysis, Art Therapy, and Life Balance Yoga Therapy.

    RSVP for any of the above events to admin@tagforgrowth.com.

    Therapeutic Approach to Growth
    San Diego Office
    9466 Black Mountain Road
    Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92126

    Carlsbad Office
    5411 Avenida Encinas
    Suite 110
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (858) 689-2027
    http://tagforgrowth.com

  • Fall Social Groups Enrolling Now!

  • 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 janet@socialcommunicationspecialists.com or call 858-558-9552 to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.

    SOCIAL LEARNING GROUPS
    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
    http://socialcommunicationspecialists.com

  • S4EA November Newsletter
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    Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the info about their upcoming activities!!!

  • AUTISM MEN'S GROUP November Meeting
  • 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.

    Please Join Us Thursday, November 9, 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

    November Topic: Neuropsychological Evaluations and Autism

    Discussion will include:

    - What are neuropsychological assessments?

    - What do they measure?

    - When is a good time to do an assessment? How often?

    - How does it help?

    - What should you look for when you need an assessment?

    Guest Speaker: Robert Gray, PhD, ABPP-CN-PSY20705 / Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology Services, Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California

    Dr Gray is the clinical director of pediatric neuropsychology services and training director of the postdoctoral residency program in pediatric neuropsychology at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California. Dr. Gray also provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation services to the Rady Children's Hospital departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology. He serves on the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County.

    Dr. Robert Gray received his Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to specialize in pediatric neuropsychology and Dr. Gray has held positions as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and staff pediatric neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

    Dr. Gray has been awarded diplomate/board certification status in clinical neuropsychology and pediatric sub specialization status through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) and American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

    To RSVP

  • Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party
  • Friday, November 10, 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! Contact info@autismsocietysandiego.org or 858-715-0678.

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

    ** Unfortunately, we will no longer be serving GFCF pizza. If you have specific dietary restrictions, feel free to bring your own food ** For the safety of your children, we ask that you do not enter the pool area until 6:00 pm

    https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org

  • Support & Information for Adults: Housing
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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Autism Society of San Diego
    4699 Murphy Canyon Rd
    San Diego, CA 92123


    This month will focus on the critical need for quality, fair housing. We will have 3 dynamic speakers who are working to address this need for our community.

    About 71.5% of people with developmental disabilities are currently receiving residential care from family caregivers. As these caregivers age (at present, 25% of caregivers are over age 60), the question of "what is going to happen to this child when I die?" is inevitable. While there are various types of supportive living communities in California addressing this issue, there is just not enough to meet the growing demand.

    Villa de Vida is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable adults with special needs to live as independently as possible by building residential communities with support programs that meet the needs of each resident. Hunter Christian, Executive Director and mother of an adult on the spectrum, will present.

    On June 2nd, 2015, Villa de Vida entered into an exclusive negotiating rights agreement with the City of Poway in San Diego County to build a 54-unit apartment complex. The agreement seeks to pursue further discussions and negotiations with the City of Poway to evaluate the possibility of developing a 3.18 acre site in Paguay Redevelopment Project Area, consistent with the city's plan to revitalize the area, provide affordable housing, and bring economic and employment benefits to the city.The development, subject to further due diligence, approval and permitting, would target completion in 2020.

    LiveAble Communities, LLC Lifelong Housing and Care Solutions for Families with Special Needs. David Moore is the Development Director for LiveAble Communities, a new company formed for the purpose of developing housing communities in California for developmentally disabled adults. The current project under development is a new independent apartment community on a 10 acre site in Lake Elsinore, CA. A 36,000 square foot building exists on the property and will be renovated as a part of the project. The community will provide housing and support services for 200 adults with I/DD.

    Branden G. Butler, Senior Attorney, Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society (2009-present). Prior to law school, Branden worked as a Housing Advocate at Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF), a disability rights organization in the skid row section of downtown Los Angeles. Branden's passion for housing issues continued when he was instrumental in creating a new fair housing program at LASSD that specifically addresses housing discrimination. Branden has litigated fair housing cases in federal court on a broad range of issues and regularly conducts fair housing trainings for organizations. Branden is currently the President of the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing.

    There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

    https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT


  • Please visit http://www.sdnhm.org/visit/accessibility/asd-mornings/ 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 www.fleetscience.org/events/autism-accessibility-mornings.

  • 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.

    DATES:
    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 patmoulton@cox.net 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/sandiegosibshop/

  • 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
    yvetteMsoto@gmail.com
    http://www.yvettesoto.com
    3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205
    San Diego, CA 92108

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

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    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.

    www.mitomedical.com
    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 care4us.org

  • 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
    https://smileartdentistry.com

  • Advocate for Children with Special Needs & Disabilities

  • April VillafaƱa 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 www.NorthCountyAdvocacy.com 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
    info@littletreestherapy.com

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

    Main Office:
    27537 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 106
    Temecula, CA 92590
    http://www.littletreestherapy.com

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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.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNYK8H6

    Principal Investigator: Erin Bishop
    Email: erin.weaver@enmu.edu
    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 www.sparkforautism.org/ucsd.sarrc

    For additional information contact Hannah Kaplan at the UCSD ACE: h1kaplan@ucsd.edu 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 amyers-turnbull@alliant.edu or call 858-414-1076!

  • BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IMAGING LABS - Recruiting Participants

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

  • Join Our Study! Video Games to Train Attention and Eye Movement

  • Join our study at UCSD's Research on Autism and Development Lab ( http://radlab.ucsd.edu). We are currently recruiting participants for a study to measure the effects of training visual attention using video games. Click here to view the brochure!!!

  • Parents and Children Needed for Student Research

  • My name is Shamayne Brown and I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University. This study is examining the attention abilities of kids with ASD and their parents. I am recruiting families with a child with ASD as well as families with typically developing children.

    We are looking for boys, ages 8 to 16 years old, who have a diagnosis of ASD and their biological parents - both mother and father need to participate. We are also looking for boys, ages 8 to 16 years old, who are typically developing and both of their biological parents to serve as a control group.

    If you and your family are eligible for participation, you will be asked to come to a lab at the Neuroscience Institute at Alliant International University. You and your child's other parent will be asked to complete consent forms and questionnaires about your own behaviors; this should take you each about 25 minutes. You will also be given questionnaires about your child's behaviors. Only one parent needs to fill out these questionnaires and should take about 25 minutes complete. You, your child, and your child's other parent will complete a cognitive test, which will take about 30 minutes. Each of you will then play some games on a computer. This will take each person about 30 minutes. Your child's participation will take approximately one hour. Your participation and that of your child's other parent will take approximately one and a half to two hours.

    After your child completes his tasks, he will receive a $20 cash gift as an appreciation for his participation. Once you and your child's other parent have completed all tasks, you will each receive a $10 gift card as a token of appreciation for your participation. For further information, please contact Shamayne Brown at sbrown7@alliant.edu or 619-416-1799. Thank you for your time.

    *Approved by Alliant IRB
    IRB #1604025150

     
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    I never endorse anyone or anything. Opinions expressed in what I send out, may not be shared by me. Everything is for informational purposes only.
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    Valerie Dodd-Saraf
    President, Foggy Coast Ventures, Inc.
    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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