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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. November 09, 2017

In This Issue

Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism

ABLE Account Limit Set To Rise

The results are in: Priorities in autism research

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!

PACT Offers Improvisational Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops

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

TRIO Consultants

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

NFAR Mom's Group: Kearny Mesa, Nov. 15th

NFAR: North County Mom's Group: Carmel Valley, Nov. 16th

Family Gymnastics Night in Carlsbad at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA

East County Autism Support Group

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!

Start a Speech Program Today at TAG!!!

FREE Seminar: Why is my Child Having a Tantrum?

It's with great excitement that we launch our first quarterly newsletter, The Q Report.


 


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  • Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs
  • Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too.

    The new offerings are part of the retailer's house brand Cat & Jack and are available exclusively on the store's website.

    Beginning this week, Target is marketing a selection of t-shirts and leggings with flat seams that are free from bothersome tags and embellishments in order to "minimize discomfort when in contact with the skin," the company said. In addition, the retailer's sensory-friendly leggings include extra room in the hips and a higher rise to accommodate older kids who wear diapers. Read on...

  • Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism
  • A drug that has shown promise for treating fragile X syndrome eases features of another condition associated with autism, suggests a new mouse study1.

    The study shows that the drug, arbaclofen, improves cognitive and social functioning in mice missing a chromosomal region called 16p11.2. Many children with the deletion have some autism features, and nearly one-third have autism.

    Arbaclofen reverses brain abnormalities and behavioral problems in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. Results in people have been mixed. Read on...

  • ABLE Account Limit Set To Rise
  • The amount of money that people with disabilities can deposit in their ABLE accounts each year without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits is about to increase.

    The Internal Revenue Service said that the federal gift tax exclusion will climb from $14,000 to $15,000 in 2018 thanks to inflation. Since the annual deposit limit on ABLE accounts is directly tied to that benchmark, that cap will grow to $15,000 as well. Read on...

  • The results are in: Priorities in autism research
  • A report from the Chief Science Officer on the results of the 2017 Autism Speaks Science Planning Survey

    Today, I am happy to share the results of the Autism Speaks Science Planning Survey. Let me begin by extending tremendous thanks to the more than 6,000 people who completed the survey - including nearly 500 individuals on the autism spectrum, more than 4,000 of their family members and more than 1,700 researchers, clinicians and educators.

    Your input provides integral guidance for our next three-year strategic plan for science, which we look forward to announcing later this year.

    So what did we learn from our broad and diverse community? We saw strong support across the range of basic and applied autism research. Overall, we saw particularly strong support for research aimed at health and well-being, autism's associated physical and mental health conditions, the transition into adulthood and life-span issues. This included the development of new behavioral therapies and social supports, as well as new medical treatments and improved screening and earlier diagnosis of both autism and its many associated health conditions. 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



    I would like to ask this community if anyone know of a great ABA therapy provider in the South Bay Area. I'm also looking for OT and speech for my 3 year old. TIA
    Please contact me at helenfaeg@gmail.com



    I am looking for a tutor for my son. We need someone with expertise in 2nd and 3rd grade curriculum and who has lot of patience. My son is in 3rd grade but about 1 to 2 grades behind. He has extremely short attention span and can't focus on task at hand w/o lot of redirections. We live in 4S ranch. If you or someone you know is available to provide in home tutoring , please contact me at gosheetal@hotmail.com



    My son has high functioning autism and is currently a sophomore in high school. He is planning to attend college after he graduates. I would love to speak with parents of kids with HFA/Aspergers who are going through or have been through the process of getting their kids into college. I need advice on such things as getting accommodations for taking the SAT/ACT, getting accommodations set up in college, what I need achieved during his last triennial IEP, etc. Thank you in advance for your help. You may email me, Shelly, at shelly@hirschbergfamily.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.

  • CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!
  • Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018 as SUPERHEROES, big and small, gather for the14th annual Race for Autism in Balboa Park.

    As you know, autism affects 1 in 68 children in the US today, and over 19,000 individuals right here in San Diego. To help, the money raised by the Race for Autism has funded over 600 community initiatives - and continues to create new opportunities for children, teens, and young adults every year.

    You can be a Hero for those with autism by signing up and creating a team for the Race for Autism!
    Sign up today for the lowest prices of the season.

    REGISTER TODAY!

  • PACT Offers Improvisational Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops
  • Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) is a dynamic non-profit organization that offers improvisational theatre and performing arts workshops that teach life and social skills to teens and adults with autism and other special needs. Those most served by our programs are teens and young adults with high functioning autism (HFA)/Asperger's.

    Our workshops include individuals with disabilities, as well as volunteers who act as peer mentors. We encourage a feeling of equality by not pointing out our volunteers or discussing anyone's differences. The fun, low-stress and upbeat environment of these workshops gives those with unique needs an opportunity to express their creativity, reconnect with peers, and learn life skills through observation and interaction.

    Mastering an art is a very enriching experience. It also proves to be a great ally in living with the challenges of autism and other disabilities. Studying and expressing the performing arts brings those who have been isolated into a shared world. As they feel more connected, they are better able to express their thoughts and feelings and share their own unique gifts. We all benefit from their contributions.

    Check out our upcoming Winter Workshops in Coastal North County!!!

    Email: info@pacthouse.org
    Phone No: 760.815.8512
    http://pacthouse.org

  • 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.

  • NFAR Mom's Group: Kearny Mesa, Nov. 15th
  • Wednesday, November 15, 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

    Please join us! These meetings are for Moms to come together in a fun and relaxed setting. The group will meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month for dinner and guest speakers. It's an opportunity to share resources, experiences and enjoy being with other moms of individuals with autism.

    November Topic: Moms Helping Moms

    Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from a panel of Moms of young adults on the autism spectrum. Come learn:

    -What are their young adults doing now,

    -What has been important to their development,

    -What has been important during the transition to adulthood,

    -What are some of the important lessons learned,

    -and other things to share

    To RSVP

  • NFAR: North County Mom's Group: Carmel Valley, Nov. 16th
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Tio Leo's Mexican Restaurant
    3510 Valley Centre Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92130


    Dinner: Mexican Food (GF available)
    Dinner is provided

    Join us for the NFAR Mom's Group! It's an evening for Moms to come together in a fun and relaxed setting. The group will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month for dinner and guest speakers. It's an opportunity to share resources, experiences and enjoy being with other moms of individuals with autism.

    November Topic: SEEDS Educational Services, Inc.

    SEEDS was established in 1987 by Stacy Everson, R.N. in response to the growing number of sexual abuse cases involving people with developmental disabilities. Research indicates that people with developmental disabilities are t high risk of being sexually and physically abused. Even more alarming is that statistics show the perpetrators of the abuse are trusted by and well known to the victim. When Ms. Everson inquired about what was being done to teach people with developmental disabilities how to protect themselves and prevent sexual assault, she learned that no agencies existed to provide preventative services. Ms Everson began building what has become SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. by enlisting self-advocates serving as speakers, partnering with volunteers, and various educational consultants to help create, implement and evaluate curricula specializing in personal safety for people with developmental disabilities. To learn more, http://seedseducation.org/

    Guest Speaker: Stacy F. Everson, RN, BSN Founder and Executive Director, SEEDS Educational Services, Inc.
    Stacy F. Everson is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Public Health. She has national certification in developmental disabilities and family life education.

    As the Founder & Executive Director of SEEDS Educational Services, Inc., Stacy he specializes in social-sexual education, speaking/trainings, work-shops & conferences, coordinating and collaboration with other agencies in creating effective educational tools and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

    To RSVP

  • Family Gymnastics Night in Carlsbad at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA
  • Saturday, November 18 at 4 PM - 6 PM
    Magdalena Ecke YMCA Gymnastics Center
    6100-B Avenida Encinas
    Carlsbad, CA 92011


    Join other families impacted by Autism at a Family Fun Gymnastics Night in North County. The Magdalena Ecke YMCA will provide the gymnasium equipment. Together, we will provide the fun! Bring the entire family for an enjoyable, relaxing night of family recreation.

    *Please remember that there is NO childcare provided at this event. For safety reasons, attendees are expected to be with their children at all times. The YMCA staff will be enforcing this rule.

    Pizza will be provided for participants - we encourage participants to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

    $5 minimum donation per family. Thank you!

    Autism Society San Diego County
    info@autismsocietysandiego.org
    858-715-0678
    https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org

  • East County Autism Support Group
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    Monday, November 13 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
    Office of Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh
    5550 Baltimore Drive, Suite 150
    La Mesa, CA


    Support, information, resources and referral for families of persons on the autism spectrum. Join us to learn the experiences of others and share your own. Light refreshments.

    Autism Society San Diego County
    info@autismsocietysandiego.org
    858-715-0678
    https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org

  • 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

  • Start a Speech Program Today at TAG!!!
  • Speech Therapy is provided by, or supervised by, an RDI® Program Certified Consultant who is also a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist. The goal of the TAG Speech Therapy Program is to increase the child's overall communication skills, and is not limited to work on verbal communication alone. It includes work on engagement as well as nonverbal and verbal communication, with an emphasis on building both receptive and expressive language skills. It is built on the principle that engagement must be established first to set the stage for language development, as this is how the process occurs in typical development. The TAG Speech Therapy Program incorporates RDI® principles and sensory supports to help the child be as regulated, attentive and responsive as possible during sessions. Continual evaluation occurs during speech therapy to determine the specific supports the child needs to make progress towards goals. Parents are included in sessions to assure carryover to work at home, which is an essential part of the Speech Therapy Program at TAG, Inc. Click here for more info!!!

    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

  • FREE Seminar: Why is my Child Having a Tantrum?
  • Have you ever thought, why is my child throwing a tantrum? Well, good news! In this FREE presentation, we get back to the basics of Autism, ABA and behavior. You will learn the real life skills necessary to address tantrums and other behaviors using a few simple tools. This presentation is a great resource for information on Autism, the basics of Applied Behavior Analysis and behavior, and is a virtual treasure chest for any parent who is struggling with their child's behavior.

    Speaker: Nicole Powell, MEd, RBT - Program Supervisor and Field Trainer

    The seminar will cover:

    • An overview of Autism
    • Defining and determining the functions of common behaviors
    • Useful strategies for addressing common behaviors
    About Gateway Learning Group: Gateway is a leading provider of autism and behavior intervention services in Northern and Southern California. Gateway Learning Group's direct therapy programs are organized on behalf of children and their families, often in collaboration with school districts, regional centers, and health insurance providers.

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
    Gateway San Diego Office
    2525 Camino del Rio South, Suite 335
    San Diego, CA 92108
    Space is limited for this informative FREE event!
    Please RSVP to rima@gatewaylg.com by November 27, 2017
    http://www.gatewaylg.com

  • It's with great excitement that we launch our first quarterly newsletter, The Q Report.
  • Enjoy stories about our organization, the incredible people who support us, accomplishments of Home of Guiding Hands staff, reports and photos of fundraising events, and most importantly, the people we are so privileged to serve.

    Take a peek and let us know your thoughts. We welcome your feedback.

    Click here to read the full edition!

  • 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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  • 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
    760-481-4643
    760-480-2766
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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 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 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

  • 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.

    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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    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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