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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. November 28, 2017

In This Issue

Holiday Events for Families with Special Needs

Problems with attention, not autism, predispose children to injury

It May Take Years to Learn You Have High Functioning Autism

Researchers May Have Discovered Genes That Are Linked to OCD

Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

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

Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together

Friendship Dojo

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

10th Annual ATPF USD Winter Wonderland

MicroCurrent 4 Kids is the Alternativie and Safe Therapy Option!

Therapeutic Recreation Services, Winter 2017-2018 Calendar

The ABLE Act

Family Chanukah Celebration with Friendship Cirlce

A SPECIAL OFFER FROM BANYON TREE!

Easter Seals Offers Funding at TAG!

2018 Social Thinking San Diego Conference, 20% Discount!

Upstart Crow Welcomes Linda Atwell, Emily Berman, Tenley Molzan


 

Holiday Events for Families with Special Needs

Don't miss these festivities designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. Make Christmas memories with sensory-friendly performances and encounters with Santa; or join a Hanukkah celebration with friends!

1. Santa Cares - A Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience
Sunday, Dec. 3, 8:30-10:30 am
Westfield North County, Center Court, Level 1
272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido
www.westfield.com/northcounty/events/all-events This event welcomes children with special needs to visit Santa in a comforting environment prior to public hours.

Click here for all the info about all of the upcoming events!!!




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  • Problems with attention, not autism, predispose children to injury

  • Young children with autism are no more likely than those without the condition to sustain injuries that require medical attention, according a study of more than 2,000 children1.

    However, injuries are common among children with attention problems. About 30 percent of children with autism meet the criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    "Attention problems do appear to contribute to injury risk," says lead investigator Carolyn DiGuiseppi, professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at the Colorado School of Public Health. "That existing relationship may explain why some studies have found a higher risk of injury in children with autism." Read on...

  • It May Take Years to Learn You Have High Functioning Autism
  • High functioning autism (HFA) can be hard to spot; few people with HFA exhibit obvious autism-like symptoms such as rocking, flapping, or really unusual use of voice or language. This is one of many reasons why people with HFA (sometimes called mild autism or -- until 2013 -- Asperger syndrome) may be diagnosed as teens or adults rather than as young children.

    The symptoms that lead to a late diagnosis, however, would have to be present from early childhood to qualify for an autism diagnosis. Read on...

  • Researchers May Have Discovered Genes That Are Linked to OCD
  • OCD, also known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects more than 2 percent of the world's population. Characterized by having uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts, behaviors, or both that one feels the need to repeat over and over until it is done correctly. Common compulsions include excessive cleaning, organizing things in a certain way, checking on things again and again, and obsessive counting. Scientists have just identified four genes linked to OCD behaviors in people. To help identify these genes they took a unique approach: rather than just studying humans, they also looked at the biological markers found in dogs and mice.

    "We were seeking ways to take advantage of information from other species in order to inform and focus the study in humans. Each additional species that we looked at gave us more information about possible factors in the brain that contribute to OCD." says computational biologist Hyun Ji Noh from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read on...

  • Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

  • A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain. The brain's subcentral area, previously of unknown function, is activated specifically during interactions between people, the new work suggests.

    Researchers presented the unpublished results yesterday at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

    Language and communication difficulties are hallmarks of autism. To assess these problems, studies commonly track brain activity while the participant lies in a scanner and either talks or listens to words piped in through a speaker. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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



    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.

  • 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.

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

    Our Services:

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

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

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

    AEFCT
    4669 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite 212
    San Diego, CA 92123
    858-569-0056
    http://aefct.com

  • Friendship Dojo
  • For more info please contact Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org or 858.487.4879
    www.friendshipcirclesd.org

  • Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment
  • Experience a unique and effective approach to autism therapy.

    Our aim is to bring to families everywhere the most effective therapies for the treatment of autism. Our integrated care model is based on the scientific research and clinical practice of our founder, Dr. Suzanne Goh. We seek to set a new global standard for autism care by achieving superior developmental outcomes for the children and families we serve.

    At Cortica, we believe the world needs a higher standard of care for all those living with autism, or a potential diagnosis of autism. Families like yours deserve effective, collaborative, caring therapies that are accessible and reasonably priced, no matter who you are or where you live.

    Meet our extraordinary team of autism specialists.
    Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialists from many different fields. All of our team members have specialized training and expertise in autism care.

    • Pediatric Neurologists
    • Electroencephalography & Neuromodulation Specialists
    • Neurology Nurse Practitioners
    • Nutrition and Holistic Health Practitioners
    • Speech-Language Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Music Therapists
    • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
    • Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)
    • Social Workers and Marriage-Family Therapists
    • Special Education Teachers
    We provide every child at Cortica with an individualized program to accelerate learning and development. An essential ingredient for success is collaboration among physicians, therapists, parents, children, and our extended communities.

    Together, we clarify the complex, celebrate extraordinary efforts, and witness moments of brilliance as our children grow new skills and abilities. Many of our services are covered by medical insurance plans. Contact us for all the info!!!

    Cortica Care
    7090 Miratech Drive
    San Diego, CA 92121
    858-304-6440
    http://www.corticacare.com

  • 10th Annual ATPF USD Winter Wonderland
  • Saturday, December 9th 4 PM - 7 PM University of San Diego, Hahn Center 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, California 92110

    Want to join in on the holiday festivities? RSVP directly via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/XXpFYeUBvsZIqcnn1

    If you have any questions/concerns/comments, please contact rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org or call the ATPF office at 619-222-4465.We can't wait to see you there!
    http://www.autismtreeproject.org

  • MicroCurrent 4 Kids is the Alternativie and Safe Therapy Option!
  • As one of San Diego's best alternative health clinics, Microcurrent Healing offers therapy options for a wide variety of health concerns. *Microcurrent 4 Kids is the specific name of our pediatric neuro-developmental program.* Although we work with many conditions, your child's therapy program will always be tailored to their specific needs and your goals for their health and development. As a client at Microcurrent Healing your child will receive the special care that they deserve and our commitment to helping him/her attain their full developmental potential, in a caring, nurturing and supportive environment.

    This technology is an effective option for many different childhood neuro-developmental disorders, learning disorders, and other mental health issues.

    Some of the neuro-developmental issues we commonly see include:

    • ADD/ADHD
    • Depression
    • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    • Autism/Asperger's
    • Tourette's Syndrome
    • Dyslexia
    • Down Syndrome
    • Concussions
    • Epilepsy
    • Anxiety
    • Sensory Processing Disorder
    • Developmental Delay
    To understand the scientific process of how this technology works to improve these conditions, visit our Science page. THIS IS NOT ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY! (Microcurrent therapies have been approved by insurance companies for PTSD.)

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


    858 367-9108
    info@microcurrent4kids.com
    http://www.microcurrent4kids.com

  • Therapeutic Recreation Services, Winter 2017-2018 Calendar
  • The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services program provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

    Services include therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities. These address the special needs of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty accessing and participating in recreation opportunities offered to the general public.

    Under the direction of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, activities and services are designed to maintain or improve the physical, cognitive and social functioning of those who have limitations. The target population is children and adults, ages 3 and up, with any type of disability.

    Click here to view the Winter Calendar!!

    Click here to register!!

  • The ABLE Act
  • ARE YOU REALLY ABLE TO SAVE?
    Most people in the disability community have heard about the "Achieving Better Life Experiences" (ABLE) Act over the last few years. Finally, after nearly six years of revisions, testimony and lobbying, ABLE won final congressional approval and was signed by President Obama on December 21, 2014. While adoption by states is voluntary, California will almost certainly adopt the ABLE Act. Now more than ever is the time for special needs families and advocates to become keenly aware of what it will...and won't...do for them.

    WHAT IS AN ABLE ACCOUNT?
    The ABLE account was meant to be a version of the "529" (College Savings Plan), but with the tax-free withdrawals to be used for "qualified disability expenses." Advocates had hoped that these accounts would be a viable alternative to special needs trusts: exempt from being counted against the eligibility limits for SSI, Medi-Cal/Medicaid, or other means-tested programs, while having the added bonus of tax-free growth. Unfortunately, the ABLE act that came out of Congress was neither the ABLE Act that went in...nor the Act that most advocates expected. Click here for all the info!!!

    San Diego Special Needs Law Center
    110 W. C Street #1300
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 235-4357
    https://www.specialneedsplanninglaw.com

  • Family Chanukah Celebration with Friendship Cirlce
  • Family Chanukah 12/17 - we will have therapy dogs, a henna artist, bouncies, donut & card decorating, music therapy, gift wrapping room for parents to pick out gifts for their kids, latkes and light buffet, candle lighting, songs and one-on-one volunteer buddies for those that request ahead of time. $5 per person, $18 per family (4+ people).

    RSVP BEFORE 12/11!!! For more info please contact Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org or 858.487.4879
    www.friendshipcirclesd.org

  • A SPECIAL OFFER FROM BANYON TREE!
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    We are offering a 10% discount for students who attend our Brain Boost Session during the Winter Break. This is a customized, focused and fun way to build skills in a short time. Enroll before December 1 for your discount. Space is limited.

    Brain Booster Intensive Sessions - Dec 18-22
    This week of 1-1 will give your child the boost needed to retain skills or reach new heights, ready for the New Year ahead. Our 1-1 teaching sessions are a great time to work on writing skills, master math concepts, develop reading skills, or advance auditory/sensory processing skills. Contact us for fees and available schedule times soon! Call Now: 858-367-5428

    Banyan Tree Learning Center
    Point Loma
    2820 Roosevelt Road, Suite 104
    San Diego, CA 92106
    Tel: 858-367-5428

    Banyan Tree Learning Center
    Encinitas
    543 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 100
    Encinitas, CA 92024
    Tel: 760-230-0010
    http://banyantlc.org

  • Easter Seals Offers Funding at TAG!
  • TAG, Inc. supports individuals of all ages and functioning levels. The following is a list of potential diagnoses we serve; however, this is not an exhaustive list: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity, Brain Injury, Bipolar Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorders, Down Syndrome, Dysgraphia, Learning Disabilities, Non Verbal Learning Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome.

    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

    Phone: (858) 689-2027
    Email: admin@tagforgrowth.com http://tagforgrowth.com

  • 2018 Social Thinking San Diego Conference, 20% Discount!
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    March 12 - 15, 2018
    San Diego - Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
    404 Euclid Ave
    San Diego, CA 92114


    In San Diego, discover strategies to help children through young adults develop their social competencies. Learn how to differentiate your teaching based on a child's performance on the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale. Explore over 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary, and use The Zones of Regulation to develop self-awareness and self-regulation.

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

  • Upstart Crow Welcomes Linda Atwell, Emily Berman, Tenley Molzan
  • Thursday, December 7 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House
    835 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, California 92101


    Personal Empowerment Coach, Emily Berman, will chat about her journey with raising a child with severe autism, and share simple strategies to help you to improve your life. And she's giving away a 1-hour, complimentary, over-the-phone coaching session to one lucky attendee. Check out her website: http://coachingwithemily.com/

    Television personality and owner of Tenley's Sweet & Free Life, Tenley Molzahn, will be sharing how health coaching can help individuals with their nutritional goals. She will be giving away one DIY Cleanse. Check out her website: http://www.sweetandfreelife.com/

    Author, Linda Atwell, will be speaking about her new book, "Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs", which received the honor of Finalist in the Parenting/Family category by the 2017 USA Best Book Awards. A bookstore gift card will be presented to one lucky attendee. Check out Linda's website: http://LindaAtwell.com/

  • 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:
    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/

  • 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

  • Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC

  • Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC
    info@beellc.com
    (619) 250-7725
    International calls: 001 (619) 250-7725 www.beellc.com

    With offices to serve you in:
    Chula Vista and Carlsbad, San Diego County, CA, U.S.A. Tijuana, Baja California, México.

    Who are the BEEs? The Builders of Eloquence and Engagement are each and every one of the children, teenagers and adults with communication challenges such as non verbal autism, apraxia, dyspraxia, echolalia, mutism, and more, who are working each day towards accessing learning and communication.

  • Reset Fitness with Pam Bundy

  • I started off my career as a legal secretary then moved on to be a legal assistant, with the ultimate goal of becoming an attorney. After two of my boys were diagnosed on the autism spectrum 23 years ago, I came to the realization that I needed to be in a less negative environment. What I really wanted to do was to help people which puts me where I am today.

    I am a certified Stott Pilates Full Level One Instructor and ACE Certified Personal Trainer with 20 years of experience working with very large facets of the population. I also hold certifications as a Nutrition Coach, Parkinson's Wellness Recovery trainer, and Bosu Master Trainer. I am currently working on my ACE Behavior Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor certifications. My specialties include back rehabilitation, weight loss and toning, menopause management, Parkinson's clients, and bodybuilding. I have had several life experiences that has helped shape me to become a fitness coach who understands life's challenges, and I excel in helping people overcome obstacles to reach their health and fitness goals. Click here to visit my FB page and please contact me for more info!!!

  • Participate in Research: Attention Differences in Persons with ASD and their Family Members

  • Verbally fluent children with ASD between the ages of 8 and 16 and both of their biological parents are invited to participate in a new study examining attention skills. This study will follow recently published work that showed ­both the male sibling of a child with ASD and the child with ASD demonstrated similar attention abnormalities. This provides an important clue to the development of a better understanding of the genetic basis of ASD. This new study will examine trios, the child with ASD, and the mother and father. If one or both parents shows evidence of the attention difference we observed in children with ASD, we will have one of the first clear examples of a non-ASD core deficit that is experienced in first degree family members. Following with genetic analyses could potentially lead to a better understanding about the basic etiology of ASD. Families of a child with ASD are invited to participate in this research taking place at the Neuroscience Center of Alliant International University under the supervision of Alan Lincoln, Ph.D., MSCP, BCBA-D and Shamayne Brown, M.A.

    Study Requirements
    To participate in this study, both biological parents and your son must participate. Your family must be able to come to the Neuroscience Center at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Participation for you and your son's other parent involves:
    • Completing questionnaires about yourself. This should take about 25 minutes.
    • Completing a brief standard cognitive measure. This should take about 30 minutes.
    • Completing a computer task. This should take about 30 minutes.
    Participation for your son:
    • Will require your child to complete the brief standard intelligence measure. This should take your child about 30 minutes.
    • You will be asked some background questions about your child and will be asked to complete forms related to your child's skills, abilities, and behaviors. This should take you about 25 minutes.
    • Your child will then be shown how to play the same computer games you will be shown and asked to play them as best he can. This should take about 30 minutes.
    We will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible. Family members may come to the lab on different days if necessary. Some individuals may be excluded from participation in the study on-site. If your child is excluded, he will receive a $5.00 cash gift for his participation in the preliminary assessment. Upon the completion of participation in this study, each child will receive a $20.00 cash gift. Parents will each receive a $10 gift card upon completion of their participation. If a parent is excluded, he or she will be given a $5 gift card for participation in the preliminary assessment. You may also receive, upon request, results of your performance and/or your child's performance.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact us at our confidential e-mail: 858-635-4068, or by email: sbrown7@alliant.edu or alincoln@alliant.edu. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. I look forward working with you and your family soon.

  • 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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    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.
    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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