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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. December 02, 2017

In This Issue

Families: Learn How to Find Autism-Friendly Colleges

Why intelligence scores do not predict success for autistic adults

Autism and the transition to adult healthcare: Guidelines for lifelong care

Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

FUNdraiser: 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!

The PACTHOUSE PLAYERS present 'Beyond Bullying', December 10th!!!

The IEP Guy

No Wait for RDI at Family Guidance!!!

Holiday Events for Families with Special Needs

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes December Newsletter

MicroCurrent 4 Kids is the Alternativie and Safe Therapy Option!

Friendship Circle and UCSD Gymnastics

San Diego Special Needs Law Center

North County Autism Support Group

ATPF Musical Playgroup

Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party

MCRD San Diego EFMP TriCare Workshop

Friendship Circle Teens Only Hang Out


 






  • Families: Learn How to Find Autism-Friendly Colleges
  • When vetting colleges, families with students on the autism spectrum should consider what services will help their teen be successful.

    During his first experience with college, Alex Birdsong faced some challenges he wasn't sure how to handle. He also didn't know that he had autism spectrum disorder.

    In his early twenties, Birdsong was diagnosed with ASD, a developmental disability also known as autism that can cause communication, social and behavioral challenges. Then, he heard about Marshall University, where he is currently a senior.

    Through Marshall's program for students with autism, which was established in 2002, he has found mentors who understand his point of view. Read on...

  • Why intelligence scores do not predict success for autistic adults
  • The idea that a high level of intelligence helps some autistic people in their daily lives crops up often in Hollywood depictions and casual conversation. The concept even has some scientific support. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, several researchers suggested that a high intelligence quotient (IQ) helps autistic people better engage in their communities, social interactions and education.

    In part because of this early work, IQ remains one of the most common ways to evaluate abilities among autistic people.

    Yet we now know that it is not really possible to match IQ to a designated level of function. Relying on IQ and using labels such as 'high functioning' and 'low functioning' minimizes the daily difficulties encountered by all autistic individuals. It also can obscure considerable unmet needs. Or, as the autistic writer and advocate Laura Tisoncik eloquently put it: "The difference between high functioning and low functioning is that high functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low functioning means your assets are ignored." Read on...

  • Autism and the transition to adult healthcare: Guidelines for lifelong care
  • Parents of teenager with autism and complex medical needs seek guidance for the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare.

    Our teenage son, who has autism, will soon be aging out of the pediatric practice where he has a medical team coordinating care for a number of medical issues. As we start planning his transition to adulthood, we're wondering whether there are medical guidelines for the lifelong care of individuals with autism.

    Today's "Got Questions?" response is from developmental pediatrician Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Dr. Coury is also the chief of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Thank you for your very important question. Too many young adults with autism fall off the map, so to speak, in the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. Within the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), we're working hard to help families prepare for this transition, beginning in adolescence.

    I'm happy to report that one of our centers - the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, in Nashville - has taken the lead in developing the kind of guidelines you seek. Read on...

  • Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

  • Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of having a child with autism, according to a large study based on medical records from Denmark1. By linking the risk to both parents, the new work hints that autism and arthritis share genetic roots.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system attacks the membranes around the joints.

    Previous studies have linked this and other immune conditions in pregnant women to autism risk in their children. Another new study suggests that the immune environment in the womb influences autism severity. 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.



    We are the family of an adult with intellectual disabilities and medical complexities. We are seeking others' experiences with Home Health Care agencies hoping to find one that is honorable, trustworthy and reputable. Is there any such thing? Positive and negative experiences are welcome. Thank you.
    Tflourie@aol.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.

  • FUNdraiser: 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

  • The PACTHOUSE PLAYERS present 'Beyond Bullying', December 10th!!!
  • The PACTHOUSE PLAYERS present 'Beyond Bullying', a free theatre event designed to prevent bullying. Join us on Sunday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. for an entertaining and inspiring event consisting of improv, sketches, and video clips that speak to teens. Located at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 100 (the large ballroom), Encinitas, CA 92024.

    Bring your teens, or come if you work with teens and may want a 'Beyond Bullying' performance at your venue. Come if you are curious about PACT and would like to meet the PACTHOUSE PLAYERS, who are long-standing members of our workshops. You can also meet Sandy Redmon, PACT's Artistic Director and Senior Workshop Director for our on-going theatre and dance/group singing workshops.

    Come if you are a friend of the PACT community and want to say hi and support the PACTHOUSE PLAYERS. They have worked hard for two years to create and perfect this hour and a half event, and we would love to share it with you.

    The PACTHOUSE PLAYERS is made up of four teens and young adults with autism and one typical sibling. So far they have presented 'Beyond Bullying' at two local schools and at the Boys and Girls Club in Encinitas. Feedback from the teens in their audiences is that they really enjoyed it and have learned about the harm bullying can do, and how to prevent it.

    To RSVP for December 10th, or to learn more about PACT programs, contact Kathryn Campion at info@pacthouse.org, www.pacthouse.org, 760-815-8512.

  • The IEP Guy
  • Developing an appropriate IEP should not feel like trying to unravel a Rubik's cube.

    The IEP Guy is an experienced non-attorney special education advocate working side by side with families to obtain appropriate placement, services, and outcomes for students.

    The IEP is the heart and soul of special education. Think of it as the heliocentric model of our solar system. Just as the planets orbit around the sun, so do placement, services, and outcomes revolve around the IEP.

    Therefore, it is imperative that parents develop an appropriate IEP for their child given the major impact it has on the student's academic and functional performance.

    Services
    Say goodbye to hourly rates! All services are provided on a flat fee basis. No surprises!


    IEP Services

    • IDEA Compliance
    • Student Eligibility
    • ​Placement
    • Related Services
    • Goal Development
    • Evaluations
    • Manifestation Determinations
    • State Complaint Procedure
    • Due Process
    Discipline
    • Student Suspension and Expulsion
    • Involuntary Transfers
    • Exclusion from Extracurricular Activities
    Academic Disputes
    • Grade Reduction and Loss of Credit
    • Student Record Removal
    • Student Promotion and Retention (K-8)
    Parent Coaching
    • Administrative Complaint Procedures
    • Section 504 Plans
    • Education Code
    Leo Marchena
    The IEP Guy
    4275 Executive Square
    Suite 200
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    858-345-6536
    www.theiepguy.com

  • No Wait for RDI at Family Guidance!!!
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Our primary approach for treatment of autism spectrum is a developmental program called Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). RDI is a unique treatment approach that empowers parents to guide their child to succeed in our dynamic world. Children who learn to actively engage with the support of their parents in safe but challenging learning opportunities develop a strong motivation to explore and expand their world, as well as develope competence and trust in themselves and their guides. Click here for all the info!!!

    The Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California
    3575 Kenyon St, Ste 102
    San Diego, California, CA 92110
    and
    10731 Treena St., Ste 105
    San Diego, CA 92131
    (619) 600-0683
    www.familyguidanceandtherapy.com

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes December Newsletter
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    Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the info about their activities and upcoming events!!!

  • 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

  • Friendship Circle and UCSD Gymnastics
  • For more info please contact Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org or 858.487.4879
    www.friendshipcirclesd.org

  • San Diego Special Needs Law Center
  • If you have a family member with a disability, you want to assure they have the best possible care and quality of life, both now and later when you are no longer able to be the advocate you are today. If you are a person with a disability, you want to be able to qualify for the benefits and programs you need to achieve as much independence as possible. At San Diego Special Needs Law Center, it is our mission to make sure you have all the support and tools in place to achieve these goals.

    We have over 30 years experience in Special Needs Law and our community, working in the following practice areas:

    • Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for Families Developmental Disablilities
    • Conservatorships and Limited Conservatorships for those with Developmental Disablilities
    • Public Benefits Planning
    • Care Advocacy
    • Preservation of Benefits Eligibility in Litigation Settlement or Inheritance Scenarios
    • Life Care Planning
    We also enjoy our relationships with various advocacy groups and the disability community. It is through the interaction with our clients and these groups that we continue to learn and grow, and better serve our client's needs.

    Our Senior attorney, Phil Lindsley, is both a Certified Special Needs Law Attorney and a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization). He has been serving families and individuals with disabilities for over 30 years.

    To learn more about us, click here!!!

  • North County Autism Support Group
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Kirsch Therapy
    1945 Avenida del Oro, Suite 120
    Oceanside, CA


    This month, join us for a holiday potluck! Bring a dish to share, and come share advice and support.

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

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

  • ATPF Musical Playgroup
  • Saturday, December 9th
    10 AM - 11 AM
    Autism Tree Project Foundation
    2845 Nimitz Blvd
    San Diego, California 92106


    You and your family are invited to join us!

    We will learn valuable interaction, communication, and social skills through group music making in a fun and friendly environment.

    The ATPF Playgroups are facilitated by board-certified music therapists from The Music Therapy Center of California.

    Ready to make some music? Register today! Contact Lisa Kauffman at 619-222-4465 or lisa@autismtreeproject.org.

    *Please Note: Each music playgroup can only accommodate the first six. Only one class per family
    http://www.autismtreeproject.org

  • Central San Diego Family Pool and Pizza Party
  • Friday, December 8
    6 PM - 8 PM
    Aqua Pros Swim School
    4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
    San Diego, California 92117

    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!

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

    ** For the safety of your children, we ask that you do not enter the pool area until 6:00 pm.

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

  • MCRD San Diego EFMP TriCare Workshop
  • Christy Howland
    EFMP Training, Education and Outreach Specialist
    MCRD SD/WRR
    Christy.Howland@usmc-mccs.org
    Office: 619-524-0916
    http://www.mccsmcrd.com/exceptional-family-member-program

  • Friendship Circle Teens Only Hang Out
  • For more info please contact Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org or 858.487.4879
    www.friendshipcirclesd.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:
    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/

  • 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!!

  • 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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    Owner/Editor ValeriesList.com

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