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Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. December 09, 2017

In This Issue

31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)

Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen's mental health

Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

ABLE Accounts Growing In Popularity

Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!

San Diego's Map of Christmas Lights!!

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

See the film- LIFE ANIMATED

Authentic Parenting: Creating Joy and Belonging During the Holidays

2017 Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair and Dance!!!

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

East County Autism Support Group

MicroCurrent 4 Kids is the Alternativie and Safe Therapy Option!

TAG's Newest Occupational Therapist!

San Diego Special Needs Law Center

Sorrento Valley Private therapy office available with Separate Entrance $495

A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Family Chanukah Celebration with Friendship Cirlce

2018 JUSTICE LEAGUE PACKAGE Available until Dec. 31


 






  • 31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)
  • The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a lot of fun around here.

    We decorate together.

    We drink hot chocolate.

    We watch as many Christmas movies as possible.

    It's fun, but it is also overstimulating and anxiety inducing for my boys. The unique sensory experience of the holidays (think Christmas music blaring with an artificial pine candles burning) combined with a different routine can be challenging. Read on...

  • Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen's mental health

  • To all parents who were ever concerned about their teenage son's or daughter's addiction to their smartphone: you have serious grounds for worry, a new study suggests.

    Is your teenager glued to their phone? Are they always online, checking social media, or looking at cat and bunny videos? Well, researchers from the Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, say you have grounds to worry.

    A consumer survey carried out this year found that 82 percent of Americans own or can use a smartphone, 92 percent are likely to use it while shopping, 78 while eating at home, and 44 while crossing the street. Read on...

  • Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

  • Anxiety exacerbates social communication problems in children with autism - and not the other way around, a new study suggests1. The results indicate that treating anxiety early on may ease communication problems later in life.

    Anxiety is common among people with autism2. The new study negates the popular notion that the social problems of autism worsen anxiety.

    "It was exciting for me to not find what I was expecting," says lead investigator Kirstin Greaves-Lord, head of the Autism Research Collaboration at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children's Hospital and Yulius Mental Health in the Netherlands. Read on...

  • ABLE Accounts Growing In Popularity
  • A year after debuting, thousands of people with disabilities have opened ABLE accounts, but experts say millions more could benefit from this new way to save without jeopardizing government benefits.

    Nearly 14,000 ABLE accounts were opened by the end of September. Collectively, the accounts have over $48.5 million in deposits, according to numbers released at a congressional briefing this week.

    Created under a 2014 federal law, ABLE accounts allow people with disabilities to save up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid can be retained no matter how much is in the accounts. Read on...

  • Parents and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • 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



    I would appreciate any insights into the Winston School, not just for academic support but also behavioral support. My child would be starting mid-year seventh grade. If you have any feedback, please email me at Lisacmurphy1@gmail.com. Thank you!



    Has your child attended TERI's Country School? If so, please email me - I'd like to get your feedback. Thank you! Michelle Ohnstad: michelle.ohnstad@gmail.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.

  • San Diego's Map of Christmas Lights!!
  • San Diego Family Magazine (the original creators of San Diego's popular Map of Christmas Lights) is excited to present the 2017 list of neighborhood holiday lights, commercial light shows and glittering festivities.
    Click here for all the info!!!

  • 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.

  • See the film- LIFE ANIMATED
  • See the film- LIFE ANIMATED. Use the promo code "friend18" to receive a special discount for SDRC families, clients, vendors, staff & friends! For tickets and more info:

    Dec 20 - San Marcos https://my.lfjcc.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=3746

    Dec 21 - JCC (La Jolla) https://my.lfjcc.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=3748


    OR call the box office directly 858-362-1348 and ask for the "partner's rate" using friend18.

  • Authentic Parenting: Creating Joy and Belonging During the Holidays
  • Click here to register!!!
    Questions? Call 619-600-0683 or email us: info@familyguidanceandtherapy.com
    https://familyguidanceandtherapy.com/project

  • 2017 Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair and Dance!!!
  • Saturday, December 16th!
    2pm to 5:30pm
    War Memorial Building
    3325 Zoo Drive
    San Diego, Ca 92101
    For more info call 619-525-8247!!!

  • 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

  • East County Autism Support Group
  • Monday, December 11 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

  • 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

  • TAG's Newest Occupational Therapist!
  • Click here for all the info about out O.T. program!!!

    Two offices to serve you in San Diego and Carlsbad!
    www.tagforgrowth.com
    T 858.689.2027

  • 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!!!

  • Sorrento Valley Private therapy office available with Separate Entrance $495
  • Club Xcite, a company providing innovative educational services to schools and families, is looking to sublease a unique private office space with a separate entrance in a great Sorrento Valley location for $495 per month. Ideally we are looking for someone who we could collaborate with such as a Speech Therapist, OT, PT, Psychologist, LMFT, or other related therapists.

    Contact me if you have any questions. Lease start date would be around January 15th. Contact Stefan@exciteway.com. Pictures are available in the link below.

    https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/off/d/sorrento-valley-private/6383069877.html

  • A Social Event for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Please R.S.V.P. with your host Bene' Raphael no later than Dec. 15th at beneraphael@hotmail.com or for any questions please call (760) 845-4551

  • 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

  • 2018 JUSTICE LEAGUE PACKAGE Available until Dec. 31
  • This is a great way to build your company or family team of superheroes!

    Designed for groups of 20+ persons, the Justice League includes: Flat rate of $25 per person (children, youth, adults) with chip-timing for runners and larger shirt sizes.

    Upon receipt of payment of $500 or more, your group will be set up with a special code for team members to register. This offer is only available now through December 31.

    To purchase a Justice League Package, please contact NFAR. For questions, please call us at 858-679-8800. https://www.raceforautism.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!!

  • 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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