February 2018 Edition
Content Submitted By: Michelle Hicks
Mini In stitute:
High Functioning Autism
    What all is encompassed under the umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder?  This month's Mini Institute will provide you with a brief history of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the DSM-5. Learn more about the levels of severity,  teaching strategies, available resources, and more information inside!   Read more here

Reference Books
Tool Box
Target Audience: Parents, guardians, teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches, and community members
Date and Time: Thursdays March 1, 8,15, and 29th from 6:00-7:30 P.M
   In this workshop you will discuss topics such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, theory of mind, & executive functioning, visual strategies (communication, academic, daily living skills, social skills), discrete trial training and behavior modification strategies and supports, autism resources, and parent support and networking.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6 P.M.
Location: Creston High School
   A documentary about  how sports can transcend disability and the importance of never giving up on your kids.  Click this link to watch the trailer

Date and Time: Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 9:00 A.M.
Location: Principal Park in Des Moines
  Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fund raise  together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 10:00 A.M.
Location: Creston High School
   For more information or to register, click this link
Useful Links
New Diagnosis Resources: Support for newly diagnosed families

Insurance Resources: A guide to navigating the complexities of health insurance with an  autism diagnosis
Autism and mealtime: A top ten list for success
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