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Love. Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. January 25, 2019

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Three spectrums, not one, may define autism

How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers

New brain maps hint at cerebellum's role in cognition, language

Common food additive may impact gut bacteria, increase anxiety

5 Important Things to Do During an IEP Meeting

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Social Communication Specialists

Club Beacons - Sports Night - This Saturday!!!

Gateway Learning Group

ATPF Musical Playgroup

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Central San Diego Breakfast Club

Participate in SPARK

AYSO Spring VIP Soccer Registration Now Open

ATPF- NCL Girls Mentor Program Valentine's Day Theme Party

7th Annual Atpf-USD Baseball Player Mentor Program Meet & Greet

Introduction to PROMPT, April in Oceanside

Autistic Adult Social Group

iCan Bike This May!!!

Sponsors Needed for iCan Bike!!!


 

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  • Three spectrums, not one, may define autism

  • Three distinct categories of traits best characterize autism, according to a study of more than 6,000 children.

    Children with autism or other conditions fall on a spectrum of ability in each of these categories - problems with social interactions, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors, the results suggest. And autistic children tend to be at one end of each spectrum.

    The new findings support the hypothesis that each of these autism traits is inherited independently.

    "We're seeing that autism truly is dimensional," says co-lead researcher Matthew Lerner, associate professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics at Stony Brook University in New York. "You can have two people who present really quite differently but are still experiencing autism." Read on...

  • How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers
  • The no-vaccine crowd has persuaded a lot of people. But public health can prevail.

    The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy - the growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines - as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019. That news will not come as a surprise in New York City, where the worst measles outbreak in decades is now underway. Nor in California or Minnesota, where similar outbreaks unfolded in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Nor in Texas, where some 60,000 children remain wholly unvaccinated thanks in part to an aggressive anti-vaccine lobby.

    Leading global health threats typically are caused by the plagues and perils of low-income countries - but vaccine hesitancy is as American as can be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children who are unvaccinated has quadrupled since 2001, even though the overall utilization of most vaccines remains high. More than 100,000 American infants and toddlers have received no vaccines whatsoever, and millions more have received only some crucial shots. Read on...

  • New brain maps hint at cerebellum's role in cognition, language
  • A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum at the level of networks of neurons1. It also shows how the brain region may cooperate with other regions to govern complex thought.

    The results could help researchers pinpoint parts of the cerebellum that are involved in autism.

    The cerebellum has long been known to be responsible for coordinating movements. But scientists are finding it may also coordinate language, cognition and social behaviors. Yet the structure and function of the region is poorly understood, as is the degree to which it varies among people.

    Scientists map human neuronal networks using functional magnetic resonance imaging. They scan each brain for 5 to 20 minutes and combine the images from several people to enhance image quality. For a clear picture of a single brain, they must scan each region for 45 minutes to more than an hour. The cerebellum, which lies deep in the brain, takes more time to scan than the cerebral cortex at the brain's surface. Read on...

  • Common food additive may impact gut bacteria, increase anxiety

  • A wide range of foods contain ingredients that we call emulsifiers. A new study in mice shows that these compounds can produce both physiological and behavioral changes.

    Food additives have always generated a great deal of attention, and, rightly so, as they are all-pervasive, so we should scrutinize their impact on our health. Recently, emulsifiers have been drawing fire.

    Manufacturers use these chemicals to alter food's texture and extend its shelf life.

    They include emulsifiers in many foods, for instance, some types of bread, chocolate, margarine, processed meats, and more. Read on...

  • 5 Important Things to Do During an IEP Meeting
  • Being a member of the IEP team requires confidence, collaboration and a commitment to your child. Here are five important ways to advocate for your child during an IEP meeting. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!


  • I'm looking for a part time communication partner (CP) for my teenage son who uses supportive typing to communicate. CP must have English as a first language. Must have a working knowledge of high school academic curriculum. Must be familiar with software such as Word and PowerPoint. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Must have current LiveScan. Experience with Facilitated Communication preferred.
    Please email me at Shellyandotto@gmail.com if interested or want more details.



    Hi Everyone,
    I have 10 years old nonverbal Autistic son. I will be Home schooling him but I am having hard time with Curriculum. I am looking for something ABA based, to teach him daily life skills etc. He is/ was not able to learn anything Academic.we live in La Mesa CA Thanks. pardeepktung@gmail.com



    I'm trying to find out if anyone knows a music or art professional who has experience with individuals with autism and can provide one-on-one sessions?

    Thanks for your help! Horacio HCJR@msn.com



    Good evening I have a 5 year old girl with autism is functional, I am looking for a private school for her I know that public schools have programs for children with autism but I can not put my girl in public school because I live in Tijuana so I have to pay for your education, I will appreciate if you know of any private school in the area of Chula Vista that accepts children with autism I appreciate your kind attention. yurygoodman@hotmail.com



    Seeking Someone for IHSS Provider
    Looking for someone to become an IHSS Provider for my 11 year old son with autism. Will need to be able to work between 6 and 16 hours per week. Wednesday is a must starting at 2:30 pm. You will also watch my daughter at times and during those times, I will supplement your rate.

    Schedule is not firm at this point, but Wednesday's are an absolute necessity. Ideally:

    Monday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Tuesday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Wednesday 2:30 pm to 9 pm
    Friday TBD can discuss
    Saturday TBD can discuss
    Sunday TBD can discuss

    Must be patient and assist my son with redirection, organization, personal hygiene, washing/changing bedding, etc. Constant supervision is required.

    Must be punctual and able to meet the school bus.

    Must be willing to help with transportation to appointments or activities.

    Would like a high school or college student that is close to the Rancho Bernardo area.

    Must like children and pets
    Must be self driven
    Must be punctual
    Must have reliable vehicle
    Must have good, clean driving record
    Must be willing to take and pass a background check
    Must be willing to take 3 hour IHSS Provider training

    Contact: tb_78@hotmail.com



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  • Social Communication Specialists
  • At Social Communication Specialists, we help socially quirky kids, teens and young adults connect.

    We understand the social challenges kids face today. In order to have healthy friendships, kids need to understand not just the "how", but the "why" of social interactions.

    Service We Offer:

    • Executive Functioning
    • Social Thinking
    • Group openings available for all ages We have groups for grades K-12. We also teach executive functioning! Contact Janet at janet@socialcommunicationspecialists.com
    At SCS, we follow the Social Thinking® approach pioneered by Michelle Garcia Winner.

    At the heart of this approach is the understanding that we think about people when we are around them. Then we modify our behaviors based on what we think they may be thinking about us!

    Through fun and innovative lessons and activities, we teach our kiddos social thinking concepts that increase their awareness and improve their abilities to interact with others at school, at home, and in the community.

    Social Communication Specialists
    5703 Oberlin Dr, Ste 207
    San Diego, CA 92121
    (858) 558-9552
    https://socialcommunicationspecialists.com

  • Club Beacons - Sports Night - This Saturday!!!
  • Saturday at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Beacons, Inc.
    6150 Yarrow Drive, Suite E, Carlsbad, California 92011


    Get revved up for the Super Bowl by joining Club Beacons teammates in celebration of all sports! Pre-registration required!!! Go to: https://www.beaconsnorthcounty.com

  • Gateway Learning Group
  • Gateway Learning Group is a leader in providing behavior therapy for children with autism. Every day, Gateway advances the lives through compassionate, evidence-based treatment. Since being founded in 2005, Gateway has expanded from its San Francisco base to serve families across California.

    For more information please visit our website at www.gatewaylg.com. For more information email us at info@gatewaylg.com or call us at 877-264-6747.

  • ATPF Musical Playgroup
  • Saturday, January 26th at 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!

    Call 619-222-4465 or Email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org
    https://www.facebook.com/events/360108028106874/

  • Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment
  • Comprehensive autism treatment. Built on neuroscience. Delivered with compassion.

    The Cortica Care Model is the culmination of Dr. Suzanne Goh's research experience and clinical practice. This innovative approach combines optimal biomedical treatment with the most effective strategies for advancing cognition, communication, and behavior. Through the program, children achieve more meaningful social interaction, greater capacity for self-regulation, enhanced cognitive function, and improved overall health across all body systems. Over months and years, the treatment program evolves to match a child's new skills and abilities, making possible meaningful progress toward independent living, social relationships, occupation, and recreation.

    The Cortica Care Model:

    • Neurophysiology
    • Family and Home
    • Biochemistry
    • Cognition and Behavior
    • Sensorimotor Integration
    • Communication
    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

  • Central San Diego Breakfast Club
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10 AM - 12 PM
    Denny's
    10430 Friars Road, San Diego, California 92120


    We look forward to this every month and can't wait to see you to bring in 2019 on a positive note. We know the holidays are stressful and we hope this is the mini vacation you need. Connect with friends, get support and face autism with strength and grace this year. https://www.facebook.com/events/336960380235543/

  • Participate in SPARK
  • UC San Diego's Autism Center of Excellence is seeking individuals diagnosed with ASD and their biological family members to participate in SPARK, the largest national genetics research project in US history! The SPARK study aims to gain a better understanding of the causes and potential treatments of autism by building a cohort of 50,000 diagnosed individuals to facilitate research on an unprecedented scale. There is NO cost to participate in the study and it can even be completed without leaving the house!

    What we do
    SPARK researchers extract genetic data through a saliva sample and analyze information collected from thousands of people with autism and their biological parents. UCSD and over 20 of the nation's leading medical schools are part of this effort.

    How to join*
    1. Sign up online at www.sparkforautism.org/ucsd.sarrc -- registration typically takes about 20 minutes. Using this link connects you to our site, which enables us to better follow up with you if you encounter any issues or have specific questions.
    2. Complete a few questionnaires online.
    3. Provide a saliva sample. A saliva collection kit will be sent directly to your home after registration. When you are done, simply mail it back in the prepaid mailer.

    Benefits of joining
    1. Individuals with autism will receive gift cards valued at up to a total of $50 for participation.
    2. SPARK hosts monthly webinars, featuring psychologists, researchers, or speakers from the autism community, that provide useful information for families and individuals with autism.
    3. If a genetic finding is discovered related to the cause of autism, results will be shared back with families.
    4. The information you provide may help others with ASD for generations to come!

    *Our site also offers the option for home appointments where a member of our SPARK team can come to your home and assist you in the registration process, collect the saliva samples, and mail them in for you! This is typically the preferred method for families as everything gets completed at once. Please note that we ask that both biological parents and individual diagnosed with ASD be present for these appointments. We can accommodate a variety of dates and times outside normal business hours on the weekdays or weekends -- whichever is most convenient for you and your family! Alternatively, we can also schedule in-clinic appointments at our office if that is preferred.

    You can visit our SPARK FAQ page for additional details. Please contact us via email at mshir@ucsd.edu or via phone at 858-534-6906 if you would like to set up an appointment or if you have any questions!

  • AYSO Spring VIP Soccer Registration Now Open
  • Registration now open! San Elijo AYSO VIP Soccer Spring Season starts March 3rd. The VIP league is a program designed for the specific needs of individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. Each player will have a Buddy to assist them while they learn soccer, meet new friends and have fun!

    There will be 8 games, Sundays from 1-2pm at the San Elijo Softball Fields. Cost is $40 and registration is open at https://inleague.sanelijoayso.org/

    Please contact aysovip@yahoo.com or (760) 500-9735 with any questions.

    We hope to see you there!

  • ATPF- NCL Girls Mentor Program Valentine's Day Theme Party
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2 PM - 4 PM
    Encinitas Boys and Girls club
    1221 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, California 92024


    ATPF-NCL Girls Mentor Program's Valentine's Day Theme Party is coming up fast and it's sure to be a blast! For girls ages 9+. If you would like to RSVP, call 619-222-4465 or email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org. For more info about this program click here!!!

  • 7th Annual Atpf-USD Baseball Player Mentor Program Meet & Greet
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3 PM - 5 PM
    Fowler Park University of San Diego
    San Diego, California 92111


    We love our USD Baseball Player Mentors and are so excited to kick off the 2019 season!! ATPF kids are paired with USD Baseball Players and our families are invited to come out to every Sunday home game during the upcoming season. To RSVP, contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call 619-222-4465. For more info about this program, please click here!!!

  • Introduction to PROMPT, April in Oceanside
  • WHAT IS PROMPT?
    PROMPT, an acronym for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, is a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders has come to embrace not only the well-known physical-sensory aspects of motor performance, but also its cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspects. PROMPT is about integrating all domains and systems towards positive communication outcome. It may be used (with varying intensity and focus) with all speech production disorders from approximately 6 months of age onward. To achieve the best outcome with PROMPT it should not be thought of or used mainly to facilitate oral-motor skills, produce individual sounds/phonemes or as an articulation program but rather as a program to develop motor skill in the development of language for interaction. More info here!

    The price of this Workshop is $775. USD. Be one of the first to register and save $50.

    April 26-28, 2019
    9:00-4:30
    TERI Inc.
    251 Airport Rd
    Oceanside, California 92058

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

  • Autistic Adult Social Group
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Autism Society San Diego
    4699 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, California 92123


    Join us for our Autistic Adult Social Group! We will meet at our office at the United Way Building in San Diego. We will have a separate space for caregivers and support people to meet as well. This group is a place for autistic adults to come together for support and understanding. Make new friends, share questions and concerns, and get support from your peers, in a non judgmental and accepting atmosphere. This group is a open to all adults with autism as well as any support people that you require to participate successfully. We look forward to seeing you! https://www.facebook.com/events/262923767696834/

  • iCan Bike This May!!!
  • Call 760 315 1311 (new phone number) or email karynls2@crimsoncenter.com

    View our video www.crimsoncenteroutreach.org/ican-bike

    Sponsorships, item donations, and discounted items for our families are welcome, and all donors will be listed on this year's T-shirts!

  • Sponsors Needed for iCan Bike!!!
  • If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Karyn Searcy at karynls2@crimsoncenter.com or call 760-315-1311!!

  • 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.

    For more information, visit www.fleetscience.org/events/autism-accessibility-mornings.

  • City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services Program

  • 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.

    For additional questions about Therapeutic Recreation Services, please call 619-525-8247.

    Click here to view their 2018-2019 newsletter and calendar of events!!!

  • "Autism Through the Lifespan" Monthly Parent Support and Information Meetings

  • October 2018 - May 2019
    PLNU Graduate Education
    4007 Camino Del Rio South - Fourth Floor
    San Diego, CA 92108


    Please join other parents, caregivers and professionals at the following monthly informational and support group meetings in Mission Valley. These meetings will discuss the various aspects of autism through the lifespan. Each meeting will feature an expert speaker and an ASA parent mentor. This is a time for you to meet other parents, ask questions and network.
    The meetings are free and open to all.

    Please RSVP for Spanish Translation support
    For further information, please contact:
    Lisa Larsson - (619) 725-8080 ext. 7946 email: llarsson@sandi.net
    Maryann Collins - email: mcollins1@sandi.net
    Grace Fantaroni, Ed.D. - (619) 563-2839 email: gfantaro@pointloma.edu

  • Participate in Research!!! Can a Safe 'Fever' Help Autism Syptoms? Spanish Speakers Welcome!!!
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    Can a Safe 'Fever' Help AUTISM Symptoms?

    Una 'Fiebre' Para Disminuir los Sintomas de AUTISMO? 

    Pilot Study Enrollment


    This pilot study will enroll 12 families with ASD children ages 2-17 years old in a controlled study, in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. We are testing a dry heat therapy from an FDA-cleared medical device with simulates the effect of a low-grade fever by non-invasively infusing heat into the circulatory system. The Fielding Graduate University IRB approved study is entitiled: "The Fever Effect: Do kids with autism do better when they use a device to warm their blood? Effects of six-week AVACEN Treatment Method on Autism Spectrum Disorder".

    If you are interested in participating in this pilot study please contact Frances Poteet at info@atmstudy.com and provide your phone number, email address, zip code and best time to reach you so that we can contact you. If you are not selected as part of this pilot study, you may be offered an opportunity to participate in a larger study of the device at a later date.

    Participants who complete the entire study will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Enrolling now! Limited openings available!

    We can offer services in English and Spanish (all the way from the Orientation throughout the course of the study.)

  • Participate in Research: Caregiver/Family Member Survey
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    My name is Richie Sapp. My twin brother, Mikey, has been attending the TERI day program for several years now. I am a third-year medical student (MS3) at Stanford School of Medicine where I am currently taking a research year to focus my efforts in medical education, specifically to improve patient care for individuals with disabilities. I am creating an elective course for medical students/PA students for Winter Quarter 2018/19 and I could use your help.

    Please consider completing this first survey and if your son/daughter would like to complete the second survey on their own, I would welcome that too.

    1) This survey is for parents/caregivers of individuals with disabilities. Caregiver/Family Member Survey, which will help me with what content to put together for the course. Please feel free to share the survey with anyone who might be interested in sharing their experiences. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/FC0pVxymGi92OBq73

    2) Additionally, if you know anyone with a disability who would like to speak about their own experiences, there is a separate survey for individuals with disabilities. The link is below:

    https://goo.gl/forms/S2aJ7DuFOqhqgxl73

    Thank you so much for all your support!

    Please email me if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Richie Sapp
    ( rwsapp@stanford.edu)

  • Brain Imaging Studies for all Ages with or without Autism

  • The Brain Development Imaging Labs at San Diego State University are looking for individuals with diagnosed or suspected autism to participate in a brain imaging study. Participants would receive around $150 plus free cognitive testing and an MRI scan. Child participants would receive a free assessment summary and image of their brain as a bonus! We are looking to recruit from all ages, but we especially need adults, ages 40-65 years, to participate. If you know someone who might be a good fit for our study, please share this information with them. Thank you.

    At SDSU!!! To find out more, please call 619-594-0176 or email BDIL@SDSU.EDU.
    http://bdil.sdsu.edu/

     
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