Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. May 15, 2018

In This Issue

Wearable sensors may predict aggression in people with autism

Few parents recognize regression in their children with autism

Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from 'mild' cases

Young girls with autism have more psychiatric problems than boys

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

San Diego Regional Center Spring Newsletter

Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!

DanceABILITY Class for Adult Students in Point Loma

Safer Than Prescription Medication for Anxiety and ADHD/ADD and the Effects are Permanent!!!

My Special Needs Connection May Newsletter

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's a Gala!

Crimson by the Sea May Newsletter

Therapeutic Approach to Growth

Self Determination Update

Jeremiah's Ranch May Newsletter

Family Gym Night in Carlsbad

Book: Parenting Chaos: Practical Support And Encouragement For Parents Of Explosive Children

Home of Guiding Hands Spring Newsletter

BCBA Job Opportunity at CARES

TAG Art Exhibit! in Carlsbad, May 23rd



  • Wearable sensors may predict aggression in people with autism
  • A small wristband gives caregivers a one-minute warning that an individual with autism is about to become aggressive toward himself or others. Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. ¬≠¬≠

    Because it is unpredictable, aggression has significant quality-of-life ramifications for people with autism and their caregivers, says co-lead researcher Matthew Goodwin, associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, who presented the findings­. "Parents, who know their kids better than anybody, oftentimes have a hard time predicting when their kid is going to engage in some of these behaviors," he says.

    The device, made by a Massachusetts-based company called Empatica, detects an individual's heart rate, sweat levels, movement and skin temperature. Read on...

  • Few parents recognize regression in their children with autism
  • Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend, according to data from a large Norwegian study.

    Researchers presented the unpublished results yesterday at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Parents notice regression in only 2 percent of the children who lost social skills, according to the study.

    Regression can be characterized by either a sharp or gradual loss of language, social and other skills. Many more children with autism regress than researchers originally thought, says Alexandra Havdahl, a research fellow at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, who presented the findings. Read on...

  • Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from 'mild' cases
  • The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence the United States between 2000 and 2012 can be attributed to children on the mild end of the spectrum.

    The findings come from prevalence data gathered by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    In a separate report, researchers also presented early estimates of autism's prevalence in Europe, based on surveys in 14 countries.

    Estimates of autism's prevalence in the U.S. have risen significantly from 1 in 150 children in 2000, when the ADDM began tracking it, to 1 in 59 children for data collected in 2014. There are several theories about the reasons for this rise, but most experts agree that most of it is the result of increased awareness about the condition. Read on...

  • Young girls with autism have more psychiatric problems than boys
  • A greater proportion of 3-year-old girls than boys with autism have psychiatric features such as anxiety and angry moods. These young girls also tend to have poor daily-living and other 'adaptive functioning' skills. Researchers presented the unpublished results yesterday at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Preliminary data hint that an enlarged amygdala, an emotion hub in the brain, underlies some of the problems in girls.

    The study is one of the first to examine psychiatric features in children as young as 3. Many of these features also accompany attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, among other conditions. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • I'm wondering if you know where I could refer a 16-year-old who is low income but does have insurance to be tested for ASD/Asperger's? They live in Encinitas.

    We are moving to San Diego this June. We have a 10 year old son with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is very intelligent and strong academically but struggles with stimming, restricted interests, anxiety, and finding close friends. Can you refer us to a good psychologist? We are moving to Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley, and would prefer someone close if possible. Thanks!!

    We are looking for an effective swim instructor for my son with autism. He hasn't progressed much with the current swim school he goes to. Does anyone know of someone who teaches private swim lessons to kids with autism at their own pool? If so, please contact me at . Thank you! Anita

    I am the parent of a 12 year old 7th grader who struggles severely with autism-like behaviors and a host of disabilities. I am unable to find a way to have her diagnosed. My two special needs children are adopted. I am a single stay at home mom and I do not have the resources for a private evaluation. We have a 12 year history of services with Rady Children's Hospital including one year in residential treatment. I'm interested to find any new information about what a parent is to do when both the medical and school communities neglects such severe needs. Thank you.

    My 12 year old daughter suffers from Dyscalculia. I am searching for other parents who have dealt with obtaining academic supports from the school districts. Most specifically what is placed in an IEP in the area of: goals, accommodations and supports. My experience has been the refusal to acknowledge the condition or to provide the research based teaching needed. Thank you.

    High functioning autistic adult male looking for a roommate in the North County Inland area. The individual does not need to be on the autism spectrum and if they are should be fairly high functioning, be able to do basic care for themselves, and have no behavioral issues. Open to both male and female roommates. Please contact

    I'm looking for someone who knows about phonics and reading programs to help my autistic 11-year-old son learn how to read.
    Please contact me at

    Anyone interested in a social group for teen boys and girls in 92129 area?
    My 17 year old daughter is probably on the spectrum and her main difficulty is social skills and making friends. Please e mail if interested in getting some of these teens together for fun,outings and lasting friendships. Thanks Kim

    If you have a question or request for this newsletter group, please send your email request to People who can help you will email you directly with their responses.

  • San Diego Regional Center Spring Newsletter
  • Feature Article - On the Road Again
    Self-Determination Information Sessions
    Taking Charge of Your Life
    Client Profiles/Celebrating Our Success
    Celebrating Our Diversity
    Click here to read this newsletter!!!

  • Developmental DIR Autism Therapy in Your Home!
  • Real Connections Child Development Institute
    Supporting and partnering with families of children on the autism spectrum through understanding, engagement and relationships.

    Developmental Play Therapy - 1:1 developmental therapy in your child's natural environment. Evidenced- based, emotional, cognitive and neurobiological therapy that assists your child in developing meaningful relationships.

    Parent Coaching & Support - Real-time training and education in your child's individual profile. Learn new ways to engage and connect, while focusing on communicative and cognitive/ social emotional development. Maximize your child's developmental growth through both daily interactions and parent-child intervention sessions.

    A "Whole Child" Program

    • Flexible Thinking
    • Problem Solving
    • Scripting
    • Perserveration
    • Meltdowns
    • Executive Function Skills
    • Regulation
    • Sensory Integration
    • Spatial Processing
    • Individualized Program
    Real Connections San Diego
    415 North Highway 101, Suite C
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    619-840-0015 or 858-768-0313

  • DanceABILITY Class for Adult Students in Point Loma
  • Malashock Dance in San Diego is offering a DanceABILITY class for adult students with intellectual differences at 4:30 pm on Fridays starting May 25th. The hour-long class is one that the dance company offered for a long time and we are excited to bring it back!

  • Safer Than Prescription Medication for Anxiety and ADHD/ADD and the Effects are Permanent!!!
  • Microcurrent 4 Kids is San Diego's premiere pediatric microcurrent therapy program for children with special needs. Our program is the BEST therapy for Autism & ADHD, as you will see by the rapid improvement in your child's skills and abilities, because of how well it promotes developmental growth and couples with ALL other therapies. Proudly serving all of San Diego and conveniently located in Kearny Mesa, just off the 163 freeway and Balboa Avenue.

    If you are looking for autism treatment like cranial sacral, PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field), transcranial magnetic stim, FSM (frequency specific microcurrent), hyperbaric oxygenation, MRT (magnetic resonance therapy), chelation, or other alternative treatment options -give us a call to learn about how Microcurrent 4 Kids may be the better choice for you and your family!

    Microcurrent 4 Kids
    4540 Kearny Villa Road, Ste. 211
    San Diego, CA 92123
    858 367-9108

  • My Special Needs Connection May Newsletter

  • Click here to read their May edition for all the latest news and info!!!

  • It's a bird...It's a plane...It's a Gala!
  • Join us on June 9th from 5:30-11pm at the US Grant Hotel for what is sure to be an evening of epic adventure. You'll enjoy a cocktail reception, three course dinner with wine service, silent and live auction, live entertainment and more.

    Click here to purchase tickets or become an event sponsor.

    For more info or to become a sponsor please call (619)938-2854 or email

    All proceeds from this event benefit Home of Guiding Hands who is one of the largest providers of supports and services in San Diego County, serving more than 2,500 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. At HGH, we believe that individuals thrive where they can direct their own lives in a setting that offers a more fulfilling lifestyle, provides individualized attention, increased opportunities for self-sufficiency, and encourages greater community integration and access.

    Home of Guiding Hands
    1908 Friendship Dr.
    El Cajon, CA 92020

  • Crimson by the Sea May Newsletter
  • Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the latest info!!!

  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth
  • Therapeutic Approach to Growth believes that every individual is unique and has the potential for significant growth. We assume and foster competence while honoring family values and priorities. Our holistic approach is built upon trusting, supportive relationships and collaboration between disciplines and families.

    We specializing in the development and implementation of individualized comprehensive programs utilizing Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing, Applied Behavior Analysis, Art Therapy, and Life Balance Yoga Therapy.

    Offering support in the San Diego, Carlsbad, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

    In addition to supporting our clients directly, we offer guidance to parents, grandparents, therapists, teachers, siblings, school staff, babysitters etc.

    Therapeutic Approach to Growth
    (858) 689-2027

  • Self Determination Update
  • In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law the Self-Determination Program, which will provide consumers and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet objectives in their Individual Program Plan. Learn more about Self Determination.

    The Department is pleased to announce that on March 13, 2018, the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver application seeking federal funding for the Self-Determination Program was formally re-submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    A copy of the Waiver application is available below. CMS has 90 days to either approve the application, deny the application or request additional information. Because of all the work that's been done with CMS to prepare for this formal re-submission, we are very hopeful the application will be approved. We will post updates regarding communications with CMS about the status of the application. Updates will be posted as we progress toward implementation. Self-Determination Program Waiver Application.

    You may also wish to get involved in your Local Advisory Committee. The next meeting is scheduled for May 18, 2018, 10:00 am at the San Diego Regional Center and attend an information session. Click here for more information!

  • Jeremiah's Ranch May Newsletter
  • Click here to read their latest newsletter for all the info!!!

  • Family Gym Night in Carlsbad
  • Saturday, May 19 at 4 PM - 6 PM
    Magdalena Ecke YMCA Gymnastics Center
    6100-B Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011

    Join other families impacted by Autism at a Family Fun Gymnastics Night in North County. The Magdalena Ecke YMCA will provide the gymnasium equipment. Together, we will provide the fun! Bring the entire family for an enjoyable, relaxing night of family recreation.

    *Please remember that there is NO childcare provided at this event. For safety reasons, attendees are expected to be with their children at all times. The YMCA staff will be enforcing this rule.

    Pizza will be provided for participants - we encourage participants to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

    $5 minimum donation per family. Thank you!
    Click here for all the info!

  • Book: Parenting Chaos: Practical Support And Encouragement For Parents Of Explosive Children
  • Just because we don't often publicly discuss the really hard things, doesn't mean they aren't happening. Parenting Chaos Throughout this book, Shawna shares the realities associated with mothering an explosive child. It includes an in-depth look at her approach, day-to-day failures, successes and progress. Written by a mother who lives with explosive behavior every single day. Click here to check it out and order from Amazon!!!

  • Home of Guiding Hands Spring Newsletter
  • The Spring Edition Is In!

    Enjoy stories about our organization, the incredible people who support us, accomplishments of HGH staff, reports and photos of fundraising events, and most importantly, the people we are so privileged to serve.

    Take a peek and let us know your thoughts. We welcome your feedback.

    Click here to read full issue of the Q Report.

  • BCBA Job Opportunity at CARES

  • TAG Art Exhibit! in Carlsbad, May 23rd
  • We are excited to invite you and your family to our first ever TAG Art Exhibit! This month, our Carlsbad students are working hard to plan an afternoon filled with art, snacks, and activities. This exhibit will be from 3:00-5:30 pm on Wednesday May 23rd in our Carlsbad office at 5411 Avenida Encinas Suite 110. We would love for you to come out and enjoy the fun and support our students. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information please contact We hope to see you there!

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT
  • 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

  • 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.

    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 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

  • Summer Camps 2018

  • Looking for summer activities that will keep your child with autism engaged and learning new skills, all while still having fun?

    San Diego is home to many summer camps, sports activities, art classes and other programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In an effort to make this process easier for parents, NFAR's guide lists many of the camp options available in our community.

    Click here to view the list!!!

  • Therapeutic Recreation Services Summer 2018 Calendar

  • Click here to view the calendar!!!
    Registration for Summer activities happening now!!!


    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.