Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. June 26, 2018

In This Issue

Autism's sex ratio, explained

White House Proposes Merging Education And Labor Departments

Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys

How Will A Consolidated Marketplace Affect Autism Services?

10 Reasons for Allowing Autistic Children to Watch TV and Videos

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

No Wait for RDI!!!

Conference: Love & Autism - Early Bird Pricing Ends August 15th!

Beyond Bullying - A Theatre Event Designed to Prevent Bullying

Now Enrolling: Xcite Steps Teen Summer Camp!

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Social Skills Summer Camp

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

Interview and Beyond: Skills to Get and Keep a Job

Adaptive Yoga in Carmel Valley

TAG TALK Carlsbad-How Naturalistic ABA Can Help Your Child Grow!

Stars and Stripes Dance Party in Fallbrook, June 29th!

Social Skills Groups & Ed Therapy

You Will Probably Be Fine: Tips for parents of kids with anxiety

ATPF Family Padres Game- Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates



  • Autism's sex ratio, explained
  • Autism is significantly more common in boys than in girls. This skewed sex ratio has been recognized since the first cases of autism were described in the 1940s. The exact reasons for the ratio remain unclear. It could be rooted in biological differences between the sexes. Or, some experts say, it may be an artifact of the way autism is defined and diagnosed.

    Here's how researchers estimate and explain the sex ratio in autism. Read on...

  • White House Proposes Merging Education And Labor Departments
  • The White House unveiled a plan Thursday to merge the Education and Labor departments into a single Cabinet agency: the Department of Education and the Workforce. The proposal is part of a 132-page document outlining a broad restructuring of the federal government. The changes would require congressional approval.

    The merger is part of a plan announced last year by Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to "make government lean, accountable, and more efficient." It also reflects the administration's focus on career technical education and skill-building for today's students. Read on...

  • Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys
  • Girls with autism traits have fewer problems with social communication than boys do early on, but their skills worsen by adolescence, a new study suggests1.

    The researchers looked at social traits of autism in the general population, rather than in children diagnosed with autism. Girls have fewer of these social issues than boys at age 7, but their social skills match those of boys by age 16.

    The findings may help explain why girls often receive an autism diagnosis later than boys do. Read on...

  • How Will A Consolidated Marketplace Affect Autism Services?
  • Recent large acquisitions in the autism services space have shifted the industry's landscape. This is a continuation of a trend that has seen many of the large providers across the nation acquired by private equity in the past five years. As the market consolidates and these national players emerge and compete, how will it affect the industry?

    The Autism Industry: Where We Are Today

    New data released from the CDC in April suggests that the prevalence of autism continues to climb. The data show a prevalence of 1 in 59 children, up from 1 in 68 just two years ago. This increase in prevalence will fuel an already growing demand for autism services. As the demand and market grow, investors will undoubtedly take notice. Read on...

  • 10 Reasons for Allowing Autistic Children to Watch TV and Videos
  • It's true that children on the autism spectrum need a great deal of therapeutic interaction. In fact, many therapeutic experts recommend hours a day of therapy, often provided by parents. TV and videos aren't interactive, so does that mean they're forbidden to parents with autistic children? Actually, TV and videos, in limited amounts and carefully selected, can actually be a boon to parents and autistic children alike. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • Hi! I was wondering if anyone here knows a BI or BCBA who lives or is willing to provide in home therapy in Tijuana? Currently we drive everyday to the ACES clinic in Chula Vista, but ideally I would like a BI coming to our house. If you know of anyone please share my email: TIA!

    We are the parents of a 10 year-old boy with autism. He really loves music and we want to use this interest to help him develop a hobby/skill (playing an instrument) that could add some joy to his life. We're looking for a recommendation on a drum, piano,and/ or guitar instructor who works with kids with special needs and/or has experience with working with individuals with autism. It's our hope to find someone upbeat and fun so lessons feel more like spending time with a fun, new friend rather than a 'therapy' session (he already has enough of those). We're open to individual and group lessons. Any recommendations are appreciated! Thank you!

    My autistic daughter (20) started to show OCD symptoms and behaviors at 17. It has gotten more intense and disruptive over time. The psychiatrist has prescribed a couple of different medications for her but none of them worked. Does anyone have recommendations for effective treatment?

    I am looking to connect with a parent of a young adult with autism and behavior issues. I have twin 20 year old girls with a mod/severe intellectual disability and autism. Both girls have behavior issues. One daughter's behaviors are worse than the other daughter's. The daughter with the more severe behavior difficulties has self injurious behaviors (bangs her head on the carpet, hits herself in the face and picks her fingers and they bleed) and aggressive behaviors ( pulls mother and sisters hair, throws objects and tears books.) In addition, she has broken two large screen T V's, lamps and numerous pictures. She also screams. Except for picking her fingers, she only exhibits these behaviors at home. She does not exhibit these behaviors at school or in the Saturday TERI respite program. I would like to connect with another parent with a child with similar behaviors to exchange ideas on what has helped reduce these behaviors. My e-mail is Thank-you

    Hi I'm in Carlsbad, I have a 14 yr old daughter who needs blood drawn for critical tests but has a major phobia re: needles. Her wonderful/understanding special Needs physician retired. Took her to 3 Dr.'s (including children's hospital SD) who pretty much told her to "suck it up" and were very punishing/not understanding. I need physician and/or lab that understands. Last time we took her to get blood drawn was five years ago it took 4 nurses to hold her down and one was kicked in the head. She was little then, now she's over 5'9". Please help! Thank you!

    I'm looking for an ophthalmologist who has experience with young adults with autism.

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  • No Wait for RDI!!!
  • 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 develop competence and trust in themselves and their guides. Click here for all the info!!!

    The Family Guidance and Therapy Center
    Two Offices to Serve You
    3555 Kenyon Street, Suite 101
    San Diego, CA 92110
    10731 Treena Street, #105
    San Diego, CA 92131
    619-600-0683 ext. 1

  • Conference: Love & Autism - Early Bird Pricing Ends August 15th!
  • October 13-14th, 2018
    9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Liberty Station Conference Center, San Diego, CA

    We value neurodivergent leaders and reject the pathology paradigm because the development of healthy autistic identities matters. Allowing love to lead us, we create powerful change in the world. Don't settle for the status quo, trust your heart. This is Love & Autism

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

  • Beyond Bullying - A Theatre Event Designed to Prevent Bullying
  • Contact Kathryn Campion at PACT for more information and to register for upcoming workshops. 760-815-8512,,

  • Now Enrolling: Xcite Steps Teen Summer Camp!
  • To sign up, email!

  • 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.

    The Cortica Care Model

    • Neurophysiology
    • Family and Home
    • Biochemistry
    • Cognition and Behavior
    • Sensorimotor
    • Communication
    Therapists with specialized expertise collaborate to understand and treat the whole child.

    Your customized program will focus on what your child's developing brain needs most to gain new abilities.

    The Cortica Care Model is based on a proven methodology that gives you confidence you're doing the right thing.

    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

  • Social Skills Summer Camp
  • For children with autism and related disorders who want to build social relationships

    Fred Finch CARES
    10174 Old Grove Road, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92131

    To register, please call 858-444-8823

  • Safer Than Prescription Medication for Anxiety and ADHD/ADD and the Effects are Permanent!!!
  • FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!!

    Microcurrent 4 Kids is San Diego's premiere pediatric microcurrent therapy program for children, teens and adults 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.

    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

  • Interview and Beyond: Skills to Get and Keep a Job
  • This 6-session course, facilitated by occupational and speech therapists, will coach young adults with autism how to navigate the unspoken rules of the workplace. As participants work through simulations, virtual reality practice, and group projects, they will develop awareness of common employer expectations and develop skills to navigate them confidently. Skills targeted include: successful interviewing, workplace social skills, organization and time management, self-advocacy and ability to accept workplace feedback. Participants must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or verification from a teacher that they have a 6th grade or higher reading level. Click here for all the info!!!

    Next event:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10th - 26th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Click here for the registration form.

    KIDS Therapy Associates
    11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct
    San Diego, California 92128
    (858) 673-5437

  • Adaptive Yoga in Carmel Valley
  • Come try this FREE CLASS designed for adult students with cognitive limitations at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center. This class is being sponsored by the council for Carmel Valley Recreation Council.

    Participants needing assistance please call Therapeutic Services at 619-525-8247.

    THURSDAY 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm June 28 - August 23 Room 1 (No class week of July 5th)

    Carmel Valley Recreation Center
    3777 Townsgate Drive
    San Diego, CA 92130
    For more information, Call Janice at 858-735-6166 or email her at

  • TAG TALK Carlsbad-How Naturalistic ABA Can Help Your Child Grow!
  • Tuesday, July 10 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM
    Therapeutic Approach to Growth
    5411 Avenida Encinas suite 110, Carlsbad, California 92126

    Join us for a TAG TALK on Tuesday July 10 from 6-7:30pm and learn about How Naturalistic ABA Can Help Your Child Grow!

  • Stars and Stripes Dance Party in Fallbrook, June 29th!
  • No RSVP necessary!!
    North Coast Church in Fallbrook
    1375 S Mission Rd.
    Fallbrook, CA 92028

  • Social Skills Groups & Ed Therapy
  • Center for Educational Therapy
    2667 Camino Del Rio South Suite 202
    San Diego, CA 92108
    (760) 845-3602

    Social Skills Groups & Ed Therapy

    Center for Educational Therapy caters to children, adolescents and young adults with Learning Disabilities and school based Social Skills Deficits. The Center provides a full treatment plan for those struggling with ADHD, ASD, ODD and other social emotional challenges. The Center works closely with private and public schools offering parents IEP advocacy.

    Treatment Plan Track A include Parenting sessions for children's and adolescents diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Asperger's Syndrome

    Treatment Plan Track B includes Social Skills Groups held once a week for one hour on Saturdays.

    Treatment Plan Track C includes One on One Educational Therapy from 1-3 times per week.

  • You Will Probably Be Fine: Tips for parents of kids with anxiety
  • When I was 8 or 9 years old, I saw a production of The Nutcracker on TV and fell in love with the idea of ballet. I pirouetted around the house night and day, with dreams of pink slippers in my head, until finally my mother signed me up for dance lessons.

    The day of the first class, we had to drive farther than I realized to a studio in an unfamiliar town. Woop. A tiny anxiety flare went off, somewhere between my stomach and chest.

    We found the address-a big, imposing building - and went inside. It smelled strange, like floor polish and rubber. Were we in the right place? Woop, woop. More anxiety flares. Read on...

  • ATPF Family Padres Game- Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Friday at 7:10 PM - 10:10 PM
    Petco Park
    100 Park Blvd, San Diego, California 92101

    We have 45 free tickets for this Padres Game! To RSVP contact 619-222-4465 or

  • 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.

    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!!!


    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.