Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. September 18, 2018

In This Issue

How a 'pacemaker' for the brain could ease autism traits

A Teacher's View: The Beauty of Autism

When Your Tween or Teen Has A Negative Mindset

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

2018 Home of Guiding Hands 36th Annual Golf Classic

4th Annual Captain Conference on Supporting Inclusion

2018 Love & Autism Conference

NEW: Engage & Connect 4-Week Program Series

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference

Cara Lucier & Associates

Prepare for Your Child's Future

FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!

InnerDancer Halloween Dance Party for Teens & Adults with Special Needs

Opening Night Tickets! JK Rowling's The Crimes of Grindelwald

AIT for YOU, a division of T, Silverman, Training and Consultation, will conduct a 10-day Berard AIT session in the San Diego area

SAVE THE DATE!!! 15th Anniversary Race for Autism!


  • How a 'pacemaker' for the brain could ease autism traits

  • The ability scientists have to manipulate genes has spawned new treatments for cancer and other illnesses. But it has also fostered an obsession with understanding the human body down to its most fundamental building blocks. This granular focus on molecules may at times blind us to the big picture, and to practical solutions.

    My colleagues and I have found, in work published over the past two years, the value of considering the brain as a whole rather than dissecting the workings of every last molecule. What we have found suggests that by nudging sets of neurons to collaborate better, we might be able to alleviate autism traits. Read on...

  • A Teacher's View: The Beauty of Autism
  • In my experience, people with autism always have things that are priorities to them. Priorities can mean many different things. It could be a highly specific topic of conversation they wish to discuss, a tangible item that is particularly important to them, or maybe it's an activity they wish to engage in without interruption. People who do not have autism that attempt to erase these priorities will not be able to truly reach that individual. It's the special people who use that individual's "priorities" to engage with them who receive positive and meaningful interactions.

    People with autism are exceptional in that they are fearlessly and authentically themselves. Our societal norms do not affect the individual's agenda to be fully himself or herself. This can be off-putting for those who do not understand or appreciate this. However, with awareness, one can truly see the beauty of an autistic mind. The uninformed believe these individuals need to bend, adapt, and conform to fit into their society. I have met enough individuals to know that it is not them who needs to bend. I will not deny there is much to be learned from a very young age in social and communication skills in order to function in today's world and be in a relationship with others. But the truth is that there is so much more to be learned from the rest of the world. Read on...

  • When Your Tween or Teen Has A Negative Mindset
  • He said it about 14 times before lunch yesterday.

    "I can't do anything right..."

    "I'm never going to be able to do it..."

    "I should just give up. I am never going to be able to read... to draw... to the play the guitar... to write."

    I am sad to say, as my son heads into his teenage years, a negative mindset has become his almost constant companion.

    It caught me by surprise at first.

    We homeschool. He is not being bullied. I try every single day to focus on his strengths and encourage him. "Where is this coming from?" I wondered.

    But the more I have learned about fixed vs. growth mindsets, the more I have come to see this as a fact of life for many of our kids. With or without special needs, learning to focus on the good and the true is a significant challenge for growing tweens and teens (and adults for that matter). Read on...

  • Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

  • A few years ago, I began to see children in my practice who seemingly responded to marijuana-derived extracts. And as a result, I grew cautiously optimistic that these extracts might be good treatments for the condition.

    As a devout believer in evidence-based medicine, I still needed experimental data that could distinguish bona fide effectiveness from a deceptive impression of benefit - a placebo effect.

    But my desire to study marijuana ran headlong into a seemingly immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The agency's illogical and stubborn stance makes it all but impossible for scientists to study cannabidiol. I persevered and eventually succeeded in launching a study, but no doubt many others give up, robbing us of valuable insight into marijuana's potential benefits. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • Hi we are a new family who is in the military and are moving to San Diego I wanted help with guidance on school system and ABA, speech and OT services. We will be living near Murphy Canyon.

    I'm looking for music classes for my 10 year old Autistic Son. I would like to go to the studio if it's close to where I live which is in Rancho Bernardo Area or Carmel Mountain Area.
    Thank you

    I am a mother of a 12 year old boy, diagnosed with moderate autism, almost nonverbal. I am having to work more hours, as result he will be under care of different care takers. I am searching for a GPS/Tracker where I could hear his surroundings and if needed talking to him to calming him down. He is not able to use a cell phone so this will not be an option. I will appreciate ideas. Thank you

    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.

  • 2018 Home of Guiding Hands 36th Annual Golf Classic
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    Join Us For The 36th Annual HGH Pro-Am Golf Classic
    Friday, October 26 at 10 AM - 7 PM
    Maderas Golf Club
    17750 Old Coach Road, Poway, California 92064

    Each team will be partnered with a San Diego PGA member.
    You'll enjoy a fun-filled day of on-course contests to include an advantage game, chances a the hot shot air cannon, and more. A variety of craft beer stations will be placed throughout the course along with a select group of local food vendors.
    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

    HGH is one of the largest providers of supports and services in San Diego County, serving more than 3,200 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.

  • 4th Annual Captain Conference on Supporting Inclusion
  • Saturday, October 27 at 8:30 AM - 3 PM
    Liberty Station Conference Center
    2600 Laning Rd, San Diego, California 92106
    $15 registration in advance - $30 at the door

    Learn about the research and practical guidelines for using evidence-based practices to promote inclusion throughout the lifespan.

    Breakout sessions will include:

    • Visual Supports for community settings
    • Social Skills Overview
    • Reinforcement and ABI: Easy Modifications
    • SUCCESS program
    • Peer Mediated Supports and Interventions
    • And more...
    Register at

  • 2018 Love & Autism Conference
  • October 13-14th, 2018
    9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Liberty Station Conference Center, San Diego, CA

    When we started this conference 5 years ago, it was a small, local conference with the belief that everyone deserves the highest quality relationship possible. There was, and still is, a devastating and pervasive myth that autistic people are not interested in creating meaningful relationships, nor capable of love. We know every human being needs love and human connection.

    Today, Love & Autism is so much more than our original vision. Our mission grew along the way. We are creating a world where autistic people are valued and worthy.

    • 100% autistic representation on main stage
    • 15 main stage presenters, 4 main stage performers & 15+ breakout sessions
    • 4 unique conference tracks including conference track for young autistic self-advocates 12+
    • Accommodations designed to create safe autistic space throughout the entire conference experience
    • Music, art, special events, and more!
    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!!

  • NEW: Engage & Connect 4-Week Program Series
  • Just a few spots left!

    Families of young children with autism, ages 2 - 8 (and their siblings), are invited to join us for a 4-week program series called "Engage & Connect".

    Participants sign up for a once-a-week program for four consecutive weeks. New, fun play activities will be facilitated by special education professionals and therapists designed to encourage engagement, communication, and enjoyment.

    The first series will be held at the Kid Ventures indoor recreational play center in 4S Ranch on Thursday evenings in October from 5 - 6:30 pm.

    Sign up today! Just a few spots left!
    Register or learn more

  • 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
    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
    16800 Aston, Suite 175
    Irvine, CA 92606

  • Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference
  • Fri, October 19, 2018
    8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
    2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
    San Diego, CA 92037

    The Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference is a day-long collaboration which will showcase cutting-edge findings and innovations in the field of Neuroscience and Autism. This conference will serve as a forum to bring together forward-thinking leaders and individuals interested in learning more about synergy here in San Diego.
    This is a FREE conference! Please click here for all the info and to register!!

  • Cara Lucier & Associates
  • At Cara Lucier & Associates we believe in the ability of every person to reach their potential. We believe that education is the key to opportunity. We advocate for the rights of individuals and their families:

    • IEP team meetings
    • Mediation
    • Due Process Hearings and Appeals
    • 504 Meetings and Appeals
    • Regional Center Meetings and Appeals
    • IHSS Appeals
    • Civil Rights Litigation
    For a free 60-minute initial consultation, please contact us at (760)505-2498.

    Law Offices of Cara Lucier
    Civil Rights and Education Law
    701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite #300
    Carlsbad, CA 92011
    Phone: (760) 717-3451

  • Prepare for Your Child's Future
  • RSVP and questions contact or call 619-524-0916

  • FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!
  • 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, 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.

    Some of the neuro-developmental issues we commonly see include:

    • Autism/Asperger's
    • Sensory Processing Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Tourette's Syndrome
    • Developmental Delay
    • Epilepsy
    • And many more!
    Call 858-367-9108 for your free consultation!!!

    Microcurrent 4 Kids
    4540 Kearny Villa Road, Ste. 211
    San Diego, CA 92123

  • InnerDancer Halloween Dance Party for Teens & Adults with Special Needs
  • RSVP to Caroline at 602-502-2743

  • Opening Night Tickets! JK Rowling's The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • As a thanks for your continuous fan support, we're giving you the first opportunity to purchase tickets to this year's special needs movie fundraiser!

    Join us November 16, 7 pm at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley for the wizardly celebration of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

    Our events offer much more than just seeing the movie on OPENING NIGHT. As our guest, you can dress in your house colors and show off your themed souvenir event badges. You can create a magic potion bottle and wizard wand with other J.K. Rowling fans! You'll also enjoy movie snacks and fantastic prizes. All before viewing the much anticipated sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

    Buy your OPENING NIGHT tickets today - before everyone else!

  • AIT for YOU, a division of T, Silverman, Training and Consultation, will conduct a 10-day Berard AIT session in the San Diego area
  • BERARD Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a non-invasive, sensory based treatment which enhances aspects of hearing perception, as well as auditory integration and processing. Individuals over the age of 3 can participate in the training program. Teenagers and adults benefit also. Individuals with ASD, ADD, LD, PDD, CAPD, and hypersensitivity have benefited from this innovative therapeutic program. AIT for YOU has treated over 3,500 individuals in CA, NV, NJ, PA, WI, IL, IA, MD and DE. Results from BERARD AIT practitioners around the world document that when the Berard protocol is used, in conjunction with BERARD equipment, statistically significant positive results are achieved.

    Dates: November 16 through November 23 , 2018 (10 consecutive days, only one day is a school day)
    Location: Kearny Mesa, 8344 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, conveniently located near the 163 and the 52

    Cost: 7 participants registered - $1650 per participant
    6 participants registered - $1850 per participant
    5 participants registered- $2250 per participant
    Fee reduction for second participant in the same family
    Fee reduction for repeating participant

    Early registration received by October 1, save $100!

    For all the info and to register contact Terrie Silverman at 414-405-7820 or email her at

  • SAVE THE DATE!!! 15th Anniversary Race for Autism!
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019

    Join us at the Race for Autism as we come together to celebrate 15 years of making a difference for those with autism in San Diego. It's going to be SUPER!

    Please note: This year's Race is the first weekend in April during Autism Awareness Month!

    PLUS: Don't miss out on our Family Friendly Pricing available through December 31st.
    Or, take advantage of our Justice League pricing package for the 15th anniversary!
    Justice League Special - $25 flat rate for 15 persons! (good thru 12/31/18)

    Learn more or contact NFAR at 858-679-8800

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT
  • Social stories (in English and Spanish) for 7 museums in Balboa Park (The Nat, The Fleet, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Man, San Diego History Center, and Japanese Friendship Garden) are available online. These were created by young adults with autsim as part of the SPECTRUM Social Stories Project here at The Nat.

  • 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 Therapeutic Recreation Services Newsletter for Fall 2018
  • 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.

    Fall Calendar

    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.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) "Fever Effect" Pilot Study Enrollment Announced

  • Click here to view the flyer. For more info and to enroll please contact

    'This study is really interesting. So many times I have heard of kids who have great days just as they are coming down with a cold. Other times kids get cranky. This device can safely raise body temperature and maybe help some people. But it has to be looked at carefully, which is why we are doing this controlled pilot study. Please let us know if you want to try it!'

    Joshua D Feder, MD
    Child and Family Psychiatry

  • Brain Imaging Studies for all Ages with or without Autism

  • At SDSU!!! To find out more, please call 619-594-0176 or email BDIL@SDSU.EDU.


    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.