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October 8, 2015
Prepare Ahead!

Free Autism Workshop

Overcoming Autism

Ask Nicole: Raising Teens: Hovering or Guiding?

Autism Resources
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(A Oct) ElNinoSC_Ready.jpgI watched images of the South Carolina flooding on tv and wondered why, with all the advance warning we receive about severe weather these days, people were driving vehicles into flooded roads or were trapped in a low areas prone to flooding.  We in Santa Cruz County are receiving advance warning about the potential for lots of powerful water this winter.  Historical photos testify to the severity of El Nino storms. Let's get ready!

(A Oct) 58flood.jpgJanice Bisgaard of the Santa Cruz Public Works Department suggests that we prepare now for potential El Nino storm disasters.  Cities countywide are cleaning ditches, lining up fire departments to be dispensers of bags and sand, managing vegetation, cleaning storm drains, pump stations and drainage areas; making plans for "hot-spot" areas especially those in low lying areas, to ensure they are prepared for potential flood events related to heavy rainfall. Those living near streams need to consider their plan in the event of flash floods.  Mountain dwellers know to expect downed trees and mudslides.  Power outages go hand in hand with storms.  Historical stories and photos testify to the severity of El Nino storms.    

There's a lot a family can do now to prepare for possible emergencies.  Here's a link to a Before the Storm list and also a link to a downloadable brochure, Emergency Storm Preparation.  Involving the children in discussions and preparations can be positive and empowering.  Do you have Nixel (emergency alerts from SC County officials)?  Emergency supplies?  School telephone trees?  Communication plans with loved ones in case cell service becomes challenged?

Schools are offering Open Houses.  This is a great time of year to look at our options.  It's one thing to read about a school's philosophy and curriculum, but quite another to visit, observe and tune in to the environment of a school.  There's a school that's right for each of our children.  We are the best ones to choose well for our children.

A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can range from mild to profound and is the beginning of a challenging journey for the entire family.  1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  10-20% of those diagnosed will successfully overcome their symptoms and be able to function "normally."  I learned this from autism experts on an excellent radio show, The People's Pharmacy, and you (A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgcan listen to a podcast of the same show.

Thank you for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend our newsletter to a friend

Enjoy the weekend with your family, Parmalee

Image: 1958 Flood reaches Front St., Santa Cruz

 

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  Free Autism Workshop

Oct. 17: FREE WORKSHOP FOR AUTISM FAMILIES ON MEDI-CAL

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most recommended evidence-based treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. This treatment, along with speech and occupational therapy, are newly available to families on Medi-Cal. This bilingual workshop will walk parents through the specific steps to take in order to obtain ABA for their child with autism through Medi-Cal. Regional Center clients who are receiving ABA through the RC will need to begin getting ABA therapy through Medi-Cal beginning in 2016.

The workshop will be help on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 10 am - noon at the San Andreas Regional Center offices at 344 Salinas St., Ste 207 Salinas, CA. Childcare is available but requires an RSVP.

RSVP online at www.autismhealthinsurance.org/rsv-aba-event or by phone at (408) 431-0936. Walk-ins Okay!

Please leave a message. While some services are available to children with autism through their school district and the Regional Center, this workshop will cover the primary autism treatments families can obtain through their health insurance (ABA, speech & OT) and how to get them. This workshop is being held by the Autism Health Insurance Project with collaborative assistance from San Andreas Regional Center, Special Parents Information Network, Special Kids Crusade and the Central Coast Alliance for Health. 

 

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  Overcoming Autism

The People's Pharmacy
Talk Show on NPR

"The proportion of children with autism has increased dramatically over the last several decades. The CDC estimates that 1 out of every 68 American youngsters could be diagnosed as belonging on the autism spectrum. While most parents assume that this disorder is irreversible, there are some children who no longer fit the diagnostic criteria after early, intensive intervention.

Find out how early intervention can help achieve an optimal outcome for a child on the autism disorder spectrum. What treatments make a difference?

Overcoming Autism with ABA:  We talk with a psychologist who has studied kids overcoming autism, with a parent whose son Jake was able to reverse his diagnosis of autism and with a therapist who explains how applied behavior analysis (ABA) works.

Guests:

Deborah Fein, PhD, is the UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. She is also head of the clinical division in the department of psychological sciences and professor in the department of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her forthcoming book (December, 2015) is The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk: How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills. 

Karen Siff Exkorn's book is The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing-From A Mother Whose Child Recovered. The Autism Sourcebook 

Rebecca MacDonald, PhD, BCBA-D, is a licensed psychologist and board-certified applied behavior analyst. She is the Senior Program Director at The New England Center for Children, Inc.  

Listen to the Podcast:  The podcast of this program is available for free now and for about two more weeks. The show can be streamed online from the website.  Four weeks after broadcast, digital downloads are available for $2.99.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Raising Teens: Hovering or Guiding?

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

My teenage son recently announced he'd read an article on "helicopter parents" for his English class. This was stated while negotiating his weekend plans, and said with a look and tone that implied the article was about us. When asked what that term meant to him, he said, "Parents who hover over their kids so much that the kids don't learn to do things on their own, so they're not prepared to be independent." Ouch.

We reassured him that we share the same goal: One day, he'll be independent and living with someone other than his parents. Our conversation reminded me that it's easy to blur the line between "hovering" and guiding. Ironically, our questions about his weekend plans were meant to gauge his readiness for greater independence, but all he could hear was the wop-wop-wop of helicopter blades.

Dear Nicole,   My son is in high school, and I'm not sure he'll ever be ready to leave home. He's a good kid but doesn't think before he acts. He's gotten in trouble for talking back to teachers, posting inappropriate things on social media, and pulling pranks at school. He says all his friends do it and adults make too big of a deal about it. I'm frustrated that he doesn't take responsibility for his actions. What do you suggest?    Patricia

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TASTE OF THE WARRIORS' FOOD, WINE & KID FUN
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Santa Cruz City Schools
Date: 10/10/2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Details: A family-friendly benefit for Santa Cruz City Schools - food, raffles, meet mvp guests
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Aptos Fire Station Open House
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Aptos Fire
Date: 10/11/2015 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Meet local firefighters, EMT's, law enforcement, water district representatives, disaster relief workers and more at our annual
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Great pumpkins and huge haybale maze
City: Half Moon Bay Phone: (650) 726-7548 view all details >>
     
Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: 10/15/2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Get some dazzling color for your home garden
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
     
Sandy Shore Exploration
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 10/10/2015 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Join educators from the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in a fun exploration of our local marine sanctuary
Special Instructions: Space is limited. Advanced registration is required. Contact Programs Office to sign up: 831.427.7717 or email: pro@santacruzpl.org.
City: La Selva Beach Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 04/08/2017 at 2:00pm
Details: Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm
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Garage Sale Weekend
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5449 view all details >>
     
Bike to Work/School Day
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Ecology Action
Date: 10/06/2016 from 6:30am to 9:30am
Ages: All
Details: Bike/Walk to School Day as part of Bike Week
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County
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  Autism Resources

Parent Support Groups
San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties Special Parents Information Network: SPIN
Monterey County Special Kids Crusade: SKC


Resources

SPIN, Special Parents Information Network, offers extensive resource guides, available in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County.

English Resource Guiderequires Acrobat reader     ~    Spanish Resource Guiderequires Acrobat reader

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San Andreas Regional Center Autism Resources 

San Andreas Regional Center, a community-based, private nonprofit corporation that is funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities, is one of 21 Regional Centers throughout California serving individuals and their families who reside within Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

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Coryell Autism Center
Coryell Autism Center, located in Santa Cruz, prepares young people with autism to lead meaningful, productive and independent adult lives.  The Center is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing specially-designed educational services to people with autism, multiple disabilities and moderate-severe intellectual disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22.

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The Chrysalis Center, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Center for Children with Special Needs - The County Office of Education has collaborated since 2008 with the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose to address the expanding needs of this student population and create opportunities for success. The Morgan Autism Center is a private, nonprofit organization that provides services for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. After studying various programs that address these needs, the County Office of Education's Special Education Programs' administrators determined the Morgan Center to be a model of best practices. The collaboration has created a more cost-efficient COE program that effectively trains staff and builds capacity to serve students.

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Autism Speaks  The primary mission of the Autism Speaks ATN is to improve health care for all individuals with autism. While our work is autism focused, our clinicians and researchers look at the health of our patients from a much broader perspective. We try to consider all aspects of their lives beyond the care they receive at our centers. 

Autism Speaks, MSSNG, Genomic Database on Autism  MSSNG is a groundbreaking collaboration between Google and Autism Speaks to create the world's largest genomic database on autism. By sequencing the DNA of over 10,000 families affected by autism, MSSNG will answer the many questions we still have about the disorder.  T​hanks to the Google Cloud, this vast sea of information will be made accessible for free to researchers everywhere. The greatest minds in science from around the world will be able to study trillions of data points in one single database. Our pilot program of 1,000 whole genomes has led to new discoveries about the disorder. With over 10,000 whole genomes and the help of the global science community we can far outreach what has been accomplished so far. MSSNG will identify many subtypes of autism, which may lead to more personalized and more accurate treatments. For questions about MSSNG, please contact us at info@mss.ng or call (646) 385-8593..

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Kaiser Permanente Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources: Websites, Books and Community Services 

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