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Subject: Feb 2-2010 Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
: 2010-02-02 17:10:21
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February 2nd 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter

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•1.            Help a parent! Need to know something? Want to contact other parents? This is YOUR space....

•·        Creative home ideas wanted. Mother who has a 20 year old low-functioning autistic son.  She was offered "homes" for him, but she did not like what she saw and decided to look after him herself.  She gets no further support other than the $800 disability.  Is there anyone who has experience arranging a more individualized care program for their adult son, who might be able to help guide and support this mother?  Please contact who will forward.

•·  Parent looking for looking for a lawyer to help them draw up a will. Does anyone from your list have some recommendations? Reply to  who will forward.

•·  Does anyone have any experience with Queen Mary School in Vancouver that they could share with a parent that is considering this school for her child in September (K). Reply to  who will forward.

•·        Clinical Depression in young adults with significant challenges. Can anyone recommend a psychologist/ psychiatrist/ therapist to work with a very unhappy young woman in Prince George (Family willing to travel)? Reply to  who will forward

•·        Mom seeking information on feeding tube specialists/ surgeons in the lower mainland. Reply to who will forward.

•·        Transition Planning Fair in 7-8.30pm Burnaby Mountain Secondary on March 2nd Over 30 organizations that provide post secondary opportunities

•·        SPORT WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS 6 AND UNDER APPLY NOW!!! . The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, with funding from the Rick Hansen Foundation's Let's Play program and the Ministry of Education, has just launched an initiative to promote physical activity in kids 6 years of age and under with a physical disability by providing free sport wheelchairs in communities throughout British Columbia. If you have a child with a physical disability, 6 years of age or younger as of July 22, who can use a manual wheelchair independently, please send for an application. Please contact us now at:  

•·        Mother seeks help in changing the way SEAs are assigned

•·        Families: Are you still waiting for MCFD ‘at home respite'? I have heard some alarming stories. Have you been affected? PLEASE lee me know - confidentiality respected. Contact   

•·        The first meeting in 2010 of the Transition Parent group will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Angela Smith from the Ability Tax Group. will be talking to us about RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) and Tax Credits that are available for people with disabilities. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd), 6:30 - 8:30pm, Wednesday February 3rd, 2010

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

•·  There is currently space in the Reach Group Respite Program for the 12 to 19 year old age group. To be eligible, a child must meet the Ministry for Children and Family Development criteria for special needs. Program fee is included. For more information call 604-946-6622 ext. 306

2.a Reach News :

•·        New Reach ABA program...Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted. See Reach ABA Program page.

•·        SENSORY INTEGRATION workshop, Feb 18th.

•·        Positive Parenting: The basics and beyond  An interactive approach to creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for your family interactions. You will learn : Positive strategies for dealing with difficult  behaviour, how to diffuse power struggles, offer appropriate choices, be consistent, provide consequences, model appropriate behaviour and much more! Where: EIBI Boardroom, Room # #- 3800 72nd Street Delta,  

 9:30am - 4:30pm,  Saturday February 27, 2010. cost:  $20.00 per person. Refreshments: Coffee, Tea, water  and snacks will be provided. *Please bring your own  nut free lunch. For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins 604.946.6622 Ext. 341. Fax: 604.946.6223

•·        Download Reach Workshops 2009/10 flyer here  



•·        Parents of autistic children to demonstrate

•·        Vigil mourns killing of autism services in BC

•·        Medical journal retracts autism paper 12 years on  The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper on Tuesday that caused a 12-year international battle over links between the three-in-one childhood vaccine MMR and autism.

•·        TriCities Autism Group next meeting: February 10, 2010 #14-3610 Hastings St. Port Coquitlam (inside Westwood Elementary School) 7-8:45 pm. Special guests: Reps from Canucks Autism Network (CAN) coming out to let us know what their organization is about and what programs they have to offer. Contact:  

•·        The ABA Support Network Presents: "Social Emotional Learning Within A School Setting Realistic Approaches to a Realistic Issue" .Topics will include: What is the true definition of an inclusive classroom, ABC's of autism and social skills, What is social emotional learning and what does mean to a child with autism and their peers; Strategies that are ‘doable' in the classroom; Buy in from teachers. Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 7-9pm, Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, 16555 Fraser Hwy, Use Arena entrance and go up stairs to MP Room #3 RSVP: 

•·        The Board of BC-ABA has been developing position statements regarding relevant international, regional, provincial and local issues and their impact on the field of Behaviour Analysis and the delivery of quality behavior analytic services: MCFD Funding Changes for 2010

•·         Discrimination laws now include autism (NJ)

•·  Free recreation program at Bonsor Tuesdays, January 26-March 2, 2010, 8-14 year olds with a physical disability.Siblings and friends are welcome! 6 sessions, 5:55-6:55pm No fee. Join us in a pilot recreation project run by the BC Centre for Ability, in collaboration with Burnaby Parks and Recreation to get fit and have fun. Sample a variety of recreational activities such as karate, basketball, floor hockey, t-ball, volleyball and dance just to name a few! To register, call Andrea Giajnorio (BC Centre for Ability) at 604-451-5511 ext 246.


•·        Neural Processing Differences In ADHD In Individuals With And Without Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

•·        Study Says Lead May Be The Culprit In ADHD

•·        ADDitude Attention deficit information about ADHD symptoms, medication, treatment, diagnosis, and parenting ADD children from the experts at ADDitude magazine.

•·        ADHD News is a support community for ADHD with message boards, blogs, free newsletters and articles to help your child.

5. Community Living BC  ,  Ministry of Children and Family Development & Ministry of Housing and Social Development

•·        CLBC: Personalized Supports Initiative Beginning February 1, 2010, more adults with complex needs can apply for and receive Community Living BC services through a three-year provincial investment of $23.2 million. The Personalized Supports Initiative focuses on adults who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and a confirmed diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). To learn more, please read the Information Bulletin, or go to What We Do > Personalized Supports Initiative.

•·        We never talk anymore
British Columbia's child protection watchdog said today the ministry of children and family development has stopped directly responding to the recommendations in her reports.

•·        Cops worried over gaps in children's ministry safeguards. The RCMP is concerned that BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development has left a gaping hole.

6. Education

•·        New plan for teacher education focuses on social justice, diversity 

•·        Mother seeks help in changing the way SEAs are assigned

•·        MOE 2009-10 CLASS SIZE REPORT  press release...... and here are the  Reports.

•·         Education ministry, teachers remain at odds over class sizes

•·        Classes are getting smaller but have more students with special needs

•·        Two responses to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's comments about education

•·        Delta School District

•o   Full Day Kindergarten Registration for September 2010

•o   Delta School District Launches Film Acting Academy

7. Medical

•·        Wakeful Resting Linked To Improved Memory

8. Policy

•·        RDSP: here are formulas for the Grant and Bond portion of the RDSP  

•·          Latimer showed need for support systems

9. Workshops & Training

•·        Yoga for Self Regulation Calm Down Routine  - ideal for children! For more details phone.604-583-1434

•·        Workshop on social play in inclusive child care settings

•·        Hey!  My Brain Doesn't Work That Way! Understanding Sensory Processing Promoting Self-Regulation , Supporting Stress Management. Presented by; Marc Landry OT.  February 15, 2010  9am to 2:30 pm April 30, 2010  9am to 2:30 pm  ( not sure of venue, but in Vancouver.)Parents and others can register with Marc Landry at

•·        AimHi & CLBC: Advancing Employment First Increasing Organizational Capacity in the North. Annette Borrows, Vocational Rehab Consultant. This Training Session will: Explore core elements required to support people with employment barriers; Review steps and processes involved in delivering employment support; Develop skills required to begin the job search process; Review components of developing effective task analyses and systematic Instruction; Provide a format to assist people through the discovery process of identifying  strengths and vocational aptitudes. Tuesday, February 16, 2010 and Wednesday, February 17, 2010; AiMHi - Prince George Association for Community Living;    950 Kerry Street in Gathering Place B & C, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, Registration No Charge ,  Lunch can be purchased at the AiMHi Kitchen for $8.50 (payable with registration-cheque to be made out to AiMHi). CONTACT: Tamara Shaw at  250-564-6408 ext 230 or  Vera Donald at  250-564-6408 ext 265

•·        DCLS :Taxation Workshop : Tips and Information on completing  2009 Income Tax Return for persons with a disability . Presented by Meyers Norris Penny . Recognize who qualifies for tax credits. Identify Tax Credits Available. Complete Application Forms & Tax Forms . Information on RDSP's . February 6, 2010 , 10:00am-3:00pm . $10.00 per person (includes lunch) . Location: Delta Manor Education Centre , Collaboration Room , 4750 57 Street , Delta, BC   V4K 5B8 . Contact: Patti Ellis, 604.946.9508 ext. 233 604.940-9683 . For further details and registration see:

•·        Anxiety and Kids:  Current Research and Treatment Workshop for Parents Monday, March 29th, 2010 - 6:30pm to 8:30 pm Delta Manor Education Centre 4750 - 57 Street, Delta. Action and Brainstorm Boardrooms Please RSVP to Liz Shields by Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, at  604-952-5056;  email or fax 604-946-0823. We are asking for a donation of $10.00 per person at the door, to go towards the purchase of  additional books and parent resources that will support anxiety prevention programs currently taught in schools. 939-5188 . Please view the Registration Form - Registration Form (.pdf

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•·         ACT Online Videos provide viewers with presentations by specialists on important aspects of autism treatment without the expense and inconvenience of leaving their home communities.  > See ACT's Online Videos

10. Seasonal

•·        The Canadian Tire Jumpstart: this  program focuses on helping individual children become involved in organized sports and recreational activities to help them develop a healthier lifestyle in their younger years.

•·        Delta Summer Fun This is an announcement of the annual AGM meeting for Summer Fun. Our AGM will take place on Wednesday, March 3 at the Town and Country Registration/coffee will start at 6:30pm Meeting will start at 7:15pm. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory.  A reminder that parents must have a representative there for your child.  We are in the process of reviewing fees for the 2010 Summer Fun Program.  This will be determined once we receive notification about our gaming grant status.  

•·        British Columbia Easter Seals Camps     Camp Dates Now ONLINE! Applications will be available on April 6th, 2010.

11. Other

•·        As BC court considers Woodlands abuse settlement, those left out complain

•·        DCLS are hiring for the following positions:    Community Services Liaison
     Resource Development Manager

•·        BCACL  are hiring for the following positions: Family Support Coordinator   and    Inclusive Education Coordinator

•·        Monarch House, Burnaby, a unique centre providing assessment and treatment to individuals diagnosed with ASD, is currently seeking a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) Please contact: Chelsea Ganam, ,  640-205-9204.

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Si Stainton for

Reach Child and Youth Development Society , Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359, . Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

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