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Subject: July 27 2010 Reach Parent Weekly Newsletter
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27 July 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


To submit for our newsletter please contact Pam Collins at or 604-946-6622 ext 359

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


·      Hi there - if any parents are having difficulty accessing appropriate

therapy or support services - for a child/youth/adult with autism or other

special needs - please let us know. When we have opportunities to comment to government and/or the media, it is important that we have real, first hand experiences to document and support any systemic concerns. (We don't need to share your identity or your child's identity, if you have privacy concerns - just let us know)

We have an opening for an experienced ABA therapist who is fun, engaging and energetic to join our 4 year old son's in-home ABA program in Richmond! He is a fun, social, little guy who is verbal, loves people and learns fast! Our program has been in place for two years and is under the supervision of our Behavioral Consultant, Michele Shilvock and Harmony House. If you love kids, have great play skills, are responsible and dependable and can commit to 5-10 hours per week, then please join our team. You will work one-on-one with our son with a focus on peer play facilitation and advanced social skills including material from Michelle Garcia Winner. Therapy will take place both in our house and in the local community. All training will be provided on site with ongoing monthly supervision. This is a great opportunity for applicants who welcome frequent overlaps and opportunities to further develop their skills. You must be at least 19 years old and have a criminal record check completed prior to starting. We would prefer experienced applicants, but will accept inexperienced applicants, and will pay appropriately. Available shift times from July to September are: Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm
Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm OR 3:30-6:30pm Saturdays from 1:30-4:30pm Sundays from 1:30-4:30pm And our mandatory team meetings are on bi-weekly Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm Please email Susie at to apply & make a difference in a child's life.

·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FFamily with child with cerebral palsy wanting to talk to another family who has gone through the rod surgery already. Please call Catherine at 250-752-3052.

·      I am mom to a lovely young man who will be 23 next week with Aspergers.

While he/we found relative support when he was in the public system

(K-12) there appears to be nothing for the young adult. I am looking for a group where he can socialize and/or has a therapeutic focus for Aspie challenges. Do you wonderful MOMs know of what is 'out there' in the Lower Mainland?  Please respond to

2.  NEWS

·      Changes to BC's Family Law Helps Kids

·      Vancouver Sun article re: grouping students based on ability

o     Letters to the editor can be sent to:

o     Letters must contain the author's name, address and a daytime telephone number. Maximum length is 200 words; shorter is better.

·      It's wrong to group students based on their ability BCACL Response

·      Don't blame inclusion for failure of education planning article by Dawn Steele and Matthew Quetton

·      Inclusion at school: The ideal and the reality from BCTF


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4.  Autism

·      Autism Study: Baby's Babble May Contain Vital Clues

·      New Technology Reveals A Unique Vocal Signature In Autism

·      Closer To A Treatment For Autism

·      Autistic kids grow normally despite limited diet

·      THE EATING GAME to help children with ASD With recent news showing that those with Autism are often picky eaters, parents have begun searching for ways to combat that. Even though researchers have found that the picky eating has not affected a child's growth, parents are still concerned that picky eaters are not eating healthy enough. Jean Nicol, of Canada, knows how to beat picking eaters. She's the creator of The Eating Game, a binder of tools for parents whose children have picky eating habits, especially for those with autism. She joined forces with EyeCan publishers and offers the "game" for a reasonable price of $79.95 (Canadian) plus shipping and tax.

·      Handwriting DVD's!

·      Genetic Links to Autism Researchers at Oxford University in England have found a non-hereditary genetic link to autism

·      Brain Waves show signature of Autism

·      Gut Bacteria my contribute to autism



·      Parenting Tips: 7 Ways to Play Up Strengths in ADHD Children

·      Attention Disorders can take a toll on marriage "Typically people don't realize the A.D.H.D. is impacting their marriage because there's been no talk about this at all," said Melissa Orlov, author of the book "The A.D.H.D. Effect on Marriage," to be published in September.

·       ADHD meds help, but many parents still against them

·      ADHD at School: New eBook for Parents & Teachers of Students with Attention Deficit and Learning Disabilities


6. Downs Syndrome

·      Down Syndrome - OFF THE CLOCK! Check out this story from Dave  Hingsberger's blog.

·       Casper Lja Continues to inspire and educate people on his Journey across Canada - finishing in BC summer 2010

·       Down Syndrome Buddy Walk  Saturday, September 25th. Enjoy local entertainment and a delicious lunch.  For more details and to pre-register contact:  or Early Bird cut-off deadline is September 18th.

7.  FASD

·  3rd Annual FASD "Creating Change" Fall Conference: FASD Collaboration Roundtables Oct 22nd and 23rd, 2010 at Douglas College New Westminster Campus. For more information and registration, click here.


8.  Ministry Information


NEW BC Disability Benefits Help Sheets These were updated recently, and they include information about:
- Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
- Persons with Disability (PWD) funding
-Disability Tax Benefit
-Registered Disability Savings Plans and more...


Excellent resource on Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)


Ministry of Children and Family Development: Responsible for providing a range of services and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families

Community Living British Columbia: Responsible for delivering services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities


·      Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) Facts about Assessment

·       Assessor Report Forms

·      NEW Eligibility Policy effective JULY 1, 2010

Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.


9. Education

·      Seven Unexpected Ways to Increase Your Child's Learning When most people hear words such as "learning," "smart," or "memory," they automatically think of the brain.  In school we teach "to the head" only, asking students to sit in chairs for long periods of time, listening and looking almost exclusively at abstract symbols, even when they are very young. 


10. Medical

·      Complex child magazine Click here to see the July Edition


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training

·  THE RIPPLE EFFECT Come to beautiful Whistler for this exciting and informative retreat sponsored by BCACL especially designed for family members supporting a child with special needs or adult with a developmental disability. If you are committed to making communities more inclusive and welcoming and want to learn more about the community living movement, download the flyer for more information.

·  Fulfilling YOUR Dreams: A Self Advocate One Day Conference

Date:      August 12, 2010

Time:    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where:   Holiday Inn Express, Richmond

10688 No. 6 Road., Richmond

Cost:     Early Bird - $30

Standard - $35

Presented by: Richmond Society Self Advocates For more information call:

Nancy Long 604-279-8743 or Shannon Crofton 604-279-8267

·      Best Practices: High School Transitions and Inclusive Work for Students with Disabilities.  September 20 and 21, 2010 Dr. Paul Wehman of Virginia Commonwealth University will be presenting the most current research and practice on inclusive real work for real pay for students with disabilities during the high school years. Dr. Wehman is a pioneer of inclusive employment practices for students with disabilities and was voted one of the top 10 special educators of the millennium.  Read the brochure here.

·  3rd Annual FASD "Creating Change" Fall Conference: FASD Collaboration Roundtables Oct 22nd and 23rd, 2010 at Douglas College New Westminster Campus. For more information and registration, click here.

·  Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities."  hosted by "Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services," part of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health. This course is suitable for families, teachers, social workers, nurses, group home staff, counselors, and other professionals working with those with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or behavioural issues.  The course meets weekly on Fridays starting in early September, going through until mid-December.  It does have a considerable amount of take home homework.  At the end of the program participants will have been introduced to all of the major mental illnesses, will have completed a behavioural assessment and intervention package as their homework, and will have heard about many other related topics such as counseling, sexual health, family systems, etc.  Our instructors include several behaviour therapists, many nurses, a psychologist, an art therapist, a music therapist, a sexual health therapist and more. If interested contact

·  School District 70 (Alberni) Student Support Services is proud to present...
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Level 2 Intensive Challenging Childhood Problems
August 23 to 27, 2009

Time: Monday to Friday 8:30 am 1:30 pm
Location: Parksville Conference Centre 132 E. Jensen Avenue, Parksville, B.C. Registration Fee: $450.00 (morning refreshments provided)
Due to increasing demand for more intensive training, Dr. Neufeld has added a second level of training that builds on the conceptual foundations provided in the first week intensive.  The focus of this intensive is the challenging problems of childhood and youth: aggression, resistance, oppositionality, anxiety, dominance problems, bullying, compulsiveness, attachment problems, separation problems and much more.  The objective is to make sense of these problems and from this foundation of insight, to outline strategies for treatment and intervention. The basic prerequisite for this intensive is the Level One Week Intensive or its equivalent (i.e., five or six day courses) in the conceptual foundations of Dr. Neufeld's attachment-based developmental paradigm. For more information contact: Tamara Strijack Lis Kroeker
Barb Witte at 250 720-2770 or email at

·       Speaking of Kids Conference - October 22, 2010 - HENRY WINKLER back by popular Demand!  Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver

·      2010 Naturally Autistic ANCA Presentation October 30, 2010 UBC Square Theatre - Calling for Award Nominations and Art Submissions

·       FAMILY FOCUS CONFERENCE  "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" October 22-24. This will be a great conference for families. Advance Program available here If you are thinking of going it is advisable to book accommodation early, as the Chateau Whistler will be a draw. Register Here

·  See All ACT Upcoming Events

·   POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Course for Education Professionals, Paraprofessionals & Parents. Session 1: July 26 - 30, 2010; Session 2:  August 23 - 27, 2010. Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm SFU Harbour Centre Campus515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Registration is limited to 30 - Register early to avoid disappointment!


13. Seasonal


·  *NEW* Family Travel with Exceptional Children Summer travel with a special needs child can definitely add adventure to your plans. Still, take time for careful planning and discuss things with the whole family first, so that an adventure doesn't translate into a nightmare. We all dream of relaxing on warm sandy beaches, curling up fireside in the mountains, or touring beautiful, historic locales. Just getting to those destinations in one piece can be draining without a careful plan. Here's how to avoid tiring trips, activities, and wearing out loved ones and caregivers.


·      * NEW * CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK SOUP FROM THE SOUL week long culinary camp for youth aged 15-20, with ASD.  This is a unique summer experience for teens aged 15 - 20 with ASD.  It is a pre-vocational day camp designed to equip students with basic culinary skills and the ability to carry out tasks in an industrial kitchen environment with confidence. Monday August 9 - Friday August 13th from 10am to 4pm (plus a mandatory introduction session August 5 from 6 - 7 pm.  It is held at the Tenth Alliance Church, 11 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver.  The deadline to register is July 30th!  Contact Robyn Pinese at or call at 604-685-4049


13. Other

I am looking for participants to join one of two new programs.
The first program is RU (Recreation Unlimited). RU is a unique inclusive program which offers young adults with developmental and or physical disabilities (19-25 years old) the opportunity to participate in an integrated, yet supported, social/recreational environment. As well as providing a 3:1 staff ratio, RU provides 1:1 peer volunteers. Recreation Unlimited will run for two weeks at the end of August. August 23rd-Sept 3rd, Mon-Friday. The cost is $100/participant/week. RU will run out of Britannia Community Center. The second program is SEE YA (Special Events and Extras for Young Adults). SEE YA is a social/recreational program designed for high functioning young adults (19-25years old) on the spectrum. SEE YA will run every Saturday afternoon (1:30-4:30pm) at Riley Park Community Center from Sept 25th - Dec 4th. The cost for SEE YA is $154/10 sessions.
Please forward this information to the young adults in your life whom you feel may be a fit for either one of these programs
Melanie Josephs Recreation Programmer - Access Services Queen Elizabeth District Vancouver Park Board 604-257-8500

·      Karen Kester, MA BCBA Behavioural Consultant, Linking Autism and Families has added a new service .   I am offering a social skills program for children aged 3-5.  The program is geared for children who have some language, emerging play skills and are able to independently follow simple directions.  The program is 8 weeks in total: It involves seeing each client 2x/week (once one-to-one and once in a group format).   I currently have a group of 3 children that have expressed great enjoyment.  Some of these children will return for the next session, which begins on August 25th.  I would also like to add a second group to help accommodate conflicting schedules, so all the children can return.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call (604-862-5949).

·  Time-Out: Does it Work? Time-out is one of the most popular and highly recommended disciplinary strategies. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to use correctly, and when used inconsistently or in the wrong circumstances, can make problems even worse. This article provides guidelines for using time-out effectively and suggests other strategies for improving children's behavior.

·  Special Olympics Open House and Registration July 24th



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