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Subject: October 27 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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October 27 2010 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:


·      Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good music therapist in Vancouver (west-side) for my 5-year-old son.  He's got DS/OCD and sensory issues.  Very bright, loves music, and his school does not have a formal music program.  If anyone has had a good experience could they let me know?  Please share with

·      Dear Parents,
At our meeting in Burnaby on September 13, 2010, parents of children with special needs opened their mouths and their hearts.   They spoke of their fear and anxiety and of their sense of abandonment.  It was immensely moving to see and hear this outpouring.  It was wonderful not to feel alone.
Parents who try hard for their children are told that they are on a wait-list for their child to have an inclusive spot in daycare, pre-school and before/after-school care.  They might not know that their child's name could very easily never come up.  
We feel great pride and joy in our children.  We also need understanding and help to be good parents to our special children.
People who don't have children with disabilities often don't understand what daily life can be like for those of us who do.  They don't understand the stress of eating and toileting; the sadness at watching your child's distress and struggles, and how they are not included.  
It's a fact that there is not enough funding for SCDP.  That means your child might not get a supported spot in daycare, pre-school or even be allowed to attend an after-school care.
The general public doesn't understand our lives.  In hard times, it is easy to dismiss a request for more money.  We need to personalize that request.  We need to tell our stories.
It's not easy to come to meetings when your home life is a struggle.  Please share your stories via email and we will do our best to fight for more funding for SCDP.  You can send pictures of your family and children, stories, videos and sound recordings.
Please send these to us at
It's up to you how much information you want to be shared with the public.  Giving some personal information can make the story seem more authentic, but it's important to balance your own privacy with that.

·      HI. My little one is going to be 6 years old. He started to wanderer. It is been 3 times I almost lost him. Does any one know what kind of service is available in Vancouver for wanderer. I spoke to ACT and they suggested a GPS system but I was more interested to buy the "Ionwatch" which is only available in USA. Please kindly let me know if any one has any information. Respond to

·      I'm interested in doing voluntary work with autistic children and have experience from the UK but don't know how things work over here. Can anyone help / advise please?
I have recently arrived in Canada from the UK where I worked for about 10 years, initially as a volunteer and then as a paid Teaching Assistant at a school for autistic children. I am also the parent of a young man with autism so have over 20 years' experience of autism and the associated behaviours.
I have a work permit but am more interested in voluntary work with autistic children. I have been trained in TEACCH and PECS and positive handling strategies (Team Teach). In addition, I have done support work on a one to one basis for a couple of families with autistic children.
I was obviously fully CRB checked for working with children in the UK and have references from the UK school where I worked but have not initiated any equivalent CRB checks in Canada as yet. I live in the West End of Vancouver and don't have a car so would not want to travel too far.
I can be contacted by email on
Thanks in advance for your help. Heather Ley.

·      Have you heard of, or know of any orthodontists that accept invoicing and payments to and from the Ministry of Social Services - Youth with Special Needs "At Home Medical Program" could you please call Julie with their contact info 604-612-8558


o   Ok!  I just wanted to include some info on the AFU to the Moms network, as it is a bit of a hot button right now.
It is not in dispute that there are a lot of things that the Government of British Columbia could do to make vast improvements in the lives of the families who have children with autism and special needs, particularly as when the government doesn't handle these things in a forward-thinking manner it sows the seeds of becoming an emergent problem as the children mature into adulthood and are expected to somehow hold some form of employment, pay taxes, and live independently, making fulfilling and successful choices for  themselves.  This is of acute concern also as the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to swell.
We, too, are parents of a child with autism, and we, too, deal with the Autism Funding Unit  (AFU).  Every time I have phoned them over the years, I have always been polite and respectful, providing all the details necessary to have my questions answered.
I am working as a part-time office manager and administrator in a therapy office where not only our child attends once per week, but many children with autism and special needs attend once per week.  We are only allowed to bill the AFU once per month, and so it is done at the end of the month, as they will not pay for missed appointments for any reason.  The AFU has been behind for some time in regards to payments, i.e., billing for September will possibly be received in late November.  Sometimes there are missed invoices for one reason or another, at which point I phone them to inquire as to what is happening with that particular invoice for that child, and they always take the time to look it up, we review it, and they invariably put a rush on it and we receive within the next two weeks, usually the following week, though.
I asked them how it was going over there as the voice mail for some of the case workers was asking for a 72 hour turnaround time (this was some weeks ago).  And the caseworker I spoke with there was very helpful.  She told me the following:
At the beginning of the summer a little over half of their case- workers quit.  This left 5 of them, the remaining case workers answering the phones and somehow being expected to cover the case loads of their ex-co-workers as well.  They did try this, and found that 3/4 of the day was spent on the telephone and going through other people's desks looking for the information the parent/service provider/agency was calling about to address it as well as they could as quickly as they could, and 1/4 of the day actually processing the work.  Obviously, this didn't work, and so they would rotate through having only two people answer the phone calls while the other three would work to process the paperwork coming through, be it for contracts, amendments, or payments.  This still wasn't enough.  The five of them discussed it, and came to the unanimous decision themselves, without being asked or coerced into it, to work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER and up to the middle of September, when, FINALLY, new case workers were hired!  And so that's what they did.  Because that's the kind of people they are - GOOD people.  While I am not obligated to give out personal information, one of the people whom I see being collectively condemned as part of the problem with the AFU in some blistering emails through some of the correspondence sent to Moms on the Move, was doing this continual 7 day work week for all those months while dealing with a family situation which is comparably WORSE than yours regarding your child, in my opinion; I would not want to be going through what they are.   But they, like everyone who is there, told me that they all just felt awful about not being able to serve the families and these kids properly, and so felt better putting that on themselves to try and somehow keep up by working seven days a week, even though the problem was systemic and nothing to do with them and their dedication to the public.  They took their employer's problem and tried to fix it with what was within their control.   They did that for YOU and YOUR CHILD. To try to help prevent burnout, they would also rotate through allowing one of their group of 5 to take a brief holiday and then come straight back to their 7 day work week, see how their levels were, work it up to the best they could based on their numbers, and another person would have a turn, and they'd do it all over again.
5 people were covering all aspects of paperwork, contracts, queries, amendments, and payments, for over 7,000 children and growing, with autism, in the province of British Columbia.  Over 7,000 and growing children with autism in the province of British Columbia.  5 people.  7,000+.  7 days a week
While it is true that "THEY" get paid every two weeks, I must say I have not heard of any therapists of any sort or any b.i.'s doing 7 days per week for months for any reason.  And it's not their problem.  But these people are there to serve us and they are doing the very best they can under the parameters that they have been told they must operate regarding the legalities and accounting practices which must be consistent, just as when we are at our jobs or filing taxes or driving a car, there are rules and or laws that must be followed if we would like to continue to enjoy the privileges that those things offer.  And accounting has its own rules, and the legalities of contracts with the government, which invariably involve accounting of some form as finances are always involved, have to be followed.   They want the i's dotted and the t's crossed.  
I understand that there is a lot of frustration with the current Autism Funding Unit situation and the parameters within which they've been given to operate.   Again, it's systemic.  Again, the AFU caseworkers have to follow the rules they've been given.  They do want to help.  They are doing their best to help.  It does not help us or our children to get angry with the people who are doing their best to serve all of us under an operating system, which could stand some improvements.  The case workers did not set up the system or the programs or the protocols, they simply administer them according to the rules.  Please remember this when you are dealing with these people, as it is in everyone's best interest to maintain a healthy relationship with each other at all levels.
Having said all of that, what I do regarding the invoicing that our child's service providers submit to the government is tell the service provider up front that I require a copy of each invoice to keep track of how much funding is still available for our child's therapies.   I don't need a paper copy; I just let them know that I require an emailed invoice so that I can keep track of the funding.  The service provider can easily cc or bcc me on the emailed invoice they are sending to the government at the same time, it only takes a moment.  This way I can tell the service provider that there are so many sessions left until the next contract or amend the amount if there will be funds left over to do another therapy or educational seminar with, etc.  And as the parent of the child who is receiving the therapy, you should always be given a copy so that you know what they are invoicing the AFU for on behalf of their child, complete with the same details the government is getting.  This is a simple solution to a problem that doesn't have to be a problem at all, and the service provider is being paid do provide the specified service for your child, and so SHOULD provide YOU with the same details as YOU HAVE THE POWER to amend those same invoicing forms you filled out on their behalf to provide service for your child: YOU authorized the government to pay THEM; THEY can give you a copy of the same invoice at the end of each month.  Simple.   You don't even have to contact the AFU to do it, and you are getting the information from the person you have authorized the gov't to pay.
To be sure, there are daily challenges of living with a child/children with autism, as well as the challenges "neurotypical" families face on a regular basis, and those families that are a combination of both.  I know sometimes I may not be at my best when I am overtired, having too much to deal with in too short a time, juggling other people's emotional responses, work, school, relationships...we all put high expectations on ourselves, on top of what other people expect of us.  And sometimes even though we may not be at our best in a given moment, it happened to be the best we could do at that moment based upon everything going on at the same time.  We're all in this together.  Let's support each other and the people who serve us and ask ourselves better questions before taking our frustrations out on true public servants.

·      ABA Support Network Meetings in Vancouver
we are forming a Vancouver support group for parents who have children with ASD. Parents will have opportunities to share their experiences, provide and receive advice while networking with other parents. The monthly meetings will take place in Vancouver from 6:30 to 8:00. Those who are interested in attending will determine the day. Please contact Gordon at if interested. 

·      I have a son (13) with tremendous behavior problems resulting in aggression towards sibling and everybody else in the house.

What I am looking for is some kind of 1:1 attendant for several hours after school where this attendant can take care of him while I attend to the family needs and all other appointments. Anybody else had similar issues and any suggestions or any resources that are available for assistance? Please respond to


2.  NEWS

o   One in four Grade 4 children in Vancouver are not happy: A quarter of Grade 4 public school children in Vancouver say that they are not doing well in overall health and well-being. The finding is included in a new study, the result of a research partnership between the Vancouver School Board, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). The study found that 26 per cent of Grade 4 children-were categorized as low in child health and well-being, and another 34 per cent were considered medium. These findings indicate that less than half of Vancouver's children are thriving and meeting their fullest potential.

Read more of the press release. Click here.

Read the report: Our children's voices: The Middle Years Development Instrument, Vancouver MDI 2010 Download here.

Read A Province newspaper special series on this research and the many issues facing children ages 6-12 throughout our region. Click here.

·      Cabinet shuffle a major reorganization of government, Bennett says  B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell conducted a major shuffle of his cabinet and bureaucracy Monday, particularly with the natural resources ministries."I would say it's the most significant reorganization of government since 2001 when we were first elected," said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who is now Minister of Energy (until Monday, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources). Read full article here.

·      Vancouver school closures spark concern. About 500 people jammed a public meeting on Monday night to protest the potential closure of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School in East Vancouver.The Vancouver School board is looking at closing up to five schools in order to deal with declining enrolment and its remaining $9 million dollar budget deficit.: Read more here.

·      Click Here for a direct link to the Delta Police website and updates Police continue to investigate the homicide of homicide of 15-year-old Laura Szendrei. There are no new developments to report. Delta Police will remain highly visible in and around North Delta Schools, interacting with parents and students. The Delta Police Emergency Command Vehicle will remain in the area of 109B and 82 Avenue for the next several days while Police continue their search of the immediate and surrounding areas.


 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society


Reach News


o  Workshop Presentation: Emotional Regulation All of us are on a journey to emotional regulation.  For some of our children this can be a difficult road.  One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an understanding of their emotions and how to cope when their emotions seem too big!  Come and learn some simple strategies to teach them how they can control their bodies and their feelings.

Facilitated by: Pam Collins

Appropriate for parents of children aged 3 - 19

Date:                  Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time:         6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location:         Reach Child and Youth Development Society

                  #3 - 3800 72nd Street, Delta, BC        

Register by email:

phone:  604-946-6622, ext 343   fax: 604-946-6223



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·      "Ten Minutes with Dr. Tony" - An Autism Hangout Special Report Dr. Tony Attwood is at all times, brilliant, positive, warm and understanding. Hear him answer questions about his life and purpose and hope for our special kids in these short 10 minutes.  Click here to see the video!

·      Top 10 terrific traits of autistic people.  If you're sick of hearing about all the "deficits" challenging people on the autism spectrum, join the club. But for every down side to autism, there seems to be a positive -- an unusual trait that rarely appears among the "typical" community, but shines out among autistic folk. These plusses are well worth celebrating. Click here to read the 10 Traits!

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting
Social Thinking and Language Issues by Jenny Gorton, SLP.Before returning to Vancouver to join the ABLE Development Clinic, Jenny was an integral member of Teach Social Silicon Valley, previously known as the Centre for Social Thinking. Working closely with Michelle Garcia-Winner, Jenny provided treatment for social and language deficits in clients with Asperger's Syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Date: Monday, November 29, 2010
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Tyee room at Steveston Community Centre - 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Please RSVP to Paul (, so we can prepare for handouts.

·      Autism - Now What Do I Do?
Parent Networking Meeting
Presented by the ABA Support Network
Date: October 28, 2010
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre,
Fraser Hwy & 160 St.
Parents, grandparents, friends and family members are welcome to join in a discussion about autism and what to do after receiving the diagnosis. This is a difficult time for any parent or relative trying to come to terms with the diagnosis, what it means and what steps to take next. Experienced parents will be on hand to lend support and provide information on what steps to take to get an ABA treatment program established for your child.
If you are starting a new ABA program or just want to connect and network with other parents, please join us at this meeting.
Check us out online

·      UBC researchers put aluminum under the microscope Neuroscientists Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic may have discovered something awful-and useful. The UBC research duo compared the amount of aluminum in infant vaccination schedules in several countries with rates of autism diagnosis across several years. They found a remarkable correlation. The study seems to show that the more aluminum that infants are exposed to through vaccines-especially those babies under six months old-the more likely they are to get autism. Click here to read more.



Click here for PROGRAM         Click HERE for TICKETS.

OUR NEW PREMIERE ISSUE OF NATURALLY AUTISTIC® magazine is available to subscribe to. JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE MORE- NATURALLY AUTISTIC® magazine: Sharing the strength and talent of the Global Autistic Community Click here to SUBSCRIBE

·      The Pacific Autism Centre Society (PACS) is holding focus groups throughout the province in October and November.  We want to talk with parents, family members, service providers, professionals and individuals on the spectrum to learn more about your needs



·      Click HERE for a free issue of ADDITUDE Magazine!


6. Downs Syndrome

·      The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society is wanting to provide the best topics, and support that will benefit you and your family. 
 To be able to do this we need your feedback. 
If you could take a few minutes to answer these questions and then return the questionnaire to the LMDSS office we can then plan the dates, times, and speakers .You can email us at  fax: 604-591-2730, or by mail at #201-13281-72nd Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2N5

·      Downs Syndrome Research Foundation Events:

o   November 07, 2010

Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week with RICK SCOTT

Award winning children's entertainer Rick Scott will be holding a concert on November 7, 2010 at the DSRF Burnaby location. ...more

o   November 16, 2010

Up the Down Market Dinner Montreal

The 8th Annual Montreal Up the Down Market Dinner known as "Action 21" will be held at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, November 16th. ...more


7.  FASD

o   Calgary MLA calls for warning labels on liquor The anti-drinking and driving message could soon land in the palm of Albertans' cocktail-clasping hands, as one Calgary MLA plans to bring forth a motion calling for warning labels on liquor. Calgary-East MLA Moe Amery wants to bring forward a motion this fall or when the spring session begins in February calling for the government to mandate labels on alcohol, similar to those found on cigarette packages, warning about the potential dangers of drinking. Read more here!

·      The Asante Centre:15 hour Training for families and caregivers - "FASD and Communication Disability" November 9, 18, 25 and December 2 and 9.  Many youth with FASD also have an underlying language disability. With communication limitations, in addition to other brain deficits, these youth are at greater risk in the justice system. So often their rights are compromised because they are not able to fully understand the legal processes. This training opportunity is designed for families and caregivers supporting children and youth up to the age of 18.There is no charge for this training. However, all participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 15 hours training (five sessions), and offer constructive feedback for the final revisions of the curriculum. Click on the link above to find out more.


8.  Ministry Information


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


o   NEW   CLBC Newsletter October 2010  THE CITIZEN



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

·      RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms  This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. Click here to see this video!

·      Vancouver School Board begins closure hearings. The Vancouver School Board will hold the first in a series of 10 public meetings on Monday to determine which of five east side schools might be closed to control its budget deficit. The board estimates it still needs to cut $9.6 million dollars from its budget next year and says some of the schools will have to be closed because of their declining enrollment. Click here to read more.

·      George Abbott - the new education minister! Premier Gordon Campbell announced changes to his cabinet Monday, including appointing George Abbott, previously the province's minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation, as the new education minister, replacing Margaret MacDiarmid.I don't think anyone will be surprised  . . . Margaret MacDiarmid's heart really didn't seem to be in the education ministry. (There are many examples of this, but one simple one can be found on Twitter, where MacDiarmid identified herself as a "doctor, patient, health-care advocate" etc. but didn't mention the fact she was the province's education minister.) She is now the new minister of tourism, trade and investment. Moira Stilwell becomes the minister of regional economic and skills development ministry, combining labour market policy with post-secondary.

·        Individual Education Plans: A Guide for Parents September 2010    Resource just completed by BCCPAC

·      Ministry of Education's A GUIDE TO ADAPTATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS Please see the guide as another reference tool for parents when they attend IEP meetings; this is directly from the Ministry of Education website. This guide explains some of the updates/new criteria which were not included in the IEP guide. Parents are reminded they may invite other professionals, including speech or language pathologists, counselors, advocates or ‘note takers', if they feel it would positively contribute to the IEP process/meeting.


10. Medical

·      Force Society For Children's Mental Health Click on the link to find out about New monthly parent information and network sessions. Sessions will be offered through in person, teleconferencing and media site. They offer:

o    Orientation to Child and Youth Mental Health Services

o    A Guide for Families.  This 56 page guide covers everything from where to go for help to relevant legislation.

o   A Child with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability and a Mental Disorder

o   A Guide for Teachers

·      Complex child magazine Click Here for the October GI Issue


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)


·       Changing Practices, Changing Systems, Changing Lives. Burnaby Supported Child Development with the Centre for Ability is hosting a Conference on October 29 and 30, 2010 based on the Pyramid Project (Social Emotional Development). Click on the link above for more information and to register.


Presents Best selling Author BARBARA COLOROSO

Parenting  with  Wit and Wisdom


Nov 8th,  North Delta  Secondary  7:30 PM

Nov 9th.  Genesis  Theatre  7:30 PM

Tickets $25  Call:

Tsawwassen:  Lisa Leblanc 604-603-0656

North Delta:  Deltassist  604-594-3455

Ladner:  Jennifer Denham  604-992-9345

·      Parent Workshop on Anxiety/Resilience This workshop will provide parents with the latest information on Social Emotional Learning, the interrelationship between anxiety and learning and its impact on overall child wellness.  Participants will learn about strategies including evidence based cognitive behavioural approaches and come away with tools to help their children develop strategies to cope with stress and other emotions.

Monday, November 8th, 2010- 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Delta Manor Education Centre

4750 - 57 Street, Ladner

Please register with Liz Shields by Tuesday November 2, 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 Social Emotional Learning programs currently taught in schools. 

·      Delta Community Living Society, & the Delta Family Alliance Network Invite you to attend: Thinking in the Future Tense
Two days of practical and relevant workshops to help you plan effectively for the future of someone with a developmental disability.
Workshop 1: Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 10:00am - 2:45pm
Workshop 2: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 10:00am - 2:45pm

Workshop 1: Wills, Estates & Trusts and Supported Decision Making
(Representation Agreement)
This seminar will answer your questions about trusts, choosing executors and guardians and the importance of planning your will. Working through the steps will better prepare you to update or write your will.  Supported Decision Making (Representation Agreement) will walk you through this powerful legal tool that allows people to designate others to represent them in their daily financial affairs and health care needs
Presenter:  Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Venue:  Scott Road Connections, Delta Community Living Society,  #105, 7953 - 120 St., Delta  
Target Audience: Parents and family members of adults with developmental disabilities.
Closing date for registration: Friday, 22nd October, 2010.
Workshop fee: $10.00 (inc. lunch & refreshment)
Workshop 2: The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Personal Networks
Learn about a financial tool that allows a person with a disability to save money for their future without interfering with their PWD
Learn how the federal government can contribute up to $90,000 to the plan
Understand the implications of the RDSP specific to your family's needs
Receive a Step by step guide.  Personal Networks: Understand the key elements of a social support network for your relative.Getting started on a circle of friends

Date:  Workshop 2: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 10:00am - 2:45pm
Presenter:  Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Venue:  Scott Road Connections, Delta Community Living Society,  #105, 7953 - 120 St., Delta
Target Audience:
Parents and family members of adults with developmental disabilities.
Closing date for registration: Friday, 5th November, 2010.
Workshop fee: $10.00 (inc. lunch & refreshment).
To register for these workshops, please contact Joanne Fee, Delta Community Living Society, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant <> , 604-946-9508 ext. 222.
To find out more information about these workshops, please contact Si Stainton, Delta Community Living Society, Family Services Liaison,, 604-946-9508 ext. 230.

·      2010 Annual Conference  Redefining Autism  November 5, 6 and 7, 2010  We invite you to join us at this special conference honoring the memory of ICDL's founder, Stanley Greenspan, MD (1941-2010), who dedicated his life to help children reach their fullest potential. Dr. Greenspan's presence will be felt throughout our conference through the use of video footage highlighting his words of wisdom and caring messages. Please join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Greenspan's many contributions to our community. REGISTER NOW

·      The Asante Centre:15 hour Training for families and caregivers - "FASD and Communication Disability" November 9, 18, 25 and December 2 and 9.  Many youth with FASD also have an underlying language disability. With communication limitations, in addition to other brain deficits, these youth are at greater risk in the justice system. So often their rights are compromised because they are not able to fully understand the legal processes. This training opportunity is designed for families and caregivers supporting children and youth up to the age of 18.There is no charge for this training. However, all participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 15 hours training (five sessions), and offer constructive feedback for the final revisions of the curriculum. Click on the link above to find out more.

·      Autism and ADHD: Managing Anxiety and Anger

Date: Nov 19, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Four Seasons Hotel
Host: The Children's Foundation

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:Operationally describe anger and anxiety within a behavioural framework. Adjust "Community Based" preconceived generic descriptions to match individualized, situational, and motivational contexts. Value the significance of "Avoid Mad...Address Sad" as a salient intervention strategy. Expand the ABA approach for addressing anger and anxiety within a CBT model Understand why Cognitive Behavioural Therapy must lead the way to "emotive understanding" within a new alliance between behavioural and humanistic frameworks

Click here to see full brochure!

·      2010 International Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Aging/Alzheimer's Disease Trends ~ Discoveries ~ Innovative Interventions

November 19 and 20, 2010

Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Click here to get more information and the registration form.

The 3rd Annual Josephine Mills Research Awards Gala will be held on the Friday night (November 19th) of the Conference. Nominations are now being accepted. Click here for more details.
Please contact us for more information at (604) 444-3773 or by

·      Transforming Parent-Child Interaction with Positive Behaviour Support Presented by: Joseph Lucyshyn, Ph.D Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4, 2010 - Vancouver

·      Each year, the BC Epilepsy Society hosts Speaking of Epilepsy, a series of lectures on a wide variety of epilepsy related topics. In recent years topics have been as diverse as treatments, active living, epilepsy and learning, stress management, siblings of children with epilepsy, surgery, women's health, employment, and human rights issues. The 2010-2011 Speaking of Epilepsy lecture series includes:

November 15 Epilepsy and Family Dynamics Dr. Josef Zaide and Dr. Audrey Ho

January TBA What To Do If Your Medications Fail Dr. Linda Huh

February TBA Ask the Expert Panel Discussion
April TBA
Women With Epilepsy
Anti-Epileptic Medications
June TBA
Epilepsy Research in BC                    
All lectures are held at the Chan Auditorium in the Education and Research Building at the Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC located on 4480 Oak Street at 28th Avenue. Lectures run from 7-9 pm. Please contact us at 604-875-6704 or at to reserve your seat and confirm dates. Admission is free to current members of our Society and only $10 for each lecture if you are not a member. You can take out a membership at the start of any lecture and receive free admission.

·      January 13 - 15, 2011  Children's Autism Services Edmonton 4th Annual Conference Temple Grandin, Amy Weatherby, Lori Frost, Diane Twachtman-Cullen - click on the link above for more information and to register!

·      See All ACT Upcoming Events   Check out November 27th!



·      Global BC TV Video Parenting - Mon, Oct 25: Teresa Triggiano is here to talk Halloween safety. Click here to see the video!

·      TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN  It's almost Halloween, a holiday that kids either love to celebrate or treat like any other day. If you've opted for your child to "sit out" on this holiday, it's not a bad idea to explain your reasoning to him or her before the holiday buzz begins. Halloween can sometimes be a big deal for young kids--from elaborate costumes to trick-or-treating--one that often requires lots of planning. If your child knows what is and isn't acceptable when it comes to Halloween, disappointment and misunderstandings can be avoided. If you and your child plan on celebrating this Halloween, make the holiday a festive, learning experience with these ideas. Click here to read all the tips!

·      Last Minute Family Fun Halloween Tips and Treats

·       Want to visit a haunted house..... young children will be better during the day - brave ones can dare at night.... Check it out here!

·      This Weekend:  what to do, what to do?  The Halloween fun is already starting and there is simply heaps going on all around town, we can barely keep up. We're already prepping for next week, which is going to be frightfully fun! And don't forget YOYOMAMA's  list of ongoing Halloween happenings. 

·      Family Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas 

·      Halloween for children with autism  Halloween is considered among most kids as one of the best holidays of the year. Dressed up as their favorite character or superhero, kids are allowed to be something fantastical for an evening and go to strangers houses and ask for candy, the very thing kids are told not to do every other day of the year. Staying up late, children fill their mouths with chocolate and sweet delights and then, well past their bedtimes, succumb to a sugar coma. For kids with autism, however, Halloween often turns out to be much more tricky and not always a treat. Read tips at the link above.

·      Tips to GREEN your Halloween!  Dressing up and celebrating Halloween can be fun -- especially for kids. It's easy to make it a healthy holiday for your family and the environment. Just follow these simple steps (download the PDF here) to green your Halloween routine:

·      Family Fun - 21 Halloween Haunted Treats!

·      Halloween Costume Ideas

·      More Halloween Costume ideas!


·      YOYO MAMA's halloween tips!

·      YOYO MAMAS October spooky event schedule for the lower mainland!


13. Other

·      MEMOVES: On the move (and calm as a result).  A simple video that incorporates hand motions has been successful in getting children to focus. The video itself is simple: On the screen, people of all ages and ethnicities, from young children to grandparents, are shown one at a time, slowly moving their arms in different patterns and keeping rhythm to a mesmerizing beat. There are three different sequences -- joy, calm and focus -- and it is the latter that McDonnell typically uses in her classroom. Read full article here!


·      OCTOBER IS COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH! Check out local events to celebrate this month:

o   British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL) Community Event Calendar

o   Richmond from the Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL)

·      Transition Planning Guide!  Transitioning to Adulthood: A Community Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities

·      FSI's 3rd Annual Trivia Night is on Friday, November 5, 2010 (7:30pm-10:30pm) at Marlborough Elementary School in Burnaby, BC: 
Come and join us for a night of fun, laughter, food and prizes. If you would like to donate a door or game prize, please complete the attached donation form and return it to the FSI office together with your prize. Any item would be a welcome gift to help us in our efforts to support families in communities throughout BC.  
Click here for more Trivia Night Information.  Click here for the Trivia Night prize donation form. 

·      Please take a moment to enjoy posAbilities Fall Newsletter  Imagine! - which includes a Coming Events insert.

·      BC Epilepsy Current E-Newsletter available here!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·      Disability is Natural - Current E-Newsletter Click HERE

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      101 Friends October newsletter!

·      Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS Current Newsletter!

·      Handle Institute - Current newsletter

·      The FORCE April 2010 newsletter is now online. Click here to download.


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Pam Collins for Reach Child and Youth Development Society, Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development


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