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December 30 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.

 

From all our families at REACH to all of yours the very happiest of holiday wishes.

 

To submit for our newsletter or have a question for Pam to research please contact her at parentnetwork@reachdevelopment.org 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:

 

2.  NEWS 

 

 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

 

Reach News

·      We are really excited about the launch of our new micro site for the Building for Children Together capital campaign! We are raising $4 million to build a new, community based child development centre in the heart of Ladner. The micro site will give all of the details & show you how you can get involved in this exciting... community project that will benefit all children &families in South Delta & beyond. Stay tuned!

·      Jan 20th Parent Workshop

Advocacy & School Transitions. This workshop will offer an overview of what is involved in the process of seeking the education that children with special needs are entitled to. Parents will learn about the skills they need to facilitate a successful school experience. This workshop will also cover practical skills for ensuring a smooth transition for children going into kindergarten, grade 1, or into high school.

Appropriate for parents of children aged 4 - 13

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development Society

Register by email with caroly@reachdevelopment.org

 

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4.  AUTISM

·      National Institute of Mental Health NIMH's Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the U.S. has a blog post up discussing NIMH's Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010.The autistic brain.  Click here to read more.

·      Video: Asperger Syndrome at work

Preview of a DVD designed to help people with Asperger Syndrome land and keep a job. The DVD includes interviews with six employees with Asperger Syndrome and their supervisors, coworkers and job coaches. The DVD includes a program for job seekers and another to show employers the benefits of hiring people who have Asperger Syndrome. The DVD is available at www.coultervideo.com.   Click here to see sample!

·      Autism fuels creation.  Family develops program to track child's trends and care.  Caring for an autistic child can be overwhelming for parents. Thanks to a Daniel Island family, there's an app for that. Florence and Kwame Iwegbue built a free application for mobile phones after nearly breaking under the stress of caring for their now 4-year-old son, Dilibe, who was diagnosed with autism and seizures a year ago.  Click here to read more.

 

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting

o   January 31, 2011
Anna Matchneva, M.Ed., BCBA, and Alexia Stack, M.Ed., BCBA
Building Cooperation and Motivation to Learn
March 14, 2011
Bohdanna Popowycz Kvam,  B.Sc., M. Ed.
Topic to be announced
May 30, 2011
Jessica Fung, OTR/L
Incorporating Occupational Therapy into a Behavioural Therapy Program
 

5. ADHD

·       Top Ten  ATTITUDE Articles of the YearClick here to read all ten articles.

 

 

6. DOWN SYDROME

 

7.  FASD

·      Click here for the MINGA MARKETPLACE!  Welcome to The Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Resource Store!  The Asante Centre has increased The Store to include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resources from other organizations, authors and publishers.  These Resources include Books, DVDs, Posters, Pamphlets, and FASD Awareness Gifts and Promotions. What is Minga Marketplace?  September 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome!  Governed by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Society for British Columbia, the Asante Centre provides assessment and diagnosis as well as family support services for families living with FASD and other developmental disabilities.  To celebrate our tenth year, the Society is expanding the Centre to include an e-store named Minga Marketplace for resources and materials related to FASD and other invisible disorders.Minga Marketplace has several goals:

1. It will be a place where professionals, agencies, and individuals can locate and purchase a comprehensive selection of FASD resources and products including published articles and books, packaged programs, CDs and DVDs, as well as crafts and gift items.

2. Using staff expertise, we will also be developing new resources to educate and support those who are working with clients and families living with FASD, in the fields of both prevention and intervention.

3. We hope to create opportunities for individuals with FASD to use their talents to create pieces of art to be sold through the store, as well as to provide employment opportunities for the community of youth and adults with FASD through the development of social and job skills.

There has been increasing awareness and growth in the FASD community, including rising interest in accessing materials for use in all sectors. With the experience and skill set of our staff, multidisciplinary team and board, it is our desire to develop this outlet into a centre which will benefit and build knowledge for the community to best serve those individuals with FASD and their families.

What is a Minga?The concept of Minga has existed for centuries, since the time of Incan rule.  In Quichua, an indigenous language of Ecuador, "Minga" means "the coming together of a community for the betterment of all," and was often considered each individual's obligation to the community.  Community members can call a "Minga" if they are in need of assistance, and people will come from miles around to help.  In modern times, Mingas may be called to build or repair roads, water systems, forests, community land, schools and more.  The mood is always festive despite the demanding labour. Minga Marketplace was selected for a namesake to recognize the fact that the prevention of FASD and support for affected families is a community concern and requires a coordinated community response.  It is a beautiful and hopeful message, and we hope that through the awareness efforts of the Asante Centre and the increased accessibility to appropriate resource materials we will see more positive changes for individuals with FASD and their families.Profits from the enterprise will be used both for expansion of the Marketplace and to contribute to the sustainability of the FASD Society for BC. 

·      The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - March 2011

Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011

When:  March 2-5, 2011

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Cost: TBA

UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education and the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership invites you to the 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World.

Conference Description:

Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers, as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world. Click to find out more.

·      FASD Ontario Fall newsletter - Click here.

·      Growing Together: A Retreat for Parents of People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. You are invited to our third annual parent retreat for adoptive parents of children, youth, or adults who are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). As a parent-led organization, we know the importance for parents to have a chance to come together with those who understand and care.

When: January 29, 2011   8:45am - 5:00pm Location: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond, BC Cost: Early (by Dec. 15): $35 Individual  $60 Couple Regular: $40 Individual  $75 Couple

Optional Networking Dinner: $15For more information, contact Tanya Loretto 604-266-1220 or tloretto@shaw.ca. To download registration information, click here.

 

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

 

·      Information Sheet for Families on Home Sharing has been developed and can be downloaded here:

Click here to read information sheet

 

The information sheet can be printed out in either colour or black & white and copies will be available in all CLBC offices in the coming weeks.  

 

·       The December edition of CLBC's newsletter The Citizen is now available online. It features stories about employment, home sharing, new CLBC information resources and much more!  To read the online edition, please click here.

 

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

·      Nominations Open for 2011 Inclusive Education Awards

December 6, 2010

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 National Inclusive Education Awards. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2010....

  Read more...

 

10. Medical

·      Mind Matters - BC Mental Health ENEWS - Current Issue Click here.

·      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:

·      Complex child magazine    Click here for the December 2010 Edition GI Treatments and Surgeries

 

 

11. Workshops & Training (in order of date)

·       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:

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

February TBA Ask the Expert Panel Discussion
April TBA
Women With Epilepsy
May TBA
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 info@bcepilepsy.com 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!

·      January 13, 2011: We would like to let you know of an opportunity early in January.  Sylvia Funk, (one of the Neurodevelopmental Therapists that we have been working with through our society) is visiting from Alberta and will be in Abbotsford on January 13th, giving a 2-hour seminar for parents and educators.  The topics she will be addressing are listed on the poster attached.  Sylvia is a very interesting and informative speaker and we would recommend this seminar to anyone who is working with children, particularly those with exceptionalities.
There is no need to register for this seminar.  Admission is by donation ($20 suggested).  If you would like more information about the seminar, please contact Sylvia directly, at
Sylvia@pathways-nd.com

 seminar is open to everyone, whether they are with HCOS (who has worked with Sylvia Funk to organize this seminar) or not, so please feel free to pass the poster around, both to the families you work with as well as to any interested people in the Lower Mainland.
Rosalie Newell-Wagner, Director
the BC Down Syndrome Centre Society
www.bcdsc.org <
http://www.bcdsc.org>    email:  rosalie@bcdsc.org

 

·      AUTISM AWARENESS CENTRE PRESENTS:

Victoria, BC - February 4 & 5, 2011

Learn practical skills that can be immediately implemented into existing curriculum and training programs, at home or in school!

Friday, February 4

Leslie Broun

Let's Really Look at this Child: Considerations for Effective Program Development

Saturday, February 5

Dr. Rita Jordan

Understanding, Avoiding and Managing Behaviours in ASD and, Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Click here for complete conference details »

·      Building Bridges Forum: Planning and Preparing for the Future Date: Feb. 18 - 19, 2011 CanAssist, together with its community partners, is hosting a two day forum that will bring together families, educators, and health/social service providers to undertake joint planning that supports children with special needs.  NOTE: There will be a particular focus on the middle years (ages 10-14) but there will be a range of workshops/topics that will be relevant to supporting children of any age group.  We encourage any parent with a special needs child of any age and their caregivers, service providers and educators to participate in our Forum. Location: Spectrum Community School 957 Burnside Road West, Victoria, BC Registration:  Registration is NOW open! 

 Click here to register.  Register early to receive "Early Bird" pricing and to have first choice in workshops!
Conference Agenda: Please click
here to view conference agenda.

·      Pacific Community Resources Annual Prevention Forum

DATE: Friday February 18th, 2011

PLACE: Aldergrove Community Secondary School

ADDRESS: 26850 29th Avenue, Aldergrove, BC

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

SPACE IS LIMITED - Please register as soon as possible.  Registration Deadline is Monday January 31st, 2011.  Cost for the Forum is $20.00.  Please bring payment on the day of the forum.  Receipts will be provided.   Contact:  Melita Caissie  mcaissie@pcrs.ca

·      THE BIRDS AND THE BEES REVISITED: Supporting the Sexual Development of Low Incidence Adolescents

This all day session will focus on how school personnel can facilitate, support and intervene with low

incidence students around the following:

o   sexual development

o    sexual issues

o   developing appropriate language to talk about sexual issues

o    masturbation

o   fostering appropriate boy/girl friend relationships

o    good and bad touching

o    sexual vulnerability risk factors for low incidence students

o   Audience:   Grade 6-12 Special Ed Resource & Classroom Teachers, SSA's, Support Staff

o   working with Low Incidence Students in program & mainstream settings

o   Presenter: Margaret Newbury Jones, Sexuality Educator-SHADE Consulting Ltd.

o   Date:  Friday, 2011 February 18

o   Margaret has been teaching K-12 students with special needs since 1988.  She has worked with people with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, brain injury, physical disabilities, mental illness and hearing impairments. Click here for registration information.

·      The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - March 2011

Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011

When:  March 2-5, 2011

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Cost: TBA

UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education and the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership invites you to the 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World.

Conference Description:

Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers, as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world.

·      POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Applications
A Course for Education Professionals, Paraprofessionals & Parents.  Presented by
Marianne Mackenzie Garrison, B.Ed. 
Education and Behavior Consultant, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders

5 Saturdays
January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12, 2011
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Click here for Registration Form >

 

·      See All ACT Upcoming Events

   

12. SEASONAL

·      Christmas tree chipping locations in MetroVancouver.  Click here to find a location near you!

 

 

13. Other

·      Parent Support Services of BC - Winter Newsletter! Click here to read newsletter!

·      *NEW Employment Program: We (BGCCS) and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society are pleased to announce the launch of Job Options BC Program - North Delta. A new BC Government funded initiate in the heart of North Delta, please check out the Job Options BC Brochure.

·       FREE RDSP Planning Kit - get it at BC Coalition for People with Disabilities

·        Click here to read a SPECIAL NEEDS DAILY MAGAZINE - Check out the holiday article.

·       Comprehensive Magazine regarding Sensory Issues   Click here to read new issue!  THEY HAVE GONE DIGITAL Click here to SIGN UP at a tremendous cost saving!

·      Check out SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.

·      BC Epilepsy December eNewsletter - click here!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·       Disability is Natural December e-newsletter is HERE! Making Memories:  To understand a man, you must know his memories.
Anthony Quayle

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      Welcome to the 101 Friends December Newsletter

·       Handle Institute - Current newsletter

·       Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS December Newsletter - Click here.

·       Click here for the new SI FOCUS newsletter!

·        Click here for the current issue of CACL's INFO @

·      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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