January 10, 2011 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:
· One of our parents and her friend have set up a website for families who have children with autism spectrum disorder. Please have a look at www.bcfamilieswithautism.ca
· Help train future doctors. The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia is seeking people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions (or their family members) for interviews with first year medical students. This is a learning activity for the students so they will have a better understanding of a patient's concerns and the challenges they face outside of the doctor's office. The interviews will be 1-1.5 hours and take place in February and March. For more information contact Program Assistant Madelene Klassen at 604-827-5962 or email@example.com
3. Reach Child and Youth Development Society
Reach Child and Youth Development Society is putting on the first Sibshops for Delta and neighbouring communities in February 2011! Sibshops is an exciting program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. At a Sibshops, brothers and sisters will meet others who "get it" about the good (and sometimes not so good!) parts of having a sib with special needs, have fun and learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive.
· Who are Sibshops for? 8 - 12 years old brothers and sisters of children with special needs
· Who runs Sibshops? Our Sibshops are run by a team of people who have a professional and, in some cases, a personal understanding of the impact a child's special needs can have on their siblings.
· When and where are Sibshops held? Sibshops will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on all the Wednesdays in Feb 2011. The dates are Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011. The location is at Reach's Play and Learn Centre in N Delta. The address is 11425 84th Ave.,Delta.
· What's the cost of the Sibshops? It's $25 for all the 4 sessions.
· How do I register? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604-946-6622, ext.343.
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 email@example.com
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· Video: Autism and art the product of a supercharged brain? Dr. Emily Willingham has done it again... another provocative report. This time on an autistic brain as supercharged. It's been in the news a lot lately. Checkout the parallels she draws between the findings and her son TH's artwork (as well as artwork by noted autism author/advocate and Autism Hangout contributor, Stephen Shore!). Click here to see this interesting video.
· Autism currently affects one in every 110 American children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It has become an urgent and growing public health crisis, affecting individuals throughout their lifetime. But for those facing the challenges of life on the autism spectrum who previously sat at home playing video games are now learning to create them. Click here to read about a non-profit which provides job training for children with ASD
· USAAA Top Ten Articles of the YEAR! Click here to read all the articles.
· THE FIRST - Naturally Autistic® International Newsletter. Click here to read!
· Reminder regarding a couple of websites:
o Autism Funding in BC (or Autism Funding for Dummies) CLICK HERE - they have a new chat forum available for parents
o The ABA Support Network for families doing Lovaas ABA home programs Click here
o Dan Marino's website dedicated to families - many videos of professional presentations! www.childnett.tv
· 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
· Raising children with fetal alcoholic spectrum disorder (FASD) can be a challenge. Here are strategies to help parents learn to help their child. Raising children with FASD is a challenge, but it's possible for parents to set up a lifestyle and a structure in the home that allows the child to further develop his potential and to keep the family moving along without an overload of stress. Click here to read more.
Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011
When: March 2-5, 2011
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To download registration information, click here.
8. Ministry Information
o Have you made your 2010 RDSP contribution yet? Good news for anyone who has put off opening an RDSP! Effective 2011, people's Canada Disability Savings Grant and Bond entitlements can be carried forward. When a person opens an RDSP, Canada Disability Savings Bond entitlements will automatically be calculated and paid into the plan for the preceding 10 years (but not before 2008, when the RDSP was launched). This means people opening RDSPs in January, 2011 will can qualify (based on income) for up to $4,000 in Canada Disability Savings Bond - $1,000 for each of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Read about this and the new RRSP rollover policies at the RDSP Blog <http://rdsp.wordpress.com/> .
o TOP 10 REASONS TO OPEN AN RDSP CLICK HERE TO READ ALL 10 REASONS! Thank you to Jack Styan
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
Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.
10. Mental Health
· 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:
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 TBAAnti-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 email@example.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.
· Parenting Expert & Best Selling Author Mary Gordon will be at this years Children the Heart of the Matter Conference, February 4, 2011 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm a the Bell Centre For Performing Arts 6250 144 Street, Surrey Cost : $10.00 Call for Tickets 604-572-8032 Limited number of tickets availble at the door GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
· AUTISM AWARENESS CENTRE PRESENTS:
Let's Really Look at this Child: Considerations for Effective Program Development
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!
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
· 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 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.
· A Family-Focused Speech-Language Therapy Program HANEN
February 25 to June 24, 2011
Fridays 10:30 am to 1 pm in Delta, BC
Scientifically Proven to Improve Reading Skills
AFTERNOONS MONDAY TO FRIDAY
Who is this program for?
· Children with autism, 18 months to 6 years
of age, their parents and other caregivers.
This program addresses communication for
children who range from the non-verbal stage
to short sentences.
What does it cost?
· $3600 for one child and one adult. Additional
adults involved in the child's care can attend
What if I'm not sure that this program is
right for my child?
· Check it out at www.hanen.org
· Register for the free orientation on Friday,
Jan 28, 2011. Childcare will be provided.
· OR, if you miss the orientation, book a pre-
program consultation before Feb 25, 2011.
Register at www.neuroplan.ca Anna Krueger, MSc, S-LP(C)
Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
Anna is an approved autism provider. If your child has been diagnosed, the entire cost of this therapy program will be covered by your autism funding.
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.
· DRN Conference 2011 Join us for the Disability Resource Network of BC Forum 2011 " Mission Possible: Syncing New Technology with Current Practices" Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31, 2011 Vancouver Museum 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC Click here for more information
· Save the date! Speaking of Kids 2011, Friday Oct 21
Speaking of Kids annual conference will take place in Vancouver on Friday October 21, 2011. This one-day event will feature a celebrity guest speaker plus other engaging and knowledgeable speakers. Tickets will go on sale starting in March, 2011; and ticket prices have been kept at the minimal fee of $55! Out of town conference attendees will also be offered lowered hotel rates. LDAV conference committee members are fast at work obtaining 'goodie-bag' items and a raffle draw prize. This year's event will be the best one yet! Stay tuned as we'll be announcing our celebrity speaker in February.
(info and pictures from past conferences...)
· See All ACT Upcoming Events
· RESOLUTIONS? Click here to see a video about changing the world one day at a time!
· RESOLUTIONS? Click here if your resolution involves getting fit and drinking more water - is your bottled water safe?
· RESOLUTIONS? Spread the word to end the word - and promote the new "R" word - RESPECT. Check out the video by John C. McGinley
· RESOLUTIONS? A New Year's resolution for parents. Dr. Neufeld has launched the New Year with an editorial on what should be every parent's resolve. Please click here to read his thoughts on getting back to basics in our parenting.
· TED TALKS! Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. Click here to see the video!
· Check out this website for SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE MAGAZINE: Providing information and resource for children with special needs Click here to see website.
· ALTERED PARENTING. A child can never be better than what his parents think of him. During a presentation, I shared the experiences common to many parents (myself included) after a child is diagnosed with a disability: a prognosis is delivered, therapies and interventions are prescribed, and the lives of the child and the family are radically transformed. But, I emphasized, the day after the diagnosis, the child is no different than he/she was the day before; the child didn't change. Who changed? The parents. We change our dreams, the way we see our child, and the way we treat our child, primarily because of the negative information provided to us by physicians and/or other professionals. Click here to read more.
· We at eFamilyTV realize raising a child with special needs takes an extra amount of care as well as stress. Doctor appointments, therapies, treatments, surgeries, g-tubes, wheelchairs, communication devices - the family unit as a whole goes through extraordinary circumstances in comparison to other "typical" families. It is for this reason we call these families "Exceptional" as it defines the unusually good and outstanding role they play in the lives of their children. Exceptional Family TV is about, for and to serve YOU. We promise to deliver engaging weekly episodes specifically designed for exceptional families. This is your online, home destination. eFamilyTV focuses on parents/families/caregivers raising children with special needs (ages 0-21), with the future goal of covering topics pertaining to parents/caregivers for those in the adult age beyond 21-years of age.
Click here to read more.
· From 101 Ways to Make Friends: Welcome to 2011
I hope the new year is treating you well. 2010 was a big year for people connecting through the Internet - truly incredible to see the support from people near and far for finding new ways to make friends. It's been great to hear some really amazing stories about friendship. Connecting to people digitally has been pretty phenomenal. Click here to see: Two websites that help you connect with friends.
· *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
· SI FOCUS - Click here to sign up!
· Click here for the new SI FOCUS newsletter!
· Parent Support BC - Click here to read newsletter!
· Complex Child Current Magazine Edition Here.
· SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.
· BC Epilepsy January ENEWS - Click here!
· Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -
· Disability is Natural December e-newsletter is HERE!
· Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!
· Welcome to the 101 Friends December Newsletter
· Handle Institute - Current newsletter
· Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS - JANUARY ISSUE - CLICK HERE
· Gordon Neufeld's January 2011 Newsletter - Click here
· Click here for the current issue of CACL's INFO @
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