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March 28, 2011 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


Reach posts a variety of material in this newsletter for the information of our readers only. Reach neither endorses nor condemns this material. We urge readers to consider this information with a critical eye and to form their own opinions about its validity or applicability to their situation.


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

·      I would like to start a book of the month club for my daughter who is 14 yrs old and has Down Syndrome. A college student is available to facilitate the book club meeting once a month at a local coffee shop in Vancouver. I am hoping to have a group of 5-6 young people with developmental disabilities from 14-18 years old participate in the club. Reading level is not important as we can work around any challenges around reading skills. If you are interested please contact me at

2.    NEWS


3.    Reach Child and Youth Development Society

·      Positive Parenting: The Basics and Beyond

For Parents of children of all ages .A two-part interactive approach to creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for all of your family interactions You will learn: Positive strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour, how to defuse power struggles, offer appropriate choices, be consistent, provide consequences, model appropriate behaviour and much more!

 Facilitated by: Camille Netherton & Pam Collins

Date: Wednesday, April 6 & 13, 2011

(You need to attend both days)

Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please bring your own nut free lunch

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development

Society #3 - 3800 72nd Street in Ladner

(Near the Boundary Bay Airport) 

Register by email


Or phone:  604-946-6622, ext 343       Or fax: 604-946-6223   $20 workshop fee can be paid at the door


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4.    AUTISM

·      Please take a minute and watch this fantastic 11-minute inspirational video of Grace Culliton from Stratford Ontario.  The video is titled "Brushes with Grace".  The Culliton family worked with a Canadian documentary filmmaker on this video, which describes their daughter Grace's journey with autism.  It tracks many of Grace's artistic achievements, with images of her art that provide insight into her world of autism. The video also pays tribute to Temple Grandin.  It is with great pleasure that Autism Canada is passing this link on to all of you. Please click here to view the video Brushes with Grace

·       Unlocking Carly: Using one finger, autistic teen uses iPad, laptop to communicate.  "So I had a cool interview with a Toronto Star Newspaper reporter. I'm not sure when the story printing or how long it is. The only thing I'm sure of is how cute the photographer was. So cute. I talked to them about autism & I was showing off how easy it is to talk with wordQ and my Ipad. Doctors and scientists are only partly going to help autism technology and innovators are going to bring autism to the next level." Click here to read full story.

·      Meet Moe Norman, the most amazing golfer you never knew! Click here to see the video

·      Evaluating the effects of medication on people with autism by Dr. Temple Grandin.  When a medication is being evaluated to modify the behavior of a person with autism, one must assess the risks versus the benefits. The benefits of the medication must outweigh the risks. Some medications can damage the nervous system and other internal organs, such as the liver. Click here to read full article

·      The United States of Autism.  If ever there were a story that embodies  the heart of America, it's the story found in families and individuals affected by autism.This was the quest of one man who undertook  a 40 day journey across the American landscape to find the answers for his family and son. With interviews that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds - each conducted  in the participants' original language -  the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry  across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures. Click here to learn more!

·      Encouraging Research Results For Parents Of Toddlers With Autism.  Results of a study published online March 22 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry show that The Hanen Centre's More Than Words® Program is more effective than "treatment as usual" in improving the communication skills of toddlers with autism who play with a limited number of toys. Click here to read more.

·      NEW Parenting Special Needs Current Issue - Check out the article "To Stim or Not to Stim"

·      NEW Click here for the AUTISM FILE newsletter!

·      It's almost the last Thursday of the month again and I just wanted to send a reminder for this month's RAPS meeting. The details are below -
March 30th (Thursday)
#210 - 3671 Chatham Street
7:30 to 9:00 pm
The room is above the Chatham Speech and Language clinic.  Just go up the stairs and enter the door on your left (210).  As with last month's meeting, it will be an informal meeting to share information and resources, talk about advocating for our children, etc.  We hope to see you all there :)
Cris Puno  RAPS



·      How do I handle marriage to a spouse with Asperger Syndrome?  My husband was recently diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome, a high functioning type of autism. He graduated from an Ivy League school, but his self-absorption, social awkwardness and rigid behaviours have affected our marriage with devastating emotional impact. Is there hope for improvement?  Click here to read full article

·      MIT Researchers Recreate Autism In Mice.  By mutating a single gene, researchers at MIT and Duke have produced mice with two of the most common traits of autism - compulsive, repetitive behavior and avoidance of social interaction. Click here to read more.

·      CANUCKS FOR AUTISM Join us on Friday, April 1st at the CBC Plaza as we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and help us raise awareness and show support for those affected by autism throughout our province.
Activities will kick off with a rally from 7:30am-9:00am hosted by CBC's Shane Foxman with a walk through the downtown core led by our Parade Marshal, Senator Larry Campbell.  The walk will be followed by a number of guest speakers, including Vancouver's Deputy Mayor Geoff Meggs who will be presenting the World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation on behalf of the City and newly appointed Minister of Children and Family Development, Honourable Mary McNeil, who will be presenting the proclamation on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. Attendees will be able to warm up with a hot cup of coffee or tea generously provided by JJ Bean and we'll have plenty of delicious CAN Puzzle Piece cookies available for everyone!  Can't make it to the morning rally? Join us between 11:30 and 1:30 for a BBQ and live performance by local music legend, Barney Bentall. Our favourite orca, the Canucks' mascot Fin, will also be making a special appearance to take photos and sign autographs.
Please check out our Facebook page or contact our office for more event information. We hope to see you there!
Listen to a message from CAN's Spokesperson, Manny Malhotra!
Date: April 1st, 2011
Time: 7:30am to 1:30pm
Location: CBC Plaza

·      Autism and ADHD: Genetic Similarities and Differences Provide Clues.  Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not one and the same. But research into the similarities as well as the differences between the two conditions has been getting somewhere in recent years. Click here to read more

·      Click here for ANCA's Autsm Radio Show!

·      4th Annual BC Walk  Sunday, September 25, 2011 * Nat Bailey Stadium.  Walk Now for Autism Speaks are fun-filled, family friendly events that bring together members from across the autism stakeholder community. Families, friends, teachers, service providers, corporate teams, researchers - all walking together to raise money to fund vital research, support family services programs, and raising awareness about autism and the issues facing local, provincial and national communities.  Click here for more information

·      POPARD is hosting a transition resource fair for families of secondary students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the professionals who work with them in Delta, Surrey, Langley and Richmond. The transition resource fair will be held on Tuesday April 12th from 6-9 PM at the Delta Manor Education Centre 4750 57 Street Ladner.  If you have any questions or would like to participate please contact me at the telephone or email address listed below.
Joanne Marshall
Education and Behaviour Consultant
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders
4746-57th Street
Delta , B.C. V4K 3C9
Tel: 604-946-3610
Fax: 604-946-2956
jkmarshall@delta <>

·      An Outreach Clinic for ASD, ADHD and Mental Disorders will be held in Burnaby on Saturday April 30, 2011, hosted by the  Great Plains Laboratory and Dr.Bratt. For more information and registration contact

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting
May 30, 2011
Jessica Fung, OTR/L
Incorporating Occupational Therapy into a Behavioural Therapy Program

Contact  Autism Society of BC for more details


5.    ADD/ADHD

·      Autism and ADHD: Genetic Similarities and Differences Provide Clues.  Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not one and the same. But research into the similarities as well as the differences between the two conditions has been getting somewhere in recent years. Click here to read more

·      NEW Parenting Special Needs Current Issue - Check out the article "Understanding the Mental Skills Affected by ADD and ADHD"

·      An Outreach Clinic for ASD, ADHD and Mental Disorders will be held in Burnaby on Saturday April 30, 2011, hosted by the  Great Plains Laboratory and Dr.Bratt. For more information and registration contact



·      2011 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

Friday, May 20, 2011 - Monday, May 23, 2011

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is thrilled to announce that self-advocate Lauren Potter will be presenting at the 2011 Conference in Vancouver!  You may recognize Lauren as cheerleader, Becky Jackson, from the hit television show Glee.  Lauren will be the closing keynote address along with fellow actor Blair Williamson.
Register today to see these stars in action!

The Delta Vancouver
3500 Cessna Drive
Click here for more information

·      Dear Families: The Down Syndrome Research Foundation's Centre for Specialized Learning would like to hear from families of children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities from birth to age 5. We currently serve this age group through individual speech and language therapy, the Learn at Play Program, an inclusive preschool called Early Foundations, and our new Early Foundations One to One Reading Program. We would like to hear your views on the types of programs and services that would address the needs of your family.  Please join us on Wednesday April 13th from 7-8:30 pm at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation's Centre for Specialized Learning 1409 Sperling Avenue in Burnaby.

Pat Hanbury

Phone: (604) 444-3773  -  Fax: (604) 431 -9248 Email:


7.    FASD

·      The Winnipeg Free Press will be highlighting the difficulties associated with FASD over the next few weeks with a series titled, "Wounded in the Womb". 

For the last several months, with the help of a $20,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a team of Free Press reporters has combed research data, talked to experts at home and abroad and, most importantly, talked to people with FASD and their families.

Over the coming weeks, they will look at how FASD reaches into to the criminal justice system, the school system and the child welfare system. They will also look at the challenges of diagnosis, especially for adults, and lay out promising responses to the epidemic.  Click here to view

·      Recovering Hope - Part 1 - Mothers & Children on FASD   Click here to see Part 1!

Click here for PART 2

Click here for PART 3

Click here for PART 4

·      The Vancouver FASD Conference March 2 - 5 is now over - a big success - 1,000 participants.  The Syllabus of 450 pages contained most of the presentations - mostly copies of the slides, sometimes an abstract.  Already some of the presentations are available on the conference website. Watch for more.  It was announced there that the plenary presentation will be on the website in the next weeks.  Let us encourage presenters to make their materials available.

Click here to read what is available!

·      Click here to read what is available from the 3rd International FASD Conference in Victoria 2 years ago.



·      Home Videoconferencing As Therapy For Anxiety Disorders.  The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in four Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, and of those more than 2.2 million people with anxiety disorders have obsessive compulsive disorder. OCD, an extremely debilitating anxiety disorder, is responsible for roughly 8.4 billion dollars per year in social and economic losses in the United States. Many professionals don't know how to deliver highly effective, non-medication treatment and patients often don't have access to high-quality treatment to address their needs. Two Drexel professors now have a solution to this urgent medical need. Click here to read more.

·      What is the Evergreen Framework?  The Evergreen Framework was developed on behalf of the Child and Youth Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Evergreen was created collaboratively amongst youth, parents, professionals and the public from all across Canada. Evergreen is a values-based document that offers six values underpinning a variety of strategic directions in the areas of mental health promotion, prevention, intervention/ongoing care, and research/evaluation. Click here to learn more and get your own copy of the report!

·      Click here for the March Edition of COMPLEX CHILD - The STRESS EDITION

·      Click here for the current edition of STRIDES - the BC Anxiety newsletter

·      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.




·      Unlocking Carly: Using one finger, autistic teen uses iPad, laptop to communicate.  Click here to read full story.

·      Technology and Autism.  Every day new technology is changing our lives in ways we never imagined. For individuals with autism, some new technologies can improve communication, assist in the development of social skills, and enhance the ability to learn. This month's Community Connections is focused on helping families understand how new technology can improve the quality of everyday life! Click here to learn more!

·      Autism Epicentre - Review of Autism Apps! Click here to read the full review!




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.



·       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:
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 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

·      Bring a Guest for only $99 Held Over!

Attention Teachers, Educators, Professionals, and Parents,
We are very excited to announce the 3rd upcoming conference
Autism Biennial Congress 2011, Vancouver BC, April 8-9, 2011 <
Click here for Registration Form>
Click here for a downloadable registration form to print out>
Over 18 World's foremost autism experts, including Eustacia Cutler (Temple Grandin's mom), Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Dr. Stephen Shore, Jerry Newport, Keri Bowers, Bill Davis, Julie Matthewss, Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, David Kirby, Karen Simmons, Dr. Anita Bratt, Mark Bulgutch, Elaine Hall "Coach E", Shannon Kenitz, Dr. Lauren Underwood, Dr. Sheila Wagner, plus many more!
 April 8 - 9, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

·      2011 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

Friday, May 20, 2011 - Monday, May 23, 2011

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is thrilled to announce that self-advocate Lauren Potter will be presenting at the 2011 Conference in Vancouver!  You may recognize Lauren as cheerleader, Becky Jackson, from the hit television show Glee.  Lauren will be the closing keynote address along with fellow actor Blair Williamson.
Register today to see these stars in action!

The Delta Vancouver
3500 Cessna Drive
Click here for more information

·      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

·      NeuroDevNet Second Annual Brain Development Conference
June 19 - 21, 2011. Vancouver, BC Hyatt Regency Vancouver
 655 Burrard Street

NeuroDevNet will be holding our 2011 Annual Brain Development Conference June 19-21 in Vancouver, BC.

Make sure to book these dates in your calendar now. Detailed program and registration information will be made available closer to the event.

Visit the Brain Development Conference page for updates.

·      NEW  FRIEND 2 FRIEND Fall workshop OCT 21 & 22, 2011 - click here! Fostering Peer Play and Friendships for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: The Integrated Play GroupsTM and Friend 2 Friend Models  SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

·      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...)

To see all the workshops offered by Autism Community Training Please click here.

o   US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo  6th Annual Conference
October 27-30, Seattle, Washington

CLICK HERE for conference information.



·      Click here for Family Fun's Springtime Ideas

·      Click here for Family Fun Spring and Easter Ideas

·      BC Easter Seals Camps provides free overnight camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities residing in British Columbia. All children with disabilities living in British Columbia are eligible to attend one week at Easter Seals Camps: Camp Winfield, Camp Shawnigan, or Camp Squamish.Click here for more information

·      There are still places available for school aged Children with Special Needs at the Delta Life Skills  6 week summer camp.
More information and how to register can be found at the following link:
Delta Life Skills <>



·      A great resource forwarded by our wonderful IDP Consultant Sandra - Walk a Mile In Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs report and guide from   Click here to read the report!  (it takes a few minutes to load)

·      TED TALKS! Isabel Behncke: Evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans.  With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing -- solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos' key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?  Click here to see the video!

·      FAMILY CHAMPIONS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.   Big or small, old or young, brand new or been around the block, we want to hear about them all!  It's time again for the BC Council for Families' Distinguished Service to Families Awards, and we're asking you -- our members and supporters -- to tell us about the hardworking family champions in your communities!  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!

Deadline: May 2, 2011

Recipients of the Distinguished Service to Families Awards

o   Make a difference in their communities or provincially for families

o   Demonstrate leadership, creativity and innovation

o   Have earned the respect of their peers and colleagues

o   Have achieved change in services, programs or policies for families

o   Show vision and dedication

o   Enhance family life in British Columbia

Click here to find out how to nominate an individual or organization!

·      The Environmental Working Group has come up with a list of safe baby gifts!

o   Glass baby bottles

o   If you need to use plastic, buy BPA-free baby bottles

o   A natural wood, unpainted rattle

o   Cute, safer bath toys

o   Chlorine-free disposable diapers or cloth diapers

o   Your favorite baby book -- in cardboard or wood (Alex is partial to Dr. Seuss!)

o   Organic cotton onesies

·      Also from the Environmental Working Group: The "Dirty Dozen".  Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues-and which do not-the following guide from the Environmental Working Group will help. Click here for the list!

·      A Social Life:  A NEW Social group for parents and youth 14 - 24 years of age with an intellectual/developmental disability.
WHEN: March 13 - June 12th
WHERE: New Westminster Youth Centre, 620 - 8th Street, New Westminster <
There is no cost for this program, please Click here to see the FLYER for more information

·      NEW:  Richmond Parent Group

Meet other parents of children with special needs, ages 0 - 12 years.  Interact with a guest speaker on topics such as:

• Resources and services for your family

• Promoting children's social and emotional development

• Developing your confidence and advocacy skills

• Supporting siblings

• Planning for transitions

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 4 and June 1, 2011 / 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Caring Place, 3rd floor- 7000 Minoru Blvd,Richmond.  To RSVP and to be notified of future meetings contact:  Aman Pannu, Richmond Society for Community Living, 604 279-7049 or

·      Spring and Summer 2011 programs for struggling learners ages 7 to 14.  Fast ForWord Reading Intervention Software:

strengthens memory, attention, processing rate and sequencing - essential for reading. We also have the Reading series software (for comprehension) not yet available in the Surrey School District.  Start dates flexible. Contact us for more information.

Kurzweil Software Training for Students ages 9 and up:

Many children in the Surrey School District can benefit from this software to assist them with reading and writing but often they don't know how to use it.  Come and learn how and then teach your teacher!  (Max. class size 4)  Next session runs on Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 pm from April 12 to May 17, 2011 (6 weeks).

Keyboarding 1:1 Instruction.  The Typeright program uses one to one multisensory instruction to teach touch typing to students 8 and up.
Spring session runs on Wednesdays, April 13-June 1, 2011 or Saturdays, April 9-June 11, 2011 (45 minute lessons for 8 weeks).  Contact theLDAFS 604-591-5156 to schedule a time.

Steps to Success: Self Advocacy Training for Youth

For students in grades 6 to 10 with LD or ADD. (Max class size 6)  Summer program coming in late August.  Students attend weekday mornings for one week.

Summer One to One Tutoring in Literacy and Math for children aged 6 to 14.  Children attend the program for a minimum three weeks, Monday to Friday one hour sessions. Dates and fees TBA.  Click here to learn more.

·      Press Release - Special Families Magazine Coming to BC.  Vancouver, BC - New Special Needs Parenting Resource to Launch May 2011.  Local special needs families, advocates, educators and service providers will soon have a comprehensive new resource. Debuting this May, Special Families Magazine features "news, views, reviews and things to muse" all from the world of special needs parenting.  Click here to find out more about it.

·       NEW Click here for the SPRING EDITION of PosAbilities!  may take a few minutes to load

·       Autism Naturally - ANCA - March newsletter click here!

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

·      SI FOCUS current e-newsletter click here.

·      Parent Support BC - Click here to read newsletter!

·      Complex Child Current Magazine Edition Here.

·      SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.

·      NEW Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·       BC Epilepsy E-Newsletter - March Edition - Click here

·      Disability is Natural - March Newsletter - Click here - Take a walk in my shoes!

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      Welcome to the March edition of the 101 Friends e-newsletter

·      NEW Handle Institute Current newsletter - check it out for NON_TOXIC cleaning ideas!

·      Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS March Newsletter Click here

·      Gordon Neufeld's January 2011 Newsletter - Click here

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



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


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