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San Diego County Chapter
The Voice and Resource of the San Diego Autism Community
San Diego Autism Society
6th Annual Fall Conference
October 26th and 27th , at the Dana Inn
The San Diego Autism Society is happy to announce our annual SUPPORT MEETINGS
Fall Conference to serve the San Diego Community! The Board Third Tuesday of the month
of Directors feels this conference is an important community 6:30 PM
event and terriﬁc opportunity for people who work with children
affected by autism, parents, and everyone else in our community 4699 Murphy Canyon Road
who would normally not be able to travel to attend an autism conference, to come San Diego, CA 92123
and experience what a conference is about, and learn about San Diego’s extensive
autism community resources. We hope to see you there! More details page 3 Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Developing The Academic,
Social And Living Skills To
Swing Away for the ASA Transition From High School
3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament To College
POSTPONED FROM AUGUST Speaker:
November 4, 2007 | Steele Canyon Golf Course Stephen Parker, Ph.D.
Please join us on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 at the presti-
gious Steele Canyon Golf Course in Jamul. If golf is not your Tuesday, November 20, 2007
“cup of tee”, please join us for the dinner reception! Proceeds
beneﬁt SDASA camps and recreational programs for individu- Question And Answers
als with autism. The teams will tee off at 11:30 am in a 4-per-
son scramble format. Events will include:
• Putting contests • Longest Drive Competition Speaker:
• Closest to the Pin Contests • Silent Auction Alan Lincoln, Ph.D.
• Great prizes and much more!
• Dinner reception for the golfers and their family and friends
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We need your support! Please help us secure donations for silent auction items, spon-
sorships for golfers, and/or be an event volunteer. All companies and individuals will HOLIDAY PARTY
receive recognition and all donations are tax deductible.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2007-2008 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Board of Directors membership and
Immediate Past President
G reetings to all
and I hope that
your 2007 summer
the departure of some of our most ex-
perienced and well thought of board
was productive, re- members. We are fortunate to have
TINA HUSTON laxing, and/or both! new members who joined our board
The Chapter has had and will help broaden our community
DEEDEE SPANGLER another very good perspective and provide experience and
Secretary a fresh infusion of ideas and energy. I
summer as our trademark programs,
Camp I CAN and Surf Camp, have would like to especially thank Shelly
each completed another successful VanBrabant for her six years of leader-
ALAN LINCOLN, PH.D. ship and tireless service to this chapter
run. This year marked the 6th Annual
ANGELA DESIDERI, M.S. Camp I CAN and included an expan- and our community.
sion to the Palomar YMCA in our ef- The 3rd Annual Swing Away for ASA
forts to service all areas of San Diegp Golf Tournament will be held Novem-
County. A total of 175 kids (125 at ber 4th at the Steele Canyon Golf Club.
GREGORY FLETCHER Toby Wells and 50 at Palomar) at- As always we are looking for individu-
KARYN SEARCY, M.A. tended Camp I CAN, however we still als, local businesses, and corporations
had a wait list of 68 kids who, unfor- to partner with us and provide sponsor-
tunately, were unable to attend. Surf ship and participatory support -- con-
MELINDA DONOVAN tact our chairperson Brooke Wagner.
Camp, was as popular as ever, and
MICHELLE LAZAR, M.A. our partner, Aqua Pros Swim School, Contact information for Brooke and
MARK ALTSHULER did a fantastic job getting 107 camp- on how to register as a golfer or as a
ers into the water at Mission Beach. sponsor (or both) can be found on our
SANDY SHAW, PH.D.
Thanks to Shirley Fett, Tammy An- website, www.sd-autism.org.
SHELLY HIRSCHBERG, PH.D. derson, Shelly Hirschberg, and Shelly As always, I hope that the transi-
SHERRY SOULE VanBrabant for your great work. tion back to this new school year was
June ushered in some change in our smooth and successful.
BOBBIE KOHRT, M.A.
BROOKE WAGNER, M.A.
DAWN HOLMAN, PH.D.
LARS PERNER, PH.D. The San Diego County Chapter of the Autism
Society of America (SDASA) does not endorse
RACHEL TAPPER ZIJLSTRA, M.A. individual programs or products. References
appearing in the Autism Action regarding pro-
TAMMY ANDERSON-LEE grams, resources, treatment, etc. should not
be interpreted as an indication of endorsement
VICTORIA IKERD-SCHREITER Visit us on the web at by SDASA. They are provided for information
Autism Action editors:
For the latest chapter
Kathi Ahles and events, sign up for the
Karyn Searcy SDASA e-news!
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San Diego Autism Society In
6th Annual Fall Conference Memorium
October 26-27th | Dana Inn
I n honor of the memory of Giana
Meyer’s dear grandfather at his pass-
ing, the Chapter has received donations
T his year’s exciting conference event is brought to you by the San
Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of America! The
conference will be held at the Dana Inn on Mission Bay.
from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sulli and Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Maganini.
The schedule of events will include:
Friday, October 26th | 4:30pm INFORMATIONAL/SUPPORT
Jerry and Mary Newport speak on living and MEETING SPEAKERS
loving with autism. Dinner reception, ques-
tion and answer, and a showing of the movie Stephen Parker, Ph.D. is director of the
“Mozart and the Whale” will follow. “Mozart Balboa City School and will present at
our October 16, 2007 meeting.
and the Whale”, starring Josh Hartnett and
Radha Mitchell is a movie based on how Jerry
Alan Lincoln, Ph.D. will facilitate
and Mary met and married. questions and answers regarding Au-
tism Through the Lifespan at the No-
Saturday, October 27th | 9am-3pm vember 20, 2007 meeting. He will ad-
Dr. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center dress questions regarding the biology,
for Autism will speak on “Targeting Challenging Behaviors neuropsychology, treatment and course
Across the Spectrum”. of autism. Attendees are invited and
encouraged to e-mail questions in ad-
Dr. David G. Amaral, Professor of Psychiatry at the Uni- vance.
versity of California, Davis will offer attendees a research
update on current autism research from the M.I.N.D. In- Dr. Lincoln’s background includes
stitute where he has served as the research director since Professor, Alliant International Uni-
versity in San Diego; Developmental
Neuropsychology Laboratory. He is
the president and C.E.O. of the Center
Contact Dr. Dawn Holman or Bobbie Kohrt, Conference Co-Chairs for Autism Research, Evaluation and
for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, Service, A Psychological Corporation
email@example.com, or the San Diego Autism Society at (CARES, Inc. www.caresnpa.com).
firstname.lastname@example.org or 858.715.0678.
Place an ad in
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All Out for Autism Fundraiser Com- fast approaching, PLEASE take a mo-
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for planning our chapter’s largest and up. There are over 600 participat-
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Each April (Autism Awareness Month), purchase at any of these stores via this
we host a big fundraising party to raise website AND designate the San Diego
Chapter of the Autism Society as the ben- Half page: $300
money and awareness about autism.
The committee meets monthly from eﬁciary, our chapter receives a donation.
It DOES NOT cost you anything to sign All ads are subject to publication
October through April. All proceeds go
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to Camp I CAN. To join our commit-
your shopping done easily on line and we editorial staff.
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receive a donation! Signing up is quick
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Walk and Resource Fair
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Brought to you by:
AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ARI)
DEFEAT AUTISM NOW! (DAN!)
What is your dream job?
Registration 7 am / Fair 7 am to 12 p.m.
Location : Exposition Park /Los Angeles Have you thought of starting your own business? It’s
For more Walk Information go to possible! Find out more by attending
The Talent Within:
Looking for Exhibitors for the Resource Fair
For Exhibitor Information Jerry@AutismWalkLA.com
Self Employment Conference
for Adults and Transitioning Students with Develop-
Free Registration--Lunch Included
Thursday, October 25, 2007--9:30AM-4:30PM
San Diego Fly Day St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center—2119 E. Madison
Children’s Charity Flights To register, call 619-442-5129 ext. 3113 or
Saturday, November 17th, 2007 email@example.com
Brown Field- San Diego Jet Center
1424 Continental Street • Develop ideas for a business
• Meet people who can help your business get
This event offers a free 30 minute ﬂight over the city started
after a mandatory educational ground school (adapted • Meet peers who are starting their own business
to the needs of the child), concepts of ﬂight, face • Get all your questions answered by attending the
painting, etc. www.challengeair.org or 818-741-6906 conference.
for more information.
The San Diego Treatment Network is celebrating its 1-year anniversary.
Join us for an OPEN HOUSE and fun-ﬁlled evening.
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday 10.10.07
9606 Tierra Grande, Suites 102, 103, & 107, San Diego, CA 92126
Our diverse team of specialists includes:
Drop in and enjoy your time by...
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY- Dr. Sharon
* Taking a tour and learning more about Lerner-Baron
SDTN programs Phone: 858.695.9444
SPEECH THERAPY- Crimson Center for
* Tickling your tastebuds with wine & Speech & Language Children are welcome
appetizers OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY- Develop- (kid-friendly activities will be available,
* Meeting local artist Joel Anderson and mental Therapy Center
but no supervision is provided.)
viewing a showcase of his work (Ste 102) EDUCATIONAL THERAPY– Banyan
* Listening to the ﬁne sounds of student Tree Learning Center
musicians perform throughout the evening MUSIC THERAPY– Coast Music
EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING &
ADVOCACY– DeeDee Spangler
San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007
San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007 5
Programs AUTISM RESEARCH IN SAN DIEGO
Y ou can help the San
Diego County Chap-
ter to continue to provide the much needed programs and ser-
SoCal BRIDGE Collaborative.
Local researchers, community providers, funding agencies
and families have formed the SoCal BRIDGE Collaborative
vices to the local autism community by participating in the
to identify and adapt a promising intervention practice for
following workplace giving programs:
very young children (12-24 months) at-risk for autism and
The United Way/CHAD Campaign. Agency code # 95580.
related disorders. They recently submitted a grant proposal to
The Combined Federal Campaign. Agency code # 33465.
the National Institutes of Health to provide funding for exam-
The California State Employees Charitable Campaign.
ining current community practice and need, the evidence-base
Agency code # 3201.
for infant/toddler intervention, and to identify, adapt and test
Contributing through payroll deduction is a very easy and pain-
an early, relationship-based, intervention for children and
less way to support your favorite charities. Please encourage
families. Look for upcoming trainings and opportunities to
your friends and family members to contribute to the Autism
Society of America through the workplace campaigns where
they work. If you know of a workplace which does not partici-
pate in a charitable donation campaign, please contact the San
Translating Pivotal Response Training into
Diego County Chapter ofﬁce. It may be possible to initiate a
campaign in the workplace which will allow the employees to
Drs. Aubyn Stahmer and Laura Schreibman and graduate stu-
contribute directly to the Autism Society of America.
dent Jessica Surhreinrich, recently received funding from the
Federal Department of Education to adapt Pivotal Response
Training (PRT) techniques for use in the classroom. Although
Families, Friends, and Relatives... PRT is widely used in schools, it was initially developed for
use in one-on-one settings, and it’s effectiveness has not been
4 Great Ways to Support the San Diego tested in the classroom. In collaboration with public school
County Autism Society special education teachers, PRT will be modiﬁed for use in
the classroom, and used to develop and assess a classroom
• CARTRIDGES FOR KIDS manual. If you are a teacher of children with autism ages
Bring used cell phones, laptops, PDAs, and empty 3-8 and would like more information, or to participate in the
laserjet/inkjet cartridges to our monthly informational meet- project please contact Aubyn Stahmer at 858 966-7703 x3223
ings, pool parties or other events
• GROCERY CARD PROGRAMS
Albertsons: www.albertsons.com and go to “in
the community”. Click “Community Partners” and sign up for Enhancing Autism Intervention in Mental Health
a card, entering #49000123471 for SDASA Services (AIM)
Ralphs & Food 4 Less: www.raplphs.com or
www.food4less.com. Click “Community Contributions” or Translating Autism Interventions for Mental Health Services
“Community Participants” Register, using #80074 for both via Knowledge Exchange. Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee, at
stores. UCSD, has a recently funded career-development award from
NIMH. The objective of her study is to develop an indepen-
• IGIVE dent program of research translating research-based behavior-
www.igive.com/SDASA. Get a free member-
ship to shop at 400+ stores with up to 26% of each purchase al interventions for children with autistim spectrum disorders
donated directly to SDASA. (ASD) for use in the public mental health service system.
Dr. Brookman-Frazee will work with clinicians to develop a
• ESCRIP mental health intervention for children with ASD and a clini-
www.escrip.com, entering #785161 for SDASA cian training model for this approach.
Merchants Program: register grocery, debit and/or
credit cards. A Percentage of your purchases at over 150 mer-
chants will be donated to SDASA.
Vehicle Donation: contact 1 800 456 5517 and speak
to a representative
6 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
ASPERGERS & HFA
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
In North County...
The 1st Monday each month
Carlsbad Senior Center Monthly Parenting Support Group
799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 The 2nd Tuesday Evenings Each Month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 5, 2007 Mutual Support and Stress Management for
Dr. Scott Cross, Ph.D., BCBA – “Teaching Perspective Tak- Parents of Children with Developmental Delays
ing (Theory of Mind). Dr. Cross will talk about methods used facilitated by a parent with experience . . .
to teach understanding the perspectives of others and the
range of strategies to teach these social survival skills. Dr.
Cross is the Director of Clinical Services at the Lovaas Insti-
Each meeting will include opportunities to meet and
tute in Los Angeles.
develop friendships with people facing similar challenges,
Dec. 3, 2007 share successes, and learn from each other’s struggles.
Dr. Joshua Feder, MD – “Current Thoughts on the Psychi-
atric Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders”. Dr. Feder Crimson Center for Speech & Language
is a prominent local physician and psychiatrist specializing in 9606 Tierra Grande #107
child and adolescent psychiatry. His focus is in neurobehav- San Diego, CA 92126
ioral medicine and the treatment of developmental disorders, Miramar Area
primarily through interactive interventions (DIR – Floortime)
and psychotropic medication treatment. Please call 858 695 9415 to reserve free seating
La Mesa Coffee Klatch
The 2nd Tuesday each month, 9 am
The 3rd Sunday of each month
Calling all parents who would like to sit and chat with other
parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. These
events are hosted by Shelly Hirschberg. No need to RSVP!
8278 La Mesa Blvd | La Mesa, CA | 91941
November 8, 2007 – Starbucks Coffee – 7130 Ave-
nida Encinas #102, Carlsbad
Come join parents of children on the autism spectrum for
December 13, 2007 – Panera Bread- 401 Vista Vil-
relaxation, laughs, and compassion.
lage Drive, Vista
January 10, 2008 – Pannikin Café – 510 N. Highway
Spanish Support Group
Asperger/HFA Grupo de Apoyo en Español
Parent Support Group
Nos juntamos el segundo lunes de cada mes.
In East County
Pero en el mes de noviembre la junta sera el dia 5 de
The 1st Tuesday each month 6:00-8:00pm.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Java Mama Café Scripps Mercy Well Being Center
8250 La Mesa Blvd (behind Wireless Toyz) 311 Del Mar Ave | Chula Vista, CA | 91910
La Mesa, CA 91941
Un foro para información, liderazgo, recursos en la
Please join us for our monthly meetings. The meetings will comunidad, abogacía, y compañerismo. Para infor-
be held in a private room generously offered to us by Java mación llamar al 1.800.281.8252. Lo sentimos, no
Mama Coffee shop. Sorry no day care is provided. contamoas con cuidado de niños
San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007 7
birth to five
Speech-Language Therapy Neuropsychology
C hildren birth to ﬁve years of age who are at risk or have been
diagnosed with a developmental disability such as Autism
Spectrum Disorder need appropriately certiﬁed and/or licensed
N europsychology is a specialty ﬁeld of clinical psychology that
focuses on the relationship between behavior and brain func-
tioning. As clinicians, neuropsychologists recognize that a child’s
speech-language pathologist to treat speciﬁc delays and disabili- unique mix of genetic, developmental, and environmental factors
ties in communication, language, and speech, oral-motor and inﬂuence his or her behavior. A neuropsychological evaluation
feeding behavior. Speech-language pathologists working with uses a very individualized approach, by determining the needs
young children also provide diagnostic therapy to determine what and concerns for each family. A neuropsychologist integrates in-
is causing overall breakdown in communication. SLPs focus on a formation about a child’s developmental, medical, family, and
number of areas, including: treatment histories with his or her own ﬁndings from observa-
tions, interviews, and testing. This comprehensive integration of
• strengthen or develop a child’s ability to coordinate information allows a neuropsychologist to help families and their
oral movements so they can imitate or initiate sound healthcare providers make appropriate diagnoses, including Au-
production and/or sound sequencing tism Spectrum Disorders. A neuropsychological evaluation also
• develop a child’s ability to “decode” language into highlights a child’s particular cognitive, emotional, and social
meaningful units of communication (translating strengths and weaknesses, which is crucial for making optimal
spoken word into a meaningful concept) treatment recommendations for a speciﬁc child.
• develop a child’s ability to use symbols, such as
words or gestures, to communicate—build verbal and The results of a neuropsychological evaluation may guide vari-
non-verbal vocabulary ous treatment programs provided by other professionals, such as
• maximize a child’s desire to interact and relate, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special
which will stimulate basic communication skills education teachers, or ABA specialists. The results may also be
• help parents build fundamental communication helpful to families making important decisions about childcare/
skills with their children school placement and the timing of kindergarten entry. Finally, a
neuropsychological evaluation provides an important snapshot of
Parents often wonder if and how speech-language therapy can be a child’s abilities at a given age, which may be used to monitor
done with very young children who are not yet verbal. It is im- progress over time as well as the effectiveness of various inter-
portant to remember that speech-language pathologists are highly ventions.
trained in all areas of communication, including comprehension
of language and processing of auditory information (words under- Kelly L. Lange, Ph.D.
stood), expressive output (words used), articulation (how speech Clinical Neuropsychologist
is produced), communicative intent (pragmatic and social lan- CA License PSY 21401
guage), play skills, and adult-child interaction.
Sample activities frequently used with young children newly di- Marriage and Family Counseling
agnosed with ASD include:
• Augmentative communication techniques to “jump-
start” the communication process (including modiﬁed
W hen a child ﬁrst receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum
Disorder, parents may feel disbelief, sadness, anger, frus-
tration, shock, anxiety, devastation, and heartbreak. With 1 in
sign, gestures, picture exchange systems) every150 children in the United States receiving this diagnosis,
•Sound imitation play to maximize oral motor and there has been an increase in the number of providers and vari-
sound sequencing skills ous therapies offered to help children on the spectrum. Parents
• Interactive play (including music, singing, ﬁnger begin on a journey of taking their child to numerous therapy and
games and imaginative play) medical appointments. At the same time, they strive to gather as
much information as possible to help cope with the multitude of
A parent-child relationship is one of the most intense interactions symptoms associated with autism. Unfortunately, due to the many
experienced, and any disruption in that process frustrates all par- demands and pressures associated with autism in the family, many
ticipants. Speech-language therapy is an important treatment, parents neglect to take care of their own emotional needs. While
which can beneﬁt nearly all children at risk for autism spectrum it is imperative to ensure that the child receive early intervention,
disorder. it is equally important for family members to receive emotional
support, education and psychological assistance to cope with the
Karyn Lewis Searcy, M.A. CCC-slp diagnosis.
Director, Crimson Center for Speech & Language
How individual therapy for family members can help:
•Parents and/or siblings can work through issues related
8 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007
to coping with the diagnosis and the impact it has on • attention (difﬁculty engaging with parents or
the family. toys)
• Process through the stages of grief, adjust to the diag • following directions
nosis, and appreciate both the challenges and the gifts • playing appropriately with toys and peers
the child has to offer. • feeding (picky eaters, appropriate use of utensils)
•Revise original dreams, hopes, and expectations for • dressing/self care (upset during dressing/bathing,
your child.. not helping with dressing)
• Develop coping strategies to deal with the everyday • balance (falls frequently, clumsy, afraid to move
turmoil, stress challenges, wide range of emotions, and around a lot, strong dislike of swings, slides,
misunderstanding of friends and relatives. playgrounds)
• Deal with depression and anxiety in a therapeutic • ﬁne motor skills (not coloring, completing puzzles,
environment. appropriate use of hands to play with toys)
• Learn how to share the diagnosis with family and • strength and endurance (fatigues quickly, not
friends. strong enough to complete play activities)
• Help typical siblings understand the impact of autism
on them, and allow them to voice concerns and ask Sensory Integration is a term commonly used during occupa-
questions in a safe environment. tional therapy with children on the autism spectrum. It refers
to the ability of the nervous systems to take in all sensory
The number of marriages negatively impacted by the diagnosis information and organize it so children can effectively interact
of a child with autism is rising in the United States. The daily with their environment. Difﬁculty with sensory processing can
stress placed on a family is enormous and marital therapy can affect all aspects of a child’s activities. Our goal as occupational
help to minimize marital conﬂict that can lead to divorce. therapists is to help children reach their maximum potential to
interact, experience and explore their world.
How marital therapy can help:
• Help couples communicate effectively, even if they Kimberly Benson, MA, OTR/L
are at different stages of dealing with the diagnosis. Occupational Therapist
• Help with decisions regarding treatment, learn how to Developmental Therapy Center
be an integral part of the decision-making process, and
facilitate discussions regarding different opinions about
• Increase awareness of each spouse’s feelings and
restore healthy communication.
• Deal with feelings of resentment when one parent
A n Educational Consultant works with the family, in con-
junction with the school district, to develop the most ap-
propriate and highest quality program for each child. They
is the primary caretaker and person responsible coach families through the Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
for therapy, and the other bears the burden of earning process, as well as determine all forms are properly completed
enough money to pay for it. in all areas necessary. An IEP is a legal binding document. An
• Explore ways to plan for the future. Educational Consultant is not only used when a family has
• Strengthen the relationship so parents work effectively concerns about a child’s school program or when they are in
together with the many facets of raising a child with dispute about the plan or placement. Even when children are
autism. successful in their school programs, an Educational Consultant
• Assist with educational decisions and inform parents can help monitor the progress and the quality of the program,
about their child’s rights. and ensure the IEP is being followed.
• Learn to work as a team to deal with the diagnosis
and still respect individual differences of opinions and If your child is between the ages of 0-3 years old, an Edu-
different styles of coping. cational Consultant can be provided by San Diego Regional
Center (SDRC) to assist with the transition from SDRC edu-
Sharon Lerner-Baron, Ph.D. cational services to the school district, a process that begins
Clinical and Consulting Psychology by 2:9 years of age. If a child is not a SDRC consumer and
is between the ages of 2:9 and 5, an Educational Consultant
Occupational Therapy can be hired privately to help families work with the school
district, request school assessments, and determine if results
O ccupational therapists are trained to assist people of all
ages to perform the functional tasks that normally occupy
their lives. Pediatric occupational therapists address activities
qualify a child for an IEP. Families may get an Educational
Consultant at anytime throughout a child’s educational career
without the approval of the school district. They are not em-
childhood, which include play, self-help skills, making friends, ployees of a district, although some may be vendors of SDRC
being part of a family and succeeding in school. We look at the as private contractors. They are not, however, in alliance with
“whole” child in the following areas: gross motor, ﬁne motor, vi- either the school district or SDRC, and work objectively to de-
sual motor, sensory motor and social-emotional skills. Pediatric termine optimal, educational services. It is recommended that
occupational therapy is a child-led, movement and sensory rich, an Educational Consultant complete an observation of children
play-based therapy. Sessions are goal directed and structured to in their classroom and/or home program prior to any meetings
address the speciﬁc needs of the child. with the school district in order to obtain an accurate assess-
ment of a child’s speciﬁc learning needs.
In the birth to 5 year population, occupational therapists can help
a child who exhibits difﬁculty with: DeeDee Spangler
• regulation (crying too frequently, unable to calm self) DMS Consulting therapy options continued next page
San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007 9
Applied Behavioral Analysis of the most commonly used, empirically based ABA treatment
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the theoretical foundation procedures include Discrete Trial Training (DTT) a structured,
for a wide array of behavioral intervention programs and strate- teacher directed intervention program; Pivotal Response Train-
gies used in the treatment of children with developmental dis- ing (PRT) a play-based, child-centered intervention program; and
abilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which includes TEACCH an intervention program that structures the natural and
Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Develop- learning environment to help increase functional skills and maxi-
mental Disorder, Not Otherwise Speciﬁed (PDD-NOS). ABA is mize independence. ABA programs should also collaborate with
based on the principles of operant conditioning, which propose other disciplines of treatment for children with ASD which gen-
that consequences have an affect on future behaviors. This erally includes speech-language therapy, occupational therapy,
means that we modify, eliminate, or decrease a problem behavior physical therapy, music therapy, vision therapy, and social skills
by changing the factors that cause it, as well as the factors that training programs.
keep it going. We can also modify, increase and improve skill
deﬁcits in the same way. ABA is used to determine why, how, Additionally, ABA programs should work directly with the
when, how long, and where to increase or decrease behaviors to parents of children who are newly diagnosed and/or require treat-
improve an individual’s functioning. ment for developmental disabilities, such as ASD. The most suc-
cessful programs are ones that actively train and involve parents
Intensive ABA programs are generally set up for children from in the treatment program to ensure that the program is individu-
birth to ﬁve years of age, and should address modifying and alized and well-suited to the speciﬁc needs of each child.
decreasing inappropriate behaviors while teaching speciﬁc skills.
These programs should integrate the use of a variety of behavior Sandy Shaw, Ph.D.
modiﬁcation and related interventions to provide children with Director, AIM
ASD a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment plan. Some
NEXT ISSUE: THERAPY OPTIONS:
Memories of Summer Fun! Surf Camp Camp I CAN,
and End of Summer Pool Party!
10 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007
Mark you calendars to
attend our fun and popu-
lar monthly pool parties.
They’re held the 2nd Fri-
day evening of each month at the Boys & Girls Club in
Clairemont. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6:00-8:00
pm. Free pizza & drinks! The whole family can swim Walk Now for Autism.
in an indoor, heated pool. Lifeguards provided. Please
RSVP at least FIVE days in advance to insure sufﬁcient This year’s walk will be held in Balboa Park on Satur-
food and beverages for all 619-298-1981 or info@sd- day, November 3rd and the walk will continue to have
autism.org a Resource Fair.
The Walk course is a 1-mile loop around Balboa Park
and also a 5K which is 3 laps – so participants can do
Free ARTS Day as much or little as they want.
for the community on
Saturday, October 27th The registration and donation information is available
from 10am to 4pm. on the Autism Speaks site (www.autismwalk.org)
Free ARTS Day provides kids and
families with a positive, artistic experience through
which they are able to explore their talents and cre-
ativity. This fun ﬁlled is day is open free to the public
and features exciting art-centered activities includ-
ing fall arts and crafts, sing alongs, story time, face
painting and more. Food and entertainment is also
available for all to enjoy. Visit the website at artsur-
vive.org or call (619) 297-ARTS (2787)
San Diego Buddy Walk 2007
SAVE THE DATE! The walk will take place at the Organ Pavilion in beau-
tiful Balboa Park! Registration begins at 9 am. Opening
25th Annual Involved ceremonies will begin at 10 am. The walk will begin at
Exceptional Parents Day 10:30 am, and post-walk activities and entertainment
Conference Visit the DSA SD website at www.dsasdonline.org for
which will be held April 12, more information!
2008 at the Handlery Hotel
and is entitled:
Ready, Willing and Enabled: Helping Find
Your Child’s Place in the World
San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter Autism Action Fall, 2007 11
Effective 1/1/08, the SDASA will require membership in the local San Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of
America to realize the full value of our local programs gained exclusively through SDASA membership.
San Diego, CA 92142-0908
PO Box 420908
Autism Society of America
SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHAPTER
Permit No. 455
San Diego, CA
Non Proﬁt Org.