Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On The Edge

Do you want to know more about Mental Health in Utah? Especially after age 18.

If you have an hour to watch this very informative video, "On The Edge: Mental Health in Utah" it will give you a better understanding to what is really happening and what you can do to help.

Have you heard about Sensory Friendly Movies?

What are Sensory Friendly Movie? This is when a theater has designated one of it's showings to include a "sensory friendly experience".  Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and the audience may bring their own GFCF snacks. The audience may also jump up and down, walk around, or sing and shout.

The Next  Sensory Friendly Movie will be. . . 
October 1 - DOLPHIN TALE

10:00 am

AMC Loews Layton Hills 9

728 West 1425 North Layton, UT 84041

Find more Sensory Friendly Film at

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Parents as Partners in the IEP Process Training

For All Parents:
Does your child currently have an IEP?
Is your child being evaluated for special education services?
If so, then this IEP Training is for you!

The Utah Parent Center is pleased to announce two upcoming IEP Trainings! 
Read more details about topics included in the training below!

Surrogate Parent Certification will be offered from 3:00-3:30 p.m. following the IEP Trainings at each location for those who are interested. 

Choose the location that best suits your needs:

Thursday, October 13, 2011,
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Weber School District Office
5320 Adams Ave Parkway, Ogden
Thursday, November 3, 2011,
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.  
Utah Parent Center
230 West 200 South, Suite 1101,  Salt Lake City

Pre-registration for these events is required. 
Registration Deadlines: 
Ogden, Utah:     October 10, 2011
or   Salt Lake City:    November 1, 2011 

  Register Today! 
(Lunch is on your own for both events)
Phone:  801.272.1051 or 1.800.468.1160

for more information go to:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Support Group - Easy to Love Hard to Raise

A new parent support group has started
Easy to Love Hard to Raise
They had a parent meeting last week.

Watch their blog for information and when they will be meeting again.

Lindsay & Jen started this group after realizing there was no support for parents of special needs children. After spending months searching we decided to start our own. We wanted to start a group for parents are children with "invisible disabilities" such as ASD, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder and more.
We have found after our children received diagnosis' we are constantly going with OT, PT, Family therapy, individual therapy, school etc. There was no outlet for parents (or caregivers), no place to go to talk about our feelings, fears and frustrations. We are hoping that this group will give that to families.
Easy to Love is currently holding 2 meetings a month, one in Salt Lake and one in Davis County.

Walk Now For Autism

Utah Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Saturday, October 8th, 2011

For more information visit Autism Speaks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hoofbeats to Healing - Theraputic Riding Center

Horse therapy (equine therapy) works to re-pattern the individuals’ brain and rebuild the right and left hemisphere connections that are out of balance or not functioning.

Hoofbeats to Healing is a therapeutic riding center that specializes in helping those with neurological dysfunctions. Individuals with TBI's, RAD, ASD, ADHD, Bipolar, Down Syndrome and so many more. All of our boys have shown improvements with horse therapy over the last two years. They make better eye contact, have more interaction with others, experience fewer emotional episodes, communicate better, and are calmer and happier. 

Our good friend Laura has also seen changes in her daughter over the last year and shares her experience..

"Horse therapy has changed our lives. It has broken the shell of imprisonment for our daughter, unlocking her world and making her a part of our world. The first time she hugged me, and REALLY HUGGED ME (that is she initiated the hug), I knew horse therapy was working, and we would do it for her lifetime. It is a regularly scheduled therapy that will be a constant in her life. The horses at Hoofbeats to Healing are healing her. She loves the horses and we will be forever grateful."

Contact Information -

Hoofbeats To Healing
Tamera Tanner
1006 West 5000 South
Palmyra (Spanish Fork), UT  84660
Phone: 801-836-4325

Monday, September 5, 2011

F.A.A.S.T. - September Parent Support Group Meeting

F.A.A.S.T. is a support group here in the Weber/Davis county area with the mission of “supporting families of autism through compassion, time and energy.”
We invite you to attend an informative meeting with special guest speakers

Joel Manwill and Amy Peters

This month’s topic will be

Occupational and Speech Therapy

Date: Wednesday September 28, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Weber County Library Auditorium
1950 W. 4800 S., Roy, Utah

For more information e-mail us at:
Find us on Facebook @ Families of Autism and Asperger’s Standing Together (F.A.A.S.T.)
And @
Or phone us @ 801-917-4014  

Refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 2, 2011

ABC 20/20 Interview - Carly Finds a Voice

Listen and become aware of the how the autistic mind works and you will realize that those with autism are smarter than they appear. Unlocking Carly's world has been life changing.

How Strong Are You?

I read this on the Big "MAKS" blog and love how true the statement is.