Monday, October 31, 2011

11 Questions Students on the Spectrum Can Ask their College

Check out this blog post by Autism Speaks. It has 11 Questions for students on the spectrum to ask their College/University.

Caregiver Conference‏

You're Not Alone:
A Day for You
Education, Rejuvenation, & Support

November 9, 2011
from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
9750 South 300 West, Sandy, UT  84070
Sponsored by The Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support and 
Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The Utah Parent Center, Utah Family Voices and the Family to Family Network participate in the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support 
representing disability issues. 

Take a day to relax and find the support you need to manage your care situation!
Professional Caregivers
  • Conference Cost is $25.00 (includes lunch)   
  • See Registration Form for details.   
Questions?  Call 801.538.3926

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apps for Autism on 60 Minutes

What a great segment!

60 Minutes with Temple Grandin

What can we say other than, "We love you Temple!" She knows how to address the difficult questions and does it with ease. My favorite part was when she talks about the two kinds of autism and would she want a "cure tomorrow". We are so excited to see her next week, in person!

More about her brain -

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Deb Bilder's Medical Management Presentation

The Autism Resource Partnership invites you to an informative presentation about:

"The Medical Management of Disruptive
Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 7:00 pm
at the Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism
(780 So. Guardsman Way, SLC)

Deborah Bilder, MD will discuss a clinician's approach to identifying the underlying cause of disruptive behavior and how to target this cause with treatment. She will review the basic treatments for common psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD in people with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Bilder is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Psychiatry Triple Board Program and is certified in general, adolescent and child psychiatry as well as pediatrics. Her greatest area of interest is in autism spectrum disorders.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autism Community Conference

Autism Community  Conference
Carmen B Pingree Autism Center
Thursday - Nov 10, and Friday Nov 11
Check out the web site for information:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The first copy has just arrived and it has been approved! 
A bulk order has been place and should be here in the next 3-4 weeks.

You can select the pay pal button Add to Cart on the left if you would like the book shipped to you. Or if you live in the Davis County and would rather save on shipping, you can email your order to and pay for it when you pick it up.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Mothers Courage: Talking Back to Autism trailer

I watched this last year on cable and really enjoyed it. For more information about the film go to

Job Interview Skills for People with Aspergers

From My Asperger

It is a well documented fact that "having poor social skills" is one of the challenges people with Aspergers deal with on a day-to-day basis. But this deficit is never as apparent and potentially awkward as during a job interview. Finding a job when dealing with Aspergers is one of the most difficult tasks an Aspie will ever attempt, and even though some are very successful, others struggle with their problems and fail to land jobs even though they are amply qualified.

One Aspie comments, “One of the most nervous things I have EVER done was my first job interview.” This would be true for most people – but especially those with Aspergers. Individuals with Aspergers may have even more problems with such conversations because they (a) have difficulty reading the body language of the interviewer and (b) find it hard to ‘read between the lines’ (i.e., to infer what qualities the interviewer is really looking for in a potential candidate for the job).

In this post, we will be looking at some important "job interview tips" for individuals with Aspergers: 

To Read the rest of this article click here.

Training and Education in AZ from SARRC

No Stone Unturned: A Discussion Group with
Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Openden will lead an interactive discussion about why families select some treatments over others. Data from a recent study that may provide some insight into the answer to this question will be presented, followed by an opportunity for parents to express their thoughts and ask questions about evidence-based practices, alternative therapies, and the process for selecting treatments for their children.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

SARRC Main Campus
300 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(Corner of Van Buren & N 18th St.)
$20 per person or $35 per couple 
To pay by phone, contact Pilar Dowling at (480) 603-3283


Click here for the complete Education & Trainings brochure

Arizona Autism Coalition Parent Members: You are eligible for a 20% discount on all SARRC trainings using a discount code provided by the Coalition. For more information about the Coalition and this discount program, please visit their website at or contact them via email at .

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Our Normal

I often hear the term "normal", that could mean so many things. Being the mother of six boys, four of them on the autism spectrum, makes our home life unique. Yes, our whole family works hard at improving our quality of life, and we have made huge leaps over the years.  But it is obvious Nero-typical or "normal" isn't always what happens here.
Earlier this week I was trying to relax after a rough night with our youngest - who has a difficult time staying asleep all night and often panicky when he wakes me up - the structure could wait a little while I recharged.

While relaxing I was listening to the sounds and watching the activity in our home. It was full of movie quotes, singing, and lots of activity - pacing, tip toe walking, and jumping. I was reminded of a realization I had a couple years ago. This is our "normal" other homes must be pretty boring.

Autistic Boy Scout earns 132 merit badges

From the Desert News Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
Nate Christensen is 17 years old. He plays the trumpet in his high school marching band and loves playing "Just Dance" on the family's Nintendo Wii. He took a good friend to the homecoming dance. He looks forward to graduating from high school. He completed 132 merit badges in the Boy Scouts of America scouting program. He also happens to be autistic.

Autism and Self injury: A World of Its Own

"The beautiful, blessed, but bizarre life of living with autism and acute, episodic self injurious behaviors Everyday is different. You don't always know when or if the behavior will emerge. You could be having a great day and then, suddenly, you're walking down the street and a car alarm goes off, and now, we're on the ground, trying to prevent fists from flying into his head...sometimes all you can do is grab his hands, comfort him and survive the moment...then press on." kgaccounts

A big hug for the both of them. What an awesome mom to dedicate so much for her son.


Vibration Tube Stops Mild Episode of Self Abuse in Autistic Person

Using a vibrating tube, one of the many therapy tools for those with autism. This young man is able to stop self injurious behavior, "70-75% the time" says his mother.

"Grocery Store Outing" Real Look Autism

This video from Real Look shows us how a dad and his 10 yr. old son tackle the grocery store. They call it "shopping therapy". With some planning and help from his therapist, Noah is learning to be purposeful and successful in an environment that can be very stimulating and distracting.
With thought-out planning this could be worth a try, remember each child is different. Shopping this successfully will take many hours of practice and patience. A big thumbs up for this Dad and Noah!

"Anxiety in School" Real Look Autism

This video from Real Look looks at a third grader's anxiety in school. Tess has an autism spectrum disorder and is benefiting from a restructured break system in class. To read more and to see more autism related videos, go to Real Look

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Davis School District
is pleased to announce the
Empowered Parents Roundtable.
 This workshop is intended for parents of children
in Early Intervention services in the
Davis School District
from birth to 3 years old.

This is a discussion group which meets for five sessions
and is aimed at assisting you to understand
what you can do to support your child now.

 Facilitators:  Christine Hatch EIS- MEd. 
                    and Mandy Zeschke MS, SLP

Topics Include:  
Thurs, Oct 13th        Brain Development                                    
 6 :30-8:00 PM
 Thurs, Oct 27th       What's Food Got To Do With It?         
 6 :30-8:00 PM

Thurs, Nov 10th       Language and Literacy                              
 6 :30-8:00 PM
Thurs, Nov 17th       Make It Count                                               
 6 :30-8:00 PM
Thurs, Dec 1st          Bringing It Together With Creativity    
 6 :30-8:00 PM

Class will be held at
Early Learning Center, 
115 South 200 East, 
Farmington, Utah

 Please plan to attend All sessions. 
Limited enrollment so contact us quickly. 

We look forward to your participation.

Register by calling 801-402-5403

For additional information about the Utah Parent Center, 
please visit us on the web at:

How to Notice Symptoms of Autism

This is really helpful for law enforcement too.

Temple Grandin in Utah

Tickets will go fast!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autism Statistics in South Korea

Reported on May 9, 2011, 2.64 % of children (one in 38) have some form of autism in Seoul, South Korean. 

The six year study searched for 7 to 12 year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 55,000 children in a community outside Seoul, South Korea. 
Largely funded by Autism Speaks, the study was led by Young Shin Kim, MD, PhD, MPH, of Yale University.
The estimate is far higher than CDC's estimate of one in 110 children, as the study found many school kids have mild, undiagnosed autism.
Here is more information in three other articles

Pump It Up in Arizona

Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks and is proud to offer Sensory Jump Time, a program open to all children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Children attending will have the opportunity to make new friends, jump, slide and play sensory-friend games within a controlled, safe and supportive atmosphere. The variety of our giant inflatables provide a great environment to work on coordination, balance and motor skills, all while having a great time!

Join us the last Wednesday of every month between 5:00-7:00 pm for Sensory Jump Time. Advanced registration is encouraged as this program is not open to the general public in order to provide a safe environment for the children.

Cost is $7 per child. Parents and caregivers are free! Space is limited.

1325 West Auto Dr., Suite 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 940-7867

Autism Events in Arizona

Check out this site for autism events happening in Arizona.
Also on their site is additional information and resources.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fun Free Night at the Aquarium

Big MAK's Lunch

Do you want to have lunch with other Mom's who understand the struggle of raising children with Autism? Big MAK's (Mothers of Autistic Kids) meets each month at a different location. Here are the next dates.


OCTOBER 27 11:30

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monday Night Fun For the Family

On the 2nd Monday night of each month there is fun for the family at
Bouncin' Off the Walls 
9400 So 350 W. Sandy 
We meet from 6 - 8 pm, for fun in a giant bouncy room
that only has one door in/out.
$5 a kid and lots of cool people to hang out with! 
Bring everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2011

F.A.A.S.T. October Meeting

Josette Dorius, BSN, MPH
Service Director, Neurobehavior HOME Program
This month’s topic -  “Being your child’s greatest advocate”
Date: Wednesday October 26, 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.)
Or phone us @ 801-917-4014

Refreshments will be served.

Device to Locate People Who Wander

This device locates mentally impaired people who wander away. The Layton City Police have 10 to use, but you can buy your own.

By Ruth Malan

Standard-Examiner correspondent

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:42pm

read more at . . .

Diversity Conference at WSU

Weber State University
13th Annual Diversity Conference
October 6-7, 2011

Conference Opening
Thurs., October 6th - WSU Davis Campus, Rm. 110
6:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Autism Awareness: Family and Community Resources

Fri., October 7th - 
Ogden Campus, Shepherd Union Building
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Keynote: "Understanding Disability & Identity"
Linda R. Mona, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
8:30 a.m., Shepherd Union Ballrooms A & B

Public parking available 
All members of the public are welcome to attendWSU Davis Campus Parking is freeFor a map of WSU Ogden public parking, go here.