Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sensory Friendly Film in ths USA

Check out Autism Society's map of locations 
for sensory friendly films in the USA.
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In AZ March 10th - The Lorax

Autism Awareness Night

The Autism Council of Utah 
is pleased to join with 
RC Willey 
to sponsor
Autism Awareness Night
 at the Utes Gymnastics Meet
March 9
FREE tickets 
for families and friends of autism.

You can pick them up at RC Willey stores 
and at the Carmen Pingree School.
(Call your nearest RC Willey store to make sure they still have tickets)

ABC's of Autism - free parent workshop in Ogden, UT

Free Parent Workshop presented
by Utah Family Voices!
Don't Miss Out! 
Registration is open and space is limited. 

ABC's of Autism
For Families Dealing with the Diagnosis of Autism 
  • Lunch will be provided to those who pre-register!
  • A $15 gift card will be given to all parents for completing a workshop evaluation!
  • Door prize drawing will be held!
  • Where:
    Utah Advocacy - American Building
    2036 Lincoln Ave
    Ogden, UT 84401

    Driving Directions

    Saturday March 10, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM MST
    Add to my calendar
    Date:  Saturday, 
    March 10, 2012
    Time: 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. 
    Place: Ogden, Utah
    Pre-registration is 
    required \for this event!
    Please contact
    Utah Family Voices
    or the Utah Parent Center at
    1-800-468-1160 if you
    have any questions or would 
    like to register.  
    Thank you and we look forward to
    seeing you at this event!
    Utah Family Voices Staff

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    25 Words Every 2 Year Old Should Know
    Researchers have identified 25 “must have” words that every child should be saying when they turn 2.
    Kids who haven’t mastered them might not just be late talkers — they could be showing signs of autism, developmental delays or hearing problems .
    The 25 words — including Mommy, Daddy, baby, hot and hat — were the most commonly said of a list of 310 words that kids master when they first start to speak.
    Parents who are worried that their kids aren’t chatty enough should consider turning off the TV. A growing body of research also found that kids develop language more quickly if they are engaged in conversation instead of parked in front of kids’ programs .
    Professor Nan Bernstein Ratner, who moderated the panel at the American Association for the Advancement on Science where the findings were presented last weekend, said the 25 words are like the “canary in the coal mine.”
    “When a child doesn’t have enough words at the age of 2, that is not only a problem in its own right, but it’s a signal of a variety of other problems,” she said.
    The 25 words are just the baseline for toddler talkers. There is a wide range of language abilities in toddlers, and 2-year-olds’ normal range is from 75-225 words. Children who are late talkers usually have an average vocabulary of 25 words.
    Leslie Rescorla, director of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College who developed the checklist, said most kids have many more.
    “The bottom line is this: Children should have 50 words by the time they are 2 and they should begin to combine words into phrases,” Rescorla said. “
    If they are not doing that, it’s worth evaluating them because they might have a problem you can start helping them with early.”

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    Repeating Phrases

    How many times is this button reloaded at your house?

    I think we have a broken button here, 
    it doesn't stop reloading the same phrases and sounds.

    It may be time to invest in a pair of these.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Horse Therapy Coming Soon to Bountiful

    There is a great possibility that Hoofbeats to Healing, Therapeutic Horse Riding Center, will be opening a second location in Bountiful, UT this summer. They are looking into the details now. We wanted to let those of you who live in the Davis, Weber, and Salt Lake Counties get the heads up.

    These horses have been a tremendous help for our boys over the last 3 years improving their neurological functions; communication skills, interactions with others, speech, sensory processing, and significantly reducing their meltdowns or blowups.

    You can find more information at or contact Tami Tanner directly at  801-836-4325.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Light It Up Blue 2012

    The Fifth Annual Autism Awareness Day will be on Monday, April 2, 2012. The goal is to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities. Please email for more information and tools!

    Brain Scans Show Autism Before Symtoms

    Read more about the Study Here

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Temple Grandin the Movie

    If you haven't seen this movie yet, Go Watch It!

    Utah Parent Center

    Check out what workshops are coming soon through UPC.

    Watch Temple Grandin with SARRC

    Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

    Free Screening of

    "Temple Grandin"

    on Tuesday, February, 21

    Dear Friends,

    Studio Movie Grill, in conjunction with SARRC, invites families and friends to an evening screening of "Temple Grandin" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. This event will  be FREE of charge for all individuals who are interested in attending.  

    Following the screening there will be a Q&A discussion facilitated by SARRC's Vice President and Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Daniel Openden, and SARRC's Director of the Vocational and Life Skills Academy , Paige Rogers. The conversation will focus on identifying and nurturing the talents of children and young people with autism, and learning ways help them transition into the workforce.    

    Please remember that seating is limited to the first 200 registrants! 

    If you wish to attend, you must:

    1) Email your name and the number of people in your party to
    2) When you arrive on Tuesday evening, simply mention to the box office staff that your family is part of the SARRC promotional screening. 

    Idioms and Autism

    Our son is currently working with his speech teacher to understand idioms. He isn't quite grasping the concept and viewing the phrases literally. This comes as no surprise, because those with autism have difficulty understanding idioms, sarcasm, or puns.
    This morning I called to my son to give him instructions to get ready for school.
    He didn't respond.
    Not being able to go look for him I called louder.
    He answered and said he was just in the next room.
    Then I asked, "why didn't you respond the first time I called?"
    To which his reply was,
    "It went in one ear and out the other."

    I laughed at his literal interpretation of the phrase. Still laughing.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

    Parent Support Group in Davis County

    Parent Support Group for Children on the Autism Spectrum

    When: Friday, February 24th, 2012
    Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
    Where: Davis Hospital Class Room 1

    We are very excited to have Terri Drca speak on Behavior Supports.

    Please invite family and friends who wish to attend.

    February Meeting with FAAST

    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 speaker
    Lt. Mark Lowther
    Weber County Sheriff’s Office
    This month’s topic will be “Crucial Conversation on Law Enforcement and Autism”
    Date: Wednesday February 29, 2012
    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.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Big MAK's Lunch in Feb

    Davis MAKS Lunch - Have lunch with other MOMS who LOVE YOU!
    Tuesday, Feb 14  11:30
    855 W Heritage Park Blvd
    Layton (between Antelope Dr and Layton Hills Mall)

    Receiving the Diagnosis of Autism, What Now?

    I have just been told
    my child has autism.
    Is there any hope?


              While reading results of our son's reevaluation yesterday, it brought back memories of the emotions each time our four boys were diagnosed. Like most parents I didn't want to believe that there was anything to be concerned about, I wanted my son to be "normal", but I couldn't deny that there were challenges that were getting worse and couldn't be ignored. I thought others were crazy to suggest that autism could be a possibility. I would fight against my gut instincts. 

    My husband and I had so many questions and concerns. . .

     What would a diagnosis of autism mean for our son?
    How would it effect him now and later in life?
    Would he always have autism?
    Could it be something else?
    What support and resources are out there?
    What would others think?
    How would others act towards our son or our family?

              A diagnosis of autism felt like I was a failure as a mother. I knew very little about autism, Asperger syndrome, sensory processing, and everything else connected to the spectrum. I know now just how great of a mother I am, and how much I have grown and learned about parenting a child with special needs. I now stand in awe and respect when I meet a parent of a child with special needs. I know their experiences are unique, but still challenging like ours, and they rise every morning to meet those challenges.

                “It is hard to process all the thoughts and emotions you feel after your child is diagnosed. It’s overwhelming. The acceptance process after a diagnosis is much like going through the stages of grief: denial, guilt, anger, blaming, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. You have suffered a loss. You have lost the dream of who you thought your child would be." (Autism Understanding the Puzzle)
    Remember your child is
    still the same amazing and lovable self
    as (s)he was before (s)he was diagnosed.
     Autism is not who (s)he is;
    it is merely a descriptive word 
    that explains (her)his unique qualities.

    "Don’t see autism as a label that defines your child; instead, view it as an explanation of his challenges and strengths. If you had a child with a major health or medical issue, such as cancer, you would not hesitate to get him help. Take the opportunity to educate yourself and get a correct diagnosis." 

    Accepting what autism meant for our boys took a lot of time. Even now, whenever new challenges arise, I cycle through the grieving process and its emotions again and again. I find comfort in writing down our journey in my journal. Writing helps me see where my boys began and the progress they are making now. Once I had accepted my boys’ diagnoses and gotten all the self blame out of the way, I was able to search for help and find services and therapy that would benefit them and improve their development.” (Autism Understanding the Puzzle)

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    SARRC - Movie Screening of Journey 2

    Dear Friends,

    Studio Movie Grill would like to invite SARRC families to a special screening of "Journey 2" at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. This event will be FREE of charge for children on the spectrum and their siblings. All others will be admitted at the standard matinee price of $5. 
    Please remember that seating is limited to the first 200 registrants! 

    If you wish to attend, you must:

    1) Email your name and the number of people in your party to
    2) When you arrive on Saturday, simply mention to the box office staff that your family is part of the SARRC promotional screening.

    What to do at 22?

     Autism:  Coming of Age
    Film Screening and Discussion 
    Who:  Parents, Self-Advocates, Teachers and other community Autism advocates
    What:  Film Screening and Discussion
    Utah Education Network (UEN) and the Autism Council of Utah (ACU) have partnered, in part, with the Utah Parent Center serving families in the Davis School District, to bring this important film to our community.  Following the film, parents and advocates will share their experiences with coming of age decisions.
    MassMutual sponsored this documentary which was produced by public television station WGBY (Springfield, MA) to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families as their students “age out” of the public education system.    
    Topics addressed in the film include:
    ·        Financial well-being
    ·        Quality of life
    ·        Employment
    ·        Housing needs
    ·        Education
    ·        Health
    ·        The child’s longevity

    Date:  Saturday, February 25, 2012
    Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Where: Vista Education Campus, 97 South 200 East, Farmington
    This presentation is provided for you free of charge but registration is appreciated.  
    Please click here to register to attend this event.
     Or visit:
    Parking: South of the building – excuse the dust, our new school is under construction.
    Please direct questions about this presentation or one of the other Autism: Coming of Age, events to:  Kimra Paul, ACU Adult Services:
    To see other scheduled events, visit:
    For more information and a printable flyer, please visit:
    Special thanks to the Vista Education Campus administration for support with community outreach and venue.