Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CLE Open House for Students Transitioning to Higher Education

College Living Experience will host an open house for students, parents, and professionals at their center on October 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the center, meet staff and students, and ask questions about transitioning to higher education.

CLE offers specialized support in the areas of 1:1 academic coaching, individualized executive functioning support, social competency and skills training, integrated living skills instruction, self advocacy and self determination, and career development. CLE serves students with Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, NVLD, and developmental delays.

RSVPs are requested, but not required. You can register online. The open house will be held at CLE Rockville (401 N Washington Street, Suite 420) in Rockville. For more information, call 800-486-5058 or email

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of September 26, 2011

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Tuesday, September 27:

Saturday, October 1:


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Monday, September 26, 2011

D.C. Social Language Group Accepting Registrations

Sensational Kids Therapy in NW DC still has spaces available in their fall social sensory group, which is scheduled to begin October 5.

The group, for kids ages 4-6, is led by an SLP and an OT and uses games, activities, arts and crafts, snack preparation and meal-time manners, as well as obstacle courses to teach such things as perspective taking, social/pragmatic language, motor planning skills, sensory modulation and more.

The cost for the 8-week session is $640. It will be held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at 4400 Jennifer Street NW, Suite, 280, in DC.

For more information, call 202-244-8089 or email

Monday, September 19, 2011

Brown Bag Autism Seminar Series

Pathfinders for Autism and the Howard County Autism Society will present a Brown Bag Seminar Series over the coming months covering variety of autism issues.

Each workshop takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will be held at 10280 Old Columbia Road #215 in Columbia.

Seminars are free, but you must register. Register online. For more information, contact Trish Kane at 443-330-5341 or

September 22—ASD and Setting Healthy Limits on the Virtual World: Some individuals are unable to effectively limit their use of electronic media. This presentation will explore the interaction between ASD and electronic media, and resulting challenges.

November 17—Sensory Processing Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, Strategies: A review of the types of sensory challenges and effective assessments, including the specialists best equipped to offer appropriate treatments and introduce life-impacting strategies.

March 29—What Special Education Can (and Can't) Do For Your Child: Many parents of children with autism have questions and concerns regarding special education support for their child that continues to change as their child matures. Understanding what special education is (and isn't) will help you get the most out of your child's school experience. Participants will gain a knowledge of special education laws, and how they play out in local school systems.

May 31—ASD: Sexuality and Social Boundaries: This seminar will discuss ways to protect and promote appropriate social behavior in tweens, teens, and adults with regard to sexuality and the emotional, physical, and legal concerns facing both individuals on the spectrum and their families.

Event Summary for the Week of September 19, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 2011 SEAC Meeting

This month's meeting of MCPS' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be September 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This month's meeting will include updates on summer professional development conducted for elementary and secondary staff over the summer, new reading interventions in Elementary Learning Centers, Universal Design for Learning Professional Development Academy Summer 2011, and adequate yearly progress and support to schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

These meetings, usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, include a period of public comments, Department of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion.

Meetings are held in room 127 at the Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville. All are welcome and babysitting is provided.

Anyone wishing to give public comments must bring five copies of your testimony and contact one of the co-chairs prior to the meeting. Co-chairs are Joan Sabaka (, Anne Turner (, and Laura Swerdlin (

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alt-MSA Information Session

The Arc of Montgomery County and the Autism Society of Montgomery County Maryland will hold a presentation and discussion of the Alternate Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA) on September 14 from 7-9 p.m.

MCPS and the Maryland State Department of Education will collaborate on this presentation, which is open to all who wish to come.

The presentation will be held at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Call or email to register for this free presentation: Liz Roth (301-924-2211; or Haydee M.M. De Paula (301-984-5777 x1275;

Making Homes that Work for Adults with Autism

The Foundations for Autism Support and Training—ARCHway to Independence, M&L Special Needs Planning, and Montgomery County Transitions (MCTrans) will host a training by ASD housing expert George Braddock on September 16 from 7:30-9 p.m.

In this free training, Braddock will touch upon the six most common home modifications and he will address specific behavioral issues such as elopement, self-injury, seizures, property damage, and aggression, and how important environmental modifications are in terms of improving overall quality of life. He will also discuss issues related to which elements to consider when choosing a good neighborhood and neighbor relations.

Due to expectations of a large turn out, please RSVP by emailing or calling 301-260-2777. The meeting will be held at the Buffington/RE/MAX Community Room (3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road) in Olney.

Extraordinary Parents' Night September 2011

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will hold their first parent meeting of the school year (Extraordinary Parents' Night) on September 13 from 7-9 p.m.

Participants at this first meeting will will discuss how to easily share their child's strengths and challenges, IEP, and behavior plan with teachers and other school staff. Share your experiences and brainstorm constructive ideas to make this school year successful.

In addition, Partnership for Extraordinary Minds is working on a project called "Extraordinary Me," which is designed to be a simple, user-friendly binder with information about your child to help teachers and other staff get to know your child and his unique needs. They are seeking input from parents.

Registration is not required and light refreshments are served. For more information, call 301-444-5225. The meeting will be held at Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Be Social Workshops for 2011-2012

Parent University will hold several Be Social workshops over the course of the next few months.

You can register online for the workshops, which cost $30, except for the first one on September 14, which is free. There are discounts for registering for more than two workshops. Each workshop will be held at Har Shalom ECEC (11510 Falls Road) in Potomac from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Susan Abrams, M.A. CCC-SLP, and Randi Rosenblatt, M.A. CCC-SLP, will present these workshops.

September 14: Be Social! (Free)—While most children learn the skills of social thinking intuitively, many children have great difficulties with this process. Social thinking occurs 24/7 at home at school, and in the community. Attend this workshop to learn about a dynamic approach focusing on social learning. You will leave with strategies to help your child navigate the social world.

December 5: Social Thinking at Home—This workshop will introduce you to the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions on how to incorporate it into everyday life. Creative suggestions and resources will be shared. Active participation is encouraged. Bring your concerns and leave with a plan for facilitating social thinking at home.

February 21: Writing Social Stories—Attend this workshop and learn the steps to creating social stories for your child. This workshop will be hands-on and allow you to develop a story specific for your child.

April 18: Social Behavior Mapping—Using visual flow charts children can visualize the concepts of expected and unexpected behavior. This strategy teaches children about understanding the perspective of others and how their behavior impacts the thinking of others. At this workshop, a variety of social mapping formats will be presented to use with children Pre-K through high school. Handouts will be provided to assist you in incorporating this technique at home.

Event Summary for the Week of September 12, 2011

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CORRECTION: MCTrans Meeting Is This Thursday

CORRECTION: The MCTransitions meeting that AutMont originally listed as a Friday event, will take place this Thursday, September 8. Find full information about the meeting here:

Monday, September 5, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of September 5, 2011

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Tuesday, September 6:

Thursday, September 8:


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Special Needs Planning Lectures

M&L Special Needs Planning has several upcoming lectures scheduled for the latter part of 2011. Each workshop takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road) Suite 100, in Rockville.

September 6: Understanding SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/Medicare—This workshop explains what the government benefits and programs are, their importance, when to apply, how to qualify, and how much money the special needs person will receive. Register online.

October 4: Estate Planning for the Special Needs Family with a Special Needs Attorney—This workshop reviews the basics of the Comprehensive Financial Life Planning concepts and the importance of the team/person centered approach. The special needs attorney discusses the importance of getting the estate issues together for the special needs family. You will learn the terminology of estate planning in addition to discussing the specifics of special needs estate planning. Register online.

November 1: Navigating the Financial World of the Special Needs Family—This workshop covers the special needs financial planning timeline pointing out and explaining the key pressure points for the special needs child. The intention of the workshop is to try and bring simplicity and understanding to a very complex and overwhelming topic. Register online.

December 7: Overview of Residential Options and How to Plan Financially—This workshop describes some residential options and how to plan as best as a family can financially. Resources will be available. Register online.

GTLD Network: Tools for School

The GTLD Network will present a lecture called "Tools for School: What You Didn't Hear at Back-to-School Night" on September 15 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Experts will share what they would recommend for a student's "toolkit." Hear from an administrator, teacher, and tutor about what tools and skills students really need as they head back to school.

Prior to the lecture, there will be a pre-meeting open advocacy discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive) in Bethesda.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall 2011 Parent Academy Workshops

The MCPS Parent Academy has published their fall 2011 schedule of lectures and workshops. Check out the full schedule on their website. Autism-related events are listed below. Register online or by mail, fax, or phone.

September 12, 19, 26 & October 3: Four-part series—Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership, facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. Each session takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Galway Elementary School (12612 Galway Drive) in Silver Spring.

September 21, 7-8:30 p.m.—Help! My Child is Disorganized! Is your child's backpack ready to burst? Are her assignments often overdue? Does he lose his homework? Does she put off her research project until the last minute? An expert from Your Life Simplified, Inc. will discuss the factors that may be contributing to your child's disorganization. You will also learn skills that you can teach your child to be organized for success in school. At Argyle Middle School (2400 Bel Pre Road) in Silver Spring.

November 16, 7-8:30 p.m.—Social Bullies: Dealing with Exclusion and Cliques People traditionally think of bullies as the big kid on the playground taking your lunch money. Today's students are using exclusion, rumors, and teasing to bully others. Come and explore these behaviors and discuss strategies for helping bullies, victims, and bystanders. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services. At Benjamin Banneker Middle School (14800 Perrywood Drive) in Burtonsville.

Ivymount Model Asperger Program Fall 2011 Lecture Series

The Model Asperger Program at Ivymount School will hold a series of lectures this fall on a variety of issues.

All sessions take place from 7-9 p.m. at Ivymount School (11614 Seven Locks Road) in Rockville, with doors open at 6:30 for networking and refreshments.

You can register online for the free lectures. Donations of $10 or more will support the Model Asperger Program. The session topics are listed below.

September 27: Understanding the Way People with Autism Spectrum Disorders See the World: Lessons from Brain Science and Neuropsychology David Black, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist at NIMH and Stixrud Associates, will speak.

October 18: Promoting Resilience in Children with Asperger Syndrome Clinical Psychologist Mary Alvord, Ph.D., will speak.

November 2: Life On and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum Stephen Shore, Ph.D., an adult on the autism spectrum and professor at Adelphi University, will speak. He will discuss classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults, such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment.

Sports Plus Fall 2011 Registration Open

The 2011 Sports Plus fall outdoor sports programs and indoor swim programs will begin September 17th. Registration is now open.

Register at their website at or you can contact them at They are also offering swim programs for young adults ages 17-25.

Bowie Baysox Autism Awareness Night

The Bowie Baysox will hold their fifth annual Autism Awareness Night at their game versus the Erie SeaWolves on September 2 at 7:05 p.m.

The event will feature pregame ceremonies to honor members of the autism community, informational tables on the stadium concourse, and a quiet room where families can take a break from the noise in the stadium. The Baysox will also be donating a portion of sales from pre-ordered tickets to autism organizations. ($3 per ticket and $100-$200 of booked suites)

To preorder tickets, call 301-805-6000 or order online at You can choose which organization will receieve the donation from your ticket purchase by entering the code in all-caps after each organization listed below:

* Autism Speaks - SPEAKS
* ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region - ARCCC
* ARC of Prince George's County - ARCPGC
* Pathfinders for Autism - PATHFIND
* One World Center for Autism - ONEWORLD
* Howard County Autism Society - HOWARD
* Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Foundation - SHEPPARD
* DC Autism Parents - PARENTS

The Baysox play at Prince George's Stadium (4101 Crain Highway) in Bowie.