tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612Sat, 09 Jul 2011 18:56:26 +0000AutMontAutism information, events, and community in Montgomery County, Maryland.http://www.autmont.com/AutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)Blogger629125Autmonthttp://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-3484046518921593285Sat, 09 Jul 2011 18:53:00 +00002011-07-09T14:56:26.607-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of July 11, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!<br /><div><br /></div><div><b>Monday, July 11:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">JSSA Support Group for Parents of Children with ASDs</a></div><div><br /></div><div><div><b>Thursday, July 14:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/copaa-webinars-on-equity-and-ethnicity.html">COPAA Webinar: Disproportionality: What Are We Doing About It?</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Up for Discussion on AutMont:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/07/nimh-research-study-looking-for.html">NIMH recruiting participants for a paid research study identifying the characteristics of children with autistic disorder.</a></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-3484046518921593285?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/07/event-summary-for-week-of-july-11-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-8053533071516073659Sat, 09 Jul 2011 17:47:00 +00002011-07-09T13:59:29.489-04:00researchNIMH Research Study Looking for Participants<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bt9dJDLM3xg/ThiUS2jYEFI/AAAAAAAABLM/T50nNz9pjQM/s1600/NIMH.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 141px; height: 76px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bt9dJDLM3xg/ThiUS2jYEFI/AAAAAAAABLM/T50nNz9pjQM/s320/NIMH.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5627410786001883218" /></a><a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml">The National Institute of Mental Health</a> is currently recruiting participants for a research study identifying the characteristics of children with autistic disorder (not PDD or Asperger's). NIMH is recruiting children ages 7-17 who have a diagnosis of autism and average-range intellectual functioning.<div><br /></div><div>Children will receive a partial neuropsychological assessment and evaluation of autism symptoms and will complete an MRI and an overnight EEG (requiring an overnight hospitalization). The results of study assessments, including the neuropsychological testing, are shared with families.</div><div><br /></div><div>Participation in the study is free, and children are compensated for their participation (up to about $400 if they participate in all components of the study).</div><div><br /></div><div>Interested families can contact principal investigator David Black at 301-435-6205 or AutismOutcomeStudy@mail.nih.gov.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-8053533071516073659?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/07/nimh-research-study-looking-for.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-8358376785507513289Sat, 09 Jul 2011 17:28:00 +00002011-07-09T13:33:03.983-04:00eventsupportLDAMC Parent Connection July 2011<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-W2iSa86E8/TZCixJoGTcI/AAAAAAAABF0/vaFPKWsvBvQ/s1600/591716_73639314.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-W2iSa86E8/TZCixJoGTcI/AAAAAAAABF0/vaFPKWsvBvQ/s320/591716_73639314.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5589146102848179650" /></a><a href="http://www.ldamc.org/">The Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County</a> will hold its next Parent Connection support meeting on July 20 from 7-8:30 p.m.<div><br /></div><div>The July meeting will focus on mathematics.</div><div><br /><div>The meeting will take place at Flower Valley Elementary School (4615 Sunflower Drive) in Rockville. This meeting is being limited to 12 participants. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-933-1076 or email ldamcpc@yahoo.com.</div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-8358376785507513289?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/07/ldamc-parent-connection-july-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-2546702418699867440Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:28:00 +00002011-06-19T18:35:23.137-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of June 20, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!<br /><div><br /></div><div><b>Monday, June 20:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/liss-informational-meetings.html">LISS informational Meeting</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">JSSA Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/june-2011-autism-now-webinars.html">Webinar: Overview of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Tuesday, June 21:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/copaa-webinars-on-equity-and-ethnicity.html">COPAA Webinar: Addressing Legal Issues of Disability and Race Discrimination</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">JSSA Family Support Group for Parents and Family Members of Children with Disabilities</a></div><div><br /></div><div><div><b>Wednesday, June 22:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/liss-informational-meetings.html">LISS informational Meeting</a></div></span></b></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Thursday, June 23:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/june-2011-autism-now-webinars.html">Webinar: Establishing the Next Generation of Family Support Services</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Friday, June 24:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/06/inclusive_theatre_performances.html">Inclusive Theatre Performance: "That 60's Play" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Money"</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Saturday, June 25:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><div><div><a href="/2011/06/inclusive_theatre_performances.html">Inclusive Theatre Performance: "That 60's Play" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Money"</a></div></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/free-sensory-friendly-showing-of-cars.html">Free Sensory Friendly Showing of "Cars"</a> (McLean, Virginia)</div></span></b></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Sunday, June 26:</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><div><div><a href="/2011/06/inclusive_theatre_performances.html">Inclusive Theatre Performance: "That 60's Play" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Money"</a></div></div></span></b></span></b></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-2546702418699867440?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/event-summary-for-week-of-june-20-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-2977878800049993370Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:16:00 +00002011-06-19T18:22:43.301-04:00webinaronline eventJune 2011 Autism NOW Webinars<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rgaQmxFrbek/Tf51Y-WmfeI/AAAAAAAABK8/Aca2or9XBfc/s1600/Autism%2BNOW.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 84px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rgaQmxFrbek/Tf51Y-WmfeI/AAAAAAAABK8/Aca2or9XBfc/s320/Autism%2BNOW.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5620058456920063458" /></a><a href="http://autismnow.org/">Autism NOW</a> will present two webinars this week, on June 21 and June 23.<div><br /></div><div><b>June 21, 2-3 p.m. Eastern, Overview of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services:</b> Joe Caldwell of the National Council on Aging will speak. <a href="https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=hh75f1txxi3r">Reserve your space online.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>June 23, 2-3 p.m. Eastern, Establishing the Next Generation of Family Support Services:</b> John Agosta of the Human Services Research Institute will speak. <a href="https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=fwci45mo514x">Reserve your space online.</a></div><div><br /></div><div>You can view past webinars on demand in <a href="http://autismnow.org/about-us/what-we-do/webinars/">Autism Now's web archive</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-2977878800049993370?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/june-2011-autism-now-webinars.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-2057025101444719606Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:01:00 +00002011-06-19T18:09:44.641-04:00eventfunentertainmentInclusive Theatre Performances<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7MTsiqs_M-o/Tf5xyQ3HEgI/AAAAAAAABK0/65sSdsvChTs/s1600/ArtStream.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 131px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7MTsiqs_M-o/Tf5xyQ3HEgI/AAAAAAAABK0/65sSdsvChTs/s320/ArtStream.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5620054493338472962" /></a><a href="http://www.art-stream.org/">ArtStream</a> will present two original musicals, <i>That 60's Play</i> and <i>The Good, The Bad and The Money</i>. <a href="http://www.art-stream.org/inclusive#gaithersburg">They will be performed on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and June 25 &amp; 26 at 2:30 p.m.</a><div><br /></div><div>These productions of made up of adult actors with intellectual disabilities and are directed by theatre professionals. Scripts are based on improvisations and original ideas from the actors.</div><div><br /></div><div>The plays will be performed at Asbury Methodist Village's Rosborough Theatre (409 Russell Avenue) in Gaithersburg. For more information call 301-565-4567 or email info@art-stream.org. Tickets are $5 for ArtStream students and $10 for everyone else. <a href="http://www.art-stream.org/content/60s-play-and-good-bad-and-money">You can buy tickets online</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-2057025101444719606?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/inclusive-theatre-performances.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-8629015508408734636Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:53:00 +00002011-06-19T17:58:51.417-04:00eventfunentertainmentfamilyFree Sensory Friendly Showing of Cars (in Virginia)<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lRv2uRP3g68/Tf5v9axCmgI/AAAAAAAABKs/grRakKZxmW8/s1600/317356_8178.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lRv2uRP3g68/Tf5v9axCmgI/AAAAAAAABKs/grRakKZxmW8/s320/317356_8178.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5620052485952674306" /></a><a href="http://raymondjames.com/waddellgroup/ASpecialInvitation.aspx">The Waddell Group</a> and the<a href="http://www.arlingtonsepta.org/"> Arlington Special Education PTA</a> will offer a free sensory friendly showing of <i>Cars</i> on June 25 at 8:30 a.m. <div><br /></div><div>In addition to the free movie, there will be coffee, an introduction to financial planning for families with special needs, and information from Arlington SEPTA and other resource providers.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://raymondjames.com/waddellgroup/ASpecialInvitation.aspx">Please RSVP online</a> by June 22. The movie will be shown at AMC Tyson's Corner I (Routes 7 and 123) in McLean, Virginia.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-8629015508408734636?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/free-sensory-friendly-showing-of-cars.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-3449110051097995144Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:51:00 +00002011-06-12T15:57:21.898-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of June 13, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!<br /><div><br /></div><div><b>Monday, June 13:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">Stress Management for Adults with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders</a> (1st of a 5-session series)</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">JSSA Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Tuesday, June 14:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">Cool, Calm &amp; Connected: A Young Adult Social Skills Therapy Group Focusing on Relationships</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/teaching-flexibility-goal-directed.html">Teaching Flexibility and Goal-Directed Behavior to Children with ASD</a> (In D.C.)</div><div><br /></div><div><div><b>Wednesday, June 15:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/june-2011-ldamc-parent-connection.html">LDAMC Parent Connection Meeting</a> (topic is the components of successful reading)</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/transition-times-meeting-transportation.html">Transition Times Meeting: Transportation, Part II</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Thursday, June 16:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/copaa-webinars-on-equity-and-ethnicity.html">COPAA Webinar: The Challenges Cultural Congruence: What Every Advocate for Black Students Should Know</a></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-3449110051097995144?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/event-summary-for-week-of-june-13-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-4731708688563434772Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:39:00 +00002011-06-12T15:44:50.904-04:00eventlissLISS Informational Meetings<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-96eC_2ygibw/TfUV_p-43nI/AAAAAAAABKc/Xk_hp-GLXjo/s1600/liss.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 242px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-96eC_2ygibw/TfUV_p-43nI/AAAAAAAABKc/Xk_hp-GLXjo/s320/liss.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5617420293560131186" /></a><a href="http://www.thearcofmontgomerycounty.org/">The Arc of Montgomery County</a> is offering two sessions of an informational presentation to learn about Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) on June 20 and on June 22.<div><br /></div><div>Both of these sessions will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.</div><div><br /></div><div>LISS is a statewide program funded through the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) and is designed to make use of community resources and builds on the individual's existing support network.</div><div><br /></div><div>Topics will include an update and overview of LISS, information on how to access LISS funding, and will offer an opportunity to ask specific questions about the process. There will also be a resource table.</div><div><br /></div><div>Please RSVP to Maria Dudish at 301-984-5777 x1233 or mariad@arcmontmd.org. As a side note, I attended a similar meeting last year, which proved very valuable in having my own LISS application approved.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-4731708688563434772?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/liss-informational-meetings.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-4476169694384147221Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:07:00 +00002011-06-12T14:21:22.405-04:00eventwebinaronline eventadvocacyCOPAA Webinars on Equity and Ethnicity in Special Education<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-COTMPOiO2Kk/TfUAh6rStCI/AAAAAAAABKU/Au8_i7tIuTo/s1600/1105358_11295203.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 244px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-COTMPOiO2Kk/TfUAh6rStCI/AAAAAAAABKU/Au8_i7tIuTo/s320/1105358_11295203.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5617396692901082146" /></a>The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates will present a four-part webinar series on <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/equity-and-ethnicity-in-special-education-webinar-series/event-summary-c3f93fcbf4f848af8075c175b224c3c1.aspx?i=bb69fd47-d079-4f1f-af01-317f1f53e4c8">Equity and Ethnicity in Special Education</a> this summer.<div><br /></div><div>Fees for each webinar varies according to various parameters. <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/equity-and-ethnicity-in-special-education-webinar-series/fees-c3f93fcbf4f848af8075c175b224c3c1.aspx?i=bb69fd47-d079-4f1f-af01-317f1f53e4c8">Please visit their fees page for more information.</a> You can register for any number of the four webinars. <a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/equity-and-ethnicity-in-special-education-webinar-series/registration-c3f93fcbf4f848af8075c175b224c3c1.aspx?i=bb69fd47-d079-4f1f-af01-317f1f53e4c8">Register online.</a></div><div><br /></div><div>I have listed basic information about each of the webinars below. <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/equity-and-ethnicity-in-special-education-webinar-series/agenda-c3f93fcbf4f848af8075c175b224c3c1.aspx?i=bb69fd47-d079-4f1f-af01-317f1f53e4c8">For more detailed descriptions, visit COPAA's website.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>June 16, 2 p.m. Eastern:</b> The Challenges Cultural Congruence: What Every Advocate for Black Students Should Know.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>June 21, 2 p.m. Eastern:</b> Addressing Legal Issues of Disability and Race Discrimination</div><div><br /></div><div><b>June 29, 2 p.m. Eastern:</b> Representing Parents Whose Dominant Language is Other Than English</div><div><br /></div><div><b>July 14, 2 p.m. Eastern:</b> Disproportionality: What Are We Doing About It?</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-4476169694384147221?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/copaa-webinars-on-equity-and-ethnicity.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-3625451928122526556Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:36:00 +00002011-06-12T13:43:06.344-04:00eventlectureautismTeaching Flexibility & Goal-Directed Behavior to Children with ASD<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iQ-tmgSDEhc/TfT5Z2ZrCmI/AAAAAAAABKM/9Nk4j4EAHJQ/s1600/651305_30694816.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 213px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iQ-tmgSDEhc/TfT5Z2ZrCmI/AAAAAAAABKM/9Nk4j4EAHJQ/s320/651305_30694816.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5617388857733089890" /></a>The <a href="http://www.childrensnational.org/DepartmentsandPrograms/default.aspx?Type=Program&amp;Id=6092&amp;Name=Center%20for%20Autism%20Spectrum%20Disorders%28CASD%29&amp;DeptName=Epilepsy&amp;DeptId=6037">Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders</a> is kicking off their "CASD in the Community" series, developed in partnership with <a href="http://www.dcautismparents.org/">DC Autism Parents</a> with a lecture on June 14th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. called <a href="http://www.dcautismparents.org/upcoming_events">Unstuck and On Target: Teaching Flexibility &amp; Goal Directed Behavior to Children with ASD</a><div><br /></div><div>Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D., Director of CASD, will describe flexibility, planning and organization problems in autism and what to do about them. </div><div><br /></div><div>Space at this lecture is limited. To register, please call 202-271-9262 or email info@dcautismparents.org. The lecture will be held at Takoma Park Library (416 Cedar St, NW) in DC.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-3625451928122526556?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/teaching-flexibility-goal-directed.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-2482937189172793286Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:12:00 +00002011-06-12T13:28:21.974-04:00eventmeetingtransportationTransition Times Meeting: Transportation, Part II<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlnVqIvPNPU/TfT1fwOaw-I/AAAAAAAABKE/5YHm4kCVIkk/s1600/287491_7197.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlnVqIvPNPU/TfT1fwOaw-I/AAAAAAAABKE/5YHm4kCVIkk/s320/287491_7197.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5617384561107977186" /></a>Transition Times, a joint project of <a href="http://www.thearcofmontgomerycounty.org/">the Arc of Montgomery County</a> and P<a href="http://www.pcr-inc.org/">otomac Community Resources</a>, will be holding a meeting on June 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. to cover the topic of: Transportation Part II: Metro Access Orientation, Accessibility, Travel Training.<div><br /></div><div>Cherrie Leporatti (Metro Orientation Services, Accessibility) and Damian P. Gregory (Travel Trainer, Independence Now, Inc.) will present at this meeting.</div><div><br /></div><div>The meeting will be held at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Please use the side entrance. If you have questions, please call the Arc at 301-984-5777 or PCR at 301-365-0561. You can also email haydee@arcmontmd.org or abby@pcr-inc.org.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-2482937189172793286?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/transition-times-meeting-transportation.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-192249132474539217Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:56:00 +00002011-06-12T13:02:11.533-04:00eventtechnologyPresentation on Technology Tools for Literacy and Learning<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hdutGpU4gDY/TfTv3JA2YuI/AAAAAAAABJ8/h2tY7V01rZ0/s1600/livescribe-pen.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hdutGpU4gDY/TfTv3JA2YuI/AAAAAAAABJ8/h2tY7V01rZ0/s320/livescribe-pen.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5617378365829178082" /></a>The <a href="http://www.ldamc.org/">Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County</a> will present a free presentation about <a href="http://ittsguides.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/free-and-affordable-technology-for-improving-literacy-and-learning/">Free and Affordable Technology for Improving Literacy and Learning</a> on July 19 from 7-9 p.m.<div><br /></div><div>Attendees will learn about tools such as the iPad, Livescribe Pen, Kindle, Skype, Text to Speech and Voice Recognition Software, free online sites, Google apps, and more.</div><div><br /></div><div>For more information or to RSVP, please email ldamcpc@yahoo.com. The presentation will be held in the meeting room of the Rockville Library (99 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-192249132474539217?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/presentation-on-technology-tools-for.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-6519015990247586397Mon, 06 Jun 2011 01:09:00 +00002011-06-05T21:15:06.259-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of June 6, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!<br /><div><br /></div><div><b>Monday, June 6:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">JSSA Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders</a></div><div><div><br /></div><div><b>Thursday, June 9:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/parent-support-group.html">Lollipop Kids Foundation Parent Support Group</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/01/mcasa_parent_support_group.html">MCASA Parent Support Group</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Friday, June 10:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/03/parent-academy-2011-spring-workshop.html">Ask MCPS: Night on the Town</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Saturday, June 11:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/opening-doors-inclusion-institute.html">Opening Doors Inclusion Institute</a></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-6519015990247586397?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/event-summary-for-week-of-june-6-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-1832693302237015371Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:42:00 +00002011-06-05T20:56:21.768-04:00eventsupportLDmeetingJune 2011 LDAMC Parent Connection<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-W2iSa86E8/TZCixJoGTcI/AAAAAAAABF0/vaFPKWsvBvQ/s1600/591716_73639314.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-W2iSa86E8/TZCixJoGTcI/AAAAAAAABF0/vaFPKWsvBvQ/s320/591716_73639314.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5589146102848179650" /></a><a href="http://www.ldamc.org/">The Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County</a> will hold its next Parent Connection support meeting on June 15 from 7-8:30 p.m.<div><br /></div><div>The June meeting will focus on the components of successful reading (skills a reader needs to have) and information about specific programs, products and methods to address those components.</div><div><br /><div>The meeting will take place at Flower Valley Elementary School (4615 Sunflower Drive) in Rockville. This particular meeting is being limited to 10 participants. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-933-1076 or email ldamcpc@yahoo.com.</div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-1832693302237015371?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/06/june-2011-ldamc-parent-connection.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-1587873281185131200Mon, 30 May 2011 03:38:00 +00002011-05-29T23:45:03.491-04:00discussionexerciseImprove Fitness and Self-Esteem By Incorporating “Family Playtime”<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rFaVdRh6mdU/TeMRaYzp0bI/AAAAAAAABJo/g0kojFHS05U/s1600/fitness%2Bfor%2Bhealth.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 170px; height: 111px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rFaVdRh6mdU/TeMRaYzp0bI/AAAAAAAABJo/g0kojFHS05U/s320/fitness%2Bfor%2Bhealth.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5612348705667142066" /></a><p class="MsoNormal"><b>By Marc Sickel, Founder of <a href="http://www.fitnessforhealth.org/">Fitness for Health</a></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Does this sound familiar?<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>“I’m not going to play outside and you can’t make me!” yelled Sam* to his mom.<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i> <o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>“Honey, you’ve spent all morning inside the house and it’s a beautiful day.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Don’t you want to shoot hoops with your friends?” replied Sam’s mother.<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The importance of improving fitness skills cannot be underestimated.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Many special needs children with low levels of interest in physical activity are often found to have decreased self-confidence.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The American Heart Association has shown that physically active children show improvements in a wide variety of measures of psychological well-being—including self-esteem.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A vicious cycle can easily be established as both physical activity and self-confidence decline.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>A special needs child may feel inadequate when he thinks that he is unable to keep up with his peers and may avoid “play” situations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The child may find ways to compensate for lower skill level by staying indoors when possible, creating fictitious injuries, offering to be the game’s referee, or walking around the perimeter of the activity.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">How can parents encourage their children to be physically fit?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Make physical activities and games FUN!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The key to successful participation is creativity and positive reinforcement as well as scheduling a regular time during the week as “family playtime.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need a few ideas for family games?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><a href="http://www.fitnessforhealth.org/">Fitness for Health</a>, a premiere therapeutic, fitness facility for children in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, recommends the following fun activities:</p><p class="MsoNormal">• Celebrate the nice weather and <b>play balloon toss</b><span style="font-weight: normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Balloons can be filled with air or water, or toss different sized or textured balls or other soft objects.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>If you are playing outside, try using a wet sponge.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: normal"></span>• Design your own<b> obstacle course</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> using household items such as sheets, empty boxes, chairs and sticks that can create tunnels, hurdles and mazes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Create teams—parents versus kids or sibling versus sibling.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Have a <b>dance contest</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Ask each family member to “invent” a dance move and give it a funny name.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Ask family member to teach his/her dance to the rest of the family.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Create your own <b>music videos</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Ask family members to raid their closets and create costumes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Next, blare (or sing) your favorite songs and use a video camera to film your adaptations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Plan a family movie night to watch your music video debuts or upload your videos to You Tube.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Create hours of fun by making your own <b>Twister-style game</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Using duct tape or colored chalk, make outlines of shapes on your floor or patio.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Ask a family member to call out commands such as, “Place your right foot in the square.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Place your left knee in the circle.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Play <b>water tag</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> (similar to laser tag, but using squirt guns).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Set up a <b>treasure hunt</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Time the event to encourage participants to walk briskly or jog to find the objects.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The person who finds the most items in the least amount of time is the winner.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Re-enact Wimbledon using <b>homemade racquets</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Bend a wire hanger into an oval, cover the oval using old pantyhose, and then duct tape a wooden paint stirrer to create a handle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Crumple a used piece of paper to create the “ball” or “birdie” and play tennis in your own yard.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Go <b>bowling</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> in your yard or hallway.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Before you recycle, gather empty water or juice bottles to use as pins.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Add a ball and you’ve created a personal bowling alley!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>• Play baseball using a <b>homemade bat</b><span style="font-weight:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Wash and dry an empty 2-liter bottle. To make the bat more durable, use an 18-inch wooden rod or a stick.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Place the rod in bottle and duct tape the remaining portion of the rod to the bottle opening. Use with Wiffle balls, wadded socks, crumpled paper—anything you can imagine!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Families need to work—and play—together to enhance physical fitness while building stronger relationships.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>With an integrated, team-building approach, parents, grandparents and children can create fun, recreational games that also increase self-esteem.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a solid base of skills is built, the special needs child who once avoided risk now has the comfort level and confidence to try new activities—and take on new challenges.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>With this paradigm shift, the child can enjoy the physical exertion and camaraderie of team play and continue to progress physically, psychologically and socially. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">* <i>The child’s name has been changed in order to protect his privacy.<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i> <o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i> <o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Marc Sickel, a certified athletic trainer and founder of Fitness for Health located in Rockville, MD, specializes in creating fun, individualized fitness programs for children and adults with varying needs and skill levels.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>To learn more about Fitness for Health, visit <a href="http://www.fitnessforhealth.org/">www.FitnessForHealth.org</a>. <o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-1587873281185131200?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/improve-fitness-and-self-esteem-by.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-6178463363520114378Mon, 30 May 2011 03:34:00 +00002011-05-29T23:46:06.612-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of May 30, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!<div><div><br /></div><div><b>Saturday, June 4:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/sensory-friendly-movie-kung-fu-panda-2.html">Sensory Friendly Movie: Kung Fu Panda 2</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Sunday, June 5:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.html">Going Places! Social Club for Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Related Disorders</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/05/shopping_fundraiser_for_autism_speaks.html">My Gym Shopping Fundraiser for Autism Speaks</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Up for Discussion on AutMont:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/05/mad_science_social_thinking_groups.html">Mad Science Social Thinking Groups Forming for Pre-K through Kindergarteners</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/05/improve_fitness_and_self_esteem_by.html">Improve Fitness and Self-Esteem by Incorporating "Family Playtime"</a></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-6178463363520114378?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/event-summary-for-week-of-may-30-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-7088294614181321616Mon, 30 May 2011 01:46:00 +00002011-05-29T21:54:36.698-04:00eventinclusionOpening Doors Inclusion Institute<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9gTDaWyAhH8/TeL3GmLOQjI/AAAAAAAABJg/1PdOSLX03ko/s1600/835200_63122200.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 196px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9gTDaWyAhH8/TeL3GmLOQjI/AAAAAAAABJg/1PdOSLX03ko/s320/835200_63122200.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5612319778355954226" /></a><a href="http://www.imaginationstage.org/">Imagination Stage</a> and <a href="http://www.kitonline.org/">Kids Included Together</a> will partner to present the <a href="https://community.imaginationstage.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=768&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=1426050">Opening Doors Inclusion Seminar</a> on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.<div><br /></div><div>This one-day event will provide attendees with tools and techniques to successfully include and support children with disabilities in early childhood and out-of-schooltime programs.</div><div><br /></div><div>The Institute will cover Kids Included Together's four core modules of inclusion: Introduction to Inclusion, Respectful Accommodations, Supporting Positive Bahavior, and Partnering with Families.</div><div><br /></div><div>The cost for the seminar is $10 per participant, which includes lunch and materials. <a href="https://community.imaginationstage.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=768&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=1426050">Please register online.</a> The seminar will be held at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue) in Behtesda. For more information, contact Diane Nutting at 301-280-1637 or dnutting@imaginationstage.org.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-7088294614181321616?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/opening-doors-inclusion-institute.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-4556113512260028407Mon, 30 May 2011 01:34:00 +00002011-05-29T21:41:15.494-04:00groupssocial skillsMad Science Social Thinking Groups Forming<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5GhsDN8PKjw/TeL0O1dYqII/AAAAAAAABJY/NJeAW9DgS9w/s1600/1160738_18162797.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 213px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5GhsDN8PKjw/TeL0O1dYqII/AAAAAAAABJY/NJeAW9DgS9w/s320/1160738_18162797.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5612316621362735234" /></a>Speech language pathologists <a href="http://www.parentuniv.org/">Susan Abrams</a> and Randi Rosenblatt will be running a new Mad Science social thinking group starting Wednesday June 15th at 4 p.m. in Rockville.<div><br /></div><div>This group will be for pre-k through kindergarten children and will meet weekly. An individual parent coaching session will also be included. This structured group integrates social cognitive thinking concepts into weekly science experiments. All groups are based on <a href="http://www.socialthinking.com/">the philosophy of Michelle Garcia Winner</a>.</div><div><br /></div><div>For more information on this or other social thinking groups, please contact Susan Abrams at susanabramsslp@gmail.com or 301-468-9343 ext. 2.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-4556113512260028407?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/mad-science-social-thinking-groups.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-9204651190972843859Mon, 30 May 2011 01:08:00 +00002011-05-29T21:12:33.846-04:00eventsupportmeetingParent Support Group<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uCqFv5_r4Y8/TeLuTWOdLSI/AAAAAAAABJQ/ZfuzdB6tRyk/s1600/659006_20706288.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uCqFv5_r4Y8/TeLuTWOdLSI/AAAAAAAABJQ/ZfuzdB6tRyk/s320/659006_20706288.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5612310101808196898" /></a><a href="http://lollipopkidsfoundation.org/">The Lollipop Kids Foundation</a> will host a parent support group for parents raising a child with a disability on June 9 from 7-9 p.m.<div><br /></div><div>The meeting will give parents an opportunity to network in a casual environment as well as time to enjoy conversation and s'mores.</div><div><br /></div><div>The meeting will take place at Cosi (201 N Washington Street) in the Rockville Town Center. For more information, email debbie@lollipopkidsfoundation.org.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-9204651190972843859?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/parent-support-group.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-8512412061226635779Mon, 30 May 2011 01:00:00 +00002011-05-29T21:02:44.837-04:00eventsensory issuesentertainmentfamilySensory Friendly Movie: Kung Fu Panda 2<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/SuTDkMtO7nI/AAAAAAAAAQM/qp6JNrQQGvw/s1600-h/89933_3433.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/SuTDkMtO7nI/AAAAAAAAAQM/qp6JNrQQGvw/s320/89933_3433.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5396653280150351474" /></a>Enjoy a screening of <i><a href="http://www.kungfupanda.com/">Kung Fu Panda</a></i> 2 in a sensory friendly environment on June 4 at 10 a.m.<div><br /></div><div><div><a href="http://www.amctheatres.com/">AMC Entertainment</a> and the <a href="http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sensoryfilms">Autism Society</a> have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)</div><div><br /></div><div>Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The <a href="http://www.fandango.com/amcloewsriocinemas18_aabxd/theaterpage?wssac=99&amp;wssaffid=11655_AMC_MW_HomePage">AMC Rio Cinemas 18</a> in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the <a href="http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sensoryfilms#theatres">theaters that participates</a>.</div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-8512412061226635779?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/sensory-friendly-movie-kung-fu-panda-2.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-1477365676931537334Mon, 23 May 2011 03:32:00 +00002011-05-22T23:37:53.807-04:00event summaryEvent Summary for the Week of May 23, 2011<div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_omAcGMlZXVs/Ssjz6RyWPmI/AAAAAAAAAKU/v70cvQxNmI4/s320/544232_23915496.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388825136681336418" style="float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " /></a>Check out the <a href="http://autmont.webs.com/apps/calendar/">AutMont Calendar</a> to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><div><br /></div><div><div><b>Wednesday, May 25:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/03/parent-academy-2011-spring-workshop.html">Parent Academy: Autism: Overviews and Supports</a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/upcoming-ivymount-workshops.html">Ivymount Workshop: Gearing Up for Kindergarten</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Thursday, May 26:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/strategies-to-handle-hard-to-manage.html">Strategies to Handle the Hard-to-Manage Child</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Sunday, May 29:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.autmont.com/2011/04/sensory-friendly-childrens-theatre.html">Sensory-Friendly Children's Theatre: A Year with Frog &amp; Toad</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Up for Discussion on AutMont:</b></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="/2011/05/sports_plus_swim_registration_now_open.html">Sports Plus swim registration is open</a></div><div><br /></div><div>*****</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!</div></div></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-1477365676931537334?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/event-summary-for-week-of-may-23-2011.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-3761693289405466094Mon, 23 May 2011 02:44:00 +00002011-05-22T23:15:50.988-04:00eventsocialsiblingssupportgroupssocial skillsJSSA Summer Workshops and Groups<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ajmkmB-XVZ4/TdnKQFE1ShI/AAAAAAAABJI/64LnGzvbdJY/s1600/JSSA.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 197px; height: 156px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ajmkmB-XVZ4/TdnKQFE1ShI/AAAAAAAABJI/64LnGzvbdJY/s320/JSSA.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5609737188455827986" /></a><a href="http://www.jssa.org">JSSA</a> has announced its summer workshops and groups. They offer many programs, including social skills therapy groups; life readiness classes for young adults with Asperger's syndrome; bereavement, parent, and marriage support groups; job search workshops; and more. They have classes in both Maryland and Northern Virginia.<div><br /></div><div>You can find <a href="http://www.jssa.org/programs">information about all their programs on their website</a>. Following are some autism-related programs that they offer in Montgomery County. </div><div><br /></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/autism-spectrum-disorders#Support_Group_for_Parents_of_Children_with_Autism_Spectrum_Disorders_MD">Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders</a>:</b> These free support group meetings will help parents share coping strategies and community resources as well as develop networks and gain support. Jamell White, LCSW-C will lead the groups, which will be held <b>Mondays from June 6 to August 1 from 7-8:15 p.m at 200 Wood Hill Road in Rockville.</b> <b>Monthly pre-registration is required by calling 301-610-8361.</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/autism-spectrum-disorders#Stress_Management_Adults">Stress Management for Adults with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders</a>:</b> This workshop will teach participants to understand their stress, their reactions to stressors, and to reduce the impact of stress on their lives. Techniques including deep breathing, positive self-talk, and visualization will be introduced and practiced. <b>This group will meet June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at 200 Wood Hill Road in Rockville and costs $175 for the whole series.</b> <b>Pre-registration is required by calling 301-610-8360.</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/autism-spectrum-disorders#Going_Places__A_social_Club_for_Young_Adults_with_Aspergers_Syndrome_and_Related_Disorders_MD">Going Places! Social Club for Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Related Disorders</a>:</b> This group is for young adults ages 18-30. Participants will be encouraged to engage with their peers in a fun and stimulating environment. Activities will include local field trips, games, art projects, movies, and the like. Group members will be encouraged to suggest ideas for outings. <b>This group will meet June 5, July 10 and August 21. Times and locations will vary based on the activity planned for that day. The cost for each event is $25. Pre-registration is required by calling 301-610-8355.</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/autism-spectrum-disorders#Cool__Calm___Connected">Cool, Calm &amp; Connected: A Young Adult Social Skills Therapy Group Focusing on Relationships</a>:</b> This group is for young adults ages 19-30 who may have Asperger's or a related disorder. This group will work on building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers, parents, co-workers, and significant others and on appropriately managing feelings such as frustration, anxiety, disappointment, anger and jealousy. <b>This group will meet Tuesdays from June 14-July 26 from 6-7 p.m. at 200 Wood Hill Road in Rockville. Each session costs $65 and pre-registration is required by calling 301-610-8358.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/family-parenting#Support_Group_Sibling_of_Children_Disabilities">Support Group for Siblings of Children with Physical and/or Developmental Disabilities</a>:</b> This coed workshop will cover topics including education on different disabilities, coping strategies, and how to improve communication between parents and children. <b>Dates and times for these sessions are yet to be determined. Get more information and register for this $210 six-session workshop by calling 301-816-2633. Sessions will be held at 200 Wood Hill Road in Rockville.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b><a href="http://www.jssa.org/growth-learning/family-parenting#Family_Support_Group_Children_Disabilities">Family Support Group for Parents and Family Members of Children with Disabilities</a>:</b> Gain knowledge, share resources, coping mechanisms, and strategies at this sessions. <b>They take place June 21, July 19, and August 16 from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at 6123 Montrose Road in Rockville. Each session costs $15. Pre-registration is required by calling 301-610-8355.</b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-3761693289405466094?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/jssa-summer-workshops-and-groups.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-4146093611360221018Mon, 23 May 2011 02:01:00 +00002011-05-22T22:04:03.840-04:00sportsSports Plus Swim Registration Now Open<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u-E2Y9MBmjw/TdnAH7jtUuI/AAAAAAAABJA/3OKuRgw0y-E/s1600/869211_41915936.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u-E2Y9MBmjw/TdnAH7jtUuI/AAAAAAAABJA/3OKuRgw0y-E/s320/869211_41915936.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5609726053345743586" /></a><a href="http://www.playsportsplus.org/">Sports Plus</a> has opened registrations for the Montgomery County Swim Program that will begin June 4. <div><br /></div><div>Space is limited, so sign up quickly! For more information, <a href="http://www.playsportsplus.org/">check the Sports Plus website</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-4146093611360221018?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/sports-plus-swim-registration-now-open.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4867649029799456612.post-7489820241429298178Mon, 23 May 2011 01:39:00 +00002011-05-22T21:47:48.570-04:00eventfundraiserShopping Fundraiser for Autism Speaks<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c3lLfazVsBg/Tdm6yFg6okI/AAAAAAAABI4/C8hABhUPMoQ/s1600/my%2Bgym.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 165px; height: 169px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c3lLfazVsBg/Tdm6yFg6okI/AAAAAAAABI4/C8hABhUPMoQ/s320/my%2Bgym.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5609720180503126594" /></a><a href="http://www.my-gym.com/franchisee_schedule.aspx?id=349&amp;locations=1&amp;source=Locations+Page">My Gym at Cabin John Mall</a> will host a <a href="http://www.my-gym.com/franchisee_news.aspx?id=349&amp;articleid=4078">"Mommy Market"</a> on June 5th from 2 to 6 p.m. at with a percentage of sales donated to Autism Speaks.<div><br /></div><div>Local moms will sell their products and services. My Gym will offer child care for shoppers. There will be raffles to support Autism Speaks and discounts and special deals for My Gym summer classes, parties, and camps. <a href="http://www.my-gym.com/franchisee_news.aspx?id=349&amp;articleid=4078">Find the complete list of vendors online.</a></div><div><br /></div><div>Cabin John Mall is located at 11325 Seven Locks Road in Potomac.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4867649029799456612-7489820241429298178?l=www.autmont.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.autmont.com/2011/05/shopping-fundraiser-for-autism-speaks.htmlAutismMontgomery@gmail.com (Jean)0