Monday, December 5, 2011

LDAMC Parent Connection December 2011 Meeting

The Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County will hold its next Parent Connection support meeting on December 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Join other parents to discuss issues about your child's learning disabilities such as understanding children's strengths and challenges, what accommodations or modifications fit your child's needs, how to work with schools so they understand your child's needs, and much more.

The meeting will take place at Flower Valley Elementary School (4615 Sunflower Drive) in Rockville. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-933-1076 or email ldamcpc@yahoo.com.

Behavioral Issues in Autism: Why Do They Do That?

Pathfinders for Autism will present a seminar called "Behavioral Issues in Autism: Why Do They Do That?" on December 15 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Dr. Steven E. Lindauer, from Kennedy Krieger's Developmental Disabilities Clinic will discuss factors that contribute to why children with ASD often choose problem behaviors instead of appropriate communication to get their wants and needs met.

The seminar will be held at the Arc of Frederick County (620-A Research Drive) in Frederick, Maryland. Register online for this free event.

Camps and Other Recreational Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities

JSSA will present a seminar on Camps and Other Recreational Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities on December 14 from 7-9 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this seminar, presented by Jamell White. For more information and to register, call 301-610-8414.

Cost to attend is $10. It will be held at JSSA (200 Wood Hill Road) in Rockville.

Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where Do I Go From Here?

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger will host a lecture called "Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where Do I Go From Here?" on December 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Cathy Groschan, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker, will lead this free discussion and will take your questions about getting a diagnosis, finding services, the education system and more.

The lecture will take place on the 3rd floor of the Creamer Building at Kennedy Krieger (3901 Greenspring Avenue) in Baltimore. Register online.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

The Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab at the University of Maryland will present a book club discussion focused on children with executive functioning on December 12 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Attendees at this book club discussion for parents, teachers, and clinicians will discuss books related to learning disorders and movement difficulties in children. Dr. Laurie Dietzel will join in the discussion of her book, Late, Lost, and Unprepared.

The meeting will take place in the School of Public Health Building at the University of Maryland, College Park. Supervised activities for children will be provided. For more information, call 301-405-6872.

First, Do No Harm: Repairing the Student Ego Through the Performing Arts

The Lab School will present a free lecture on Repairing the Student Ego Through the Performing Arts on December 7 from 7:30-9 p.m.

The lecture will be held in the Commons on the Reservoir Campus at 4759 Reservoir Road, NW in DC. Register online.

Educational Alternatives for High School Students

The Nora School will host a presentation on Educational Alternatives for High School Students on December 7 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Mary Alvord, Jenny Wilder, Laura Solomon, and Dave Mullen will explore educational alternatives for high school students who have not thrived in traditional, large school settings.

This free event will take place at The Nora School (955 Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-495-6672 or email janette@nora-school.org.

Preparing Young Adults for Independence: Transition and Moving Out

The Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger will host a presentation on Preparing Young Adults for Independence on December 7 from 7-8:30 p.m.

This presentation will give professionals, parents, and youth an overview of transition issues as well as information about resources for rental and home ownership affordability, accessibility modification, and housing search techniques.

This event will take place in the 4th floor board room of the Bowles Building at Kennedy Krieger (3825 Greenspring Avenue) in Baltimore. To register or more information, email resourcefinder@kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-2790.

Special Needs Dance Class Seeking Participants

If you have are looking for a low-key fun dance class for your special needs child, please check out this blog post at My Family's Experience with Autism.

The author's daughter is taking an adapted dance class that needs more students to participate. The class is held at the Studio of Dance in Gaithersburg.

Leave a comment at the link in the first paragraph for more information.

Sensory Friendly Films Winter/Spring 2012

The Autism Society has published its schedule of Sensory Friendly Films for the next few months. They are as follows:

January 7, 10 a.m.: The Adventures of Tin Tin

February 25, 10 a.m.: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

March 10, 10 a.m.: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

April 7, 10 a.m.: Mirror Mirror

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society 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.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Holiday Party for Adults with Autism (Towson)

The Center for Adults with Autism will hold a Social Group meeting and winter holiday party on December 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Bring a snack to share and participate in games and socializing. Holiday attire is optional. There is a $3 fee for the meeting.

The party will take place in Room 120 at the Towson University Administration Building, located at the corner of York Road and Cross Campus Drive.

Email caasd@towson.edu if you need a map of the campus or if you have questions.

December Autism NOW Webinars

Autism Now presents weekly webinars on a variety of topics. Their December schedule is listed below.

December 6, 2-3 p.m. EST—Speaking on a Big Stage: Presenting at a National Conference: Max Barrows of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered will share ideas to help self advocates plan, travel, and speak at a national conference. Space is limited. Register online.

December 13, 2-3 p.m. EST—Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum: Sharon daVanport and Carol Greenburg of the Autism Women's Network (AWN) will discuss topics pertaining to girls and women with autism. Space is limited. Register online.

December 20, 2-3 p.m. EST—No Sibling Left Behind: Supporting Siblings of People with Disabilities: Janet Thibeau of the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) will discuss the sibling experience, research on siblings, and the growing movement to support siblings of people with disabilities. Space is limited. Register online.

Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments Presentation

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will host a presentation on Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) on December 7 from 7-9 p.m.

Dr. Paul Livelli will discuss BIPs and FBAs and what they look like when they are well written and how they can help your child be more successful in school.

This free meeting is intended to help parents learn more, support each other, share experiences, and solve problems to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum.

Registration is not required. Call 301-444-5225 with questions. The meeting will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

MCTrans Family Exchange Meeting

MCTransitions will hold its Parent Exchange Night meeting on December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Come to share tips with other families on what you have done to help your adult child in any area, or come with questions that others can answer.

This meeting will take place at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

Event Summary for the Week of December 5, 2011

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!

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