Autism 30

Newsletter #18: March 2018

Autism 30 March 2018 Newsletter
The God of War

I find it ironic that the month of March comes just before Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). March was named after the God of War, and its birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone, which symbolize courage. 
 
Going to battle for your child, yourself, your community is something that you don’t think of when the diagnosis lands on your lap, but it’s something that becomes a part of your life the second it arrives.
 
The first battle is with the outside: The long wait lists to see someone who will diagnose your child/yourself, sometimes taking years in the public sector. Then comes the battle for information about autism without bias, followed by the long wait lists to see a consultant, BI, etc. You will also realize, even though you live in British Columbia, your governmental funding will not be sufficient to cover all the costs which sends you into conflict with the family finances and your own standards of living. Once your child reaches school age, there are other types of confrontations which you must endure; whether your child will have their doctors’ recommendations respected by the school, and school board, and give you the services that your child needs to be safe and thrive. Ex: your own EA, sensory room, various accommodations, and the level of staff education about autism who will interact with your child.
 
Other aspects of war that must be confronted are comments and criticisms from an uneducated public and ableism which still exist openly often without judgement, the lack of affordable guaranteed activities and services for our children which are afforded the neuro-typical population without a second thought.
 
The second battle is with yourself. For many the constant battle with your high standards and expectations of oneself and your own physical state and mental endurance. This is often due to the constant hyper-vigilance needed to keep your child safe, the battles listed above, the need learn to be a special needs parent, researcher, caregiver, therapist, financial planner, advocate, and accountant. There is also the ongoing stress about the future and the unknown. PTSD isn’t uncommon for those in our community.
 
I sometimes feel that it would be better celebrate autism in the month of March, but then I’m reminded that April is the month which spring is in full bloom and things begin to grow and that’s what our community is. We will always spring ahead and flourish with strength many us never knew we had, and the courage to be invincible in the face of adversity.
 
If some of you are reading this feeling why am I making it sounds so gloomy you’d be wrong. I’m writing about the facts about what our community faces. Would I change a thing about having a child on the spectrum? NEVER. Your character and self are only known to oneself when tested. Having a child with autism, being on the spectrum yourself is the test. This test not only proves our strength but displays our dignity, courage and fortitude to leap forward to April 2nd~
 
I’m writing about the battle. Our children and community is our reward one that I’m so proud the be a part of. ​

Quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done". By: Nelson Mandela

Upcoming News:
We will be recording more Parent Talk Podcasts soon, which will go live on April 1st and 2nd. Please don’t forget to email in your questions that you want answered. Remember this podcast is for you. You may hear your question answered on our podcast. I also thank those who have already done so.
 
Upcoming podcasts:
On March 1st and 15th we are continuing our podcast trilogy with fabulous Mr. Alexander Magnusssen in studio. Don't forget to tune in and listen to his very wise words and inspiration.

Talie
 “Live in Love”
PAFN Events in March

PEERS - Parents & Teens aged 12-13 - Helping Teens with ASD Make & Keep Friends
When: Thu, 8 & 15 March, 18:30 – 20:00
Description: Helping Teens with ASD Make & Keep Friends
For teens with ASD who want to initiate and develop friendships
About the program:Using the PEERS evidence-based social skills program and facilitated by POPARD consultants with PEERS certification, teens and their parents will meet in separate groups during this 14-sessio program. The tee group will go through the lessons and roleplays while parents learn strategies to support their teen at home. Topics include two-way conversation, get-togethers and more.
Date:  Thursdays, February 8 – May 24, 2017 (no sessions on March 22 and 29)
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Admin Fee:  $100
Who attends:  Parents& Teens aged 12-13
(acceptance is subject to an intake interview for program suitability).
Commitment:
·       100 % attendance by parent and teen is required
·       Teen committed to social practice that will be assigned weekly
·       Parent committed to supporting and encouraging teen to complete weekly social practice
·       Teen, not parent, is motivated to initiate and develop friendships
 
LEGO Jurassic Brick Land!
When: Sat, 3 March, 10:30 – 12:00
Description: LEGO Jurassic Brick Land!
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Put on your hiking boots and camouflage…you’re about to enter Jurassic Brick Land! We’ll build amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic period and other extinct prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas. All students go home with a custom-made Mini figure. We do our best to ensure a safe, fun, and energetic environment for all children participating in our programs, but please be aware that we will be working with small parts that may become a hazard if ingested.
Age Range:  6 - 10
Dates:  Saturdays, January 20 - March 3 (Break for Family Day long weekend on Feb. 10)
Times:  10:30 am - 12 noon
Place:  The Autism BC Lending Library at the Pacific Autism Family Network Centre
Program Fee: $120/6 Sessions. For more info contact:  [email protected]
REGISTRATION:  https://autismbc.z2systems.com/np/clients/autismbc/event.jsp?event=305 
 
POPARD - Parent Education & Support Series
When: Fri, 9 March, 09:30 – 11:30
Description Working with your school team. For Parents with children with autism.
A Six-Part Series for families with children on the autism spectrum.
You may register for any or all of the following sessions:
·       January 12: Family School Collaboration - The 4 A’s
·       February 9: The IEP – Roles and Responsibilities
·       March 9: Navigating the School System
·       April 13: Behaviour Challenges at home and School
·       May 11: ASD and Mental Health
·       June 8: Summer and School Transitions
You may contact POPARD’s Family-School Liaison by emailing Dr. Lisa Woudzia at [email protected]
Or call 604-373-3130    Toll-free: 877-286-0146
 
PAFN Employment Club
When: Fri, 9,16, and 23 March, 10:00 – 12:00
Description: Come network and meet with other individuals on the spectrum looking for work. Hear about employment programs and supports, share job finding tips and support each other in your employment journey! Please RSVP to [email protected]com
 
Connections: A Young Adult Social Club
When: Thu, 15 March, 18:00 – 20:30
Description: Come hang out in our life skills lounge, play games, watch Netflix, eat pizza and make friends! Ages 15-29 Meets once a month on every 3rd Thursday of the month. $5 Donation Suggested. For more information or to RSVP, please call our front desk team at 604.207.1980. (FYI - The doors will be closed at 7pm so please plan to arrive before then)
 
Minecraft Club
When: Thu, 29 March, 17:30 – 19:00
Description: Hosted by Autism BC and  Pacific Autism Family Network 
Run by a parent volunteer, Minecraft Group is an inclusive space for Minecraft enthusiasts to come together and play! Our mission is to inspire connection through sharing tips, tricks and playing together!
Who? All are welcome! Players should be able to log themselves in and have a basic understanding of the game as this is a come together space and no formal Minecraft instruction will be offered (except from the person beside you who may be able to lend some tricks!) At this beginning stage, you should bring the portable device that you play on (iPad, laptop, tablet) FREE Wifi is available!We are capped at 20 Minecrafters for the space so please RSVP to [email protected] if you'd like to attend.We hope to see you there! 
 
All events above take place at the Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada (map)


Presentation Session: Bridging the Communication Gap: Parents & Caregivers of Individuals with ASD Workshops
When:  Fri, 23 & 24 March, 12:00 – 13:30
Where:  Prince George Spoke, 1811 Victoria St. Prince George, BC ( map )
Description : This is a "Presentation Session" of "Bridging the Communication Gap: Parents and Caregivers of Individuals with Autism on February 5th.We gathered some great insights from our co-design sessions in February! The purpose of this session will be to share the synthesized findings from our first round of workshops and gather additional feedback from families on further developed concepts. Please see below for session details: Treats and refreshments will be provided.  Interested in joining?  Please email Nadia Beyzaei at  [email protected]   to register.  RSVP  as soon as possible, as space is limited! We look forward to hearing back from you!

​(Podcast dated: April 1st & 2nd, 2017)
Autism BC March

MINECRAFT CLUB!
Run by a parent volunteer, Minecraft Group is an inclusive space for Minecraft enthusiasts to come together and play! Our mission is to inspire connection through sharing tips, tricks and playing together! Who? All are welcome! Players should be able to log themselves in and have a basic understanding of the game as this is a come together space and no formal Minecraft instruction will be offered (except from the person beside you who may be able to lend some tricks!) At this beginning stage, you should bring the portable device that you play on (iPad, laptop, tablet) FREE Wifi is available! We are capped at 20 Minecrafteres for the space so please RSVP if you would like to attend.
Date: Thursday, March 15th
Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: The Library on the main floor of the Good Life Pacific Autism Family Centre at 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our librarian at 604-434-0880 ext 105 or email [email protected]
 
BI Basic Training Workshop - Coquitlam
Saturday, March 17 to Sunday March 18
Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training.
Topics to be covered each day include:
Day 1
Core elements of discrete trial teaching
Functions and behaviour
Reinforcement techniques
Prompting techniques
Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery
Ethics
The process of accurate data collection
Day 2
Antecedent and established operations
Reinforcement assessment of preference
Token economics
Prompting and prompt-fading strategies
Teaching techniques
Analysis of data
Peer play facilitation
Maintenance and generalization of learned skills
Venue: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre 319 North Road Coquitlam British Columbia, Canada V3K 3V8
Cost: $100 (Autism BC members) and $125 (Non Members)
REGISTER FOR YOUR PLACE TODAY
Meet your instructor: Lindsay Parrott
Lindsay Parrott is a Behavior Consultant with over 11 years of experience.  She has worked with individuals 20 months to 21 years old on all areas of the autism spectrum.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters degree from UBC in Special Education with a focus on autism and developmental disabilities.  She has been delivering the BI Workshop for Autism BC for many years.
Please note: refreshments will be available both days, but participants are responsible for their own lunch. Lunch break is usually approx. 1hr
 
BI Basic Training Workshop - Kamloops
Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, March 25
Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training.
Topics to be covered each day include:
Day 1
Core elements of discrete trial teaching
Functions and behaviour
Reinforcement techniques
Prompting techniques
Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery
Ethics
The process of accurate data collection
Day 2
Antecedent and established operations
Reinforcement assessment of preference
Token economics
Prompting and prompt-fading strategies
Teaching techniques
Analyisis of data
Peer play facilitation
Maintenance and generalization of learned skills
Venue: North Shore Community Centre at 730 Cottonwood Ave, Kamloops BC V2B 8M6.
Cost: $100 (AutismBC members) and $125 (Non Members)
REGISTER FOR YOUR PLACE TODAY
Meet your instructor: Julee Bassetto, is a Behaviour Consultant with over 9 years of experience. She has worked with people 21 months old to 27 years old on all areas of the autism spectrum and has been delivering BI training workshop for Autism BC for many years.
Please note: Morning refreshments will be available both days, but participants are responsible for their own lunch. Lunch break is usually approx. 1hr.
 
Launch into Life! North/West Vancouver
Transitioning into Adulthood Workshop
Series #1 Families with Lower Support Needs
Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with autism and their families.  Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life. Launch into Life! helps families prepare for and respond to key life transitions, and guide the journey from adolescence to adulthood. It helps families to focus on discovering personal strengths and areas for growth based on their youth’s individual interests, abilities, and needs by answering three key questions:  Where are we now? (assessment) Where do we want to go? (goal setting) How are we going to get there? (implementation)
 We are pleased to offer the Launch into Life! workshop series that helps families to create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provides valuable information in the following domains:
·       Education and Employment
·       Health and Well Being
·       Communication and Social Relationships
·       Independent Living Skills and Self-Advocacy
·       Legal and Financial Issues
Date/Time:
April 4th - 6:30 - 9:30pm (Parents/Caregivers)
April 10th - 6:30 - 9:30pm (Parents/Caregivers and Youth)
April 17th - 6:30 - 9:30pm )Parents/Caregivers)
The Workshop will be held at Education Services Centre, 5th Floor, Mountain View Room
212 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC
Cost $25.00 per family
*AFU can be used
Who should attend? Families and youth (13+) living with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Youth attendance is not mandatory, but welcome for April 10th session to participate in a facilitated breakout session independently to identify their goals and create a shared vison.
This program is proudly sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Foundation

Sirota Spring Camps 

You can now register your child for our awesome Martial Arts Spring Camp on a daily bases... pick the day and the location that you want and only attend that day. You have teh flexibility to attend whatever fits your busy spring break schedule.

Daily camp options is available only via our online registration portal. Please see links below.

Please contact as at [email protected] with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming your kids to our Martial Arts Spring Camp!


If you would like to meet Ms. Janet Walmsley author of the book: The Autistic author and Animator: A mother’s view of a daughter’s triumph & Ms. Jenny Story author of the book: Dysnomia you can!

They will be signing their books on Saturday, March 31st at Indigo Book Store. The address is: 810 Grandville Street and they'll be there from 1pm to 10pm. 

Lovely women to meet in person and proud members of our community. 

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Mayday Club Youth Choir For Neurodiversity
 
When: Wednesday March 7th & 21st
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
 
Where: Pacific Autism Family Network Hub - 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond

Description: Do you know a child, teen, or young adult who loves to sing or dance, and would benefit from meeting an empathetic and team-minded peer group, but struggles in social settings? Who would enjoy being mentored by like-minded young adults, and being part of an award-winning performance crew? The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity is now accepting applicants of all ability levels, between the ages of 5 and 30, to be part of our choral singing and hip-hop dancing performance crew for 2017 / 2018. Train under some amazing instructors, make friends, and tour the province to build confidence, and advocate for a cause you believe in! Visit us online at www.maydayclub.ca
 
To apply, fill out our online application form, which can be found here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VT8PWWV

(Podcast dated: January 1st, 2018)
Events in March for inGIRLSCLUB

LM GC - Talent Showcase
·       Thursday, March 8, 2018
·       6:00 PM  7:30 PM
Calling all GIRLS to Showcase their amazing talents!
Do you sing?
Do you dance?
Do you make movies?
Do you draw?
Do you make up stories?
Show us your amazing selves!!!  We cannot wait to celebrate you! 
 
OK GC - Tea Party
·       Sunday, March 11, 2018
·       12:00 PM  2:00 PM
Join us for a TEA PARTY! 
Wear whatever makes you feel like a princess and come enjoy a feast fit for royalty. 
Scones, fruit, mini sandwiches, specialty beverages and more! 
 
LM GC - Create Your Own T-Shirt
·       Sunday, March 25, 2018
·       12:00 PM  2:00 PM
Inspired by the idea that our GIRLS need matching CLUB t-shirts, we thought: why not have the GIRLS create their own, and display their own unique individuality?
Bring a plain t-shirt and use our awesome vinyl decals to create a design that is just yours!


( Podcasted dated: May 15th, 2017 )
​Recommended Video Of The Month

The Aspie World has videos to help people understand Aspergers Syndrome and Autism (ASD). It may also be helpful if you may have Autism, or are thinking about getting a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome and Autism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDwXqGjohGg&t=0s&list=PLsnq_HpT7puQDe0Q7yy_z0A2dcdXHoLf1&index=117

If you are interested in watching more from his brilliant video library click here: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsnq_HpT7puQDe0Q7yy_z0A2dcdXHoLf1​
Quote of the month:

"If you're always trying to be 'normal' you will never know how amazing you can be'"

By:  Maya Angelou