NEW Meetup Socials for Asperger Teens in OC!

Check out this new social group for Teens called American Aspergers United (AAU) in OC! Their socials are geered toward teens that have Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS and most of them have had PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) training. They are looking for families that are interested in building up their child’s self-esteem and practice the skills they have learned in safe and fun environments. Photo credits: Kim Mason, AAU Already on their calendar is a Teen Game Night, an Archery Day, Therapeutic Gymnastics, a monthly Fitness with Swim, and Boomers. How cool is that? Here are a list of other outings … Read more

Harry Dotson Park’s Water Feature is back on! #Updated

Photo Credits: Let’s Play OC! Wow this is great news! My kids and SAHM-friends love love this park and were so disappointed when the water feature was shut down due to budget cuts. Thanks to the generous donation of Association of Orange County Deputy Sherrifs (AOCDS), they were able to turn it back on as of Friday, July 20, 2012! The “Water Feature” is open for the summer season: May 25 – September 2 Monday – Sunday (seven days a week) 12-5 p.m. Harry M. Dotson Park 10350 N. Fern Ave. Stanton, CA (714) 379-9222 ext. 270 The City of Stanton’s Website Park amenities include: Approximately 1.3 acres in size … Read more

The Many Faces of Thomas the Tank Engine and Autism

An interesting study about children with Autism and how Thomas the Tank Engine helped them learn social emotions. “Parents of children with ASD have known for years that Thomas and his friends have special value to their children. The report confirms this anecdotal evidence, stating that children with ASD associate far more strongly with Thomas the Tank Engine than with other children’s characters. Some parents of children with ASD have reported leaps of emotion, imagination and symbolic play that were unimaginable before the child’s relationship with Thomas.” Why Thomas the Tank Engine? Children with ASD seem to be particularly fascinated with Thomas. A number of reasons have been proposed to … Read more

Parent’s Free Day @ Respite Care Event!

Westminster Family Resource Center together with Families and Communities Together (FaCT) are hosting a Parent’s Free Day – Respite Care Event! Photo Credits: Mary Tran Your child(ren) will enjoy: a day with pizza, snacks, and WATER FUN! You’ll want to pack their wetsuits and a change of clothes. Date: Friday, August 31, 2012 Time: 5pm– 7pm Location: Sigler Park Splash Pad 7200 Plaza Street Westminster, CA 92683 This event is open to families with adopted and foster children and/or relative caregivers. For more information or to register for the event, please call (714) 903-1331. Click here for more info –> Parent’s Free Day Flyer City of Westminster’s link about the … Read more

Get 50% off parking at State Parks, Camping Sites, etc. with the Disabled Discount Pass!

Get 50% off parking at State Parks, State Beaches, Camping Sites, Boat Parking, etc. with the Disabled Discount Pass! Only $3.50 to apply. (Does not apply to city parks). See application for eligibilty requirements (includes developmental, autism, hearing, mental, physical, speech, and visual disabilities to name a few – see page 2 of application for more) Send your application with required certifications to: Photo credits: Mary Tran California State Parks Attn: Disabled Discount Pass Program PO Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296 All questions can be directed to California State Parks Pass Sales at 1-800-777-0369. For more info and application, please follow this link: Link to Disabled Discount Pass Application

Family Support Network’s CAMP TLC

They are looking for families with special children 4 and younger but you have to register. Thanks, Melynda Le, for sharing this info! http://www.familysupportnetworkca.org/camptlc.html WHAT: TLC Conference (Teaching Loving Care) WHERE: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center WHO: Families in Orange County who have a child under the age of 4 with a special need WHEN: September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2012 WHY: To learn and have fun! COST: $40.00 family application fee (Fee can be waived if family is in extreme financial hardship. Request a fee waiver when submitting an application.) Note: Each family must provide their own transportation to and from the conference Camp TLC is a unique camp … Read more

Surf Lessons with OT Therapist Karyn Strong!

1.5 hour individual Surf Lessons with OT Therapist Karyn Strong! Wednesday and Friday mornings thru July 27, 2012. Equipment will be provided. *********************************** Come surf with BIG FUN this summer and explore the water like never before. Students will discuss: ocean safety and awareness, discover balancing techniques, learn paddling positions, and practice riding waves JUNE 27-JULY 27 2012 Location: Newport Pier 1.5 hour individual sessions offered twice a week. Wednesday & Friday mornings Equipment will be provided. Open to children of all ages and levels of function. Students must be pool safe. Call to reserve your space! Phone: 310-837-7849 or 877-BIG-FUN8 More info about the Occupational Therapist Karyn Strong can … Read more

Free Skateboarding Lessons with Skatedogs!

Autism in Long Beach is hosting a Skate Clinic Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 1:00 PM Free Skateboard lessons with our friends Skatedogs. Siblings included. More info closer to date. RSVP is a must. Registration will close if we fill up so if you don’t show you are taking the place of another family who may want to attend. El Dorado Park – Duck Pond N Studebaker Rd & E Los Arcos St, Long Beach, CA (map) Other side of Duck pond near Stage See link for RSVP info… http://www.meetup.com/Autism-in-Long-Beach/events/69799432/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1