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Autism in Connecticut

Monday, October 16, 2006

October - December 2006 Listings!

Welcome to the Autism in Connecticut blog!

Here you will find information on activities, programs and events around the state that might be of interest to anyone in Connecticut living with autism. You will find a calendar of events listing support groups, speakers, conferences and workshops. There will be links for programs, research studies and other activities that might be of interest to families, professionals, community members, friends or to other autism organizations. It is our belief that there is a need for one place to go where anyone can access information on what is happening around the state whether it is sponsored by our organization, by any other autism organization, or by any other disability organization or state agency. Families - this is the place to come to in order to find our what is happening. Organizations - this is the place to post your information in order to reach families around Connecticut. Professionals - this is the place to access the autism community in Connecticut. Send your information to autismblogger@sbcglobal.net. Please include contact information (telephone or e-mail or webpage). Inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement by the Autism Society of Connecticut of any therapy, program, event or activity.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of Connecticut


AUTISM ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Research Project: Does your Son/Daughter Have Autism or an ASD? Was your child diagnosed within the last two years? Would you like to share your experiences? Research project about your experiences throughout the process that led to the diganosis and your experience getting the services you need. Interviews will be held at convenient community locations. If you are interested, call and leave your name and contact number with Dr. Dumont -Mathieu at 860-545-8944.

Visions for Tomorrow: A 6 session course, offered in Spanish for families, service providers and caregivers of children and adolescents with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or other behavioral health disorders. Runs Wednesday Nov 8, 15, 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at MICASA Family Services, 590 Park Street, Hartford and continues on Monday, Dec. 4, Wed, Dec 6 and Thurs Dec 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at City Hall 272 Main Street, New Britain. Space is limited. Registration Required. Breakfast and child care available. To register or for more information call Georgina Felix or Luisa Rivera at 860-297-4391 or Antonio Rodriguez at 860-612-1610. Offered by Parents Opening Doors and NAMI of CT.

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training at Antioch Unversity New England presents workshops for educators, speech-language pathologists, guidance counselors, clinicians and parents working with individuals with Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities and Language Learning Disabilities. "What Can I Say, What Did You Say? Developing Pragmatic Language Skills for Social Interaction" a 2-day workshop Nov. 8 & 9, 2006, Dec. 4 & 5, 2006, March 28 & 29, 3006. "Advanced Training in Group Instruction in the Social Use of Language" a 3-day workshop April 10, May 3 & 16, 2007. "Supervision Group for Professionals" an 8 session supervision group for professionals facilitating groups for individuals with social communication deficits. For complete information contact Shelley Viles, Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program, Antioch at 603-283-2145 or visit www.antiochne.edu/ap/ce/asdworkshops.cfm.

In Shape: a new 10-week weight training class for children ages 6 and up. Max 4 children per class. Flexible program adapts to the needs of each child. Karim Ibrahim, Instructor. For Registration contact Lakewood Trumbull YMCA, at 203-445-9633 x 19.

SERC's Professional Development Opportunities: Information on SERC's programs for the 2006-2007 school year are now available. They have been organized into four volumes: Early Childhood Education Initiative; Effective Instruction, Supporting Priorities of the No Child Left Behind Act; IDEA Requirements, Supporting Priorities of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Least Restrictive Environment/Inclusion Iniatiave. Call SERC at 860-632-1485 or e-mail info@serc.org for more information.

Rhythms of Grace: Monthly church service for children with special needs and their families/caregivers. First Sunday of the month at Trinity Episcopal Chuch, Torrington, CT from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call Reverend Audrey Scanlan at 860-82-6027 or e-mail acscanlan1@yahoo.com for more information.

DMR Pilot Program Now Accepting Applications: Many of you have been following the progress of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Pilot Prorgram. The DMR has established a small pilot program for adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorders and do not have mental retardation and are not receiving services from the DMR. Information can be found at the DMR website at www.dmr.state.ct.us/AutismPilot/index.htm. Applicants for the pilot program must live in certain areas and meet certain requirements, all of which are listed at the DMR website. You can also call Kathryn Reddington, DMR Autism Coordinator at 860-418-6026 with any questions.

AUTISM IN CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Mon. Oct. 16, 2006: Parent Support Group: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m at Manchester Memorial Hospital for parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum. All are welcome. Sponsored by the East of the River Region, Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Carolyn Schwartz at 860-644-0524 for more information.

Tues. Oct 17 and Oct 24, 2006 and Wed. Nov 1, 2006: Families as Partners in Special Education: for parents/caregivers, educators, advocates, social service agencies, churches and community organizations. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. CEU's available. Sponsored by AFCAMP. Transportation for Hartford residents. Child care provided. Call to register or for more information 860-297-4358.

Wed. Oct. 18, 2006: Pizza Moms Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Avenue. Check http://www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamomsg.html for more info. Pizza Moms is a support group for moms with special needs children in the Fairfield County Area. We meet the third Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. We get together informally for food, drink, and networking. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in coming please contact Phillippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471, or angelmanmom@aol.com.

Wed. Oct 18, 2006: Transition Resource Expo, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., CES Trumbull, CT. Sponsored by CES. Call 203-365-8813 for more information.

Wed. Oct 18, 2006: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT). For Wilton Parents Only! 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve programing. Meetings will be held at The Greens at Canondale. RSCP to
wiltonspedgroup@aol.com.

Wed. Oct. 18, 2006: Silent Suffering: The Long Term Effects of Bullying on Children. Including cyberbullying. 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presenter: David Weitzman, M.Ed., L.C.S.W., educational pyschologist and psychotherapist. At Total Learning and Therapy Center, 5893 Main Street, Trumbull, CT. Call 203-268-8852 for information and reservations.

Wed. Oct 18, 2006: Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Positive Behavioral Supports is an empirically derived, function based, data driven approach to proactively meeting challenging behaviors by providing a continuum of support that targets the behavioral needs of all student K-12. Presented by Susan Izeman, PhD, Director of the Greenwich Autism Program. Sponsored by YWCA STEPS of Darien. Held at the Darien YWCA. RSVP at 203-655-2535 or YWCASTEPSDarien@optonline.net.

Wed. Oct 18, 2006: Friendship and Social Politics. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Social Intelligence: Building Social Skills and Social Competence. An educational workshop for parents to understand children's social development from a strength-based perspective; brainstorming meetings; solutions and strategies; open format and interactive. To register or for more information contact Ruthann Short, MSW, LCSW, Director of Brainstorming, LLC at 203-431-3234.

Wed. Oct 18, 2006: Public Transit 101: Beyond the Basics: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE 2-hour workshop designed to teach social services professionals about public transit. The Kennedy Center and local transit providers will provide information about accessing public transit and using tools such as the web to get information. The Kennedy Center will also present its nationally recognized travel training program. To register or for more information, e-mail Ginger Fiore at gfiore@kennedyctr.org or call 203-332-4535x245.

Thurs. Oct 19, 2006: Support Group Meeting, co-sponsored by FAVAN (Farmington Valley Asperger's Network) and the Northwest Connecticut Support Group. At FOCUS Alternative Learning Center in Canton. Guest speaker: Donna Swanson, Director, FOCUS. RSVP to Lee McFadden at leemcf@sbcglobal.net.

Thurs. Oct. 19, 2006: Resource Expo: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Best Western Colonial Inn, East Windsor, CT. Sponsored by Allied Rehabilitation Centers. www.alliedgroup.org or 860-741-3701 for more information.

Thurs. Oct 19, 2006: NLDA Workshop: Interventions for Learning. 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 2-hour workshop on interventions for learning appropriate for many learning disabilities including Nonverbal Learning Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, or Autism Spectrum Disorders. For many people with these issues, you will see signifcant difficulty with learning when it involved processing sensory information from two modes such as looking and listening simultaneously. "Text first, picture next" - in other words, verbal, then visual is the approach. Speaker: Ann Serlier-van den Bergh, PhD, Child Neurospychologist. Register online at www.nlda.org or call NLDA at 860-658-5522 for more information.

Fri. Oct 20, 2006: Monthly Support Group Meeting: Behavioral Strategies and Support for Children on the Autism Spectrum. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Speaker: Julie Giaccon, M.S., CCC-SLP. At HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. Sponsored by AFCAMP. Call 860-297-4358 for more information and to make reservations. Free, but space is limited. Childcare available. Transportation for Hartford residents.

Fri. Oct. 20, 2006: Donna Geffner, PhD speaks on Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, at the Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. Call 203-761-1191 for more information.

Fri. Oct 20, 2006: Sib Shops in Darien Begin! For Darien families. 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. At the YWCA, Darien. Group of 1st through 5th graders. Older siblings welcome as helpers. Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is both good and bad and sometimes in between. Instructors are Beth Reagle, Coordinator or Behavioral Supports from the Greenwich Autism Program and Linda Smell, Director of Family Supports from STAR, Inc. Lighting the Way in Norwalk. One friday per month from October through May. One time fee. To RSVP call the YWCA at 203-655-2535 or e-mail YWCASTEPSDarien@optonline.net.

Sat. Oct 21, 2006: Fall Open House. Visit our Learning Center to learn more about Lindamood- Bell programs. Meet the staff, see student demonstrations. RSVP Darien Learning Center, 1574 Post Road, Darien. Call 203-656-0771. www.lindamoodbell.com.

Mon. Oct 23, 2006: Support Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m. At the Sterling House Community Center, Main St., Stratford. Featured Speaker from the Kennedy Center in Trumbull discussing their Autism Project. Sponsored by the Stratford Region - Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Kim Wardlow at 203-416-2647.

Mon. Oct 23, 2006: Wired Differently ADHD Kids. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. An educational workshop for parents and teachers. Ruthann Short, MSW, LCSW, Director of Brainstorming, LLC, Ridgefield, CT. Held at Waveny House, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT. Sponsored by SPED*NET New Canaan. RSVP to Beth Lurie at 203-966-2982 or e-mail
lurie@optonline.net.

Mon, Oct. 23, 2006: Review of Procedural Safeguard Rights: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sponsored by the East Hartford SEPTA and CPAC. Registration required. For more information or to register call Kate Richardson at 860-569-9192.

Mon. Oct 23, 2006: Emergency Preparedness for Children with Disabilities during State or National Emergencies. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Waterbury WARC, 1929 East Main St, Waterbury. A resourse toolkit for photo identification, personal and medical history. Parent/Caregiver responsibilities and procedures for preparing your child with disabilities during state or national emergencies. Speaker: Cynthia Stramandinoli, Family Resource Coordinator, Yale Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs. PLease bring a photo of your child or children. For more information contact Alice Buttwell, CT Family Syupport Network Northwest Regional Coordinator at 860-350-6025, e-mail: alicemmbb@aol.com.

Tues. Oct 24, 2006: Tamale Tuesdays. SPED*NET New Canaan invites all parents and guardians of students receiving special education services in the New Canaan Public Schools to Tequila Mockingbird restaurant on 6 Forest Street, New Canaan. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sharing strategies on negotiating the special education maze. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0794 or e-mail
judianders@sbcglobal.net.

Tues. Oct 24, 2006: Autism Parents Club: 7:30 p.m., Francesco's Restaurant, Rte 7, Wilton. A group of parents (dad's too!) of children on the spectrum. If you are part of the "club" you will laugh and cry with other parents who can related to your situation. Meets last Tues of the month. For more information contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or
pattisylvia@aol.com.

Tues. Oct 24, 2006: DMR - South Region 2006 Fall Family Forum. 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. DMR Offices, 401 West Thames St, Norwich. Learn more about current DMR initiatives and participate in a Q&A Session. For directions or more information call 888-263-4445 x 5053 or e-mail: dmrct-south@po.state.ct.us.

Tues. Oct 24, 2006: Public Transit 101: Beyond the Basics. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Norwalk Transit District, 275 Wilson Ave, Norwalk. Free 2-hour workshop designed to teach social services professionals about public transit. The Kennedy Center and local transit providers will provide inforamtion about accessing public transit and using tools such as the web to get information. The Kennedy Center will also present its nationally recognized travel training program. To register or for more information call Ginger Fiore at 203-332-4535x245 or e-mail gfiore@kennedyctr.org.

Tues. Oct 24, 2006: Nonverbal Learning Disorder. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presented by Patricia Carrin, Founder and President of Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association. Thompson Public Library. Free. Co-sponsored by ARCHES, TEEG's Special Education Support Group, CT Behavioral Health with support from CT Family Support Network - Northeast Region and Families United for Children's Mental Health. RSVP to Suzanne Witkowski, ARCHES Coordinator at TEEG, call 860-923-3458 or e-mail ARCHES@teegonline.org.

Wed. Oct 25, 2006: Mock IEP. Sponsored by the Westport SEPTA. Come witness a Nightmare IEP and then a Dream IEP. Tips for a successful IEP meeting will be discussed. Participants will become empowered with knoweldge to serve as more effective advocates. Key areas of IDEA 2004 will be highlighted. All parents and interested professionals are welcome. Presenters include Anne Eason, Esq. and Dr. Kathleen Whitbread. For more information and to reserve a seat, call Janis Fox, SEPTA Programming Chair, at 203-222-8485 or e-mail Westport SETPA at
westportspeta@yahoo.com.

Wed. Oct 25, 2006: Parent Support Group for chidren diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., At Westbrook Youth and Family Services, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.

Wed. Oct 25, 2006: Putting the Pieces Together: Understanding Sensory Integration 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., First Congregational Church, Derby, CT. Speaker will be Becky Simon. Sponsored by NORTH STAR. For more information contact Cathy Adamczyk at
cathya@ntplx.net.

Wed. Oct 25, 2006: Meet the Special Education Administration Brunch. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sponsored by the New Canaan Public Schools Department of Special Education. Cosponsored by PAC (Parent Advisory Committee to Darlene Pianka) and SPED*NET New Canaan. At East School, New Canaan. Meet and greet Darlene Pianka, Director of Special Education; Mary Ann DeFelice, special education coordinator, grades pre-school through fourth; and Carole Pakkala, coordinator for grades 5 through 12.

Wed. Oct 25, 2006: Democracy in Education: Building a Vision: What is Beyond NCLB? A Town Meeting. 4:00 p.m. registration. Program 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Central Connecticut State University Alumni Hall - Student Center. Keynote speakers: George Wood, Deborah Meier, Larry Myatt. Co-Hosts: Valerie Lewis, Commissioner of Higher Education and George Coleman, Acting Commissioner of State Department of Education. The Forum for Education and Democracy. Free. Call Anne at 860-832-2400, Special Ed Dept, CCSU for more information and registration details.

Thurs. Oct 26, 2006: Public Transit 101: Beyond the Basics. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Transit, 26 Elm Court, Stamford. Free 2-hour workshop designed to teach social services professionals about public transit. The Kennedy Center and local transit providers will provide information about accessing public transit and using tools such as the web to get information. The Kennedy Center will also present its nationally recognized travel training program. To register or for more information e-mail Ginger Fiore at gfiore@kennedyctr.org or call 203-332-4535x245.

Thurs. Oct. 26, 2006: "Using Prevision Teaching to Improve Reading Comprehension for Children with Autism" - a presentation by Achieve Fluency at private tutoring and consulting group. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT. Sponsored by the Hartford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Beth Katten at 860-236-8374 or
http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ for more information.

Thurs. Oct 26, 2006: Parent Support Group, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Society, Madison, CT. Sponsored by the Shoreline Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call ASCONN at 888-453-4975 or email
asconn@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Thurs. Oct 26, 2006: The Spectrum Unplugged! 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., New Britain City Hall. Come join the panel of young adults with ASD from the Focus Alternative Learning Center in Canton as they talk about their life on the spectrum. Walk a day in their shoes, find out what works and what doesn't, learn the importance of relationships, learn to respond rather than react. Call FOCUS at 860-693-9908 for more information.

Thurs. Oct 26, 2006: Effective Communication. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Preston Public Library, Preston. Improved communication between parents and professionals to help our kids. Sponsored by SECASA. Workshop presented by CPAC. For more information or to registere call Joan Bachelder at: 860-376-3471.

Thurs. Oct 26, 2006: Preparing for the Planning and Placement Team Meeting: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Aministrative Offices, Bridgeport Public Schools, Bridgeport, CT. Workshop presented by CPAC. Sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Schools. English and Spanish. For more information contact Iris DeLopez at 203-332-2731.

Fri. Oct 27, 2006: Navigating the Diet Maze: Which One is Right for Your Child? Vicki Kobliner, M.S., R.D., CD-N, a registered dietician will explain the theories behind various diets and provide information about implementation and clues to help determine which diet, if any, may help your special needs child. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-1191.

Sat. Oct. 28, 2006: - People First of CT state conference, Clarion Inn, Bristol 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Cost: $25. “People First of CT is a statewide self-advocacy organization that believes that all people should be treated as equals and be respected for what they can do. We advocate for ourselves and educate people about self-advocacy and People First of CT. We stand behind closing institutions and encourage people with disabilities to live more independent lives.

Sat. Oct. 28, 2006: Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficits Through the Lifespan, 36th Annual CACLD Conference at the Stamford Marriott Hotel, Stamford, CT. Call CACLD at 203-838-5010 for more information or check
http://www.cacld.org/.

Mon. Oct 30, 2006: Community Coalition for Children Panel Discussion: Conversations About Children. With moderator Faith Middleton of NPR. 7:00 p.m. Garde Arts Center, New London. Scheduled speakers include: Conrad Boeding, M.A., author of "Children of Rage: Preventing Youth Violence After Columbine"; Dr. Michael Bradley, Ed.D., author of "Yes, Your Teen is Crazy" and "The Heart and Soul of the Next Generation: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Teens"; Barbara Coloroso, author of "The Bully, The Bullied and The Bystander" and "Just Because It's Wrong, Doesn't Make It Right"; Adele Faber, author of "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk". Simultaneous Sign, Spanish and Chinese translations. Free, no registration required. More information e-mail: info@communitycoalitionforchildren.org.

Wed. Nov 1, 2006: Autism Parent's Club. A group of parents (dads, too!) of children on the autism spectrum. Usually meets the last Tuesday of the month, meeting Wed. to avoid conflict with Halloween. 7:30 p.m. Francesco's Restaurant, Rte 7, Wilton. Casual. No RSVP required. More information: call Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or pattisylvia@aol.com.

Wed. Nov 1, 2006: DMR - South Region 2006 Fall Family Forum. 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. DMR Offices, 370 James Street, New Haven. Learn more about current DMR initiatives and participate in a Q&A Session. For directions or more information call 888-263-4445 x 5053 or e-mail: dmrct-south@po.state.ct.us.

Thurs. Nov. 2, 2006: Families United Network Northeast - A family support and advocacy group. First Thursday of every month. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., United Services, Wauregan, call Families United at 860-537-6125 and ask for Lorna.

Fri. Nov. 3, 2006: Bioenergetic Therapies: A New Revolution in Healing. Mary Coyle, D.I. Hom, will discuss German based low potentcy homeopathic detoxification and drainage programs as a means of restoring balance for children with special needs. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP to Eve Kessler at 203-761-1191.

Mon. Nov. 6, 2006: Fairfield County Autism Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Frenchtown Elementary School, Frenchtown Road, Trumbull, CT. Sponsored by the ASRC. Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-248-5222 for more information.

Mon. Nov. 6, 2006: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) for Wilton Parents Only! 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve the programs within the schools and community. Meeting at The Greens at Canondale. RSVP to wiltonspedgroup@aol.com.

Mon. Nov. 6, 2006: DMR - South Region 2006 Fall Family Forum. 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Guilford Free Library, Guilford Learn more about current DMR initiatives and participate in a Q&A Session. For directions or more information call 888-263-4445 x 5053 or e-mail: mailto:dmrct-south@po.state.ct.us..

Tues. Nov. 7, 2006: Pizza Moms tonight in Darien! Post Corner Pizza in Darien. If you are interested in coming please email Nanette Jordan at: nanette618@yahoo.com. Pizza Moms is a group of moms with special needs children in the Fairfield County Area. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. We get together informally and have pizza, salad and beer in Darien. Everyone is welcome. This is a place where moms can talk with other moms.

Wed. Nov. 8, 2006: Developing Positive Relationships Between Parents and Schools. Sponsored by the Fairfield SEPTA. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Jennings Elementary School, Fairfield. This workshop will discuss the ways that schools can faciliate and encourage active parental involvement as well as the ways families can support student learning by working with their child's schools. Presented by CPAC. For more information call CPAC at 800-445-2722 or e-mail
capc@cpacinc.org.

Wed. Nov. 8, 2006: Parent Support Group for chidren diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., At Westbrook Youth and Family Services, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.

Wed. Nov 8, Wed. Nov 15, 2006: Parent Information Night. Held at Fairfield University, Fairfield. Choose from 1 of 3 topics: What is my teenager doing on the computer?; Navigating the Maze of College Financing; School-Based Accomodatioans for Adolescents with ADHD. Parents will be asked to participate in research by completing brief, confidential questionnaires. Contact Dr. Christine Siegel, Assistant Professor of School Pyschology, 203-254-4000x3125, e-mail: csiegel@mail.fairfield.edu.

Wed. Nov. 8, 2006: Author Marti Leimbach to speak at New Canaan Public Library, 7:30 p.m. She is the author of "Daniel Isn't Talking" a novel about a family in London dealing with autism. Further information or registration (free) call the library at 203-594-5003 or e-mail clahey@newcanaanlibrary.org.

Thurs. Nov. 9, 2006: Dr. Jared Skowron of Natural Health Associates - a presentation on "Awakening Autism" a new vitamin-mineral-amino acid supplement currently being studied and used in treatment at Natural Health Associates. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT. Sponsored by the Hartford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Beth Katten at 860-236-8374 or
http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ for more information.

Thurs. Nov. 9, 2006: The Spectrum Unplugged! 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom, Hamden. join the panel of young adults with ASD from the Focus Alternative Learning Center in Canton as they discuss their life on the spectrum. Walk a day in their shoes, find out what works and what doesn't, learn the importance of relationships, learn to respond rather than react. Sponsored by ASRC. Free, but space is limited. Call 203-248-5222 to reserve a seat.

Thurs. Nov. 9, 2006: Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP). 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Administrative Offices, Bridgeport Public Schools. Workshop presented by CPAC. Sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Schools. English and Spanish. For more information contact Iris DeLopez at 203-332-2731.
Fri. Nov. 10, 2006: Identifying and Decreasing Toxic Overload. A talk by Jayne Baker, R.N., clinical assistant in the practice of Dr. Sidney Baker. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., the Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-1191.

Mon. Nov. 13, 2006: Parent Support Group, 7:00 p.m., Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester, CT. Sponsored by the East of the River Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Carolyn Schwartz at 860-644-0524 or
http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ for more information.

Mon. Nov. 13, 2006: Dad's Night Out! 7:30 p.m. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at Bella Nonna, 371 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Contact Michael Beloff at
mbeloff@optonline.net for information.

Mon. Nov. 13, 2006: Parent Support Group. West Haven City Hall 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For parents of special needs children . More information call Karen Muro at 203-937-3565 or e-mail KarenMMuro@aol.com.

Tues. Nov. 14, 2006: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) for Wilton Parents Only! Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve programs within the schools and community. At The Greens at Canondale. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. RSVP to wiltonspedgroup@aol.com.

Wed. Nov. 15, 2006: Pizza Moms Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Avenue. Check http://www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamomsg.html for more info. Pizza Moms is a support group for moms with special needs children in the Fairfield County Area. We meet the third Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. We get together informally for food, drink, and networking. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in coming please contact Phillippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471, or e-mail angelmanmom@aol.com.

Wed. Nov. 15, 2006: CTAIMH Fall Conference: The Power of Relationships: Supporting Change for Children, Families and Providers. 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Speaker Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, LCSW, PhD, Founding Director of the Institute for Infants, Children and Families, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, NY, NY. Dr. Shanok will present strength-based approaches to helping providers working with young children and families. She will present guideance for understanding and coping with feelings, relationships and behaviors. Seminar intended for professionals, from front-line staff to supervisors, who work with young children and their families, as well as for parents. Location: Hartford Marriott, Rocky Hill. Sponsored by CT Association for Infant Mental Health in collaboration with the CT Birth to Three System, Child Health and Development Institute of CT, CT Children's Trust Fund and Building Blocks (a system of care for children birth to five in southeastern CT). Call Joanna Bogin at Children's Trust Fund at 860-418-8768 for more information and registration details.

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2006: Dr. Jared Skowron of Natural Health Associates - a presentation on "Awakening Autism" a new vitamin-mineral-amino acid supplement cuurrently being studied and used in treatment at Natural Health Associates. 7:30 p.m., at IDEA Training Center Conference Room, 20 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT. Sponsored by the South Central Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Sally Brockett at 203-234-7401 to reserve a seat.

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2006: Effective Reading Instruction. Understanding the basics, plus the latest information on research based programs. Presentation by Evelyn Russo, PhD. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Ave., Norwalk. $30 pre registration/$40 at the door. Sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, SPED*NET New Canaan and in ccoperation with the New Canaan Public Schools, Department of Special Education. CEU's available. More information call Jane Ross at 203-226-6831 or e-mail JRossSMARTKIDS@aol.com.

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2006: The Kennedy Center Autism Project Parent Workshop Presents "Come Play With Me" a workshop for parents of children on the autism spectrum aged 2-5 to explore play and help parents interact more positively with their child. Melissa M. VanBuren, Ed.D. Developmental Pyschologist and Assistant Professor, will facilitate the workshop sharing strategies to enhance parent-child play. Discussion will include body language, floor and sensory play, appropriate toys and much more! 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Kennedy Center, 39 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. Free, but registration is required. To register or for more information contat Paula Nizzardo, Autism Project Manager, 203-332-4535x279.

Thurs. Nov 16 - Fri. Nov. 17, 2006: "Going Beyond Expectations Conference" - 2nd annual conference sponsored by the CT Center for Child Development. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gina Green on "Science and Critical Thinking About Autism Treatments: Now More Than Ever" and Dr. Bridget Taylor on "Improving the Social Behavior of Children with Autism: A Focus on Acquisition and Motivation". Breakout sessions. At the Courtyard by Marriott, 780 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT. Contact mfitzsimmons@iepinc.org or telephone 203-882-8810 for more information, costs and registration materials.

Sat. Nov 18 - Sun. Nov 19, 2006: Get a HANDLE on Neurodevelopmental Differences: 12 hour two day long course in the HANDLE method, a non-drug treatment alternative for people of all ages, and for a wide range of issues. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Yale University, Osborn Memorial Laboratory, 165 Prospect Street, New Haven. To register and for more information call the HANDLE Institute at 206-204-6000 or e-mail
frontdesk@handle.org. Local contact: Maria Moreno at 203-640-0924.

Mon. Nov. 20, 2006: Alternatives to Extended School Year (ESY): Reading, Writing and Other Skills. A talk by Joan Jalbert, Speech Pathologist, Saxe Middle School, New Canaan. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Westport Public Library, Arnold Bernhard Plaza, 20 Jessup Road, Westport. Sponsored by We Belong - Inclusion in Fairfield County. RSVP and for more information call Eva Greenwald at 203-554-4462 or e-mail
evagreenwald@sbcglobal.net.

Tues. Nov. 21, 2006: Tamale Tuesdays. SPED*NET New Canaan invites all parents and guardians of students receiving special education services in the New Canaan Public Schools to Tequila Mockingbird restaurant on 6 Forest Street, New Canaan. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sharing strategies on negotiating the special education maze. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0794 or e-mail
judianders@sbcglobal.net.

Wed. Nov. 22, 2006: Parent Support Group for chidren diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., At Westbrook Youth and Family Services, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.

Mon. Nov. 27, 2006: Parent Support Group, 7:00 p.m. at Sterling House Community Center, Stratford, CT. Sponsored by the Stratford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Kim Wardlow at 203-416-2647 or
http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ for more information.

Tues. Nov. 28, 2006: Autism Parents Club. A group of parents (Dads, too!) of children on the autism spectrum. Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Francesco's Restaurant, Rte 7, Wilton. Casual, No RSVP required. More information call Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or pattisylvia@aol.com.

Wed. Nov. 29, 2006: Transitions Through the Public School Years - Reprise. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria, 255 North Ave, Westsport. Key administrators from the Westport School System will discuss how transitions work for special education students from pre-school through high school. Call Janis Fox at 203-222-8485 or e-mail Westport SEPTA at info@westportsepta.org.

Wed. Nov. 29, 2006: Your Developing Child. Presenter: Amanda Rodriguez Murphy, M.D., Pediatric Health Care Associates. 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Total Learning and Therapy Center, 5893 Main Street, Trumbull. Call 203-268-8852 for reservations.

Thurs. Nov. 30, 2006: Parent Support Group, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Madison, CT. Sponsored by the Shoreline Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call ASCONN at 888-453-4975 or e-mail
asconn@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Fri. Dec 1, 2006: Enhancing Social Skills for Children with Special Needs: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Lori Coda, M.S., Sp.Ed. Behavior Therapist, Neurofeedback practitioner, Certified Listening Therapist will provide tips and techniques for parents and caregivers to improve joint attention, cooperative play and socializtion. IN addition, the role of neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback will be discussed. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.

Fri. Dec, 1, 2006: Autism and Law Enforcement: Recognition, Response and Risk Management. Training for police officers, other police department employees or associated community employees. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and repeated from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Police Officer Standards and Training Counsel's Field Services Training Division, in cooperation with the Department of Mental Retardation and the ASRC. Information, contact George I. Miller at
gi.miller@po.state.us or 203-427-2626.

Sat. Dec. 2, 2006: Autism and Safety Issues - What Parents and Caregivers Should Know. With Dennis Debbault. Frenchtown Elementary School, Frenchtown Road, Trumbull. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the ASRC and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Pilot Project. Fee required. Register by November 24. Call the ASRC at 203-248-5222 for more information and registration materials.

Mon. Dec. 4, 2006: Fairfield County Autism Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Frenchtown Elementary School, Frenchtown Road, Trumbull, CT. Sponsored by the ASRC. Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-248-5222 for more information.

Mon. Dec 4, 2006: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) for Wilton Parents Only! Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve programs within the schools and community. Meet at The Greens at Canondale. RSVP to wiltonspedgroup@aol.com. 10:00 a.m. - 12:oo p.m.

Tues. Dec. 5, 2006: Taj Tuesdays -YWCA STEPS of Darien invites all parents and guardians of students who receive special education services in Darien Public Schools to the Coromandel Restaurant, Goodwives Shopping Plaza, 45 Old Kings Highway, Darien. Discussion regarding negotiating the special education maze. RSVP the YWCA at 203-656-2535 or e-mail
ywcastepsdarien@optonline.net.

Tues. Dec 5, 2006: Tamale Tuesdays. SPED*NET New Canaan invites all parents and guardians of students receiving special education services in the New Canaan Public Schools to Tequila Mockingbird restaurant on 6 Forest Street, New Canaan. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sharing strategies on negotiating the special education maze. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0794 or e-mail
judianders@sbcglobal.net.

Tues. Dec. 5, 2006: Pizza Moms tonight in Darien! Post Corner Pizza in Darien. check http://www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamoms.html. Pizza moms is a group of moms who have children with special needs inthe Fairfield County area. We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. For more informaton email Nanette Jordan at nanette618@yahoo.com.

Thurs. Dec. 7, 2006: 9th Annual Expanding Horizons Conference. At the Crowne Plaza, Cromwell, CT. Annual Conference on Educating Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms. For more information
http://www.ctserc.org/.

Thurs. Dec. 7, 2006: Effective Communication: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Administrative Offices, Bridgeport Public Schools. Workshop presented by CPAC. Sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Schools. English and Spanish. Call Iris DeLopez at 203-332-2731 for more information.

Thurs. Dec, 7, 2006: Families United Network Northeast - A family support and advocacy group. First Thursday of every month. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., United Services, Wauregan, call Families United at 860-537-6125 and ask for Lorna.

Fri. Dec 8, 2006: "Progress (and Challenges) in Autism" a talk by Fred Volkmar, Director, Yale Child Study Center. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., William L. Harkness Hall, Room 116, Yale University. Part of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy Social Policy Lecture Series, Fall 2006. See
www.yale.edu/bushcenter for more information. Free.

Mon. Dec. 11, 2006: Logical Inclusion: Effectively Combining the School's Curriculum and Your Child's IEP. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at the Westport Library, Westport. Speaker will be Janie Dymant, MA/MS and Dr. John Burke, of the Hope Center. Sponsored by We Belong - Inclusion in Fairfield County. For more information contact Eva Greenwald at 203-554-4462 or
evagreenwald@sbcglobal.net.

Mon. Dec. 11, 2006: Dad's Night Out! 7:30 p.m. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at Bella Nonna, 371 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Contact Michael Beloff at
nbeloff@optonline.net for information.

Mon. Dec. 11, 2006: Parent Support Group. West Haven City Hall 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For parents of special needs children . More information call Karen Muro at 203-937-3565 or e-mail KarenMMuro@aol.com.

Tues. Dec. 12, 2006: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) for Wilton Parents Only! Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve programs within the schools and community. Meet at The Greens at Canondale. RSVP to wiltonspedgroup@aol.com. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 13, 2006: Parent Support Group for chidren diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., At Westbrook Youth and Family Services, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.

Fri. Dec. 15, 2006: Asperger's Disorder and Autism: An Update on Understanding and Interventions. Ami Klin, PhD. Presented by New England Educational Institute. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration Fee. Omni Hotel, New Haven. For more information: www.neei.org or call Carolyn at 413-499-1489x1.

Wed. Dec. 20, 2006: Pizza Moms Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Ave. Check http://www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamoms.html for more information. Pizza moms is a support group for moms who have children with special needs in the Fairfield County area. Meets the third Wed evening of the month at7:00 p.m. Contact Phillippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471 or angelmanmom@aol.com for more information.

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