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Autism in Connecticut

Monday, November 06, 2006

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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.

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AUTISM ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Parent Leadership Training: Beginning in January, 2007, the CT Commission on Children with be offering their Parent Leadership Training in Danbury. There are different trainings, (1) a 10-week course on parent leadership, understanding personal history and its impact on perception; (2) a 10-week study of politics, policy and media with a Community Project component. There will be a retreat on January 13 for each group to develop group cohesion and define mission. All programs are free. A full copy of the brochue is available at www. danburychildrenfirst.org or call 203-797-8088 or e-mail pattik@danburychildrenfirst.org.

Valley YMCA Special Olympics Bowling Team. Looking for more athletes. Team is a unified team, meaning that "special" athletes compete with typical peers. If you are interested contact Cathy Adamczyk at 860-869-6021 or cathya@ntplx.net.

Research Project: A survey examining knowledge and attitudes relating to Asperger's and Autism. The questions were generated from comments and suggestions made by adults with Autism and Asperer's. The survey can be found at http://FreeOnlineSurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=vmve9sgoh89brwx228138. Looking for responses from people with autism, as well as parents, siblings, caregivers, relatives, acquaintances, friends, co-workers, stsudents, teachers, and professionals. Jeffrey Rudski, PhD., Associate Professor of Pyschology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. rudski@muhlenberg.edu.

National Inclusive Schools Week - December 4-8, 2006. During this week, Connecticut will be joining with states, schools and classrooms throughout the nation to celebrate the 6th annual National Inclusive Schools Week. The theme is Charting an Inclusive Journey Through School, Work and Life: Successful Transition Planning for All Students. There will be many events planned during this week including the SERC Expanding Horizon's 9th Annual Conference on Educating Students with Disablities in General Education Classrooms (see post under Dec. 7, 2006). www.ctserc.org for more information.

Jan. 2007 - April, 2007: Three Part Workshop Series for Psychologists and Social Workers "How to Work More Effectively With Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders". Presented by James Loomis, PhD. Session Dates: Jan 20, 2007, Feb, 10, 2007, April 14, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. To be held at High Roads Student Learning Center, Wallingford. Sponsored by the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. Commitment to all three session required. For more information and registration please contact ASRC at 203-248-5222. Do not call High Roads.

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. 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:
Meet DMR Respite Workers: 4:oo - 6:00 p.m. The Russell Library (Hubbard Room), 123 Broad Street, Middletown. An opportunity for families and individuals to have an informal meeting where you can spend time speaking with providers who serve the area in which you live. Respite providers invited include: DMR Certified Respite Care Providers, the ARC of New London County, Benhaven Respite Training Initiative Program, Middlesex ARC, Marrakech. For more information contact David Goldner at (203) 294-5050, 1-888-263-4445 x5050 or e-mail: david.goldner@po.state.ct.us.

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 cpac@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
lahey@newcanaanlibrary.org. CANCELLED

Wed. Nov. 8, 2006: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange. Sponsored by the Orange SETPA. Speakers: Stephen A. Ehrens, CPA and Financial Representataive, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Fairfield and James Funnell, J.D., LLM, Attorney, Hermenze & Mercantonio, LLC, Westport. Free and open to the public. For more information call Christy Jones at 203-882-0212 or e-mail: crjones@optonline.net.

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.

Thurs. Nov. 9, 2006: New Haven Parent Forum, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., United Church on the Green, New Haven. The New Haven Public School System is holding a forum for parents of children in special education. The topic is suspension and expulsion. The New Haven Public School System invites parents of students with disabilities who receive special education services in New Haven to a public forum to discuss expulsion and suspension of students with disabilities.

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.

Sat. Nov. 11, 2006: KidsDance. A dance for kids of all
abilities. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ages 9-17 years old. St. John's Lutheran Church, Newfield Ave, Stamford. Participants must have a guardian or chaperone. $5 entrance fee. RSVP and for more information: Nanette Jordan 203-354-2943 or e-mail nanette618@yahoo.com. www.KidsDance.50megs.com.

Sun. Nov. 12, 2006: Circle of Friends: Kickoff Event!
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m., Temple Beth Israel, 40 King Street, Norwalk, CT. Theme: Thanksgiving and being Thankful. Interactive Sports, Music, Art and Food. Professionals will lead the program with 1 on 1 teenaged volunteers. More information and RSVP: Freida Hecht: 203-866-0534, friendship@snet.net. Fee.

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 mailto:wiltonspedgroup@aol.com. or 860-923-3458.

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.

Wed. Nov. 15, 2006: RecordKeeping Workshop: What to keep, how to get copies and how to be organized. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 920 Wolcott Street, Waterbury. Presentation by Joy Liebeskind, Statewide Respite Coordinator, CT Lifespan Respite Coalition. Sponsored by the CT Family Support Network - Northeast Region & CT Lifespan Respite Coalition. For more information contact: Alice Buttwell at 860-350-6025 or alicemmbb@aol.com or Joy Liebeskind at 203-272-9058 or SJSJL@cox.net.

Wed. Nov. 15, 2006: Expert Advisory Council Public Comment Time. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Renssalaer Seminar Hall, Hartford. The CT State Department of Education invites parents, professionals or other interested parties to address the Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) which was established to help the CSDE implement the PJ Settlement Agreement. Speakers may present to the EAP for up to 3 minutes on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a sign up sheet at the door for anyone interested in making a statement. Time for public comment is limited to 2 hours. You may also submit comments in writing, limited to two single-sided pages. Information available at the SDE.

Wed. Nov., 15, 2006: Attorney Patricia Kaplan will speak at the NorthStar support group meeting. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. First Congregational Church, Derby, CT. Attorney Kaplan is the Executive Director of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and will speak about special education laws and laws concerning individuals with disabilities. For more information contact Cathy Adamczyk at 203-735-6098 or e-mail cathya@ntplx.net.

Wed. Nov. 15, 2006: Healthy Families: Strengths and Stressors.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. An educational workshop for all parents to understand family processes (resilience, resourcefulness, cohesivenss, connectedness) and healthy functioning. Brainstorming meeting, solutions and strategies, open format and interactive. To register or for more information contact Ruthann Short, MSW, LCSW, Director of brainstorming, LLC, 383 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 203-431-3234.

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 contact 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.

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2006: The ADHD Parent Survival Guide. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A workshop to understand and deal with common home and school issues. Limited enrollment. 898 Ethan Allen Highway, Suite 2, Ridgefield. To register call Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge at drroseann@hotmail.com or 203-730-0243.

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2006: Pizza Parents Support Group. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Italian-American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford. Do you have questions about your child's IEP? Do you understand the IEP? Can you read the IEP? Bring your child's IEP to the meeting to get a better understanding of this important document. No child care. Contact Tesha Imperati, South Central Regional Coordinator, CT Family Support Network at 203-234-3983 or teshaimp@comcast.net.

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.

Sat. Nov. 18, 2006: Managing Escalating Behaviors: A Course for Parents. 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Chase School Family Resource Center, Waterbury, CT. PMT Associates, sponsored by a collaboration of DMR West Region, CT Family Support Networth, Northwest and Chase School Family Resource Center is offering this course for parents. Course topics include: prevention strategies, de-escalation techniques, verbal diffusion, personal safety and escorts and physical assists. No fee, but limited to 25 participants. For more information and registration call John Tierney at 860-418-6137 or e-mail john.tierney@po.state.ct.us.

Sat. Nov. 18, 2006: Closing the Achievement Gap: District Wide Reading Success
. 1:00 p.m. Learn how Lindamood-Bell's sensory cognitive learning programs closed the achivement gap. RSVP Darien Learning Center, 1574 Post Road, Darien. 203-656-0771. http://www.lindamoodbell.com

Sat. Nov. 18, 2006: Planning for Tansition:
A free workshop about planning for your special needs child after age 21. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. Call April Dipollina at 860-444-6607 or e-mail dipollina@sbcglobal.net. Registration required by Nov. 15. Sponsored by the Family Support Network, Families United for Children's Mental Health, The Regional Medical Home Support Center, United Cerebral Palsy, ARCHES, CT Behavioral Health Partnership.

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.

Mon. Nov. 20, 2006: Building Blocks Support Group.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Colchester Elementary School. A support group for parents or caregivers of children with social or emotional challenges aged birth - five. For more information contact: Dana at 860-434-4890 X349 or Rachel at x311. Sponsored by Families United for Children's Mental Health and Building Blocks: Social Emotional Wellness for Young Children.

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.

Wed. Nov. 29, 2006: Sexual Assault Online:
A state-wide conversation on internet and social networking sites. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., The Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD), Room 309, 185 Main Streeet, New Britain. Sponsored by the CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., Register by Nov. 29 at www.connsacs.org or call 860-282-9881.

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.

Thurs. Nov. 30, 2006: NEAT Marketplace Speaker Series presents "Assitive Technology Tools and Services for Students with Autism". Interactive workshop addressing all ages and functioning abilities to develop a base of knowledge on AT for students with an ASD. NEAT Marketplace, 120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT. Fee. Call 860-286-3102 or wwww.neatmarketplace.org 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.

Sat. Dec. 2, 2006: Holiday Dinner Party!
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Dakota's Restaurant, Avon, CT. Sponsored by the Hartford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Cost of dinner approximately $20 (order off regular menu). If you are interested or for more information call Beth Katten by Nov, 29 at 860-236-8374 or bethkatten@yahoo.com. No childcare provided.

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.

Mon. Dec, 11, 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.

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: Public Hearing for Parents, Students, Advocates and Others interested in Restraint, Seclusion and Use of "Time Out" Rooms in Public Schools.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Legislative Office Building, Room 1-A., Hartford. Hosted by the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

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: http://www.neei.org/ or call Carolyn at 413-499-1489x1.

Mon. Dec. 18, 2006: Building Blocks Support Group.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Colchester Elementary School. A support group for parents or caregivers of children with social or emotional challenges aged birth - five. For more information contact: Dana at 860-434-4890 X349 or Rachel at x311. Sponsored by Families United for Children's Mental Health and Building Blocks: Social Emotional Wellness for Young Children.

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.

Tues. Jan. 2, 2007: 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 in the Fairfield County area. We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. We get together informally and have pizza, salad and beer in Darien. Everyone is welcome. Contact Nanette Jordan at nanette618@yahoo.com for more information.

Thurs. Jan. 4, 2007: 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.

Sat. Jan. 6, 2007: Kids Dance! A dance for kids of all abilities.
Age 9-17 years old. At St John's Lutheran Church, Newfield Ave, Stamford. Participants must have a guardian or chaperone with them. Call Nanette Jordan at 203-354-2943 or e-mail nanette618@yahoo.com for more information and RSVP. www.KidsDance.50megs.com.

Mon. Jan. 8, 2007: 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. Jan. 8, 2007: 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.

Mon. Jan. 8, 2007: 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.

Tues, Jan. 9, 2007: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT).
For Wilton parents only. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve the programs within the schools and community. At the Greens at Canondale. RSVP to wiltonspedgroup@aol.com.
Wed. Jan. 10, 2007: 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. Jan 15, 2007: Building Blocks Support Group. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Colchester Elementary School. A support group for parents or caregivers of children with social or emotional challenges aged birth - five. For more information contact: Dana at 860-434-4890 X349 or Rachel at x311. Sponsored by Families United for Children's Mental Health and Building Blocks: Social Emotional Wellness for Young Children.

Wed. Jan. 17, 2006: Pizza Moms Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Ave. Check http://www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamomsg.html for more information. A support group for moms who have children with speical needs in the Fairfield County area. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. We get together informally for food, drink and networking. Everyone welcome. Please contact Philippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471 or angelmanmom@aol.com.

Mon. Jan. 22, 2007: The Core Deficits of Autism. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A presentation by Dr. Nancy Schwartz discussing some of the hallmarks of the disoder including the inability to dynamically appraise a situation, develop episodic memories, share experiences and produce flexible, creative solutions to problems. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Sponsored by Sped*Net Wilton. RSVP to Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.

Tues. Jan. 23, 2007: Tamale Tuesday. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd, invites all parents and guardians of students who receive special education services in the New Canaan public schools to the Tequila Mockingbird Restaurant on 6 Forest St, New Canaan. Please join us for discussing ideas and developing strategies for special education and 504 issues. RSVP Judi Anders at 203-801-0794 or email at judianders@sbcglobal.net.

Wed. Jan. 24, 2007: Parent Support Group for children 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. Jan, 29, 2007: Processing Broad Band Communication: The complexity of how we communicate is embodied in Broad Band communication. To successful communicate, we must process multiple levels of incoming inormation simultaneously, a skill that is dificult for someon with an ASD. Dr. Schwartz will explain the need for specifically teaching how to process broad band communitcation. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Rd. Wilton. Sponsored by Sped*Net Wilton. RSVP to Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.

Tues. Jan, 30, 2007: Autism Parents Club: A group of parents (Dad's too!) of children on the autism spectrum. Open to parents from all over CT. Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Francesco's Restaurant, Route 7, Wilton. No need to RSVP. For more information contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or pattisylvia@aol.com.

Wed. Jan. 31, 2007: What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child's Basic Rights in Special Education. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Coleytown Middle School cafeterial, 255 North Ave., Westport. Attorney Lawrence Berliner, with the firm of Klebenoff & Alfano will speak. Sponsored by Westport SEPTA. Reservations suggested. www.westportsepta.org.



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