Thursday, February 25, 2010

Don't Miss this FREE Behavior Presentation


Does your child or student display any of these behaviors?  Are they sometime inconsistant or random in occurance?  Are they are times almost impossible to understand or cope with? Take a look at the list of below. 

  hitting pushing, yelling fighting with peers, difficulty changing from one activity to another sleeping problems, excessive energy levels, being unable to sit still and focus, refusal to partake in normal childhood experiences or play picky eaters, frequent tantrums, extreme sensitivities and excessive fears

grinding teeth,rocking back and forth lunging head banging, scratching or biting self spinning or mouthing objects constant humming or making noises finger flicking jumping or shaking extremities spinning self or excessive smelling and sniffing
If you find yourself answering yes to several of these there is Good news!  Your frustration and confusion maybe is almost over!

Finally!... A thorough explanation and a name for the behaviors and developmental concerns that exist -
Join Eileen Getches, MEd, OTR and Catherine Bladow, MS.CCC-SLP, BCBA as they present ways for parents, teachers and therapist to take a closer look at sensory processing issues and managing behaviors.  Participants will learn how to proactively plan environments and activities to support behaviors.

Date: March 1, 2010
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Respite Care Inc., 6203 S. Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins.
Phone: 970-377-9640

Saturday, February 20, 2010

January 28, 2010


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More Than Words – The Hanen Program For Parents of Young Children with ASD ®

This program helps children communicate by providing intensive and innovative training programs for the most important people in

a child's life - their parents or caregivers. Parents/caregivers spend the greatest amount of time with their children, and have the

greatest opportunity to help their children communicate. Given information and strategies, parents/caregivers have many more

opportunities to improve their children's social communication skills than are possible through weekly therapy appointments.

Specifically, More Than Words®:

Gives parents/caregivers the strategies they need to help their child interact, communicate, and improve understanding of


Combines the benefit of shared interactive group learning with individual guidance and consultation through videotaping

and feedback

Is led by a speech-language pathologists who is Hanen trained and certified

Is supported by excellent print and video resources

Participation in this program requires a commitment to attend an orientation and 8 class sessions for parents/caregivers

conducted by a Hanen trained and certified speech-language pathologist. In addition to these sessions each family will receive an

initial home visit and each child and parent/caregiver will be scheduled for 4 individual sessions, 3 with video feedback.

Families are also contacted for a follow-up meeting 3 months after the program has ended. A commitment to attend all

sessions is essential.

We believe that parents/caregivers and children with identified communication needs benefit greatly. The More Than Words

Program is felt to be an effective intervention approach to address specific social communication needs. More Than Words

Program was developed 10 years ago through the Hanen Centre. It translates the most current research on language acquisition

and early language intervention into a practical, hands-on approach that is respectful of parents'/caregivers' and children's

individual differences.

The cost of the More Than Words Program: Very few insurance companies fund intervention programs that focus on

parent/caregiver training, or services that do not involve the child directly in the sessions. However, Children's Speech & Reading

Center has received a Daniels Fund grant that will cover the vast majority of the cost for each family. The cost of the

program covers 20 hours of parent/caregiver group instruction and 4-6 hours of individual home visits, with video-feedback

therapy time. Funding/family's contribution depends on individual family needs/income level, but will not exceed $300 for

the entire program.

The next More Than Words® program will begin in February 2010 and will conclude on June 9. Sessions will be held at

Respite Care on Wednesdays from 12:30- 2:30. Please contact Elise Tobler at 419-0486 for more information about

registration and funding.

The program will focus on children, ages 2-5 years, who have little or no verbal language, are beginning to use words, do not

yet intentionally communicate, are beginning to communicate intentionally, and who interact with parents briefly or in familiar

situations, but rarely or never with other children. This program is not appropriate for parents of children who are using verbal

language to consistently communicate or are interacting with peers on their own or with minimal support. Determination of the

appropriateness of program participation for each family will be determined by the Hanen® Speech-Language

Pathologist. Please call Elise Tobler at 419-0486 to discuss eligibility.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Art on the Spectrum

To kick off Autism Awareness Month the Autism Society of Larimer County and Summit Studios will present Art on the Spectrum on April 2nd during the First Friday Art Walk.  This will be a great opportunity to show hundreds of art enthusiast autism across the spectrum.    The spectrum will be displayed ranging from a single scratch of marker or paint on the page to finishing with a mechanical drawing by Dr. Temple Grandin.  This will be a visual display of diversity and talent found on the autism spectrum

In order to make this work we need your art work!


3 ways to participate:
1.  Join us on February 15th for a free art shop directed by  Donna Dudon, Art Instructor/Expressive Therapist. The Boys and Girls club donated the entire club for our exclusive use for the day.  The whole day will be open only to families and individuals on the autism spectrum!  The participates can work on an art submission and then play in the open areas of the club.  It is a great way to spend President's day too. You can email a attendance confirmation to
Date:  Feb 15, 2010
Time: 2pm - 6pm Open House Style
Location: Boys & Girls Club  1608 Lancer Dr. FC
For more questions please call: or 970-377-9640            
2.  Send us your finished art work completed at home or school. 
Art work details:
  • Paper Size: 12x18 and 9x11
  • Materials:  Any type you like
  • Subject: Open
  • Dead line for submissions: March 20th
  • Send art work to: ASLC 921 Province Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525
3.  School support project.  If you are a Spec Ed. class room teacher, art teacher or art therapist make this an exciting opportuniyt for your student to see their work in an art exhibit. This as a fun assignment!
 Art work details:
  • Paper Size: 12x18 and 9x11
  • Materials:  Any type you like
  • Subject: Open
  • Dead line for submissions: March 20th
  • Send art work to: ASLC 921 Province Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525
What we will do with the art:
  • Several pieces will go into the Art on the Spectrum exhibition at Summit Studios
  • All pieces will become part of a traveling art exhibit starting at Front Range Village for autism awareness month.
  • All pieces will be placed on a website where loved ones can view it and order prints and products with your child's art work on it.


Proposed Autism Diagnosis Changes Anger "Aspies"
CHICAGO – In the autism world, "Aspies" are sometimes seen as the elites, the ones who are socially awkward, yet academically gifted and who embrace their quirkiness.
Now, many Aspies, a nickname for people with Asperger's syndrome, are upset over a proposal they see as an attack on their identity. Under proposed changes to the most widely used diagnostic manual of mental illness, Asperger's syndrome would no longer be a separate diagnosis.
Instead, Asperger's and other forms of autism would be lumped together in a single "autism spectrum disorders" category. Some parents say they'd welcome the change, thinking it would eliminate confusion over autism's variations and perhaps lead to better educational services for affected kids.
But opponents — mostly older teens and adults with Asperger's — disagree.
Liane Holliday Willey, a Michigan author and self-described Aspie whose daughter also has Asperger's, fears Asperger's kids will be stigmatized by the autism label — or will go undiagnosed and get no services at all.
Grouping Aspies with people "who have language delays, need more self-care and have lower IQs, how in the world are we going to rise to what we can do?" Willey said.
Rebecca Rubinstein, 23, a graduate student from Massapequa, N.Y., says she "vehemently" opposes the proposal and will think of herself as someone with Asperger's no matter what.
Autism and Asperger's "mean such different things," she said.
Yes and no.
Both are classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. Autism has long been considered a disorder that can range from mild to severe. Asperger's symptoms can vary, but the condition is generally thought of as a mild form and since 1994 has had a separate category in psychiatrists' diagnostic manual. Both autism and Asperger's involve poor social skills, repetitive behavior or interests, and problems communicating. But unlike classic autism, Asperger's does not typically involve delays in mental development or speech.
The American Psychiatric Association's proposed revisions, announced Wednesday, involve autism and several other conditions. The suggested autism changes are based on research advances since 1994 showing little difference between mild autism and Asperger's. Evidence also suggests that doctors use the term loosely and disagree on what it means, according to psychiatrists urging the revisions.
A new autism spectrum category recognizes that "the symptoms of these disorders represent a continuum from mild to severe, rather than being distinct disorders," said Dr. Edwin Cook, a University of Illinois at Chicago autism researcher and member of the APA work group proposing the changes.
The proposed revisions are posted online at for public comment, which will influence whether they are adopted. Publication of the updated manual is planned for May 2013.
Dr. Mina Dulcan, child and adolescent psychiatry chief at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital, said Aspies' opposition "is not really a medical question, it's an identity question."
"It would be just like if you were a student at MIT. You might not want to be lumped with somebody in the community college," said Dulcan who supports the diagnostic change.
"One of the characteristics of people with Asperger's is that they're very resistant to change," Dulcan added. The change "makes scientific sense. I'm sorry if it hurts people's feelings," she said.
Harold Doherty, a New Brunswick lawyer whose 13-year-old son has severe autism, opposes the proposed change for a different reason. He says the public perception of autism is skewed by success stories — the high-functioning "brainiac" kids who thrive despite their disability.
Doherty says people don't want to think about children like his son, Conor, who will never be able to function on his own. The revision would only skew the perception further, leading doctors and researchers to focus more on mild forms, he said.
It's not clear whether the change would affect autistic kids' access to special services.
But Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek, Mich., whose four sons have different forms of autism, thinks it would. She says the revision could make services now designated just for kids with an "autism" diagnosis available to less severely affected kids — including those with Asperger's and a variation called pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified.
Also, Gibson said, she'd no longer have to use four different terms to describe her boys.
"Hallelujah! Let's just put them all in the same category and be done with it," Gibson said.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Register for the ASLC Birthday Club




Celebrating December, January & February Birthdays

Whether it is our child's birthday celebration quarter or not everyone is welcome to join the fun. 

 Siblings are welcome too!


Join us at Pump It Up: The Inflatable Party Zone for an autism-friendly birthday party. Kids of all ages will love ...Bouncing ...Sliding ... Climbing and ...Tumbling on Pump It Up's giant inflatable play areas.

Would you like your child(ren) with autism to receive a birthday party invitation? Please give contact information when you register your child(ren) and we will send a personal invitation to attend that party. If you child has a birthday that falls within the quarter of the party, s/he will be one of the children who will celebrated. Just let us know when you register.

Reserve your party spot to share in the celebration for our next party on:

February 18, 2010

TIME: 4:45 pm—6:45 pm

LOCATION: Pump It Up of Fort Collins

1420 Riverside Avenue, Ste 114

Fort Collins, Co 80524

Pizza, Cake & Goodie Bags will be available.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required: call (970) 377-9640 or email by Tuesday, February 16, 2010


*Important Note* - Childcare will not be available at this event. A parent/guardian/adult support person must attend this party with your child(ren). A parent/guardian must sign a Pump It Up Waiver form for each child. Waiver forms are available at:


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