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I send out many more announcements than are listed on this website. If you are interested in being on our email list to receive update's about event's and activities that are going on. Contact me at drysdalejill@yahoo.com





Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cache Valley Lights it up Blue

Watch our Awareness Video and Pictures from the walk and our families activities here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26uHA37BstU

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Upcoming Events

April 2nd

 refer to post lower down on the blog for all activities I am aware of.

Parent Workshop starting April 2nd


 

Thursday, April 4th

 Dr. Odell will be speaking at our Autism Support Group hosted by Options for Independence at 1095 North Main  in Logan.  We meet at 7:00.  This is a great opportunity to learn a little from someone who is knowledgeable in the autism field.

 

Tuesday, April 9
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
Event:  Parents as Partners in the IEP Process
Location:  Canyons Technical Education Center East Building, 825 East 9085 South, Sandy UT
There is no cost to attend.  Pre-registration is requested.  Register online at: http://conta.cc/XYX7xJ
Contact Lynda at 801.826.8192 for questions or to register.


Tuesday, April 16
Time:  5:30 – 7:00 PM
Event:  Early Transition: Early Intervention to Preschool, Preschool to KindergartenLocation:  Kauri Sue Hamilton School, 2827 W. 13400 South, Riverton UT
There is no cost to attend.  Pre-registration is requested.  Register online at: http://conta.cc/Wpn1IA
Contact Lynda at 801.826.8192 for questions or to register.


Kearns Library
  • 5350 South 4220 West
  • Kearns, Utah 84118
Phone: (801) 943-4636
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:30am
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead  Librarian of the Year for Utah !  Well deserved title she has so much heart for individuals in the Autism community.


April 27th Conference

Utah Walk Now for Autism

Utah Walk Now for Autism Sept. 7, 2013 at the South Towne Expo Center for more info and to sign up your team go to
http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1058066


Disablity Easter Egg Hunts

Saturday - March 30
Salt Lake County's Adaptive Recreation Department is hosting a free Easter egg hunt for those with disabilities on Saturday March 30th at 9am behind the Gene Fullmer Recreation Center (8015 South 2200 West, West Jordan)

April Light It Up Blue Events

April 2nd
 
Build this Bear at Build a Bear (limited quantities so you  might want to call before you go to make sure they have it.)



Light it up Blue at the Light it up Blue Walk in Logan, UT we will meet in front of the Tabernacle located at Center and Main. at 6:00. This is a family friendly event and we will be providing some free goodies.   Please wear your blue attire and take a stroll around downtown Logan and let them see your blue shine and help raise Autism Awareness for Worldwide Autism Awareness Day.  You can see the many buildings who will  be supporting the event worldwide at

http://www.lightitupblue.org/Markslist/home.do


Print this and take to Chili's and eat April 2nd while wearing blue if you can and know you are supporting services and support for those with Autism in Utah.

 
 
 

Blue Balloon Launch

When: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time: 12:30 PM

Where: Skye Park

(approx. 4800 W. 9800 S. in South Jordan)


Let’s come together and ‘light’ the sky blue in honor 

of those we love who have autism!

Please bring blue balloons, to release, wear blue and 
bring a blue treat to share if you wish!

Questions? Jenny 801-916-2318
 
 
April 13th Autism Balloon Launch (super event)
 

 
UEN Programming for Autism Awareness Month
 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Support one of our own and run

BRAVEHEART Run 5K/10K
April 20, 2013
10:00 A.M.
bravehearrun.regtix.com
All proceeds will be donated to little Melanie
Description
Melanie is a 5yr old that has PDD autism severe. She doesn't talk ,has high sensory issues, an acute heart murmur and she scoliosis because she is missing 3/4th of a vertebrae .She also likes to run and roam. Melanie is starting to learn how to use pictures to talk. Our insurance will not cover anything with a delay. So they will not cover things like occupational therapy and speech therapy which ...she really needs. It is a constant battle fight insurance to get medical bills paid for. She loves to farm with her dad and grandpa and loves tractors! We live in hyrum and by the barn. If she got every chance she could she would be over there. We have to keep the doors locked because she likes to run. We don't have a fence so when we play outside someone has to be right with her so she dosn't run away. I can't thank the 860th cadet wing enough for helping Melanie. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for all the support. It can be so overwhelming at times but Melanie makes every bit worth it. Thankyou for your support and love for Melanie.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Upcoming Events

Tonight! OPTIONS for Independence, the Northern Utah Center for Independent Living for individuals with disabilities, will host an art show fundraiser called “See The World Through My Eyes” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Lundstrom Student Living Center, 1295 E 100 N, Logan (on the USU campus). Organizers ask that attendees park at the church across the street, not by the USU dorms. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the new youth program at OPTIONS for Independence

March 2013

Autism Support Group
Date: Thursday March 7th
Time: 7-9:00 p.m.
Location: Options For Independence at 1095 N Main Logan, UT

Family Links Conference
Date:  Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2013
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. on Saturday
Event:  2013 Family Links Conference – When ‘GO TO YOUR ROOM’ Isn’t Quite Far Enough This two-day series, presented by Jo Mascorro, M.Ed., will provide strategies to assist teaching children ownership and management of their behavior.   How many times do I have to tell you?  Sound familiar?  Welcome to the world of parenting!  This presentation series will provide participants with an array of strategies to assist in teaching children accountability for their behavior.
Location:  Vivent Technologies, Provo, UT
Cost $20 for both days (includes lunch and materials).  Registration is REQUIRED.
Register for this event online at: http://conta.cc/10ZfVkh 
Date:   Tuesday – Wednesday, March 12-13, 2013
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event:  Get Your Teen Ready for Transition in 2013! Transition Mini-ConferenceLocation:  Canyons Administration Building,  9800 South 500 West, Sandy, UT
Cost:  $15 (includes lunch and materials) Registration is required.  Register online at: http://conta.cc/V0ZttT
Contact Lynda at 801.826.8192, Michelle at 385.646.4190 or Amy at 801.856.1264 for questions or to register.

Learning Disabilities Association of Utah Conference
Date:  Friday, March 15, 2013
Event:  Learning Disabilities Association of Utah ConferenceVisit the LDAU website at www.ldau.org for more information.


Kearns Library Sensory Storytime
Date: March 16th
Time: 10:30-12:00p.m.
Event: Sensory Storytime
Location: Kearns Library 5350 South 4220 West, Kearns, Utah 84118
check out their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/KearnsLibrary?fref=ts

3rd Tuesday Adult Lunch
Date:March 19th
Time: 12:30
Location: Village Inn in Logan, UT
It's a great way to get to know each other and find out what is going on and ask for advice or help.  We have many new families to the group since we last had an adult lunch so it will be fun to get to know some new faces.  Bring whoever you would like with you including any at home children. 

Parents as Partners in the IEP Process
Date:   Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Event:  Parents as Partners in the IEP ProcessLocation:  Granite Education Center Room D-102,  2500 South State Street, Salt Lake City UT
There is no cost to attend.  Pre-registration is requested.  Register online at: http://conta.cc/YWciqQ
Contact Michelle at 385.646.4190 for questions or to register
- See more at: http://www.utahparentcenter.org/upcoming-events/#sthash.4DnL4Cm2.dpuf
 




UPCOMING

April is Autism Awareness month and April 2nd is worldwide Autism Awareness Day.  Where we are encouraged to spread awareness of Autism.  We participate in any way we can a fun way is by supporting Autism Speaks thru their Light it up Blue Campaign .  We usually do so in a light it up blue walk down mainstreet.

Utah Walk Now for Autism Sept. 7, 2013 at the South Towne Expo Center for more info and to sign up your team go to
http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1058066

Monday, March 26, 2012

How are you Lighting it up Blue?

Our home last year

Please join us in wearing blue and any lite up attire you may have and come walk main street of downtown Logan between 6-7 p.m. on April 2nd. to participate in the awareness campaign light it up blue for worldwide autism awareness day.   Pack a picnic dinner and eat on the grass of the tabernacle, get an ice cream or treat at the blue bird just let your blue be seen.   We want people driving by to stop and ask why is everyone wearing blue?  We want to do our best to raise awareness of autism and help those around us learn more about the disorder.  In Utah 1 in 77 have Autism.  We need to make a place in our world for these 1 in 77.  I won't stop advocating until I know my son will be in public and not given dirty looks, in school he will be able to have academic training in a way that he can learn, or when it comes time for him to work that employers will be willing to work with his disability.  Also we simply need to help these 1 in 77 get services they need to lead the best life possible.


HOW ARE YOU LIGHTING IT UP BLUE?

We are participating in the walk ,  Light our home blue, and distributing a flyer asking our friend and neighbors to participate in the walk and also will give out information on autism and how autism personally affects our family. - The Drysdales

We are buying Blue light bulbs and giving them to our neighbors along with a flyer telling about our son Carson.  We are also giving out blue ribbon to tie on their mailboxes. - The Smith Family

We will be hanging a blue flag, wearing blue all day, and painting blue glow paint on our car that glows at night- The Rasmussen Family

We have purchased blue and rainbow colored glow bracelets and will be distributing them at our preschool, and to friends to wear along with a little flyer telling about Autism. - The Gauthier Family

Friday, January 20, 2012

What is Autism

What is Autism?


What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.



Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role. Learn more …



How Common Is Autism?

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 110 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism in the United States.



More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined. ASD affects an estimated 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Learn more …





What Causes Autism?



Not long ago, the answer to this question would have been “we have no idea.” Research is now delivering the answers. First and foremost, we now know that there is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. Over the last five years, scientists have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. A small number of these are sufficient to cause autism by themselves. Most cases of autism, however, appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.



In the presence of a genetic predisposition to autism, a number of nongenetic, or “environmental,” stresses appear to further increase a child’s risk. The clearest evidence of these autism risk factors involves events before and during birth. They include advanced parental age at time of conception (both mom and dad), maternal illness during pregnancy and certain difficulties during birth, particularly those involving periods of oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain. It is important to keep in mind that these factors, by themselves, do not cause autism. Rather, in combination with genetic risk factors, they appear to modestly increase risk.



A small but growing body of research suggests that autism risk is less among children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins (containing folic acid) in the months before and after conception.



Increasingly, researchers are looking at the role of the immune system in autism. Autism Speaks is working to increase awareness and investigation of these and other issues, where further research has the potential to improve the lives of those who struggle with autism. Learn more …



What Does It Mean to Be “On the Spectrum”?

Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and “atypical” ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have significant disability and are unable to live independently. About 25 percent of individuals with ASD are nonverbal but can learn to communicate using other means. Autism Speaks’ mission is to improve the lives of all those on the autism spectrum. For some, this means the development and delivery of more effective treatments that can address significant challenges in communication and physical health. For others, it means increasing acceptance, respect and support.

Sign up for the Transition Conference

We have had such a great response to the January Transition Mini-Conference, we have chosen to schedule a repeat of the event for March 22 and 23, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



This great event will include training on the Transition to Adult Life including the following topics:

•From No Where to Know Where Transition to Adult Life

•Getting and Keeping That First Job

•Journey to Adulthood, Puberty and Sexuality

•Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

•Healthy Transition

•Expert Panel

•Exhibitor Fair





This event is offered at no cost! The January event filled quickly, so please register early. Lunch will be provided to those who preregister. Space is limited. Registration will close once the conference is full
 
 
When:


Thursday March 22, 2012 at

8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. MDT

-and-

Friday March 23, 2012 at

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MDT


Where:


Utah Parent Center

230 West 200 South, Suite 1101

*Free Parking on north side in northwest lot.

(Enter lot off of 100 South between 200 and 300 W)

Salt Lake City, UT 84101




If you have any questions about this event, please contact




the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051 or Toll Free in Utah



at 1-800-468-1160.





Thank you and we look forward to your participation.





Cassandra

Utah Parent Center

info@utahparentcenter.org

801-272-1051

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Day with Dr. Peter Gerhardt

Registration for




A Day with Dr. Peter Gerhardt

is now available.

Event Date: August 6, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Red Lion Hotel – Salt Lake Downtown

161 West 600 South, Salt Lake City



Click here to register now! Seating is limited.

http://www.utahfamilylinks.org/



The registration cost is as follows:

1 Person — $20.00!

2 Persons — $30.00!

Lunch will be provided for those who have pre-registered.



“I attended a presentation by Dr. Gerhardt and LOVED it! I made it my mission to get him back for the parents, teachers and providers to hear. His information is insightful and helpful, lots of ‘take home’ information, and he’s fun to listen to as well. He talks about teen/adult issues with autism that no one else does.”



Cheryl Smith, President ACU


For more info on who Peter is refer to this website

http://www.autismtoday.com/experts/experts_bio.asp?exp_id=50&name=Dr.%20Peter%20Gerhardt

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Autism 1 in 38

A new autism prevalence study was released yesterday (Kim et al.). And one of the authors was kind enough to send me a full copy. It is a major prevalence study conducted in Korea that used an international team. It found a prevalence of 1 in 38 or 2.64% of the total city population of school aged children in the study had an autism spectrum disorder.




That is a very high prevalence. The highest ever found in fact. However, the study is arguably the most methodically rigorous ever conducted. It used ground level epidemiology and direct observation/diagnosis that involved a huge amount of kids. Contrast to the new Utah rates that was in the news the last few nights, that were assembled partly using indirect methods.



The Korean study has results that are thought provoking involving previously diagnosed children NOT placed in special education.The rates of boys to girls was 2:1 as opposed to the usual 4-5:1 (boys to girls). Moreover, Two-thirds of Autism cases in the overall sample were in the mainstream

school population, undiagnosed and untreated. This likely has important implications even for the US. Keep in mind too, that although there have been multiple new autism prevalence studies in the US in the last 15 years, the last such direct measure was conducted in 1999 in New Jersey. Most such studies use executive data bases such as the CDDS and IDEA data. There are certain intrinsic statistical problems with all such sets.

Workshop tonight and tomorrow in Logan

TUESDAY, MAY 17 2011


6:30 PM – 8:30 P.M.

CACHE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

2063 NORTH 1200 EAST, NORTH LOGAN

THIS PRESENTATION WILL GIVE INFORMATION TO FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WHO ARE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. THIS INTRODUCTION WILL FOCUS ON BUILDING RESILIENCY IN FAMILIES AS WELL AS BEING AN INFORMED CONSUMER OF SERVICES.

IN ADDITION, THE UTAH PARENT CENTER WILL BE OFFERING A FULL DAY IEP WORKSHOP ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL FEATURE THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: CACHE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 PARENTS AS PARTNERS IN THE IEP PROCESS

 SECTION 504 SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

 POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND THE IEP

 TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE OVERVIEW

 TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMUNICATION

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THESE EVENTS IS REQUESTED AND APPRECIATED.

TO REGISTER BY PHONE: 1.800.468.1160

TO REGISTER BY EMAIL: INFO@UTAHPARENTCENTER.ORG

Please include your full name, address, phone number, email address and the age and disability of your child if appropriate.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ABC’S OF AUTISM

A FREE WORKSHOP BROUGHT TO YOU BY

UTAH PARENT CENTER AND UTAH FAMILY VOICES

FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR OTHER SIMILAR DIAGNOSIS.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Please join us to walk in Downtown Logan April 2nd

We will be walking Saturday April 2nd in the Downtown Logan area.  There is not set time or start or finish point.  We just want one location for all of us to come and show our blue and our support for Worldwide Autism Awareness Day.  Many of the children were given glow bracelets and we felt it would be great to take walks as a family at night and let our light shine for everyone driving by.  Please join us.  The more our blue is noticed the more people will desire to learn more about Autism this month.  The rate is 1 in 110 in the 1970's it was 1 in 10000.  We need treatments, we need acceptance, we need awareness, and mostly we just need to find a place for these 1 in 110 to fit in our society and live a fulfilling life.

Also let USU know how excited we are for their support in lighting the A for us on Saturday night.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

We are lighting it blue by.......

I am purchasing 50 blue glow bracelets for my kids preschool classes! We will attach some kind of an info card to explain the bracelets to parents when they get home.


Jax




* Loved this idea!  We are going to see if we can raise enough money in the next couple days from friends and family members to at least purchase them for all of Birch Creek Elementary, and maybe all the elementary schools in the valley if we can. I found a great site where you can purchase them quite cheap. 
http://glowuniverse.com/storefrontprofiles/deluxeSFshop.aspx?sid=1&sfid=47917&c=23693

Autism speaks has this page of printouts you could use to just hand out flyers to people in your area
http://www.worldautismawarenessday.org/site/c.egLMI2ODKpF/b.3917089/k.E97F/Materials.htm

Picture Exchange Cards

Do you have a child who you can't keep a seat belt on try this