2011 Blue Compass Camp Programs for Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome

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I came across a gem of a website when researching 2011 autism summer camps today – Blue Compass Camps. According to the company’s website: Blue Compass is a summer camp based out of Seattle, Washington for kids and teens ages 7-18 with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, and ADHD who can benefit from outdoor adventures focused on building social and self confidence.

Wrighstlaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Greensboro

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, whether those needs be developmental, medical or emotional, and you live in the Greensboro, North Carolina area then check out the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training coming your way. Wrightslaw is one of the best sources about IDEA 2004, IEPs, extended school years and more for parents. Understanding your rights, and your child’s rights, will help you get the most out of the school. Conference Date: April 7, {Read More}

Dr. Oz on Autism Causes and Autism Speaks

In this video clip, Dr. Oz tells us what he really thinks about Autism Speaks, a highly controversial autism support and awareness organization.

To Social Skills Group or Not?

We are facing a big question in our house – whether or not we should look at enrolling our 9 year-old fourth-grade Aspie into a social skills group. He was in one around the age of six and he seemed to enjoy it. However, if you ask him about it, he’ll tell you it didn’t work. He’s told me on numerous occasions that he remembers a group he went to that was supposed to teach him how to play with {Read More}

Learn to be Flexible: Reduce the Anxiety of Getting Gifts

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We assume that everyone enjoys receiving a gift, especially kids. Yet many parents report that getting a gift causes fear and anxiety in their children with autism. Simply put, it just is not fun for them. Rather than bubbling with excitement, they face increasing anxiety over the unknown. They fear opening a gift when they don’t know what’s under the paper. They truly hate surprises, even good ones. They may be uncertain about how to respond to the gift. Or {Read More}

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Eureka, CA

Spend your St. Patrick’s Day 2011 learning how to advocate for your special needs child at the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Eureka, CA. Conference Date: March 17, 2011 Conference Location: Fortuna, CA 95540 Conference Venue: River Lodge Speaker: Pete Wright Conference Topics: IDEA History and Overview Section 1400 Findings, Purpose Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc. Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments Understanding Tests and {Read More}