1st October 2008

Parent Forum

The Family Resource and Advocacy Center will host it’s 4th Parent Forum on October 8th from 6:00-8:00pm. This will be a great opportunity to understand what causes certain behaviors, learn some easy-to-use strategies for managing behavior, and ask questions you have.

Presenter: Xavier Polk, Ph.D. has been working as a psychologist and behavior consultant for over 25 years.

Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Sybil at 524-6725

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29th September 2008

Autism Seminar—Early Intervention Strategies

Friday, 10-3-08: 1-3pm at Sonoma State University, Salazar Hall, room 2016.

Topic: Early Intervention Teaching Strategies: How to engage the hard-to-engage child using evidence- & practice-based strategies including structured teaching, sensory-based curriculum, and Floortime-inspired activities.
Presenter: Pat Boblitt SH/LH specialist with over 30 years experience working with young children with autism. Currently working for Early Learning Institute with children ages 12-36 months

University Credit  &/or Continuing Education Units

Register: online at SSU Extended Education:  www.sonoma.edu/exed or call 664-2394
-  OR  at 1st Meeting
Drop In:  $20 Voluntary Donation

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23rd September 2008

Autism Seminar—How Autism Affects the Family

Friday, 9-26-08: 1-3pm at Sonoma State University.

Topic for this session: How Autism Affects the Family. The seminar will be facilitated by three parents of children with autism.

For more information, contact Dr. Lorna Catford at 664-2402.

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17th September 2008

Sibling Support Workshop

A Sibling Support Workshop will be held by Matrix Parents Network on Saturday, October 11th, in San Rafael from 10am to 2pm. Sibshops are for any child from 8-12 years old who has a sibling of any age with special needs.

Through games and stories about how others handle difficult situations, kids give and get support and learn more about special needs and issues they may encounter.  Please RSVP at 1-800-578-2592 and ask for the Sibshop registration form by October 3rd.

Cost for the workshop is $10, scholarships are available.

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9th September 2008

Autism Seminar — Discovering Autism

Friday, 9-19-08: 1-3pm at Sonoma State University.

Topic for this session: Discovering Autism—Potential Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Diagnostic Questions that Need to be Answered to Determine an Autism Diagnosis.

For more information, contact Dr. Lorna Catford at 664-2402.

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6th September 2008

New Social Skills Group for 4-6 year olds

This group is offered as a series of sessions on an ongoing basis. The curriculum is based on the play and interactive level of participants. Parents receive information about themes that are emerging during group session and skills that can be worked on in the home environment.
Each session lasts 50 minutes. A group of 4 children is selected according to their age and developmental level.

Among other approaches, ideas from “DIR/Floortime” approach developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, and social skills training based on principles of Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Jeanette McAfee are utilized.

Instructor: Stephanie McGlynn, M.A., MFT
When: Tuesdays, 4pm
Where: Sebastopol (at hwy 12)
Cost: $30 per session (required sign-up for 6 sessions)

To sign up call: (707) 824-9106
For more information: stephaniemcglynn.com

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2nd September 2008

Interactive Play for Kids

Brementown Musicians (Suitable for grades K-5): Beloved animal characters outlive their usefulness to their masters and escape to Brementown to become musicians. Music and new friendships lift their spirits, but they encounter a significant hurdle at a house full of bumbling thieves. The audience is called upon to help.
Performed by Tater Tot Productions which creates uniquely entertaining and educational plays, 30- 40 minutes in length, that capture themes important to children. They also provide moments of structured participation, allowing children opportunities to make choices and help the characters in the story.

The play is taking place at Becoming Independent (Santa Rosa) on this Friday (September 5th) at 12:30 in the Big room. Contact Adam at 707-824-9353.

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23rd June 2008

YMCA Inclusive Summer Camps

YMCA in partnership with Becoming Independent is offering inclusive day camp program at Yulupa Elementary School for children 6-12. Some scholarships are available. Children with disabilities are welcome; as the camp counselors will have extra support to work with the children with disabilities.

July 7-18
Island Adventures
YMCA Carnival

July 21-August 1
Super Heroes Cartoons
Snoopy Ice Arena

For more information call 544-1829 or visit www.scfymca.org

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27th May 2008

Parent Forum on Transition

The Family Resource and Advocacy Center’s next Parent Forum will focus on the transition to adulthood and how to best prepare.

Come join us for an evening of learning and sharing: June 4th, 6:00-8:00PM, at 1425 Corporate Center Parkway, Santa Rosa.

Child care will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP to Sybil at 524-6725.

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21st May 2008

Autism Seminar Series—What it’s like to be autistic

Wednesday, 5-28-08, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Adults with autism spectrum diagnoses share their experiences of living with autism, and answer questions from an insider’s perspective.

Damiel Geisler, Julia Pozsgai, Jennie Schultz, and Scott Strayer are active adults with a variety of interests and life-styles, who have a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.

Where: Becoming Independent, 1425 Corporate Center Parkway, Santa Rosa

Drop In: $10.00 per session at the door (Cash or Check only, please)

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  • Hello and welcome! My intention is to create a comprehensive and helpful resource directory for Sonoma County. If you know of anything that should be listed here, or if you find any outdated information, please contact me. Thank you!
    Stephanie McGlynn, MFT