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Wantagh SEPTA invites you to attend a special showing: “Autism: Coming of Age” on Thursday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm in the WMS IMC


Wantagh SEPTA invites you to attend a special showing: “Autism: Coming of Age” on Thursday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm in the WMS IMC (located at–3303 Beltagh Avenue Wantagh, NY 11793)

This hour-long documentary provides an inside look at the lives of three young adults with Autism and their families. The documentary focuses

attention on what happens as they move from school age children into adulthood and the issues they and their families face. The making of this

documentary was motivated by the December 2008 “Easter Seals Living with Autism” study that examined the hopes, fears and challenges of

parents raising children with autism. Key areas that will be explored in the documentary include:

Independence and Quality of Life

Financial well-being


Employment and Housing Needs


This will be an enriching and interactive event and will provide answers to many questions that you have, as well as important information on things

that you may not have considered.

The program will be presented by Janice Smith from The Island Financial Group, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (Mass Mutual). MassMutual’s exclusive SpecialCareSM program, is an innovative outreach initiative providing access to information, specialists and financial products and services that can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and other special needs and their families and caregivers.

Please RSVP to: wantaghsepta@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.


Respecting Autism…


When I first started my blog I posted a segment on the Developmental,Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime) model. I recall being mystified but intrigued by theresults I had viewed during an on-line course given by Dr. Greenspan. Following completion of that course and to this day, I utilize the model with my own son diagnosed PDD-NOS.

When I recently heard that the Rebecca School was putting out a casebook on DIR floortime—I had to get my hands on it. As I know you are aware that the Rebecca School is one of the only schools to embrace this model throughout all of their teaching methods. After owning the book just four short days….I’ve finished it! So, here is where I’m at—I landed between “Neurotic New York Mom” Knows Best, and “I love you, now go away.” That’s right…once you read it; you will find yourself relating to so many of the cases. The personal stories in the book are like none other written before. And, those of you that know me well…I can open my own Barnes and Noble-Autism Books ONLY lol. The heartfelt and detailed cases have me wanting to meet the children highlighted in the book. As well as, wanting to learn and implement more DIR with my own son! The practicality of the treatment plans implementedat the Rebecca School had me nodding “yes” throughout the book, and envious at the same time that my son doesn’t attend the school. Lastly, the brilliant excerpts from the late Dr. Greenspan made me feel like I was so lucky to be under his tutelage.

As I mentioned earlier, I was intrigued when I first learned about DIR. After reading this book and feeling so connected with the children highlighted in the cases and hearing the parents’ personal experiences, it now has me—Respecting DIR!

You should pick this book up…you won’tput it down!

The 411 and the DL on Haley Moss’ New Book—Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About!


Whether your child has Autism or Not, this is a must read for all girls entering middle school. Growing up in the 80’s there weren’t books that provided this type of information and especially not from the perspective of a young girl actually going thru it. Haley is not only a talented artist she is also a girl who’s been there. Haley was diagnosed at the young age of 3 with high-functioning autism. She takes you through her experiences and will teach your child many important lessons along the way.—Everything from how to work a combination lock, using tweezers, and getting a period. She even provides an entire section of references for slang to help someone that struggles socially (I learned 411 means information and DL means the Down Low—Thanks Haley). She gives advice on saying no to drugs, sex, and cheating. These are lessons as parents we try to teach our children early on. There is nothing better than hearing from a peer first hand and her survival methods to these tricky social pitfalls that every child will be sure to encounter at least once during their school years. But, my favorite section of the book is when Haley discusses the important role of a mother (or a female adult) and how to connect and keep the relationship going. As she concludes the book she tells all that “Different is Cool” and how middle school it is very much about “fitting in” but by the time they enter high school individualism is the new trend! She tries to instill confidence in your child and demonstrate that it is ok to be yourself and that one day soon they will find their groove.
I hope you check out Haley’s new book and purchase it for your child entering middle school as their survival guide.




Just wanted to pass along a link to a website that I got from my sister today thru a friend in NC that has a son they are working hard to recover from vaccine damage. I know there can be many debates around this topic. But, for those of you interested in learning more…there is a great website that is considered a vaccine watchdog. Take a look at the site for more info!

Camp…so many options, how do I choose!


As we slowly begin to complete our CSE/CPSE meetings and start to plan for the summer…we are left with yet another dilemma. If you are lucky enough to be approved for summer services and decide to take that path, then you are locked for the summer. But what if you don’t have the option for a summer program or decide that you want your child to enjoy the greater outdoors. For those of you taking the outdoors route you are probably trying to figure out which camp is the right fit for your child. Although this summer I am taking the summer school program path, I decided to start doing my homework for next year, as I am quickly learning that it is never too early to start. So, I took myself to a recent camp fair to assess what the organizations had to offer. I have to tell you I was completely overwhelmed. And, I am not even exactly sure why! Although I had ideas in my head what I wanted, there were so many options and each had a different twist on the day. So, I asked myself—“which place is the right place?” I was having problem processing all of the information. So, I left the camp fair and a few days later ended up at the Autism Fair, and there I found more camp options. As I rounded the tables asking my “pretty typical” questions, I just found myself even more confused. Until….I met Marla Leader! Maybe many of you may have heard of her already, but I have not. Marla is a Camp Expert!!! She has done all the research on special needs camps and has all the answers. Basically she is match.com for the camp world. She will have an intake call with you regarding your child and his/her needs. She will gain an understanding as to what you as the parent are looking for, and then she works her magic. She then comes back to you with recommendations on camps for your child and her assessment! I nearly hugged the woman. Hours of my time just trying to figure out the basics when I could have just called Marla! Oh, and this part I love….she is free!!! So, please don’t wait. If you are struggling with processing the information, or just need a little guidance. Give her a call. Her number is 516-625-9500 or email her at marla@campexperts.com !

Going back to school…well, not really just training!


Hello Parents, just wanted to let you know that starting this upcoming Friday I will be taking a few courses given by Stanley Greenspan. For those of you that are familiar with him, you probably know him best for his work educating parents and professionals on the DIR floortime model. This upcoming course includes training on the floortime model as well as 3 other courses on how to best handle meltdowns, information on sensory processing disorders, and a lifespan approach. I am very excited to learn new techniques and information that can help me with my son! Of course, I will be sharing my learnings with all of you on my blog….but as you know, I am in no way a professional! So, my interpretation of some techniques can be different than an observation made from a therapist. However, once the course is complete—I am thinking around end of April, I will be more than happy to share with those who are interested in hearing in more detail about the training (than listed on the blog). If you are interested in hearing about the training and would like to ask specific questions please feel free to email me at rosiemom2@ymail.com. I will let you all know when I graduate! I hope this goes better than my last school experience. Lol! Some details below on the course.

Taught by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D.

The Basic Course includes:
• Dynamic developmental approaches to observation, assessment, and intervention planning including the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (FEAS) methods to meet both clinical and administrative requirements.

• A comprehensive developmental approach to intervention based on functional developmental level, individual differences, and interactive relationships (DIR® Model, Floortime™).

• Interventions for different subtypes of:
(1) severe communication and relationship problems, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Multisystem Developmental Disorders, (2) regulatory, learning and behavior disorders, and (3) environmental and family disturbances.

• In addition, the Course will include segments on:
o Promoting the qualities that make children Great Kids such as empathy, curiosity and logical thinking. Based on the book: Great Kids. Helping Your Baby and Child Develop the 10 Essential Qualities for a Healthy, Happy Life. (2007) By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Da Capo Press.
o Autism Spectrum Disorders: prevention, early identification and early intervention
o Developmental insights on difficulties with attention, obsessive compulsive behavior and anxiety in children with ASD
o Tailoring education to each child’s unique interests, strengths and challenges; enabling all children to become active learners

Plus 3 additional workshops on:
A Lifespan Approach to Autism: An exploration of different types and ages of individuals with ASD and the best ways to advance their development
Meltdowns: Helping infants, children and adolescents overcome behavior problems, aggression and tantrums

Regulatory Sensory Processing Disorders: Including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Regulatory Disorder, ADHD, Behavior Problems and Learning Challenges

NYC Film Event


This came in from another reader. Looks like an interesting event in NYC! Check it out below

The Sprout Film Festival is proud to provide innovative
programming in the field of developmental disabilities. The
festival will be taking place April 30th, 2010 – May 2nd, 2010
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Films that focus on Autism/Asperger’s syndrome are The Horse
Boy, Clay Marzo:Just Add Water, and Billy the Kid.

For more details on the films being screened and tickets,
please visit our website at http://www.sproutfilmfestival.org

We also have a Facebook Fan Page

In addition to the films, all screenings include free coffee,
tea and dessert!