Monthly Archives: January 2013


The U.S. Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program allows participants to work and explore different job options without automatically losing their disability benefits. Check it out:


The Ticket to Work Program is often the ticket needed for people with disabilities.

TIP: Self-Advocacy


According to the brilliant minds at Wrightslaw, there are three components to effectual self-advocacy:

1)     Know yourself

2)     Know your needs

wrightslaw IEPs

This book is an invaluable resource for parents, educators, advocates and attorneys. Every parent should own one!

3)     Know how to get what you need.*


* Peter W.D. Wright, Esq., Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW and Sandra Webb O’Connor, M.Ed., All About IEPs (Virginia, Harbor House Law Press, 2009), 87.


Personally, I’m relieved that non-pharmaceutical treatment methods such as CBT exist. I’ve always been a proponent of talk therapy, and I’m pleased with the positive results I’ve seen in my son. Probably the toughest part is finding the right therapist for your loved one.

SEEPAC Session Begins Jan. 29, 2013

Do you have a young child newly diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders [ASDs]?

For OC Kids’ SEEPAC [Support, Education & Empowerment for Parents of Autistic Children] offers a 6-week program that begins Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6-8pm.

Session topics include:

  • What is Autism?
  • Regional Center and Special Education programs
  • The ABC’s of Behavior
  • Speech & Language Interventions
  • Autism & Family Dynamics

Space is limited. Reservations required. Call 714-939-6766 or email   Cost: $80 per family for all 6 sessions or $15 per week. Sliding scale rates are available for families needing financial aid. Call for info.

See attached flyers for more information. SEEPAC  Clases en espanol.


Your child’s obsession(s) may very well be his passion(s). Zero in on that in order to create interest. Many times, participation and involvement will follow.

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Think positively! How can you turn these obsessions into successful passions?



I do a lot of baking – GFCF, of course – and I swear by If You Care Baking Cups.

If You Care Large Baking Cups

Believe me, I’ve tried them all. And most of them stick to the muffins or cupcakes. But not these! Mini and jumbo sizes available, too. I have a case of them in my pantry.

I like the fact that they are made from premium quality unbleached greaseproof paper. Other features:

* Totally chlorine-free (TCF)
* Compostable
* Excellent for baking
* No greasing necessary
* Can be used without a muffin pan
* Oven safe up to 428ԍF/220ԍC
* Microwave safe
* Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
* Gluten free
* Allergen free
* Star-K kosher and Kosher for Passover

Even the packaging is green:

* Unbleached recycled cardboard packaging
* Vegetable-based inks for printing
* Non-toxic glues
* Cardboard packaging biodegradable but should be recycled

NOTE: My endorsement of this product is unsolicited. I get nothing from the manufacturer for saying this. I just love the product!