Monthly Archives: January 2015

Is College Right for Your Child?

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the CLE-Costa Mesa Open House!

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

See flyer for more info.
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http://www.autismresourcemom.com/images/CLE-CostaMesa-02-03-2015.pdf

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Getting My Son Into the Act!

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We met lots of great parents at the Family Resource Fair in Costa Mesa on Saturday, sponsored by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Drew was on hand to assist me!

Try A Positive Approach!

For the latest in ARM’s ADVICE FROM MOM campaign, click here.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A CHILD ID KIT?

Safety is a major concern for all parents. That concern grows more complex when your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Create your own child ID kit with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They provide easy-to-follow directions here.

The key is to keep the info up-to-date and easily accessible.

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Involved Parents Always Make A Positive Difference

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Heartfelt thanks to all who joined the Heart-to-Heart roundtable discussion last night!

Another session of sharing resulting in support and hope for parents of kids, teens and young adults with autism.

So many parents of children on the spectrum who want to make a difference for their kids. From those just beginning the journey in Kindergarten to those finishing high school and young adults out of college.
Next month’s A HEART-TO-HEART WITH MOM is Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm at Temple Beth Sholom.

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  “How Our Children Show Love”

  • Myth: People on the autism spectrum cannot feel or express love or empathy.
  • Fact: Many — in fact, most — autistic people are quite capable of feeling and expressing love, though sometimes in idiosyncratic ways! Further, many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are far more empathetic than the average person, though they may express their empathy in unusual ways.  hearts

A HEART-TO-HEART WITH MOM | Let’s talk tonight at 7pm!

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Topics at tonight’s roundtable discussion:

  • You’re the primary caregiver to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Who’s taking care of you?
  • IEPs | Significant improvements resulting from your IEP meeting

    Also, “I can’t believe he/she just said that!” The most shocking statements uttered in an IEP meeting.

  • Jobs for our Kids | Overcoming the challenges, navigating the systems

And like we do every time, we end with a chuckle. Bring your funny stories of life on the spectrum because we all know, laughter is the best medicine.

See you tonight at 7pm at Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Comfort Food That’s Easy | #ARMcooks

BEST Pulled Pork!

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A huge shout out to 100daysofrealfood.com for this recipe — which, I’ve had to modify to suit our food sensitivities and restrictions. But even so, this is the best stuff I’ve ever tasted and it’s so easy! Piled on a GFCF bun and my guys go wild for it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • About 3.5 pounds pork shoulder, cut in half

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together paprika, salt and pepper. Pour in the honey, vinegar and oil to form a paste.
  2. Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay the pork on top and pour the honey paste over the meat. It’s okay if it drips down to the bottom.
  3. Cook on LOW for 7 or 8 hours or until the meat is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork.
  4. Serve warm on a bun or just fill a bowl with this yummy treat. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, refrigerate or freeze them.

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Resource Fair on Saturday, Jan. 24

ARM will be at the NMUSD Family Resource Fair on Saturday, January 24 from 9am to Noon.

Stop by and say hello!

http://nmusd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1413463304670/5533695309264251044.pdf

What Do An Eraser and A Mini Snickers Bar Have in Common?

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Not a heck of a lot.

Except you’ll find both–and a few more goodies in the ARM One Day At A Time Kit. Get yours on Thursday, Jan. 8 at A Heart-to-Heart with Mom. 

RSVP at debora@autismresourcemom.com.

http://www.autismresourcemom.com/images/H2H-Jan15.pdf

A New Year and A Fresh Start | 2015 ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE!

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IT’S A NEW YEAR. AND IT’S TIME FOR A FRESH, NEW START.

Toss out the strategies that haven’t worked for the past few years. And I mean toss them. If you’ve seen no improvements or even changes, you obviously need some new techniques.

Be flexible enough to try something new. We always ask our kids to be flexible. Now I’m asking you to try the same.  rubber-band

Something else to help jump-start your new year is to connect, or simply re-connect with others. Our HEART-TO-HEART WITH MOM roundtable discussions provide the perfect opportunity for this!

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2015 Heart-to-Heart Schedule:

All Thursday discussions are held at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana from 7-8:30 pm.

  • THURSDAY, JAN. 8

  • THURSDAY, FEB. 12

  • THURSDAY, MAR. 12

  • THURSDAY, APR. 9

  • THURSDAY, MAY 14

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 11

  • THURSDAY, JULY 9

  • THURSDAY, AUG. 13

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 10

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 8

  • THURSDAY, NOV. 12

  • THURSDAY, DEC. 10

RSVP to debora@autismresourcemom.com

Here’s to a New Year filled with exciting possibilities! Cheers!