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    Managing Picky Eating in Autism

    Wed., May 22, 5:30 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism is pleased to host the third in a three part series of talks in collaboration with Lauren Cox, BCBA. Children with autism often have repetitive and rigid behaviors that will interfere with a successful mealtime. Since eating and mealtime is a necessary part of our day to day lives, so we will review some common challenges that families may experience in getting their kids to eat regularly and eat well. We will also review steps we can take to make eating a more structured time with specific strategies that would help learners expand what they eat as well as when and how much they eat more

    Community Living for All through Utilization of Supported and Independent Living Services: Empowering People with Developmental Disabilities to Live Full and Included Lives

    Thu., May 23, 6 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism is pleased to host the first in a series of talks for adults with autism.Through tailored intentional supports, person driven planning, and circles of support working together in collaboration, anyone can live in their chosen community. Creative Support Alternatives has provided quality community living services for people with developmental disabilities since 1992. From supporting people to navigate the complex service systems they utilize to accessing resources, building teams of support, and working towards positive and possible goals, CSA is dedicated to supporting individuals across the lifespan. As part of San Diego State University Research Foundation, we function as a small organization dedicated to maintaining the more

    How to Manage Difficult Behaviors in Autism

    Tue., May 28, 6 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders is hosting a talk on learning effective strategies to deescalate behaviors in kids with autism. Our guest, Daniel Lowery from the Psychiatric Centers of San Diego, will help parents identify common triggers that lead to behavioral escalation and what to do to prevent them. We will explore the energy cycle of behavioral escalation, how to identify each phase and how to respond appropriately with each phase. We will cover the most effective communication strategies for interacting with kids to prevent behavioral escalation and reduce escalation once a child has already in an excited state. There will be a Q&A at the end more

    Live Stream of the MIND Institute Neurodiversity Summit

    Fri., May 31, 9 a.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism will be livestreaming "Neurodiversity Summit" at the MIND Institute of UC Davis. We are hosting this so members and allies of the autism community can listen to some very exciting talks and panel discussions, without having to travel up to Northern California. This event is free to all! Come for one or more talks depending on your schedule. The Neurodiversity Summit will examine themes related to neurodiversity with panel discussions involving researchers, community members and autism advocates and talks from the following speakers: Dr. Dana Lee Baker-Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University Channel Islands Joseph Sheppard-Co-Director, Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education, more

    What is ABA?

    Thu., June 6, 6 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism is hosting a talk in collaboration with Comprehensive Autism Center (CAC). Our guests, Brooke Tompkins and Randi Margarian, will provide parents, teachers and community members with information on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). They will discuss research identifying best practices for ABA treatment and outcomes. Variations in ABA treatments options and how to identify what is appropriate for the child will be reviewed. Teaching techniques commonly used in ABA therapy will be explained to identify their effects on learning. And finally, we will discuss parent enrichment and involvement of caregivers in a child’s ABA journey to best support their child’s growth and long-term success. Brooke Tompkins more

    Closing the Gap: Helping Toddlers Connect and Communicate

    Mon., June 10, 5 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism will be presenting a talk in collaboration with Gateway Learning Group. Each year, 1 in 4 children under the age of five are identified as “at risk” for developmental delays. Often times the most powerful agent for change is not the hours spent in a therapist’s office, but the interactions between parent and child. Join Gateway to learn simple, easy to use interventions that will allow you to help your child thrive. In addition, Dr. Brandy Macy will be discussing specifics regarding assessments and evaluations from the process overview, funding options to differences between various assessors and much more! The seminar will cover: Easy to more

    Disminución Del Comportamiento Problemático

    Wed., June 12, 6 p.m.

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    El Centro SDSU para el Autismo y los Trastornos del Desarrollo está organizando una charla sobre el aprendizaje de estrategias efectivas para mejorar el comportamiento en niños con autismo. Nuestros invitados, Andrea Serrano y Max Fernandez de los Centros Psiquiátricos de San Diego (PCSD), ayudará a los padres a identificar factores desencadenantes comunes que conducen a una escalada de comportamiento y qué hacer para prevenirlos. Exploraremos el ciclo energético de la escalada del comportamiento, cómo identificar cada fase y cómo responder adecuadamente con cada fase. Cubriremos las estrategias de comunicación más efectivas para interactuar con los niños para prevenir la escalada del comportamiento y reducir la escalada una vez que more

    Game Night for Adults With Autism!

    Fri., June 14, 6:30 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism and the Self-Empowerment for Adults with Social Anxiety or ASD support group are hosting a game night and social for adults with autism. Join us for a fun-filled evening and meet new people! Bring your favorite board or card game. This event is FREE. What is Self-Empowerment for Adults with Social Anxiety or ASD? Welcome to all socially awkward adults (regardless of diagnosis) who are seeking a non-judgemental, safe environment within which to hone their social skills, to make friends, to share coping skills and resources, and to have fun while doing it. In order to improve upon our social skills we must challenge ourselves more

    How to Manage Difficult Behaviors in Autism

    Thu., June 27, 6 p.m.

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    The SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders is hosting a talk on learning effective strategies to deescalate behaviors in kids with autism. Our guest, Daniel Lowery from the Psychiatric Centers of San Diego, will help parents identify common triggers that lead to behavioral escalation and what to do to prevent them. We will explore the energy cycle of behavioral escalation, how to identify each phase and how to respond appropriately with each phase. We will cover the most effective communication strategies for interacting with kids to prevent behavioral escalation and reduce escalation once a child has already in an excited state. There will be a Q&A at the end more

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