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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001

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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



Events
Extraordinary Speaker Meetings


Winter-Spring 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
An Evening with Self-Advocate Joel Carver
Speaker: Joel Carver, Co-Chair, Neurodiversity Student Group, College of William and Mary 

Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 (enter Building 1 through the courtyard entrance)
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members.
Registration: Registration is closed

Joel Carver is a Junior at the College of William and Mary and a Neurodiversity advocate. Joel was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in elementary school and explored his condition in depth during his senior year of high school. Joel will share his personal experience about life as an autistic person and discuss strategies and approaches that worked for him as well as those that did not. While each autistic person is different, it is Joel’s hope that parents and autistic people will hear his stories and be able to use them as a starting point for conversation or parenting techniques to better engage with the autistic people in their lives. This meeting is intended for parents, educators, professionals, and students age 13 and older.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017; 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Our Child Just Got an Autism Diagnosis: Now What?
Speakers: Susan Abrams, M.A. CCC-SLP, Center for Communication and Learning
Teri Kozlowski, OTR, ITS-Developmental Therapy Services
Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., Guiding Exceptional Parents


Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 (enter Building 1 through the courtyard entrance)
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members.
Register here

Learning that their child has autism can be an overwhelming experience for many parents. In addition to understanding what the autism spectrum is, parents struggle to figure out what, if any, therapies may improve their child’s quality of life. This speaker meeting will give you an overview of some of the most common therapies that benefit autistic children. This meeting is appropriate for families whose child, regardless of age, has just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as well as parents who are looking for new ideas.

xMinds will also kick of its first “Resource Exchange” at this month’s speaker meeting. Please bring a resource that you no longer need and would like to donate to an xMinds family. We will have some resources available for you to take in exchange for your donated resource or a small monetary donation. Resources could include books, DVDs, small therapy equipment, games, etc.

Susan M. Abrams, M.A.CCC-SLP is the founder and director of Center for Communication and Learning (CCL). She is a pediatric Speech – Language Pathologist with over thirty years experience evaluating and treating children with speech, language and social learning disorders in Montgomery County. Ms. Abrams has completed the Social Thinking clinical training program with Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, in San Jose, California.

Teri Kozlowski, OTR is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 24 years of experience who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, and children from birth through 5 years of age. She has extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of a range of developmental problems or delays, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing problems (sensory modulation and praxis) and regulatory problems.

Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. is a certified RDI consultant and a special needs care navigator at Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC. Her Special Needs Navigation Services are designed to help parents learn how to access resources and knowledge so they can confidently and effectively help their children. As an RDI™ consultant, Dr. Wayland works with parents to show them how to teach their children the essential skills that make relationships work.

Friday, March 10, 2017; 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Interactive Screening of Be Safe
Speakers: Pathfinders for Autism
 Montgomery County Police Department, Autism/IDD Outreach Unit

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Parking: Available directly across from the venue in the Town Square Garage on Ellsworth Drive. Map available here.
Cost: Free
Registration: Registration is required and limited to 20 youth and one accompanying parent or caregiver. Because of limited space, we ask that if possible, only one parent / caregiver attend with each individual. Only register ONCE with the name of the individual with ASD. Please do not register the caregiver separately. Register here.

This 2.5 hour training brings local police together with up to 20 teens and adults with ASD, plus their parents or caregivers. The training uses video modeling to show viewers how to interact with the police in everyday encounters. Seven episodes demonstrate skills ranging from following instructions to invoking the right to remain silent. This event is appropriate for students age 13 and older.

If you learn that you are unable to attend after registering, please contact mmartinez@xminds.org so that your seats can be given to someone else.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017; 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Parent Panel on Services and Programs for Autistic Students in Montgomery County

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 (enter Building 1 through the courtyard entrance)
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members.
Registration: Register here.

You've attended the xMinds in MCPS Forum and heard from educators and administrators about services and programs available to autistic students in Montgomery County. Now get the inside scoop from parents who have been there.



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