Friday, February 26, 2010
Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas report that a drug reduces the obsessiveness in the mice, raising hopes that it might do the same thing in people, although that's not yet proven.
"Clinically, this study highlights the possibility that some autism-related behaviors can be reversed through drugs targeting specific brain function abnormalities," said study senior author Dr. Craig Powell, an assistant professor of neurology, said in a university news release. "Understanding one abnormality that can lead to increased, repetitive motor behavior is not only important for autism, but also potentially for obsessive-compulsive disorder, compulsive hair-pulling and other disorders of excessive activity."
The full article may be viewed by clicking the link in this post's title.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
IN-DEPTH SESSIONS ON:
- Advocacy and Self Determination
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Challenging Behavior
- Clinical Issues
- Community Inclusion
- Day Services
- Early Childhood
- Residential Services
- Sibling Issues
- Special Education
- Strenghtening Families
ALSO... Full-Day Workshops, Film Festival, Poster Sessions, Disability History Museum Exhibit, and Discounts to NYC Restaurants and Attractions!
AND MUCH MORE....Register online at yai.org/conference (or click on the title above)
Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2010
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Host(s): Tanya Inabinet
Meeting Description: This workshop is for parents or service providers working with young children age three who will be coming to the public school system from early intervention program.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Transition can be a very exciting, and yet very stressful time for parents and professionals who are preparing adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities for an exit from the school system, and entrance into “the real world.” This workshop will overview the three major components of transition planning: postsecondary education, employment, and community living. Within each area, participants will learn to use a “one person at a time” approach to transition planning, and utilize assessment tools and strategies to support students with disabilities and their families in weighing out available options and identifying an appropriate path to adulthood.
This workshop is designed for special education teachers, job coaches, board certified behavior analysts, board certified associate behavior analysts, and other professionals who are involved in transition planning for youngsters with autism and other developmental disabilities. This workshop is Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit for qualified participants.
March 25, 20109:00 am-4:00 pm (registration begins at 8amLunch is included in workshop fee. Workshop Fee: $75BACB CEU fee (optional): $20
Location: MAP Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave., Columbia, SC
As a function of attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:
Use a “one person at a time” approach to transition planning, based on the principles and procedures of positive behavioral support and person-centered planning.
Identify and use available assessment tools and strategies to support students with disabilities and their families in weighing out available options regarding transition.
Identify the continuum of services available in the areas of postsecondary education, employment, and community living.
Identify essential skills that will allow students to plan for and access the least restrictive alternatives in each area.
Create a collaborative partnership with families, schools, communities, and other professionals in order to divide and share responsibility for transition, thereby maximizing the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Assist families in using technology to access information, networking, financial, and personnel resources relevant to transition.
More information about the workshop including a registration link may be viewed by clicking the link in this post's title.
Monday, February 22, 2010
If you have questions about items on the Exchange, please visit the page at http://www.scatpexchange.net/ and find the contact information for these and other items. You must login (or create a new account if you are a new user) to see the contact information.
If you have logged in and still have questions please call or email Catherine Leigh Graham at 803-434-3189 or Catherine.Graham@uscmed.sc.edu. Note: If you can’t get Catherine, call Janet Jendron at (803) 446-2566 and email her at Janet.Jendron@uscmed.sc.edu.
***SC Assistive Technology Exchange February 2010 Update***
Computers and related
· HP Laserjet PrinterDaily Living
· Boys Shoes For AFO's
· Catheter Adapter Tips
· Commode/Shower Chair
· Electric Patient Lift
· Feeding Pump Kangaroo
· Jevity 1cal
· Nutrene Jr. Formula
· Pulse Oximeter
· Suction Machine
· Quickie Zippie Tilt-in-Space Wheelchair
· Winsford Feeder vironmental Adaptations
· Ceiling Track Lift
· Therapy Cooler, Breg
· Vitaeris 320 Hyperbaric Chamber
Mobility, Seating & Positioning
· 42" Rifton Prone Stander
· Bath Chair
· Child's Corner Chair
· Craftmatic 1 Bed
· High Low Chair Reduced
· Hoveround MPV4 Scooter
· Invacare Walker model 6270
· Invacare Walker model 6271
· Jazzy Power Chair
· Jazzy Pride 1121 Power Wheelchair
· Merits P182 Powerchair
· Model B330AL Joerns low height electric bed
· Model B675 electric bed, Joerns
· Patient Lift Device, Invacare 2005
· Power Patient Lifter, Hoyer Deluxe Lifter HPL402
· Power Wheelchair, Merius
· Power wheelchair, Jazzy 1120/2000 w/ attendant drive
· Power wheelchair, Permobil C300
· Pride Jet 2 HD (Heavy Duty) Scooter
· Pride LX 12 Power Wheelchair
· Reclining Shower Chair
· Reduced Gap Half-Length Bed
· Small Gait Trainer Reduced
· Small Youth Caregiver Operated Wheelchair
· Squiggles Early Sitting System
· Prone and supine standing frame Gazelle PS
· Convaid Safari Stroller
· Therapeutic Wheelchair Cushion, Vector - Vicair Adjuster 10
· Therapy Air Mattress APM2, Span America
· Youth Caregiver Operated Wheelchair
· Power patient lift device, Guldman- model GH2
· Halo Helment
· Nebulizer, Proneb Ultreya
Recreation, Sports, and Leisure
· Rifton Adaptive Tricycle
· Pool Lift, Recreonics
· Swing Seat, JennSwing Cubby
· Assistive Tech Speech Communicator, Assistive Tech Mercury II
· Speech Communication Device, ERICA Eye Gaze Speech Generating Device
Vehicle Modification and Transportation
· 2001 W/C Accessible Dodge Sport Caravan
· Dodge 2500 W/C Accessible Van 1998 Full size
· Harmar Wheelchair Lift
· Wheelchair Accessible Van, 2005 Toyota Sienna LE Rampvan
· Wheelchair Accessible MiniVan, 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
· Wheelchair lift, vannator /2000, Black
The SC AT Exchange website may be viewed by clicking the link in this post's title.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The researchers, whose findings are published in the Feb. 11 issue of Neuron, say they're developing insights into why some people with fragile X are hypersensitive to things they sense through smell, touch, sound and sight. The cause, they believe, is a developmental delay in a brain circuit that's essential for processing sensory information.
The full article may be viewed by clicking on the link in this post's title.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
An Introduction to Microsoft Accessibility
Location: Fast Forward Community Technology Center, 3223 Devine Street, Columbia, SC. Fast Forward is located next to Outspokin Bicycles directly across Devine Street from Earth Fare.
For directions go to: http://www.fastforwardctc.com/ or http://www.sc.edu/scatp/directions.htm
Presenters: Val Gioia, Assistive Technology Specialist, SC Department of Education and Mary Alice Bechtler, SC Assistive Technology Program
Description: Are you aware of the many accessibility options that are built right in to the Microsoft Windows operating systems? This workshop will show you how to find and use options that enable people with vision, hearing, or motor difficulties to have better access to the computer. Attendees will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with these options and will be given a CD and other tutorial resources.
Registration and Cost: Free! There is no fee to register for this workshop, but pre-registration is required.
Attendance is limited to 18 participants.
To register for this workshop:
Option 1: Complete the online registration form
Option 2: Email Sally Young at http://us.mc1102.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=Sally.Young@uscmed.sc.edu
Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522
Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.
For more information on SCATP Trainings, go to http://www.sc.edu/scatp/trainingschedule10.html OR Click on the title above.
A few points about accessible email are below:
Things to Avoid
· Backgrounds commonly known as stationary
· Special characters like the © (Copyright symbol) or a (smiley face)
· Graphics or clip art, unless you know how to add alt tags
· ALL CAPS
· Fancy fonts such as cursive or graphic signature blocks. Stick with san-serif fonts such as Ariel or Verdana.
Header: One of the most important elements in an e-mail Header is the subject field. The subject field is the first field your reader sees – or in many cases does not see because it is empty. Many people sort their mail according to subject. Leaving the subject field empty, or providing a vague or meaningless subject can confuse your readers. A subject field that just says RE, which means regarding, with no further explanation – is meaningless
Composing a Subject Line
· Write brief concise subjects for your e-mail
· When reusing old e-mails (forwarding or responding) – Rename your subject based on the new content
· If you are part of a team using e-mail, consider using a brief acronym in front of the subject. This acronym can be used for sorting the e-mail messages.
Conclusion: Always make sure that you:
· Provide a concise, clear subject line
· Use plain language in the body of your message
· Remove unnecessary information before forwarding or replying to an email and rename the subject as needed
· Provide a summary for attachments and make sure that attachments are readable by everyone
By following these practices, your e-mail will be much more efficient and accessible to all your recipients. Remember, your goal is to get the message across to everyone the first time.
Researchers found that of 219 children born before the 26th week of pregnancy, 8 percent met the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at age 11. That compared with none of 153 classmates who were born full-term and included in a comparison group.
The ASD rate was far higher than that in the general population, which experts estimate to be somewhere between one and nine cases per 1,000 children, depending on how strictly the disorders are defined.
The article may be viewed in full by clicking on the link in this post's title.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Spanish researchers used MRI to scan the brains of 42 children with ADHD and 42 other children with no signs of ADHD and found that the ventral striatum was smaller, particularly on the right side, in those with ADHD. The ventral striatum includes the nucleus accumbens, which maintains levels of motivation when a person starts a task and continues to maintain motivation until the task is completed.
The reduced size of the ventral striatum in children with ADHD was associated with symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness, the researchers said.
The study was published recently in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
The full article may be viewed by clicking the link in the post's title.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
ZERO TO THREE’s National Training Institute is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary conference that focuses on cutting-edge child development research, best practices, and policy issues for infants, toddlers, and families.We seek proposals to be featured in presentations or posters that align with the following topic areas:
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
Topic areas of specific interest related to services for families and infants/toddlers from birth to three years old include:
Infant/toddler development in all domains
Early intervention (Part C)
Infant mental health
Services for military families and children
Work across disciplinary or agency lines
Advanced clinical reasoning/practice
Impact of culture, language, race, ethnicity, class, and gender onearly development
Prenatal health and services
Submissions are invited for:
1 ½ hour presentations that feature:
a) Lessons learned from practice, research, or public policy endeavors
b) Clinical intervention with an individual child (birth to three years old) and, the child’s family (case presentations).
Poster presentations that feature:
a) Research projects and/or new research findings.
b) Program models or practices, especially in experimental/ early stages.
Friday, February 12, 2010
American Physical Therapy Association, South Carolina Chapter
2010 Annual Conference
Eight workshop topics with six different speakers:
Tab Blackburn MEd PT ATC
Jill Monger, MS, PT, ATP
Tom Martin, CPO
Nina Chitty, PT, MHS
Stacy Fritz, PT, PhD
Robbie B. Leonard, M.S., P.T
Friday, April 23, 2010 7:30 AM -Sunday, April 25, 2010 12:00 PM
Columbia Marriott1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
The conference invitation may be viewed by clicking the link in this post's title.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The news post may be viewed directly by clicking the link in the post's title.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Register now for the 2010 Family Connection Conference, "Celebrate Achievements", at Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo, SC.
56 helpful workshops over two days
81 terrific speakers
3 Saturday workshops in Spanish
Sabado 3 talleres en espanol
Special full-day Saturday workshop
IEP Development & Collaboration Strategies
How to develop meaningful and correct IEPs.
How to work with an IEP team.
In Partnership with SC Autism Society
Download a Conference Brochure and Registration Form Today!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
This conference is developed for and by people with disabilities. The conference usually attracts about 85% consumers and the other participants are service providers, family members and those interested in disability issues. Last year’s attendance was over 300 participants. We are expecting 350 or more participants this year!!!
11th Annual Statewide Conference Developed By and For People with Disabilities:
Pathways to Independence
Come explore your Pathways To Independence by
attending this conference on disability issues
Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 11:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
To be announced.
Springmaid Beach Resort
Myrtle Beach, SC
1-800-770-6895; $59.00 plus tax
call “NOW” to make reservations
(limited number of accessible rooms available)
Registration fees are $40.00; Children 12 and under may attend for free.
All registrations must be postmarked by March 12th, 2010
Registration fee includes a lunch, continental breakfast, all workshops and breaks
Limited Scholarships available to individuals with disabilities!
Please make checks payable to; Disability Solutions
TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE:
To receive registration material for this conference, please contact: Scottie O’Neal
At Disability Solutions, 963-A West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550
V/TTY: 843-339-2028; Toll Free (V/TTY) 1-866-450-3848;
The conference's webpage may be accessed by clicking the link in this post's title.
8:30am – 3:30pm, Poplar Conference Room, Poplar Building, at Midlands Center in Columbia
Presenter: Sandy Baldwin, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Regional Consultant/Augmentative Communication Specialist, Prentke Romich Company
Description: This course will introduce the participant to the Vantage Lite communication device. The participant will briefly learn about the hardware of the Vantage Lite as well as the Exploration Wizard and Page-based Language Options. The course will cover the various levels of Unity that are found in the most recent software version of the Vantage Lite. Our focus for this training will be on the Unity 45 and 60 Language Patterns.
The participant will learn how to customize the Vantage Lite for the augmented communicator. Participants will learn to create additional vocabulary and modify current vocabulary through creating and modifying activities and pages as well as modifying core vocabulary. Participants will learn how to modify selection techniques, speech and word pronunciations. Participants will learn how to hide/show core keys, hide/show an activity, hide/show a page, and create visual scene page with a link. A brief amount of time will be spent on additional device features such as importing digital images and using the Vocabulary Builder feature.
Participant will need to bring a Vantage Lite or laptop computer.
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. This class is limited to 12 participants.
Registration: To register and obtain additional information, visit http://www.prentrom.com/training
Information about the Vantage Lite may be viewed by clicking the link in this post's title.