A Message from the Director
2013 is here and moving quickly already!!! Although many people are focused on making resolutions for the New Year, I like to take this time to think back at all that was accomplished in the previous year.
Our clinical and early intervention staff grew more solid and knowledgeable with outside education and skill refinements. 2012 brought continued budgetary cuts for Regional Center and school funded programs, which Children’s Services survived while many other pediatric programs did not.
We identified a group of parents and community supporters now known as “The Friends of Casa’s Kids.” They helped make this newsletter a reality and “An Evening in Casablanca” a successful fundraiser. They are currently working on making the “Trends in Autism Conference” an informative day of education for teachers, professionals and caregivers. We will host another “Comedy Night for Casa’s Kids” in June and “An Evening in Casablanca” will return in September. If ‘paying it forward’ is one of your resolutions, please consider joining this group to help organize events and fundraise, allowing Casa Colina Foundation to subsidize treatments at Children’s Services more than $150,000 per year.
Other accomplishments surrounded our strong staff of early interventionists, OTs, PTs and SLPs. Research is on-going with pinch and grip strength, single case studies, use of hearing aids in the treatment of children with Atresia, and iPad use to improve communication satisfaction. Several of these studies have been accepted for local and national conference presentations and others will be submitted in 2013. We have also identified new programs to be implemented in 2013 for feeding, weight management, social skills for children 9-12 years of age, and language enrichment.
I am excited to see what else 2013 will bring, but also know that we will continue to provide excellent services to our current patients and those yet to come.
Happy New Year!!
Cindy Sendor, MA, CCC-SLP
Director, Casa Colina Children’s Services and Speech Pathology
Spotlight on Advocacy
Resources & Links
Each year, Children's Services subsidizes treatment visits with resources obtained entirely through fundraising efforts. Consider making tax-deductible gift to ensure that these important services continue to be available to families in need.
To make a gift to Casa Colina, please visit: www.casacolina.org
by Susan Stroebel, Family Specialist
It is the New Year….and the “R” word is frequently heard. One more opportunity to measure my successes and failures. One more opportunity to get overwhelmed and feel more guilt for what I haven’t yet done…my weight, my check book, my parenting…
WHO NEEDS THE PRESSURE????
Let’s take a new spin on resolutions. Here are some suggestions:
- I will resist the temptation to build my life around a disability
- I will plan a few hours every week to spend on myself
- I will plan a block of time weekly to spend with my significant other
- I will look in the mirror and practice saying “I need help”
- When I am overwhelmed I will say “I need help” to whomever is listening
- I will write a thank you note to someone who has impacted my life
- I will allow myself to have a pity party occasionally, but will invite a friend
- I will not feel obligated to spend much time with people who discourage me
- I will spend time with people who make me laugh
- I will spend time with people who admire or appreciate me
- I will spend time with people who share my interests
- I will spend time with someone I learn from
- I will reach out to someone who needs my support
- I will do or learn something creative and nurturing
- I will remind myself that a healthier me creates a healthier family
- I will laugh more with my family
- If I think I am too busy to “take time” I will look in the mirror and say “I am worth it and my family needs me to be well” and postpone or delete something less important
- I will be a kinder person…and will start by being kinder to myself!
Here's to a fantastic 2013!
Spotlight on Advocacy
by Lisa Lockwood
As a new year begins and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ends, we strive to get our children back into the regularity of a school schedule. Much has been said thus far in previous issues about the legislative acts and laws that protect children with special needs, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), so that they can get an appropriate education and maintain regular daily educational and social activity.
How does the governance and structure of the education get regulated? It is governed, structured and planned under service areas covered by a special education local plan created under any of the planning options of Section 56205, 56206, 56208, 56211, 56213, 56241, 56243, 56244, & 56245 of the California Department of Education Code. In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region is referred to as a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). It is through a SELPA that local plans are developed that describe how special education services will be provided.
SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. A SELPA facilitates high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.
Because of the complexity of rules and responsibilities demanded of the administrators of the SELPA it has created the need for skilled and knowledgeable administrators who must understand the laws and apply them fairly. The SELPA Administrator is responsible for ensuring that:
- All individuals with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
- All regular education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
- A system exists at the regional level for identification, assessment and placement of disabled students.
- A viable system for public education is functioning in the community, with broad participation and interaction involving parents and other agencies serving children and young adults.
- An annual compliance monitoring system is implemented which continues to ensure that non- compliant items that have been identified through Self Reviews, Verification Reviews, Focused Monitoring or Complaints have and continue to be rectified.
Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed in California that provide the legal foundation for a comprehensive plan in special education and require local districts and agencies to establish SELPAs to address the needs of all children with disabilities. These laws and regulations promote changes and procedures leading to such things as the following:
- Annual Reviews of Progress
- California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) Reporting
- Career Training
- Community Involvement and Support
- Compliance Reviews
- Coordination of Resources Among Districts by Regions
- Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Assessment and Data Reporting
- Due Process Rights
- Educational Benefit
- Full Service to All Students with Disabilities
- Guaranteed Equality of Access
- Improved Self-Esteem for Children with Disabilities
- Increased Parent Participation
- Individualized Educational Programs (IEP)
- Less Restrictive Placements (LRE)
- Local Governance Systems
- Program Evaluation
- Quality Program Reviews
- Social Acceptance of Children with Disabilities
- Staff Development Programs
- State Performance Plan Indicator Data Collection
- Transition from School to Post-Secondary Education and Employment
For a complete list of California Special Education Local Plan Areas please visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/caselpas.asp.
Lisa explores advocacy issues of special needs parents every month for Connections.
Resources and Links
by Dr. Sandra Zaragoza-Kaneki
Claremont Community School of Music and Youth Theatre Works at Claremont United Methodist Church
In collaboration with “The Miracle Project”
“Miracles Happen" Drama Workshop for special needs youth
951 West Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711
Contact: Barbara Durost
Chino Youth Museum
Autism Resource and Fun Fair - Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
13191 Sixth St
Chino, CA 91710
Pomona Valley/Inland Learning Disabilities Association
A Special Needs Symposium - "Raising Functional Adults"
February 1 and 2, 2013 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel
2200 E Holt Blvd
Ontario, CA 91761
|Sandra provides helpful links and resources for the special needs community every month for Connections.
This publication is produced by Casa Colina Children's Services and the parents of the children it serves. It is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or medical advice or the endorsement of specific products or services by Casa Colina.
Dr. Margaret L. Bauman Awards for Excellence
honoring achievement in the Autism Community
April 5, 2013, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Casa Colina Children's Services
Dr. Margaret Bauman made a pioneering discovery in autism research that continues to encourage individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, caregivers, researchers, educators, therapists and other professionals. Casa Colina Children's Services will host the inagural Awards in Excellence which will honor individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the field of autism.
The awards will be presented during a wine and cheese reception on the evening of April 5. This will be a free, adults only event.
Most importantly, we are looking for nominations from the community! If you know of someone who is deserving of recognition for their work with autism, please visit www.casacolina.org and complete an Awards for Excellence Nomination Form.
Deadline for nominations is March 22, 2013.
April 6, 2013 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Western University of Health Sciences
Pleae join us on April 6, 2013 for our eleventh annual Trends in Autism Conference. Structured for parents, physicians, educators and therapists, this one day educational seminar will feature some of the leading authorities in the field of autism, including Dr. Margaret Bauman.
Topics will include brain and medical issues, new research perspectives and early intervention. CEU credits are available. Contact your Regional Center for information about subsidized rates.
For more information, contact Krista Struve-Spangler at 909/596-7733 x2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE
Comedy Night for Casa's Kids
June 23, 2013
An Evening in Casablanca
September 27, 2013