Who are BEEs?
Who are the BEEs? The Builders of Eloquence and Engagement are each and every one of the children, teenagers and adults with communication challenges such as non verbal autism, apraxia, dyspraxia, echolalia, mutism, and more, who are working each day towards accessing learning and communication.
They work tirelessly to conquer the movements needed to communication, vocal or non-vocal, they are the ones that build the skills and put in the effort to reach eloquence. Who are we? We are a team of passionate people who believe in the dreams, goals and hopes of each BEE and their family. We strive support the communication and engagement efforts of each individual pushing the perceived limits of their ability to reach open ended communication and learning. We value hard work, perseverance and hope. We presume competence and live by the principles of the least dangerous assumption.
Supporting the access to learning and communication for each one of the individuals with communication challenges, whether it is non verbal autism, echolalia, apraxia, dyspraxia, mutism is our passion.
We support the work of our BEEs by providing direct and group instruction, supervision, services coordination and mentoring for parents.
We have a Certified RPM (Rapid Prompting Method) provider on staff and are able to provide behavior intervention instructional assistants knowledgeable in RPM. We also provide 1:1 RPM sessions with learners, parent coaching, intense RPM intervention and more!
Visit www.beellc.com and join us, we cannot wait to help your BEE fly.
Watch their Spanish interview by UnivisionSD here.
Jazmine has been working in the special education legal field for several years. She has been passionate about advocating for children's education since her undergraduate studies, and she graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Development. Throughout law school, Jazmine participated in several programs designed to provide educational advocacy to the low income community, including the Special Education Legal Clinic and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Education Law Project. After working with Robin Champlin for many years, Jazmine took over the practice in June 2015. She remains committed to providing aggressive and collaborative legal representation.
Learn more about her here.
The Beautiful Dreams That People with Autism Strive To Achieve
Can you guess what people who are affected by autism dream about?
Are you stumped? Well you shouldn't be. People who are affected by autism, are still people. They have the same dreams as anyone. Just like our previous blog, we went on the Whisper App and asked people first, if they had autism and what their dreams were.
It's not a big surprise, but for those who are. Remember, we are all humans first, we are all different, there is something that makes us all unique, and the dreams we all have are the same. We all want to be loved, we all want to be successful in some way, we all want to be acknowledged for the awesome people that we are, and we all want to be happy. The following responses definitely reiterate these facts.
One response read she wants to become an actress.
Another person said they just wanted to be loved for themselves, not for their appearance.
The last person didn't want anything gradiose, but to become a teacher, a mother, and to live a beautiful and quiet life.
Everyone can relate to at least one of these dreams. Thank you to all the beautiful people who were brave enough to share with us their dreams.
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Challenges People in The Autism Community Face Everyday
Do you know the app Whisper? It's a social media app where people can post anonymously. We thought we'd ask the Whisper community if they had autism and if so, what were their biggest challenges.
We got three responses, and even though these reponses were very different, they all had one similar thread that connects these three unique individuals.
One responded, that their biggest challenge is "Being around people."
Another responded, saying that "Eye contact and learning not to be so blunt when I speak to people." We cannot include the image of this individual's post as the image that they chose might be considered offensive for some of our readers.
The third person to respond to our Whisper said, "Connecting with people. I can't speak to people or read body language very well and just come across rather odd."
We are uncertain how old these three individuals are, since this app's main draw is anonymity. However, it is insightful to see that people with autism struggle with social skills.
Did you know we have a social skills group on Thursdays in Chula Vista at 4pm? Give us a call and see if it's suited for your child. Learn more about our social skills groups here.
How does going to Addie's AutismFITT Club for Pediatric Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy benefit your kiddo?
Are you going to Addie’s AutismFITT Club for therapy and going to another provider for another therapy service? If so, do you know what the benefits are for your child to receive all his/her therapy under one roof?
There are numerous benefits, some obvious, and some that you may have never thought about.
- Collaboration of Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapists in the optimal development of your child.
- Your child’s therapists are able to communicate with each other, supporting the specific goals of your child. I.e. Your child’s speech therapist can reinforce your child’s OT goals in their session and vice versa.
- The opportunity to have your child’s sessions be back-to-back, and all therapies can be on the same day.
- Getting therapy done in one location saves you time and and gas money and allows you to spend more time with your family.
Butterfly Effects Featured Provider AutismFITT
Every month, we are featuring a business partner that not only support the special needs community, but also offers exemplory service. Today we are excited to share with you Butterfly Effects.
Butterfly Effects, is one of the nation’s leading providers of community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services. Butterfly Effects provides services in the San Diego area, covering San Clemente to Chula Vista and Old Town to Pine Valley. ABA therapy services are through our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) Destini Kulik, MA, BCBA; Kathryn Petersen, MA, BCBA; and Donna Cheeseman, MA, BCBA and our team of Registered Behavior Technicians.
As a national provider of ABA Therapy, Butterfly Effects has a staff of over 550 employees, including over 70 BCBA’s, and provides services in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy applies the science of behavior in a way that helps to increase desired behaviors such as communication, social, and adaptive skills while reducing behaviors that may interfere with learning. ABA is the standard of care for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. ABA is used to reduce problematic behaviors (e.g., tantrums, aggression, self-injury, food selectivity, etc.) through the use of more appropriate replacement behaviors. It is successfully used to teach new skills to individuals in all environments - home, school, and community including the workplace.
Butterfly Effects is a participating provider within the following plans in California: Aetna; Cigna; Humana; Magellan; MHNet; Tricare-West; United Healthcare; and Value Options. Through our common purpose at Butterfly Effects, we create a collaborative environment that promotes meaningful learning opportunities and experiences through individualized ABA therapy, for clients and their circle of support.
For more information about Butterfly Effects, please call us at 888-880-9270 or visit us at www.butterflyeffects.com.
December 2015 Featured Partner | San Diego Special Needs Law Center
1. Study finds that half of all autism cases trace to rare gene-disabling mutations. Read more here.
Source: Autism Speaks
2. New government report pegs autism prevalence at 1 in 45.
3. Millions of People Likely to Have Autism in China. Read more here.
4. ADHD symptoms can delay autism diagnosis for years. Read more here.
5. Children conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART) were about two times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD compared to children conceived without using ART. Read more here.
Addie's AutismFITT Club is your provider for Pediatric Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy needs. In an effort to help our families, we believe that referring other businesses in our community is a powerful way to help our families satisfy all their needs when it comes to getting IEP help, ABA services, Family Therapy, and more.
This month, we are featuring the San Diego Special Needs Law Center. Learn more about them straight from Phil Lindsley himself.
If you have a family member with a disability, you want to assure they have the best possible care and quality of life. You are fighting for this now, but you probably also want to know they will be taken care of when you are no longer able to be the advocate you are today. If you are a person with a disability, you want to be able to qualify for the benefits and programs you need to achieve as much independence as possible. It is the mission of San Diego Special Needs Law Center to make sure you have all the support and tools in place to achieve these important goals.
From special needs planning challenges and tips, to a great summary of the ABLE Act, their website at www.specialneedsplanninglaw.com is a wealth of information for people with disabilities and their families. San Diego Special Needs Law Center and their senior attorney Phil Lindsley are also publishers of the popular magazine “Insights on Special Needs Care,” with relevant articles, checklists, and a resource guide for our community.
San Diego Special Needs Law Center helps families deal with important transition and planning issues, such as…
•Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for Families with developmental disabilities. Assuring your special needs child or family member is well cared for when you are no longer able.
•Conservatorships and Limited Conservatorships for those with developmental disabilities. When your special needs child turns 18 they may still need your help in making decisions.
•Preservation of Public Benefits Eligibility. Prevent inheritance or litigation settlements from jeopardizing eligibility for important government benefits.
•Life Care and Transition Planning
The field of “Elder Law” is the core of special needs and disability law: familiarity with public benefits programs, and planning for those with disability. Philip Lindsley, the senior attorney at San Diego Special Needs Law Center and San Diego Elder Law Center, is a widely recognized special needs, elder, and disability law attorney...and one of only two Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) in San Diego County. This specialization is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. Mr. Lindsley is also a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization). He has been serving families and individuals with disabilities for over 35 years. Mr. Lindsley has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubble, and a “Super Lawyer,” both based on peer reviews. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Trust Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trust and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, and sits on occasional assignment as a Pro Tem Judge for the Central Division of the Probate Court for San Diego County.
When asked if he had a message for our members, Phil wrote that he wanted everyone to know that leaving assets, whether through gift, will, or a trust, to a beneficiary receiving means-tested public benefits will in most cases simply cause them to lose their benefits. Since there are excellent special needs planning alternatives, such a result is inevitably the result of poor or no planning, and a sad waste of family resources.
“Thoughtful estate planning,” Phil said, “can preserve public benefits and supplement care to assure your family member will be provided for the way you want, even after your death. A properly drafted special needs trust can provide for a child or adult with a disability, and assure that there is funding for care beyond what is provided by programs like SSI, Medi-Cal, IHSS and the Regional Center. Assets in a properly drafted special needs trust will not cause someone to be disqualified from any of these programs. Your other children are likely to build successful lives whether you have an estate plan or not. Your child with disability, however, may never be able to recover from your lack of planning.”
Phil also tells us that San Diego Special Needs Law Center “… enjoys our relationships with various advocacy groups in the disability community. It is through the interaction with our clients and these groups that we continue to learn and grow, and better serve our client’s needs.”
Serving all of San Diego County, in addition to their website at www.specialneedsplanninglaw.com, Phil and the team at San Diego Special Needs Law Center can be contacted at (619) 235-4357. They also welcome the opportunity to be speakers for your group.
AutismOutreachSoCal.com | Guest Blog Post
Understanding ABA and the Learning Process
ABA, applied behavior analysis, is a method for gaining insight into an individual’s learning process. Autism affects everyone differently, thus everyone with autism has their own way of learning new information and developing new patterns of behavior. ABA uses a range of different interactions and practices to bring about a significant change in a person’s behavior. This includes the development of valuable life skills and the diminution of negative, harmful behavior. ABA can take on many different forms and can be applied to persons of all ages including young children, teens, and adults coping with autism.
The goal of ABA is to help those with autism develop the vital life skills that will help them live a happy, meaningful independent life. ABA can lead to improvements in communication, social interaction, self-care, motor and language skills, academic ability and even occupational success. As mentioned above, ABA can take on many different forms, depending on how the person responds to a particular form of treatment.
Everyone responds differently to ABA. Some people might benefit from ABA early on, while others will need more time to make substantial progress. As in many cases, learners will develop some skills such as reading and communication more quickly, and more complex skills such as peer-to-peer engagement and active listening will take longer to improve. Each ABA instructor takes a unique approach to the learning process. Some may create a more hands-on approach, using a comprehensive range of behavior analytic procedures, while others will take a more laid back approach, allowing the participant to help guide the learning process. Nearly all ABA programs include positive reinforcement for good behavior or progress in a particular area of focus, and a complete lack of reinforcement for behavior that prevents learning or such that poses harm.
The amount of ABA a person receives varies widely. Young children with autism are usually expected to participate in intensive, early intervention ABA programs. This means children will start ABA before the age of 4, usually for about 25 to 40 hours a week for 1 to 3 years. Programs will operate in both structured and unstructured situations including home, school, community and public environments. Parents of young children are expected to continue the ABA process outside of the traditional classroom-learning environment. This gives children a chance to work on their skills continuously. ABA can include forms of occupational, speech and physical therapy. For children with autism, occupational therapy may refer to active participation in school. Certain aspects of speech and physical therapy may be used to promote language skills, conversation skills, and proper body language and functionality.
For teens and adults with autism, ABA can be used to help those looking to adjust to life on their own. Teens heading off to college may need to work on relationship building skills, self-care, and reaching heightened levels of academic performance. Adults with autism may use ABA to improve their domestic skills, self-care abilities and the means in which to procure and maintain reasonable employment. There is significantly less information on intensive ABA programs for adults and teens. ABA programs may be less intense for teens and adults, sometimes limited to just a few hours a week.
While no two ABA programs look exactly alike, high-quality ABA programs tend to follow the same structure. A trained behavior analysis will meet with the person in question to determine their abilities and needs. Goals and behavior analysis procedures will focus on the target areas of behavior that need addressing. The instructor will break down the ABA process into easily understood steps, starting with the simplest skill and working towards the most complex. Families and caregivers will regularly meet with the instructor to evaluate the learner’s success. If the learner isn’t showing improvement in a particular area or doesn’t respond to a particular method, adjustments will need to be made until the leaner experiences success.
ABA continues to be an effective method for teaching those with autism valuable life skills. While treatment methods vary widely, many people see success across a range of developmental areas and learning processes. To learn more about ABA and the learning process, please visit Autism Partnership (http://www.autismpartnership.com/applied-behavior-analysis) and the Association of Behavior Analysis International (https://www.abainternational.org/welcome.aspx). Understanding ABA and the learning process are important steps in helping those with autism lead a happier, healthier life.
About the Author:
Autism Outreach Southern California, LLC provides one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children and families in the San Diego area who are impacted by autism and related disorders. http://autismoutreachsocal.com/
Yvette M. Soto will be at our Resource Night. She does Accounting and Bookkeeping with Special Needs in Mind.
Autism Parent Yvette Soto, would be happy to help you, your family and/or your small business!!!
-Income Tax Return Preparation
-Notary Public Services
Customer service is my number one priority. I like to work closely with my clients to make sure they understand how their business is doing.
As a small business owner it is important that you spend your time on running your business and not on bookkeeping. Let me give you the peace of mind you deserve by utilizing my 20+ years of diversified experience in accounting and business.