June 2016 Special Needs Newsletter

Does Autism Mean Intellectual Disability?

Many people assume that all children on the autism spectrum are intellectually disabled as well. But IQ tests don’t tell the whole story. Some are focused on measuring verbal intelligence and don’t do justice to those with autism, who can struggle with verbal skills. Others focus on non-verbal skills, but rely on social connections that are also difficult for many on the spectrum. Clinical psychologist Timothy Gunn, Psy.D., explains why these tests can be useful, and how they can be flawed. Read on ….

  • Holding Out Unreasonable Hope

    When local pastor Chad Veach and his wife learned their daughter had lissencephaly, they fought off despair through community – and the “G-tat.” Veach’s new book details their journey. Learn more …

  • Singing Songs About Us

    This album from a SoCal songwriter helps teach social skills – from hygiene and respectful words to finding personal space and using “quiet hands” – to those with developmental delays. Give a listen …

  • Spec Fest 2016

    Check out performers from Spectrum Laboratory, a music and film program. 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 4, Huffington Center, L.A. Free, donations suggested.

  • Special Olympics Summer Games

    Cheer on 1,100 SoCal athletes competing in track, basketball, bocce, aquatics, golf and gymnastics. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11-12, CSU Long Beach. Free.

  • Stephanie’s Day

    This resource fair includes more than 50 organizations and fun family activities. L.A. Parent will be there. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11, CBS Studios. Free.

  • Free 2 Be Me Ballet Show

    This ballet class for kids with Down syndrome will perform in the Dance For Kids recital. Noon and 2 p.m. June 12, Paul Revere Middle School, L.A. $10.

  • DEAF Project Family
    Fun Day

    Play time for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. Snacks provided. 10 a.m.-Noon June 18, Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach. Free.

  • Parents’ Place Open House

    Learn about free services, enjoy a taco dinner and meet Alligator Al. 4-8 p.m. June 24, San Gabriel-Pomona Parents’ Place Family Resource Center. Free.

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