Thursday, October 18, 2017

This week in USAAA WeeklyNews
- Siblings Share Incredible Experiences at the 2017 conference
- IEP Tips for Parents & Teachers: Before, During, After the Meeting
- Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress
- Special Edition - Resources

sibling panel

Siblings Share Incredible Experiences

The siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum shared their experiences and answered questions at the USAAA 2017 Conference and Expo on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Siblings of children with autism carry the burden of extra responsibility and worry about their future. They also develop compassion and family love. Autism creates an enormous responsibility on siblings, according to educators, therapists and a dozen scientific studies. Children affected by autism can have raging tantrums, which can be frightening or embarrassing to siblings.

The USAAA 2017 Conference and Expo Sibling Panel has been uploaded to the
US Autism & Asperger Association YouTube web page. Click here to access the video.

"Everything you go through on a daily basis, the challenges and the struggles, I know that you are very amazing human beings."
Theresa Wrangham, moderator of the sibling panel and mother of a child affected by autism

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IEP Tips for Parents & Teachers: Before, During, After the Meeting

Posted by Wrightslaw 

School has started. Your first IEP meeting is approaching.  Both parents and teachers are anxious about what this year will bring.  What will happen at the first IEP meeting? What can you do to ensure a productive meeting?

Here are some Tested Tips for IEP Meetings from CADRE that parents and teachers can use.

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You may download these Tested Tips for IEP Meetings from the CADRE website..

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Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress...a New Way of Thinking!

By Mary Ellen Bogucki, blog from

Raising a child with special needs is a lifetime of learning to maneuver untraveled roads. When I say untraveled, I don’t mean that no one has ever gone that way or had these experiences before. What I mean is that for the parent, it may be new, unfamiliar or unknown territory. Well, at least it was for me. Before having my youngest daughter, I wasn't exposed to the world of special education, nor did I know the meaning of the acronyms IEP, IDEA, OT/PT, ECE, SLP, ABA and so on.

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"You can learn so much from the experiences of others. With Autism, not everything works for everyone."
Mary Ellen Bogucki

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Special Edition - Resources
Since 1995, USAAA began improving the quality of life of individuals affected by Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders with a mission to provide the opportunity for everyone living with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders to achieve their fullest potential, by enriching the autism community with education, training, accessible resources, and partnerships with local and national projects.

The US Autism & Asperger Association web site,, offers an abundance of information. This special edition features the Resources section of the site. In the Intervention and Therapies section, the approaches and techniques are categorized predominantly by their theories and objectives. Interventions and Therapies are arranged into four areas: Comprehensive Treatment Programs (CTP), Techniques and Therapies, Developmental, Educational, and Medical/Biomedical. Many of the therapies overlap into all of the categories.


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