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Hacienda Oaks 5K Trail Run

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Our friends at Hacienda Oaks Estates are having a 5K Trail Run and 1 mile Family Fun Run on SEPTEMBER 23, 2012. The purpose of the race is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles, childhood obesity and the growth and rise of autism. The proceeds will benefit Hacienda Oaks Estates, a non-profit organization seeking to

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Recommended Toys for Children with Autism

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Toys R US has a newly updated guide that lists toys for children with special needs that help target specific skills. Check it out! http://www.toysrus.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3261680

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UC David MIND Institute Research

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New research shows how one gene can impact how neurons use energy and result in social differences and repetitive behavior, like those seen in autism. This information is useful for developing medications to help treat autism. Take a look. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/6866

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Dr. Simon Wallace Podcast – Virtual Environments Helping Those with Autism

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Take a listen to this podcast from the journal Autism featuring Dr. Simon Wallace discussing using immersive virtual environments to help those with autism.  Here is the link: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/suppl/2012/05/31/1362361310363283.DC1/AUT_2012_14_3_Wallace.mp3  

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ACT Welcomes Sakina

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We are also pleased to announce another new staff member at ACT. Sakina earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and will be completing her BCBA certification this September. She was on staff at ACT briefly several years ago and has worked in the fields of autism

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Autism Speaks Applied Behavior Analysis Toolkit

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Autism Speaks has new, free tool kits for parents on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Behavioral Heath Treatments, and Toilet Training. Check them out!  Here is the link: http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/atn-air-p-applied-behavior-analysis

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ACTer of the Month – Heather!

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Congratulations to our ACTer of the Month for July, Heather! Heather is very dedicated to ACT’s children and families and is a pleasure to work with.  In her spare time Heather enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and her dog, Charlie.  Recently, all of herspare time has been devoted to planning her upcoming wedding!

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Insurance Covering ABA for Autism

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As of July 1, 2012, services based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for those with autism are covered by insurance in accordance with California law (SB 946). Tell a friend! Even families who are receiving ABA services but are unhappy with the amount or quality of those services should consider ABA treatment through insurance. Many

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New Toolkits from Autism Speaks

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 Autism Speaks has new, free tool kits for parents on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Behavioral Heath Treatments, and Toilet Training. Check them out! http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/three-new-atn-tool-kits

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Channel Islands Social Services 5th Annual Family Picnic

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ACT recently sponsored Channel Islands Social Service’s 5th Annual Family Picnic.  Pictures of the event can be found on their facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/ACT4Autism#!/pages/Channel-Islands-Social-Services/111790402177023

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