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7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying from Autism Speaks

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Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

Horseback Riding: Guided Animal Intervention Therapy


Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.



The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

Media & Technology Resource Guide

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

Back to School Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Going on an Airplane: A Picture Story for Children

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This Ability Path picture story will help to prepare your child for an airplane flight.  Go here to view it


#hangout – Friday Night Fun for Teens – Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  




Autism Webinars from Children’s Hospital L.A. & University of Southern CA

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services


Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

TASK Social Skills Groups: Ages 12 and Up

TECH Connection is TASK’s social, life and communication skills groups for ages 12 and up. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in our Anaheim office. The program is FREE for all TASK members. Membership is only $35.00 per year, per family!

If you are interested in participating in either program, please contact Laura Simmons-Martinez at (866) 828-8275 or at Be sure to mention which program you are interested in.

Contact TASK to see if the program is still being offered. This was submitted February 2017.