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Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD


Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or

Fish for Life!: For Special Needs Children

Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader” who is an experienced and loving fisherman and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride.” Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!  

Special needs children and volunteers are welcome.

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying from Autism Speaks

National, International

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.



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.

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.



Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

PROaupair – Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair’s caregivers are attuned to a child’s individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child’s diagnosis – implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT


Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

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

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we’ve been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn’t a ‘cure’, or even ‘traditional’ therapy. It’s a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don’t want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we’ve seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it’s all about what their kids can do.

We’re based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

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