Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New ASRC Board Member

ASRC is excited to announce that Anthony Zoccolillo has joined the Board of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. Please welcome Anthony to our Agency.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coastal Bend Autism Advocacy has agreed to help sponsor our Wright's Law training. One way that is being passed on to parents is a discount for early registration for parents. There is now an option for a discounted rate of $30.00 if you register now! Register now before you lose the change for the discounted rate!! The Training will take place January 24, 2015. Bayview Hospital is allowing us to use their gym for the training.

Friday, November 21, 2014



ASRC staff member Monica Jimenez hugs Charity League member Adrienne Evans Williams after the Charity League donates $3005 from their Holiday Fundraiser!

Friday, November 14, 2014


Wrights Law From Emotion to Advocacy

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), parent advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

how to assess your child's strengths and needs
how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP team
how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ASRC Third Annual Talent Show

The third annual ASRC Talent Show was held on Saturday, August 2. Organized by ASRC Program Director Monica Jimenez Brown, the talent show gave individuals with autism, the opportunity to display their abilities. Some of the performances included dancing, singing, a magic show, skits about turtles, music instruments, and a martial arts demonstration. Participants received a certificate at the end of the showcase. The talent show continues to be one of the most asked about events at ASRC. Congratulations to all who participated!

July 2014 Highlights

The month of July concluded the ASRC Fun in the Sun summer activities. Families met on Tuesday mornings, to play games outside, at a local park. Kickball, kite flying, and frisbee tossing, were just some of the fun activities the children enjoyed, as parents conversed with each other.
The activities were also on Thursday evenings, to allow working parents and caregivers to bring their families, to participate in games such as balloon badminton, basketball, Nerf Tag, and ball toss.
The Fun in The Sun activities closed with a meal that was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all of the ASRC families who attended and participated.

The end of July brought another book fair. The ASRC book fair was held at Barnes & Noble, and featured community story time readers, parent volunteers, and superheroes from Texas Toyz. A local news station also stopped by to interview me, and take pictures of ASRC staff giving a thumbs up! The proceeds from the book fair go towards the ASRC library, a wonderful resource for classrooms, parents, educators, and individuals with autism, and their families.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this book fair a success!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DSM 5



The following first appeared on this blog in July 2013. When a recent routine check up with my son's neurologist, I was dismayed to be told that several parents who's children receive special education services at public school, and are diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, had their services eliminated from school. Sharing this post again, which explains the new changes to the DSM 5.

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013
"New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria"
NEWS AND FEATURES
Copyright © 2013, The American Academy of Pediatrics
New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria
Susan L. Hyman, M.D., FAAP
The American Psychiatric Association has just published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder has been modified based on the research literature and clinical experience in the 19 years since the DSM-IV was published in 1994.
Changes include:
The diagnosis will be called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and there no longer will be subdiagnoses (Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Disintegrative Disorder).
In DSM-IV, symptoms were divided into three areas (social reciprocity, communicative intent, restricted and repetitive behaviors). The new diagnostic criteria have been rearranged into two areas: 1) social communication/interaction, and 2) restricted and repetitive behaviors. The diagnosis will be based on symptoms, currently or by history, in these two areas
Although symptoms must begin in early childhood, they may not be recognized fully until social demands exceed capacity. As in the DSM-IV, symptoms must cause functional impairment.
All of the following symptoms describing persistent deficits in social communication/interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, must be met:
Problems reciprocating social or emotional interaction, including difficulty establishing or maintaining back-and-forth conversations and interactions, inability to initiate an interaction, and problems with shared attention or sharing of emotions and interests with others.
Severe problems maintaining relationships — ranges from lack of interest in other people to difficulties in pretend play and engaging in age-appropriate social activities, and problems adjusting to different social expectations.
Nonverbal communication problems such as abnormal eye contact, posture, facial expressions, tone of voice and gestures, as well as an inability to understand these.
Two of the four symptoms related to restricted and repetitive behavior need to be present:
Stereotyped or repetitive speech, motor movements or use of objects.
Excessive adherence to routines, ritualized patters of verbal or nonverbal behavior, or excessive resistance to change.
Highly restricted interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus.
Hyper or hypo reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory aspects of the environment.
Symptoms must be present in early childhood but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed capacities. Symptoms need to be functionally impairing and not better described by another DSM-5 diagnosis.
Symptom severity for each of the two areas of diagnostic criteria is now defined. It is based on the level of support required for those symptoms and reflects the impact of co-occurring specifiers such as intellectual disabilities, language impairment, medical diagnoses and other behavioral health diagnoses.
Rett syndrome is a discrete neurologic disorder and is not a subdiagnosis under ASD, although patients with Rett syndrome may have ASD.
Because almost all children with DSM-IV confirmed autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome also meet diagnostic criteria under DSM-5, re-diagnosis is not necessary. Referral for reassessment should be based on clinical concern. Children given a PDD-NOS diagnosis who had few DSM-IV symptoms of autism or who were given the diagnosis as a “placeholder” might be considered for more specific diagnostic evaluation.
Patients may wish to continue to self identify as having Asperger syndrome, although the DSM-5 diagnostic category will be ASD.
Clinicians should note that children with ASD also should be evaluated for a speech and language diagnosis in addition to the ASD to inform appropriate therapy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Reducing the risk of elopement and wandering

Originally published July 2013



The issue of elopement and autism is very common. According to www.nationalautismassociation.org, nearly half, or 49% of all children  with autism will attempt to elope from a safe or known environment.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering and elopement.
32% of parents reported a “close call” with a possible drowning.  
62% of families of children who elope were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering
40% of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of elopement
Half of families with elopers report that they had never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
Only 14% had received guidance from their pediatrician or another physician
 
Sources:
Interactive Autism Network Research Report: Elopement  and Wandering (2011)
National Autism Association, Lethal Outcomes in ASD and Wandering (2012)


We hear about it on the news, or read it in the paper or online. It is difficult to know what motivates someone with autism to wander from home, and to go away from people when lost, instead of towards people. What makes this critical for autistics, is that they may not respond when called, they have little sense of danger, and they may be non verbal. Lack of public information also makes this critical. Most people do not know how to communicate effectively with children who have autism. If an unfamiliar adult tried to ask your child safety information such as 'Where are your parents?' Would your child respond?
 
Many parents report their child gravitates towards water, so nearby lakes, ponds, and creeks may continue to be a desired destination.  Too, someone with ASD is likely aware when attention has shifted away from them, and will take the opportunity to slip out quickly in order to reach a desired area or item of interest.  Family gatherings or other events may give a false impressions of “all eyes on” someone with ASD.  However, heavy distractions can present opportunities to leave unnoticed.  Visiting relatives or episodes of distress also may increase the risk for wandering.  This holds true in warmer months when persons with ASD are more likely to play outside or attend summer or day camps.


Just like any behavior, there are many different ways you can reduce the risk of your child wandering from home, or bolting away from you when out in public.
Three main techniques used by an ABA therapist are:


Reducing Risk
Antecedent Interventions
Consequence Intervention


Reducing risk: Before going out in public, explain to your child where you are going. Use simple language, and talk about your expectations for their behavior. Teach your child to respond to their name, (verbally or non verbal). Provide praise for staying near you in public. Plan the outing in advance, know where the exits are, if its a crowded location, or near a busy street, bring another adult with you to help catch the child in case they attempt to elope. Consider getting an ID badge or bracelet for your child, and carry a recent photo ID of your child at all times. If your child is verbal, teach them to respond to safety questions such as "What's your full name? What is your phone number and address?"


Antecedent Interventions:
This would involve changing the triggers that precede elopement. Some children wander away when they see an interesting object. Some children may wander away because its loud and crowded, and they are seeking a quiet place. Pay attention to how your child acts before they attempt to elope, such as covering their ears, walking slowly behind you, staring intently at items or objects. Get to your child's level, and ask if they need to take a break. If the child is non verbal, you can teach them to hand you a break card, and when they do, they can have a supervised break. Teach the child to request a supervised break, instead of just wandering off.
Once you have identified the triggers, teach your child replacement behaviors.  If they wander in the middle of the night, teach them to stay in bed when they cannot sleep.  If they wander outside, teach them that they need permission first.  Use picture cards if your child is non verbal.  Put the picture card away at night, to signify that going outside at night is not an option.


Consequence Intervention:
This would involve changing the way you react to your child wandering away, or attempting to do so. Once you determine why they elope, whether its to gain attention, or to escape, do not give them the response they are seeking. If the child bolts at the grocery store because you are striking up a conversation with another shopper, then do not provide huge amounts of attention for their elopement behavior. Go get the child with minimal eye contact and language, and bring them back to where the cart is. You also want to be sure to teach them how to get your attention appropriately. You can teach your child to request your attention, such as tapping you, or saying your name. Practice appropriate behaviors for bring in public, and staying near an adult. Use praise and encouragement.
Other ways to reduce risks of wandering:


Secure your home. Consider contacting a professional locksmith, security company, or home improvement professional to promote safety and prevention in your home.  This may require installing dead bolt locks that require keys for both sides, a home security system, inexpensive battery operated alarms on doors and windows, hook and eye locks above child’s reach, and adhering printable STOP signs on doors, windows and other exits such as gates.


Tracking devices such as Project Lifesaver or LoJack SafetyNet services.  Various GPS tracking systems are also available.  


ID bracelets that include your name, telephone number, and other vital information.  They may also state that your child has autism and is non verbal, if applicable.  If your child will not wear a bracelet or necklace, consider a temporary tattoo with your contact information.  You can use a Sharpie or other marker, and seal with liquid bandage for a temporary tattoo.


Alert your neighbors.  It is recommended that caregivers plan a brief visit with neighbors to introduce their loved one, or provide a photograph.  Decide what information to present to neighbors; like attractions or fears, sensory issues or meltdown triggers.  


Alert first responders.  Provide key information before an incident occurs may improve response.  Favorite song, toy, or character, important phone numbers, favorite attractions and locations, likes, dislikes, fears, triggers, and de-escalation techniques, method of communication, whether verbal or nonverbal, uses sign language, picture boards or written words. Map and address guide to nearby properties with water sources and dangerous locations highlighted.
In Corpus Christi, Robin Palmer Blue is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a Music Therapist at Therapy Connections.
Sources for this article, and others that may be of help:
www.missingkids.com 1-800-THE-LOST
www.autismalert.org

Water Safety Tips

This post originally appeared in July 2013. Sharing this again.

Summer is here, and it's a great time to explore the outdoors with your children. Autism presents a unique set of safety concerns for parents. The advocacy and awareness groups, Unlocking Autism, (UA), and the National Autism Association, (NAA), have teamed up to provide the following safety information for parents. Not all suggestions listed below are right for every family in every neighborhood. You should carefully consider the best safety options for your individual child, according to www.autismspeaks.org.

Some things to consider...

Teach your child to swim

Too often, children with autism are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, and lakes. Drowning is a leading cause of death for a child or adult who has autism. Be sure your child knows how to swim unassisted. Swimming lessons for children with special needs are available at many YMCA locations. In Corpus Christi, the YMCA is located at 417 S. Upper Broadway.
Call 361-882-1741, or visit www.ymca-cc.org, for more information.
 The final lesson should be with clothes on.

The May Institute, www.mayinstitute.org,  has this advice:
• Find the right (typical or adaptive) life jacket that best meets your child's needs to wear anytime the child is near water- pool, lake, river, fountain, pond, hot tub, or any open water.
• Always be within arm's reach of the child when he or she is in or around any open water.
• Be sure to drain bathtubs, and other small containers of water when you are finished using them. Put safety locks on toilet seats; motion detector alarms / safety locks on all hot tubs, landscape ponds, or other water sources around your home.
• Take adaptive swim classes with your child at an early age. Many YMCAs and Parks and Recreation Departments offer these classes. If your child has difficulty learning conventional swimming strokes, teach him or her drown-proofing, a water survival technique that will help a child stay afloat until help arrives.

Sources:
www.autismspeaks.org
www.mayinstitute.org
www.nationalautismassociation.org
www.unlockingautism.org
www.autismsafetyproject.org

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Fair in July

Save the date! Saturday, July 26, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Corpus Christi, will be a book fair benefitting the Autism Spectrum Resource Center library. The library is a wonderful resource of information and education for individuals with autism; children, teenagers, young adults, and for parents of individuals with autism, as well as educators of students with autism spectrum disorders. The book fair theme is 'Share Your World', and several guests will be appearing and sharing their world with us. Barnes & Noble will have their own theme that day, of superheroes! The book fair will begin at 9:00 a.m., and will continue all day, until 11:00 p.m. Online sales will be credited at www.bn.com/bookfairs, with this code 11392206, until July 31, for friends and family unable to attend in store. Remember to say you are with the book fair, to the cashier, whether it's food, drinks, or cheesecake at the cafe, books, DVDs, Nook tablets and accessories, and pre purchased gift cards at the register, all count towards the book fair. Arts and crafts, story time, superheroes from Texas Toyz, and the talented cast from the Harbor Playhouse's current musical,'Legally Blonde', will be there!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

ASRC Summer Activities


Summer hasn't officially begun, but at the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, the past week has been chock full of fun activities for families with individuals with autism. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, was the first day for parents and people of all ages to gather at a local park, and have a great time. The early morning hours were spent attempting to fly kites, (the winds were gently blowing in all directions), play four square, blow bubbles, and play badminton.
Cold bottles of water were on hand, and provided a refreshing break. Parents were able to visit with each other, and get to know one another.
Thursday, June 12, was an evening for family friendly games of glow bowling, ball toss, badminton, and Nerf tag.
Inside the fellowship hall of an area church, the air conditioned rooms, provided welcome relief from the summer heat.
Friday evening was the monthly Kids Social Night. It was a fun night of pizza baked fresh by Papa Murphy's Pizza, family games, and celebrating June birthdays.
Saturday afternoon, June 14, was the ASRC Splash into Summer 2014 pool party, held at the YWCA. Parents and their loved ones cooled off in the pool, while enjoying playing in the water, and having a grand time.

The ASRC Summer Activities will continue on Tuesday mornings, and Thursday evenings during the remainder of June, and all of July. I look forward to seeing you soon!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer 2014

The school year may be drawing to a close for area public school districts, if it hasn't already. Warm summer days are already here, even if the official first day of summer isn't on the calendar. The Autism Spectrum Resource Center staff are busy planning activities and family events for individuals with autism, and their families. Summer vacation will kick off with a splash again, a July book fair at Barnes & Noble, and the ever popular ASRC Talent Show, (which will be in its 4th year this summer!); are just several events planned. Stay tuned for further details. See you soon!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sensory Night at Museum

It was an evening with happy memories created as children and their families toured the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The museum was closed this evening so that individuals could tour and explore the museum at their own pace. ASRC Program Director Monica Jimenez-Brown organized this event. There was also a sensory station where museum staff assisted children in creating and playing with products such as moon dough and exploding snow. The moon dough is made with powdered tempura paint, baby oil, and flour. The exploding snow uses shaving cream and baking soda, mixed until it forms the consistency of 'snow'. It is then formed into a snowball, and dropped into a container with a small amount of vinegar. Great science experiments with ingredients you may have at home.
The Sensory Night at the Museum was just one of many events during Autism Awareness Month. For the individuals with autism, and their families, autism awareness, and acceptance will continue. Join us and many other families at the many events the Autism Spectrum Resource Center will hold throughout the year.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

3rd Annual Autism Rocks! Concert held night at House of Rock


It was a packed house Friday night at the House of Rock. The 3rd annual Autism Rocks! Concert, benefiting the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, and organized by Lisa McGrew, delighted the crowd. Several bands donated to perform live, including Robin Blue, Jimmy Willden of Hope and Hostility, Sun Salutation, and The Shakedown, with special guest, Corpus Christi's own Clarissa Serna joining The Shakedown at midnight. Thank you to the companies and individuals who donated food and services for the silent auction. A huge thank you to the ASRC staff, family members, board members, and volunteers who assisted and worked together to create a memorable evening. See you next year!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ASRC Executive Director Bill Butler wrote the following editorial that was recently published in the newspaper.

http://m.caller.com/news/2014/apr/23/forum-understanding-and-living-with-autism/
FORUM: UNDERSTANDING AND LIVING WITH AUTISM

Bill Butler is executive director of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center and owner of Spectrum Counseling.
Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI — Editor’s note: April is Autism Awareness Month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that 1 in 68 children are affected by an autism spectrum disorder. It is highly likely that you may know someone on the autism spectrum, but at this time many people in the Coastal Bend are unaware of what it means to be on the autism spectrum.

It is not uncommon for a family to be unsure where to turn for support and interventions for their child on the spectrum, even years after the initial diagnosis. Some individuals even are not diagnosed until later in life. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly help the child make strides for their future independence. Awareness of the disorder and resources available is the first step.

At the same time the family must be willing to accept the diagnosis and move to get the needed help. The more we can educate the community and give the needed support the easier this process will be for the families.

Autism is not just what you remember from the movie Rain Man. It is called a spectrum disorder because it can affect people in many different ways. So one person that you meet with autism may be nothing like the next person you meet with autism.

It is a neurological disorder affecting an individual’s sensory processing, nonverbal and verbal communication. It can include a need for repetitive behaviors and learning disabilities.

Here are some of the common signs and symptoms for the person with ASD:

Sounds may be harder to block out, tags on shirts may feel like they are rubbing the skin raw.

Wanting to eat the same foods daily, wear the same clothes.

Difficulty with being touched.

Difficulty understanding sarcasm or making direct eye contact.

Repetitive behaviors that help calm their nerves.

Difficulty expressing their needs, which may cause them to get frustrated or to isolate.

Difficulty in back-and-forth conversation, or in babies lack of back-and-forth sounds.

May make honest observations that sound rude.

Excessive focus on a topic.

Difficulty in taking turns or back-and-forth play.

Because of these symptoms there can be many behavioral issues that arise during childhood that can overwhelm a parent. Also a child may have signs and symptoms of anxiety, anger and depression. ADHD and obsessive compulsive behaviors go hand and hand with this diagnosis.

I have had many parents say they doubt their parenting skills even though with their other children they were doing a fine job. Proper teaching of skills to the parents and children greatly improves their child’s behavior at home and in school.

A partnership with the school system is vital; many parents have had to become full-time advocates for their child with the school to see that their child received the education he or she deserves.

In other parts of the country there have been successful programs to help their peers understand autism to increase the child’s potential for success in making friends. Families, schools and employers can help the individual on the spectrum reach new heights.

Treatment help from neurologists, speech, occupational and physical therapists, therapists who work with behavioral, social skills, anger and anxiety can make a huge difference in a person’s life.

Many individuals on the spectrum have gone on to become great successes in their field of study. For the employer willing to invest time they can be rewarded with a great employee who is dedicated to doing the job right. I personally know college professors, engineers, architects, welders and authors who are successful in their field and also are on the autism spectrum.

Recently, I have met many local professionals who have expressed much interest in autism and making educating our community and providing needed services a priority. This gives me great hope that in the future no parent in the Coastal Bend will be lacking in understanding of where to turn if a doctor tells them they believe their child has autism.

By becoming aware, educating and respecting those on the autism spectrum the Coastal Bend will be rewarded with creative individual thinkers of tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014



Hundreds of people attended the 8th Annual Autism Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Cole Park. Organized by Sandi Lynch, of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, the walk brought families together in support of one another, provided information and local resources available, and delighted children with a surprise performance from the cast of the upcoming "Shrek" musical, which will open this weekend at the Harbor Playhouse.

This is the second year the Autism Spectrum Resource Center has organized the event.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Autism Rocks! April 25, 2014 at The House of Rock. Proceeds go to help the Autism Spectrum Resource Center




It sounds like we will be having a special guest from the tv show The Voice sitting in on a few songs!!!


www.facebook.com/AutismRocksConcert

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fajitaville Autism



Wednesday, World Autism Awareness Day, is also Autism Spectrum Resource Center Day at Fajitaville on North Beach. 10% of meals and beverages purchased that day go to the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, and help ASRC continue to provide services and social events for individuals with autism and their families. Just say you are with the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. Fajitaville is located at 221 S. Hotel Pl, Corpus Christi, TX 78402. Just over the Harbor Bridge. Wednesday hours are 11-10. (361) 888-5554, for more information, or to reserve a table at Fajitaville.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The CDC's new data on autism spectrum disorders


"New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorder

New data from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. These new data can be used to promote early identification, plan for training and service needs, guide research, and inform policy so that children with ASD and their families get the help they need. CDC will continue tracking the changing number and characteristics of children with ASD, researching what puts children at risk for ASD, and promoting early identification, the most powerful tool we have now for making a difference in the lives of children. Learn the 10 things you need to know about CDC's latest ADDM Network report. You can also read the full report here."

To read more on this latest date, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsautismdata/
Source: www.cdc.gov

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Autism Spectrum Resource Center Day at Fajitaville Corpus Christi

Print out this flyer and bring it in to Fajitaville on Wednesday, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.


Fajitaville proudly supports the Autism Spectrum Resource Center in their efforts to provide resources to families in Corpus Christi.
Bring in this flyer on Wednesday April 2nd and 10% of your purchase will be donated to
The Autism Spectrum Resource Center
Donation amount will be 10% of food and beverage purchase only.
Fajitaville Corpus Christi
221 S Hotel Place
361 888 5554
11 am to 10 pm
Come to Fajitaville and enjoy some Island Hospitality while you support a great organization, Giving Back never tasted so good!
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Fajitaville proudly supports the Autism Spectrum Resource Center in their efforts to provide resources to families in Corpus Christi.
Bring in this flyer on Tuesday April 2nd and 10% of your purchase will be donated to
The Autism Spectrum Resource Center Day is April 2nd.
Donation amount will be 10% of food and beverage purchase only.
Fajitaville Corpus Christi
221 S Hotel Place
361 888 5554
11 am to 9 pm
Come to Fajitaville and enjoy some Island Hospitality while you support a great organization, Giving Back never tasted so good!

Monday, March 10, 2014

8th Annual Walk for Autism Awareness

This year will be the 8th annual Walk for Autism Awareness on Saturday, April 5, at Cole Park, at 10:00 a.m. Sandra Henning Lynch, ASRC staff member, is organizing this year's walk. There will be crafts for the children, live music, food, and the mayor of Corpus Christi, will speak before the walk. Ticket prices are $10, and $25, and include a bracelet and food tickets. Hope to see you there!


For ticket purchases online, you can visit http:www.brownpapertickets.com
Type in 551939 in search box, for the direct page to purchase tickets on that website. There is a nominal fee for online ticket purchases at brown paper tickets. You may also purchase tickets at Spectrum Counseling, or in person at the ASRC booth at the ArtWalk the weekend of March 29-30, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ASRC Young Adults Group at Ice Rays Hockey Game

The Autism Spectrum Resource Center Young Adults Group met Saturday night at the American Bank Center for an exciting game of hockey, played by the Corpus Christi IceRays. The event was hosted by Autism Spectrum Resource Center Executive Director Bill Butler, and Program Director Monica Jimenez-Brown. The tickets to the game were donated by Jeff Paluseo and Maribel Molina. The Autism Spectrum Resource Center thanks Jeff and Maribel for a memorable night enjoyed by all.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New addition to Autism Spectrum Resource Library

'The Partner's Guide is Asperger Syndrome' is a book written about non spectrum and autism spectrum relationships. Written by Susan Moreno, Marci Wheeler, and Kealah Parkinson, it is a supportive read. The book offers advice on social skills, meltdowns, parenting, and others, in a NS/AS relationship, and how to have a successful relationship. The book features a foreword by Tony Attwood, PhD. The ASRC library is located within Spectrum Counseling.

2014 Walk Registration Form


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Book Review

'The Reason I Jump', by Naoki Higashida, is a fascinating book. Mr. Higashida communicates via an alphabet board, and answers questions as to how an individual with autism communicates, feels, and thinks. Honest, insightful, and amazing, it is the newest addition to the ASRC library. Stop by and check it out.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January Book Review


One of the books in the parents resource library, "Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis", by Albert J. Kearney, explains in easy to understand language, the principles of applied behavior analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is based on the work of American psychologist B.F. Skinner, and are therapeutic techniques in changing maladaptive behaviors. Behavior analysts, and/or board certified behavior analysts, as well as cognitive behavior therapists, are among the specialists who write up a plan for individuals in behavior therapy, using behavioral approaches, as well as other factors including what precedes the behavior. Video modeling, social stories, play acting with the person's belongings such as toys or stuffed animals, has been effective in teaching play skills. ABA isn't limited to maladaptive behavior. It may also be utilized in the general ed or special ed classroom, with the picture exchange communication system, (PECS), program instruction, and also, positive behavior support, or PBS.
It sets objective, measurable, and observable behavioral goals, that allows the behavior analyst to see what is working, and what needs to be discarded.