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04/19/2014, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film April 2014
Rio 2
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
Cost: $5.50
AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. You are able to bring your own snacks for special diets. The "Silence is Golden" policy is not enforces. The kids are free to move around and make noise as long as it is safe for everyone. It is a great way to enjoy a movie for anyone, not just people with ASD.
For tickets to this unique experience, please visit the theater's box office the day of the event.
Links :Sensory Friendly Films Autism Society link
 Sensory Friendly Films AMC link

04/24/2014, Thursday
Southtown Parent Support Group Coffee - April 2014
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sandy Crawford's house
Address:204 Treehaven
 East Aurora, NY 14052
Cost: Free
Come and have some adult conversation with other parents of special needs children. Be able to sit and relax and have a cup of coffee and chat with other parents. Upcoming dates for coffees: May 15th and June 19th.
RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or email info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716) 352-1512.

05/03/2014, Saturday
Sibling Workshop at Autism Services, Inc.
Made possible by funding from Autism Society WNY
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Autism Services, Inc.
Address:4444 Bryant Stratton Way
 Williamsville, NY 14221
Cost: Free
Please join us in the next chapter of our sibling education program (siblings age 7-12 years) as we continue to try and help siblings of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) understand the communication, behavioral, and sensory integration challenges faced by their brothers and sisters. Please join ASI’s Clinical Department Staff as we present the video “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum” by Coulter Video. The video will be followed by a question/answer period facilitated by our clinical staff, as well as networking opportunities for families. As always, parents are expected and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
To register, please contact Tracy Panzarella at 631-5777, ext. 328 or tpanzarella@autism-services-inc.org by Thursday, April 28, 2014. There is no charge to attend this event.

05/08/2014, Thursday
Northtown Parent Support Coffee
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sweet Charlottes
Address:10255 Main Street, Suite 9, (Corner of Shisler and Main)
 Clarence, NY 14031
Cost: Free
Come and have some adult conversation with other parents of special needs children. Be able to sit and relax and have a cup of coffee and chat with other parents. The coordinator of Family Reimbursement at the Independent Living Center will be speaking on Family Reimbursement.

Sweet Charlotte's is a fun place for kids to play. If you have little ones at home that can play independently while you chat in the same area you are welcome to bring them. Sweet Charlotte's is a safe place for children to play. Upcoming coffees: June 12
We are asking if you could please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing children and their ages.
RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716) 352-1512 or 863-4542

06/21/2014, Saturday
A Gift for Autism Bowling League - March 15 - June 21
AMF Thruway Lanes
Time: 10 am
Location: AMF Thruway Lanes
Address:1550 Walden Ave
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Cost: $15 per team weekly includes shoe rental. Pay only when you bowl.
Saturdays beginning MARCH 15, 2014 and ending JUNE 21, 2014. Join at any time.
One child and one adult per team. Two games weekly for 15 weeks. Bumpers are available. This is an extremely flexible league. If you need adjustments, ask them and they probably will be able to accommodate you. End of season pizza party and awards banquet. Every child gets an award! $5.00 from each team, every week will be donated to the "Autism Society of WNY". Call AMF to verify ending date.
To Register, complete the registration form and drop off at the front desk of AMF Thruway Lanes. For more information, call 716-896-8507 or Amf00233@amf.com.
Downloads :A Gift for AUtism Bowling Spring 2014

12/31/2014, Wednesday
Autism Society WNY Chapter FACEBOOK Page
Check it out anytime
Time: Anytime
Location: From your computer
 or phone
Cost: Free
Check out our Facebook page now available. To access our Facebook Page, follow link below or search for "Autism Society WNY Chapter" from Facebook. We will post our events as well as share other events in the area. We will also share information and post from other Autism organizations that we feel you should know about. We will try to share what we feel is important without an overwhelming number of posts.
Please like us on Facebook
Links :Autism Society WNY New Facebook Page

Past Events with Slides Attachedgoto top
12/31/2014, Wednesday
Autism Forum: Are kids being recovered from Autism? Hint: Yes, some are!
Speaker: Laurette Janak
Time: Workshop already held. You can download documents.
Location: Use your computer to download documents.
Address:Use your computer to download documents.
 Use your computer to download documents.
Cost: PAST EVENT of the Healthy Living Support Group
What are the risk-factors for autism? How can a parent minimize the risk of having a child diagnosed with autism?
Speaker Laurette Janak, a local parent and autism researcher. Her work with researchers and doctors around the country has given her much insight into what's being done to recover children from autism and into some exciting upcoming research.
Hosted by Healthy Living Support Group an organization committed to teaching how to regain and maintain optimal health through food and lifestyle choices, based on research.
Attached are the slides from Laurette's Talk. Please be aware the files are large, it may take some time depending on your internet connection. Part 1 file is 44 MB and the part 2 file is 23 MB.
Downloads :Laurettes Talk Healthy Living Group Part 1
 Laurettes Talk Healthy Living Group Part 2

12/31/2014, Wednesday
Connecting the Pieces: Addressing the Treatable Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Society of WNY Chapter & Autism Services, Inc. workshop
Time: Conference already held.
Location: Classics V Conference & Banquet Center
Address:Conference already held.
 Conference already held.
Cost: Use to download slides.
The workshop featured Richard Frye, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist, researcher, and the Director of the Autism Multi-specialty Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital
The idea that children with autism can be successfully treated medically to achieve optimal outcomes has only recently become more broadly accepted. Recent studies have demonstrated an association between autism and abnormalities of several metabolic systems, including disorders of folate, mitochondrial, and glutathione metabolism. These metabolic abnormalities have been associated with a wide range of psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders. Safe, well-tolerated treatments are being developed for these metabolic issues , that are reported to have positive effects on the symptoms of ASD. Many of these metabolic systems are interrelated so that treatment that addresses one system results in improvements in another, and vice versa. Biomarkers (biological markers) have been identified that may be used to determine which children will benefit from treatment and potentially be used to detect children with ASD prior to symptoms appearing so that treatment can begin early. Although preliminary, this evidence paves the way for optimal outcomes ranging from improvements in functioning to potential recovery from the disabilities that are associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Frye has graciously allowed us to post the slides from his presentation. See Part 1 and Part 2 below . We would like to thank Dr. Frye for a great talk and for sharing his slides with us.
These files are very large, so may take a while to download. Also, they are one slide per page, so they will be 72-87 pages. Please consider this before printing the entire presentation. You can download it, look at it on your computer and print selected pages.
Downloads :Dr Frye handouts part 1
 Dr Frye handouts part 2
Links :Autism Society WNY New Facebook Page

12/31/2014, Wednesday
For-warned is For-armed -
Complete Wellness Arts and Science Center
Location: Complete Wellness Arts and Science Center
Address:1515 Kensington Ave
 Buffalo, NY
For-warned is For-armed previous talk sponsored by the Complete Wellness Arts and Science Centery on Understanding and reducing the risk factors of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Given the continued rise in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD),it is critical to look at the currently accepted risk factors for ASD and learn how some of these factors can be minimized. Laurette Janak, a medical researcher and the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, will discuss several risk factors for autism and strategies to mitigate its occurrence. She will touch on the biochemical profile found in parents and the consequences to their personal health. Her focus on primary prevention is based on the most recently published studies, which will be presented in easy to understand terms.
Past Event, Has slides attached. Warning, the file is large, may take some time to download. Not recommended to download to phone.
Downloads :Laurette Wellness Center talk

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04/19/2014, Saturday
WNY Sibshop at Canisius College
Support for Siblings -Ages 6-12
Time: 1-5pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $20 for first child, $15 for each additional child
Canisius College Sibshop provides support and guidance to siblings of children with developmental needs. Sibshops are lively, action packed 4 hour workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brother and sisters of kids with special needs. Dates for Sibshop are April 19, July 19, and October 18.
Must pre-register. Call (716) 888-2895 for additional information.
Also: If interested in Teen Sibshop at Canisius(Ages 13-18) College. Call 888-2895.

04/24/2014, Thursday
Strategies for Addressing Wandering in Autism
Summit Parent Workshop Series
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Summit Educational Resources
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
Cost: Free
The purpose of this workshop is to provide caregivers of individuals with autism strategies for preventing wander or elopement behavior. Specific teaching and other preventative strategies will be provided. Caregivers will leave the workshop with ideas for teaching strategies, preventative resource ideas, and a plan for what to do if their child wanders away from home or a community site.
Register for this workshop: : https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-42414/

04/29/2014, Tuesday
Redefining Consequence: Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviors Demonstrated by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Summit Parent Workshop Series
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Summit Educational Resources
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
Cost: Free
This presentation is designed for caregivers who live with a child who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors. This presentation goes beyond determining what is causing and mainlining challenging behaviors by additionally emphasizing practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors, increase adaptive alternative behaviors, and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention plans. Attendees will consider whether their current means of responding to challenging behaviors include the necessary elements to build skills and curtail future problematic behaviors. Specific case examples will be provided.
Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-42914/

04/29/2014, Tuesday
Bullying and Students with Disabilities
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: FREE
How do students with disabilities cope with bullying? Participants will learn advocacy skills and how supports and services can be built into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to promote social growth.
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

05/02/2014, Friday
Practical Strategies and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilites
Summit Educational Resources
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. conference
Location: Salvatore's Restaurant
Address:6461 Transit Road
 Depew, NY 14043
Cost: Parent/Student $50; Professional applying for any CEU's $90; Other Professional $80
Two Speakers, One Day! Shana Nicols, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, ASPIRE of Center for Learning & Development will present "Strategies & Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities and Janet Twyman, Ph.D, BCBA, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UMass Medical School & Director of Innovations and Technology, Center on Innovations in Learning will present "Using Digital Technology with ASD Learners: How Do We Know What Works?
For more information and to register, go to https://www.summited.org/events.html

05/06/2014, Tuesday
NEW: Parent Support Group at Makes Sense Sensory Store
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Makes Sense Sensory Store
Address:13295 Broadway
 Alden, NY 14004
Cost: Free
To provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with disabilities to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support.
Meets 1st Tuesday every other month. Future dates: July 1, September 2, and November 4.
RSVP by calling (716)902-5025. To view the Makes Sense Sensory Store website go to www.makessenseproducts.com

05/13/2014, Tuesday
Strategies for Surviving Puberty with Girls: Autism and Sexual Behavior
Summit Parent Workshop Series
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Summit Educational Resources
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
Cost: Free
The purpose of this presentation id to provide attendees with specific strategies they can use with their children with autism to teach them about puberty, wearing a bra, menstrual care, and sexual behavior. Specific topics will include preparing your child for puberty, bras, and menstruation, as well as addressing touching of self, touching of others, discussing inappropriate topics, and removing clothing in inappropriate places.
Register for this workshop: : https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-51314/