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07/26/2014, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film July 2014
Planes: Fire & Rescue
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.

Upcoming Dates:
September 27 - Dolphin Tale 2
October 25 - Book of Life
November 29 - Home
December 13 - Paddington
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

08/07/2014, 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.
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: September 11, October 9 and November 13
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
Links :Au-some Evenings at Explore and More

09/27/2014, Saturday
Fall Conference 2014: Sensory, Emotional, and Behavioral Regulation in Individuals with ASD
Paula Aquilla, B.Sc. OT
Time: Save The Date
Location: TBD
Cost: TBD
Save the date for this informative conference that will focus on sensory, emotional and behavioral regulation in individuals on the autism spectrum.

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

Buffalo NY Areagoto top
07/22/2014, Tuesday
Nurtured Heart Approach to Challenging Behaviors
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gateway-Longview
Address:10 Symphony Circle
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
Have you tried everything you know and don't know where to turn? The Nurtured Hearth Approach is a powerful tool that will transform a difficult child and build you up as a family member or professional. Participants will walk away with strategies and tools to increase success in all areas of life!
To register, call or go online today! (716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free; or www.parentnetworkwny.org online
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

07/29/2014, Tuesday
Overview of Mental Health Services
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
Participants will be introduced to the mental health system and learn strategies to access services to help a child be successful in school, at home and in the community. What is the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and who does it serve?
Call to reserve your spot today!
(716)332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free
Links :Parent Network of Western New York

07/30/2014, Wednesday
Getting Ready for School: What You Need to Know
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
Cost: Free
* Is your child entering a school program for the first time?

* Is your child going to a new school building within your district?

* Is your child transitioning from home-based services to school?

* Learn more about what is needed to prepare for the first day and a successful year.
To register for this workshop visit www.summited.org

Space is limited so register today!

For questions, contact Dr. Vicki Knapp at 629-3449 or vknapp@summited.org
Links :Summit Educational Resources

08/05/2014, Tuesday
Guardians, Wills, and Trusts
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
Participants will learn about trusts for a child with special needs and have an understanding of the vrious processes.
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

08/06/2014, Wednesday
Supporting Siblings of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) August 2014
Parent Network of WNY workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
* Do you have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

* Are you concerned about how this affects your other children?

* Would you like to learn ways to help your children better understand and work with their sibling with ASD?

Join us for this informative workshop.
Register online at www.parentnetworkwny.org or call (716) 332-4170.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

08/08/2014, Friday
Au-Some Evenings
Explore & More Children's Museum
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Explore & More Children's Museum
Address:300 Gleed Street
 East Aurora, NY 14052
Cost: No cost to families and children.
The second Friday of the month, Au-Some Evenings give children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Children will have access to the museum and Imagination Playground blocks for more physically active play. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
Space is limited so reservations are essential. Please call Peg at (716) 332-4170 to secure your spot! Many thanks to our partners: The Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and The Children's Guild Foundation. Future Dates:

August 8th
September 12th
October 10th
November 14th
December 12th

Please call Pat at (716) 332-4170
Links :Au-some Evenings at Explore and More

08/13/2014, Wednesday
Parent Group
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of Western New York/EPIC
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
This group provides a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support.
R.S.V.P. to Attend:
Please call (716) 878-7600 or e-mail: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org

08/19/2014, Tuesday
Effective Communication:
Helping Families and Professionals Work Together
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gateway-Longview
Address:10 Symphony Circle
 Buffalo, NY 14201
Cost: Free
Participants will learn how to improve communication skills to effectively work with professionals who work with children who have a learning challenge or a disability. This workshop will help participants learn how to work together to help their child be successful. (Geared toward parents.)
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

09/13/2014, Saturday
Makes Sense Parent Connect Fair
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Makes Sense
Address:13295 Broadway
 Alden, NY 14004
Cost: Free
Join us for our Parent Connect Fair, learn about great new products, remedies, services, programs, reimbursement information, and much more. This is a great opportunity for parents/caregivers to obtain information to help enrich the lives of those affected with Autism in addition to guiding parents/caregivers through many of the obstacles they may face with the new school year approaching. Our vendors so far are:

~ Makes Sense-Autism Spectrum Supply Store and Center- Specializing in therapy items, educational items, and sensory rooms

~Grand Island Autism Group- Specializing in support and guidance for those on the spectrum

~ Checkpoint Wristbands- Specializing in affordable child/adult identification bands/products

~ Autism Society- This group is up to date on all the new programs, resources, and support for those affected with Autism.

~ Sugarbaked- Specializing in gluten/dairy/peanut free treat for children with restricted diets.

~ Young Living Essential Oils by Heather Sprauge- Specializing in all natural oils that help aid those on the spectrum.

~ More vendors TBA

09/20/2014, Saturday
Adaptive Recreation Expo
A showcase of recreation opportunities in WNY, that are available for children and adults.
It is a day to share and explore recreation opportunities.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Niagara Court Center
Address:425 Meyer Rd.
 West Seneca, NY 14224
Cost: FREE admission and open to the public.
This year's demonstrations:

Quad Rugby
Wheelchair Basketball
Tai Chi
Wheelchair obstacle course
Painting by mouth
Adaptive SCUBA
Adaptive Bicycles

More to come!
Representatives from various recreation programs and area Recreation Departments will be in attendance for everyone to check out.

More Information
Facebook: WNY Adaptive Recreation Expo
Email: wnyadaptiverecexpo@gmail.com

Slides from some Great Presentationsgoto 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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07/26/2014, Saturday
Jamestown Sensory Friendly Film July 2014
Movies @ The Reg - Rio 2 -
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts
Address:116 East Third Street
 Jamestown, NY 14701
Cost: All seats are $5
During this screening, the auditorium lights and sound will be kept low to accommodate the needs of patrons with sensory issues.

Upcoming Date: August 16 - The Lego Movie

Concession items are available individually at full price or five for $5.