Did you Know? There is a local organization that provides families of children with autism or sensory processing disorder a chance to connect with parents and resources.It is based in Plymouth Meeting, PA...and helps families in Montgomery County and in surrounding Eastern PA areas. http://www.exceptionalfamiliesofexceptionalchildren.org/

They are asking for help from community members and agencies to put events and activities on their TEAM UP calendar!

There are a few ways to access the calendar. The "Family" way is how you can add all types of events. The "Resource" is only for agencies who are adding their event. 
Resource- TeamUp Calendar Directions.pdf
Family- TeamUp Calendar Directions.pdf

Are Challenging Behaviors holding your child or adult with ASD back?
Do Anxiety and Fear control their lives?
Are you looking for practical advice that you can implement immediately?

Then join noted Autism Specialist Jean Ruttenberg for "The Role of Social Competency, Anxiety and Self-Regulation in Challenging Behavior". This workshop is one of 12 offered at Greater Philadelphia Autism Society's "Strategies, Supports and Services Across the Autism Spectrum" conference on May 29 in King of Prussia.

Register for the event viahttps://2015autismphilaconference.eventbrite.com 
$20 for Parents, $30 for couples or 2 caregivers from the same family, $30 professionals, $15 students.

The Role of Social Competency, Anxiety and Self-Regulation in Challenging Behavior

Jean Ruttenberg, MA, The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling

Often challenging behavior is interpreted in isolation of limitations in important ability areas. Jean will explore the relationship between anxiety, communication, dysregulation, and their effect on challenging behavior. Limitations in an individual's ability to regulate anxiety, emotions, or events using effective communication can trigger panic and fear reactions. It is necessary to address the complexity of all the issues and variables that influence challenging behaviors.

Jean Ruttenberg, MA is an autism specialist at the Center for Neuropsychology and Counseling and for the Abington School District. She provides services to individuals, organizations and other professionals. She sees nearly all ages and is especially skilled at solving difficult behavior problems. Jean holds a master’s degree in Special Education form Arcadia University and a master’s in Education/Elementary Counseling from Villanova University. Ruttenberg also received certification in the Family Studies Program from the Family Institute of Philadelphia. She is the author of the Profile Assessment, which is designed to sensitize and train personnel working with individuals with autism. In 2004 she facilitated the Transition Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Autism Task Force and played a key role in the development of the final report. In 2008 she was awarded Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Alumni Medallion for demonstrated excellence in her field. A frequent guest speaker on Fox 29, ABC, and CBS to discuss autism-related issues, she is a key spokesperson on autism at the state and local level.

Exceptional Familes of Exceptional Children and Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown) present their 2nd annual Autism Awareness Day. Join us on Saturday, November 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Zoo for resources, information, and family fun!

Admission to this event is free with Zoo admission. Purchase a puzzle-patterned sock monkey from the EPZ Nature Shop for only $15 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Autusm Awareness!  


Fall Montgomery County Resource Expo: A Focus on Secondary Transition and Autism – November 20th 6:30-8:30 Upper Dublin HS Cafeteria

*MY FEST is a big event (Magellan My Life Program)
September 27th with different tables as well as a BBQ. It will be held at Rose Tree Park in Media, and there will be resources and food
*Peaceful Living conference Saturday September 27; Safe Passage:
Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life’s Journey
DATE:  Monday Sept. 29- The next "Families CCAN" meeting will include a discussion of staffing models for supported housing for adults with special needs. 

Three panelists -- Stacy Levitan, Executive Director at JCHAI, Sr. Francis at Holy Redeemer, and Amy LaGrotte McCann at Carousel Connections -- will share their perspectives on staff recruitment, training and roles in their respective organizations.

Date: Monday, 9/29/14 
7:00 pm - refreshments
7:30-9:15 – meeting
Location: Mishkan Shalom Synagogue
4101 Freeland Ave 
Philadelphia, PA 19128

 - Registration deadline September 25

TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Montgomery County IU, 1605 W Main Street, Norristown, PA 19403

 TO REGISTER: Contact Trish Golden, Phone: 610-278-3645, Email: pgolden@montcopa.org

The Pennsylvania Training Partnership Announces a Free Family Training in Your Area
Presented by VISION FOR EQUALITY: This session is led by Partnership trainers.

Oct. 5-  ChildGuidance Resource center Funfest!

Sunday, October 5th
1-6pm, rain or shine! Fellowship Farm

2488 Sanatoga Rd. Pottstown, PA

 (GPS: Gilbertsville, PA)


The 11th Annual Career & Transition Fair will be held at the Commonwealth Technical Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center on October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

10-11-14 Social Dance @ the Ambler YMCA hosted by Autism Cares Foundation

10-18-14 North Penn High School 10-1pm Resource Fair for Everyone-Landsdale

10-22-14 PIN transition day-Philadelphia

11-1-14 TOOLS workshop-Philadelphia PA

11-4-14 ID Waiver training in Abington

11-8-14 Race for Resources AM-Bucks County
11-8-14 EFEC Autism Awareness-Norristown 
Elmwood Zoo event PM 
The fall Teen LEGO® Building Group will be held on 
Sunday November 3,  2013 from  2:00-3:30pm

Teens must register by emailing  
Cynthia.day@verizon.net or calling 215-805-3094.  

The event will take place at SCH’s Robotics Lab at 500 West Willow Grove Ave.  Parking is on site. 
 LEGO® will be provided for building.

Norristown or Pottstown Resident admission for this day is FREE!!!

**GROUPON has a family admission for the day at $14! 

There will be 32+ local resources to help you and your child meet goals you may have.

Exceptional Families of Exceptional Children is teaming up with Elmwood Park Zoo to bring the community an autism awareness event on November 9, 2013 from 12pm-4pm.  We couldn't wait for April to share all of the wonderful, local resources and inform the community about the amazingness that is autism.

For more information: 
When: October 16, 2013 from 7-9pm
Where: Newtown Middle School
Admission: $5.00
We hope to see you there!  
For more information, please contact us at 215-579-0670 or by emailing kquinby@potentialinc.org.

Come learn all about bullying and how it affects children with hidden disabilities like Asperger's and High Functioning Autism, what rights parents have, and much more at this informative presentation given by Potential, Inc. and Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc.
This is sure to be a presentation unlike any others on the subject, as it is specific to individuals on the spectrum.