In Memoriam of Gabriel Zamora

The Autism Society of the Bluegrass is heartbroken at the loss of one of our beloved children. Gabriel Zamora was gravely injured in an accident Sunday morning and passed away peacefully yesterday. We have long observed and admired the dedication his parents exhibited in helping Gabriel become the impressive, intelligent, and wonderful young man he was, and in striving for his happiness and independence. We hold Isidora, Justin, and their daughters in our hearts and hope they sense our love and support.

Funeral Vigil: 7:00pm on Friday, September 23.
Funeral Liturgy: 8:00am on Saturday, September 24.
All services will be held at
St. Athanasius Orthodox Church
100 Lime Lane
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Please consider a donation to help with the unexpected funeral expenses marked “Gabriel Zamora Memorial.” Other information and online donation instruction appear at

We hope the Zamoras feel some small comfort from the embrace of their grief-stricken autism family.

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9/13 The PLAY Project

The University of Kentucky, Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics will be hosting The PLAY Project training September 13-14, 2016 in Lexington. KY.

The PLAY Project Survey

The purpose of this survey is to determine the level of interest in this training for professionals, community partners, parents and others interested in learning about this intensive developmental intervention to families of young children with autism spectrum disorders.

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8/28 Bluegrass Autism Walk

Our Bluegrass Autism Walk will be held on a Sunday, August 28 from 2pm to 5pm at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark. We hope you will save the date on your calendar to attend this year’s Walk in support of Autism awareness and advocacy!

Visit for more info.

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6/27 Beyond Birds and Bees

Beyond Birds and Bees: Sexuality and Relationship Education for People with Autism and Developmental Disability.

Victoria Slocum is a doctoral candidate at UK in special education with an emphasis on moderate and severe disabilities and assistive technology. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in special education in Wisconsin and Kentucky. She lives in Danville with her husband, Rob, and many sighthounds and cats.

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5/30 no meeting

ASBG does not meet in May due to Memorial Day.

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4/25 Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behavior

presented by Collin Shepley

Collin Shepley is a supervisor for special education student teachers and a research assistant in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees in Special Education at the University of Georgia under the guidance of Dr. David L. Gast.

Mr. Shepley taught elementary and preschool-aged students with social communication delays and challenging behavior in public schools for five years. In addition, he worked as a supervisor in the University of Georgia’s Severe Behavior Clinic overseeing program development and implementation for individuals with autism. Research interests include evaluating research-based interventions in school settings, applications of technology in special education classrooms, parent and teacher training, and systematic instruction.

His talk will provide recommendations for preventing and responding to challenging behavior, as well as information concerning a school’s role in managing challenging behavior. Parents and attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the talk.

Managing Challenging Behavior

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Summer Camp List

The Kentucky Autism Training Center posted a list of Summer Camps for kids with autism.

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4/16 Autism Workshop

“Supports for the Newly Diagnosed in Early Childhood and Elementary Years”


The Early Years
The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders is stressful and overwhelming. Families and professionals need all the supports available as they begin to cope with the condition. Supports help with behavior management, visual learning, seeking medical services, sensory integration therapies and financial strategies through waiver programs to secure services. This workshop can be a great way to help you on this journey.

A huge thank you to all our presenters and organizers!

Numerous presentations are posted on this web page. We will also post videos!

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ASBG referenced by LexingtonHealth247

LexingtonHealth247 will include the following page in their April publication. We appreciate their references to ASBG.

Autism Month April 16 Heath247_11

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3/21 Treatment programs at The Speech Network

Treatment programs at The Speech Network: An integrated focus on play skills, social language and feeding skills through individual intervention and enrichment groups

Amanda Moore Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Amanda is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist and feeding specialist. She also has specialty training in orofacial myofunctional disorders and is currently the only certified orofacial myologist in the state of Kentucky. She is Hanen certified in It Takes Two to Talk, an evidence based intervention for children with autism. A passion for developing play skills and feeding skills for the early intervention population has guided her practice and ongoing learning in these areas.

Amanda is the owner and director of The Speech Network that houses The Pediatric Feeding Clinic and The Orofacial Myology Clinic here in Lexington KY. She is also a part of the therapy team at The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky.

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