9/29 Navigating DSM 5 Diagnoses and School Support Services For Your Child

This Presentation will address the following topics:

  • A Brief review of diagnostic criteria for common disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders)
  • Discuss how a child with a diagnosis may qualify for services within the school system
  • Pros and Cons of receiving an evaluation from a private professional versus an evaluation from the school system.

Debra Huss is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Kentucky. She currently works at MindPsi Psychological Services Center, a private practice in Lexington, KY. She provides diagnostic evaluations, individual and family therapy, and group therapy to address a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders for children and adults.

Brandon Huss is a Certified School Psychologist for Jessamine County Schools. He has been a School Psychologist for twelve years, nine of which have been in Jessamine County. Brandon has experience in many areas of school psychology, including evaluating students with special needs, creating and implementing behavioral support plans, supporting teachers and staff who work with special needs students, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). He currently works at Red Oak Elementary and East Jessamine Middle.

Navigating DSM-5 Diagnoses & School Support Services for Your Child

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9/14 Bluegrass Autism Walk

Our Bluegrass Autism Walk will be held on a Sunday this year – September 14 from 2pm to 5pm at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Click here for more information. We hope you will save the date on your calendar to attend this year’s Walk in support of Autism awareness and advocacy!

We are always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. Please email moc.liamg@yksnoitatcepxetaerg if you might be interested!

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8/25 PLAY Project

The PLAY Project was created by Dr.  Richard Solomon, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, to be an affordable early intervention program for young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is a relationship based approach that focuses on equipping parents to effectively engage their child during daily routines. Kirsten M. Brown, OTR/L, is currently the only certified PLAY Project consultant in Kentucky. Kirsten has been using the research based PLAY Project strategies in her work with children within the Kentucky First Steps early intervention program since 2010. Kirsten will be sharing information about the PLAY Project and also videos of parents working with their children using PLAY Project strategies. A First Steps parent that Kirsten is currently working with will also be present to share her experiences.


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7/28 Children with Autism Parenting Program And Reducing Stress

Alexis D. Rodgers, M.S. UK School Psychology Doctoral Student

How is your stress level, especially now that the new school year upon us? A collaborative research team from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville is currently recruiting parents of children aged 3-12 on the autism spectrum. The study involves participation in an 8-week parent training and support program, with sessions which focus on understanding patterns of behavior, decreasing problem behaviors, reducing parent stress, and improving parent behavior management strategies. Families will also be reimbursed for their time and participation.

We will also have an open forum discussion on the new school year and the anxieties and concerns that go along with this “adventure”.

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Vahl wins gold at the National Games

See Vahl on his way to gold medals at the National Games representing Kentucky  in the backstroke and relay, and silver in the freestyle. He had many aunties and uncles supporting him. We may have been the largest family group there with relatives from NY and NJ, Suriname, Texas, Virginia, New Orleans, Guyana coming for the event. We turned it into a great family reunion. Vibh compiled this photo album


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7/23 Autism Society National Conference

The 45th Annual Autism Society National Conference & Exposition

July 23-26, 2014 in Indianapolis


The Autism Society’s Conference brings the unique opportunity to interact with others who possess an amazing ability to bring about change and improve the lives of all individuals living with ASD. We have created an extraordinary program with cutting edge topics, leading speakers and varied formats to make this convention as interactive and engaging as possible. The program includes over 80 break-out sessions spanning early childhood to adulthood, on hot topics such bullying prevention, technology, social skills, criminal justice, employment, and transition. This conference strives to provide you with practical strategies you can implement right away. There are many networking opportunities, this year we are offering SHARING SESSIONS where you can connect with others around common interests and goals. There is nothing more powerful than when this community comes together to support each other, celebrate, and share ideas, stories and hope. You’re sure to find something at this National Conference that meets your needs.

Dr. Grandin is inarguably the most renowned individual with autism in the world today. In addition to being a prominent author and speaker, Grandin has received numerous honors and awards, including being listed as a “hero” in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Come journey with us to the Midwest and explore a friendly, inviting and vibrant city that has it all. The $275 million expansion has made the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium one of the largest convention centers in America. This contemporary convention center is is easily accessed by all of our conference hotels, a four-story shopping mall, 200+ restaurants and clubs, well-known sports venues, and a 10-block state park featuring museums, beautiful green space and a canal walk. Register Today!

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6/28 Applied Behavior Analysis

Amanda Ralston, M.Ed., BCaBA, LABA will provide a brief introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.   Participants will learn about basic principles, supporting literature, frequent uses, and resources related to learning more.

Melanie Baggerman will also be presenting. Melanie has a B.S. in special education (moderate to severe disabilities). She is currently working on a masters in special education (moderate to severe disabilities) and an autism certificate. Melanie has taught in the Fayette Co. school system for the past four years as a FMD teacher. For the 2014-2015 school year she will be starting a Christian homeschool tutoring program (Leap for Learning Academy) for elementary aged students with moderate to severe disabilities.  Her position is to partner with the parent in the education of their child in the role of a tutor.

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5/26 no May meeting

Have a nice Memorial Day!

Please post any urgent concerts to our contact page or discussion group.

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4/28 Restraint and Seclusion Regulations in KY

Malicia Hitch of Protection and Advocacy will present on Restraint and Seclusion Regulations in KY.

The following documents were recommended for additional information.

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4/24 Free Autism Screening

American Health & Wellness Institute of Lexington will be offering free Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised with Follow-Up Interview (M-CHAT-R/F)


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