Lowcountry Autism Consortium

Lowcountry Autism Consortium

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Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well.

Follow this link to the survey:
https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
FREE DISINFECTANT!
As a parent of a child with special needs I understand we need more disinfectant than the average household during this crisis. Tell them you have a child with special needs and we will give you more.

From our family to yours!
We are by your side.

Jamie Pike
Owner
Valet Clean

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✓ FREE DISINFECTANT for Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston County Residents
✓ Saturday Only 10am to 12!

Valet Dry Carpet Cleaning would like to provide surface cleaning disinfectant to the community at no cost during these difficult and scary times.

Valet Carpet Cleaning will be available on Saturday, April 25, 2020 between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM in the parking lot of the Charleston PruittHealth Hospice and Home Health office located at 139 Gateway Dr. Ladson, SC 29456.

Given the short supply of bottles and containers we ask everyone to please supply their own container. These will be filled on site with the surface disinfectant. We will also provide you with the appropriate legal label to put on the bottle.

In order to ensure everyone safety, we also ask that everyone remain in their cars while waiting in line to be served, Thank you! “

Valet Carpet Cleaning is a small mom & pop company trying to make a difference.

https://www.facebook.com/ValetDryCarpetCleaning/
By request, we'll be conducting our FREE Special Needs Estate Planning seminar in Goose Creek on Saturday, Nov 17th. If you know someone in that area, please share this with them. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 843-782-3333

Nov 17th 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Goose Creek Library
325 Old Moncks Corner Road
Goose Creek, SC 29445

We'll discuss the intricate topic of planning both your own estate and that of your special needs loved one.

Specifically, we'll teach you how to avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls that ruin estate plans. We'll outline how to prevent losing valuable public benefits and the tools available for protecting our special needs loved ones.
BIG NEWS!
We are proud to announce we now have a partnership with the Coastal Center. We have hired 11 people from the Coastal Center to help us staff our booth for the Coastal Carolina Fair. Come by and say hi! We would love to meet you in person.

We are also working with them towards staffing our Kiosk at the Tanger Outlets Mall.

We say thank you on behalf of my son Benji and the all the Valet Dry Carpet Cleaning staff. Without you we could not make this possible!

Spoiler Alert:
Sneak peak of our new shirts :) We should have them by next Monday thanks to the Hoove LLC. They are a locally owned company. The owners have a son with special needs.
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You may have seen this on the Lowcountry Autism Foundation site. I can’t wait to go because the book and podcasts are fantastic! I hope you sign up to go because it’s going to be well worth it!

https://www.facebook.com/92635397442/posts/10155508196552443/
Hello all, I have made a donors choose account. I teach middle school students with severe Autism. These students having a variety of sensory issues, items in the classroom need to be accommodating. Items on my list are sensory, academic (functional math and reading), and include leisure activities.

All help is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Thank you.

Flip! Gym is hosting special needs recreational gymnastics classes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome. Register online at www.flipgym.net/summersession2018
Consider the sport of gymnastics as another therapeutic tool to help these kiddos learn self-regulation strategies and social skills! Email [email protected] for additional information!

The Lowcountry Autism Consortium (LAC) supports the Charleston-area autism community by bridging the gap between individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and high quality, regionally-based services.

In response to rising ASD rates, the LAC provides families and professionals with practical, empowering information in an accepting atmosphere, and advocates for autism awareness, research, and lifelong care.

Operating as usual

[03/10/18]   We are winding down the LAC website and LAC in general. We feel there are now many quality organizations providing similar or improved information and services. These would include but not be limited to SOS Healthcare, Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Community Options, Village Vision, and others. It has been a pleasure serving the Charleston Community for the past 7 years and many of us are continuing to serve here, especially with the above nonprofits. Thank you for your support!

wpde.com 02/24/2018

Adults with autism struggle to find jobs

This is the situation in our state; fortunately, there are some great businesses actively hiring and making a difference for those on the spectrum. (Link to local Resources guide below.)

http://wpde.com/news/local/adults-with-autism-struggle-to-find-jobs

https://www.projectrex.org/resources/

wpde.com Young adults with autism face many struggles, including difficulties finding a job, continuing their education and independent living, according to a report. There is a lack of funding in South Carolina to help fund the types of programs young adults with

spectrumnews.org 02/17/2018

Weighing up autism’s obesity crisis

Does your family struggle with food-related issues? If so, you’re not alone.

https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/weighing-autisms-obesity-crisis/

spectrumnews.org Autism’s underlying biology, associated behaviors and treatments can all put people on the spectrum at serious risk for obesity.

projectrex.org 02/09/2018

Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents

Today is the day! The Project Rex Conference at MUSC starts this morning, and our LAC founder Dr. Rob Scharstein is presenting on Autism Resources in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. On-site registration is available, and the topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents.

https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM MUSC; exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC In celebration of 10 years of serving the autism community, we’re hosting a Project Rex Conference! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. Be sure to sign up fo...

projectrex.org 02/06/2018

Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents

Our LAC founder, Dr. Rob Scharstein, is honored to speak about Autism Resources in Charleston and throughout South Carolina at the Project Rex: MUSC Autism Spectrum Conference on Friday, Feb 9th. The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents, and it’s not too late to register! (This is the last day for the advance rate; on-site registration is also available.) https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM MUSC; exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC In celebration of 10 years of serving the autism community, we’re hosting a Project Rex Conference! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. Be sure to sign up fo...

projectrex.org 01/27/2018

Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents

Want Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life? Patients and parents alike won’t want to miss the Project Rex Conference at MUSC on Friday, Feb 9th? Our founder Dr. Robert Scharstein is proud to be one of the presenters.

https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM MUSC; exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC In celebration of 10 years of serving the autism community, we’re hosting a Project Rex Conference! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. Be sure to sign up fo...

01/25/2018

JSS Behavioral Services

Enrollment is now open for our group social skills program in our North Charleston office! This is a 12 week group appropriate for adolescents and teens with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder. Parents also meet for the duration of the session. See flyer for more information. Spread the word! Lowcountry Autism Foundation Project Rex: MUSC Autism Spectrum Lowcountry Autism Consortium Carolina Speech and Language Center CharisFamily SC AutismAwareness.com Autism Services of South Carolina

usnews.com 01/20/2018

Penguin Project Gives Boy With Autism Safe Place to Shine

The Penguin Project is a performing arts program that fosters the creativity within children that have special needs, and it made a big difference for this SC family.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-carolina/articles/2017-10-09/penguin-project-gives-boy-with-autism-safe-place-to-shine

usnews.com 'Different Is Everywhere': Penguin Project gives boy with autism safe place to shine.

futurity.org 01/13/2018

Is autism more common that we thought? - Futurity

What do you think; is autism more common than we thought? Recent “analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that 2.4 percent of American children between the ages of 3 and 17—or 1 in 41—have been diagnosed with autism.”

http://www.futurity.org/children-autism-1645702-2/

futurity.org "Previous thinking about autism is that it is very rare, but this study tells us it is no longer something that is very rare."

01/06/2018

Lowcountry Autism Consortium

Our founder Dr. Robert Scharstein is proud to be one of the presenters at the Project Rex Conference at MUSC on Friday, Feb 9th! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. See you there!

https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 01/06/2018

Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents

Our founder Dr. Robert Scharstein is proud to be one of the presenters at the Project Rex Conference at MUSC on Friday, Feb 9th! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. See you there!

https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM MUSC; exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC In celebration of 10 years of serving the autism community, we’re hosting a Project Rex Conference! The topic is Autism Treatment & Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents. Be sure to sign up fo...

projectrex.org 12/30/2017

Power to the Parents Conference

Save the date for Project Rex: MUSC Autism Spectrum’s Power to the Parents conference in Charleston on Friday, February 9th; LAC Founder Dr. Rob Scharstein will speak! https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM Exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC Save the Date for Our 2018 Project Rex Conference! Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 9, 2018, the date of our Project Rex Conference. The topic is Power to the Parents: Supporting individuals with autism from childhoo...

boredpanda.com 12/23/2017

Heartwarming Friendship Of A 5-Year-Old Girl With Autism And Her Therapy Cat

All we want for Christmas is a therapy cat like this one! https://www.boredpanda.com/thula-therapy-cat-autistic-artist-iris-grace/

boredpanda.com Remember when we wrote about Iris Grace, the incredible talented 5-year-old girl with autism who paints beautiful pictures? It turns out that she has a behind-the-scenes helper who's also worthy of praise – that's Thula, her therapeutic cat.

abcnews.go.com 12/16/2017

9-year-old's heartfelt video on life with autism

He loves Harry Potter, Minecraft and tacos, but hates yogurt -- none of which have to do with his having autism and more to do with just being a 9-year-old kid.
"I'm a kid just like you, 'cause all us kids are different in our own ways, right?" he says.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/year-olds-heartfelt-video-life-autism/story?id=51585836

abcnews.go.com George shares what his life with autism is like to help kids understand him.

scarymommy.com 12/09/2017

Christmas Isn’t Autism-Friendly, But You Can Avoid Meltdowns With These Tips

Christmas may not be autism-friendly, but here’s what you can do to navigate the season! http://www.scarymommy.com/christmas-isnt-autism-friendly-can-avoid-meltdowns-tips/

scarymommy.com My 14-year-old sons have autism, and we’ve managed to endure a multitude of holiday gatherings. Here’s how.

realsimple.com 11/25/2017

How the Grinch and Rudolph Helped Me Connect with My Autistic Son

As we look ahead to Christmas, here’s one of our very favorite stories from writer and autism mom Priscilla Gilman! https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/christmas-autism-essay

realsimple.com Benj, a child with autism, was aloof and distant. His mother, Priscilla, was desperate to reach him. How did she do it? Call it a holiday miracle.

autismspeaks.org 11/18/2017

Autism and Thanksgiving: How to cope with the feasting & family hubbub

Happy (almost!) Thanksgiving from your friends at LAC! Here’s a helpful guide to a happy holiday: https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2017/11/14/autism-and-thanksgiving-how-cope-feasting-and-hubbub

autismspeaks.org Does your child with autism love Thanksgiving, but need help slowing down on the food and excitement? Strategies from an expert in this week's Food for Thought advice column.

abcnews4.com 11/11/2017

'The Good Doctor' raising awareness of issues faced by adults with autism

“I think we have to flip things on its head and remember that support across the lifespan is critical.” Agreed! http://abcnews4.com/news/local/the-good-doctor-raising-awareness-of-issues-faced-by-adults-with-autism

abcnews4.com CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Good Doctor is ABC’s newest hit show; it's dominating Monday night ratings. The drama centers around a young surgeon with autism. The main character struggles with communication and social settings.It's a show 23-year-old Clay

projectrex.org 11/06/2017

November 2017 Local Autism Events Roundup

Wow, there are so many great local lowcountry autism events happening in November and December! https://www.projectrex.org/2017/11/local-autism-events-roundup/

projectrex.org This month's Lowcountry autism events roundup includes a special needs planning workshop, parent training, SPARK for Autism collection event, and more! Project

popsugar.com 10/28/2017

6 Things Autism Moms Want You to Know This Halloween

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Halloween! https://www.popsugar.com/moms/What-Know-About-Halloween-From-Autism-Mom-43921204
https://themighty.com/2016/10/autism-and-halloween-accepting-that-my-son-wont-wear-a-costume/

popsugar.com Halloween: the night you get to eat candy for dinner. This was just one of my favorite parts about the holiday growing up. I loved to dress up; run from house

counton2.com 10/21/2017

Cool School: Charis Academy

Have you heard of Charis Academy? This Summerville school focuses on students with high functioning autism, ADHD, and other learning challenges. http://counton2.com/2017/09/27/cool-school-charis-academy/
http://charisacademysc.org/

counton2.com Charis Academy is our Cool School of the week! Charis Academy is our first Cool School of the year. Charis, Greek for love, grace, and kindness was founded last year in Summerville. The school focu…

postandcourier.com 10/14/2017

Coming soon to some S.C. classrooms: An army of robots to help autistic students learn social skills

Coming soon to some S.C. classrooms: An army of robots to help autistic students learn social skills! http://www.postandcourier.com/news/coming-soon-to-some-s-c-classrooms-an-army-of/article_69e3f1a6-a2ca-11e7-9d99-d36d539b6691.html

postandcourier.com Milo's rubbery face stretches into a lifelike smile. His eyes pivot from side to side. His arms gesture, and his voice box activates.

projectrex.org 10/07/2017

October 2017 Local Autism Events Roundup

There are a whole bunch of great autism events happening this month; check out Project Rex: MUSC Autism Spectrum’s extensive Lowcountry Autism Events roundup for a list of local support groups, athletic events, and more! https://www.projectrex.org/2017/10/october-2017-local-autism-events-roundup/

projectrex.org This month's Lowcountry autism events roundup includes a ton of great autism support groups, athletic events, a movie night, and more! Project Rex Reports We're

refinery29.com 09/30/2017

An Airline Employee Made Flying So Much Better For A Man With Autism

This is a great story about an airline employee who went above and beyond to show compassion and offer support! http://www.refinery29.com/2017/06/157982/airline-employee-man-autism

refinery29.com Russell Lehmann had "the worst meltdown" of his life, and an airline employee came to his rescue.

counton2.com 09/23/2017

Free surf lessons for hundreds of autistic children

We love seeing Surfers Healing come to town - come back soon! http://counton2.com/2017/08/24/free-surf-lessons-for-hundreds-of-autistic-children/

counton2.com FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD)- Hundreds of children splashed in the waves on Folly Beach Thursday learning how to surf. Surfers Healing is free and works exclusively with children with Autism. Learning …

scautismhelp.com 09/16/2017

Events - SC Autism Help

Will we see you at the SOS Health Care Conference on Saturday, September 23, 2017?
The Conference is intended for: Parents of children and teens with Autism, as well as adults with Autism and intellectual disabilities and professionals. The keynote speaker is our friend and colleague Dr. Frampton Gwynette, Founder of Project Rex: MUSC Autism Spectrum, and he’ll be giving a talk on Autism and Technology. http://scautismhelp.com/events/

scautismhelp.com

09/09/2017

Understanding the IEP

Understanding the IEP Workshop, presented by Family Connection of SC is happening Monday, September 11th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Riverbluff Church, North Charleston (5421 Riverbluff Parkway, North Charleston, SC 29420). This workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that serves as a road map for education services. RSVP to Anna Skipper at [email protected]. https://www.familyconnectionsc.org/event/understanding-the-iep-5/

familyconnectionsc.org This workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that serves as a road map for education services.

09/06/2017

New Free Parent Support Group Starts tomorrow, Thursday, September 7th! JSS Behavioral Services and Lowcountry Autism Foundation are collaborating on a new, free parent group starting on Thursday, September 7th at JSS Behavioral Services, 7301 Rivers Ave, Suite 100, North Charleston, SC 29406. This monthly group is for parents of children with a new diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to receive both information and practical support. Please contact the Lowcountry Autism Foundation organizers at (843) 876-0415 for more information.

independent.co.uk 08/26/2017

Every major shop in Britain is holding a 'quiet hour' for people with autism

“A nationwide UK quiet hour is to be held in shops later this year as part of a project to raise awareness of autism.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-quiet-hour-autism-nationwide-national-autistic-society-intu-toys-r-us-a7872596.html

independent.co.uk A nationwide "quiet hour" is to be held in shops later this year as part of a project to raise awareness of autism. Fourteen Intu shopping centres will join the National Austistic Society's awareness campaign, which will see lights dimmed and music turned down in restaurants and shops on 2 October....

08/19/2017

Lowcountry Autism Consortium

Have you heard the good news? The date is set for a Power to the Parents Autism Conference in Charleston: Friday, February 9, 2018. It’s all about supporting individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.
https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 08/19/2017

Power to the Parents Conference

Have you heard the good news? The date is set for a Power to the Parents Autism Conference in Charleston: Friday, February 9, 2018. It’s all about supporting individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.
https://www.projectrex.org/events/power-to-the-parents-conference/

projectrex.org 09 February, 20188:00 AM Exact location to be announced, Charleston, SC Save the Date for Our 2018 Project Rex Conference! Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 9, 2018, the date of our Project Rex Conference. The topic is Power to the Parents: Supporting individuals with autism from childhoo...

projectrex.org 08/12/2017

Adults with Autism and Depression

Are you an adult with Autism and Depression? Our friends at MUSC Project Rex are currently recruiting adults ages 18-65 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as Depression for a research study at MUSC. The purpose of this study is to investigate new possibilities for treatment for symptoms of both autism and depression. Compensation will be available to participants. https://www.projectrex.org/adults-with-autism-and-depression/

projectrex.org Recruiting adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as Depression for a MUSC research study.

projectrex.org 08/05/2017

Ask an Aspie Q&A Forum

Got questions about growing up on the autism spectrum?
If you’re someone who has an ASD diagnosis or if you suspect that you’re on the spectrum, you’re invited to join us for the free Ask an Aspie Question and Answer Forum on Saturday, August 19th! https://www.projectrex.org/events/ask-an-aspie-qa-forum/

projectrex.org 19 August, 20172:00 PM RL Jones Center, 391 Egypt Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Browse map Got questions about growing up on the autism spectrum? If you’re someone who has an ASD diagnosis or if you suspect that you’re on the spectrum, you’re invited to join us for the Ask an Aspie Question and Answe...

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