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Lots of fun and events this month with Victoria Autism.
 
July 2019 Newsletter
Check out some of the exciting announcements Autism related events this month in Victoria, click below for more info and to register.

1) Canucks Autism Network & BC Transit are holding a free info session for teens 13+ and young adults with Autism on Thursday, July 11th. Click here for details.
2) Victoria Autism's Big Splash community meeting at Beckwith Water Park on Sunday, July 28th 1-3pm. Click for details.
3) Annual Victoria Autism Expo this Sept 29, 2019. Location and date secured click here for more details.
Are you a vendor or service provider that would like to register for a table, email us at vendorservices@victoriaautism.com for more details.

Wondering about our parent nights or teen only events? We have been working hard to get something together for you, likely closer to the end of summer stay tuned!

As our newsletter only goes out once a month, please check our facebook page and/or website to register early or to get up to date information!
Have you ever tried a weighted vest or blanket? Perhaps you haven't heard of it and are wondering what it has to do with Autism? Well, read the Consumer Corner further down this newsletter to find out more!
Click here to see jump down to Consumer Corner below to read more.
Did you know there are many opportunities for you to give back to your Autism community. The board is looking to fill some volunteer positions on our Expo, fundraising, and event planning committees with as small commitment as 2 hours per month. We need volunteers to help be a pair of eyes for events and clean up to ensure the events go smooth and safe. If you can't commit to only 2 hours a month, just let us know as we have some single events that only would require a few hours over the whole year!

Email us at support@victoriaautism.com to find out more.
As mentioned above, we are all very excited to announce that our Annual Victoria Autism Expo is set for Sept 29, 2019 at the École Victor-Brodeur (School) at 637 Head St. More details to be available soon.
As a registered charity with CRA, we provide tax donation receipts and your donation helps with the work we do with individuals with Autism right here in Victoria!

You can make a gift by clicking here
Are you newly diagnosed or looking for some resources within the Community?
Consumer Corner - .. Continued from above..
Consumer Corner continued from above..
The theory behind using weighted and pressurized items…..blankets, vests, and lap pads is that the pressure of the weight helps to calm autistic children and children with sensory processing disorder by changing how they process sensory information. The items permit such children the feel their movements and comprehend where their bodies are in the moment and space.
This calming effect can help children with poor motor control, hyperactivity, self-stimulation and sleeplessness. In 2007, a study suggested that the calming effect of these weighted products was due to the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
While not a panacea, and not for every child, weighted objects may be a purposeful tool for your child.  Of course, it is recommended to discuss weighted products with your OT before purchasing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Koster is the owner of Perfect Day Special Needs Store
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