Sunday, November 26, 2017

Annual Holiday and Ornament Exchange Party

Save the Date for IAMs Annual Holiday Party & Ornament Exchange!

Saturday, December 16th - 6:30pm
Josh & Lauren Nordberg’s House

Please bring a drink, an appetizer or dessert and an ornament for our ornament exchange!

It’s always a fun time!!!
Please RSVP!

Monday, April 17, 2017

APRIL Island Autism Moms and Dads Meeting

This month is Autism Awareness month. Let's get together this Friday, April  21st at 9 am at the Treehouse. Kindly rsvp. 

Looking forward to it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February IAMS meeting at the Treehouse Cafe on 2/11 at 7:30 pm

Happy February!
Save the Date for our February get together!

Saturday, February 11th
Treehouse Cafe - (Lynwood Center on Bainbridge)

Please RSVP to me so that I know how big a table to get!

Thank you!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Annual Island Autism Moms and Dads (IAMS) Holiday Party

Happy December!

Josh and  Lauren Nordberg are excited to host the annual Christmas party at our house again this year - bring the whole family!

Thursday, December 15th at 7:30pm
5351 Diamond Place NE - Bainbridge

Please bring a drink, appetizer or dessert to share!

If you would like to participate in our annual ornament swap, bring a wrapped ornament to participate!

Please RSVP to me as soon as you know if you are coming or not!

Hope to see you!
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 30th Coffee/Tea Hour with Liz Saliba, BISD Autism Coordinator

Melanie Smith will be hosting our September meeting which will be a coffee/tea hour. We have invited Liz SalibaBainbridge Island School District Autism Coordinator, to join our meeting a share a bit about her role in the school district. I hope the school year is off to a great start for your children.

When: Friday, September 30th at 9:30 am

Where: 8320 New Holland Ct.

Please park in the cul de sac below her house!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Family Picnic on Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Save the Date for the Summer Family IAMs Picnic (it will be potluck) at Lytle Beach at noon on Saturday August 6th - I'll send out another reminder as we get closer to the date!

Meeting on Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Josh and Lauren Nordberg are excited to host July's IAMs meeting at their house on Saturday July 9th at 7:00pm - please RSVP so we have enough wine glasses! ;) please bring an appetizer, dessert or drink to share! They live at 5351 Diamond Place NE - near Lynwood Center!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IAMS Social on Friday, May 1 at 7 pm

Save the date...
Our next IAMS social is going to be at Shannon and Rich Ferrara's home on Friday, May 1. Details to follow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Island Autism Mom and Dads Annual Holiday Party: 12/9 at 7 pm

It is that time again! 

Please mark your calendars. Rob and Carol Wood are hosting our annual holiday party/ornament exchange.

When: Tuesday, Dec 9 at 7 pm
Where: 10187 NE Garibaldi Loop
Carol's phone number: 909-368-3878

Please bring a wrapped ornament (either one per couple or two (one for each of you). Please bring a beverage, appetizer or dessert.

Please RSVP Looking forward to seeing you all.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IAMS Annual Family Picnic on Sunday, August 24 from 4:30 to 7 pm

Hello All!

We hope your summer has been amazing. It is time for our annual summer family picnic. Rob and Carol Wood are graciously hosting at their home which is adjacent to the neighborhood play park.

Hope to see you all on Sunday, August 24 from 4:30 to 7 pm.The address is 10187 Garibaldi Loop. Please bring a side dish or dessert and any beverage of choice.

Kindly RSVP to both myself and Carol at!

Monday, May 12, 2014

IAMS Meeting on May 13th

Viki and Ron are hosting our May IAMS meeting this month.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at 7:00. I've decided to have our IAMs gathering at mom and dad's house (better driveway situation). It's at 10225 Manitou Beach dr., about 6 houses east of my house.

Bring your favorite beverage, an appetizer or if you're Lauren, an awesome dessert.....or frankly, nothing at all if you don't have time. No worries. We're just looking forward to seeing everyone.

Let me know if you can make it.

Warm regards,
Viki and Ron

Thursday, April 10, 2014

IAMS April Autism Awareness Gathering at Jessica Fugaro's home at 7 pm on Saturday, April 12th

We hope to see you all at our April Autism Awareness Month IAMS Gathering at Jessica Fugaro's home. They live off of Grow on on Shepard Way.

The address is:
450 Shepard Way NW
Phone is 708-0429

Parking is on the side of the road on Shepard Way. Please bring a beverage of choice or an appetizer or dessert!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Embracing Autism: Senior Project and Opportunity for Families

~ Embracing Autism ~

Dear Parents, 
My name is John Baker. I am a senior at Bainbridge High School, and I am currently in the process of designing a Senior Project to help families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you are receiving this invitation you and your child or children are invited to attend my event, “Embracing Autism.”

What: Embracing Autism is a one-day activity camp where your child can come and participate in a variety of independent activities. A brief list of these activities includes Legos, arts and crafts, blowing bubbles, and designing your own sock puppet!

Who: You are invited to come and stay with your child throughout the entire event. I will be there to oversee the event and I will have help from other student volunteers and adults who are trained in working with kids with autism.

Where: Strawberry Hill Park, at 7666 NE High School Road.

WhenApril 13, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. Families are welcome to come and go whenever they want, for however long you wish to stay.

Why: To help children with ASD have fun to provide a recreational and leisure opportunity for families and children to come and play celebrating the special qualities that children with Autism bring to our lives.

Additional Details: For my presentation I will need to take photos and take videos of the event. If you are comfortable with having your child be photographed or filmed I would greatly appreciate if you would fill out the photo release sheet attached to this email. Also, during the event, I or one the volunteers might ask you a few short questions about your thoughts on this event for my presentation.

Please contact me at to RSVP if you are planning on attending, or if you have any additional concerns or details about your child you feel I should know.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

IAMS Meeting on February 11th at 7 pm

After that win….it is time for a party. Yeah Seahawks!

Lauren and Josh Nordberg are hosting our Island Mom and Dads meeting this month. Please join us at their home at 5351 Diamond Place NE. 
They are the second driveway on the left, a green split-level with red shutters and a white Honda pilot in the driveway.

They are pretty easy to get to as they are a few houses down from Rebecca Rockefeller so many people will already know where they are!

Please bring a appetizer or beverage of your choice. Feel free to park in the driveway or on the street!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January IAMS Meeting on the 14th at 7 pm

Koji and I will be hosting our first IAMS meeting of 2014 at our home on Tuesday, January 14th at 7 pm.  We look forward to chatting with you all and discussing ways that we can help our community to embrace our children. Please bring an appetizer or beverage of your choice. An RSVP is very much appreciated.

We live at 1169 Wing Point Way, just off of Ferncliff on the downslope before a cedar fence on the right side. There is parking on the street. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

IAMS Annual Holiday Party Dec. 3rd

Greetings Everyone!
Rob and I will be hosting the Holiday Party again this year.  Please bring your kids if you don't  have a sitter.
Also bring:
  1. An appetizer or dessert
  2. A wrapped ornament or other holiday item to exchange.
Date: Tuesday December 3 at 6:30 ish ( come join us when you can if  you can’t make it at 6:30)
Where:  10187 NE Garibaldi Loop, BI     909-268-3878
RSVP by Dec 1, but come anyway if you forget !
We look forward to seeing you. 
Carol, Rob and Kelsey Wood

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Island Moms and Dads (IAMS) meeting for October will be at Carol and Rob Wood's home at 7pm on Tuesday, October 8th. The intention is  to meet, share information, and support each other as we navigate the difficult waters of life with a special needs child or children.
Please bring a beverage or snack. We look forward to seeing you all.
For directions email:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

IAMS Meeting on July 14th

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Andrea is hosting out meeting this month at her home on the 14th at 7 pm at the Tree House. She will be moving to the Boston area in early August so this is also a happy send off. 
Please RSVP
Thank you...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Andrea is graciously hosting our IAMS meeting this month. We will be meeting are her home on Sunday, June 30th at 7 pm. Please bring either an appetizer or beverage of choice. She lives just two driveways up from me on Wing Point Way. Her address is 1125 Wing Point Way. Parking could be tight. You could carpool or park at my house if need be. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sensory Sunday at KiDiMu: reserve your spot

Last month was the kick off for the first Sensory Sunday at KidiMu. It was a huge success. 36 people showed up ages 3 to 15. Everyone had a great time. I especially enjoyed seeing the older kids enjoying themselves so much. It was a great opportunity for families to connect and even enjoy some adult conversation. The staff at KiDiMu is awesome and Kerry and Jaclyn from the UW Autism Center were playing right along with the kids.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. 
Karen Connors

Sensory Day at Kids Discovery Museum

Sunday, May 26th from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Admission: $3
Registration 206-855-4650 (space is limited)
In partnership with Island Autism Moms and Dads (IAMS)

This is an opportunity for children and families with autism. Sensory Sundays will take place on the fourth Sunday of every month.  We are starting small and will grow the program in the months following. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


It is time to celebrate a long and eventful year. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 25th at 7 pm for an IAMS celebration. Please bring your spouse/significant other, a beverage of choice and something to nibble on. 10225 Manitou Beach Drive

Monday, April 29, 2013

IAMS Meeting on April 30th at 7 pm

Please come to our April meeting for our IAMS group at the Rossi's home at 7 pm on 4/30th. A light snack and beverage of choice would be greatly appreciated.

John and Joanie Rossi
10103 NE Garibaldi Loop

206 451 4505

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Special Sensory Day for Kids with ASD

Sensory Day at Kids Discovery Museum

Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Admission: $3
Registration 206-855-4650 (space is limited)
In partnership with Island Autism Moms and Dads (IAMS)

This is an opportunity for children and families with autism.  April 28 marks the beginning of this program, which will take place on the fourth Sunday of every month.  We are starting small and will grow the program in the months following. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February 26th Island Autism Moms and Dads Meeting

For one final time while we still call this big thing on the hill at Sportsman and High School Rds, we'd like to host an IAMs meeting on February 26th at 7:00 pm.

Bring something to share, either a beverage or a snack. Don't bring too much tho!
Remember, this is a good place for dads to come as well as moms, so the more, the merrier. We always have a good time and always find ways to support each other.
Hope to see you here!

John and Joanie Rossi

8001 Sportsman Club Rd NE

206 451 4505

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Island Autism Moms and Dads Meeting for January

Our first meeting in 2013 is scheduled for the Tree House at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd. Hope you can make it. Please RSVP.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Annual Island Autism Mom and Dad's Holiday Party

Carol Wood will be hosting our annual holiday party on Tuesday, Dec 11th at 7pm. Details to follow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

IAMS Meeting on November 13th

Melanie Smith is hosting our Island Moms and Dads meeting this month on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 pm. She will be providing the appetizers so come hungry. Please bring a beverage of your choice. Directions below:
8320 New Holland Ct. N.E.
New Holland is just off of Finch, one street away from Wyatt.
Go down to the end of the street, we're on the right, yellow house up on a hill.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Island Autism Moms and Dads Meeting

Hope you can join us at our monthly IAMs meeting at the Tree House at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Please RSVP!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Save the Date...August 18th

Our annual IAMs family picnic at Mariann Tonder's home in Seabeck. Details to follow...

2 Day Social Thinking Training with Michelle Garcia Winner    

Come participate in a two-day Social Thinking workshop with Michelle Garcia Winner,
an internationally recognized author and speaker. Together we will create a community 
partnership using the skills this workshop offers. Lunch is included in ticket price. 
Professional clock hours will be available for those who need them.This Social Thinking 
workshop is intended for teachers, staff, and administrators of schools, as well as 
community members and parents. The goal of the workshop will be to raise awareness
about the critical role Social Thinking plays in every student’s life, not only for academic 
success, but also for growth into adulthood.
For more information on Michelle Garcia Winner and Social Thinking, go to 
The cost of the workshop is $25 for BISD staff and $80 for Community Members and 
includes 2 days of training, 2 lunches, and Social Thinking materials.

Woodward Middle School Gymnasium
9125 Sportsman Club Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM (PT)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

IAMS Meeting on Tuesday, July 24th

Andrea is hosting our July IAMs meeting this month on Tuesday, July 24th at 7 pm. She lives down the driveway that is two driveways up the hill from my house. She can fit six cars in her driveway. You can also park on the street in front of my house or in my driveway as well. Her address is 1125 Wing Point Way NE. 
Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 11, 2012

JUNE 26th IAMS Meeting at the Tree House

We will be meeting at the Tree House on Tuesday, June 26th at 7 pm. Hope to see you all there. Please RSVP.
Happy end of the school year!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 22nd Meeting

Joan and John Rossi are hosting our March IAMs mtg at 7 pm on Thursday, March 22. They are the house on the hill on the corner of Sportsman Club and High School Road.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 28th Meeting at the Tree House at 7 pm

We will be meeting at the Tree House on Tuesday, February 28th at 7 pm. Please let me know if you are able to join us. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The American Teacher movie and discussion

By popular demand we are doing something a little different this month. We are going to watch a movie called "The American Teacher". It is a documentary about teaching in America. I hope you will join us on Friday the 13th of January at 9:15 am to watch this film. It is 80 minutes long and then we will discuss the movie. Here is the trailer:

Please let me know if you can make it. The number of people attending will determine the location. It will, most likely, be hosted at a home. If you are not free during the daytime and would like to schedule an evening showing, let me know. That is certainly a possibility.

Monday, November 28, 2011

IAMs Holiday Gathering

We will be gathering for the our holiday celebration at Carol Woods' home at 7 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 13th. Please bring a wrapped ornament, a small appetizer or beverage. Looking forward to celebrating our 4th annual holiday party! Directions will follow. Please bring your partner (and kids if you have no sitter) and join us in some fun.

Directions to Carol and Rob Wood's home:
From High School Road and 305, head East past Ace Hardware
Turn LEFT at the first stop sign, Ferncliff Ave.
Turn LEFT on Garibaldi Loop ( you will see three lighted trees on the corner)
My home is straight ahead, to the left of the playground. Do not park in the cul-de-sac.
10187 NE Garibaldi Loop
h 206-855-0728
c 909-268-3878
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 22nd IAMs Meeting

Please join me at my home on Tuesday, November 22nd for our next IAMs meeting. We will be voting on a new name so come with suggestions. So far, we have Island Autism Meetings or Island Autism Meet Up. This seems more inclusive and that is what we are all about.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

OCT. 27 IAMs meeting

Save the date...7pm at the Rossi's house. Hope you can make it. Details will follow.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IAMs September 20th Meeting at the Tree House

Hope you can all make it to the Tree House on Tuesday, September 20th for our first IAMs meeting of the school year. Looking forward to some great conversations.
Please RSVP.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 26th IAMs Mtg

Please join us at the Tree House at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 26th for our next IAMs meeting. Hope to see you there. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

IAMS Annual Family Picnic


We hope you can join us for our Annual IAMs family picnic at Mariann Tonder's Beach place in Seabeck on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 3 pm. It is just a 40 minute drive from Bainbridge Island.

12510 Seabeck HWY
SeabeckWA US 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Next IAMs Meeting on June 23 at 7 pm

Please join us on Thursday, June 23rd at the Tree House for our next IAMs meeting. Please RSVP.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Next IAMs Meeting: May 31st

Our next meeting will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 31st at the Tree House. Hope to see you there. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 26th IAMs Meeting

Our next IAMs meeting will be at the Tree House on Tuesday, April 26h at 7 pm.  Hope to see you all there. RSVP Please.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

March Meeting

Our next meeting will be at the Tree House Cafe on Thursday, March 3rd at 7 pm. I hope you can make it. Please RSVP.

Friday, January 7, 2011

January 18th IAMS Meeting

Happy New Years All!
Mark your calendars! This month's meeting will be at the Treehouse on Tuesday, January 18th at 7pm.  I look forward to seeing you. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Autism Lecture Series is back!!

We have had confirmation from Student Services Director Betsy Reid that our School District will set up the teleconferencing 

in order that our community has access to this Free latest Information set of lectures can be accessed by parents

and educators on Bainbridge Island and the Poulsbo and Kingston areas as well.  

ALL Lectures are Free and available to the General Public. The Lectures will be teleconferenced at the BI Highschool Library Room Main Floor.
Watch for more announcements for these Third Thursday Lectures each month. Please share this information with any other people you know who may wish to have access to this information!

Class Details

Classes are held at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. All dates are Thursdays.  All lectures are to be teleconferenced to various locations in real time.
Autism 201: Autism in 2011Thursday, January 20, 2011
Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Beau Reilley PhD
Autism 202: Social Communication — Making Connections
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Instructor: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
Autism 203: Advocacy — Love, Understanding and Best Practices for IEPsThursday, March 17, 2011
Instructor: Larry Martin Davis, educational advocate
Autism 204: Preparing for the Summer
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Instructor: Robin Talley, MEd, BCBA
Autism 205: Biomedical Intervention
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Instructor: Gary Stobbe, MD
Autism 206: The DIR/Floor Time ModelThursday, June 16, 2011
Instructor: Rosemary White, MS, OTR/L
Autism 207: ABA — From Discrete Trial to Pivotal Response Training
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Instructor: Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Autism 208: Peer Play — Facilitating Playdates and Peer InteractionsThursday, August 18, 2011
Instructors: Gusty Lee Boulware, PhD, and Rina Marie Leon Guerrero, PhD
Autism 209: Anxiety
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Instructor: Felice Orlich, PhD
Autism 210: Addressing Challenging Behaviors at HomeThursday, October 20. 2011
Instructor: Nancy Rosenberg, PhD
Autism 211: Combating Isolation and Finding SupportThursday, November 17, 2011
Instructors: Parent Panel

Monday, December 6, 2010

IAMs Annual Holiday Gathering on 12/14

Save the date. Carol Wood has offered to host our annual holiday gathering/ornament exchange at 7 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 14th. Bring a wrapped ornament (either gentley used or new).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November IAMs Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 9th at the Tree House at Lynwood Center. Pleae RSVP so that I can let them know how big of a table we will be needing. 
Hope to see you there!

Karen Connors

Monday, September 27, 2010

IAMS Meeting on Oct. 1st

Michelle Cederberg and Michelle Burgess are hosting IAMs this month this Friday evening. Come join us for a few hours of fun.

Take Blakely all the way to the south end of the island past Blakely school. Then turn right on Country Club and right again on Ft. Ward hill. Go up the hill and about the top of the hill turn left on Kitsap street. Once in the neighborhood turn right on Soundview then left on Robertson, left again on Radio School Rd. and left on Douglas Drive.
Our address:
2424 Douglas Drive
You can park at the top of the driveway or around the cul-de-sac.  There is also a lot of space at the bottom of our driveway for a few cars.
Please RSVP.

Monday, July 26, 2010

IAMs Annual Family Picnic

Mariann Tonder is hosting our annual family picnic on Sunday, August 22nd at their place in Seabeck on the water. The address is 12510 Seabeck Hwy, Seabeck WA. Should be early afternoon but we will post the details and directions closer the event.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

IAM Meeting

Our next IAM meeting will be at Carol Wood's home on May 18th at 7 pm. We will be talking about healthcare reform and how that impacts our children. Carol will be sending out directions.

Coming up!

Wings Program fundraiser sponsored by the Wings Parent Organization (WPO) and Bainbridge Schools Foundation is scheduled this fall at Yonder. The date is to be announced. The evening will feature with hearty appetizers, One Hope Cabernet Savignon (1/2 the proceeds are donated to autism research) and a white wine choice as well. There will be entertainment, a silent auction, travel package raffle and live music. Tickets are $100 per guest. All proceeds will benefit the WINGs program.

Contact Karen Connors @ for information.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Autism 207 Location CHANGE

Please note that the location changed for this presentation because
there was a conflict with the library space. The webinar/video
conference will be held at portable 13.

What: Autism 207: Treatments
When: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Who: Instructor: Gary Stobbe, MD
“Biomedical Treatments”
Time: 7-8:30pm
Place: Portable 13, BHS

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Movie that Matters

April is Autism Awareness month. Autism: The Musical will be showing on April 25th at 4:30 pm at the Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island.
This inspiring documentary follows the trials and triumphs of a group of autistic children who attempt to create and perform their own musical. Autism: The Musical begins with the sobering statistic that, a decade ago, doctors diagnosed autism in only one child in 10,000, but today one in 100 children is affected by the disorder. But things look up from there. Though each child in the film struggles with his or her individual challenges, this documentary provides an ultimately hopeful picture. Inspired by her autistic son's response to creative play, single mother Elaine Hall organizes the Miracle Project, which unites autistic children and their families in the creation of a musical. Autism: The Musical focuses on five children: energetic Henry, who boasts encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs and reptiles; quiet, angel-voiced Lexi; girl-crazy Adam, an enthusiastic cello player; Neal, Elaine's son, who is nearly silent; and chatty Wyatt, who endures bullying at school. By featuring a variety of kids whose autism is manifested in unique ways, the film gives a well-rounded picture of the disorder and its effects on families. Autism: The Musical bounces between each child's history and his or her present efforts at the Miracle Project in Los Angeles. It echoes past documentary hits such as Spellbound, but the children here have very different challenges. Audiences watching the film can expect tears of heartache at their plight, but each will be balanced by peals of laughter at the antics of the lovable children.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Autism Lecture Series

Autism 200 Lecture Series
Live teleconference participation is available on
Bainbridge Island. This series is FREE.

Autism 200 is a series of 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes. Each class includes time for questions. Classes are held at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium or via web-cast on Bainbridge Islland through Children’s video and teleconferencing outreach program.

The Autism 200 class series is offered through the combined efforts of Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington Center for Human Development.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
Instructors: Stacy Shook, PhD, Caroline Sheppard, M.Ed and Kristin McNally, OTR/L

“The Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) &
Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship Based Model (DIR)”

TIME: 7 – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Bainbridge Highschool, Library Reading Room. For more information contact Elizabeth Saliba, B.I. School District’s ASD Coordinator, 780-1068 or

Autism 206: Communication Skills
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Instructor: Jim Mancini , MS, CCC-SLP
“Social Communication: Assessment & Treatment”
Location on Bainbridge: TBD

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

IAM Meeting

Wednesday, January 20th, 7 to 9 PM

Location: Tree House Cafe, Lynwood Center, BI

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

IAM Meeting

Wednesday, November 11th, 7 to 9 PM

Location: 122 Winslow Way, Winslow Way Cafe

Topics will include on-going fund raising efforts for Bainbridge Island School District's WINGS Program, and Siblings of Children with ASD--Challenges and Opportunities.

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

IAM Meeting

Please join us for our first IAM meeting of the school year.

This Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm--tentative location "Winslow Way Cafe" 122 Winslow.

Please RSVP to for important meeting details!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Restoring Hope Conference, October 15th

Speakers: Dr. Gary Stobbe and Dr. Brian King

You will have the opportunity to hear from experts on:

* Effective behavioral interventions, sleep disorders, biomedicalinterventions, medications
* Successful school/family partnerships, evidence-based schoolpractices, positive behavior supports, social skills training
* Maintaining your marriage, handling challenging behaviors, parents aslong term care providers, families facing hard choices
* Sexuality education, transitioning to employment, housing options,risk and safety skills

Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

*CostConference Only (early bird) $75Conference & Luncheon (early bird) $150Conference Only (after Sept. 23) $100Conference & Luncheon (after Sept. 23) $175Scholarships are available.

Resource FairAn all-day resource fair is being held in partnership with autismorganizations serving our region and will provide families with resourcesavailable in the community.

Please visit website for a list oforganizations participating in the resource fair.For more information & to register for the conference, please

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Social Skills Workshop in October

Michelle Garcia Winner is coming to Seattle October 6th and 7th! She is a speech language pathologist who specializes in teaching social skills and executive functioning skills. I highly recommend this workshop for parents of children who are working on their social cognition. This is a model and a curriculum that's used a lot in our school district- understanding this model will help you understand ways to teach social skills and executive functioning skills, and will help you understand and support what's going on at school.

If you can find a way to attend this workshop, you should be there!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

IAM Annual Summer Family Picnic!

Sunday, August 2nd has been chosen as the date for our annual summer picnic. Details will follow, put it on your calendar! We are planning the picnic for 12 to 2 with the option to stay longer...

Eagledale Park on Rose Ave worked well last summer, so that will most likely be the location again. An email will follow about food, fun and RSVP's.

Hope you are enjoying your Summer so far!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last IAM Meeting for the school year!

Thanks to those who made it to our year-end 'roast and toast' IAM celebration. What a year it has been! Hope we can take a deep breath in the next few days and realize what we as a group have accomplished while jumping into our summer plans, or lack of plans!

This summer we will meet informally for kid, parent, mom and dad activities and 'day-camps'. Keep an eye on your emails if you are interested in participating!

In late July we will have our IAM family picnic--details to follow!

Please stay active on our email list, post questions and articles of interest and reach out for support!

Take care, hang in there and have a great summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

IAM Meeting

This Wednesday, June 3rd @ 7PM. We are meeting at Cafe Trios at Harbor Square. Please RSVP if you would like to attend:

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Public Schools and Autism

There may be no greater challenge facing public schools today than the staggering increase in children diagnosed with autism. Even though the law requires school districts to provide a free "appropriate" education to every student, school budgets are not growing nearly as rapidly as the number of children classified as having special needs. Parents are increasingly demanding more than basics; they want intensive, expensive services that offer the best chance to rescue their child from a lifetime of disability.

Experts disagree on the most effective approach to teaching children with autism, and many school districts cobble together a mishmash of methods that changes with each new fad, source of funding, special education director, or classroom teacher. Too often, good intentions collide with limited resources, and overloaded bureaucracies clash with parents driven by hope and anguish. The result is often a mess.

"The way we treat and educate children with autism is a national disgrace," says L. Vincent Strully, founder and CEO of the New England Center for Children, one of the oldest and largest private schools for autism in the United States.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BISD seeks Autism Expert for new program

Please read and pass on to others...Bainbridge Island School District is seeking an Autism Spectrum Expert to serve as the district's coordinator of the new ASD K-6 program that will be implemented this fall at Ordway, Wilkes, Blakely and Sakai.

Link to the job opening is:

Monday, May 4, 2009


Wednesday 5/6 at Cafe Trios--at Harbor Square at 7 PM.


We are going to talk about ideas for summer fun; camps, play groups and childcare share, and current child related topics--bring your ideas and topic suggestions.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Autism-In the news...

April is Autism Awareness Month--Here are some interesting stories by ABC News

Financial Challenges Among Autism's Costs

Talking in Color: Imaging Helps Social Skills

China's Autism Parents Walk Lonely Road for Help

Monday, March 30, 2009

Autism Awareness!

April is Autism Awareness month! In recognition, IAM will have an information table set up at Winslow Mall on Saturday, April 4th from 10-4 PM.
Stop by to learn about our current projects and advocacy efforts.
Information, T-Shirts, Balloons, Flowers, Bracelets...come by and say 'hello!'
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

FREE Autism Screenings in April

This April the University of Washington Autism Center in Tacoma will be offering free, walk-in autism screenings to the community. UW will be offering the screenings April 7th and 21st from 9-11AM and April 14th and 28th from 3-5PM. Families will be served on a first-come/first-served basis.

These screenings are part of the UW Autism Center’s mission to increase knowledge and awareness about autism in the general public. Please keep this opportunity in mind when speaking with families concerned that their children are showing signs of an autism spectrum disorder or general developmental delay.

Nathan Ketzner
Parent Resource Coordinator
UW Autism Center, Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Box 358455
Tacoma, WA 98402

Direct: 253-692-4759
Fax: 253-692-4718
Seattle website:
Tacoma website:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Margaret Meade said it best...

"Never doubt that a small committed group of individuals can change the world..indeed this is the only thing that ever has."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meeting Postponed!

Sorry! The meeting on 3/18 has been postponed! We will instead meet one week later on 3/25!

Hope to see you then!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Next IAM Meeting 3/18

The next IAM meeting is on Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM at Edna's.

7:00 – 7:15 Open chat, food and drink orders, etc.
7:30 – 7:45 BISD collaboration update and cause for celebration!
7:45 – 8:15 World Autism Awareness Day --planning--less than 3 weeks away!
8:15 – 8:45 Q&A and topic wrap-up, parked topics

Contact for directions or information.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Next IAM Meeting

The next IAM meeting is on Wednesday, March 4th at 7 PM at Edna's.

7:00 – 7:15 Open chat, food and drink orders, etc.
7:30 – 7:45 BISD collaboration update and critcal next steps
7:45 – 8:15 World Autism Awareness Day --planning
8:15 – 8:45 Q&A and topic wrap-up, parked topics

Contact for directions or information.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Feeding Your Toddler

When: Thu, January 22, 2009, 11am – 12pm

Join Dr. Linda Warren, from Bainbridge Pediatrics, and Catherine Whiting, Occupational Therapist, as they share ideas about helping toddlers become healthy eaters. Catherine Whiting will share ideas from over 25 years experience as a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in how sensory processing issues affect eating and feeding skills. Dr. Warren will discuss ideas from the book How to Get Your Kid to Eat... But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter. Kids are welcome and can play and explore the Under the Sea exhibit while adults can share ideas and learn about Satters "Golden Rule" of parenting. This is a part of the MiniMu Thursdays program, now hosted at the Museum on a regular schedule. Each month KiDiMu will try to bring in a Pediatric Specialist on different topics of interests to parents of toddlers. Complimentary coffee available to parents and caregivers. Free with admission or membership and for infants under 1. Info: 206.855.4650 or

Thursday, July 24, 2008

IAM Family Picnic

Sunday, July 27th from 11:30 to 2 PM at Eagledale Park on Bainbridge Island. All welcome! Contact Carol Wood to RSVP

See you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Toxins and ASD

Children with Autism have abnormal detoxification systems = increased risk of damage from environmental insults.
v Food as a ‘neurotoxin’.
v Medications
v Environmental; metals, chemical exposures, mold, fabrics, carpeting, cleaning products (at home and especially at school).
v Why can’t children with ASD detoxify?
v How do we lower the toxic burden?

FOOD: Are we feeding our kids toxins?
food preservatives - food additives - food borne pathogens genetically engineered food - cooking oils - baby food - fluoride in foods - food irradation - aluminum in processed food- artificial sweeteners

12 Key Additives to Avoid and Their Health Risks:
1. Hydrogenated Fats—cardiovascular disease, obesity
2. Artificial Food Colors—allergies, asthma, hyperactivity; possible carcinogen, ADHD, ADD
3. Nitrites and Nitrates—these substances can develop into nitrosamines in body, which can be carcinogenic
4. Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, metabisulfites, and others)—allergic and asthmatic reactions
5. Sugar and Sweeteners—obesity, dental cavities, diabetes and hypoglycemia, increased triglycerides (blood fats) or candida (yeast)
6. Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K and Saccharin, Sucralose, Fructalose)—behavioral problems, hyperactivity, allergies, and possibly carcinogenic. The government cautions against the use of any artificial sweetener by children and pregnant women. Anyone with PKU (phenylketonuria—a problem of phenylalanine, an amino acid, metabolism) should not use aspartame (Nutrasweet). By the way---Splenda is NOT natural.
7. MSG (monosodium glutamate)—common allergic and behavioral reactions, including headaches, dizziness, chest pains, depression and mood swings; also a possible neurotoxin
8. Preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA, etc.)—allergic reactions, hyperactivity, possibly cancer-causing; BHT may be toxic to the nervous system and the liver
9. Artificial Flavors—allergic or behavioral reactions
10. Refined Flour—low-nutrient calories, carbohydrate imbalances, altered insulin production, and for ASD children peptide-opiod effect from products containing gluten.
11. Salt (excessive)—fluid retention and blood pressure increases, beware of non-clumping agents added to table salt—some are chemically derived, others contain gluten.
12. Olestra (an artificial fat)—diarrhea and digestive disturbances, long term effects are UNKNOWN.

Other Concerns:
Food Waxes (protective coating of produce, as in cucumbers, peppers, and apples)—may trigger allergies, can contain pesticides, fungicide sprays or animal byproducts. Plastic packaging—Carcinogenic (vinyl chloride); immune reactions, lung shock…
What can we do?
Begin by avoiding the most questionable additives. Colors and sweeteners are the most common ‘offenders’ for kids with ASD. Make a decision to either cut down on or cut out altogether those food additives that may be hazardous to your child. Although it may seem difficult to change habits and find substitutes for foods your child enjoys, remind yourself that you will be adding to their diet some wholesome new flavors and foods that they may come to like even more.
Avoidance and discrimination are crucial proactive steps you can take to protect your child from toxic overload and promote repair. Changing your shopping and eating routines isn’t something you can easily do overnight. The first step is to sharpen your awareness about what you’re currently feeding to your family.

ARC of Kitsap

The ARC Parent to Parent program focused on Autism Awareness month.

  1. They have A Kitsap County support group. The group ASIF is ordering puzzle pieces to sell to support Austim research and go support sending a member of their group to a meeting in is Sherryt Charlot (360)377-34732.
  2. Autism Awareness classes ( Autism 101 and 200) sponsored the Children's Hospital for paernts and caregivers.
  3. They have a video and telecommunications outreach program for those who can't is Sherry Charlot.
  4. There is a grant for families to pay for biomedical treaments, supplements or therapies paid directly to venders via National Autism Association.
  5. A Kingston mom is doing two Awareness walks this week, one in Suquamish and another in Port Gamble/Sklallam. The North Kistap Herald has an article about her on April Trisha: (360)340-4925

ARC of Kitsp County has more information. ( 360)377-3473

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dad's Night--Mariner's Baseball!

Join Autism Speaks and our Athletes Against Autism program as we raise awareness about autism and funds for the research, education and outreach initiatives of Autism Speaks at Seattle Mariners Autism Awareness Night!

Benefiting: Athletes Against Autism & Autism Speaks

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
7:10 PM @ Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers

There will be information booths on the concourse and much more.

Ticket Prices: 100 Level Seats - $32 or 300 Level Seats - $15
For more information on purchasing tickets and more event specifics, please contact Susan Barlet at or (253) 826-9723.

A group of IAM- Dads will be going together, contact for info.

Calling all Autism-Moms!

IAM is putting together a collection of our stories for an informal Mother's Day publication. Please send your stories to before Mother's Day, May 11th.

This is an idea of one of the IAM Moms, who writes:

"Each of us has our story, a place where it started. I find a lot of solace in hearing each of the other IAM's stories, and I think it would be wonderful to collect them up and have them available for other parents who join the group to read. I also think it would be very helpful to parents with questions about their children to read the stories of what we noticed, and when, and what our paths to diagnosis (or not) have been like. Please let me know what you think of this idea - If there are concerns about protecting the privacy/anonymity of our children/families, we could write them up anonymously and control the distribution, etc."

Funny, thought inspiring, often heartbreaking and poignant, long, short.....please write whatever comes to mind--we will edit if you can only manage a draft!

Let's celebrate our Motherhood of these amazing kids!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

World Awareness Day

As you may know, next Wednesday, April 2nd has been designated 'World Autism Awareness Day'. Events intended to share the knowledge about Autism have been planned world-wide. Island Autism Moms (IAM) has arranged to have two tables set up, one at T&C and the other in front of Lollipops from 9 am until 4 pm. We will be handing out balloons, flowers, Autism Speaks pamphlets, research materials, and display books for children and adults. This isn't about raising funds or collecting signatures, it's about raising Autism awareness.

Please come join us to show your support for this amazing day of national recognition for a disorder that now affects 1 in 150 children. If would like to help out on World Autism Awareness Day, please email Carie Bude at or visit us on April 2nd, enjoy a flower and balloon and show your support for the those touched by Autism.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mainstreaming for kids with ASD?

Please read!

Letter to Bainbridge Island School District

Please contact me if you are interested in supporting this effort!

As parents and advocates of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Bainbridge Island School District, we write to express the need for a comprehensive early intervention program including a developmental kindergarten for our children. In the fall of 2008, approximately 22 special needs preschoolers will be making a transition to kindergarten. Many of these children have profound social/emotional deficits that require a specialized educational setting featuring highly qualified special education teachers with experience and training in this complicated disorder.

The Center for Disease Control reports that 1 in 150 children in the United States are diagnosed with ASD. ASD is the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation, with an annual growth rate of 10-17%. We need to be proactive and focus on early intervention during the critical developmental years in which the potential for progress is greatest. A 2001 London School of Economics study projected that the cost of lifelong care could be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. In the long run, early intervention saves dollars.

Highly regarded professionals including Stephan Glass, M.D. a Seattle area neurologist who specializes in treating children with ASD are of the professional opinion that neither a regular kindergarten with some support nor a self contained special education setting without neurotypical peers are appropriate options for children with ASD. These children require a kindergarten setting tailored to their special needs with the following features: 1) low teacher to student ratio, 2) special education teacher with experience and current training in ASD, 3) social skills and self regulation focus, 4) exposure to neurotypical peers.

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) in Bellevue and the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) in Seattle offer state of the art programs for ASD children. The Bainbridge Island School District needs to examine other successful educational program models and create a comprehensive plan for this special needs population.

We, as parents and advocates of these special needs children in the Bainbridge Island School District, need to see the District focusing on best practices and research-based strategies. The November 27, 2007 front-page article published in the Wall Street Journal, reports that parents of children with ASD are not advocating mainstreaming in the public schools. We share the concern raised by other ASD professionals that the combination of noise, visual over stimulation, complicated social setting, and inability to provide individualized educational programming, can make typical classrooms unbearable for children with autism and quite possibly lead to regression. Not to mention the disruptions our children with ASD can create for general education teachers and students.
We urge the District to take action in a timely fashion in order to meet the staffing and planning requirements necessary to serve this population. We would like to work collaboratively with the District to create an optimal comprehensive curriculum plan that will meet the public educational needs of these children.

More on Going-Gluten-Free!

Island Autism Moms February 27, 2008
Going Gluten-Free continued….
I have never heard of a child with ASD not benefiting from a change in diet. Gluten is responsible across the board for many varying neurological and gastro-intestinal disorders (ASD, ADD, ADHD, Celiac disease, psychological irregularities and metabolic disorders, to name a few.) When a parent ‘tries’ going-gluten-free and feels it does not help their child, it is my feeling that they either didn’t give it a chance (sometimes takes up to 9-18 months to see improvement) they gave up because most often their kids get ‘worse’ after beginning the diet, or they are not careful about implementing the elimination of gluten.
Here are some tips about truly going GLUTEN-FREE:
Please read the cross-contamination pointers about home food-prep on the blog. It will take a while to set up a gluten-free prep area at home, but soon it will be second nature!
Be aware of cross-contamination of gluten-free items found in bakeries, cafes and grocery stores. Remember, there is a difference between ‘’gluten-free’ and no-gluten-added (or gluten-less) food items. If a food item is marked by a manufacturer as ‘gluten-free’ it has been ‘certified’ that it does not contain any gluten ingredients AND was produced in a gluten-free production facility.
For example—locally Black Bird Bakery often makes what they label ‘gluten-free’ scones, biscuits, cookies, brownies, etc. BUT these were made on the same counters, bowls and ovens that wheat, oat, bran etc, flour items were produced. Even in the best kitchens—cross contamination is tricky, so please be careful and wary of trusting an unwrapped food item in a non-gluten free facility to be truly gluten-free! Also, keep in mind that gluten-free is not also dairy, milk, butter, casein free, so check ALL of the ingredients in anything that you are planning to give your child that you did not personally make yourself.
That said, here are some sneaky ingredients that can interfere with going-gluten-free:
Candy: Wheat is used as a thickener in many gummy-type and licorice-like candies. Candies are often produced on machinery or counters that are dusted with flour—and the companies making the candy are not obligated to disclose the use of flour as a non-stick surface agent, only if it is used as an ingredient.
Caramel Color: beware if it is made of malt syrup or starch hydrolysates. (malt sneaks its way into rice-milk and beverages and many cereals!)
Dextrin: Found in hot-dogs, pasta sauce and processed foods. Sometimes made from corn or potatoes, but also wheat.
French Fries: In packages, wheat is often used as a browning or crisping agent. Read the label! In restaurants fried foods share the same batch of oil; breaded items, and floured items contaminate the oil.
HVP or Hydrolyzed Veg. Protein: Found in canned mixed foods; soups, sausages and hot dogs and OFTEN INJECTED IN TURKEY.
Modified Food Starch: Often derived from wheat and found in processed foods as a thickener.
Rice Syrup: Beware of malt in it!
Vinegar: Found in many condiments-ketchup, mustard, mayo, salsa…not to mention pickled foods. Only properly distilled vinegar is acceptable (vinegar is derived from fermented grains) or apple cider, rice, wine and fruit vinegars are ‘safe’. Don’t forget to read your salsa labels!
Other foods to consider avoiding or reading labels: Most contain wheat or grain:
· Soy sauce
· ‘natural flavorings’
· Bouillon cubes and flavorings
· Spices and table salt—some contained anti-clumping agents derived from wheat
· Corn starch and Powdered sugar-same reason as above
· Liquid Baking flavorings that contain alcohol: vanilla, almond, maple, orange, etc.
1. Read labels
2. Look for ‘hidden’ ingredients
3. Be skeptical unless an item is certified ‘gluten-free’.
4. Even if a food does not contain gluten, did it come down the same conveyor belt as a food that does or was the machinery cleaned thoroughly between batches? Was it made on the same counter or by hands handling gluten foods?
5. When ordering at a restaurant, do they fully understand the precautions required to avoid gluten?
6. When in doubt—be conservative! It’s worth it!
7. Try to stay positive! Don’t think elimination—think substitution! We live in a time when there are great ingredients, stores and resources!

Keep a food diary or chart:
1. Note changes both positive and negative behaviors such as:
++ Increase in Verbalization
++ Better processing of instruction and information
++ Calmer more regulated, easier to soothe
++ Clearer, less ‘zoning’ or stimming
-- Anxiety
--Rocking, head banging, flapping…..

2. Note physical changes such as:
Upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea, regularity, appetite, sleep, etc

3. Give each item a measurable ‘grade’ each day for a realistic evaluation.

Living Well Without Wheat, The Gluten-Free Gourmet by Bette Hagma
Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis