On the Horizon – 04/17/13

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Issue 219:
Communication is Dynamic

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  • A Note from Dr. Beurkens
  • Feature Article: Communication is Dynamic
  • Autism Empowerment Telesummit – 2013
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recommended Resources

Hi Everyone!

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Michigan is can’t decide what to do. One minute we have snow, and the next it is sunny and 60 degrees. Definitely not fun for those of us with sinus issues! I’m hopeful that the weather is getting the last bits of winter out of it’s system so that we can have Spring for real next week. Snow gets old by this time of the year!

The feature article this week is all about dynamic communication. This is an important topic to consider for all children, especially those with social-communication disorders such as autism.

Summer is right around the corner, and that means our summer camps program is gearing up for a great time! You can check out all the summer offerings here. We’d love to spend time with your child this summer!

Did you catch the announcement last week about the free Autism Empowerment Telesummit happening next week? I have the privilege of being on a panel with 10 other world-renowned professionals speaking about autism and related disorders. Our goal is to share information and strategies that will support parents and professionals. You can get all the details by clicking here.

Make it a great week!

Looking to the horizon,

Communication is Dynamic

By Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

Children talkingCommunication is a dynamic process. It goes way beyond the words we say. Many people interchange the words communication, language, and speech; but these terms are not synonymous. Speech refers to the actual words or sounds that are coming from your mouth. Language is the grammar, meaning and ability to use the words you have. When people talk about language, they are referring to both verbal and non-verbal language. Communication encompasses both language and speech, but it is more than that. It is the ability to share thoughts and experiences in a meaningful way while taking in, processing, and responding to the person you are talking with.

Click here to read the rest of this article…

FREE registration for the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2013" opens TODAY!

I am very excited to invite you to the FREE "Autism Empowerment Telesummit – 2013", where I have been invited to participate in a panel of 11 world wide experts in the field of autism. This prestigious group of experts, with years of experience, research and success, is devoted to sharing their knowledge and practical tools with you so you can witness transformation in YOUR child. Claim your spot by clicking here.

This telesummit is for you if you know that more is possible for your child but can’t figure out HOW to help your child make the next leap in his development.

Imagine your child…

  1. Having a healthy digestive system and improved immunity.
  2. Experiencing more physical comfort in his/her everyday life.
  3. Overcoming his/her challenging eating habits.
  4. Having fewer episodes of hitting/biting/head banging and temper tantrums.
  5. Growing without barriers by reducing the chemical toxins that impact growth and development.
  6. Feeling, understanding, moving, and thinking in ways that seemed unattainable before.
  7. Breaking through communication barriers so s/he can more fully understand and be understood.
  8. Deepening his relationship with you, family members and peers.
  9. Fully engaging in games with you and his/her peers.
  10. Having the tools to handle bullying with ease and confidence.

Plus, imagine knowing how to best take care of YOU so you can be most effective in helping your child and experience more energy and joy in your life.

Simply click here to save your spot in this FREE virtual event. Once you click this link you will be brought directly to the registration page so you can meet the panel of experts and make sure that you don’t miss out on this value-packed event by registering today!

I hope you will join me in the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2013" so you can discover the key in unlocking your child’s potential,

My Best,
Dr. Beurkens

P.S. Do you know anyone who could benefit from the knowledge and tools that will be shared in the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2013"? Please pass this link along http://tinyurl.com/clve2hm so we can reach as many families as possible!

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Upcoming Events

Summer Camps

Your child is going to LOVE the exciting adventures we have planned for this summer! We will explore a variety of engaging themes together, complete with lots of opportunities for movement, music, problem solving, collaboration, and indoor and outdoor fun.

Our camps are designed to offer a fun, safe, and therapeutic environment for children with neurodevelopmental disorders to engage with others, try new things, and build skills over the summer months. A low staff to child ratio ensures that everyone receives appropriate support.

To see a complete schedule of upcoming camps, click here.


Hear Dr. Beurkens Speak

Upcoming dates and locations where Nicole Beurkens, PhD will be speaking:

Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Practical Strategies to Improve Processing

May 13, 2013 in Princeton, NJ

May 14, 2013 in Edison, NJ

May 15, 2013 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ


Autism Empowerment Telesummit 2013
FREE registration for the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2013" opens TODAY!

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