Virtual ICAC Workshop Opportunity – Join Dr. Mona Delahooke on Understanding Challenging Behaviors

You are invited to attend a virtual workshop with Dr. Mona Delahooke on Saturday, September 18, 1:00pm-2:30pm. Mona’s book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges, is now #1 in Clinical Psychology on Amazon.
Registration is through Tanager Place’s Meraki Institute’s page and is $10-…/autism-workshop-series…/
Dr. Delahooke presents an approach to challenging behavior that is based on relationship building, empathy, and an understanding of the neuroscientific underpinnings of maladaptive behavior.
This training will introduce a new approach to solving children’s behavioral challenges, focusing on building a child’s foundation for emotional and behavioral control and moving beyond paradigms that focus on compliance and surface behaviors.
Dr. Delahooke will describe behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the overarching context of relational safety.
Featuring helpful worksheets and charts, this training will provide educators, parents, early childhood interventionists, and providers across disciplines tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.
Understand the “Developmental Iceberg” and how it helps us discover how to support each child and family’s individual needs.
Understand the 4 states of the nervous system that inform us what to do in real time when managing children’s behavioral challenges.
Describe how caregivers, providers and teachers can use the “therapeutic use of self” when working with vulnerable children, regardless of their diagnosis.
Describe the paradigm shift that is beginning across the country based on neuroscience research..
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Join Other Autistic and Neurodivergent Adults on Discord

Join Other Autistic and Neurodivergent Adults on Discord

Our server on Discord allows autistic adults in the Iowa City and surrounding areas to connect and chat about what interests them the most. This is a private online community moderated by The Iowa City Autism Community.Please note that this group is restricted to only neurodivergent adults – that is, adults with one or more conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc. (As a note, self-diagnosis is totally valid.) We ask that you please respect the privacy of this group by not joining if you are not neurodivergent.

Discord is a community-based chat app (desktop and mobile) that is a combination between a message board and interactive chat. Users may remain anonymous if they wish.

If you want to learn more about Discord before joining our server, here’s an overview and a beginner’s guide.

Join the Neurodivergent Iowa City Discord Server!


Connect via Zoom – Groups Now Meeting

Because of COVID-19, all in-person ICAC support groups are suspended. However, Sue Askeland is offering both Zoom meet ups for adults on the autism spectrum as well as grandparents.

To sign up for the self-advocate group, please register HERE


For information about the caregiver/grandparent meetings, please email Sue Askeland at

Sensory Kit fundraiser at Sidekick Coffee & Books

This Saturday from 8am-5pm
Order online for curb-side pickup on Saturday, August 29:
Help us support autistic students who will be adjusting to all the educational setting changes, whether in Hybrid model or fully online. We will be creating sensory kits for individual students to have available during their school days at home. These kits will be similar to the Calm Kits that we distributed to Iowa City Community Schools over this past year.
Facebook event HERE.

Access 2 Independence Needs Your Help! Support Those in the Disability Community After Derecho

The Iowa City Autism Community just donated four $50 Visa gift cards to Access 2 Independence these cards will go directly to the clients that they support in independent living in Cedar Rapids. They are accepting donations at their office.

Staff will be in office Thursday (today) from 10am-2pm and FRIDAY from 10am-4pm. Office is located at 1556 S 1st Ave suite b, Iowa City, IA. That’s near Wendy’s. You need to go to the back of the building. Please help those who are struggling after this disaster.

Things that are needed – tarps, plastic totes, cleaning supplies, VISA gift cards, monetary donations.

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SIX Weighted Lap Pads Available FREE for Pickup

Could you or a loved one use a weighted lap pad?
Thanks to talented volunteer, Teran Buettell, who has spent countless hours sewing weighted lap pads for the Iowa City Autism Community over the past couple years, we have six beautiful lap pads to make available. (Polypellets purchased by ICAC.) They are fabric-covered, pretty hefty – great for preschoolers who like a heavier pad, elementary students, or older kids/adults who don’t need too much weight. IF YOU WANT ONE YOU WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO PICK IT UP FROM MY PORCH IN IOWA CITY WITHIN TWO WEEKS. First come, first serve. Contact Dina Bishara if you are interested –
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Superhero Nights Resuming at The Children’s Museum in Sept, ICM Offering New Services

Some new services that are being offered by the Children’s Museum! Superhero Night will also be resuming in September, following facility’s new safety guidelines.
  • Play Packs – These all-in-one activity kits cover a specific topic and encourage creativity, critical thinking, and exploration. Our first kit includes 4 activities related to space, but we’ll have additional kits coming out the rest of the year, with themes related to STEM, art, and more.
  • MyICM Facility Rentals – Small groups can rent our space and explore our exhibits in a more private setting. Groups are limited to 25 individuals (less than 3% our normal capacity) and our staff ensure everyone is following our updated procedures designed to protect everyone in our space. Learn more here.
  • Super Hero Nights – We are looking to bring this event back in September. If you have any feedback or ideas on how to best serve families with children with special needs during this time, please let me know and I’ll pass it along to the team!

Announcing New Workshop! Kari Dunn presents: “When My Worries Get Too Big”

Are you familiar with the Incredible 5 Point Scale or “When My Worries Get too Big”? If so, here is your chance to learn directly from the creator, Kari Dunn Buron, at the first Autism Workshop Series webinar of the 2020-2021 school year. These workshops are sponsored by the Iowa City Autism Community. September 18. Registration required ($5):
Webinar: Kari Dunn Buron - When My Worries Get too Big/Emotional Regulation

Important Updates Regarding COVID-19 and ICAC Events

Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19 in our community, many upcoming autism events have been cancelled. These include:

DIY Book Making Event at Sidekick Coffee 3/14/2020

AirFX Autism-Friendly Jump 3/16/2020

Special Access Grout Museum Science Activity at ICPL 3/16/2020

Corridor Autism Resource Expo 3/21/2020

The A5 Art Festival 4/11/2020

If you have already submitted artwork to the Arc for this year’s art festival, you are free to pick it up at the main office or wait until this event is rescheduled in the fall. We also plan on showcasing artwork on our website and Facebook page in the upcoming month as well.

We are currently evaluating whether or not our upcoming workshop with Kari Dunn will go on as scheduled. There will be an announcement if this is the case.

Currently, we are still planning on hosting the Autism Walk in May.

Stay safe everyone!