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April 2021

Poor Sleep in Autism: Where Are You on the Map? Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jacob Michaelson

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Most people with autism complain of poor sleep. Unfortunately, previous research had a hard time understanding exactly what kinds of poor sleep were most prevalent in autism. With the support of over 5,000 families with autism from the SPARK study, we were able to identify eight distinct patterns that describe most kinds of poor sleep experienced in autism. We were able to identify genetic factors underlying these sleep patterns, and…

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“Swim Team” Virtual Viewing Party

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Register today for a virtual watch party of the documentary, “Swim Team”, on April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Following the screening, join the live conversation with filmmaker, Lara Stolman. Brought to you by ASK Resource Center, Iowa DD Council and Autism Society of Iowa. Click here to register.

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2021 Billiards Tournament- Windsor Heights

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Ridgement, 7460 Hickman Road
Windsor Heights, IA 50324 United States
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To register, click here. For a printable event flyer, click here. Pool Tournament to Benefit the Autism Society of Iowa At     9 Ball Singles Tournament, Race to 3 Date:  April 18, 2021 1:00 – Registration and Rules Meeting 2:00 – Play Begins $10.00 Registration Fee Winner receives ½ of Registration Fee Questions?  Please call or text Jeremy Davis at 712-269-8889 Come and Enjoy the Taco Bar! $1.00 from every blue signature drink sold benefits:   

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Autism and Depression – How to Recognize Depression, Anxiety and the Risk for Suicide Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Mikle South

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   This lunch and learn will focus on recognizing depression and anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and will also highlight the experience(s) of women with autistic traits who were interviewed about their depression and shared their personal stories. Mikle South is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. He received a BA from Yale University followed by a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah,…

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Higher IQ Influences One’s Experience with Autism and Not Always for the Better Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jake Michaelson

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Although intellectual disability is common among people with autism, some have a very high IQ. Individuals with autism and a very high IQ are sometimes called "twice-exceptional" or 2e. For some symptoms, a higher IQ is associated with fewer problems.  In other areas, the opposite is true. By partnering with the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa and reviewing the records of over 1,000 gifted individuals, we were able…

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