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Give Where You Live - 2017


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Give Where You Live - 2017


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Announcing our 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

The Kids & Dreams Foundation is extremely honored & excited to announce that Dr. Temple Grandin will be our keynote speaker at next year’s Kids & Dreams Autism Conference on Friday, August 24, 2018 (note the date change) at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE! She is one of the most well known individuals with autism in the world! Our foundation is blessed to have this incredible opportunity to bring her to Nebraska to share her message with parents, family members & professionals!

Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior & livestock handling equipment (half the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she has designed). She is also a prominent author and speaker on autism and animal behavior. Temple is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism.


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GWYL - 2017

Give Where You Live is a 24-hour fundraising event created to rally community support for local charitable causes.  This unique one-day fundraiser is being powered by the Kearney Area Community Foundation (KACF) and will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from midnight to midnight.

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Operation SHINE CAMP

We will use your donation to help fund programs like the Annual Operation Shine Camp.  OPERATION SHINE CAMP is a two-day camp for kids ages 7-12 experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions.  The camp is held at the Covenant Cedars Bible Camp near Hordville, NE.  The days will include arts/crafts, swimming, fishing, archery, crate stacking, sensory activities and more!  Please visit our camp page for more details about the camp and for pictures and videos from the past camp.

Kids & Dreams Autism Conference


The 4th Annual Kids & Dreams Autism Conference will be held at the Younes Conference Center on August 24th, 2018. 
Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin

Kids & Dreams Autism Conference


The 4th Annual Kids & Dreams Autism Conference will be held at the Younes Conference Center on August 24th, 2018. 
Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin

Who should attend?

Families and anyone who desires to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorders and Options.  CEU's are available for professionals.  

About Our Conference

The Kids & Dreams Foundation's goal is to present a conference with a variety of resources, options, and topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Everyone's autism experience is unique and what works for one, may not work for all.  Whether you learn something for today or are able to save the information for a later time, we hope you gain something new by attending.  We hope by attending you will gain new information that will help an individual with autism progress.

Registration

We will be opening registration for the 2018 Conference as soon as possible.  We understand, due to demand, that many people are anxious to register.  We will make an announcement through Social Media when we are ready to start taking registrations.


2018 Conference Speakers


Conference Schedule

Conference Sponsors

Previous Autism Conference Pictures

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The Relentless tour


"Three Years, Thirty-Thousand Kids"
2018

The Relentless tour


"Three Years, Thirty-Thousand Kids"
2018

Relentless Tour to Return to Nebraska in 2017

After the huge success of the first and second Relentless Tours the Kids & Dreams Foundation is pleased to welcome Anthony back to Nebraska in 2018.  The tour is an incredible experience and with the extremely high demand from schools we are bringing back Anthony for a third year.  Our schedule is filling up fast this year so please contact us if you would like to bring Anthony to your School.


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About Anthony

Anthony Ianni, of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, is one of the most sought after anti-bullying motivational speakers in the midwest.

At the age of 4 Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Doctors and specialists told Anthony’s parents that he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college, would never have a shot at being an athlete and would likely live in a group institution with other Autistic kids for his adult life. His family was devastated but pledged they would help Anthony be successful no matter what.

And he is. Despite bullies, adversity and numerous personal challenges Anthony worked hard and never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Sociology he is the first known athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball.  Anthony played for legendary coach Tom Izzo while at MSU. He won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, was the recipient of the 2011 Tim Bograkos Walk On Award and the 2012 Unsung Player Award, and was also a member of the 2010 Final Four team.

Anthony has pledged his life and career to help those who face similar challenges. He has been invited to tell his story and share his message across the country and has inspired countless individuals to “LYD”- Live Your Dreams. And it’s only just begun…. He’s only 25!


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Kids & Dreams Foundation


Kids & Dreams Foundation



The Kids & Dreams Foundation was founded in November 2013. 

The Kids & Dreams Foundation provides support to children of all ages and their families dealing with autism, bullying and other challenges faced by today's children. We seek to enrich the lives of the kids by locating and providing the resources that will help each reach their full potential in life.

The foundation will introduce you to...

  • Importance of your child's diet
  • Neurofeedback & other therapy services
  • MAPS Doctors
  • Biomedical possibilities & treatments
  • Anti-Bullying programs
  • Social Stories
  • Other Autism & Bullying services

By providing….

  • Assistance
  • Resources
  • Educational Conferences
  • Financial Support
 
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Autism


Autism


Aaron's Story


My wife, Kerri, and I have adopted five children. Trae, our middle child, has autism. He was developmentally delayed and did not walk or talk until he was 2 ½. At the age of three, he was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. Over the next couple years, Trae began a variety of therapies to help him progress and develop. It was during this time, Trae began having intense meltdowns and pulling his hair out, which was very out of character from his laid back personality.  His pediatrician at the time told us Trae was the way he was, and that he would not change.  Well, that was not good enough for us!  After researching, we decided to remove dairy products from his diet.  One day later, Trae was a completely different child.  We were concerned about what he would eat because he was very picky. Dairy was the majority of what he ate; however, this dramatic change gave us the incentive to continue.  He is still dairy free at 10 years of age.  A couple years later, we attended a seminar about autism and nutrition. This was very timely for us because we were considering removing gluten from his diet as well. This seminar also educated us on the biomedical approach to treating autism. We were able to find a doctor that had several hundred autistic patients. We made the appointment and decided on a variety of biomedical tests, which would show allergies and food intolerances, allow the doctor to determine what vitamins and supplements his body needed, and to monitor his intestinal tract and treat accordingly.  Since we began this journey, Trae has made leaps and bounds! He is now in the fifth grade and doing excellent academically, interacting better socially, and sees the world in a refreshingly different way. The combination of therapy services, diet, and biomedical treatment has helped Trae blossom into the kid he is today!


 
 
 

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Bullying


Bullying


Amy's Story


My son, Peyton, was nine years old before he was diagnosed as being autistic.  At age five and prior to the diagnosis, I drove him to therapy weekly (two hours round trip), so he could receive hippotherapy, occupational, and physical therapy to address his sensory needs.  These services were not covered through insurance.  I was a single mother at the time, and due to lack of funds, they only lasted one summer. Since preschool, Peyton had been receiving physical and occupational therapy. Our family moved when he was in 2nd grade, and the new school would no longer provide these services to my son.  Even after the diagnosis of autism, he was not able to receive the services because he did not qualify.  As Peyton entered the fourth grade, he began to report being bullied at school.  This was discussed with staff and administration, and they seemed to be trying to help take care of the situation.  When the administration changed at the school, the bullying worsened in fifth grade after his diagnosis of high-functioning autism.  Peyton entered middle school where the bullying only increased.  He had chronic stomach aches, did not want to attend school, and withdrew even more.  The school responded to the bullying by having him be bused home early each day.  We have since moved to a new town. Peyton is now 15 and in the ninth grade, where he is thriving and doing very well.  He now receives physical therapy each week and is improving.  He enjoys school and is no longer bullied.  The school is receptive to his needs and does everything they can to ensure Peyton is safe and ready to learn. 

 

Resources


Resources


Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute's mission is to meet the needs of the global autism community through research, networking, education, and support for families and people of all ages on the autism spectrum. 

Autism Society Of America

Provides information, education, supporting research, programs, and services for the autism community. More than 50,000 members and supporters are connected through a working network of nearly 200 chapters nationwide.

EnzymeStuff

This independent site is for education and information about digestive enzymes. There is a large need to provide practical and general information on enzyme therapy for a wide range of uses.

Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF) Diet

The Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF) Diet is one of the very first recommendations for children diagnosed with autism. This is because many of the children lack the [dpp4] enzyme that allows them to break down gluten (proteins in wheat) and casein (proteins in dairy). This can cause poor attention, odd behavior, a deficit in socialization skills and poor speech. Consequently, when gluten- and casein-based foods are removed improved behavior, better attention, at times improved speech and an increase in socialization skills can follow.

Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS)

Inspired by the late Bernard Rimland, PhD., a leader in the biomedical movement, MAPS embodies his vision and direction of physician education and development in the field of ASD care. 

Special Eats

Special Eats to assist others on the healthy path toward embracing gluten and dairy free living. The site is designed to help educate and enable people to find delicious recipes.

Autism Hope Alliance

The Autism Hope Alliance embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism. It is the first non-profit foundation for Autism to emerge from the natural foods industry.

Talk About Curing Autism

Beginning in 2000, TACA began providing support services to Californians. In 2007, TACA expanded its services throughout the United States. 95% of what TACA offers to families affected by autism is free.

EEG Education & Research Inc

EEG Biofeedback is a learning strategy that enables persons to alter their brain waves. When information about a person’s own brain wave characteristics is made available to him, he can learn to change them. You can think of it as exercise for the brain.

Pediatric Therapy Center

Pediatric Therapy Center was started by two occupational therapists with a passion for helping children with special needs gain confidence and autonomy through physical, occupational, aquatic, and speech and language therapy. Candice Mullendore and Stephanie Adam drew on their vast experience in outpatient, inpatient, and school-based services to help children with special needs, developmental delays, and a variety of other diagnoses including Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, Down syndrome, ADD, and ADHD reach their fullest potential. After years of practice, they saw a great need for a pediatric based therapy center in Omaha that specialized in the unique needs of children. Their vision became a reality in 2008 when Mullendore and Adam opened Pediatric Therapy Center, one convenient location offering occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

StopBullying.Gov

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems

No Bully

No Bully’s mission is to bring innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying and harassment in schools. No Bully® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It began in San Francisco in 2003 as a collaboration of educators, psychologists and lawyers committed to preventing the current generation of students from enduring the bullying that they experienced when they were in school. Today, No Bully is helping schools in California and across the nation - from Hawaii to Delaware - stop bullying and transform into learning communities which are inclusive of everybody. 

PTI Nebraska

PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs.  PTI Nebraska empowers parents and provides them the knowledge and capacity to improve the education and healthcare outcomes for their children.

Children's Rehab Center

Children’s Rehab Center is committed to providing outstanding care for children in combination with their primary care providers, daycare, school and community services. We are a medically based facility offering 2 locations in Grand Island and Hastings, NE. The Children’s Rehab Center offers Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy to children on an intensive one-on-one basis. The therapy sessions are designed to allow children to play and have fun while working on developing functional abilities. At Children’s Rehab Center, we believe that children are sensory motor individuals needing complete body involvement and concrete interaction with their environment to maximize learning and mastery of skills. We are designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities become more independent with mobility, self-help skills, fine motor, communication, vocational tasks and community skills. 

The Spectrum Center

The Spectrum Center for Autism offers behavior therapy services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We are currently serving families in Kearney and the surrounding areas.

 

I said to the child, reach for the stars. The child replied, I am the star filled with wonder and possibility.
— Dan Wilkins