Join us on December 16 for our online speaker event
Anxiety Plus Autism: Anything but Neurotypical 

xMindsWire December 2020

Anxiety Plus Autism: Anything but Neurotypical 


Individuals on the autism spectrum frequently struggle with anxiety, but parents and teachers don’t always recognize it as anxiety. They might interpret it as a maladaptive behavior, work refusal, demand avoidance or many other presentations. Why? Because students on the spectrum often experience anxiety differently than neurotypical students. What are the triggers we sometimes overlook? What are the unexpected reactions anxiety can produce? What approaches are best for supporting these students at home and in class?

Join us to find out how anxiety may be affecting your child on the autism spectrum, and what you can do to help. Our guest speakers are 
Jonathan Dalton, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and founder and director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC) and Jeremy Pedneau, a 28-year-old autistic adult and recent graduate of UMBC living in Montgomery County with his parents and working as a piano tuner.

No More Fees for Family Membership 


The Board of xMinds is very happy to announce that, in the interest of making our resources more widely accessible, we have eliminated our $40 annual membership fee. Now all families and educators can access our website resources, attend our speaker series, and engage our volunteer educational advocates at no cost whatsoever.

It is our hope that we will be able to recoup our lost revenues with increased donations from those of you who are able to support our work. We very much appreciate any support you can provide as we attempt to remove all financial barriers that might keep families from accessing resources they need. Please consider donating here.

Our Website is Reorganized! 

We've reorganized our website and updated our content to better meet the needs of our MoCo families and educators. We think you'll find it easier to find the resources you're trying to locate. Come peruse our new website!  

Upcoming xMinds Virtual Events

Wednesday, December 16, 7pm

Anxiety Plus Autism: Anything but Neurotypical  

See details and register here.

Wednesday, January 13, 7pm

Does Your Education Team Presume Competence in Your Autistic Student?

See details here. 

Dr. Jonathon Dalton and Jeremy Pedneau will be our guest speakers for our December 16 online speaker event Anxiety Plus Autism: Anything but Neurotypical

Plan Ahead

Our xMinds calendar shows events on their start date, but some programs require you to apply before the start date. Here is an offering that requires advance planning: 

Starobin Counseling and Jamell White are accepting applications for their 2021 MoCo PEERS® program for young adults, which starts March 1, 2021.

Community Events 

You can find many programs that are free or are offered by our professional members on the xMinds calendar.

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Spotlight on Professional Members

This month, xMinds would like to highlight the following new Professional Member: 


Contact:  Dr. Jane Snider; jane@heads-upconsultants.com443-994-7331

Services: Special education law including consultation, representation at IEP meetings, conflict resolution, mediation and due process hearings; educational consulting. 

Dr. Jane Snider and her team at Heads-Up Consultants transform nonprofit organizations, schools, and families whose children struggle with learning differences like dyslexia and ADHD. Dr. Snider is the Founder of The Summit School in Edgewater, MD.

Jane is an entrepreneur and expert in school and nonprofit management. She has worked with heads of schools across the country to refine their special education programs and build support for students with learning differences. Specialties include: guiding parents to appropriate schools; advocating with Admissions Directors for student placement; and interpreting diagnostic assessments.

As a benefit to both our families and professional members, xMinds publishes information about our professional member service providers here in the xMindsWire as well as in a Professional Member Services Directory on our website. Inclusion in the directory is voluntary and does not constitute our endorsement.

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