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Autism Connection of PA

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35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
412-781-4116 autismofpa.org

January 2015

$10 – $25

Early Intervention And Being A Strong Voice For Children

January 8, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:45 am
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

This course will give an overview of Early Intervention Services in PA and detail how to access these supports. Presenter will speak about how critical Early Intervention is for children birth-5 and families. Presenter will then speak about advocacy and how to use your

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Sibshops

January 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Sibshops are opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education. Held on the second Saturday of each month beginning January 2015.   For morn information contact Rebecca Tyers Brown at sibshopspgh@achieva.info, or call 724-288-1365. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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April 2015

Autism, Drugs & Alcohol

April 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Luciana Randall, M.R.C., Executive Director, Autism Connection of PA Continuing Education Credits Available Act 48, Counselors, Mental Health Care Professionals, Psychologist, Social Workers Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: Demonstrate understanding of the special nature of the autistic brain, its unique structure and functioning Discuss how this impacts emotional regulation, communication, and social abilities Talk about common co-occurring    depression and anxiety disorders and the potential for people to attempt self-medication. Demonstrate understanding of…

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June 2015

“Thinking In Speech” Promoting Independent Problem Solving in Children with ASD

June 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP Continuing Education Credits Offered:  Act 48, Act 62, AOTA, ASHA, Psychologists, Social Workers The ability to “think in speech” is critical for flexible behavior and cognition, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation (Vygotsky, 1987).  Over time, children develop the ability to regulate their own behavior by engaging in dialogue with themselves, in the absence of others. Evidence is emerging that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have diminished or underdeveloped inner speech (Williams et al.,…

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July 2015

Making Children With CHALLENGING Behaviors “Famous for Something Else”: Positive Practices

July 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Regis Lazor Continuing Education Credits Available: AOTA, Act 48, Social Workers This presentation is designed to help parents and professionals develop a practical, step by step approach to help pre-school/elementary age children, identified with ASD and challenging behaviors, become “Famous for Something Else.”  Participants will learn about effective goal planning, how to deal effectively with attention seeking behaviors, how to manage self control and how to use redirection successfully.  Most importantly, the focus will be on putting “fun” back into…

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Training 1: Getting Started in Special Education

July 22, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Amy Hardy, Clint Hauser & Joanna Patterson Education Specialists with Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health – Bureau of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services This training will discuss the evaluation process and how a child qualifies for special education. This is a basic skill level training recommended for new professionals and parents just beginning their special education journey. Topics to be covered during this training: RTI-Response to Intervention School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports Functional Behavioral Assessments 504 plans vs.…

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Free

Training 2: Nuts n’ Bolts of Special Education

July 22, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Amy Hardy, Clint Hauser & Joanna Patterson Education Specialists with Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health – Bureau of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services This training will concentrate on what to do once you have qualified for special education services.  This training is considered to be an intermediate skill level training.  It is intended for parents, service coordinators and professionals working with children in school settings who have students that are already identified as special education and would…

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August 2015

Free Fair Housing Training

August 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by West Penn Rural Fair Housing This training will provide a comprehensive overview of the Fair Housing Act, including: What are the protected classes? Who are the responsible parties? What housing is covered? What are the prohibited practices? What remedies are available? What options are available to those experiencing discrimination?  

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October 2015

“Handwriting in the Raw” Steps from Sensory to Cursive

October 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Cynthia A. Priester MS/OTR/L  

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Basic Behavioral Approaches to Toilet Training and Sleep Problems for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

October 16, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Ryan Delaney LSW, BCBA

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November 2015

Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Keep Calm and Carry On

November 3, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

 Presented by Sarah Laughlin, Ph.D. & Holly Gastgeb, Ph.D.

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The Social Scoop! Promoting Social Competence

November 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

 Presented by Michelle Lubetsky, M.Ed., BCBA

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The Next Generation: Social Skills and Video Modeling in the Digital Age

November 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

 Presented by Ann Ellison, M.A., BCBA  Marie Brown, M.S., BCBA

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December 2015

Let’s Talk About Poop

December 12, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Carolyn Glass Jann Dolan Kristen Ariel Glass Continuing Education Credits Available: Act 48, AOTA, and Social Workers

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January 2016

Special Education Law & Extended School Year

January 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Arthur Feldman

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Planning For An Individual With A Disability: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

January 24, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Jillian Zacks Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

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March 2016

Are You Ready For College Life? Preparing teens and family members for the college transition

March 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented By: Heather Conroy and Joe Farrell

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Bullying. The “Who”, The “What”, and The “Why”

March 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented By: Sharon Greene, M.A.

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July 2016

Invitation For Professionals to Learn About New Outcome Projects

July 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Information regarding expansion of Community Data Roundtable’s BHRS outcomes project in Allegheny County. Register for FREE HERE

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September 2016

Autism, Drugs and Alcohol

September 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Luciana Randall, M.R.C. More information and registration available HERE

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October 2016

Autism and Emergency: A Workshop for Professionals and Volunteers

October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Officer Scott Bailey, Aspinwall Police Officer Jessica Benham, MA, Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication and Autistic self-advocate Lu Randall, M.R.C., Executive Director, Autism Connection of PA For more information and registration click HERE

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Girls & Autism

October 22, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Walter A. Graves, Ph.D. More information and registration available HERE

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December 2016

Perspectives Program for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

December 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Shaun M. Eack, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh Center for Excellence in Autism Research School of Social Work & Department of Psychiatry

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January 2017

How To Teach Personal Safety and Relationship Skills to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

January 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Jamie Grace, MS.Ed, LBS, BSS

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February 2017

Transition to Adulthood: OVR & the Early Reach Initiative

February 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Brett Glavey, MSW, LSW AOTA, Act 48, and Social Workers Credits Available

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March 2017

Understanding and Handling Police Interactions and “Mental Health” Court Options in Allegheny County

March 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Kate Lovelace, Esquire AOTA, Act 48, and Social Workers Credits Available

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April 2017

Open House

April 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Autism Connection of PA is happy to announce an Open House of our Etna office in recognition of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.  Learn about our  impact on the local autism community,  meet our staff, ask us questions,  and take a look at our upcoming events! Autism Connection of PA Office 35 Wilson Street, Suite 100 Pittsburgh, PA 15223 *Refreshments*Free Parking*Raffles*

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May 2017

Cannabis As Medicine

May 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

UPDATED PRESENTERS Presented by: Patrick Nightingale, Esquire Grant J. Shevchik, MD, FAAFP

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ABA Made Useful

May 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

 Practical Behavior Techniques for Caregivers Presented by Jeremy Flowers More information and registration available HERE

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July 2017

Looking Beyond Behavior: Understanding Medical Aspects of Autism

July 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

A WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS Presented by Kristi Wees, M.S. Chem

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Working through Resistance

July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Counseling for Adolescents with Complex Needs Presented by: Rebecca Hahn, MA, CRC, LPC AOTA, Act 48, CRCC for Ethics, Psychologist credits available More information and registration available HERE

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September 2017

Mitochondrial Disease & Autism: What Happens When the Battery Runs LOW?

September 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Kristi Wees, M.S. Chem In honor of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week (September 17-23), we will be discussing the impact that Mitochondrial Disease and Dysfunction can have on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Topics to be discussed include: What are mitochondria and where are they found How can poorly functioning mitochondria impact behavior Nutrients that are crucial for optimal mitochondrial function Toxins that negatively impact mitochondria Testing for mitochondrial issues Most importantly the presentation will leave individuals, parents and professionals with…

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Person First ABA

September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Emily Rhodes, M.A., BCBA ABA provides many positive strategies to create meaningful behavior change in individuals with autism. Unfortunately, this power in the wrong professional’s hands has occasionally resulted in situations that are not focused on the person being served and have sometimes resulted in a negative reputation for the entire field of ABA. This training will focus on understanding the function of behavior and teach positive proactive strategies that can be implemented by professionals and families to…

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October 2017

Autism and Sexuality

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Shawn McGill, LSW This program will explore human sexuality and discuss user-friendly tools and strategies to aid in understanding and navigating aspects of puberty and sex and the law. It will also explain the legal forms of sexual behaviors, private and public, foundational and advanced social skills for establishing and maintaining relationships, and critical areas important for giving and receiving sexual consent. The goal is to develop tools to aid a person in navigating sexuality in a safe,…

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November 2017

Autism and PANDAS

November 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Spaar, D.O. Dr. Spaar will discuss the condition PANDAS, (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), which is more common in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. PANDAS is a disorder where infections trigger neuropsychiatric symptoms such as tics, OCD, anxiety, Anger and aggressiveness and restricted eating. It is frequently misdiagnosed, especially in those with ASD. Parents and those that work with individuals on the spectrum will learn to recognize the symptoms and how to seek…

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February 2018

Autism and Eating Disorders

February 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Ralph Wilps, PhD Delaine Swearman Eating disorders can be among the most dangerous of all psychiatric disorders. Recent studies suggest there is a high prevalence of eating disorders among the autistic population. These people and their families are faced with special challenges in recovery. This talk will review the scope of normal eating psychology, types of eating disorders and the reasons why some people develop them and others do not. The connection between eating disorders and autism will…

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ASD and College Bound

February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Dr. Lee Ann Wagner Cica *Autistic adults with college experience will be present to share their insights* Differences between K-12 Entitlement and higher education Skills needed to transition to college, work and independent living Hands on strategies for improving those skills Possible IEP goals, activities and services Importance of self-determination skills – what they are, how to acquire them Possible timelines and pathways to post-secondary education

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October 2018

Free

Sensory Friendly Trunk or Treat

October 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Non-Food Treats Safe, Parking Lot trick or Treat All ages welcome, Not-very-Scary Wear your costume! (or not) Sensory – Friendly Autism Resources and information

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November 2018

The Effects of Physical Exercise on Behavior for Individuals with Autism

November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

 Presented by: Christopher Tarr, Ed.D.  Research has demonstrated that physical exercise has physical, emotional, and psychological benefits for all individuals.  The benefits for individuals with autism are no different. Physical exercise has demonstrated the ability to increase communication, increase social skills, increase academic engagement and decrease stereotypic behaviors in individuals with autism.  This program will explore the benefits of physical exercise for individuals with autism.  Specifically, this program will discuss the effects of physical exercise on stereotypic behaviors.  The findings of a current…

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Turning Behavior and Anxiety Into Communication for Social Problem-Solving

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by Janice Nathan, CCC-SLP According to research by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as many as 1 in 7 (15%) children are labeled with emotional or behavior disorders, disorders that interfere with relationships, participation in daily activities, and learning. Emerging research in cognition and neuropsychology calls for a different kind of therapeutic approach to promote self-regulation and social-emotional problem-solving, and improving academic achievement. Having many different sources and causes for both sensory and behavior issues, it is…

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March 2019

Gut Dysbiosis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

A WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS Presented by Sri Ganeshan, MD Chief Medical Officer, ReligenDX Inc.

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April 2019

Introduction to Autism

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

For Parents and Caregivers of Children Presented by Autism Connection of PA Staff Getting any new diagnosis comes with the need to understand it.  Learn the basics about autism, and get some take-home tips, from people who understand and have worked in this field for 20+ years. We will explain the details about autism and how brain differences help shape personality, likes, dislikes, fears, eating, sleeping, the senses, and communication. Please come and ask your questions, meet others with similar…

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Manifestation of Disability and the Individualized Education Plan

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

A WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS Presented by Tammi Morton, MAEd. Project Coordinator, PEAL Center

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Preparing for College: Accessing Supports and Navigating the Campus Experience

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

A WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS Presented by Heather Conroy, LCSW, BCBA Executive Director, Evolve Coaching

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June 2019

Introduction to Autism

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

For Parents and Caregivers of Children Presented by Autism Connection of PA Staff Getting any new diagnosis comes with the need to understand it.  Learn the basics about autism, and get some take-home tips, from people who understand and have worked in this field for 20+ years. We will explain the details about autism and how brain differences help shape personality, likes, dislikes, fears, eating, sleeping, the senses, and communication. Please come and ask your questions, meet others with similar…

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July 2019

$10

First Responder Training: Detecting, Encountering, and Helping

July 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

First Responder Training: Detecting, Encountering, and Helping Presented by: Sgt. Eric Kroll, Pittsburgh Police Training Academy Lu Randall, Executive Director, Autism Connection of PA Monday, July 29, 2019 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Class: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Learn about people who have disabilities that are not apparent, and how to best communicate and support their needs in your line of work.  All first responders welcome. 

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