April is Autism Awareness Month!
Due to the enormous growth in listings for the Autism in Connecticut Blog, we've made some changes that we hope will make this resource more helpful and easier to navigate. The blog is now broken down into THREE sections. The first section, Autism Announcements, continues to be a listing of annoucements of research projects, multi-date classes and workshops and other items of interest. The second section is a listing of support groups (both specifically for autism spectrum disorders and those that are cross disability). Rather than a separate posting of each date that the group meets on the calendar of events, this section of the blog will provide a listing for ongoing groups that meet regularly (i.e. the first Monday, the third Thursday, etc) each month. Individual meetings dates that are events or speakers will continue to be listed in addition on the calendar of events. The third section will remain the Calendar of Events with programs, workshops, legislative hearings, speakers, conferences, etc. So feel free to scroll down to the listing section that is of interest to you. Check out the links to other resources here in Connecticut. Remember, the Autism in Connecticut blog is a resource for parents and professionals to find out what is happening around the state with relevance to autism spectrum disorders and a place to post your information. Send your information to email@example.com
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2007 Mini-Grant Application Cycle Open: The Autism Society of Connecticut announces that applications will be accepted for the 2007 Mini-Grant program from March 1, 2007 through June 1, 2007. Grants are available for up to $1000 per person or family for safety and security items, equipment and supplies. Go to www.autismsocietyofct.org for more information, guidelines and to download a grant application.
KIDSTEPS Family and Children's Center, Madison announces Spring/SummerWorkshops including "Fitness Fun" parent and child ages 3-5; "Parent/Child Playgroup" for ages 18 months - 3 years; "Mom's Night Out" for mothers of children who are "differently abled" Call 203-318-3692 for registration and more information.
TOPS Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) 2007 season starts in Milford/Orange on April 28. At the Milford/Orange YMCA. 10:00 a.m. for younger kids, 11:00 a.m. for older kids. email@example.com for more information.
Arts for Healing presents: Creative Ways for Sibiling Pairs aged 6-12, a 10 week program starting April 18 of Art Therapy for your special needs child and a sibling. Two one hour sessions available 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Limited to three sibling pairs per session. Fee. Contact Arts for Healing at 24 Grove St, New Canaan.
Next STEPS Parent Training Course. The CT Parent Advocacy Center, in conjunction with ARCHES and the Northeast Family Support Network will sponsor a three part training series that prepares parents of children with special needs to enable them to advocate more effectively for appropriate educational services for their children. Begins Tuesday, May 1 and contninues on May 8 and May 15. From 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Quinepaug Valley Community College, Danielson. This training will provide you with information on special education laws, planning an appropriate educational program and the parent's role in educating children with disabilities. A three part series, attendance at all three sessions is required. Registration required, seating is limited, contact CPAC at 800-445-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Social Skills Training: Ages 3-6. Ongoing morning and afternoon sessions. At Center Congregational Church, 11 Center Streret, Manchester. Offered by Autism & Behavior Consulting, Inc., Marguerite Widdoes. Data collction by session provided for targeted play and social interaction, quarterly progress reports, evidenced based intervention utilized to teach play scripts and social skills, sessions designed by a BCBA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Call 860-331-1689, e-mail email@example.com for further information and registration.
Research Project: Does your son/daughter have autism or an autism spectrum disorders? Was your child diagnosed within the last two years? Would you be willing to share your experiences? Research project looking at parent's experiences throughout the process leading to diagnosis and experiences in getting services. Interviews will be held at your convenience. Contact Dr. Dumont-Mathieu at 860-545-8944 for information and to sign up.
Autism on the Seas! Announcing specialized Group Cruise Events. Go to autismontheseas.com for more information.
Sibling Support Group starting! For brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorders. Will meet monthly on the third Friday from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at Coastal Counseling Associates, LLC, 149 Durham Road, Suite 31, Madison. Contact Laura Kasparow, LCSW, Facilitator at 203-245-1956 for registration, fees and more information.
Valley Shore YMCA announces Girls Being Girls for girls aged 9-13 with an ASD. The program is designed as a social group that will allow the girls an opportunity to socialize with others who have similar challenges, form friendships, learn and model appropriate social behavior and discuss issues related to health and welleness and the onset of puberty in a safe and nurturing environment. Starts in April. Sponsored by the Valley Shore YMCA and Westbrook Youth and Family Services. Contact Richard Ward, Program Development Director at 860-399-9622
DMR Pilot Program. Applications still being accepted. New towns being added. Contact Kathryn Reddington, DMR Autism Coordinator at 860-418-6026 or go to www.dmr.state.ct.us/AutismPilot/index.htm for more information.
AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS AND MONTHLY PROGRAMS
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Can't find a group near you? Interested in starting a group? Send a posting with your inquiry to email@example.com and include contact information. Looking for a group? Check the inquiries and see if someone near you is interested in starting a group and contact them directly. If you need help in starting a group,contact the Autism Society of Connecticut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Sunday of the month: Rhythms of Grace: monthly church services for children with special needs and their families/caregivers. Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All are welcome. Contact Rev. Audrey Scanlan at email@example.com for more information.
First Monday of the month: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. For Wilton parents only. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve pograms within the school and community. At the Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Monday of the month: Fairfield County Autism Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Frenchtown Elementary School, 30 Frenchtown Road, Trumbull. Sponsored by ASRC. Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-265-7717 for more information.
Every Tuesday morning: Parent Chat: A shoreline support group for families with special needs children birth - eight. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Kidsteps - SARAH, Inc., 51 Boston Post Road, Unit 9, Madison. Children invited! Call Marian Roy, Family Support coordinator - Group Facilitator for registration information at 203-318-3682.
First Tuesday of the month: Pizza moms in Darien! 7:30 p.m. Post Corner Pizza in Darien. www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzemoms.html. Pizza moms is a group of moms who have children with special needs in the Fairfield County arae. We get together informally and have pizza, salad and beer in Darien. Everyone is welcome. This is a place where moms can talk with other moms who are having similar experiences. If you are interested, contact Nanette Jordan at email@example.com.
Every Wednesday, Parent/Child Playgroup for ages 2-4, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., sponsored by Kidsteps, 51 Boston Post Road, Unit 9, Madison. Parent and child will have an opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities to increase large and small motor skills, experiment with a variety of materials and increase positive peer interactions. Parents share ideas and support activities. Facilitated by a special education teacher and counselor. Call Kidsteps at 203-318-3692 for more information.
First Thursday of the month: Families united Network - Northeast. A family support and advocacy group. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. United Services, Wauregan. Call Families United at 860-537-6125 and ask for Lorna.
First Thursday of the month: Family Support and Networking Group for Parents Raising Children who have Disabilities. Sponsored by the Southwest Family Support Network and the Family Center at St. Vincent's Special Needs Services. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at St Vincent's Special Needs Services Family Center, 95 Merritt Blvd., Trumbull. Pizza, conversation and networking. Contact Lisa Sheppard, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-556-7317, SW Regional Coordinator, CT Family Support Network, or Donna Kennedy, email@example.com, 203-386-2790.
Second Monday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. 7:00 p .m. Manchester Memorial Hospital. Sponsored by the East of the River Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Carolyn Schwartz at 860-644-0524 or www.autismsocietyofct.org for more information.
Second Monday of the month: Parent Support Group. West Haven City Hall. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For parents of special needs children. More information call Karen Muro at 203-937-3565 or e-mail KarenMMuro@aol.com.
Second Tuesday of the month: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT). For Wilton parents only. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve the programs within the schools and community. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Wednesday and Fourth Wednesday of the month: Parent Support Group for children diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Westbrook Youth and Family Services. 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.
Second Wednesday of the month: Parent Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. For parents and caregivers of children with an ASD. Walnut Hill Commuity Church, Bethel. Sponsored by ASRC. Parent facilitator: Shannon Vanderheiden, 203-770-8669 (returns calls after 8:00 p.m.). Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-265-7717 for more information.
Second Thursday of the month: Families United Network, Thompson, A family support and advocacy group for families of children with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Thompson Public Library. For more information, call Lorna at Families United for Children's Mental Health at 860-537-6125 or email@example.com, or Suzannet Witkowski at TEEG, 860-928-1569 or ARCHES@teegonline.org.
Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of the month: Play for All! A playgroup for children of all abilities. Special needs play group giving parents an opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon. Children's Programming Room, Lucy Robbins Wells Library, Newington. Sponsored by the Library and Newington UNICO. Call the library at 860-665-8720 for more information.
Third Monday of the month: Buiding Blocks Support Group. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m . Multi-Purpose Room, Colchester Elementary School. A support group for parents or caregivers of children with social or emotional challenges aged birth - five. For more information contact: Dana at 860-434-4890x349 or Rachel at x311. Sponsored by Families United for Children's Mental Health and Building Blocks Social Emotional Wellness for Young Children.
Third Tuesday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with an ASD. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Groton Public Library. Call Danielle Greene at 860-445-9765 for more information.
Third Tuesday of the month: Tamale Tuesday. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. SPED*NET, Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd., invites all parents and guardians of students who receive special education services in the New Canaan Public Schools to the Tequila Mockingbird restaurant on 6 Forest St., New Canaan. Please join us to share strategies on negotiating the special education maze. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0784 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Tuesday of the month: Autism Support Group. Enfield. New Group! 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Pearl Street Library Community Room. Call Kate Flaherty at 860-253-5144 or Jessica Houle at 860-272-0148 for more information.
Third Wednesday of the month: Pizza Moms, Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Ave. www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamomsg.htmlwww.geocities.com/nenette618/pizzamomsg.html for more information. Pizza moms is a support group for moms who have children with special needs in the Fairfield County area. 7:00 p.m. We get together informally for food, drink and networking. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Philippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471 or email@example.com.
Third Thursday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents and caregivers of a child with ASD. Preston Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Contact Joan Bachelder at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fourth Monday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents and caregivers of a child with ASD. 7:00 p.m. Sterling House Community Center, Main St., Stratford. Sponsored by the Stratford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Contact Kim Wardlow at mailto:email@example.com@yahoo.com for more information.
Last Tuesday of the month: Autism Parents Club. A group of parents (dad's too!) of children on the autism spectrum. Open to parents from all over CT. 7:30 p.m. at Francesco's Restaurant, Rte 7 in Wilton. For more information, contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or pattisylvia.com.
Last Tuesday of the month: Farmington Valley Asperger's Network. Parent support group for parents or extended family members or professionals working with a child with an ASD. Discussions and networking meetings. Lending Library. Farmington Senior/Community Center, 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville. FAVAN. Call Lee McFadden at 860-589-0097 or www.favan.org.
Last Wednesday of the month: Families Uninted Network - Plainfield. A family support and advocacy group. For families of children with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Express, Plainfield. Exit 87 of I-395. For more information contact Lorna at Families United for Children's Mental Health at 80-537-6125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Thursday of the month: Parent Support group for parents and caregivers of children with an ASD. 7:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Society, Boston Post Rd., Madison. Sponsored by the Shoreline Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call 888-453-4975 or mailto:email@example.com@sbcglobal.net for more information.
WELCOME TO APRIL, AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!
In addition to all the wonderful events scheduled, many parents and families will be spreading awareness throughout their communities by reading stories to classes at school, talking to community groups and spreading the word on their own. If you need some ideas or want to bring autism awareness to YOUR school or community, call ASCONN at 888-453-4975 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule an Autism Orientation Workshop. Information on the entire range of workshops available can be found at www.autismsocietyofct.org.
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Wed. April 18, 2007: ASD Unplugged: A panel comprised of youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum from the FOCUS Alternative Learning Center telling their stories. Spend an evening with the "Creatively Wired and Socially Challenged". 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location to be announced. Sponsored by NorthStar Support Group. Call Cathy Adamczyk for more information at 860-869-6021 or 203-735-6098.
Fri. April 20, 2007: Due Process with Attorney Roger Bunker. Information for parents on their rights in special education. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. Child care available. Transportation for Hartford residents. Sponsored by AFCAMP. Call 860-297-4358/548-9959 for information and registration.
Sat. April 21, 2007: Autism Awareness at the CT Post Mall, Milford: Come join ASCONN and Discovery Toys as we bring Autism Awareness to the Westfield CT Post Mall in Milford. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., information, advocacy, and awareness. Call ASCONN at 888-453-4975 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sat. April 21, 2007: Autism Awareness at the Meriden Mall. Come join ASCONN and Discovery Toys as we bring Autism Awareness to the Westfield Mall in Meriden, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., information, advocacy and awareness. Call ASCONN at 888-453-4975 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Sat. April 21, 2007: Family Play Dates: Music For Learning Workshop. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. East Lyme Community Center, East Lyme. Presenter: Courtney Biddle will lead families in a success oriented music experience that teaches turn-taking, sharing, appropriate expression and group participation. $10 fee per family, registration required. Call Janis or John Tangney at 860-739-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department.
Mon. April 23, 2007: Yale Community Forum, Clinical Services for Childhood Disorders. 7:00 p.m. Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Libraray, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. Featuring Fred Volkmar, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center. Faculty Presentations on anxiety disorders, autism, early childhood learning disabilities, psychopharmacologynd tourtette syndrome. The Yale Child Study Center is expanding it clinical services to Greenwich Hospital. For more information call 203-785-5759. Co-sponsored by ARC Greenwich Autism Project, The Greater System of Care Collaborative, Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc., JCC of Mid-Westchester.
Mon. April 23, 2007: CT Family Support Network - Northwest Region Parent Support Group presents DMR Services and Supports with Gail Gordon, Program Supervisor, Family Support Program and Nancy Dyer and Maria Ierardi, Educational Liaisons. 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Waterbury WARC, 1929 East Main Street, Waterbury.
Mon, April 23, 2007: Brian Henninger, N.D. will present on gluten/casein free diets, D.A.N. protocols, immune dysfunction, craniosacral therapy and homeopathy as they relate to children with an ASD. 7:00 p.m., Sterling House Community Center, Stratford. Contact Kim Wardlow at email@example.com for more information. Sponsored by the Stratford Region, Autism Society of Connecticut.
Tues. April 24, 2007: Autism Awarenss Night! 6:30 p.m., Roxbury Elementary School, Den Road, Stamford. Guest speakers from Gersh Academy. For more information, contact Mary Schiro at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robin Portonova at email@example.com.
Tues. April 24, 2007: Making the PPT Process More Effective for Your Child. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven, CT. Sponsored by the Promoting School Success Series. For registration and questions call Holly King at 860-32-1485x242. For the full brochure go to: www.sde.ct.gov.
Tues. April 24 and 5 consecutive Tuesdays, 2007: Positive Parenting Training Class. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., CHaplin Elementary School, Chaplin, CT. During this enjoyable and practical program parents learn parenting methods to inccrease and improve: self esteeem, cooperation, success in school and parent-child communication. Pizza and childcare provided. $15 per family, registration required. Call Jennifer Bently at 860-455-0283 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Chaplin Discovery Projecct and School Readiness Council.
Tues. April 24, 2007: Open House at the Sensory Training Institute in Darien. 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. A multi-model sensory treatment center combining auditory, visual and vestibular sensory training all on one machine, a computerized, state of the art system with 12 hours of treatment over 3-4 weeks. Sensory Training Institute, 745 Post Rd, Darien.
Tues. April 24, 2007: The Medicine Dilemma. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Kevin Kalikow, M.D., Author: "Your Child in the Balance: An Insider's Guide For Parents to the Pyschiatric Medicine Dilemma". Greenwich Library. Sponsored by CACLD. Call 203-838-5010, or www.cacld.org.
Tues. April 24, 2007: What Happens After 18? Presented by AFCAMP, African-Caribbean-American Parents of Children with Disabilities. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Weaver High School, Granby. Child care available. Transportation for Hartford residents only. Space is limited, please call 860-297-4358/548-9959.
Wed. April 25, 2007: Psychotherapeutic Resources for Families with Special Needs. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. At Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria, 255 North Ave, Westport. Speakers include Michael Cohn, CT licensed special education psychologist and Judy Grossman, family psychologist specializing in special needs. Westport SEPTA. Call Janis Fox at 203-222-8485 or email@example.com.
Wed. April 25, 2007: An Introduction to Pediatric Physical Therapy., 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., YWCA Darien/Norwalk. Pediatric aquatic physical therapy is a multi-sensory therapy which uses the therapeutic properties of water to work on treatment goals. YWCA, 49 Old Kings Highway, Darien. RSVP to STEPS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-655-2535, x27.
Wed. April 25, 2007: Perri Murdica, Education Consultant, State of CT will speak on issues relating to inclusion of special needs children in regular education classrooms. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Ansonia High School Auditorium, 20 Pulaski Highway, Ansonia. Sponsored by the North Star Parent Support Group. Call Cathy Adamczyk at 860-869-6021 or 203-735-6098 for information and registration.
Thurs. April 26, 2007: Planning for the future of your child or dependent with Special Needs. 6:30 p.m. CCMC Kids Special Kids Support Center, One Hartford Square West, Hartford. MetDESK Specialist Anthony G. Recck and Stuart J. Hawkins. Spanish language translation available. Call Laura Knapp at 800-545-8971.
Thurs. April 26, 2007: Pizza Parents Support Group, Italian American Club, 20 Hamre Lane, Branford. 6:30 p.m. Call Teisha Imperati, South Central Regional Coordinator, CT Family Support Network at 203-234-3983 or email@example.com
Thurs. April 26, 2007: Teaching Children to Read: What works and why. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield. Phyllis Bertin, M.S., Co-author "Preventing Academic Failure: A Multisensory Curriculum for Teaching Reading, Spelling and Handwriting in the Elementary Classroom. Sponsored by CACLD, 203-838-5010, www. cacld.org.
Fri. April 27, 2007: Mock IEP. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Drama unfolds in this interactive event, as we re-enact an IEP meeting for a student with special needs. Facilitated by Anne Eason, Esq. Co-Sponsored by SPED*NET New Canaan. At The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.
Fri. April 27, 2007: Total Access for Everyone Now Expo. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. NEAT Marketplace, Hartford. NEAT Marketplace sponsors an Assistive Technology Outreach event. Admission is FREE, come and view the latest AT products. For more information and directions contact NEAT Marketplace at 860-243-2869.
Sat. April 28, 2007: 17th Annual Statewide Conference on Autism: "You're Going to Love These Kids!" with Dr. Paula Kluth and Dr. Lianne Holliday-Willey. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Full day conference includes exhibits, vendors and bookstore. CEU's available. CT Convention Center, Hartford, CT. Presented by ASCONN. http://www.autismsocietyofct.orgwww.autismsocietyofct.org for registration and information or call 888-453-4975.
Sat. April 28, 2007: Sensory Problems, and Solutions that Parents Can Provide. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Spring Glen United Church of Christ, Hamden. With Tara Glennon, Director, Center for Pediatric Therapy, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University. Sponsored by the CT ASRC. 203-265-7717.
Sat. April 28, 2007: Get Creative About Respite. 10:00 a.m., Danbury Fish and Game Club, across from Candlewood Lake Town Park, Danbury. Joy Liebeskind, parent and coordinator of the CT Respite Coalition will discuss respite services in CT and how to get creative. For more information or registration call Marianne Flanagan at 203-778-4973, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat. April 28, 2007: Learn about Lindamood-Bell at an Open House. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call for information and to RSVP 203-656-0771, 1574 Boston Post Road, Darien. www.lindamoodbell.com.
Mon. April 30, 2007: Employment Options: Helping Your Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders become Self-Sufficient. With Laura DiGalbo from the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Christ Church Greenwich Parish House, 250 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Sponsored by FAP. Call Brita Daranyi at 203-661-8510.
Tues. May 1, 2007: What Happens After 18? Presented by AFCAMP, African-Caribbean-American Parents of Children with Disabilities. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Weaver High School, Granby. Child care available. Transportation for Hartford residents only. Space is limited, please call 860-297-4358/548-9959.
Wed. May 2, 2007: Understanding the Role of Emotions in a Child's Behavior; and Learning Effective Discipline Strategies. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. At the Goodyear Early Childhood Center in Rogers. Free workshop to teach parents and guardians about the importance of emotional growth and development in children and hot to teach children appropriate ways for expression their emotions. For more information or to regsister call 860-779-6772 or 860-779-6770. Sponsored by the Killingly Public Schools Family Resource Center.
Thurs. May 3, 2007: PPT 101 for Parents in the CT Birth to Three System and Parents New to Special Education: Understanding the Basics for the Planning and Placement Team Meeting. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven. Part of the Promoting School Success Series. Contact Holly King at 860-632-1485 x 242 for registration information.
Thurs. May 3, 2007: Open House: Winston Preparatory School, a private school for students with various learning disabilities, grades 6-12 is pleased to announce its September opening at 57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk. During the open house you will have the opportunity to hear about the educational philosophy of the school, ask questions and have a tour. RSVP to Monika Shah, 646-638-2705 x 642 or email@example.com.
Thurs. May 3, 2007: Presentation by Pediatric Naturopath, Brian J. Henninger, N.D., Non-Toxic Ways to help your child. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Boston Post Road, Fairfield. RSVP to 203-255-4325.
Fri. May 4, 2007: Brain Gym & Sensory Integration: Complementary Strategies. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Rd, Wilton. Maris, Ossi, O.T. will introduce participants to Brain Gym activities and explore how they aid balance, motor planning, auditory attention, mid-line challanges, self-regulation, concentration and focus. Presented by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP to Eve at 203-761-0680.
Fri. May 4, 2007: Visions From the Heart. A juried exhibition that will showcase and two and/or three dimensional work completed in the last 5 years by artists with disabilities. Deadeline for entry is May 4. A private patron pre-opening gallery reception will be held on June 20 at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, general opening June 21 (show runs through July 21. For more information, contact Lois Gerety at the Kennnedy Center at 203-332-4535 x240 or www.thekennedycenterinc.org, www.BarnumFestival.com, www.visions-from-the-heart.com or www.citylightsgallery.org.
Friday, May 4, 2007 and Sat. May 5, 2007: Two presentations: Dreaming New Dreams: Raising Children with Disabilities and/or Special Health Care Needs. For Families on Sat. May 5, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and for Professionals who want to support them on Fri. May 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. With Stanley D. Klein, PhD. At St Vincent's Special Needs Services, Feroleto Children's Development Center, 95 Merritt Blvd, Trumbull. Call 203-375-6400.
Sat. May 5, 2007: Playing it Safe: Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities. 9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Southeastern Mental Health Authority, Uncas On Thames, 401 West Thames St, Bld 301, Norwich. Program includes: Ready and Able: Taking Responsibility for Staying Safe; Creating Community Connections; ADA and Access: The Civil Rights of Safety; No Animal Left Behind: Pet and Safety Animal Issues; Planning for Children with Health Care Needs; Putting it All Together. To regsiter or for more information, contact Elanah Sherman at the State Office of Protection and Advocacy 860-297-4322, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues. May 8, 2007: What Happens After 18? Presented by AFCAMP, African-Caribbean-American Parents of Children with Disabilities. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Weaver High School, Granby. Child care available. Transportation for Hartford residents only. Space is limited, please call 860-297-4358/548-9959.
Tues. May 8, 2007: Evidence Based Interventions for Play Skills and Social Skills. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. Marguerite Widdoes, Autism Consultant and associated with Autism & Behavior Consulting, Inc will speak. Childcare provided at a fee. Call Beth Katten at 860-236-8374 or email@example.com. Sponsored by the Hartford Region, Autism Society of Connecticut.
Wed. May 9, 2007: IDEA 2004 Regulations and Implications. Connecticut Grand Hotel, Waterbury. Alexa Posny (invited), Director, Office of Special Education Programs, US Dept of Ed., Jeanne M. Kincaid, J.D. and various topical workshops. Sponsored by the Klebenoff Institute of Special Education and the Unversity of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service., www.uconnucedd.org for more information and registration.
Wed. May 9, 2007: Promoting School Success for Your Child with a Disability. Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven, CT. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponosred by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to www.sde.ct.gov.
Fri. May 11, 2007: The Scoop: Transitioning Between Schools in Wilton. What do you and your child need to know? 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, The Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Sponosred by Sped*Net, Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.
Mon. May 14, 2007: Come learn about Assistive Technology with Shelley Lacey-Castelot from Innovative Solutions, an assistive technology company. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., ShopRite Supermarket meeting room, Connecticut Ave, Norwalk. Sponsored by Norwalk SEEKS. RSVP to RSVPMay14@NorwalkSEEKS.org. For more information www.NorwalkSEEKS.org.
Mon. May 14 - Wed. May 16, 2007: A PATH and Community Building Workshop. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. all days. Manchester Super 8 Motel & Conference Center, 20 Taylor St., Manchester, Sponsored by MARC, Inc of Manchester. In this hands on course, participants will practice PATH, Solution Circles, the Stone Game, patterns for mapping networks of relationships and graphic recording - some of the most valued organizational and person-centered planning tools in use today. Call Kevin Zingler at MARC at 860-46-5718 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration materials.
Wed. May 16, 2007: WIRED Differently ADHD Kids. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., An educational workshop for parents to understand children with ADD/ADHD from a strength-based perspective focusing on management strategies, compensatory skills, educational accomodations and children's potential. To register or for more information, caontact Ruthann Short, MSW., LCSW, Director of brainstorming, LLC, 383 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-431-3234.
Wed. May 16, 2007: Navigating the Diet Maze: Which One is Right for Your Child? 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., YWCA, 49 Old Kings Highway, Darien. Children with special needs may benefit from dietary interventions but parents are faced with an array of choics among various specialized diets. Vicki Kobliner, M.S., R.D., CD-N, a registered dieticiean, will explain the theories behind the various diets and provide information about implementing them and clues to help determine which, if any, diet is best for your child. Spsonored by STEPS of Darien. Please RSVP to the YWCA at 203-656-2535 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wed. May 16, 2007: Mock IEP: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Dolan Middle School Auditorium, 51 Toms Road, Stamford. Drama unfolds through this interactive event, as an IEP is re-enacted. Sponosred by SCOPES. RSVP via e-mail to Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ida at email@example.com.
Sat. May 19, 2007: Foundations and Innovcations 2: Effective Strategies for the Education of Children with Autism and Related Disorders. 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., UCONN, Waterbury Campus, Waterbury. Sponsored by CT FEAT. Speakers include Andy Bondy, PhD., Katherine Dyer, PhD., CCC-SLP, BCBA, Deborah Fein, PhD and Mary Beth Bruder, PhD. Topics include: "Are We There Yet? Building the Road from Scientifically Based Research to Effective Educational Policies for Children with Autism", "Research and the Recovery Phenomenon", "Assessment and Remediation of Speech Disorders in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" and "How to Help Children and Adults with Atism talk About Their Emotions". Panel discussion with Q&A. $75 for professionals, $60 for parents. Contact CT FEAT at 860--571-3888 or www.ctfeat.org.
Sun. May 20, 2007: Today's Man. Film Debut. Documentary about a young man with Asperger's Syndrome. Directed and produced by Lizzie Gotlieb, the film tells the story of her brother Nicky's struggle to fit into a world he does not quite understand. Co-sponsored by FAP and the Greenwich Library. 2:00 p.m. Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library. Call 203-661-8510 for more information. Reception after the film.
Sun, May 20, 2007: Autism Orientation for Faith Based Communities, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 630 State Street, New Haven. Come learn about autism spectrum disorders and how faith communities can help include families and persons living with ASD in spiritual living. Interfaith. Open to the public, registration required. RSVP 888-453-4975. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Connecticut.
Mon. May 21, 2007: Postsecondary Education Options for Indviduals with Developmental Disabilities. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Christ Church, Greenwich. Margaret Kardos, an educational consultant will present an overview of the options available for indviduals with developmental disabilities to continue their education at the post secondary level. Call Brita Darany at 203-661-8510 for more information.
Thurs. May 24, 2007: Parenting Workshop Offered by Behavioral Management's Neil A. Quatrano, MSW and Jeanne B Ayotte, LMFT, Co-authors of the "Tool Box Appoach". 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thompson Public Library, Thompson. RSVP to Suzanne Witkowski ARCHES Coordinator at TEEG, 80-923-3458 or ARCHES@teegonline.org.
Wed. May 30, 2007: Social Skills and Your Special Needs Child. A presentation by Lynn Guilmette. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria, 225 North Ave., Westport. Sponsored by the Westport SEPTA. RSVP to Janis Fox at 203-222-8485 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.