We're Moving!

Well, sort of. The Pollard Memorial Library recently launched its new web site. In addition to a new design, the new web site now houses the Pollard Memorial Library's Autism Resource Guide. As such, this blog will no longer be maintained or updated. Instead, I will be updating it on the library's web site. It's the same information, just in a different format. To access the Autism Resource Guide via the library's web site, click here. Make sure to bookmark it!

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1 in 110: Autism Spectrum Resources for Families

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 110 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. Youth Services Staff has compiled a list of autism spectrum resources for families. The best place to start, if you suspect your child might be on the spectrum, is to have your child screened. The earlier your child starts therapies, the better. If your child is under age three there are two local agencies, South Bay Early Intervention and Thom Anne Sullivan Center, that provide screening services. If your child is age three or older, contact the Lowell Public Schools for assistance.

Information contained in this blog does not constitute library endorsement of a treatment, agency or advocacy group. The library maintains that it is up to the parent/legal guardian to determine proper treatment for his/her child. This blog is solely a place of information for the huge array of materials related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

If your family uses a service or has a favorite autism spectrum website that is not listed, please let us know so we can share with others in the community. Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at mhancock@mvlc.org.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Super Special Kids - Fall Dates



Calling all Special Needs kids and their families!  Come join us for a super Saturday morning.  We’ll share stories, sing songs, move and groove and do other fun things.  At the end of the session there will be time for families to visit and a snack will be provided.  If your child has food allergies or food sensitivities we encourage you to bring his own preferred snack.
Siblings are always welcome!

Meeting Dates:
September 22
October 20
November 17

We meet at 10 AM.
 
If you have questions please contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at 978-674-1527 or at mhancock@mvlc.org.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Discovery Museum

The September date for the Discovery Museum's "Especially for Me" event has been moved to September 22, 2012.  Check out their web page for more information and to register.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Super Special Kids


Don't forget that we have another Super Special Kids meeting this Tuesday, August 14th at 4 PM!  See below for a description -


Calling all Special Needs kids and their families!  Come join us for a super Saturday morning.  We’ll share stories, sing songs, move and groove and do other fun things.  At the end of the session there will be time for families to visit and a snack will be provided.  If your child has food allergies or food sensitivities we encourage you to bring his own preferred snack.
If you have questions please contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at 978-674-1527 or at mhancock@mvlc.org.

Museum of Science

From LifeLinks:

The Boston Museum of Science is seeking visitors with a range of disabilities to help test accessibility-related exhibitor prototypes, August 11-21, 2012. This evaluation and feedback will help improve the museum experience for those with disabilities. Go to the Museum for a 1-2 hour time, including weekend days;  guests are welcome to go along. After the testing, you may explore the exhibit halls on your own. Parking and admission will also be free for you and your visiting group members. ASL interpretation can be requested. If you are interested, please contact clussenhop@mos.org or 617-589-4435.

Rachel Ward-Sullivan
Resource Coordinator, Family Support

Friday, August 3, 2012

Adventurelore Activity

From CLASS, Inc.:

Adventurer's Club
Join members of CLASS, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, and experience the outdoors in an inclusive program filled with existing and safe activities for middle and high school age teens.

Participants will enjoy a day full of activities, including: Group Challenges, Kayak/Canoe, Orienteering and Ropes Course with supervision of trained Adventurelore Staff.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
8:30am—4:30pm
Program is free. Donations are welcome. Space is limited.
To RSVP or more information:
Stacey Leibowitz
Director, Family Services
sleibowitz@classinc.org
978-975-8587, ext.1217


Upcoming LifeLinks Workshops

From LifeLinks:


Music Therapy

LifeLinks Family Support will be offering music therapy classes for children with special needs and their families!

A Board Certified Music Therapist from Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC will be conducting music therapy groups on Mondays in the fall for children ages 3-12 years old. Siblings are welcome to attend; parents are required to stay. The program will use the fun and motivation of music to address social, behavioral, and sensory goals. Children will be singing, playing a variety of instruments, and moving to the music!

Roman Music Therapy Services will hold an informative Open House on Wednesday, August 8 from 6:00 - 7:15PM. This free session will include 30 minutes of music for kids with special needs ages 3-12 (and their siblings!) and 30 minutes for questions.

We will be offering two 7 week music therapy sessions on Mondays starting September 17 from 3:45 - 4:30PM for children ages 3-7 and from 4:45 - 5:30PM for children ages 7-12.

OPEN HOUSE
DATE: Wednesday, August 8
TIME: 6:00 - 7:15PM
COST: Free!
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
 CONTACT: REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Email Rachel or call 978-349-3040.


MUSIC THERAPY CLASSES
DATES: Mondays, September 17-October 29 (first session); Mondays, November 5-December 17 (second session)
TIME: 3:45 - 4:30PM for 3-7 year olds; 4:45 - 5:30PM for 7-12 year olds
COST: $75 per session
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
CONTACT: REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please sign up early as space is limited. Email Rachel or call 978-349-3040 for the registration form.


Social Skills Groups
  
Social Skills Groups for Kids Ages 4-6, 7-11, and 12-15

These groups provide a place where kids can interact with peers and teenage helpers while working with a friendship tutor on:

1. Sportsmanship
2. Conversation skills
3. Flexible thinking
4. Managing strong feelings (anger/frustration/embarrassment)
5. Understanding their social environment
6. Body language
7. Managing conflict and disagreements
 ...and more, depending on the needs of participants

Ages 4-6
DATES:Tuesdays, weekly beginning September 11
TIME: 4:15 - 5:15PM 

Ages 12-15 
DATES: Tuesdays, weekly beginning September 11
TIME: 5:30 - 6:30PM
  
Ages 7-11
DATES: Wednesdays, weekly beginning September 12
TIME: 5:30 - 6:30PM

FOR ALL CLASSES:

COST: $65 per month (a 50% discount!)
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
CONTACT: For more information, email Family Support or call 978-349-3040. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please contact Family Support for registration form.


Parents are welcome to discuss details of the program with the facilitator:
Nadine Briggs
978-764-2758
nbriggs@socialsmartkids.com 

Daily Living Skills Classes

Daily Living Skills for ages 12-16 and 17 & older
The Daily Living Skills classes offers a place where teens and young adults can learn:
 
1. Safety/home alone (with focus on emergency situations)
2. Clothing care
3. Meal preparation *
4. Nutrition & exercise
5. Tracking expenses/budgets
6. Grocery shopping
7. Check writing, debit cards, credit cards
8. Cleaning and home management
* Food preparation will be part of each meeting to allow for more robust skill development

Ages 12-16
DATES: Tuesdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
TIME: 6:45 - 8:00PM

Ages 17 & older
DATES: Wednesdays, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28
TIME: 6:45 - 8:00PM
 
ALL CLASSES:
COST: $200 (a 50% discount!)
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
CONTACT: For more information on the class, email Family Support or call 978-349-3040.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please contact Family Support for registration form.

Parents are welcome to discuss details of the program with the facilitator:
Nadine Briggs
978-764-2758



Friday, July 13, 2012

Upcoming Sibshops at Lifelinks

Upcoming Sibshops at Lifelinks:

Does your child with special needs have a brother or sister between the ages of 12-19? Have the siblings come hang out with other kids who also have a brother or sister with special needs! 

Sibshops are drop-off programs for typically-developing siblings, ages 12-19, of children with special needs.

 Join us on Monday, July 16, July 23, and July 30 from 6:00-8:00PM for a Sibshop party!
*Siblings do not need to attend all three events.*

Here's what kids say about Sibshops:

"At Sibshops you get to meet other brothers and sisters of kids with special needs."

"At Sibshops you can talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a brother or sister who has special needs."

"Sibshops are fun!"
Sibshops
DATES: Mondays, July 16, 23, and 30
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00PM
COST: $5 for snacks
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
CONTACT: E-mail Rachel or call 978-349-3040 to register.