1 in 110
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Come join in all the fun at The Discovery Museums during a special free evening for families with children on the autism spectrum on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 5:30-8:30 pm supported by Autism Alliance of MetroWest, funded by the Foundation for MetroWest, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Morgan Stanley and Nypro, with refreshments provided by Not Your Average Joe's.
Please e-mail Autism-Events@discoverymuseums.org or call 978-264-4200 ext. 28 for more information or to register for the event.
Help spread the word by either forwarding this e-mail to your family and friends or posting the attached flyer at a local school or organization that supports families with children on the autism spectrum.
Thank you for your support of The Discovery Museums!
Friday, August 19, 2011
A fuzzy yellow robot initially used for autism therapy is going mainstream this fall, with Toys “R” Us marketing a consumer version that very well could be the next must-have Christmas item.
The robot known as My Keepon is just 10 inches tall and features little more than two big eyes and a black dot for a nose. But, it responds to touch and can turn and even sneeze.
What’s more, the little creature can dance, with its movements changing along with the beat of any music playing nearby. Keepon’s dancing is such a draw that a video posted on YouTube has generated 2.6 million views.
While there’s no conclusive studies on the effectiveness of Keepon among children with autism, initial observations showed that kids made more eye contact when interacting with the robot and expressed better social skills. As a result, researchers at several institutions purchased the device at $30,000 a piece.Now, a consumer model is on its way — expected to ring up at under $50 — and Toys “R” Us is banking that the masses will respond. They’ve secured the exclusive U.S. rights to sell Keepon and plan to have it on store shelves in late October, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Back-to-School Assistive Technology & Academic Tools – Open House: Free. August 30th, 2011, Boston, MA. 10 a.m. – 12 noon and 2 – 4 p.m. The Easter Seals Assistive Technology Regional Center (ATRC) will offer hands-on opportunities to try out academic tools and assistive technology such as Kurzweill 3000, Livescribe Pulse pen, WordQ, text-to-speech software, ebook readers such as iPad 2, Kindle, talking calculators, digital recorders and more. Staff will be available for questions and assistance. For more information call 617-226-2634 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Kids In Disability Sports in partnership with The Paul Center proudly presents:
FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES
"JUST LIKE BEING AT THE DRIVE-IN"
Location: The Paul Center, 39 Concord Road,
Time: Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
Movie starts at dusk.
Date: August 12 - G rated movie (to be detemined)
Donation: $5.00 per person / $10.00 per family.
Popcorn, candy and drinks available for sale.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Family friendly event.
The Family Support Center will resume its IEP clinics on the first Wednesday of the month. Meet with a Support Center Educational Advocate to review your IEP and get advice.
One hour slots available. Appointments suggested.
The Young Adult Social Groups will be starting again in the fall! These social groups are for young adults ages 16-30(ish!) who are looking to improve their social skills and make new friends.
More information about the upcoming social groups will be in the next newsletter and on our Facebook page. To get your child on the Young Adult Social Group contact list, please contact Rachel at 978-349-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resource Library is now open. Call or e-mail the Family Support Center to make an appointment to check out the Resource Library. 978-349-3040 email@example.com.