- Parent participation in the IEP process
- MCAS and the special needs child
- A longer school day and a longer school year
- Home services
- Accepting or rejecting an IEP
- Out of district placements
- Helpful resources
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, September 27, 2011
The workshops are free but registration is required. To register contact Aymee Lucifora at 978-624-2381.
*Please make sure to register! Workshops will only be held if 10 or more people are registered.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
6 PM - 8 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location for Workshops:
6 Southside Rd.
Danvers, MA 01923
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wally the Green Monster will be visiting the Irish Cottage restaurant in Methuen on Saturday, October 8th from 9 AM - 12 PM. Stop by for the breakfast buffet and meet Wally. There will also be raffles and prizes. Bring your camera and your appetite. All proceeds will benefit Melmark New England, a nonprofit educational center serving children on the autism spectrum. Reservations strongly recommended. Make your reservation by calling 978-208-4347, extension 3.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Around half of all children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn to use the toilet later than other children. In the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Toileting Tool Kit due out this fall, we talk about why your child might have trouble and provide tips for achieving success. Here are some important points:
Toileting Challenges with ASD:
* Physical: Talk with your doctor about medical reasons that may make toileting more difficult for your child. These can include constipation, and kidney, urinary tract, or bladder problems.
* Language: Language delay can make it difficult for a child to ask to use the toilet. Children may need other methods to communicate their needs.
* Fears: Your child may be afraid of sitting on the toilet or hearing it flush.
* Body cues: Some children with autism have difficulty sensing the “need to go” and may not realize that their clothes are wet or soiled.
* Dressing: Can your child easily pull up and down his or her pants? This may need to be addressed.
* Need for sameness: Your child may have developed a habitual way of toileting and, so, may resist doing so “your way.”
* Using different toilets: Your child may have difficulty toileting in new places—such as school vs. home.
Tips for Parents:
Sit for six: Set a goal for six toilet sits per day. Start out slow. First trips may only last 5 seconds. Encourage boys to sit to urinate until they regularly have bowel movements on the toilet.
Don’t ask, tell: Take your child to the toilet and tell them it is time to go. Don’t wait for them to tell you that they need to go.
Stick to a schedule: Take your child to the toilet at the same times each day. Track when they urinate or have bowel movements and use those times if possible. Otherwise plan toilet trips around your usual routine. And think ahead: Take your child to the toilet before he or she starts an activity that will be difficult to interrupt.
Communicate: Use the same simple words, signs, or pictures during each trip. Talk with other people who work with your child. Everyone on the team needs to use the same toileting communication plan.
Reward: Praise your child for trying. Give your child a favorite treat or reward right after going in the toilet. Be matter-of-fact when accidents happen.
Consider comfort: Your child needs to feel safe on the toilet, with feet supported for balance. Also address sensory difficulties your child may have with sounds, smells, lights, or textures in the bathroom.
These are just a few of the ideas we discuss in the forthcoming Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Toileting Toolkit.
Please remember: Toileting can be difficult for children with an ASD. One study found that they needed a year and a half of training, on average, to stay dry during the day and more than two years to become bowel trained. So don’t become discouraged. Be consistent. Build routines. Talk with your doctor. And look for the launch of the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Toileting Tool Kit. We’ll keep you posted here in the blog and on the ATN’s Tools You Can Use section of the Autism Speaks science pages.
The Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Toileting Tool Kit is the product of on-going activities of the Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHB) to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCHB, HRSA, or HHS.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Come join in all the fun at The Discovery Museums during this special
FREE evening for families with children on the autism spectrum
supported by the Autism Alliance of MetroWest. Please e-mail
Autism-Events@discoverymuseums.org or call 978-264-4200 ext. 28
for more information or to register for the event.
177 Main Street • Acton, MA 01720 • 978-264-4200
This event is funded by: the Foundation for Metro West, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Nypro, Morgan Stanley, and Not Your Average Joe's
Monday, September 12, 2011
On Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00PM, LifeLinks Family Support Center will be hosting Attorney Marisa Higgins of Fletcher Tilton law firm in Worcester, MA. Ms. Higgins will be conducting a workshop on Special Needs and Divorce.
Divorce is difficult for all families but even more so for families with a child with a disability. Attorney Higgins will discuss the different issues that need to be considered, such as custody, special needs trusts, child support, and more.
To attend this workshop, please RSVP to 978-349-3040.
Special Needs and Divorce Workshop
Wednesday, September 28
LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
Young Adult Progrms
The Young Adult Social Groups are starting again! The Family Support Center Young Adult Social Group is for teens and young adults ages 16-28(ish!) who want more social time with their peers and would like to improve their social skills. The next Young Adult Social Group is on Friday, September 16 from 6:00-8:00PM at LifeLinks. We'll make snacks and play some games to get to know one another. The October session, on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00AM-2:00PM will focus on young adult relationships. This program will be run by Paula Thompson, LICSW and will focus on sexuality, public and private relationships, and decision making. An accompanying workshop for parents will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00PM. This session will focus on discussing sexuality, relationships, and how to have conversations about these topics with your child. The training will also allow for parents to ask questions and will provide a variety of resources. If your child is attending the Saturday workshop, we ask that you (the parent) please attend this training. To RSVP for any of the aforementioned Young Adult Social Group events, please call Rachel at 978-349-3040.
The Young Adult Social Groups are starting again! The Family Support Center Young Adult Social Group is for teens and young adults ages 16-28(ish!) who want more social time with their peers and would like to improve their social skills.
The next Young Adult Social Group is on Friday, September 16 from 6:00-8:00PM at LifeLinks. We'll make snacks and play some games to get to know one another.
The October session, on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00AM-2:00PM will focus on young adult relationships. This program will be run by Paula Thompson, LICSW and will focus on sexuality, public and private relationships, and decision making.
An accompanying workshop for parents will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00PM. This session will focus on discussing sexuality, relationships, and how to have conversations about these topics with your child. The training will also allow for parents to ask questions and will provide a variety of resources. If your child is attending the Saturday workshop, we ask that you (the parent) please attend this training.
To RSVP for any of the aforementioned Young Adult Social Group events, please call Rachel at 978-349-3040.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
PO Box 1397
Lowell, MA 01853
KIDS DANCE SCHEDULE 2011/2012
September 9, 2011 – Back to School Dance
October 28, 2011 – Halloween Dance
December 9, 2011 – Holiday Dance
February 10, 2012 – Valentine Dance
March 16, 2012 – St. Patrick’s Day
May 4, 2012 – Luau Dance
NEW: Attendance Door Prize Raffle @ every dance. Raffle at 8:30 p.m. (Must be present to get prize if you win). For every dance you attend your name goes into the final drawing to be held at the May Dance for $100 cash prize. Attend all dances, 6 chances to win.
Dances are held at Lowell Lodge of Elks, Old Ferry Road, Lowell
$5.00 Entrance Fee per person
No drinks can be brought in.
Donation of snacks/baked goods appreciated.
Dances begin at 7:00 p.m. and end promptly at 10:00 p.m. Admittance begins at 6:45. No one will be allowed to enter the hall or wait outside before this time. Everyone must check in at the front table upon entering and pay the admittance fee. Your hand will be stamped at this time to acknowledge you’ve paid.
Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.
Attendees over the age of 18 must sign in at the front table and leave your name and the name and phone number of an emergency contact who can be reached during the dance. Please come prepared with this information.
Individuals responsible for picking up attendees over age of 18 must arrive by 9:30 and be present for the last half hour of the dance. Our volunteers are not responsible for anyone who remains after 10:00 p.m.
After you have entered the hall, you may leave only to use the restroom. There is no loitering in the main hallway or outside the front door. This is for the safety of all and courtesy of those who may be using the facility for another function.
Failure to abide by these rules may prevent you from being allowed to attend future dances, which will be at the discretion of K.I.D.S. Thank You for your cooperation.