PML Autism Guide
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1 in 88: Autism Spectrum Resources for Families
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 88 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 on this web page 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 web page is solely a place of information for the huge array of materials related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Hi, Everyone: While surfing the Internet to see what was new in the area of Special Needs support I came across this link - http://spclneedsparents.meetup.com/cities/us/ma/chelmsford. It is a list of support groups and meetings for special needs families. I don't know how current the information is but thought many people would find the information helpful.
Parent Recommendation: A parent recommended some articles and web sites about autism and music therapy. I have added this information to the web page. Click here to see it.
Upcoming Events at the Library
Super Special Kids: A Holiday Celebration for Special Needs Families
Saturday, December 7th at 10 AM
Calling all Special Needs Families! Come join us for a holiday celebration! We'll sing, we'll dance, we'll make a sticker craft. At the end of the program there will be time for families to take photos with our Sensory Santa so be sure to bring a camera to capture a memory.
*Please note - this drop-in program is specifically for Special Needs Families. We appreciate your understanding!
Note from Molly: In addition to being the Coordinator of Youth Services, I am also the mother of a special needs child so I understand the blessings and challenges of being a special needs family. At our storytime it's okay for kids to move or make noise. I don't expect everyone to sit quietly. For some of our friends that is near impossible. I know it is for my own son! One of our main goals for storytime is for families (everyone in the family - grownups too!) to feel comfortable and have fun. So please join us! We look forward to seeing you and your family at storytime.
Upcoming Events in the Community
This information was forwarded to me from the Lowell Sped PAC:
Lowell Special Education Parent Advisory Council 2013-2014 Meeting Schedule
Sept. 19, 2013
October 3, 2013 (Newcomers Night)
November 7, 2013
December 5, 2013
January 9, 2014
February 6, 2014
March 6, 2014
April 3, 2014
May 1, 2014
June 5, 2014
Meetings begin at 7 PM and are held at the Butler School, 1140 Gorham St. Visitors are always welcome.
Lowell Public Schools and the Special Education Dept. are pleased to announce Parent Informational Training Series
Parent Education Program Trainings are FREE to all parents and caregivers.
December 5, 2013 - The Language of Education: “What Do All of Those Letters
January 9, 2014 - Autism Diagnosis: Challenges and Questions
February 6, 2014 - All about Play: Using Play to Support Your Young Child’s Early
Language Development and Social Communication throughout the Elementary Years
March 6, 2014 - Mindfulness: Guided Meditation for Children of All Ages
April 3, 2014 - ADHD: What’s the Difference between ADHD and other
May 1, 2014 - Surviving Summer Vacations: Resources for You and Your Child
June 5, 2014 - Managing Conflict with Your Tween/Teen: Techniques for You
and Your Child
ALL trainings are being held at the Butler Middle School
1140 Gorham Street, Lowell from 6-7:00 PM
Limited childcare is available. Please call 978-674-2096 to reserve your child’s spot.
Don’t forget to bring a friend!
Free Evenings for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum:Discovery Museums in Acton
Especially for Me! offers free evenings for families with children on the autism spectrum. Registration is required.
October 19, 2013
November 23, 2013
December 14, 2013
For more information or to register see http://discoverymuseums.org/EspeciallyForMe or call 978.264.4200.
Upcoming Programs at LifeLinks:
Did you know that LifeLinks Family Support Center offers music therapy, art expression, and social skills classes weekly? All classes are held at LifeLinks at 285 Mill Road in Chelmsford.
MUSIC: A Board Certified Music Therapist from Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC is conducting music therapy groups on Mondays at 3:45pm for kids ages 3-7 and at 4:45pm for kids ages 8 and older. The cost is only $25 a month and siblings are welcome (for free)!
ART: Tiffany Nardini teaches art expression classes on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm. The art classes are open to all ages and cost only $25 a month per person.
To register for art and/or music classes, please contact Rachel. Registration is required prior to attendance.
SOCIAL SKILLS: Ashley Coates from Simply Social Kids is teaching social skills to children ages 8-11 on Wednesdays at 4:15pm and 5:30pm.
YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL SKILLS: Ashley Coates from Simply Social Kids runs this group for young adults 18 years and older to learn and practice social strategies. Classes will run on Wednesdays at 6:45pm.
Classes are $130 for a four week month (funding may be available for DDS eligible participants). Get more details and the registration packet here. Registration is required and is completed with Simply Social Kids.
Boston Museum of Science Disability Prototype Testers: The Boston Museum of Science is seeking visitors with all disabilities to test new exhibit prototypes and explore the museum.
Autism in the News
Planning for Life After Special Education: Transition Services Online Manual
The Disability Law Center in Boston has revised their manual 'Planning for Life After Special Education' and it is available online for FREE. They have made several significant changes, including new information on the following topics:
-Developing appropriate transition services for students with severe developmental disabilities
-Helping your student transition successfully into the adult workforce
-Knowing the various diploma options and determining which option is best for your child
The second edition of this manual also provides revised case summaries, thirteen new informational videos in English, Spanish, and ASL, and information on how to manage public benefits.
This amazing resource is available online for free. If you have a child approaching transition age, this is a must read!
Leading the Way: Autism Friendly Youth Organizations
Autism Speaks has created a guide for community organizations to help them better serve children with autism and their families. This information is available online.
Autism Speaks has created the online resource, Postsecondary Educational Opportunities.
Autism Support Groups
Please contact the support group you are interested in to verify meeting dates and times.
Autism Spectrum Support Group: Support for parents of children of all ages
Where: Lowell General Hospital, Hanchett Auditorium
When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
(Updated August 2012)
Parents of Special Needs Kids Meet Ups: This is an online resource of groups and meetings in the Boston area. Link: http://spclneedsparents.meetup.com/cities/us/ma/chelmsford.