Social Skills Group For CHILDREN with AUTISM (younger class and older class) - MONDAY and TUESDAY GROUPS Starting February 4th 2013 in FAYETTEVILLE!! “See how the Touch of a Horse can open the Door to a whole new World fora child with Autism!"
Each class is held consecutively for 6 weeks. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-409-8980 to register, space is limited!
Here are the flyers:
We have covered this a few times before, but it always bears reminding to make sure that the future of your children is always covered and secure!
And we have a version in Spanish as well.
For this FAQ friday we want to hear from you! This FAQ Friday is interactive -- it's to help us put together a disability-friendly list of not only medical resources but places like restaurants, hair dressers, and other places that are a great experience for you and your child. So, here's the question: Do you know of any stand-out places you can think of that have gone above and beyond in being disability-friendly? Let us know! We will combine this with other places we're collecting information to present you a nice and tidy list!
As the holiday season is winding down we realize that we've completed another hectic but very rewarding time full of friends and family. We have family and loved ones from all across the world that travel to us during these special holidays. As you may or may not know, Northwest Arkansas (specifically Springdale, AR) has the highest concentration of Marshallese population in the country. A large chunk of the families we serve are also Marshallese. They celebrated things a little bit different this holiday season -- if you think OUR Christmas shopping and preparing starts quite early, read about when the Marshallese starts theirs!! The article written below is by our Marshallese Family Outreach Coordinator instructing us on just how they celebrate Christmas... islands style.
"Christmas is very special holiday around the world. In America and most of the world, many families spend Christmas with each other. In Marshall Islands we celebrate Christmas in the Island way. We begin to celebrate beginning in the month of September or mid-October. The reason I say this is because we start to form a Jebta (group) for Christmas during those months. These Jebta (groups) start to practice about ten or so songs and a few dances from day time to mid-morning the next day. On Gospel Sunday, which is the first Sunday in December all the Jebta gather in a church to show their parts of their songs and dances.
In 1857, a group of missionaries from Boston, Massachusetts board a ship called Morning Star to head to the pacific islands to preach the word of God. One of their stops was the Marshall Islands. This is why we celebrate Gospel Sunday. One of the other important events in Marshall Islands is 'Jabot in al' (Christmas Sunday). The Sunday before Christmas we again gather in a church to sing one or two of our songs that we have been preparing for Christmas. Finally when Christmas arrives (what we have long been waiting for) we get to show what we have practicing for many months. This year there were 12 Jebtas that took part in the 1st Marshallese United Church of Christ Christmas Celebration in Springdale, Arkansas. Each group performs what they have been practicing. We spend all day Christmas and throughout the night in our church until every group has the chance to perform.
There are two video clips I want to share are below this article. The first clip is from the Marshall Islands during Christmas Day. The second clip is in from 1st Marshallese United Church during Gospel Sunday.
Also, I want to share the following link to an article that also helps explain how the Marshallese celebrates Christmas. Click here to read: Marshallese Signature is the Christmas 'jebta' Dancers
Hope you enjoy"
-- Albious Latior, Marshallese Families Outreach Coordinator for Arkansas Support Network
Ever been interested in finding out more about Eye Pointing / Eye Tracking Devices? Eye tracking devices enable the user to completely control the computer by simply moving where they look -- requiring no other physical movement than that. Visit the links below to find out more!
World's First Eye Tracking PC Accessory to Release in 2013
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)