Our staff curated a new training for "Middle School Transition", what to do when your child with special needs goes from elementary school to Middle school. There are several changes that occur within the school but also key developmental things that also take place. Have a look by clicking the link below!
Middle School Transition!
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AIM is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with autism by connecting the autism community and providing education and resources to families, communities, and providers.
AIM provides funding for our program called AIM To Help which provides grants for Benton and Washington County families impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The grants provide individuals on the Autism Spectrum with funding that may be used for a wide variety of supports and programs.
In order to qualify for a grant a recipient must:
· Be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
· Reside in Benton or Washington county
· Not be on the Medicaid Waiver Program
· Provide supporting documentation for the diagnosis of Autism
Grants will range up to $500
Grants can be used to cover the costs of generally accepted autism treatments or equipment that are neither fully covered by insurance nor provided by school systems.
Examples of possible uses for grant money:
Social Skills Training Education Books/Videos Horseback Riding Lessons
Sensory Integration Computer Software Education Conference Fees
Vision Services Swimming Lessons Training Materials
Music Classes Therapy Services Sensory Equipment
Grant Money will not be approved for the following:
Electronics such as iPads, Kindle Fires, Tablets, and eReaders will not be approved for children under the age of 7 years old
To apply for funds please complete the enclosed application, supply the requested information, and return to the following address below:
PO Box 866
Bentonville, AR 72712
Notification of eligibility acceptance or denial will be made via email. Therefore a valid email address is required upon application.
Application Deadline & Important Dates:
Application Deadline Postmarked by September 10, 2014
Notification October 15, 2014
Grant Pick Up November 20, 2014 6-8pm
Location will be supplied within notification emails
Download instructions and Application below as a pdf or word doc.
We all felt really inspired by this video - look how well Matt is doing for himself and the goals he will soon be able to attain.
~ NWACPRC Staff
"Matt is a young adult with autism living at home. He's the smile behind SMILE Biscotti. His business is part of the Rising Young Entrepreneur Program through SARRC, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. He's blazing a trail while raising community and legislative awareness for children and adults living with Autism.
Watch my video and meet Matt! Purchase SMILE Biscotti to support Matt and help raise Autism awareness."
Perhaps these words of understanding and encouragement are what you need today.
Emily Perl Kingsley writes
"I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this…
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michelangelo David, the gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!" you say. "What do you mean, Holland?" I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy.
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to some horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy a new guidebook. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
The pain of that will never, ever, go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.
But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland."
1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved
Have a great weekend!
SO many great resources and articles in this newsletter. If you have a child with a Sensory Impairment or a professional who works with children that do, it's a definite MUST READ.
Shine a light on Autism! World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day. Go here for more information: http://liub.autismspeaks.org/welcome
Please come meet one of the stars in
Just Like You-Down Syndrome in an event hosted by
Down Syndrome Connection of NWA.
Please RSVP online here.
You can meet Rachel Mast and find out what her hopes
and dreams are as a teenager with Down syndrome.
their condition and they wish to be treated just like you. Each of the stars has their own talents, characteristics, strengths and challenges. Down syndrome is just onepart of who they are and this film identifies how to handle and accommodate differenceswhile celebrating the many similarities our friends with Down syndrome have with their peers.
Kids are naturally curious and the special needs of peers with Down syndrome can raise a lot of questions. when questions are left unanswered it can lead to fear of the unknown, which may cause peers to lash out, ostracize or judge their classmates with Down syndrome.
The film's primary goal is to open hearts and change perspectives because, "when you have the knowledge you understand, and when you understand you can accept that kids with Down syndrome just want to be treated like any other kid, just like you.
The DSCNWA encourages you to invite you family, friends, teachers and medical professionals to come meet Rachel.
Please RSVP online here.
NW Arkansas Community College Offers 2 Different Scholarships to Students that have Certain Special Needs
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is excited to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year as part of the general scholarship program.
Two of the available scholarships are eligible only to students who experience specific types of disability :
1. David Duff Correll Scholarship, available to students living with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis.
2. Elaine "Ellie" Hamilton Memorial Scholarship, available to students living with chronic illness.
Qualifying students are strongly encouraged to apply! Learn more and apply online at their website.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSES ON MARCH 7, 2014!
If you have any questions about these scholarship opportunities, please speak with a Disability Resource Center Staff Member.
From our friends at friendshipcircle.org/blog written by Melanie Potock
“I never imagined my child would have trouble eating.” Those words are often one of the first comments parents have for me when they ask about feeding therapy. As a pediatric speech pathologist who specializes in feeding, I have the joy of being a “food coach” for kids and their families as we progress through the developmental process of learning to eat a variety of foods.
Whether working with children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down syndrome or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or with a child coined the “picky eater” of the family, the ultimate goal of feeding therapy is to establish regular, nutritious family meals that are joyful for the entire family.
Here are the top 10 things I want you to know before starting your family begins feeding therapy..." Read More
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)