Programs and Classes

Thu Jul 18 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Parent support group/ sensory jump hour

For 2009, Toys"R"Us, Inc. and the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund have increased their support of Autism Speaks. This year, the company's more than 260 Babies"R"Us locations have joined nearly 540 Toys"R"Us stores in a nine-week in-store fundraising campaign, which began March 1 and ends Friday, May 1. Donations also will be accepted through the company's dedicated Autism Speaks microsite, www.Toysrus.com/AutismSpeaks. To increase public awareness about the disorder, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has partnered once again with Autism Speaks and the National Lekotek Center to develop the "Ten Toys That Speak To Autism" handout. Also, for the third consecutive year, Toys"R"Us, Inc. employees nationwide will participate in the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism program. To kick off the 2009 partnership, including national sponsorship of the walk program, the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund awarded Autism Speaks a $400,000 grant. Since the partnership began in 2007, the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund, Toys"R"Us, Inc. and customer donations have combined to provide Autism Speaks with more than $3.7 million.

Play is the work of children.

Play is not idle time for children- it is a time for exploration and learning. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I encourage fine motor and sensory motor development through play-based activities. Children are excited to enter my office because it is full of educational toys and games to keep learning fun.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: varies
Here's How:

1. Call your health insurance provider and ask these critical questions: 1) What are my individual and family out-of-pocket deductibles? What are my out-of-pocket maximums before 100% reimbursement begins? 2) How many visits per specialty (ie PT, OT, Speech) does my insurance plan allow per year for out-of-network providers? 3) Are there any limitations on diagnosis codes? 4) Does my plan have mental health coverage?

by Lisa Jo Rudy

Is it OK to take autistic children into the grocery store, the library, the mall, or the theater if they are prone to shouting, bolting, or making loud sounds? How can parents manage autism in public?

I wanted to let you know that a member of the ASBH, the McCoy's in Wyoming are about to receive "Boomer" their service dog for their son Josh who has autism, from All Purpose Canines! APC gave a great presentation here in February and I know we had some families get applications. Angie McCoy said she would be more than willing to talk with any families interested in pursuing a service dog, with the application and with the fundraising required by the families. We are also hoping to have Angie, Josh and Boomer here at our 1st support group meeting in September (date & time won't be announced till probably August) so we can all hear from her 1st hand how the process works and how the adjustment has gone for Josh and Boomer.

A rare genetic variation dramatically raises the risk of developing autism, a large study showed, opening new research targets for better understanding the disorder and for treating it.

ThanksgivingThe holiday period can be a stressful time for those on the autism spectrum because it is a breach in their daily routine. However, if we anticipate the holidays and what they entail before they arrive, the person with autism can be made more comfortable and at ease—ensuring joy for all throughout the holidays!

A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has discovered an important clue to why children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble imitating others: They spend less time looking at the faces of people who are modeling new skills.