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Check this page regularly for information about events, programs, support groups and other autism-related activities taking place throughout Connecticut.
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Growing Potential Services in Enfield has announced it is now offering psychiatric services for children and adolescents ages 5-21. These services include holistic psychiatric evaluations, diagnostic clarification, psychopharmacology and medication management, second opinion consultations, and consultations with families, schools, and other therapists.

Wheeler now provides autism spectrum services as part of its Child and Adolescent Center of Excellence. Evaluation services for youth ages 3 and up are available for families enrolled in Medicaid.

“Wheeler has extensive experience working with people with autism spectrum challenges,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer.  “We know that families with Medicaid often have difficulty accessing evaluation services. They may not know where to turn. Our services provide an accessible and effective option.”

If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we hope you'll complete a new survey on quality-of-life issues associated with senior adults on the autism spectrum.

We believe the results from this survey may provide insight about the needs and challenges faced by individuals with autism and their support providers. We anticipate that this study will also inspire others as well as better inform the autism community, government agencies, and other welfare and health-related organizations about such quality of life issues.

Recently, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) organized a meeting with special education attorneys and advocates who represent families of children with disabilities. We had a very interesting discussion about the problems facing our families and came up with a number of approaches to help move things in a better direction.

We are going to implement one of those suggestions immediately. CPAC will establish a clearinghouse for information on complains filed against school districts in Connecticut.

Autism Families CONNECTicut has announced that it will be once again holding its Playing on the Spectrum gym program throughout March 2016 at their new facility at 600 North Mountain Road in Newington. This is a wonderful chance for children with autism ages 3-13 to learn sports skills, engage in developmentally-appropriate play, and build social connections, all at a level of engagement that is comfortable to them. There will also be a concurrent program for siblings, and parents also have the option of participating or just watching while chatting with other parents.

Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks is a barrier free, accessible camp for children (ages 8+) and adults who have developmental and/or physical disabilities and is located in Hebron, CT. Camp Hemlocks programming includes traditional camp activities and is individually tailored to the needs of each camper to provide them the most enjoyable and successful camping experience possible.

Rehabilitation Associates in Fairfield is offering a Mommy & Me Motor Group, for children ages 4-18 months with special needs and their parents/caregivers, every Monday in March 2016 from 8:30-9:30 AM. This is an opportunity to learn about your baby's development from licensed physical and occupational therapists, learn play-based activities and developmental positioning to help your child develop appropriate motor skills, and meet other parents and caregivers to help your baby play and socialize with others their age.

New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce the return of its highly successful Shared Ability Dance Program for students with physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities ages 10-25. The program brings together students with disabilities and student dancers from the New Haven Ballet Company for a series of workshops and rehearsals leading up to a Spring Showing.

Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, is now offering social skills groups for children ages 6-8 and 11-13 at her office in Ridgefield. The group for children ages 6-8 will meet every other Thursday at 5:30 PM beginning March 24, and will focus on play skills and flexible thinking in a social atmosphere, while the group for children ages 11-13 will meet every other Wednesday at 5:00 PM starting March 16, and will focus on conflict resolution, problem solving, and social thinking. The cost is $75, and registration and pre-payment is required.