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Beth Segaloff, LMSW of Tree of Life Centers in Westport is offering a workshop for parents of children with special needs. This workshop is intended to help parents navigate their emotions, learn self-care practices, relieve stress, and create balance in their lives. Each participant will receive a personal workbook and take-away strategies, with the ultimate goal of fostering a sense of belonging, acceptance, compassion, and community.
The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) is promoting their Family Connections program, for parents with children in Connecticut's Birth to Three system who are looking for support. CPAC matches parents, one-on-one, with experienced parent mentors who also have children with disabilities who have been through Birth to Three, and are able to provide answers to questions, a listening ear, resources, and guidance.
Norwich Youth & Family Services, in collaboration with Child First Norwich, has announced Voices for Families: A Parent Empowerment Initiative, an educational program for parents and community members who are looking to better advocate for children who receive special education services. The course begins with a full-day retreat on Saturday, February 27 at 8:30 AM at the Bishop School at 526 East Main Street, followed by classes on Wednesday evenings for 15 weeks. The curriculum will include:
Dream Believe Achieve Dance Studio in New Hartford hosts a weekly "Shining Stars" dance class for children with special needs on Saturdays from 11:40 AM-12:25 PM. This is a movement class that will improve their coordination, musicality & rhythm, self-confidence, and self-awareness. Most importantly, this class will give children with special needs the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that dance and music can bring to their lives, by allowing them to creatively express themselves and take this positive experience and what they learn from it with them for the rest of their lives.
The Initiative for Girls and Women with ASD at the Yale Child Study Center will be offering job skills training for young women ages 18-28 years of age who are ready to seek employment. The program will meet for four weeks beginning in March 2016, followed by a time-limited internship with assistance from a job coach. Course work will cover everything from how to dress appropriately for the workplace and look for work, to how to apply and interview for jobs.
The Sonia Plumb Dance Company in West Hartford has announced a new class on dance technique for children ages 7-9 on the autism spectrum. Students on the autism spectrum will learn the basic elements of dance technique, including alignment, musicality and rhythm. Discovering their relationships to space and time, students will grow emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. Classes can help improve memory and cognition, problem solving, acceptance of others, sensory and spatial awareness, balance, control and coordination, sense of purpose and self-esteem.
WHO is the instructor?
Laura Holt, certified public school dance educator and 10-year Extended School Year dance teacher with West Hartford Public Schools.
WHO can join?
Students with special needs ages 10 & up are welcome!
WHAT & WHY?
This is a 45 minute dance class with objectives aligned with common student education goals. This class helps students enhance communication, gross motor skills, spatial concepts, coordination, balance, strength, memory, transitions, & social engagement. It’s also a lot of fun!
Small Steps in Speech is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization which provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services aimed at improving their communication skills. A grant from Small Steps in Speech provides financial support to families seeking speech and language services for their children, either not covered or not fully covered by their health care plan. These grants are awarded on a rolling basis to families all across the United States.
Arts For Healing in New Canaan offers a new program for children ages 10-13 with special needs. This weekly social skills group will incorporate music, movement, and art as natural ways to communicate. The program will encourage speech and language and self-expression through interactive activities led by trained therapists. The class will be held at the Grace Farms Foundation Community Center, 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan from Wednesday, January 27 through Wednesday, March 23, from 4:00–5:30 PM. The cost of the program is $320.
Students from Newtown High School will join high school students with social communication challenges from their own community and from around the state. This group — Our Beyond Differences Program — will focus on high functioning students who have social communication challenges. All participants are equal co-learners/co-teachers in the visible and invisible aspects of social communication diversity. Both groups of participants gain confidence, new skills, a new vision of what is possible for their future, and a new toolbox for working with others different than them.