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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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Harbor Light Therapy and Social Center in Fairfield is now offering social groups for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. These small, targeted groups will focus on teaching relationship-building, emotional regulation, and communication and conversation skills, and will meet once a week from 4:00-5:00 PM for six weeks starting February 29, 2016. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis, and costs $250 per child.
Knapp & Roberts, a law firm from Arizona, is offering a $2,500 scholarship for college-bound or currently enrolled students who are pursuing a special education degree. To be eligible, students must be either graduating high school in 2016 or actively enrolled in an accredited technical school, college, or university in the U.S., be pursuing a special education degree, and write an essay of at least 500 words about why they are pursuing a special education degree and how they would benefit from this scholarship.
Support groups for mothers and fathers of children with special needs will be meeting beginning February 2016 in Westport.
The Therapy Center at Abilis is now offering Sibshops, a social and recreational networking program and support group for children ages 6-15 who have a brother or sister with a disability. This group will meet every other Thursday from 4:00-5:00 PM for eight weeks at their office at 1150 Summer Street in Stamford, and this program can also be brought to your school or community.
Abilis Therapy Center in Stamford has announced they are offering social skills and social cognition groups for children and young adults ages 3-21. These groups are run by a certified school psychologist and a speech-language pathologist, based on scientific research, tailored to each participant's individual needs, and are fun-filled, educational, and activity-based.
Trinity College is conducting a research study on the benefits, challenges, and overall impact owning a service dog has on children on the autism spectrum and their families. This study is open to parents and caregivers of verbal children with ASD ages 6-16 who have had a service dog for at least one year. Participation consists of a survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and participants have the chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card at the completion of this study.
Newtown Youth and Family Services is offering Social Recreational Groups for youth ages 7-11 years old, 12-15 years old and young adults ages 16-21 years old. Our programs allow children, teens, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders or other social difficulties the opportunity to engage in typical activities and recreational outings with guidance from NYFS trained staff. We aim to promote individual growth, confidence, independence, flexibility, and patience for children, teens, and young adults with social skills challenges.
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.
Innovative Autism Services has announced their Spring Break program for this year, to be held daily from April 11-15 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM at their office at 56 West Main Street in Plainville. This program will focus on a mix of group dynamics and community outings, and will include individual therapy sessions.
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.