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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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In December 2015 the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain opened an 8 bed inpatient unit for those ages 10-21 with an autism spectrum diagnosis. The average length of stay is typically 30-45 days, with an emphasis on medication regulation, behavior modification, and discharge planning. They are currently only taking referrals from MDs and the ER due to the intensity of an inpatient unit, but clinicians can advocate to their MD to submit a referral as long as it meets the criteria. Below are the key criteria for your reference:
The SEED Center in Stamford has announced they are once again offering social skills groups for children and youth ages 3 and up for the new year 2016. These groups are ideal if your child is having difficulty making or keeping friends; acting appropriately in social situations; initiating, maintaining, or ending a conversation; deviating from rules or routine; dealing with frustration; and/or appreciating another person's perspective or point of view.
Many families have expressed concern that their child on the spectrum, whether paying privately or thru Medicaid. In response to this need, our dentists and staff at the Hospital for Special Care's Dental Services department have worked closely with the staff at our Autism Center to learn appropriate techniques and establish policies to better serve patients with ASD. Special Care Dental Services opened initially in 1997 to address the critical need for dental care for underserved children in the community.
Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon runs the Friendship Community, a place of Bible discussion time, praise music, prayer, and other activities for youth and adults with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who need a unique place to worship and grow in their faith. Family and friends are also invited to attend this alternative to a regular worship service.
Ball State University is conducting a study on how parents of chidren with autism cope with the stress of raising a special needs child, and how this relates to other aspects of their lives. The findings from this study will be used to help create new programs and initiatives that will assist and support parents of children with autism more effectively. To participate, parents over the age of 18, who are the primary caretaker of an autistic child under the age of 18, will be asked to take 15-20 minutes to complete a survey.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Wallingford offers a Special Needs Night on the first Monday of every month from 4:00-7:00 PM. Music and other distractions will be turned down for the comfort of jumpers with sensory issues, and every effort will be made to accommodate attendees with any kind of special needs. Friends, siblings, and other family members are also welcome to jump. One parent or mentor accompanying the child will be admitted for free; otherwise, regular pricing applies.
Katie Bassett, a blogger and researcher focusing on youth safety and development, recently wrote an article on autism and bullying from a sibling's point of view. She grew up seeing how bullying affected her autistic sister, and from that perspective she gives advice to parents whose children may be experiencing the same struggles. We invite you to read this post from Mom's Choice Awards:
Mentor Matches is an opportunity for kids & young adults on the autistic spectrum to have fun with tennis! Our goal is to introduce new skills and game concepts, which will help them improve their general fitness, confidence and social awareness. The clinic will be an hour of fun-filled, skill appropriate drills and games - all revolving around tennis. No prior tennis experience necessary.
Jump-N-Jammin in Bristol will begin hosting Special Needs Nights on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:00-7:00 PM, starting November 2015. This is a quieter, private event in which children with special needs will have exclusive access to the state's largest inflatable party gym. Jumpers will also have access to their game room, which includes air hockey, foosball, large flat-screen TVs, Wii games, basketball, and a life-size Connect Four game. Siblings are welcome to attend with their families.
Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 1,045 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The application is now open!
Eligible applicants are individuals who:
- Have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
- Reside in the United States
- Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad
The timeline is below: