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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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:

The Struggles My Autistic Sister Faced from Bullying