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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:
The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) is a dynamic, comprehensive organization provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery and the development of self-advocacy, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential and meet the challenges of the future. Its main program is the Connecticut Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), a week-long leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors with disabilities, that will be held this year from July 25-28, 2016 at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.
Quinnipiac University is conducting a study of parents and caregivers who have their child(ren) currently receiving home-based early intervention (Birth-to-3) services, or have within the past year. They are being asked to complete a 10-15 minute survey asking questions about how they perceive and participate in their child(ren)'s early intervention sessions, so that practicioners can better understand the families with whom they work, as well as help develop better methods of supporting caregivers. To complete the survey, click here.
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.
This winter, the Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) has organized yoga classes for mothers of children with special needs throughout the state of Connecticut. "Warrior Mom Yoga: Yoga for Special Moms" will focus on balancing the joys and stresses of raising a child with special needs, as well as learning mindfulness and other ideas to share with one's child, spouse, and other family members in everyday life. No yoga experience is necessary, and participants are welcome to attend any number of classes. The classes will be held at the following dates and locations:
The Miracle League of CT has joined with the Mandell JCC in West Hartford to offer Miracle League of CT Adapted Swim Lessons for the Spring 2016 season. The lessons are designed for children with special needs ages 5 and up who are new to swimming, and will be held from March 25 thru April 16.
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!