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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.
Do you want to see the pace of autism research accelerated? A frustration for many researchers has been the relatively small pool of individuals with autism and their families who are available to take part in studies to better understand the very broad spectrum that defines autism. The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is launching a new project to recruit a cohort of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families to be available for studies, the largest study ever attempted in the US.
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.
The Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN), in collaboration with KIDSTEPS Family and Children's Center and the Grove School, will be holding a free, drop-in open playgroup for children of all ages and abilities (including siblings) every Saturday starting January 30 from 9:30-11:30 AM at SARAH-in-Action, 51 Boston Post Road in Madison. Children will have the opportunity to meet with other children, and participate in games and activities with volunteer student mentors. Parents can socialize, make connections, access information, and receive support from other parents and staff.
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.
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:
Abilis in Greenwich has recently announced its schedule for social and recreational programs for the winter and spring 2016 season. These activities include theater and museum tours, autism-friendly Broadway shows, arts and crafts, and sports and fitness classes; please consult the brochure for more details. Because the activities appeal to different ages, some of these programs are not fixed in terms of age.
As a parent, are you feeling stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Lacking in sleep quality? UConn’s AJ Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of the Department of Community Medicine in the School of Medicine, is running a research study known as RGI Parent Stress that uses 20-minute relaxation and guided imagery (RGI) recordings daily for 6 weeks to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve sleep quality in parents of children with developmental disabilities.
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.
On select Saturday mornings throughout the year, Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour offers sensory-friendly movie screenings for families affected by autism and other disabilities. Regular admission prices apply. For more information, please call the theater at 203-734-2000 or 203-734-1382.