We have often been questioned about our name. Some autistics have criticized the name stating “autistics are not missing anything”. Some parents and individuals react to the puzzle piece claiming “my child is a person not a puzzle”. Well being a parent myself I can tell you typical or not all my children at some point have puzzled me.
1. Bedtime Routine
This will be so important to start practicing before the first day. Getting to bed earlier, waking up earlier and having their clothes out the nigh before will be sure to help mornings run more smoothly. The sooner any routine is in place, the better all will be.
Be a Volunteer
Do you have volunteer hours to fill? If so, volunteers are vital in making our program a success and most importantly, they help ensure the safety of our players. While we call them Buddies, many people refer to them as “Angels in the Outfield”
Fall season begins Saturday, September 10th through October 29th
9:00am game and 10:30am game
Visit our website to register to play and volunteer. www.mlor.org
We are so happy to welcome a new business to the Missing Piece Awareness family of businesses. Pixie Dust of Bay Shore, NY is truly the place where “Little Dreams Happen” for children of all abilities.
The owner of Pixie Dust, Raquel Noriega, is also the mom of a child with ASD. Frustrated with finding a venue that could meet the party needs of her daughter, she took matters into her own hands and opened a special needs party venue.
The parties are customizable to each child’s needs and likes. Every detail is thought and talked about with the parent during the planning process to prevent any meltdowns.
This is not just a party place, it is also a magical place where the needs of all children will be met whether it is during open play time, sensory play or mommy and me.
To learn more, visit their website
I am NOT in any way saying I am ready tp see school supplies out. The fact that Halloween items are on display is a shame!! BUT, I love to share great deals and money saving tips. So, save the date, the Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend is August 5-7, 2016.
VPFW has some exciting changes to share;
* We have 3 new doctors are joining the VPFW family in August. Dr. Colton, Dr. Giles and Dr. Washington. Their bios are on our site.
Join us Monday, July 18th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at Richmond’s newest accessible playground. ARCpark features include: three playgrounds, a treehouse, a sensory wall, misting stations, a shaded picnic pavilion, fitness equipment, a stage and family restrooms. Network with other families while watching your children play! (Parents must stay onsite.) Feel free to bring a picnic dinner for your family to enjoy while at the park! A member of the ASCV staff will be near the park entrance. Learn more and register here.
iCanBike. This is a great camp that teaches children with special needs how to ride a 2-wheeled bike. The campers have to be 8 years or older, and have to have the physical ability to ride a bike with training wheels.
Here is a list of some fun day trip ideas from RVA, some are closer than others, some you could turn into an overnight ,but I think you will find some fun here! I borrowed this from my other site.
We will be doing an article covering overnight trips in July and new ideas for RVA fun as well!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Free admission all day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.!
Celebrate the CarMax Free Fourth of July by enjoying the gardens, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks and Butterflies LIVE! Wear red, white and blue & bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Children can also cool off in WaterPlay.
1 – 4 p.m.: Live music by the Happy Lucky Combo in the Children’s Garden
2 p.m.: Parade around the Children’s Garden
Food is available for purchase in the Garden Cafe and in the Tea House.
Please note: The line to see Butterflies Live! will close at 4 p.m. so that we may get guests through the exhibit by our 5 p.m. closing time