Come join together to welcome Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Parent Coach MegAnne Ford, owner of Be Kind Coaching. The series will highlight how to plant the seeds of compassion and empathy for yourself and your family. This is a night of conversations and strategies that can be applied to every member of your family- of all needs spectrum!
National Suicide Prevention Month is observed throughout the month of September. Every year, approximately 44,000 Americans die by suicide, meaning there are about 120 suicides every day.1 Just last year, it was reported that suicide rates in the U.S. had reached a 30-year high.2 There are many ways that you can help spread awareness and prevent suicide.
Our Parenting program focuses on strengthening the caregiver/child relationship and allows opportunity for participants to examine their family values systems and family roles. Families qualifying for our parenting service participate in interactive sessions in which they learn appropriate and clear communication, anger management, and conflict resolution skills. Additionally, caregivers will be provided with referral support in connecting to appropriate community resources for job skill training, housing, social services, nutrition, healthcare services, etc. Caregivers participating in services will learn how to effectively acknowledge and provide support for their child’s feelings. Similarly, caregivers will learn to identify their child’s behavioral patterns and will learn to implement age and developmentally appropriate parenting interventions.
Check the site here for more info, BHS accepts medicaid.
With a mission to help all children reach their full potential, The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism (TFC) operates programs at multiple sites in the Richmond area, serving individuals with a variety of needs. “Our ultimate goal is for children to receive services in the least restrictive setting possible. We frequently partner with other community programs to assist in achieving these outcomes,” explains TFC Director Courtney Vaughan.
The Founders Center has been a program of Commonwealth Autism since 2012. Their programs utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide educational and behavioral services for children ages 2-22. This includes two Early Childhood programs at Clover Hill Christian Academy and All Saints Episcopal Preschool, a Founders Center Transition Program for youth ages 12-22, housed at their headquarters on Parham Road, a school-age educational program at Northstar Academy for children ages 5-12, and additional behavioral services for school-age children in multiple locations. Richmond House, a program for adults that offers residential and community supports, is also a program of The Founders Center.
Programming at The Founders Center for each child starts with an assessment of his or her needs. “We look at the educational and behavioral strengths and needs of each individual and design a service plan to meet their goals,” shares Emily Schwab, TFC Program Manager. “As their skills increase, we look for opportunities to practice these skills with typical peers.” TFC’s newest program in development is their Behavioral Services for school-age children. Supports within this program can be tailored to individual needs and may include part-time or full-time options in a variety of settings, including their current preschool program.
All programs offer rolling admission and are licensed by either the Virginia Department of Education or the Virginia Department of Social Services. Many behavioral services may be covered by insurance.
Waivers provide long-term services and supports in the home and community for eligible individuals. On July 1, 2017, the Commonwealth Coordinated Plus (CCC+) Waiver replaced the waivers formerly known as the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver and the Technology (Tech) Waiver. This occurred for everyone statewide who was on an EDCD or Tech waiver.
Beacon is a private testing and education consulting company. Johnathan Harris serves as the lead consultant. He along with his team have over 20 plus years of experience in the field of education, evaluations and collaboratively working with families.. We conduct education, cognitive, disability, and gifted assessments for students and adults. Our services also include assisting families and students to navigate the college search and application process. We provide a beacon of light for families seeking our services.
Get Ready to Rock Again!
Autastic Avenues, LLC and The Reach Program at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center are collaborating once again to offer a “hang out with benefits”.
Starting September 29, 2017, our social skills group for teens (13-18) will meet for a 6 week session at Peak Experiences in Midlothian. Young people with social challenges can come together on Friday evenings, 7pm-9pm, to practice social skills and, well, hang. The sessions will begin with instruction on social thinking concepts, followed by climbing, facilitated by the skilled staff of Peak Experiences. To wrap-up our session the kids will regroup for pizza and feedback.
Back to school is a time for fun and is also a time when all students, perhaps all families, feel stressed. There are school materials to buy, knowledge to remember and schedules to change. That’s stressful for any child, and the many changes at once can be overwhelming for a child with social issues or a student with behavioral challenges.
Dr. Cothran joined Pediatric Associates in summer 2017. She resides in Short Pump, Virginia, with her husband, Gregg. They were recently married in summer 2017 and are enjoying settling into life as newlyweds. Dr. Cothran completed her residency in Pediatrics at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. During her time at Duke Children’s, Dr. Cothran received the Appleseed Award for her mentorship and teaching of medical students. Dr. Cothran received her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. She considers herself a “double Hoo” – she also received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UVA. Dr. Cothran is originally from Midlothian, VA, and she enjoys jogging, reading, biking, and spending time with her family.