SUMMER is here.
Is your child WaterSafe? SwimRVA offers a station based lesson program. SwimRVA Autism Swims is a program, designed specifically for children with autism, and adds to our goal of creating an inclusive aquatics community in Richmond, VA. All of our instructors have been trained and educated on children with ASD.
Robert Bolling and his wife, Dian, who live in Roanoke have 3 children. All 3 of the boys suffer with Fragile X. Fragile X syndrome is a rare genetic abnormality that causes profound learning, speech and language problems. People with it have short attention spans, low IQs, difficulty making eye contact and an inability to communicate or adjust to change.
ABA therapy is designed to increase adaptive skills and provide effective behavior training for individuals ages 2-21 that are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD). These services are offered in the home or in our development center.
A child that is eligible for Autism Services usually experiences problems in one or more of the following areas:
IEP ADVISORY SERVICES
Individualized Education Program (IEP) Advisory Services
If you’re the parent of a child with special health care needs, you know that your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) has a considerable impact on his or her future. However, the process to develop an IEP is complex, and the IEP itself is generally filled with many unfamiliar terms and statistics. It can be difficult as a parent to know how to participate most effectively in this very important process.
Music therapy has often been utilized with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). But, why? When most people imagine using music for individuals with ASD, they think of simply listening to music, or learning an instrument. What music therapists use to provide a successful experience for a person with ASD is much more involved and intricate. It’s not just listening to music- it’s listening to the words, internalizing the rhythm, learning to adapt to sound sensitivities, and feeling the extra-sensory vibrations of the speakers. Learning an instrument can be used, and as music therapists we have special tools to adapt lessons for individuals that need a non-traditional method for learning. We use large note music, color coding systems, adaptive instruments, and most importantly- the patience to go at a slower pace than a traditional student. In addition to active music listening and adaptive music lessons, there are several interventions we use such as: movement to music, instrument manipulation, song writing, lyric analysis, group music therapy, and guided relaxation with music. We also use a PECs board to help organize the session plan and to provide a visual aid for transitioning through the entire session. And lastly, the most important part of any session- meeting the client where they are. We use the iso-principle to reach the client where they are and use all of our tools to change behavior.
Here are common goal areas for Individual Music Therapy Sessions for clients with ASD:
Language Skills: Receptive and Expressive
Emotional and Creative Expression
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
May and June are crazy months in my house! I’m sure those of you with kids in school know exactly what I am talking about. In MY house, everyone is going in a million different directions. Work, tests, projects, games, afterschool activities! With one son driving, both kids involved in WAY too many activities and ready for summer, and a husband who commutes to New Jersey 4 days a week, we hardly see each other.
BHS provides individualized & community based services for individuals.All of their programs focus on building personal relationships and maintaining community connections through services that are customized to meet the specific and changing needs of the consumers.
With 2 location and Medicaid reimbursable, they offer a variety of services.
Behavioral Health Services of Virginia enables families to achieve a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment by reducing or eliminating maladaptive behaviors or emotional conditions. They Conduct comprehensive assessments that accurately identify problem areas and needs.They utilize short-term, solution-focused treatment strategies to strengthen student, parent, and teacher relationships.They coordinate and collaborate with other local and state business service providers in order to best serve the interests of service recipients and successfully prevent out of home placement by assisting individuals and families in learning how to effectively work through behavioral and emotional challenges that can lead to maladaptive behaviors.
Summer vacation might sound blissful after a packed school year, especially if your child struggles with academics or doesn’t enjoy the daily pressures of the classroom. Unfortunately, all that freedom can be overwhelming to many kids, and those with learning disabilities often have trouble making a smooth transition out of the school routine and into the new reality of life on summer vacation.
June 2 | ARCpark After Dark: 7 – 9 pm
Live music with Even Better Than The Real Thing, wine, beer, and delicious food from Slideways Mobile Bistro! $10 entry for adults includes stemless acrylic wineglass and a drink ticket. Patrons 21 years and older, please.