This mission of The Maddie Mann Foundation for Accessible Play “is to help create a barrier free community for our wounded military, elderly, and our disabled populations that will allow them the opportunity for play with their families.”
Thank you to all who joined the ASCV for another successful 5K Run/Walk for Autism! Over 1200 runners/walkers and 75 teams participated in this year’s 5K on Saturday morning, May 26th. The participants spent time visiting with event sponsors, many of whom provided helpful information on community resources for those on the spectrum. Families also enjoyed Chick-fil-a, Kona Ice and Raise Coffee, Inc. refreshments, while the kids enjoyed Capital One’s balloon artist and the ASCV Kid Zone with bubbles and inflatables. This year’s newest addition, the SunTrust Photo Booth was a big hit with young and old alike, with the photos being posted to Facebook, for all to share with family and friends. #ASCV5K
Help us name our new foundation.
Heart and Mind Therapy Services is looking to start a non-profit arm of our group – to provide services to those that can’t afford it or don’t have insurance coverage – or need services that aren’t covered by insurance – provide training to therapists in modalities that work best for developmental trauma/adoption/neurodevelopmental issues.
We are Dan and Rochelle Jenkins, the owners of Transitions Float RVA. We are new to the Richmond area but not new to the industry. Our first location is in Juno Beach, Fl and we’ve been open there for almost 3 years. Transitions Float RVA opened in April of this year and we are so excited to bring Float Therapy and Infrared Sauna to Short Pump!
By Liz MacLean, SpeakUp Intern
We’ve all done it: we’re hanging out in our PJs on the couch, perfectly content with a plate of freshly-baked cookies and a new reality TV show. During the commercial break, without thinking twice, we reach for our phones and start scrolling through social media
Last week, The Faison Center cut the ribbon on a new classroom building, its newly built Kirshner-Mihaloff Hall, then turned around and broke ground on a new community center.
- Bubbles! Good old fashioned , easy fun! Make your own too. Here’s a recipe.
- Board games or cards. Classics like Go Fish and Candy Land are fun for all ages.
By Christine Holland, BCBA, LBA
In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with approximately 20,500 cases of missing children. Many families and caregivers try to protect their children from abduction by specifically teaching them skills like understanding the concept of strangers, warning signs of distrustful behavior, and what to do if they are approached by a stranger. The characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may make traditional teaching methods, like discussions, an ineffective strategy to teach these important safety skills.
How to Turn Your Child’s Teacher Into Your Child’s Advocate
(Especially During an IEP Meeting)
The execution of an Individual Education Program (IEP) is the responsibility of your child’s teacher and support staff, so having a teacher who advocates for your kid is a big deal. A teacher who has your back and looks out for your child can make a world of difference when dealing with the administration. Turning your child’s teacher into your teammate has less to do with what you say and more to do with how you say it. However, there are some key talking points that will help you win support.
Begin With Friendly Small Talk to Humanize Your Child
When you show up to an IEP meeting, keep your notes tucked away for a few minutes. Winning over your teacher as an advocate begins with humanizing your family and ultimately your child. Talk about how your child is doing at home, their favorite activities or any praise your child has given the teacher at the end of the day. Starting on the right foot is key to developing a good relationship. Though you may be coming in with strong ideas or frustration, try to kick off your meeting with friendly chatter so the teacher isn’t defensive.
Put the Teacher in Your Shoes
One of the most powerful questions you can ask a teacher is “If this was your child, what would you do?” Put the teacher in your shoes as often as you can. This is not only a strategy for getting an honest answer, but it will connect the teacher to your child and can make them more likely to advocate.
Show Appreciation as You Suggest Compromise
Teachers who feel appreciated may be more likely to step up for your child. As parents, you often have a different idea of what the IEP should be than what the administration is implementing. Showing appreciation for what the teacher is doing right as opposed to what you don’t like, however, shifts the conversation to a more productive place. Even as you ask the teacher to make concessions or change the IEP, always offer thanks where it’s due.