Please join us! Friendship Circle is excited to announce our 3rd annual Community Inclusion Event on Sunday, February 12 from 7-9pm! This year we are focusing on mental health and bullying in partnership with the Cameron Gallagher Foundation who focuses on teen depression and anxiety. We are honored to have Style Weekly Magazine’s youngest recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award Brandon Farbstein as our keynote speaker! Mental Health and bullying can affect anyone from kindergarten through adulthood and often go unnoticed or unaddressed. Join us as we raise awareness and provide skills to navigate these topics to help create a more inclusive community. FREE for the entire community with dessert reception! Educators, parents, community leaders, teens and organizations encouraged to attend! These topics affect everyone from kindergarteners through adulthood and go unnoticed or unaddressed. Join us as we raise awareness and provide skills to navigate these topics for a more inclusive community.
Bon Secours started a new service for us so that if the need arises for medical help and you don’t want to leave your home, or maybe you are away visiting family,Bon Secours 24/7 can help.
IEP Boot Camp – March 31 & April 1
Dates & Times
March 31 (6:30pm-9:00pm)
April 1 (9:00am-2:00pm)
Sessions will begin promptly at times listed above.
This 2 session workshop series will empower parents / caregivers to understand and become effective partners in the I.E.P. process.
Dyslexia affects people in different ways and leads to problems with learning, especially reading and writing. However, there are techniques that help manage this condition. By empowering people with dyslexia with a few well-honed ways of managing issues, their confidence will soar.
Newborn Office Visits
Congratulations on the birth of your newborn! You are entering one of life’s greatest adventures- PARENTHOOD. Now what? If only this bundle of joy came with a manual . . . Enter stage left your friendly, knowledgeable pediatrician. In a world filled with an infinite number of news and information sources, your pediatrician is the filter that can help you separate fact from fiction and help you to make the best decisions for your child. Through regularly scheduled visits with your pediatrician, you will learn invaluable information about caring for your child and have a caring, listening ear for voicing questions and concerns. The newborn check-up is probably the most important of these medical visits during your baby’s first year.
Happy Birthday To You Marky
Today Marky is 14. I have so many mixed feelings. It is the first year I am not having a birthday party for him. I realized that the parties I plan, really are not things he asks for. I also realized it is rare that he is invited to parties and he would be as happy doing something with us. Actually, he would be happy with anything or nothing.
The question for me becomes, what is “right”? I have no real answer, so decided to just try something different. It is a blessing and a curse that he is so flexible. I will be sharing more on these feelings as I am able to articulate them.
Last week was our IEP meeting, it was the first that our High School team was coming in to begin the planning for next year.
So far, 8th grade has proven to be a very rough road of communication, leaving me feeling like I am fighting too hard for what should be.
The Miracle League of Richmond announces that the 2017 Spring Season begins April 8th and we play each Saturday through June 17th. Our Fall Season runs Saturdays from Sept. 9th to Oct 28th. For more information, go to the website: http://mlor.org/
As parents, we all have that “so called” guilt with parenting. It comes naturally once the baby is conceived and when the test comes back “pregnant”. You run through your head of all the drinks and unsafe pregnancy foods you consumed before you found out. Then once the baby is here and you go back to work, it springs into full fledge Mom Guilt. I am sure stay at home moms experience this same kind of guilt in different way, but I can only speak to being a working mom.
Autastic Avenues, LLC and The Reach Program at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center are collaborating to offer a “hang out with benefits”. Starting February 10, 2017, Autastic Avenues will form a new social skills group for tweens and teens that will meet at Peak Experiences in Midlothian.
Young people with social challenges can come together on Friday evenings 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. Next, kids will regroup for pizza and feedback.
Why is Peak Experiences the perfect place for this group? Kids with social challenges need a “real world” place and activity in which to practice what they are learning. All Staff who work with the Reach program receive additional training outside of standard gym staff training. They learn about autism and how it manifests itself so that they can be attentive to the needs of these
individuals. Peak is a community founded on inclusion and a desire to make sure everyone feel welcome within our gym. So, even the folks who don’t work with the program directly, are sure to be helpful and friendly people.
Critical problem solving skills
Smart decisions making
Thinking for yourself
Climbing builds strength and increases fitness.
Discipline and focus
Bravery – bravery is the reward for taking a chance and escaping the dreaded comfort