Dear Friends,

A tremendous ‘Thank You’ is in order for Harris Wiltsher and Willie Williams with Wonluv Entertainment Group. These two gentlemen coordinated the Downtown Sax in the City “Charity Through Music” event that was held last month to benefit FSU CARD. In addition, Soul Xone provided the music and Antonio Rayford with A&R Catering Creations provided the food. Thank you for such a lovely evening!

For future “Charity Through Music” events, check out the Wonluv Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/406459299480417/

The next fundraising event to benefit FSU CARD and the FSU Autism Institute Foundation will be held in association with the Venvi Art Gallery Grand Opening November 7th where 25% of Gallery sales during opening week will be donated to the Autism Institute!! Also for Grand Opening week, several pieces from the 2014 and 2015 Artists and Autism art contest will be on display. More information will be available soon.

Several existing training opportunities are highlighted in this month’s newsletter.

-First, I want to make sure you are aware of a new training series on relationships that FSU CARD is kicking off. Starting September 28th, Tammy Dasher will be hosting the Monday Meet-Ups Relationship Series for adults with ASD. This series will cover important topics such as dating etiquette and repairing relationships. Check out the flier in this newsletter for more information.

-On December 14-15 we are offering a Classroom SCERTS Intervention training presented by Emily Rubin. Ms. Rubin is an internationally known consultant to educational programs and an author of the SCERTS Model. This training will be aimed at educators but will be appropriate for family members to attend as well. Be on the lookout for registration information and check out the save the date flier in this newsletter for more information.

The 23rd Annual CARD Conference will be held January 29-31 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the save the date flier in this newsletter, you can see conference details at cardconference.net.

Best,

Lindee Morgan, PhD
Director, FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities


 

Making Sense of Middle School – Tips and Tools

Presented by Chrissy Ogilvie, Crystal Gray-Hewett, and Karen Williams

 Greetings! Welcome to the first edition of Making Sense of Middle School, a special section of the newsletter dedicated to tips and tools for families and professionals working with middle school children. Each month, we will include best practices information about strategies to help navigate the middle school years.

When people think of October, Halloween often comes to mind; a time for make-believe, candy, and trick-or-treating. However, Halloween can be a time of sensory overload and overwhelming activities. Below are some tips for having a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

  1. A few weeks before Halloween would be a good time to start rehearsing what happens when you go trick-or-treating. Walking the route a few times that you will take on Halloween night can relieve some anxiety about which houses your child will be visiting.
  2. Practice key phrases such as “trick or treat”, “thank you”, or “I’m ready to go home now”.
  3. Talk about safety: looking both ways before crossing the street; not going into the homes of someone they don’t know; and not eating candy that is unwrapped are all topics that can be discussed and rehearsed before Halloween night.
  4. Consider sensory issues such as scratchy or hot costumes, strobe lights, sudden loud noises, and groups of other trick-or-treaters at one house at the same time. Talk about strategies for what to do in these situations.
  5. A visual support for preparing for Halloween:

http://amy-laurent.com/images/docs/VS_Trick_or_Treat.pdf


CARD Training Information

Monday Meet-ups_Relationships Training

Monday Meet-Ups – Relationships (8 week series, TLH)
Tallahassee, FL
September 16, 2015

The training includes information about:

Relationship Series for adults with ASD. This series will cover important topics such as dating etiquette and repairing relationships. Check out the flier in this newsletter for more information. Learn More >>.

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Transition Basics – A Guide for Families (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL
September 29, 2015

The training includes information about:

Individual educational plans (IEP) components; Self-advocacy and self determination; Responsibilities of schools, families, and students; Required and potential IEP team members; Resources supporting family involvement in transition. Learn More >>.

Training Provided by Tury Lewis
Project 10, Transition Education Network

For content questions contact:

Tury Lewis, 850-294-8973

ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS


PEPSA recruitment flyer

PEPSA Partnership Program –
Deadline Extended until October 1, 2015!!
CARD is looking for educators interested in a PEPSA Partnership…are you interested? Learn More >>.

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Transition Basics – A Guide for Families (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

September 30, 2015

The training includes information about:

Individual educational plans (IEP) components; Self-advocacy and self determination; Responsibilities of schools, families, and students; Required and potential IEP team members; Resources supporting family involvement in transition. Learn More >>.

Training Provided by Tury Lewis
Project 10, Transition Education Network

For content questions contact:

Tury Lewis, 850-294-8973

Overview of Aut Spec and Basic Supp

Overview of Autism Spectrum and Basic Supports – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

October 1, November 5, & December 3, 2015**

The training includes information on the basic characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

**Due to popular demand, this training is being repeated on three different dates, please choose one. Learn More >>.


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SAVE-THE-DATE
2016 Autism Superhero 5K
April 9, 2016

More information coming soon!

Pos Behavior Supp

Positive Behavior Support –
Understanding Challenging Behavior and Strategies for Preventing and Replacing Challenging Behavior (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

October 7 & 14, 2015

The training includes information about:

The First class in the series, October 7, will cover understanding challenging behaviors and how to identify why a child uses challenging behavior (the function of the behaviors). Knowing the function of a behavior is crucial in developing a plan to prevent and replace challenging behavior.

The October 14 session will cover how to prevent, respond to and replace challenging behaviors.  Learn More >>.

Visual Supports Part 1 and 2

Visual Supports Part 1 & 2 –
Understanding Visual Supports for Children on the Autism Spectrum (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

October 7 & 14, 2015

The training includes information about:

Visual Supports – Part 1 will cover understanding the basics of using visual  supports with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Visual Supports – Part 2 will provide an overview of visual supports not covered in Part 1 (social narratives, video modeling, 5pt. scale, social autopsies, contingency maps, and comic strip conversations).

Learn More >>.

Book Club-Oct

Join Our FSU CARD Book Club

Meets second Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tallahassee, FL

CARD Training Information

Holidays

ASD & the Holidays – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL
November 4, 2015

The training includes information about:

Holiday tips to reduce stress and have fun during the holidays. Learn More >>.

Venvi Art Gallery Opening

Venvi Art Gallery – (TLH)
Grand Opening Benefiting the FSU Autism Institute
Tallahassee, FL

November 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (EST)
Learn More >>

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Classroom SCERTS Intervention – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

December 14-15, 2015

The training includes information about:

This training will be aimed at educators but will be appropriate for family members to attend as well. Be on the lookout for registration information and check out the save the date flier in this newsletter for more information.

Learn More >>.

Community Training Information

FSU College of Education is offering:

University Of Miami, Department of Psychology Research Study:

Do you have a child with autism? Would you and our partner be willing to participate in a research study? Learn More >>

Sensorimotor & Social Communication Skills:

Using a neuro-physiological approach, the “PLAYBIG Method” of big movement, sensation, emotion, & affect engages children in social play and learning; unlocking their individual potential for connecting with others. Register now – Limited spots Learn More >>


Special Needs Registry for Emergency Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The registry also allows facilities that provide assistance to individuals with special needs a system to register. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies.

Click here to register >>


 

In the News

Kindergarten teacher reading to children in library
(Great article from Autism Speaks)

Is your child with autism ready to start school?

The transition back to school can be a challenging experience at times for our families. What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve seen families face when the first day of school arrives?

I would say the biggest obstacles are two fold: First is trusting that your children will be fine on their first day. The nervous energy that accompanies any big milestone like the first day or new school can create anxiety in parents. Do things to help you stay positive and calm because it will reflect on your children. They are often very attuned to parents’ behavior and will take their lead from what you say and do…so stay positive even if you have reasons to worry.  >> Read More