Director’s Letter: August 2018
I hope you enjoy our Back to School Newsletter as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. This is such an exciting time of year, but it can also induce anxiety for students, parents, and teachers as everyone gets to know all the new faces, in addition to transitioning away from their summer routine into their school routine. One way to help ensure a smooth start with a new teacher or school is to create an “All About Me” book that features the most important information a teacher or other staff need to know about your child. For more information about making your own book, check out the article in the Consultants’ Column below.
As with any new school year, our staff and services are in high demand. Our goal is to serve clients and their families as effectively and efficiently as possible, so I want to highlight the best way get in touch with us. We operate on a client/professional-initiated request system, so if you need our assistance, we need YOU to let us know. I wish we could check in with all of our 4,700 clients on a regular basis, but we just don’t have the staff. However, we do have several online forms located under the Contact/Forms tab on our website they’re are easy to use and help us keep track of all incoming requests. (https://fsucard.com/contact).
If you are a family member or educator and would like an FSU CARD consultant to observe a student(s), complete and submit the Schools/Agencies Request Form.
If you would like FSU CARD to conduct a training, complete the Training Request Form. Five or more people are required to be confirmed and attend the training.
If there is an event that you would like FSU CARD to attend or provide information about autism and CARD, complete our Public Awareness Request Form.
If you or your child is a client and it has been over a year since there has been any interaction with FSU CARD, complete our Annual Update Form so we can ensure the information in our database is current and correct.
This newsletter is chock-full of upcoming trainings, event information, helpful tips for back to school, and nutrition information. We hope you will find something that makes the transition to the 2018-2019 school year a little easier.
As always, I welcome your questions and comments and wish you all a happy, healthy start to the school year. On a personal note, please be patient with me at the end of August as I manage my own transition of taking my son to start his college journey at the University of Texas!
Catherine Zenko, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director, FSU CARD
FSU CARD Panama City: IEP and 504 Basics
When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:00PM CST.
Where: Bay County Public Library, 898 W 11th ST, Panama City, FL 32401 and webinar via Zoom.
Who to contact: Karen Williams, 850-215-4330, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on the Artists and Autism Exhibition
We’re excited to let everyone know that we have pushed back the art exhibition! Why are we excited? It means that we will have a larger exhibition space AND our exhibition will be available to the public for a longer period of time! The new dates for the Artists and Autism Exhibition are October 30th to December 4th, with a reception on November 9th from 6-8 PM. Submissions for the exhibition will be accepted until September 13th.
For more information, contact Dr. Chrissy Ogilvie at email@example.com or 850-324-6245.
Administrator’s Guide to Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Life Stories Transition Summit
Dealing with High-Functioning Anxiety in People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Participation will be limited to 6 children in order to provide assistance tailored to each child.
Classes will start in the Fall of 2018.
Who to contact: The Psychology Clinic at Florida State University, 850-644-3006
CARD Consultants’ Column: “All About Me” Books
Leon County School Resource Officers Autism Training
Public Awareness Request >>
Training Request Form >>
Annual Update Form >>
Free access to the Autism Navigator® How-To Guide for Families
Teaching With a Big Heart
By: Tammy Dasher
Alaynna Aglipay has been volunteering at Rhodes Elementary School for the past two years. As school-age students across the Panhandle head back to school this fall, she is preparing to return to her job as an aide in a pre-k classroom for students with special needs.
“Ever since my first day of interacting with ESE pre-kindergartners,” she states, “I’ve wanted to see how they behave and interact with students, teachers, and other people with the similarities and differences I had when I was their age.”
Though she did not have any formal training to serve as a volunteer, she did a lot of research on child development and learning disabilities before she began and she has learned even more through the day-to-day experiences of the job.
“In my humble opinion, volunteering is a good start to working [toward a paid employment position],” she explains. “It’s not always easy working two, three, five, or even seven days a week, but in a week or two you get used to it.”
Working with pre-k students can be challenging, but also rewarding. “I don’t really like the students having bad behavior days [when we] have to send bad behavior notes to the parents,” she says. But “I love seeing the students learn, feel good about themselves, feel empowered, and most importantly, good behavior!”
Alaynna loves her job and is excited about the upcoming school year. She offers this advice for students returning to class: “Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and make lots of new friends!”
“Oh,” she adds, “and don’t forget to tell your family and friends what you do at school. Good luck!”
Health & Nutrition
Autism-Friendly Business Initiative
We are excited to offer partnerships through our Autism-Friendly Business initiative. This program was started at USF CARD, and they have graciously shared their information with us to bring this opportunity to the panhandle. The Autism-Friendly Business Initiative aims to increase the number of places families feel welcome in our community and encourage conversation with local businesses about hiring individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Community partners interested in becoming an Autism-Friendly Business will go through an initial interview, receive training for all staff, and follow up assistance from FSU CARD. Upon completion of the training, businesses with receive an Autism-Friendly Business window cling and logo to post on their website. Additionally, these Autism-Friendly Businesses will be listed on the FSU CARD website.
We would like to extend special thanks to our trailblazing pilot businesses: The National Flight Academy (Pensacola, FL), The Satori Foundation (Pensacola, FL), and Paisley Café (Tallahassee, FL).
For more information about how to become a community partner in the Autism-Friendly Business Initiative, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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