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This is a fun, interactive workshop for parents of children with special needs. It covers 25 signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-10. Parents will learn and practice the signs and learn tips for teaching signs to their children. It also covers how sign language can encourage speech and language development, enhance overall communication and reduce frustration for children who are not yet able to effectively communicate using speech.
About the Speaker:
Jill Eversmann is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience and a certified Signing Time Academy instructor. She loves working with young children and their families and also teaching sign language to children and adults. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC.
For questions about registration, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
We just wanted to send out a quick reminder that spring social skills groups will be beginning on January 11th!
Groups will be held at the Autism Academy of South Carolina (1505 Blanding St. Columbia SC 29201) on Mondays at either 4:00pm or 4:45pm (depending on age and functioning), and will cost $30 per session for 10 sessions.
Groups are interactive and fun, and the children really seem to enjoy it! Ages for groups range from 4-23 years old and we cover several different topics including emotion recognition and regulation, conversation starters, bullying and problems solving.
We are also excited to announce our new Family Groups that will be held on Thursdays! These groups will encompass lessons on physical activity, nutrition, and mindfulness/yoga and are for the entire family. These sessions will be over period of 9 weeks and will also cost $30 per session per family (GREAT DEAL!).
If you are interested in participating in either/both of these opportunities and have not already signed up, pleaseemail email@example.com soon as possible. There has been a lot of interest and spots are filling up fast!
Join us this Wednesday, December 2nd from 10 am – 12 noon at our West Columbia office! This group is for caregivers of individuals with ASD to provide support, education, and encouragement and to share resources to help our children and young adults reach their full potential. Come with your questions and learn more about how we can help you.
Please click here to RSVP so we know to expect you!
Accessible Museum Exhibits from AccessibilityOnline on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:30AM Pacific, 2:30PM Eastern
Functional Accessibility Evaluator, AInspector Sidebar and Accessibility Bookmarklets from EASI on Thursday December 3, at 11PM Pacific, 2PM Eastern
Funding AT for Blind to Support Work and Independence from RESNA on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern
Section 508 Refresh – Understanding the New Requirements from SSB BART on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern (90 minutes)
Digital Accessibility Trends from SSB BART on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern (90 min.)
Free Webinars - K-12 Educators & Parents
Acquiring Accessible Digital Materials: What to Look for! What to ask for! from AEM (Joy Zabala) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - Visual Literacy and UDL from OCALI on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 12:30PM Pacific, 3:30 Eastern (30 min.)
All sessions start at 3:30PM Pacific, 6:30PM Eastern, except as noted.
December 1 Web-based Tool to Support AAC Goal Selection December 3 The Role of OTs in AAC December 7 AAC- What SLPs need to know about Access December 8 Google Apps for AT December 8 AAC in Story Reenactment (at 5PM Pacific, 8PM Eastern) December 9 Windows Movie Maker Software December 14 AAC in Preschool: Participation and Play with a Purpose December 15 Apps for Organization- Tools for Organizing Self & Students! December 17 Tips for Choosing the RIGHT Mounts for Tablets
Recently Archived Professional Development
AbilityNet Archive of recent archived webinars:
-Hearing Impairment and Computing -Visual Impairment and Computing -How Computers Can Help Reduce Stress At Work -Accessible Apps: Building the Barclays Mobile Banking App -Deep Dive: Building Accessible Forms -Dyslexia and Digital Design. Websites, apps and more...
-iPad as Vehicle for Authentic Musical Expression: Empowered Leadership Through Creative -Thought and Self – Expression -Supporting Play and Problem Solving in Young Children in the Context of a UDL Early -Learning Environment -Recommendations for Use of Mobile Apps for Children Birth-8
Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services have been mandated for years through IDEA federal legislation. As a result, school districts are in need of both guidance and tools for qualified personnel to plan, develop, and implement Assistive devices and services. If you are an AT professional looking for ways to enhance your AT team process, while increasing knowledge and skills, you are not alone. This workshop will cover issues around AT such as school district responsibilities, assistive technology policies, procedures, and guidelines, assessment, and compliance. Practical ideas for your team, free materials and resources will be provided. This is also a great networking opportunity for district AT team members.
Speaker: Madalina Tudora is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She supports school districts in building capacity for assistive technology by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams in SC. She also conducts workshops for teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on various assistive technology topics. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education, and her graduate degree is in Psychology. She is nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.
The SC Autism Society will be hosting a holiday respite opportunity for individuals with Autism at All Star Gymnastics in Columbia. While caretakers have an opportunity to run a few errands or shop for gifts, your loved one can run, jump and play in a safe environment. Registration deadline is November 30. For more information, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-750-6988, ext. 117.
All Star Gymnastics - 4046 Fernandina Road, #D. Columbia, SC 29212 - View Map
Transition services can be very confusing so in this workshop, we will explain how to navigate through the transition process and how to make a smooth transition for your child. We will discuss transition from Baby Net to Early intervention, transition from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school and high school to work, tech school, or a post secondary institution. We will also discuss Vocational Rehabilitation and what they can offer your child.
There's an app for that: how assistive tech changes lives of people with autism
(The Guardian) - Bethan Jones is a teenager with autism and has been going through her ultimate nightmare: transition from school to college with a complete change of routine, bus route and circle of friends. But she is managing to cope with these steps to independence thanks to a high-tech phone app that links her directly to her own support worker when her stress levels become too much.
The 16-year-old from Wirral has been using the cloud-based app Brain In Hand for the past six months to plan her daily activities studying childcare at college in Birkenhead. This includes coping strategies and logging her stress levels according to a traffic-light system. Pressing the red button puts Bethan straight through to her support worker at Wirral Autistic Society so she can get immediate advice and reassurance.
Brain In Hand is one of a range of a products being highlighted at Autech 2015, a conference in Manchester on 1 October to highlight the groundbreaking technologies available to support people with autism. It is aimed at professionals and carers, and highlights the opportunities for improved practice through the use of these assistive technologies (AT).
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Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism
(HealthDay News) -- Oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," may help improve social skills in autistic children, a small new Australian study suggests.
"The potential to use such simple treatments to enhance the longer-term benefits of other behavioral, educational and technology-based therapies is very exciting," study co-author Ian Hickie, co-director of the Brain and Mind Center at University of Sydney, said in a university news release.
Oxytocin, which occurs naturally in the human body, has been linked to social ties such as romantic coupling or the parent-child bond.
The new study included 31 children, aged 3 to 8, with autism who received an oxytocin nasal spray twice a day for five weeks.
The researchers report that kids who got the nasal spray showed significant improvements in social, emotional and behavioral problems, compared to kids who did not. The most common side effects were thirst, urination and constipation, the researchers said.
According to Hickie's team, this study is the first to show that a drug treatment can improve social skills in youngsters with autism.
We have almost 91 families statewide nominated for Thanksgiving assistance this year. To date, we have received $840 in donations. To make this happen, we need $1,500 more in donations! Please help our autism friends in financial need this Thanksgiving!
We need your help! Since 2008, the South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network have partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community's donations, over 650 families in need have been served since 2008. For 2015, the two organizations will be collecting donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients.
Please consider making a donation today! To make a donation online, click here. You can pay via PayPal, or send a check upon completion. Your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you for your ongoing support of this program!
The SC Down syndrome conference is an annual event that provides SC families in the Down syndrome community the opportunity for networking while gaining vital information and support. For the past 28 years, the conference has provided information and resources targeted specifically to topics pertaining to the needs of individuals with Down syndrome. We strive to support all SC families in the Down syndrome community through education related to the health, wellness, social, and vocational needs of all individuals with Down syndrome.
As students struggle with basic mathematical skills, the importance of addressing difficulties with math through use of assistive technology has gained the attention of educators and parents. Generalization of math skills is important for the transfer of skills to other settings, including daily living tasks and more. This workshop explores assistive technology tools for classroom use, including free web resources and mobile applications (i.e., apps) designed to facilitate student success in mastering math skills
Madalina Tudora is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC department of Education. She supports school districts in building capacity for assistive technology by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams in SC. She also conducts workshops for teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on various assistive technology topics. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education, and her graduate degree is in Psychology. She is nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.
Wings for Autism is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc, Wings for Autism is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for Autism also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.
Click here for more information and to see if Wings For Autism is coming to a location near you!
For additional information please contact: Caitlin Davis, Program Assistant Direct: 202.617.3265 Email: email@example.com
SETC Most sessions start at 3:30PM Pacific, 6:30PM Eastern, except as noted. November 2, 2015 - AAC – Progressing Beyond Choice Making November 4, 2015 - Multi Level Math Supports: Apps and Websites w November 5, 2015 - Teaching Language Through Literacy: Adapted Books (5PM Pacific, 8PM Eastern) November 5, 2015 - First Author: Writing For All webinar November 9, 2015 - AAC – Integrating Literacy w November 10, 2015 - Forming a local AT Interest Group November 12, 2015 - Clicker 6: Supporting Self-Selected Topics for Writing November 16, 2015 - AT – ECU for Your Life Skills Classroom November 17, 2015 - Proloquo2Go- Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Access November 18, 2015 - Classroom Suite 5: Come explore the updated Classroom Suite November 19, 2015 - Using the iMovie App to Create Video Modeling Supports November 30, 2015 - AAC – Tools for Your Low Tech Toolbox December 1, 2015 - Web-based Tool to Support AAC Goal Selection
Recently Archived Professional Development CALL (Communication and AT) Scotland has both upcoming webinars and a group of recently archived webinars. Archived PD with a Gaelic accent(!) includes: • What's New in iOS9 • Eye Gaze Seminar • Accessible eBooks for Pre/Early Readers and AAC Users • Google Chrome Apps to Support Reading & Writing • Speech Recognition with NaturallySpeaking • Go Talk Now • Text-based AAC apps and IOS8 keyboards
Description: This is a fun, interactive workshop for parents of children with special needs. It covers 25 signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-10. Parents will learn and practice the signs and learn tips for teaching signs to their children. It also covers how sign language can encourage speech and language development, enhance overall communication and reduce frustration for children who are not yet able to effectively communicate using speech.
About the Speaker: Jill Eversmann is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience and a certified Signing Time Academy instructor. She loves working with young children and their families and also teaching sign language to children and adults. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC.
For questions about registration, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.