Autism Seminars Orlando FL
ABA/Discrete Trial, Other, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Occupational Therapy, Other, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
St. Petersburg, FL
Research, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Research, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Military Families, Private School (Autism Only), Research, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Social Skills Training, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Insurance, State Resources, Parent Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Verbal Behavior
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Fort Myers, FL
Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
The Meaning Of Advocacy
The meaning of advocacy
One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to become amateur speech therapists and twice-weekly visitors to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, now we had to become “advocates.” What did it mean?
No doubt, it means different things to different people. Perhaps some interpret it this way:
“Look, my child is no different from yours. Don’t call him/her autistic, don’t label him/her as someone with special needs.” That tack is usually accompanied by much yelling.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He/she doesn’t mean to be disruptive.” This is often part of a strategy that involves taking your child away from the scene of the incident, avoiding embarrassment the top priority.
Here’s what we did: always, always, make sure that Nate’s improvement was addressed first and foremost. I can recall the first school meeting in Lincolnshire, IL when labeling Nate autistic was put on the table. Some parents genuinely recoil at that label. It hurt, sure, but what did it matter if, by categorizing Nate as such, he would get the services and extra help he needed to succeed. We asked questions regarding privacy, and making sure his personal information was not fair game, and the answers were satisfactory.
Would we have changed our acceptance of the label if the answers weren’t good enough? Probably not, because what he received as a result of the autism tag was what he needed. Our damaged feelings were inconsequential compared to the big picture of helping Nate. We always saw ourselves as partners with the school in the grand cause that is Nate Katz; we were never adversaries.
I went through a transformation when Nate took, in effect, the same math course for three years straight. I was a solid math student and was upset that Nate was, except for a few units here and there, subjected to identical material in grades 6-8. The epiphany, my V-8 slap in the head moment, came unexpectedly, but it came. Nate’s stagnant math career was of no consequence to his overall development. It was a problem for me and another adjustment of expectations. I look back at that as an important moment of separating my needs from Nate’s
Even now, we are fighting the good fight. As a recent post noted, Nate has a new test reader at SUNY-Cobleskill. He got one bad grade and we’re unsure on the other. Nate puts a lot of effort into studying, but he may get anywhere from 0 to 100 (and has). All we care about is that he is given the best chance at showing his skills to the best of his ability. We’re always in the process of making that happen.
Look, everyone meets their challenges in different way. I’m not suggesting your way is wrong, and ours is right. You can only do what you’re capable of. Yet, at the core, every parent of an autistic child...
Running For A Reason 5K
Dates: 4/26/2014 – 4/26/2014
Holloway Park Lakeland
2472 Holloway Park Dr.
*Empower parents and caregivers of children with autism to speak up and advocate to meet the needs of the children with autism. *Provide educational opportunities for parents and caregivers of children with autism to learn and understand the rights granted under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other such Statutes. *Encourage parents and caregivers to fulfill their role as the voices of their children.
BREVARD AUTISM ADVENTURE CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH ASD AGES 13-17
Dates: 3/24/2014 – 3/28/2014
The Scott Center for Autism at FIT Melbourne
150 W. University Blvd
Brevard Autism Adventure Camp is a spring break camp dedicated to the provision of creativity, socialization, and personal-growth experiences by individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Brevard Autism Adventure Camp will be held for one week during the spring for individuals with ASD ranging in age from 13-17 years of age in the Brevard County area. This program was developed in response to the limited options and high demand for appropriate spring programs where teenagers with ASD can interact safely and productively. Campers with ASD must be registered with the UCF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) to participate. Brevard Autism Adventure Camp will provide campers with natural environments to help build friendships, learn and use social skills, explore nature, make arts and crafts, participate in swimming/sports/games, and use various functional skills, all while having fun! Small groups of children will be supervised by adults who are experienced in working with children with ASD. Maximum number for camp is 10 participants for the given week. If the camp is full when you apply, you will be added to our waiting list.
Orlando Mayor�s Job Fair
Dates: 5/14/2014 – 5/14/2014
Central Florida Fair Expo Park, Exhibit Hall C, Orlando
4603 W. Colonial Drive
Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) Job Fair
Dates: 7/9/2014 – 7/9/2014
Central Florida Fair Expo Park Orlando
4503 West Colonial Dr.
Walk With Me Daytona 2014
Dates: 4/24/2014 – 4/24/2014
ICI Center, Embry Riddle UniversitY Daytona Beach
521 S Clyde Morris Blvd
No matter what your size, age or ability, you can put hope within reach for people with disabilities and have a great time at Walk With Me! It's a fun, family fitness walk that may be short on mileage, but big on heart. Teams of friends, colleagues, neighbors and families will be partnered by team color with one of our Honorary Ambassadors, a child or adult with special needs and their families. We will meet Thursday, April 25th at the ICI Center on the campus of Embry Riddle at 5:30 p.m. for a big pep rally and then walk, run, stroll or roll around the ICI Center for a 1.5 mile family fun walk with your Honorary Ambassador alongside you. Bring your friends and families and wear your team colors to show your team spirit. We'll have Great Fun together for an amazing mission. By raising money for Easter Seals, you will help ensure that kids with disabilities receive early intervention and the personalized care needed in order to live-out their dreams. Hoping you and your family and friends will "Walk With Me!"