Last updated: 12-2-13
The holiday season is in full swing! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! My wish for you and your family, is to enjoy all the little things together. Winter brings a time of warm comfort food, hot chocolate, and baking galore. I will be enjoying this entire month with my family and friends, and giving the computer a break. Happy New Year!
(Events will not be posted during the month of December, but I encourage you all to check out the local groups and activities on your own.)
Here is a list of local groups that are great resources and may have holiday events this season. Autism Cares Foundation will be having a Winter dace party and The A Team Spring-Ford will host a sensory Santa.
Terrific facebook pages to belong to for current events and topics: Plymouth Meeting Exceptional Families of Exceptional Children,
Main Line Special Needs Parents, and A Special Place for Special Families Bucks County
Awesome local blogs to read:
Fumbling Through Autism and A Day In Our Shoes
Do you have a teenager with Autism? I do! Actually, as I meet up with more and more parents of children with any special need, I am realizing that we aren't much different from one another. We all want our children to thrive and live out happy lives. I started this site to keep track of resources for developmentally delayed/neurologically impaired pre-teens and teens, because I am concerned about transitioning, especially from highschool to "the real world".
This is a parent and guardian resource/networking group, facilitating educational information and recreational resources for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Guards is a localized web-site for neighbors of Montgomery County (Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, Norristown, East Noriton, North Whales, Blue Bell, Plymouth Meeting, Chestnut Hill, Flourtown, Springfield, etc...) and beyond. We are currently using social media to continue dialogue and spread valuable information and resources.
We do not have monthly meetings at this time, however, we do provide information on local area meetings that my be of interest to those in the Autism community.
You are encouraged to check out easily updated information via our Facebook page: Autismguards.
Pictured above Kyle and Tara
All the Best,
P.S. Don't know where to start? * Autismspeaks.org
This site is listed there, along with many other great resources to help us all!
There are several valuable guidelines and outlines for the best ways to get started on advocating for your child or loved one. The tool kit that I have found most helpful for my own son is the Transition Tool Kit! They have an Employment Tool Kit and many others. They hold the market on research and many other things...
Keep a binder and good luck on your journey!
When: 10/19, 11/12, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14
Where: Legacy Youth Tennis & Education
(formerly Arthur Ashe)
4842 Ridge AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19129
Time: 4pm to 6pm
For more informationcontactEric D. Williams Sr.P.O. Box 42322Philadelphia, PA 19101-2322Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPh#: 267.258.8687Web: www.peea.org
Calling all parents of kids in transition
(ages 14 - 21)! What is all this
Wondering how some parents are figuring out plans for their child's future?
Curious about how to prepare for the world of work and other life
Join us for an exciting monthly series that will assist you in joining with
other parents faced with similar concerns. And most importantly, each
session will focus on your child's strengths, possibilities, and hopes for
A light dinner will be served.
For more information or to register contact Julia Barol at 267-408-9083 or
Where: Andorra Branch Free Library of Philadelphia
705 East Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128-2106
(Henry Ave. & Cathedral Rd.)
Session Dates and Topics:
November 7, 2013: Transition 101 – What do I need to know?
November 21, 2013: Steps Toward Self-Determination (ie: What is Self
Determination and Why Should We Care?)
December 5, 2013: Supporting Self Determination Using Person Centered
December 19, 2013: Goals and Assessments: What does it all mean?
January 9, 2014: Pulling it all Together for Successful Transition
Facilitators: Gerry Arango, Ed.D. & Julia Barol, M Ed.
Funding provided by Philadelphia DBH/IDS