Last updated: 9/12/14
(Kyle and his pet Chizzles)
Kyle is very excited to be back at PWHS! He will be taking art studio classes for the first time at the highschool and we can't wait to see what he will create. He will also continue job cruising and working in different environments in and outside of school. After the wirlwind of summer activities Kyle had, we are happy that school will add more of a steady routine. This was truly "the summer of Kyle". (Seinfeld Reference) The more activities Kyle joined, the better everything! He will continue to go to mental health counseling, music therapy, the YMCA, bowling, walking around the park, library, pet store, book store, local eateries.The bet news of all is that with the help of a peer mentor through TrailGuides peer mentoring program, Kyle will continue to be apart of the community more independently. Kyle's dedicated, friendly, and mature mentor is able to help him complete travel training, encourage the use of social skills, and guide Kyle with purchasing, shopping, and running daily errands! Kyle is truly making great progress in all areas of his adult life. Couldn't be prouder.
To learn more information about this speciality camp ran by Valley Forge Educational Services; the folks that also run the Vanguard School, an approved private school, which offers post-secondary education, career development and social and life skills development to young adults ages 18–21 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, mild emotional disturbance and/or neurological impairment. Contact:Holly Zipperer Phone: 610.296.6725 x115Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.summermatters.org/
My son, Kyle, is an adult living with Autism. He has made me very proud and taught me more than I ever imagined. Do you have a teenager or an adult living 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".
We do not have monthly meetings at this time, however, we do provide information on local area meetings that may 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 his Mom, 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!
(picture below is of Kyle "rocking out" at Music Works, a music therapy class in Haverford,PA.)
Kyle has joined a local YMCA that offers specialized classes for Kyle and teens like him. Kyle has music therapy at Music Works and acting social classes with Theater Horizon. He is enjoying being around his peers and is even going to a few dances and bowling.
(picture of spring session final showcase at Theater Horizon 2014)
Two very dedicated father's, Tom Reinke and Jim Wurster, both with older adult children, that are dedicated to doing meaningful opportunities for our young adults with special needs. Their group is called New Avenue Foundations (located in Chester County/Media/Haverford, PA) They will be at the Media Farmer's Market again this year, starting May 8th. They have a partnered with others at their vendor table, including crafts and such made by people with disabilities. They hold monthly meetings at St. John Chrysostom's in Wallingford, PA to keep our families up-to-date on what we're doing. They are working on setting up some activities for our young adults (including music, drop-in center and cooking/nutrition class). They also have some awesome out-of-the box ideas on some housing for adults with different needs. (Wayne PA, Royersford PA and Narberth PA).
Rattlebox Nature Center to provide a nature outing to learn about and handle animals for people with disabilities. Rattlebox’s goal is to provide individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world and to dispel false stereotypes and myths regarding their behavior and characteristics. This outing will be a learning experience as well as a hands-on experience where you’ll be able to hold and pet animals.
(Kyle looking fondly at the miniature horses @ Rattlebox Farm)
Rattlebox Nature Center, 220 Wawa Road, Media, PA 19063, 610-358-4813.__________________________________________
I hosted a resource table locally, at the Annual Whitemarsh Township Day located at Miles Park, on Saturday April 26th. Thank you to all the parents that came out and found me that day. I believe that it is vital to build relationships with community establishments, especially one that embraces my special needs child, his friends, and all children. Community connections are extremely important for a variety of reasons, especially when they create real life opportunities for our growing adult population of special needs individuals. My personal interest with my networking group: www.Autismguards.org is to create real time activities, job cruising opportunities, employment, higher education, and independent living opportunities.
My son, Kyle, and his entire class have built a positive relationship by volunteering at our local library thanks to a dedicated paraprofessional/classroom aide that happens to be a big part of the library. Through this individual, Kyle's life skills teacher was able to make direct contact with library staff and begin a volunteer program, where the teens from PW life skills class go over and label books, re-shelve books, and do many other important tasks.
May 5th starts National Teacher appreciation week. Did you remember to THANK your child's teacher/teachers? This is the look of pride on a young adults face. Kyle has made progress both at school and at home. We have enrolled him in fun activities, like music therapy and drama classes. We are especially grateful to his Life Skills lead teacher, Mrs. Emily Prager. She listens to our concerns and Kyle's desires. She has chosen electives for Kyle like music, tech Ed, cooking, and most recently art class, because she is invested in seeing that Kyle, and all of her students excel. She has done a nice job scheduling different job options for Kyle to explore. Mrs. Prager has helped Kyle to be educated, social, productive, and challenged. We feel that our family is soooo blessed to have her as Kyle's lead teacher! She is one of a kind and Colonial School District should be proud of having hired Mrs. Prager as it's PWHS Life Skills Teacher. Thank you Mrs. Prager!
*PADES Conference in Camp Hill. This is a conference all about adult services.
Sept. 8 - Sept. 10 PADES = PA Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (www.padesummit.org)
*BCIU-postsecondary transition September 15
*MY FEST is a big event (Magellan My Life Program)
September 27th with different tables as well as a BBQ. It will be held at Rose Tree Park in Media, and there will be resources and food!
*Peaceful Living conference Saturday September 27; Safe Passage:
Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life’s Journey
*Autism Cares Race for Resources Nov. 8th
Mental Health First Aid by PaTTan. On Nov. 24. @KOP
First annual Colonial Community Day- Saturday, September 13, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Band.
North Penn----Saturday October 18
Autism Awareness @ Elmwood Park Zoo---Saturday November 8
Tennis Buddies Squad is gearing up for their Fall, 2014 schedule:
Here it is...
Sunday, September 14
Saturday September 20, 27
Saturday, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturday, Nov 1
12noon-1pm at Montgomery County Community College tennis courts (Cathcart Road entrance), Blue Bell, PA
Participants and Volunteers: email us at email@example.com to sign up!
Note for tennis buddies from last year: Since Stephen left for college, his sister, Sarah, is taking his place organizing the clinics along with Julia.
Join us for our FREE weekly Fitlife Physical Fitness Program (14 to 25 yrs. old) @ Fitlife Preformance Training.
Be sure to print out our waivers below!