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August 3, 2002
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my son, J. broke his leg the second last day of school this year, I had no
idea what we were going to do. The orthopedic surgeon forbade him to go
swimming or take a bath and he told us to avoid him getting overheated (hard
work with the weather we’ve been having this July).
He wasn’t supposed to put weight on the cast initially, so he was
pretty much bed ridden in our only room with air conditioning for most of the
summer! I couldn’t take him to the park for fear he would get sand in his
cast…so what could we do?
could increase the hours of his home ABA/IBI program which was good because he
likes to be kept busy, but I wanted him to have some free time fun
other than fast forwarding and rewinding video tapes for hours on end. J
team and I came up with an idea: we would reproduce camp in our basement in
the form of a play program. We
would get my 8 year old daughter and her friends involved whenever possible;
in fact anyone who knocks on my door these days is invited to join us in a
rousing version of “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Sillies Out”!
senior therapist, Aliya was in charge of crafts and she put together an
awesome program and organized all materials for one craft per day.
I scoured the Internet for lyrics to songs and put together a tape of
them with instructions on hand actions. (We
had to adapt some of them due to J’s limited mobility, but still made them
as fun as possible.) We also looked at some games developmentally (and
physically) appropriate to him.
thought I’d share our program in the hopes it may be helpful to those of you
who’s children are either not in camp or have a few weeks off.
Something similar can be put together for winter and spring breaks or
(let’s hope not) in the case of broken limbs. J
programs can be created in advance for use on rainy days and holidays.
They can also easily be adapted to groups to increase social skills. I’ve used some very basic ideas here that are suited to my
son, but they can be customized to fit other ages and developmental levels.
While you’re at it, you can even build a birthday party around these
is a fun issue filled with ideas to help pass some time in a constructive and
entertaining manner. Play programs can help enhance social skills, turn taking,
expressive/receptive language, matching, sorting, sensory integration,
communication and much more. I hope these ideas are helpful to you!
issue is dedicated to our team: Aliya, Zeenat, Wendy, Lisa and Nicole for all
their help during this newest challenge.
It is also dedicated to my brave little guy, J.
The idea is not to spend a fortune here.
If you have to buy supplies, use the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart etc.
Scour garage sales for craft table and chair sets.
Use the Internet to find lyrics instead of purchasing songbooks.
You can make tapes of songs by borrowing from friends or (you didn’t
hear this from me) burning songs from Morpheus.
Enlist friends and family in saving recycled craft supplies
such as toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, empty pop bottles, etc.
If you have a staff member who plays a musical instrument,
so much the better! That
might be the time to invest in a songbook.
If possible, bring your camp activities away from the area
you typically conduct therapy or programming.
You can do crafts at the kitchen table, sing in the family room,
and play games in the basement. Using
other rooms in the house are an ideal way to generalize.
If you are going to hire staff to help run this program,
consider day-camp counselors. They
will have some terrific ideas of their own and the experience they will
get will more than make up for the fact that you won’t be paying them a
fortune. You can pay 14 to 17
year-olds $5 to $7 per hour (Canadian) to help you run this.
Keep activities developmentally appropriate.
Attempting crafts that are too difficult will just lead to
frustration and make the experience a bad one.
Keep track of prompt levels and the activities you’ve done
during the day by making up your own Camp Activity Sheet.
If you have limited space or have a broken leg, travel games
are a great idea.
Have theme days, for example you could have a day when all
your songs, crafts and games feature frogs, or planets or tigers.
This idea is also good for parties such as this Fabulous Frogs
Remember that supervision is required for most of these
It takes some time to put everything together so enlist the
help of your family and/or babysitter for this. Only a few hours of your time will give you activities to
last for weeks!
looked for well-known, up-tempo tunes. Many
of them have actions, which also address some of our sensory integration
program. My daughter who is
currently attending day camp helped us a great deal with this.
She loved being involved and was proud to show off her repertoire.
accompany these songs with PCS from Boardmaker, Picture This, FlashPro II etc
to help your child know what lyrics are coming next and to encourage joining
in. I print out my PCS and get
them laminated at Staples Business Depot in legal sized sheets.
You can use a Burfab board to display them, or even use a photo album
from the dollar store to put them in book form.
Some ideas for songs
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Row, Row Your Boat
Down By the Bay:
One, Two Buckle My Shoe:
Baby Bumblebee: http://www.amandashome.com/babybee.html
Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy?
Five Little Speckled Frogs:
Six Little Ducks:
Links to find more
Brian Funshine & Rainbow Fun:
Kid’s Songs and Lullabies:
Tweenies Song Time:
Sharon, Lois and Bram Skinamarink TV:
Judy and David: http://judyanddavid.com/
Lithgow for Kids:
copied the lyrics of all our songs and put them in a binder.
CDs can be stored in the binder using special sleeves bought at office
How to organize:
ahead of time which crafts you’d like to try. Once you decide on a craft,
put aside all the supplies you’ll need (enough for two, you can teach
through imitation) and put in a Ziploc storage bag.
Label the bag and be sure to label instructions identically.
Instructions can be put in the bag or in a separate binder.
This way, whoever is leading the craft can just pick out a bag and have
everything at the ready.
mind that glue, paints; markers etc should be washable and non-toxic.
Purchase a shower curtain liner (Dollar Store again) to put over the
floor, helping with cleanup. Store
all craft objects out of reach of children because there will be small
objects, scissors etc. Be sure
that supplies like glue, markers, scissors etc are always put back in the same
place, because they will not be in the bag with the rest of your goodies.
Proudly display artwork on
your fridge using this holder:
Sun Prints: http://makingfriends.com/sunprints.htm
Paper Finger Puppets:
Egg Carton Tulips:
Frog Crafts: http://www.makingfriends.com/frog_crafts.htm
Hanging Bats (and more) for a Halloween theme or party:
Websites for crafts:
Enchanted Learning’s Crafts for Kids:
Disney’s Family Fun Activities and Crafts:
About.com Crafts for Kids:
Animal Themed Crafts:
Arts and Crafts Basic
Washed out milk jugs
Flower arrangement foam
soda bottles and milk jugs
and colored paper
Toilet paper and paper towel tubes
old shirt worn backwards (to protect clothing
trays from supermarket produce
samples from Carpet Stores
FOR THE HOUSEBOUND
Need ideas for some
indoor fun? Read on!
Parent Center Activity Planner:
Children’s Party Games:
Kaboose Network Party Games:
Interested in how to teach a game or independent play skill to your child? Let us know at email@example.com and we’ll devote an upcoming e-news issue to it!
LINKS FOR HOT SUMMER FUN
Building Musical Bridges:
Tweenies Home Page:
Neih’s Kids Pages: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/home.htm
Top 10 Musical Toys for Kids with ASD:
Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child:
received a great deal of positive response for our last issue.
We had included our version of the DSM-IV criteria for
autism, minus the psychobabble. I have since received input from a wonderful professional
who’s helped to refine this for us.
We are reprinting it with these changes in this issue. Many thanks go to R.C. for your help. You can read
the slightly revised version here:
TO THE ZOO
By: Michelle E
How I spent the first half of my Summer Vacation
My children have been
keeping me extra busy this July but it has been going better than in past
years. I still have not started counting the days before school starts. As
much as I dread the days that they are home (bless their cute little souls) I
think I dread going back to school even more - I will let you know in August
if I still feel this way when they are all home and making my hair stand on
R and B started July off in Summer Recreation. It is a 4 week - 3 hour a day program that gets the kids together for sporty activities, pool once a week and other stuff like arts and crafts and putting on shows.
We are making progress - B didn't drop out of camp until the beginning of the 4th week this year. YEAHHHHHHH. This is progress because the year before he only made it 2 weeks at the most. I sent him there for socialization reasons - knowing that he would be sitting the sports out because he hates sports and his coordination is not good and he is fearful of either losing or being teased (not sure).
Well, B found out the first day of camp that none of the children from his class were in Summer Recreation - and was very disappointed. (As was I) He decided that during the times when he didn't want to participate - he would play the Game Boy Advance. I was against this idea and told him that he was supposed to be making friends - not playing Game Boy.
Well, B took this to mean that if he needed to make friends - he would bring his brother D's Game Boy Advance too and a game link - so that he could invite the other children to play along with him. I said no way - he begged and pleaded and I gave in.
He actually made friends doing this and he only played it during the times that he was not participating in the sports - I warned him that if he lost the game boy --- he would be giving D his game boy. Well you can guess what happens next...
That's right folks; he loses his game boy the last week of camp. I got a call from the director telling me he was extremely upset and to please come pick him up. Luckily my A.D.D brain forgot to put the cell phone on and I missed his call. I found out about this 2 seconds before I arrived at the school and they had found the game boy and the director of the program looked like he wanted to kill me and B was apologizing left and right. He has decided that he has had enough of camp and is hanging out with me instead.
Meanwhile - 45 minutes away from Summer Recreation, I am driving R to acting school because he wants to be an actor when he grows up. So I sign him up for a 2-week program, which costs almost 500 dollars, and expect him to come out with a TV contract or something. It is a full day camp and they learn all about the theater and scenery and acting. He was not too thrilled when he first got there and there were only 3 girls and he. He told me later that he wanted to turn around as soon as he got there and leave and he sat in the back by himself. Then the other 42 kids showed up and he ended up making 8 friends.
So, I am really excited about his show, which is August 2nd, and then he gets to go to a cast party. He is having a great time. I have invited our whole family to come see R in his first acting career and he has his first big part. He is going to be a COCKROACH.
That's right -- a cockroach folks -- and not only that -- he is one of 4 cockroaches: Singing and fighting cockroaches.
I must tell you all - I am bursting with pride!!!! My first born in his debut role as a cockroach. :)
There is so much more to tell but not enough space to write it --- I will let you all know how the musical goes and how the Star does.
B has been home for 1 day and is already bored and D (notice I haven't complained about him) has been in school full time. The complaints will start coming in on or around the first of August. And then the count down will begin :)
HAPPY SUMMER!!!!! Michelle
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in PECS, Sensory Integration (went to Florida and took the course/lab with Pat
Wilbarger), Greenspan’s Early Infancy and Childhood course (Floortime/DIR),
training in Lovaas, workshop in Handwriting Without Tears, degree in
psychology and most importantly, many, (9) years of clinical work with
children with PDD/Autism.
I work very closely with
Dr. James Bebko of York University and Dr. Carolyn Lennox who are the
consulting psychologists to ACIS.
am proud to say our IBI program is very comprehensive as it includes
collaboration with SLPs and OTs as well as the educational team. We help
develop IEPs and provide trained shadows for classroom integration.
do travel outside of the immediate catchments region (once every month or two
depending on the time of year) to administer staff training,
consultations, assessments and program development. We will travel
to Guelph, Hamilton, Cambridge (for example) but only during certain
times of the year. However, we do not provide ITs (mediators) to
service this region although we can train staff that the family has
already recruited. For parents who are not interested in hiring a
"team" we can set up the programs/binder.
do however, provide "teams" and oversee the program for our
catchment region, which is Markham, Pickering, Aurora, Richmond Hill,
Thornhill, North York, Maple, Woodbridge. If families live within this
region we can offer a "team" with full services (assessments,
programs, supervision etc) and this ranges in price from $20,000 and up
depending on the treatment plan the family has in mind (we offer different
plans). In this regard we are very flexible which I believe makes us
unique-we customize plans so that we are able to take into consideration
the families needs/expectations. Grace
Emphasizes Teaching Verbal Communication Skills to Children with Autism and
Other Developmental Disabilities - Dr.
Vince Carbone is a Board-certified Behaviour Analyst with over 25 years of
experience designing learning environments for people with autism and
developmental disabilities. He
provides preparatory training and clinical consultation to certified behaviour
analysts, teaches university courses, and consults with schools, agencies, and
families. He is the developer and
presenter of a series of workshops on teaching verbal behaviour (verbal
communication skills) to children with autism.
will be conducting a 3 day intensive workshop "Teaching Communication
Skills to Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities:
Introduction to Verbal Behaviour" on October 28, 29 & 30, 2002
in Oakville, Ontario. The cost of
the workshop is $400.00 per person if registered prior to August 15, 2002 and
$425.00 per person after August 15, 2002.
The workshop is sponsored by Express Yourself Speech, Language and
Communication Services. For more
information please call 905-333-9730.
in Dr. Carbone's workshop will learn (1) to conduct a Behavioural Language
Assessment, (2) to select the most appropriate form of communication for a
child, and (3) to identify the communication responses and supporting skills
that should be taught first. He
shares a special emphasis on teaching verbal behaviour to the most difficult
to instruct learners.
methods of errorless teaching, specific quick-transfer procedures, and the use
of discrete trial training Dr. Carbone has helped many children improve their
communication skills. The natural
environment and intensive teaching sessions are both employed during program
implementation. Dr. Carbone's
introductory workshop will provide parents, teachers, therapists,
psychologists, and speech-language pathologists with practical information for
program planning and implementation.
“Our awareness campaign with the MPPs is having effects.
Please keep the letters to your MPPs coming, their addressed can be
found at http://www.ontla.on.ca/Members/mailing_addresses/index.htm.
Also remind all your contacts of the form letters to our target MPPs
available at http://www.ontariondp.on.ca/news/publish/issues_30.shtml.
community newspapers are responding well to us. Look for upcoming articles regarding our families, scheduled
for this week in the Mississauga News (mississauganews.com) and hopefully in
the next few weeks in the Vaughan Citizen (yorkregion.com).
It has been suggested that we should all e-mail or snail mail copies of
these types of articles to our own local MPPs so that all our community
newspaper articles reach all our MPPs in every constituency.
Let's all follow through with that suggestion, and then all our stories
will be noted by MPPs across the province.
Sincerely, Nancy Morrison" MORRISONPN@aol.com
8. Richmond Hill, Ontario: “A family in Richmond Hill would like their 6 year old child with autism to join a gymnastics class and/or dance lessons. Following direction is a challenge at times, but she is very athletic in this area. Does anyone know a gym centre in the area that works well with ‘our kids’?” Contact Debbie at email@example.com
9. OVERVIEW OF NEW PROCEDURES AT PARAMOUNT CANADA’S WONDERLAND FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES:
A key part of the new program will include assigning specific ride boarding times at certain park attractions for guests with disabilities.
Guests with disabilities should stop by Guest Services to pick up a Guide for Guests with Disabilities. This free guide explains the ride entry guidelines and procedures, provides specific information related to each attraction, and includes an Attraction Boarding Pass now required for the special access accommodations. One Guide for Guests with Disabilities/Attraction Boarding Pass is required for each guest with a disability and will cover his/her accompanying friends/family members (up to maximum of three). Please note: you will need to pick up the new Guide/Attraction Boarding Pass each time you visit the Park.
Guests should take the Guide (which includes the Attraction Boarding Pass) to the ride exit and request a boarding time. A boarding time (based on the approximate length of the line at the time of the request) will be assigned and written into the Attraction Boarding Pass in the area designated for that ride. The time will be authenticated with a special stamp when it is written into the Boarding Pass. Guests with disabilities may not acquire a second or subsequent boarding time until any previous time(s) have passed, but may take advantage of other attractions that are not on the Attraction Boarding Pass.
Once the party has been assigned a boarding time in their Attraction Boarding Pass, they can wait in a comfortable location of their choice until it is time to board.
When the boarding time arrives, the guest with a disability can enter the ride through its entrance/exit. Once in the station the party will load into the next available ride vehicle.
Please call the Guest Services department (905-832-8131) at Paramount Canada's Wonderland if you have questions about this new program.
Or if you have any difficulties please direct them to the following.
Manager, Public Relations & Special Events
Paramount Canada's Wonderland, a division of Viacom Canada Inc.
9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario (Canada) L6A 1S6
(Phone) 905-832-7482 (Fax) 905-832-7419 (Media Pager) 416-484-5543
(Media Centre) http://www.canadas-wonderland.com/corpinfo.jsp
are a group of parents who first came together in March of 2002 with the hope
of advocating for ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) within the Ontario education
system. We are writing to
ask that all concerned parents take time out of their busy lives to become
involved in this important issue. Our
children will spend at least 12 years in the educational system and quality
ABA would benefit them greatly. Putting
ABA in the classroom would ease the strain we all feel over trying to help our
you’re new to ABA here is a brief explanation;
is the most widely recognized and effective teaching method that allows
autistic children to develop academically and socially
involves breaking down a skill into smaller parts and teaching the child each
part in a consistent and repetitive way until the skill is mastered.
is a teaching method that is tailored to each individual child.
only is ABA good for teaching children with autism it’s simply good
Thirty-five years of research and 550 published scientific studies
support the benefits of using ABA to teach autistic children.
strongly feel that now is the best time to act. The change in government
leadership and changes in many of the key ministries gives us an opportunity
to influence even more changes. So
far our group has been in contact with the Ministry of Education, the school
boards, and MPPs. We have made
connections with other parents throughout the province.
If we come together as one
united voice, ignoring us will be impossible.
way to become involved is to join our parents group (information about the
next meeting is at the bottom of the letter). Another way is to join the Autism Society of Ontario(ASO). The ASO is recognized as a voice for
autistic children and their families by government and the media.
Joining this organization would lend strength to our common cause.
group is committed to exploring every option in order to achieve our goal.
Imagine what could be accomplished if all of us combined our efforts.
For the sake of all our children please get involved as their success
depends on it. Let’s believe that we can bring ABA to Ontario schools.
After all, we have nothing to lose yet our children have everything to
next parents meeting is on , Thursday,
August 15, 2002 at 7:30 pm at Surrey Place
(2 Surrey Place-by Women’s College Hospital).
We hope that you will attend. Please
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Patricia Petrolo email@example.com
ABA/IBI Training “The Next Steps” Presented by Autism Society Ontario
Halton Chapter on August 16 & 17, 2002. For details, copy and paste this URL
into your browser: http://www.bbbautism.com/aba_halton_wkshp.htm
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