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Bloomfield Library Hosts Autism Expert – April 30, 2016

(Special to Maria Probt’s, Bloomfield Pulse:) ” Bloomfield Public Library Free Help for Parents with Kids Who Have Autism, One Conversation at a Time

Saturday, April 30, 2016
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Bloomfield – Conference Room

Parents of Kids with Autism (or who are worried if their child may have autism) will learn new ways in which their child can have more meaningful conversations like never before. Author and Creator of The ICAN! for Autism Method ™, Karen Kabaki-Sisto, Communication Expert and Speech Language Therapist for over 20 years will be speaking in her very own neighborhood at The Bloomfield Library, www.bplnj.org, April 30th from 1:00 to 2:30 about new ways kids with autism can have fun learning and communicating.

· Karen will also take questions and provide real-life unique tips and answers to parents who want the best for their child. All parents, care-givers, and teachers are welcome to learn more from Karen’s method that is changing lives all over the world. Karen’s Bloomfield Library visit stems from her passion about her own local community since she treats children and lives in northern New Jersey where the rate of autism is highest in the country, 1 out of 45 kids affected.

· Parents will also get free materials in which to take home with helpful tips, along with a free communication assessment tool they can privately take online that equips them with an immediate report of their child’s abilities. This report helps parents, teachers, care-givers, therapists or physicians find a starting point for on-going therapy needs.

· Questions? Go to www.icanforautism.com for free videos, updates and more helpful tips for families!

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Giveaway of School Supplies for Qualifying Families. Register by May 9th!

(Special thanks to Maria Probst’s, Bloomfield Pulse and the kind courtesy of The Essex News Daily for this information.)

“Giveaway of school supplies in July, but register by May 9

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services, Human Services Division, will be participating for the sixth year in the Back 2 School Store for children entering grades K to five in fall 2016, which is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section.

The Back 2 School Store is a free one-day event held on Sunday, July 31, at Temple B’nai Shalom in West Orange, and is designed to provide financially disadvantaged Essex County elementary-school children with new clothing, school supplies, and other necessities that will help them begin the school year with much excitement.

Each child during the event is escorted by a volunteer personal shopper to help him/her select new clothing, including a winter jacket, shirt, pair of pants, pair of sneakers, new underwear, socks, hat, scarf, and gloves, plus a new backpack filled with a complete set of age-appropriate school supplies and personal-care items. All items are new and of no cost to each participating family.

While the children are shopping, parents will have the opportunity to visit the Gaelen Family Resource Center to receive information on community resources, adult health care, and career and educational opportunities.

To qualify, Bloomfield or Glen Ridge families need to be income eligible for food stamps or a food pantry, or the school district’s free or reduced cost lunch programs. Parents must attend the event in person with their child.

Applications will be accepted through May 9 at the Bloomfield Division of Human Services, 1 Municipal Plaza, Room 213, on a first-come, first-served basis, until slots are filled. Contact the Division of Human Services for more information at 973-680-4017.”

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EVEN MORE REASONS TO ATTEND THE SPAN Workshop, this Wednesday, 4-20-16 at BHS

 This just in from Ms. Dawn Monaco, SPAN Presenter for the Workshop on BASIC RIGHTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, this Wednesday evening at BHS, from 7-9 P.M. …

“SPAN has collaborated with a gentleman, Adam Krass,  who received an Assistive Technology education grant.  He is funded to educate parents on what this is, different types of devices and how to evaluate the need.

He has been joining us at some of our workshops and will be in attendance on Wednesday evening.  We have found that parents/families often have many questions around Assistive Technology and this collaboration has been beneficial in helping them.  After my presentation he will speak for about 30 – 45 mins.  This will not extend the workshop, we will work within the 2 hours”