POAC Autism Family Carnival Bloomfield July 30, 2016
Calling All Families of Children with Autism!
Join POAC for a great Autism family carnival: including free refreshments, inflatable rides, DJ, trackless train, mechanical swings, games and activities for the whole family. This is for all ages- and everything is free. Bring your pop up tents, chairs and blankets and have a great time with your POAC family.
This is another free recreational event brought to you by POAC. Please be sure to register all who are attending.
Saturday July 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Vasser Field (Behind St. Thomas Church and School)
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(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!
NOVEMBER SEPAC MEETING NOTES
There was a short update about items discussed at the September Meeting with Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves and the results from the questions raised at that meeting
We are indebted to Brookdale Elementary School Resource Teacher Jason Triano for his informative presentation about a new study on how people with autism perceive things. Mr. Triano include a series of photos that highlighted areas that people with autism may focus on and how these differences may help change the way educators teach, based upon these new perceptions.
Members contributed a good group of little successes their children have made recently during our Marvelous Marble ending session. The next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Brookdale Elementary School from 7 – 9 P.M. This Meeting is tentatively schedule to have Ms. Dawn Monaco from NJ SPAN giving a workshop on Transition for high school students into College, Careers and the world after school….
DATH TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015
BLOOMFIELD PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT AWARDED A 2016 RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY INDIVIDUAL WITH DISABILITIES GRANT!
FROM THE FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANIZATION OF ESSEX COUNTY
Information Gathering and Listening Session with Kevin Casey
Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 am
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
Kevin Casey is the new Executive Director of The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD). Mr. Casey has an extensive background in management and public policy which has a vital role in ensuring people with intellectual and other developmental
disabilities have a forum and a voice in matters that directly affect their lives.
For the past 11 years, Mr. Casey led the Illinois and Pennsylvania state divisions that oversee services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously, he led nonprofit organizations that provided services for people with developmental disabilities, including serving for 15 years as the director of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc. Mr. Casey is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Regional Family Support Planning Council 4 (Essex County) is a group of volunteer family members of inividuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who host public forums to obtain input to improve family support services provided by the Department of Human
Services (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and Department of Children and Families.
For additional information call: (973)-803-7597.
Family Support Organization of Essex County is funded by the Department of Children and Families to provide peer support, education and advocacy for families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, mental health, and Intellectual/Developmental challenges.
For additional information call: (973) 395-1441.
DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCES 2016, FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS – FROM THE N.J. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
The Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Department has released the following information for the 2015-2016 School Year:
The Inclusion Campaign is a New Jersey based collaborative site which has some important information for all parents of Special Education Students. Please watch an informative video featuring students parents and Special Ed Advocates. We are confident you will find it well worth the 11 minutes to watch.
(Special thanks to Ms. Hedi Kovacs for providing this information.)
From FSOC: *PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $20 FEE FOR THIS SYMPOSIUM!
-Autism Symposium –
Family Support Organization of Essex County Special Event
“Every day, millions of Americans living with autism and their famlies face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. Austism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 68 individuals and 1 in 45 in New Jersey. While there is no cause of, or cure for, autism, it is treatable.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. We are hosting this event as a part of a series of educational workshops to help people to better understand autism and improve the lives of individuals living with it.
We invite all parents, educators, administrators, child care providers, and parent liaisons to join us at our Autism Symposium. This event will be held on April 15th at the United Way building located at:
60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042
April 15th from 8:30am-1pm.
Making Informed Choices on Autism Intervention, Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D.,BCBA-D
With the wide variety of treatment approaches marketed for autism, how do parents know where to start, what to try, and which ones may be most helpful to their child (of any age)? This presentation will discuss what a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder entails and some of the most commonly used interventions. Participants will be directed to resources that assess the credibility of various interventions, learn how to objectively measure their effectiveness, and understand what current research indicates about the most popular options.
Guy Talk: Engaging Fathers and Strenthening Families, Dr. Robert Naseef, Ph.D. Psychologist
This presentation explores the male experience when a child has autism. How does a man deal with a problem he cannot fix? The presenter is the father of an adult child with autism and provides insight into the challenges involved in the father-child relationship and developing male parent involvement.”