February 23, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Madelyn Wolfin, LMSW
Raising a child on the autism spectrum is a journey best understood by other parents. Parents are often faced with unique challenges as well as incredible triumphs as their children grow. QSAC provides a safe place to share these experiences within various facilities.
The QSAC preschool in Douglaston and the day school in Whitestone offer monthly parent support groups providing a forum to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Parents are able to discuss frustrations and compare parenting techniques without judgment. The support group is also a great place to learn about services, support systems, recreation, and activities for their children.
As the facilitator of the QSAC parent support groups in Queens, I have had the privilege to meet parents with undying strength and compassion. The participants support their children and each other creating an invaluable network for one another. These parents are active participants in their children’s education and growth providing the foundation for their children to reach their full potential.
If you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I invite you to join our network and share the joy. Parents do not need to attend all sessions to become a member. Feel free to drop in when you can; we are always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like to join one of the Queens parent support groups contact Madelyn Wolfin, LMSW at (718) 728-8476 x 1519 or Mwolfin@qsac.com. A complete listing of QSAC parent support groups is available on QSAC.com.
Douglaston Parent Support Group 2014
Douglaston Evening Support Group and ABA Training 2014
Whitestone Parent Support Group 2014
February 16, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS
It’s the dead of winter and for those of you living in the Northeast in particular, it’s been one winter! During these long, cold days it’s a good idea to have a snow day plan for you and your child with special needs. Consider the use of schedules and visual supports to help both YOU and your child when inclement weather keeps you indoors. A basic schedule would include some of the things that need to get done paired with things you know your child would like to do. Set up your schedule so the fun activity follows the “chore”. For example “First we brush our teeth”, then we “_______” (fill in fun activity here). If your child reads he/she or you can write this out. If your child is better with pictures, it can look like this. The picture of the activity can be drawn, copied, pasted etc in the corresponding box.
If you have an older child or a child that can manage a longer list, try a checklist. You can add a sticker, smiley face etc once each task is completed. Here is an example.
In November, QSAC released a free ibook specifically designed to support families. In this engaging, interactive ibook, Chapter 3 is dedicated to helping families manage home life specifically through the use of visual supports. There are many examples of visuals in the chapter, as well as apps and websites to help you organize the worst of snow days. If you have an Apple computer or Ipad click to download for free https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridging-the-gap/id936759477?ls=1&mt=11
Don’t have an Ipad? No worries. Check out another great website with FREE printable resources such as calendars, sticker and job charts is http://www.kidpointz.com/printable-charts/
Take a deep breath…. winter can’t last forever. In the meantime use these free resources to help get you through those snow days. Chances are you will keep them in place because they really do help.