Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday - a global movement for giving back! Please consider supporting Milestones in honor of the teachers, therapists or aides that help make your life easier. Your contribution will continue to help local families. Donate today

 

Winter break is coming �- how can you keep your family busy, especially when weather keeps you from venturing outside? Keep a routine as much as you can, structure your day, and try exploring different activities that can offer teaching opportunities. For a list of autism-friendly events throughout December, check out the newsletter sidebar or our full online calendar for ideas.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!


Ilana & Mia
Special Thanks To: Rachel Galin

Rachel's passion for art inspired her to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah by collecting and donating hundreds of art supplies and gift cards to Milestones. Thanks to Rachel's generosity, Milestones will use these supplies for trainings, coaching sessions and outreach events for families and individuals impacted by autism.

Too cold to go out and about? You don't even need to leave your couch to submit a proposal for Milestones' Annual Conference. Grab your laptop and hot cocoa and simply fill out the Workshop Proposal Submission form. Or take a few minutes to nominate a deserving autism hero for a special award.
Submissions deadline is January 15, 2015.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Early Bird Rates

"Sponsoring the Milestones Conference is a great networking opportunity and allows us to connect with hundreds of public and private agencies, schools, hospitals, therapists and families."

-Gretchen Walsh, M.S. Ed.
Director, Academic Support Center
Notre Dame College

Early Bird Benefits include:
Preferred booth location
Increased marketing exposure
null Exhibitors - discounted rate
Sponsors - additional registration


Deadline December 15th - Don't Delay!


Questions? Contact Maya Holtz Groys at 216-464-7600 ext. 107 
Looking to make a difference?

Milestones currently has openings for Communications Coordinator, a Coaching/Referral Support Person and a Conference Intern to join our team. 

If you are interested, please send your resume to jobposting@milestones.org.
A Special Gift for Your Special Teacher

 
Has your child's teacher exceeded your expectations? Looking for the perfect 
gift to show your appreciation? 

Honor that special teacher with a donation to Milestones.
Your teacher will receive a special certificate acknowledging your donation with a personal message from you. 

Annual Autism Society Holiday Party

When: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Where: The City of Independence Old Recreation Building, 
6200 Elmwood Drive (Pete Wisniewski Pkwy), 
Independence, OH 44131

Free of Charge!
Reservations are required. For more information, visit the ASGC website.
Gift Suggestions for a Child with Autism

Do well-meaning family members want to buy gifts for your child or teen with autism, but don't what is appropriate? Or do you know a family of a newly-diagnosed child and you want to give a gift that will be helpful as well as fun? 

Here are suggestions of websites you can visit for different ideas, or pass these links on to family members and friends who need ideas! 





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December 2014
In this Issue:
A Special Thank You
Conference 2015 Call for Proposals and Award Nominations
Conference 2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors
Job Opportunities
Great Teacher Gift Idea
ASGC Holiday Party
News of Note
News of Note

December Events - Full Listing Here 

 

50 SOCIAL/REC OPPORTUNITIES


12/1 Teen Social Club, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/1 Social Club Creative Crew, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/1 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

12/2 Special Needs Jump, Skymax Arena, North Canton

12/2 Yoga, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/3 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton

12/3 Karaoke at Toth's Place, USOD, Mentor

12/3 Cooking Basics, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/4 Babes In Toyland, Dancing Wheels Company & School, Cleveland

12/4 Social Club Creative Crew, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/4 Adult Social Club, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/4 ASPIES Adults Christmas Party, Akron

12/5 Babes in Toyland, Dancing Wheels Company & School, Cleveland

12/5 Kids Social Club, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/5 BREATHE Respite Care, Chagrin Falls

12/5 ASGC Holiday Party, Independence

12/5 Winter Wonderland Dance, United Disability Services, Akron

12/6 Penguins of Madagascar| Sensory Friendly Film, AMC Ridge Park Square Cinema 8, Brooklyn

12/6 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Public Library

12/6 Fitness for Fun, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/6 Cinema Cruisers, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

12/6 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.

12/7 Photo Opportunity with Caring Santa, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron

12/7 Day Respite, Akron YMCA, Akron

12/9 Community Christmas Gathering, Zane's Foundation, Hudson

12/12 Respite Weekend, Akron YMCA, Akron

12/12 Weekend Respite Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville

12/12 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Hts.

12/13 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library, Bay Village

12/13 Fitness for Fun, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/13 Young Life Capernaum Club, The Block, Hudson

12/14 Lunch with Santa, Summit County ESC, Cuyahoga Falls

12/14 Arts for Us Annual Holiday Concert, The Music Settlement, Cleveland

12/15 Holiday Party, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron

12/16 ASPIES Christmas Party, Akron

12/19 Respite Weekend, Akron YMCA, Akron

12/19 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Public Library, Westlake

12/19 Blue Ribbon Holiday Party, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

12/20 Winter Wonderland Respite Camp, The Arc, Seville

12/20 Sensory Story Time, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron

12/22 School's Out Program, Akron YMCA, Akron

12/23 The Nutcracker Sensory Friendly Performance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh

12/26 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

12/27 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library, Parma

12/28 Asperger's Adult Group, Autism Personal Coach, Beachwood

12/29 Winter Day Camp, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/29, 30, 31 School's Out Program, Akron YMCA, Akron


 

Weekly Events -

Mondays- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton

Wednesdays- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron

Fridays- Game Night at IDEA House, Uniontown

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

12/2 Moms' Meet, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike

12/6 YMCA West Side Autism Support Group, Avon

12/8 Grandparent Support Group, USOD, Independence

12/12 Mom's Night Out, USOD, Independence

12/17 SWAN Autism Support Group, Kent

12/18 Serenity Support Group, Cleveland

 

Weekly Events -

Wednesdays- Mom's Morning Chat,

AutismNE, Online


WORKSHOPS 


12/2 Positive Behavior Support Training, Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills

12/3 Practical Applications for Using Video Models with Students with Autism Webinar, STAR Autism Support

12/5 Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets, Summit Professional Education, Mayfield Village

12/5 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/6 Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Transition Plan Meeting, Ohio Dept of DD, Independence

12/8 Accessibility in a Bring Your Own Device Environment Webinar, MITS

12/9 Strategies for Increasing Language and Communication Webinar, The Johnson Center

12/9 Paraprofessional Series, SST9, Massillon

12/9 Non-Invasive Approaches for Infants and Children with Selective Eating Disorders, ASGC, Independence

12/10 Parent Access Collaborative Motivational Speaker & Holiday Party, SST8, Cuyahoga Falls

12/10 Helping Families Understand Backwards Planning, SST3, Independence

12/11 Current & Emerging Technology Webinar, Monarch Center for Autism

12/11 Special Education Legal Update Series, SST9, Massillon

12/11 Sleep Problems and Ways to Solve Them, BIIO, Westlake

12/12 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/13 How to Form an Emotional Connection with a Child You Love with Social Delays, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

12/15 People First of Cuyahoga County, The Arc, Independence

12/19 Mindfulness Group,
Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

 

THERAPY GROUPS

 

12/2 Creative Movement, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/3 Music Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/3 Mom & Me, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/5 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

12/5 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

12/6 Art Therapy | Ripped Paper Poinsettia, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/9 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls

12/10 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron

12/12 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

12/13 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

12/13 Art Therapy | Holiday Chalk Rubbings, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12/19 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

 

Weekly-

Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays-

Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Wednesdays-

Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Saturdays-

Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

 

BENEFITS

 


12/1 
Jingle Bells Rock the PuzzleNEOAG, Parma