Volume 6 Issue 9 A monthly newsletter published by MKSA LLC October 2019
MKSA's JoAnn Scanlon to be Honored
This month, as The ELIJA Foundation hosts their "Unmasking Autism Masquerade Gala," MKSA's Executive Director JoAnn Scanlon will be honored with ELIJA's Champion of Hope Award for her work in the field of autism. JoAnn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has worked in this field for more than 20 years and has been a dedicated therapist, consultant and administrator. She also serves as a member of the ELIJA School's Board of Directors. For more information on attending this fun evening, click here.
Congratulations, JoAnn!
Are You and Your Family Prepared?
October is Fire Prevention Month. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family are prepared in case of an emergency. Is your home safe? Does your family have a fire emergency plan? The most important thing you can do is change batteries in all of your smoke and CO alarms and test them. 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms, and less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan. To learn more about how you can be fire-safe, read more here.
Autism-Friendly Circus
The Big Apple Circus is offering an autism-friendly performance. The performance provides sensory adaptations to welcome ASD guests and their families. There will also be a calming area as well as other accommodations. For information email LLewis@bigapplecircus.com
Sensory-Friendly Halloween
Good old Halloween. Costumes, decorations, candy and trick-or-treating. For children with sensory issues, however, those very things can be especially challenging and uncomfortable. With a little planning, there's much that can be done to make this holiday easier and more enjoyable. For some tips on making Halloween more comfortable for children with sensory processing issues, click here.
Check Out Our EI ABA Groups!
Small group activities/ 1:1 discrete trial instruction/ Opportunities for socialization    
Includes Parent Support Group, Family Training

DAYS & TIME:          
ABA Group Monday-Friday: 9-10:30 AM or 11AM-12:30 PM
Scheduled Family Training:  2x/month 
Support Group:  1x/week 1 hour (during class time)
PLACE:   125 E. Bethpage Road, Plainview NY 11803 (entrance at MKSA awning)
- On Nassau/Suffolk border—convenient to both counties
- Parent/Guardian must stay on location. Parent mileage reimbursement available. (PMR)
STAFFING/RATIO : Special Educator and 1:1 aides, maximum 6 children (supervised by BCBA/LBA)
· Individual IFSP and learning readiness goals addressed through principles of ABA
· Socialization goals addressed through principles of ABA
· An individualized program will be developed for each child
· Data collection taken on all goals
· Programs overseen by BCBA/LBA

  There are no classes the following weeks:
· Last week of Christmas week/Presidents' week (Winter break)/Easter-Passover week (Spring break)

For more information: Contact JoAnn, ext. 220 or by email . Download flyer here.
Check Out Our Free Workshops!
Be sure to regularly check our  Event Calendar! MKSA offers free provider workshops and parent workshops. These give our providers opportunities to stay current on issues while maintaining their professional development hours. And we want to connect with families--whether in our program or not--to provide information and strategies on typical childhood topics. We hope to see you soon!
What are YOU reading?
Our list of recommended books continues with a theme of Halloween :
-The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills and Ben Mantle
- Pete the Cat by James Dean
- I Spy Halloween Book for Kids Ages 2-5 by Go Lucky Press
October is...
National Pizza Month, Cookie Month and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So...grab a pie, bake a batch and share with your new furry BFF! Enjoy.
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