FEATure Fall
Autumn Brings So Many Fun Activities
Autumn Sensory Activities

 For kids with special needs and sensory challenges, the outdoors is the perfect sensory playground. 

1. Heavy Body Work on a Hill
Rolling down hills encourages large motor coordination, vestibular orientation and motor planning. If you have a child who doesn't like to roll, get a cardboard square and find a dry grassy hill to slide down. 

2. Heavy Feet
Have a pile of leaves? Go find it and jump in! The crunchy sounds and smells are just enough to get a great workout and sensory integration therapy all at once.  Stomp, jump and roll around! 

3. Heavy Yard Work
Speaking of leaves...Grab a couple rakes and let your kids do some heavy work in the yard: raking, dragging branches, pulling the leaf bags down to the bottom of the driveway and sweeping all promote muscle tone, circulation and a good work ethic. 

4. Hike
Hit the trails. You can search online for walking trails where you live. October is a perfect time of year to do this, but you can hike well into the early parts of the winter too.

5. Treasure Hunt
Give your kids a list of items to find that are seasonal: red leaf, pinecone, naked stick, rock, and so on. Then send them off to bring back these autumn treasures. Spill them all out and let them tell you where they found each one. This is a great speech/language activity as well as fine motor and motor skill activity that brings organizational skills to the forefront, as well. 

6. Noodle Hop
It's time to do something with all of those swimming pool noodles. Spread them out across the lawn and have the kids leap over the noodles.

7. Make a Face!
Fall and pumpkins go together. If you prefer, you can cut out a face, but you can also just have your kids dig out the guts with you. It's a great tactile, sensory activity.  Have them separate the seeds from the guts. You can dry the seeds, count the seeds and even cook them. 

8. Camp Out
Most people think of camping out as a summer vacation activity, but the fall weather is great for kids who are sensory sensitive. 

Enjoy the weather, the smells, the feel and the joy that comes with a great sensory outing this fall. You won't regret it!

The Gorgeous Colors of Autumn  -  Salt Dough Leaf Prints
Art is an expression of creative skill and imagination and can take many forms. Participating in art projects often opens the door for communication that may otherwise be difficult for an individual on the autism spectrum to express.

Materials Required:                                                      Salt Dough Recipe
salt dough                                                                        4 cups flour
artificial silk leaves                                                           1 cup salt
round container to use as cutter                                     1 1/2 - 2 cups water
acrylic paint                                                                      extra flour for kneading
mod podge for sealer

1. Mix first 3 ingredients together to form a nice soft dough. 
2. Knead smooth with extra flour. The more you knead this dough the easier it is to work with. 3. Roll out dough and the using circular container or bowl, cut your rounds. 4. Pick a leaf for your design. The silk leaves leave a better impression in the salt dough.

5. Place where you want it and press the leaf into the dough. 6. When you lift it off you should have a nice impression.
7. Place on a parchment or foil covered cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 2 - 3 hours or until hard.
8. Let cool.

9. Take some acrylic paint in Autumn colors.
10. paint the leaves in different colors first. Let dry. 11. Then using dark brown paint that you have watered down apply a wash, like an antiquing glaze to the entire surface.  12. Let dry and then apply a coat of glossy Mod Podge as a sealer.

Trick or Treat Tips
  1. Try to keep the rest of your night routine the same as every night. Start soon after dinner for early trick or treat festivities.
  2. Deliver acceptable, desired treats to neighbors. Explain to them about your child, what they will be dressed as and ask for their support.
  3. Create a neighborhood map. Have your child cross off what houses they have visited and plan for the next one.
  4. Create a social story:  social stories explain Halloween and the upcoming festivities!
    Here is a great sample from "Chit Chat and Small Talk"  http://chitchatandsmalltalk.blogspot.com/2012/10/trick-or-treating-social-story.html
  5. And most importantly:  Go with friends that your child loves!
    Children make the best therapists. They do what comes naturally! Have the same children that practiced in the garage the trick or treat process go with your family and child for 30 minutes during early Halloween times. (TIP: Please be sure to thank these wonderful helpers for their efforts! They will be invaluable to your family for play dates after Halloween and beyond!)
All children should be included in Halloween celebrations.  Just because your child may not be able to say "Trick or Treat", does not mean he/she cannot participate. Below is something that may help. Print out several and have your child pass them out rather than you feeling obligated to explain.

Amazing Autumn Activities in Louisville,Kentucky!

Click Here for  a list of great places to go for pumpkin picking, jack o lantern strolls, corn mazes, art fairs, haunted houses, food and more !!

Other events:
Associates in Pediatric Therapy - Family Fall Festival
Costume contest, games, snacks, PRIZES and fun!

Dreams With Wings Jack O'Lantern Stroll
Please join us Friday, October 23rd 2015, from 6:00-9:00 

FEATure Workshop
Workshops and Trainings for Parents Provided by FEAT

Yes, No or Maybe:Three Possible Responses to Your Child's Tantrum

Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: ARGI Financials 
                 2110  High Wickham Place 
                 Louisville, KY 40245

A large part of dealing with problem behavior is learning how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. However, once you're in the moment - what do you do? This workshop will help identify some potential strategies for both before and after problem behavior occurs!
Participants will be able to:
-       Identify the four possible functions of the behavior
-       Distinguish topography from function
-       Identify the role of motivation in behavior
-       Distinguish motivating operations from discriminative stimuli
-       Identify clues about what type of reinforcement history there may be
-       Consider simple ways structure may help prevent problem behavior
-       Understand extinction based on function
-       Draw from reactive strategies based on function
-       Employ three frequently used reactive procedures
-       Consider various common problem behaviors controlled by different types of reinforcement

The workshop will be led by the highly professional team at Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc.
If you have any questions, please contact us at  support@featoflouisville.org.

CLICK HERE to register! This class will fill quickly, so don't delay. Class fee is $10 per person and lunch is provided. 

FEATure Fundraising
YOU make a difference in Louisville's autism community

Kosair Charties
We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Kosair Charities for their grant award of $1500 which allows us to provide parent training workshops throughout the year.
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
FEAT feels very blessed to have received a grant of $2100 for our Dreams in Motion Camp from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Thank you.

Give Local Louisville
We would like to give thanks for all those who donated during such a fabulous event. 

The Community Foundation of Louisville's 24-hour online "give" day raised $1725 for FEAT.

A special thank you to the
Sam Swope Foundation
for your generosity to all Louisville non-profits.

2015 Create a Stir About Autism was TOTALLY TUBULAR
The BACK to the FEATure - Create A Stir About Autism Annual Gala was AWESOME! We would like to take a moment to thank everyone that attended, volunteered and sponsored. You are the reason that this event was so much fun and such a HUGE success! Special thanks goes out to our presenting sponsor Delta Dental of Kentucky - Making Smiles Happen. 

Our annual gala is important to our existence because the funds raised go directly to the programs we support and the scholarships we fund, including:  The Endeavor Program at Carriage House Preschool, Dreams in Motion Summer Camp, the Get Your FEAT Wet swim program at Home of the Innocents and All About Kids, summer tennis camp with UofL, Best Buddies of KY and the karate program with Hwang's Warriors. And we're not stopping there! We are currently working with the Autism Friendly Community (a group of 20+ local providers) to seek out additional needs in our area for older teens and young adults with autism. FEAT will continue to work to make our city a place where those with autism will have opportunities in the future. 

Bend and Zen Hot Yoga Studio in Westport Village is happy to announce that FEAT of Louisville will be the charity of the month  for October too!

Every Sunday during the month of September, at 4:30pm, owner, Meredith Conroy offered a karma class which was open to the public. instead of paying for your class (generally a fee of around $10) they requested a "donation based class fee" which directly benefited an important non-profit organization in our community and FEAT of Louisville received those proceeds! 

Well, they said double the yoga was twice as nice, so they're doing it again in October and FEAT of Louisville will again be the benefactor! We are so humbled and thankful for their generosity!  If you have questions, please visit:  www.bendandzenhotyoga.com

We hope to see you there! Do something healthy, experience yoga and help FEAT of Louisville!

We Would Like To Know
We are putting together a great November issue and would like to FEATure YOU!  Just send a picture or video along with your answer to the question,
"What are you thankful for?"

We will FEATure you during the month of November either in our newsletter, on Facebook page or on Twitter.

for information about any of the listed dates contact Deborah at deborah@featoflouisville.org


Register Today
Race Day: Saturday, April 30, 2016
When you register to run, you can either donate to FEAT of Louisville, join our team, or fundraise for FEAT. If you are already registered to run, contact us and we can show you how to go back and JOIN TEAM FEAT.

2016 FEAT 5K
Registration Opens Jan. 1, 2016
Race Day: Saturday, June 4, 2016
For more information go to www.feat5K.com


- Let's PLAY! Increasing Social Skills at Various Phases of Development
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00PM
at Home of the Innocents-Open Arms Building on the lower level
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.

- Yes, No or Maybe - 3 Possible Responses to Your Child's Tantrums
Saturday, November 7    9:00AM-3:30PM
at ARGI Financials,  2110 High Wickham Place,  Louisville, KY 40245

PARENT MEETING  - Managing Behavior at home and in the community
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00PM
at Home of the Innocents Open Arms Building on the lower level
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.

Sunday, December 20
Sensory Friendly Christmas Party with Santa for All FEAT Families at KAZOING. More details will be in November and December newsletters.

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Deborah Morton, Executive Director