Volume 5 Issue 8 A monthly newsletter published by MKSA September 2018
Fun After-School Activities for Children with Special Needs
  School may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean kids aren't supposed to play and have fun! For children with special needs, including sensory issues it's sometimes difficult to find appropriate outings. Take a look at this list for information on special museum experiences, sensory friendly gyms and gardens, apps, activities, toys and more .
Xbox Adaptive Controller
If you have kids, you know how much they like their video games. And we understand about the battles, trying to get your kids to stop playing. But for people with disabilities, just playing a game presents a lot of challenges.
We believe there's a time and a place for playing, and families should create their own usage rules, but kudos to Xbox for the inclusion move!
It's Apple Picking Time!
One of the most special things about this time of year is the bumper crop of crispy, fresh Long island apples. And if you get the chance to visit an orchard and pick your own, even better. Time's ticking, though and if you want to partake, you have to know where to go. Take a look at this list of place to pick your own.
Attend a Free Workshop!
Be sure to regularly check our  Event Calendar ! MKSA offers free provider workshops and free parent workshops. These give our providers opportunities to stay current on issues while maintaining their professional development hours. And we are looking to connect in more ways with families--whether in our program or not--to provide information and strategies on typical childhood topics. We hope to see you soon!
Connect With MKSA on Social Media
If you're on social media, we hope you'll join us and  like MKSA on Facebook follow MKSA on Instagram , and  follow us on Twitter .  We're enjoying connecting with families and friends; see you soon!

Reading Recommendations
We continue our list of recommended books. This month's topic is raising kids in a digital world:
 - Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner
- R eset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time by Victoria Dunckley MD
- No More Screen Time! by Patti Price, PsyD, LP

Did You Know?
September is  National Piano Month, National Courtesy Month and Little League Month. So play a song, take a bow, then get some exercise and play ball! Have fun!
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