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Weekly Update March 6, 2019

      Winter evidently isn't done with us but I get to drive home in daylight so spring can  not be too far away - by the calendar we've two weeks left of winter ! 

This weekend we turn our clocks forward Sunday AM, which for families with a member on the spectrum can sometimes spell TROUBLE.

       Not sure why the simple act of pushing the clock forward an hour wreaks such havoc in the lives of those affected by ASD but I know it sometimes took a!! month for my son to adjust to the change.  If you start waking your child 20 minutes earlier today and then work your way to an hour earlier you may help him or her adjust their internal clock. Of course those of you who have predawn risers will be happy that their internal alarm goes off an hour later!  However bedtime is often a struggle with the spring forward.  Again adjusting bedtime over a period of 2 weeks will help with the adjustment.  Somehow we all manage each year to get through this twice a year. 

   We've lots of activities coming up as the weather gets better. Sibshop happens this Saturday in Oxford then our Kite Making Workshop at the Center  should be fun and kite flying is a perfect way to get outside and get some exercise & fresh air to help tire our kids out so bedtime isn't such a struggle! I had a member of KONES ( Kites over New England) do a similar workshop many years ago with a brownie troop and the kids had a blast. 

    Next week we'll begin Autism 101 on Tuesday AM 10 -12 for those new to the Center and autism. This series will help demystify much of the service navigation and connections you can utilize to make your journey smoother. Parents & Tots we'll have a Sing a long session with Lyndsay on March 18th and we've a new offering starting in April with BEATZ Dance Studio for kids 4-8 . 

In case you missed it last week - here's a link to the spring newsletter with all the activities coming up here at the Center.

Have a great week !

One Day Conference Part of Autism 101 - Now Taking Registrations  
As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community.

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .

 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610
 Fees for Events are as stated on site
The Center will be  Closed on February 28, 2019 

March 9, 2019
Kitemaking Workshop 
2PM  and 3:30 PM 
Fee: $3.00/kite

March 16, 2019
Winter Kite Flying at Hampton Beach NH

MArch 17, 2019 
Family Fun for Teens & Young Adults
Extreme Craze
166 Milk St Westborough 
3:20 PM 
Fee: $16.00

March 18, 2019 
Parents & Tots 
Sing A Long with Lyndsay 
4:30-5:30 PM


March 12, 2019
Autism 101
Overview of ASD
10AM - 12PM

March 20, 2019
Adult Family Care
What You Need to Know
Chris Tobin
7-9 PM 

March 26, 2019
Autism 101 
Medical Aspects of ASD
10AM - 12 PM 

March 6, 2019 
Parents of Adults
7-9 PM 
March 13, 2019 
Parents of Children & Tweens   Support Group 
7-9 PM 

March 20, 2019 
Parents of Teens Support Group  
 Teen Social Group
Pizza  & Electronics Game Night  
6-9 PM 

March 27, 2019
Parents of Girls and 
Girls socialization Group  
6:30 PM  - 8:30 PM



Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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