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Weekly Update August 29, 2018
         The real business of setting up routines for the school year can now begin, now that the beginning of the year with a few days then a few days off is past. 
          For many, the homework wars will commence. This is where routine will be your ally.  Each kid is different, some need time to decompress after a day of being "on" and so after dinner may be the best time for this type of child. Others become less able to cope with performance demands as the day wears on, this type of child may do better with homework being scheduled immediately after school. Some kids may do better doing homework AT school, many after school programs have homework clubs. You know your child best and the needs of other family members must also be considered. For many kids on the spectrum, having homework expectations modified can be included in the IEP. 

Having a set place and time for homework to be done will also be helpful. Assemble a homework box, buy a file box and fill it with all the tools your child may need to complete homework. Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, various types of paper, ruler, erasers, glue sticks, etc etc. That way everything will be in one place and you eliminate the house wide hunt for what they need. Be sure that the place you chose for homework to be done is free of distractions, no TV, video games, noise from other activities of the family. This establishes good study habits.  Many will set a specific number of minutes and when the child has worked that number of minutes, homework ends. A time timer may help your child stay on task if they see an end in sight. 

Modeling by doing your own "homework", paying bills, taking time to read or write letters while your child is working, keeps you in close reach for assistance and allows you to monitor his or her progress. It also allows you to say "we're not finished yet" or "we're almost done" and makes it less reproachful than " YOU aren't finished yet" .

Here are some helpful links on homework:

Speaking of "homework", what are YOUR learning needs?  Do you have questions about special education law, public supports that will assist you and your child in your journey, or do you need to know more to manage your child's sensory needs?  We've a free, one day conference September 27th in Milford that will help those who are new to this confusing world of raising a child with autism, for some of us we've muddled along feeling overwhelmed and done the best we can, but feel we could do better. This day is also for you, isn't it time you made the time to meet your needs to help you be a better advocate for your child? Scroll down and learn more then  Call Donmarie at 508-298-1609 to register for this day of learning.  

Have a great week. 
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 .

Wild About Wine is a signature fundraiser to benefit HMEA's Autism Resource Central.  Enjoy a delectable mix of wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, socializing and a visit to the zoo.  Bring your friends for a fun evening or make it a romantic couple's night out.  You deserve it!  Your evening will include wine tasting, hors d'ouevres, access to the zoo and Skyfari Skyride, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and raffles.  Cost is $50.00 a person or get a group of friends and family together and get a discount of $350 /8 people To register click here ! This is sure to fill up fast and space is limited.  


Wild About Wine is an adults-only event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID at entry. No babies, children or strollers are allowed. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.

Southwick Zoo's Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern is a full service restaurant if you wish to have dinner before the event,   Call ahead for reservations. 508.928.0928.

Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. Wild About Wine will be held rain or shine! 




Want to help? We are looking for volunteer certified bartenders to pour. Are you certified? Or do you know someone who is that would like to support your cause?  Contact Wanja at wanjak@hmea.org.


  Also seeking donations for our raffles and bottles of wine for our "wine grab" .Have a bottle of wine you just don't want? Donate it to a good cause.  Thanks  



 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610
 Fees for Events are as stated on site

Family Fun

September 7-9 2018
Family Camping Weekend
Willard Brook State Park
10 Townsend Rd Ashby MA

September 13, 2018
Family Fun for Teens & Young
Adults - Pizza & A Movie
6 PM


September 15, 2018
Community Theater Group
Bye Birdie
Sterling Community Theater
2:00 PM
Purchase Tickets at

September 21, 2018
Wild About Wine
Southwick Zoo
6 PM 

September 23, 2018
Family Fun at Great Wolf Lodge
2-8 PM
Registration Closed 


September 12, 2018
Parents of School Aged Kids &
Tweens Support Group
7 -9 PM

September 19, 2018
Parents of Teens Support Group
& Teen Group
7-9 PM

September 22, 2018
United Parish Church
Mass Ave Lunenburg MA
For Siblings ages 7 and older
$10.00/pp $15.00 cap 
10AM- 1:30 PM

September 26, 2018
Parents of Girls Support Group &
Girls Socialization Group
6:30 -8:30 PM



Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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