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Weekly Update February 4, 2020
 Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you, it's been a busy week here. Mary Ann Johnson, our new Event & Development Coordinator began on Monday.  Last night Chris Sharry spoke to a packed house on SSI /SSDI and ABLE accounts and tonight we've the 4th class of Autism 101 - Medical Aspects of Autism. So somewhere aong the way this got lost in the shuffle. 

    Sibshop will take place on February 8th at Zion Lutheran Church in Oxford registration is open! And on Sunday Cid will be here at the Center for the Parents & Tots group from 10:30 AM - 12 noon. If you've a little one, this group is a great way to meet other parents while your child(ren) have fun playing with Cid in our Sensory Gym located in HMEA's ABA. Siblings are welcome! 

Next week we'll be launching a revamped format for our Parents of Kids and Tweens group. We're really excited to be offering a kids hangout time . We've changed the time of the group to begin at 6:30 PM , the kids will stay with Cid and begin their time together with meeting each other then have some time playing in the Sensory Gym . Parents will meet in the conference room with me and we can discuss topics that parents would like presentations on but will  be available for their child should the need arise. We'll end the evening with a snack for the kids then they will be ready to go home at 8 PM. 

The following week is school vacation, never fear, we've got you covered. We'll be closed on Monday for Presidents Day, but Tuesday we'll go bowling, Wednesday we've an evening at Recess 2 for teens & young adults & their parents, Friday we'll be exploring Egypt at the Fitchburg Art Museum and Saturday we'll have a Swim & Pizza at the Whitins Community Center - all the details are below and registration is open for these events. 

March brings Spring and another learning opportunity . We'll be offering Floortime classes beginning in March. This course is available for a small fee which will either provide you with Greenspan's book "The Special Needs Child" if you decide to come to Worcester for class or you can live stream the course and purchase the text on Amazon.  See below for more details 
 Have a great week 

2020 Autism Super Hero 5K Walk & Run
Registration is now open 
Register your Team Today ! 

For Families of Children 

Floortime® for Parents

 HMEA's Autism Resource Central, in collaboration with The Astra Foundation, is pleased to provide DIR® /Floortime for Parents, starting in March and running through April.
DIR® is an abbreviation for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based. DIR® is a model, a framework, for thinking about a child's complete development, from infancy into whole joyful personhood. While DIR® can be a helpful way to think about any child's development, it is particularly useful in working with children with developmental delays. In this course, we'll discuss the basic principles of DIR®, and learn about Floortime, a strategic, emotion-driven way of playing and interacting with a child that helps a child initiate and respond at higher and higher developmental levels. We'll also discuss the importance of understanding each child's unique sensory profile and how to incorporate this knowledge into Floortime sessions. Participants who attend at our site in Worcester will be provided with a copy of The Child with Special Needs as part of their registration fee. Those who register for live streaming of the course may purchase the text at Amazon. Due to popular demand, this course will include the opportunity for parents to have 1:1 consultation with their child with instructor Sarah Measures on two separate dates as the program progresses. The Course will take place at the Autism Resource Central on Wednesday Evenings. Course Dates are as follows: Wednesdays from 7 PM -9PM : Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 22, Apr 29 with two individualized mentoring sessions with your child on Mar 14 and Apr 18th (family times to be selected). To register visit our website.

 Calendar of Events

 Register for Events on our website registration page or by calling the Center at 
 Fees for Events are as stated  


February 6, 2020
Autism 101
Medical Aspects of Autism
7-9 PM

February 8, 2020
Lutheran Zion Church
60 Main Street, Oxford MA
For Siblings ages 7 and older
$10.00/pp $15.00 cap
10AM- 1:30 PM

February 9, 2020
Parents & Tots
10:30-12 PM

February 12, 2020
Parents of School Aged Kids &
Tweens Support
Kids hang out runs concurrently
6:30-8 PM * Note change in time 

February 13, 2020
Autism 101 
Sensory Processing Disorder
Mary Loughlin OTR/L 
7-9 PM  


February 17, 2020

February 18, 2020
Pizza & Bowling
Mohegan Bowladrome
51 Thompson Rd Webster MA
10 :30AM Bowling 11:30

AM Pizza

February 19, 2020
Parents of Teens Support Group
& Teen Socialization Group
( All teens & Young Adults welcome )
Games Night & Pizza at Recess

216 West Boylston St W.Boylston
Fee: $7.00pp
6:30 PM

February 21, 2019
Fitchburg Art Museum
Discover Ancient Egypt
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
10 AM
Fee:$3.00 /pp

February 22, 2020
Swim & Pizza Party
Whitins Community Center
60 Main St Whitinsville MA
12:15 PM Swim - Pizza at 2 PM
Fee: $4.00/pp

February 26, 2019
Parents of Girls Support
Group & Girls Socialization
6:30 -8:30 PM

February 27, 2020
Autism 101 
Let's Ge Organized 
7-9 PM 

February 29, 2020
Creating a Circle of Support
Cheryl Chan 
10 AM- 3 PM 


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. It has recently been updated and there are several exciting events for families across the spectrum and of all ages. 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 .

Sue Loring - Director Of Community  and Family Affairs
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 

Kris Cariglia - Director of Center Operations
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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