March, 2019
9th Annual Spring Fundraiser and Casino Night
Save the date:April 26, 2019

This year's theme is Rock and Roll all night...
The Lion King Musical
BIG NEWS! Disney's Broadway production of "The Lion King" is coming to PlayhouseSquare for a sensory-friendly production at The State Theatre on Saturday, August 31! Ticket information will be released in a few weeks with prices being up to 75% less than standard fees. For more information, contact our friend Chris at .
More info to come!
Catalyst Farm Social Skills Groups 
Why Are Social Skills Groups Important? 

The ability to effectively interact with peers is key to success in school and beyond. Our social skills group will help participants practice skills such as reading body language, starting and participating in conversation, taking turns and working together.

The Basics
- groups led by our Speech and Language Pathologist
- billable to insurance
- meets once weekly
- maximum of 3 participants per group to ensure individualized attention
- groups available for ages 3 through mid 20s
- typical peers utilized when possible in order to provide behavior modeling

Contact us for registration information!

Catalyst Farm Therapies
1021 Ridgewood Road
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
Social Skills Group for Winter 2019
WHAT: Social group for children ages 9 years of age and older focusing on social understanding, perspective taking, and self-awareness in order to develop conversation skills and foster peer relationships. Groups will be run by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Cory Rubeck, using the Social Thinking curriculum frameworks, strategies, and activities to develop social understanding.

WHEN: Sundays for 8 sessions, from January 27th through March 17th, 2019 4:30-6:00 pm

All participants must complete a 15-minute screening by appointment.

WHERE : Galvin Therapy Center-East, Warrensville Heights
COST: : $660 for the 9+ groups; payable by check, credit, or the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarships
CALL 216-514-1600 TO REGISTER
25221 Miles Rd Ste F Warrensville Heights OH 44128
Cleveland Heights parent develops free service to connect special needs adults
Craig Matis has lived in Cleveland Heights for nearly 40 years. The father of an adult son with special needs, Matis discovered that, once his son left school, the effort to socialize with others was difficult for him. He found that other parents shared his concerns—that outside of an academic environment, it was difficult for those with special needs to find and develop connections with others.
In 2013, Matis initiated Connect to One ( ), an online service that matches up those who are disabled, both mentally and physically, and seeking one-on-one friendships and/or relationships. Despite the significant growth, over the past 30 years or so, of social programs and activities that address the special needs population, the majority focus on group events, rather than on the development of one-on-one relationships.
 C o nnect to One operates a private and secure database that enables individuals to create their own profiles and browse the site's directory for those with similar interests and lifestyles.
After a new registrant's online application has been reviewed and verified, Matis schedules a face-to-face meeting. After that initial meeting, the new member is able to access the website's directory, which has all of the members posted. The directory is password-protected, so only authorized members can view the information. Each member can view the directory at any time, and request a meeting with someone from the site. Matis will then arrange the meeting between the two parties.
 The service is free to adults (18 years and older). Anyone who lives in a group home, with parents, or independently is welcome to participate.
ASPIES Support Group
Swimming with Autism- A water safety program
The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) has once again partnered with the  Akron Area YMCA  to implement our 10-week water safety program, "Swimming with Autism." Because individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are 160 times as likely to die from drowning, swimming classes should be one of the interventions of top priority. 
  • Program Focus:Water safety
  • Water entry and exit
  • Breath control
  • Balance and flotation
  • Combined arm and leg action through the water
Program Requirements: 
  • Participants must be age 4 through adult
  • Must be diagnosed with autism or other developmental disability
  • Have the ability to walk unassisted
  • Be able to work one-on-one with a swim instructor
Dates and Times: This is a 10-week program offering 30-minute one-on-one lessons twice each week on Mondays and Thursdays. The next session will begin on March 11th with the last lesson on May 16th.
Location: Lessons are offered at the Kohl Family YMCA located at 477 E Market Street, Akron OH 44304.
Parents are expected to attend a mandatory parent orientation prior to the start of the program at the YMCA. 

For full details & registration:
Sib Shops-Green
 KSU Speech and Hearing- Teen Talk Social Skills Group
Taking Away Recess as punishment
All Abilities Art Expo
Run or walk a 5k with Autism Personal Coach
Social Skills Webinar
Social Skills for Adults with ASD:
Finding Relevant Targets for Instruction, Using Instructional Strategies that Work, and
Balancing Self-Determination with Skill-Building

Webinar Description
 Social skills are an elusive target of intervention for ASD, especially for adolescents and adults. It is imperative that clinicians define and achieve outcomes that matter, including community engagement, independence, and real integration into multiple environments. It is also imperative that these outcomes are identified by the individual with ASD and reflect their interests, values, and goals. This presentation will focus on those outcomes, and on skill building that fosters desired social connections, meaningful engagement, and reduced vulnerability. 
During the live webinar event, we will discuss what skills to teach, focusing on increasing integration, preventing behaviors that lead to expulsion from community, and teaching survival skills in social contexts and functional social skills. We will also review how to teach those skills, focusing on using evidence-based practices, generalization strategies, and ensuring the availability of responses. Special attention will also be paid to measures of social validation and the assessment of quality of life. 
Attendees will be able to...
  • Identify ways to determine meaningful outcomes for adolescents and adults with ASD
  • Identify ways to teach social skills that are evidence-based
  • Define ways to measure socially significant outcomes in this curricular domain
  • Review areas of vulnerability for these individuals and ways to reduce risk
Keep Calm and Parent on!
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Independence Civic Center
6363 Selig Drive
Independence, OH 44131

Join us for Positive Parenting Strategies to Manage Challenging Behaviors and Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship 
Presented by: Haley Dunn, Milestones Autism Resources
The workshop will provide an overview of building resiliency and positive parenting strategies. Evidence-based strategies, conscious discipline techniques and activities will be taught to parents, including an overview and application for parents who have children with developmental disabilities and ASD.
Join Haley Dunn from  Milestones Autism Resources  as she presents guidance that will help parents add strategies into their daily routines that build resilience in themselves and their children, staying calm and managing challenging behaviors. 
Please note that Social Skills and Childcare will not be available at this meeting.
Game Night for all Individuals (High School through Adult): 
Please bring a game and a snack or drink to share. Please pre-register by using the registration link below. If you do not pre-register, you cannot attend the Game Night.

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