I just received an email stating that the Southeastern “Across the Spectrum” Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA, has 20 scholarships available for parents to attend the conference for $50! The coupon code is spectrum.
I am looking forward to attending this conference March 13-14, 2014. Check out the conference here. I hope to see you there!
It is an important time for families and professionals as Mississippi looks at the Autism Insurance Reform Bill. The bill has passed the house of representatives and is headed to the senate. This is the time to send emails and urge your senators and to vote to help kids with autism receive the therapies they need to improve their quality of life! The services Jackson Autism Center provides such as behavior intervention as well as social skills classes and toilet training classes are improving home and school life for many individuals. Wouldn’t it be awesome if some or all of these services were covered under insurance allowing more kids and individuals with autism to access these services?! Autism Speaks has made it super easy- I would ask you to include your personal story at the top of the emails to help show how important this is to you and WHY. Send an email now! Tell Lt. Gov. Reeves to schedule a hearing and get this bill passed!
One of my favorite times of year is coming up quickly…challenger league baseball season! Just as the school year begins to draw to a close, kids with disabilities from around the Jackson Metro area will have an opportunity to participate in a sport that many kids enjoy- baseball! Baseball days in the Challenger League allow all kids to play, from batting to running the bases and catching balls in the field. Let’s get ready to…PLAY BALL!
Register by Friday, February 14 by clicking RCL reg form.
Jackson Autism Center will soon offer social skills classes in the greater Jackson, MS area for Spring 2014. Classes are offered for a variety of ages, beginning at age 4. There is also an adult class offered. The social skills classes are suited for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum, and other disabilities that may require additional assistance with social skills.Classes last one hour per week and begin the week of March 17-21 and run through May 26-30 (12 weeks total). Limited availability. Class days and times will be determined depending on participation. Participants will be accepted until classes are full with a possible addition of classes as needed. Any individuals who have not attended intervention before at Jackson Autism Center must schedule a 15 minute introductory session to help determine appropriate placement. Sign up now!
Topics may vary depending on children, but may include having conversations, making friends, and learning about how others are feeling. For early learners, topics will focus on skills needed with friends such as greeting, sharing, waiting, playing, and cleaning up.