SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for ASMC. There will be pizza, games and crafts! All ages are welcome! 

Please RSVP by 2/10/14 to mcgolds@ilstu.edu.

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Where: 
The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Say Something with Music - A Music Therapy Group to Enhance Social Skills and Communication

Music Therapy is an effective and enjoyable way to capture the attention and interest of participants of a variety of ages. It is an interactive process that promote communication and social skills and learning. Children will participate in music making experiences including, but not limited to, movement, song writing, interactive instrument and ensemble play and relaxation strategies, that focus on each child’s strengths and targets their needs.

Currently, we are offering this group for children 6 to 8 years of age who are looking for ways to enhance communication and social skills. Sessions will be limited to 6 children with a minimum of 4 children in order to move forward with the session.

Sessions will take place at the Lincoln Leisure Center, located in Bloomington, IL. Directions will be provided upon registration completion. In addition, you will receive a Music Therapy Group Checklist to fill out, which will provide the therapist with information about your child that will be necessary in order to provide the most effective music therapy experience!

http://developingmelodies.com/musictherapy/say-something-with-music/

Where: 
Lincoln Leisure Center, 1206 S Lee St, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Cost: 
$120

Sibshop's Fun, Food, and Friends in February

For children ages 7‐14 who have a sibling with special needs. Sibshops provide a fun and safe place for siblings to meet other children in the same situation, share experiences, feelings, and discuss joys and challenges. Class size limit is 20.

Participants must register by Feburary 4th. Register below.

For additional information, contact Jacquie Mace at mace.jacquie@comcast.net or 309‐824‐4555.

In the event that we do not have enough children registered for a group, Sibshops will be canceled for that month.

Sponsored By Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project The Autism Society of McLean County.

Where: 
Jazzercise, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Transition Planning Committee’s Legal Session Open House

The Transition Planning Committee’s Legal Session Open House will have a guest speaker talking on a variety of topics, such as guardianship and special needs trusts. This session is geared toward parents, middle school students, and high school students.

Where: 
Babyfold Training Center, 612 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Wings and Prayers Ministry

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you warm and rejoicing in the stillness winter brings. The next Wings and Prayers Differently Abled Ecumenical Service will be meeting this Sunday, January 19th at 3pm at Crossroads Chapel – 1049 JC Parkway, Bloomington, IL. We would love to see you there. Light refreshments will be provided following the worship service.

One of our new flyers is attached. Please feel free to post and to pass it on to others who may be interested. You may contact Rev. Cheree’ Johnson (309) 706-2961 or Rev. Mary Armstrong-Reiner (309) 212-0888 with questions or for more information.

Hope to see you there.

Where: 
Crossroads Chapel, 1049 JC Parkway, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Rising Star Open Gym

Our play group was created to give our children with autism and their typical siblings a place where they could be free to be themselves, play, and get to know each other. Rising Star Academy generously allows us to use their facilities. The accommodations are wonderful; they include 3 trampolines (2 are in floor), a very large foam pit, padded floors, soft sided climbing structures and numerous toys.

*We require one parent to stay while the children are playing.

Where: 
Rising Star Academy, 2902 Gill Street, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: 
$5.00 per child

Winter Swim Event at YMCA

It's cold outside, so you know what that means...get out your swimsuit and goggles. What?

That's right - meet us at the YMCA pool on Saturday, January 18, from 6:00-8:00. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Where: 
Bloomington-Normal YMCA, 602 S. Main Street, Bloomington, IL, 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: 
Free
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Sibshop's Fun, Food, and Friends in March

For children ages 7‐14 who have a sibling with special needs. Sibshops provide a fun and safe place for siblings to meet other children in the same situation, share experiences, feelings, and discuss joys and challenges. Class size limit is 20.

Participants must register by March 4th. Register below.

For additional information, contact Jacquie Mace at mace.jacquie@comcast.net or 309‐824‐4555.

In the event that we do not have enough children registered for a group, Sibshops will be canceled for that month.

Sponsored By Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project The Autism Society of McLean County.

Where: 
Jazzercise, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Cost: 
Free

A Letter to My Family & Friends

While visiting with family and friends can be a happy time, it can also be very, very hard for me. I have autism; this is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how my brain functions. I am not “bad;” I am not misbehaving. I am not intentionally trying to get away with something. I am communicating in the best way I know how. Words may not come easy for me; listening to everyone talk is like being in a foreign country with no interpreter to help me with the language. So I may “talk” through my actions instead.

I smile or laugh when I am happy. I may also smile and laugh when I am nervous, because my emotions are hard for me to understand and control. I may yell when I am happy, and I may yell and cry when I am upset. I may also scratch or pinch, not always only when I’m mad, because this is how I let people know I want them to back off, or how I say “I don’t like that!” I throw things because I like to watch them drop, and I like to watch other people pick them up. Since I have trouble knowing what you’re saying, I watch your face, and when your face turns red or your eyes squint when you’re angry, that is interesting to me, because your face changed. I may not know “angry;” I know that things I look at can change in shape or color or size or direction, and that is interesting when sight may be my best sense.

Telling me to “stop” or “don’t” doesn’t help. I already know what NOT to do; tell me what TO do instead. “Feet stay on the floor” is better than “stop climbing.” “Hands stay to yourself” is better than “don’t hit.” “Quiet voice” tells me what to do; “you’re too loud” doesn’t. Even if I can talk in sentences, I may lose the ability to understand speech as my anxiety increases. Just like everybody else, the more nervous I get, the harder it is for me to find the words.

I may have trouble with everything happening around me. I hear everything; I see everything; I smell everything; I feel everything. I may not filter out what is unnecessary, because I may not know what exactly is necessary. So everything comes in at the same level of importance. When there is a lot to see or hear or smell or feel, I may get overwhelmed. It is too much, and the only way I can let you know is by my actions. When I am overwhelmed, I am only trying to protect myself from more input. I may run away and hide, or hum or scream to drown out the individual voices, or rock to soothe myself, or hit or bite because “too much” is painful and I just want it to stop. Talking and touching will just keep sending input into my already over-loaded senses; I need to stop the input and get calm. Finding a place to get away from all the input will help me calm down. Then I can regroup, and come back out when I’m ready.

To help me adjust to all the changes in the holiday season, watch me. See how I react to my environment. See what makes me wince or pull away, and what draws me closer. See my actions as words, and answer what I’m “saying.” Slow down the input you’re giving me; give me time to process all the new sights and sounds and smells and textures. Give me a space to be by myself, to regroup, to calm. Help me figure out what’s happening by using fewer words and more gestures. Understand that I’m really, really trying….this world is a big, fast-moving, word-filled place that confuses and scares me. Help me figure it out. And thank you for understanding that I don’t mean to do things the wrong way; I’m just doing things the best way I can under the circumstances.

ASMC Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
 
ASMC is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!

For parent registration, please click here: http://member.autismmclean.org/Sports/Bowling.php.

Contact Krissy Dodson with questions.

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid who wants to be there. As long as they want to play, they are welcome to join us.

Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who plays a sport. This means, of course, uniforms, practice, frustration, achievement, daydreaming, running, sharing, communicating, bonding, teamwork, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

Parents can help coach (which really means play and share the experience)

We look forward to seeing you there, and watching our kids succeed!

Where: 
Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 1:00am
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 1:00am
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 1:00am
Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 1:00am
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 1:00am
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 1:00am
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 1:00am
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00am
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:00am
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 1:00am
Cost: 
All children will bowl for free. If parents would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to register and pay $30 for the 10 week season.

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