Online Study Helped Needed for Individuals on Spectrum 18 Years or Older

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia invite individuals aged 18 years or older with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study. This research is being  conducted by Rebecca Flower (Rebecca.Flower@flinders.edu.au) under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young (Robyn.Young@flinders.edu.au) and Professor Neil Brewer (Neil.Brewer@flinders.edu.au).

The aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. 

The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1 hour (you may take up to 4 hours to allow for breaks). The second session will occur weeks or possibly months later.

This session will involve questions about demographic information (including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system) and a set of statements about your preferences and skills. Following this, you will be asked about your interests, and then to watch some short scenarios and answer 1-2 questions after each. 

Participants who complete the study requirements will receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher after each session. 

To participate, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/1iLztCu

Please check out the attached flyer for more information.

Research Study Help Needed

Dear ASMC,

My name is Ayshah Alahmari, and I am a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Steve Mertens in the Master’s degree program in the School of Teaching & Learning at Illinois State University. I am conducting a research study to explore parents’ perspectives about education services offered to their children with autism, and to examine the level of parental satisfaction regarding their student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The results of the study will be used to examine ways that both parents and educators can improve IEP meetings to better serve students with autism.

Since the research is focusing primarily on parents of school age children with autism (K-12 students) who attend schools in Central Illinois, I am seeking your help to reach a large number of parents of children with autism. I will keep all the data I collect completely confidential, and I will not use any school’s name nor any parents or their students’ names in any research report. Any information that I present will not be linked to any personal information that could be used to identify individual students. I am confident that I have taken the necessary steps to ensure that my research will be conducted in ways that meet ethical standards. This is the link of my survey, including the consent letter, which I wish to reach all parents/guardians of children with autism.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Children_With_Autism

If you have any questions regarding this study please feel free to contact me at aalahma@ilst.edu or (309) 433-6679. You may also contact my professor, Dr. Steve Mertens at smertens@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-8182.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ayshah Alahmari

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Help Us Pick a New Logo

As the Autism Society of McLean County continues to move forward and grow, we thought it was time for a fresh look. Therefore, we have been in the process of designing a new logo. With members being the driving force of all we do, we would like your input on the new logo. We have narrowed the options to two and would appreciate your guidance in selecting the final design.
 
Please take look at the two finalist and choose which you would like to represent the Autism Society of McLean County.

Thanks!

The Lego Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

ASMC is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of The Lego Movie. The lights are brought up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

Download the attached coloring pages for the kids. Color them, scan them, and then email us (or give them to us at the movie) and we'll post them on our Facebook page.
 
We will also be giving away two lego sets, one for a girl and one for a boy. The kids will be handed a ticket when they arrive.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:30 AM.

All families who have children and adults with autism welcome. 

The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members. Learn more about joining ASMC as a member.

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=3.

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

Where: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Cost: 
The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members

Spectrum Dance - For Children with Autism

We are pleased to announce our first dance class for individuals with autism!

A hands-on approach encouraging social interactions, fun, and exercise through music and movement.

Both boys and girls are welcome. Ages 5+

$10 covers all four classes and includes a t-shirt and bracelet.

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=4.

Where: 
Jazzercize, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: 
$10 per child for the four week session

ASMC Parent Support Cafe - February

Cafe's are for parents of children with ASD, learning difference, and other special needs. Come join other family members to share your knowledge and problem solve through round table discussions. This month's topic: open discussion.

Childcare provided by ISU's SSID at Skill Sprouts. Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

RSVP to Jacquie via email or at 309-824-4555 so as to ensure proper coverage.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

Where: 
706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, Conference Room 104 (between TAP and Skill Sprouts)
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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
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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.

 
1 Start 2 Complete
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

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