Skill Sprout sibling support group for children who have a sibling with special needs

This weekly support group is specially designed for siblings of children with special needs (e.g., Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc.) We realize that this type of sibling relationship can be unique and complex. During this weekly support group, we will teach your child basic skills and strategies to improve the quality of relationship with his or her sibling. The planned activities will also help children express their feelings in a safe comfortable atmosphere, share common joys and struggles of having a sibling with special needs and build friendships with other siblings. This group will be run by trained mental health staff.

Who this program is for: siblings of children with special needs, ages 7 - 12 years old

Dates/times: Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM, June 15th - July 27th

Where: 706 Oglesby, Suite 200, Normal, IL 61761

Cost: $120 for 8 weeks

Limited space available. Call today for more information or to register your child in this support group.

For more information or to register, please call our intake coordinator at (800) 773-1682 x304 or email intakes@skillsprout.com.

Where: 
Skill Sprouts, 706 Oglesby, Suite 200, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: 
$120 for 8 weeks

iAM Social Camp for adults on the spectrum

Camp Leaders: Laura & Mike Dickenson

Dates: June 20th – July 1st (Mon. – Fri.) 

Times: 9:00 to 3:00

Limited Number of Attendees: 15 max

Camp Criteria

  • Minimum age 18—Must be able to follow along as a group
  • No significant behaviors (E.G., Running, aggressiveness, self-injurious)
  • Must be able to provide own assistive technology needs
  • We cannot dispense medication
  • No need for 1 on 1
  • Not enrolled  in public school
  • Students who have “walked” at graduation but have are not returning for a super senior year may attend.
  • Must provide own transportation to and from camp

Planned Activities (may change due to transportation or weather)

  • Bowling
  • Zoo
  • Eating out
  • Mini-golfing
  • Grady’s (If transportation goes there)
  • Swimming
  • Family Cook-Out on the last Friday

Please contact mace.jacquie@comcast.net with questions or for a camp application.

Where: 
Chiddix Jr. High, 300 S Walnut St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 23, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 24, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Monday, June 27, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 30, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, July 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: 
200.00 + 75.00 activity fee - (total 275.00 for both weeks)

Ice Skating at the Pepsi Ice Center, June 7

Stay cool in June. Join us at the Pepsi Ice Center for some ice skating! We reserved the ice, you pay for skates ($2 rental). All ages are welcome!

Where: 
Pepsi Ice Center, 201 S Roosevelt Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
$2 skate rentals

Support us when you shop!

Did you know that you can help support Autism McLean just by shopping? Every time that you shop at Schnucks or Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can be donated back to Autism McLean. Here's how:

Schnucks:

Your purchases create automatic contributions of up to 3% of your purchase price. Access your personal reports online to see how much you have earned.

  1. Pick up a card at any Schnucks Store.
  2. Register your card by signing up with eScrip. When searching for your nonprofit, select "Autism McLean". 
  3. Shop at Schnucks and have your card scanned when you check out.

Amazon:

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

  1. Go to http://smile.amazon.com (from your computer or your mobile device).
  2. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Search and select "Autism Society of McLean County". AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
  3. To ensure that you're always using AmazonSmile when shopping from your computer:
    1. If you use Chrome as your web browser, you can install the Smile Always extension.
    2. If you use Firefox as your web browser, you can install the Smile Redirect extension.
    3. If you use Safari as your web browser, you can install the KeepOnSmiling extension.

Sugar Mama Bakery Supporting Autism McLean

Yummy goodness for a good cause, what better excuse to have a treat!

Sugar Mama Bakery is donating 10% to Autism McLean for “Mother’s Vanilla” cupcakes for the rest of April.
 
Stop in to get your treat and support Autism McLean at the same time!

Where: 
Sugar Mama Bakery, 116 W North St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (All day)

Autism Awareness Month - 2016

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 45 children have autism. That staggering statistic emphasizes how important it is that the central Illinois community becomes aware of the difficulties of living with autism. Autism McLean provides imperative programming to people of all ages living with autism and families whose lives are affected by autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism McLean has planned a month packed full of events to raise awareness about autism. Also, look for our Autism Awareness electronic billboards on Veterans Parkway!

About Autism McLean

Autism McLean is an all volunteer based group that strives to educate the central Illinois area about autism and fund programs that better the lives of individuals and families of those with autism. For more information, contact info@autismmclean.org.

Join us

Please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like movies and Children’s Discovery Museum are often free for our members.

Social Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Co-Directors: Betsy Drillon, John Fischer, and Virginia Moody

Where: Normal Public Library

When: First Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30 or closing time, through Sep 1.

Details:

  • The Cafe is for adults on the spectrum who would like to meet other adults on the spectrum.
  • This group is geared toward those who do not require language, cognitive or behavioral supports.
  • At the monthly get-togethers, participants get acquainted with each other and group-focused activities available at the library.
  • The group decides at the meeting what activity they want to do the next month.

If you feel you would fit with this group, feel free to come during the set meeting times.

Where: 
Normal Public Library, 206 W College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 2, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, July 7, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, September 1, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Angry Birds Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of the "Angry Bird Movie" on Saturday, May 21. The lights are turned up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:40 AM.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11), with 12% off concessions. If you are not an AM member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

Where: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: 
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

Annual Parent/Caregiver Night Out

Come hang out any time between 5:00 - 8:00 PM. We will have a drawing for gifts and great conversations with friends!

Childcare: Free - provided by ISU-SSID students at Eastview Christian Church.

RSVP: Jacquie - with number of children for childcare at mace.jacquie@comcast.net  or 309.661.9440

Where: 
Alexander’s Steakhouse, 1503 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: 
Participants are responsible for their own meals

Extreme Motors is sponsoring Autism McLean, March 25th - April 2nd

Extreme Motors is sponsoring Autism Mclean from March 25th – April 2nd. They are creating awareness with the attached video that will also air on the major networks.
 
Also for every test drive in any of their three stores, Extreme Kia, Nissan, Hyundai they will donate $5.00 to Autism Mclean.

Please take time to go out and test drive a car, share with friends, and let Extreme Motors how much we appreciate their support!

Where: 
Extreme Kia, Extreme Nissan, and Extreme Hyundai
Date/Time: 
Friday, March 25, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 2, 2016 (All day)

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