Sensory Issues and Behavior Webinar

Join Family Matters for a webinar beginning on Oct 09, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT and October 16, 2019

Register now!

In this FREE 2 part webinar series you will learn how sensory processing issues can affect children socially, emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. You will learn ways to help children at home and school using sensory diets and strategies to help them regulate their senses. You will also learn about ways to help the school understand your child's sensory difficulties and accommodations that can be added to the IEP or 504 Plan to address those needs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If accommodations are needed please call two weeks prior to training, 866-436-7842.

Family Matters is funded by the U.S. Department of Education with additional support from Community Support Systems. The contents of this announcement were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150037. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Soccer Camp – 2019

Soccer Camp – 2019

Want to play some soccer?

Autism McLean is ready for another season of our soccer camp! This is a great way for participants to learn the fundamentals of soccer, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

  • When: Every Tuesday from 9/3/2019 – 10/1/2019, 5:30p – 6:30p
  • Where: Community Soccer Fields, 3803 Ireland Grove Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Cost: $10 per child (t-shirt included)
  • Contact: Emmanuel Calmes

Please register here.

About the program:

This camp is open to any child 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, 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!…

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder is geared specifically to siblings and friends of people living with autism. Camp is located at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (TPOC) and run in parallel with Camp Takoda.
 
The goal of Camp Pathfinder is to provide opportunities for siblings/friends to experience the majesty of TPOC and be recognized for their care and support of their siblings/friends. Having a sibling/friend with special needs creates a unique relationship.

Camp Pathfinder will not interfere with our Takoda campers. We are focused on providing an experience that will be special for our Pathfinders and leave them with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Register for camp here: https://members.autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=52.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities. Camp Pathfinder consists of:

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Course
  • Zip line
  • Confidence Building
  • Friendship
  • Horses
  • Target Sports

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Files (these are included in the camp registration links above but are provided here for reference):

Many thanks to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.…

Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum (ages 6-21) in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities including: canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere. At Camp Takoda we have a high counselor-to-camper ratio to ensure that all campers are safe and positively encouraged to participate in each activity offered.

Our goal is to always provide a comfortable and motivating environment that will help each camper develop their individual abilities with an emphasis on building self-confidence, social skills, and independence – all in a fun setting!

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities:

  • Social Skills
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Boating
  • Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Hay Rack Rides
  • and more…

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Register:

If you do not have a child attending and would like to assist at camp, you may register for camp as a volunteer.

Files (these are included in the camp registration links above but are provided here for reference):

Many thanks to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.

Family Swim Night at Fairview

Family Swim Night at Fairview

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Fairview Family Aquatic Center for a private, after-hours swim event. Everyone is welcome!

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member swimmers can attend for $5. 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 to swim.

Toy Story 4 – A Sensory Friendly Showing

Toy Story 4 – A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with AMC Classic Normal 14 to present a sensory-friendly, private showing of "Toy Story 4" on Saturday, June 29.

The lights are turned up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk. All ages are welcome.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but doors open at 10:30 AM. Please be early if you are going to order concessions.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member tickets are $4. 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 for the movie here.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!…

Autism-Friendly Summer Program from GBC aba

Autism-Friendly Summer Program from GBC aba

GBC aba is thrilled to provide a blended social skills program that provides naturalistic opportunities to interact with peers in a supported environment. Programming is designed by BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) who also train staff and supervise social skills groups on a regular basis. Find more information here.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the autism friendly summer program!

  • Dates: June 10th- August 2nd
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Participation is weekly. There is no Camp the week of July 4th.

Each session will have the option to be separated by age groups. Children will build social skills through various group activities based on the weekly themes.

Examples of weekly activities:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Group Games
  • Story Telling
  • Snack Time
  • Structured Free Play

Different payment options are available to best fit the needs of the family. GBC aba accepts most insurances and offers private pay options.

Call or email GBC aba at 312-882-1024 or [email protected] to reserve your spot today!…

15th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference

The 15th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education, resident physicians and community advocates will be held at The Gateway Center in Collinsville on October 17 and 18, 2019.

The goals of the Illinois Statewide Transition Conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address as aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.

The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy. Conference sessions are organized into 4 tracks: Education, Health, Community and Employment.

Education: Instructional delivery models, accommodations and modifications, program development, evidence-based practices, advocacy, and/or other resources for transition age youth receiving services in secondary, post-secondary settings, adult service agencies or community-based organizations.

Health: The health track offered on Thursday is intended for pediatric and adult providers and others who play a role in transition. The breakout sessions will include generalized talks about the transition process, the core elements of health care transition and practical guidelines for implementing transition process in physician practices. The Health Plenary session (D1) will further build capacity and supports for improving transition outcomes for youth with special health care needs/disabilities.

Community: Independent living skills such as getting an apartment, preparing to live as independently as possible, community based-instruction, recreation and leisure, healthcare, financial literacy, online etiquette, community participation and personal safety in public and giving back (volunteering).

Employment: Competitive/integrated employment opportunities, hiring people with disabilities, internships and job shadowing experiences for high school students, partnerships between high schools, colleges, VR agency, employers, nonprofits, workforce development boards, students and their families, and programs improving employment opportunities for in school and out of school youth. Emphasis on youth and how they can appropriately advocate for themselves both on the job and before the job.

Registration Deadline is September 13, 2019. Registration can be found here.

iAM Social Camp

iAM Social Camp

iAM Social Camp is a social camp geared toward adults and older teens who are no longer enrolled in public school. The camp will be headed by Jacquie Mace, Nikki Michalak, and Unit 5 (teacher of the year) Shawn Mann.

The focus of the camp will be community and recreational activities to encourage social engagement and build social skills.  Camp cost: 275.00, 75.00 will be set aside for each attendee's activities, the other 200.00 will cover supply cost and teacher fees.

We will have no more than 18 campers enrolled. Campers must not have significant behavioral challenges. Campers must be independent enough to not need an individual aid. There will be a lot of navigating the community, but campers will always be with an adult – the ratio will be 1 adult to 6 campers at times.

Campers are responsible for getting themselves to and from camp. Many times we take personal vehicles to get to our community locations.

Please contact [email protected] with questions or for a camp application.…