AUTISM SERVICES, INC. Social Skills Program
My name is Sara Burke; I am the Social Skills Coordinator at Autism Services, INC. We currently have openings for individuals in our Social Skills program. We are looking for individuals in the 14-20 age range, but we are always accepting applications for all ages to review and be put on our waiting list.
Our Social Skills program currently meets 2 times per month for 90 minutes. Some of the skills we work on are having appropriate conversations without interrupting, making/maintaining eye contact, appropriately expressing emotions, being assertive, making friends, dealing with bullying and participating in activities. Each student also has individualized goals that they continue to work on at each session. Goals are worked towards by watching videos, completing worksheets on specific social skills, engaging in group discussions, and practicing on naturally occurring incidents.
If you feel you have an individual with a diagnosis of Autism that would fit in our Social Skills program please forward me a copy of their current Individual Service Plan, Individual Education Program and current Psychological Evaluation for review. We typically look for individuals that are fairly independent with no behaviors.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com or leave me a voice message on my mailbox at 716-631-5777 ext. 689. Please note I am not always on site so it may take me a few days to get back to you. You can also reach my supervisor Sherry Maynard firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-631-5777 ext.307 Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you.
Sara Burke, BS-Ed
Social Skills Coordinator
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AUTISM SERVICE, INC.
In-Home Clinical Services
For Children with Autism Living at Home with their Families
About the service
Autism Services, Inc. has recently redesigned their in-home clinical services program to focus strictly on behavior support and interventions. Although other clinical services are extremely beneficial to children on the spectrum, we have found that behavior services are what families truly need in the home environment. Through this program, a behavior clinician will come to the home to work with the parent and child on how to deal with difficult behaviors. Visits will take place at times that are most convenient for the family. Scheduling is flexible as we offer evenings and Saturday hours to meet the needs of the family.
The first appointment will be held with the parent or primary caregiver. At this time, the behavior clinician will gather information on the behaviors, discuss the expectations of the program, and answer any questions the family may have. The next two to three appointments will be the behavior clinician observing the child in their natural setting and gathering data on the problem behaviors. After the observations are complete, the clinician will give a recommendation to the family on the amount and duration of appointments that will be most beneficial for the child (for example, 3X per week, 2 hours per appointment). The visits will gradually fade as families begin to utilize new approaches to improve behaviors at home. Typically the service is provided for 6 months depending on need.
The behavior clinician will then develop an appropriate behavior plan with the family to use at home to better manage difficult behaviors. The clinician will assist the parents and caregivers with the implementation and modification of plans as needed.
In order for behavior modification to be successful, it is imperative that a team approach is taken. The behavior clinician will work with and gather information from the following:
The Child: The behavior clinician will take time in the beginning to get to know the child. This helps in developing appropriate behavior plans that will be most effective. One-on-one time spent together may include playing, talking, and/or engaging in activities based on the current behavior that is challenging.
Family Members: The more effort parents and caregivers put into this service, the more effective the interventions will be. The behavior clinician will work directly with family members to give them the tools they need to make changes at home.
The Child’s Providers: The behavior clinician will maintain communication with the child’s providers as needed and/or requested. These may include the child’s physician, psychologist, service coordinator, teacher, or any other individual that may help contribute to behavior plans.
If you have any questions, would like additional information, or if you have a family who would benefit from the service, please contact:
In-Home Clinical Support Coordinator
Autism Services, Inc.
716-631-5777 ext 330
For Referral for In-Home Clinical Support Services form, (to be completed by Service Coordinator), scroll down to bottom.
DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM
IS IN THE 14215 ZIP CODE
YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE A FREE BOOK A MONTH
THEY LIVE WITHIN THE 14215 ZIP CODE AND
THEY ARE UNDER 5 YEARS OLD (60 MONTHS).
To learn more and enroll:
Go online: www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org
Call: (716) 843-8895
Go online: www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org
Call: (716) 843-8895
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance on the legal responsibilities of school districts to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. The letter urges school districts to work with community organizations to increase athletic opportunities, and provides examples of types of reasonable accommodations schools may need to make. Students with disabilities have the right, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to an equal opportunity to participate in their schools' extracurricular activities.
Visit Disability.gov for more information about laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities.
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STABLE HOMES-A KEY TO INDEPENDENT LIVING
The age of a home can lead to high maintenance demands and is associated with risk factors such as exposures to lead, asthma triggers, safety hazards and mental health stressors.
A program designed by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. and Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, was established to respond to this situation. It provides individuals with developmental disabilities, who are at a high-risk of being negatively affected by health hazards in their home, with grants for necessary home improvements and repairs to ensure that their home remains healthy and sustainable.
Please contact Jennifer Steimer of Learning Disabilities Associates at (716)874-7200, ext. 159 for more information.
BORNHAVA MEN’S FORUM
The men’s forum is open to fathers and male caregivers of children with special needs. The forum meets in the evening once a month throughout the school calendar year at Bornhava, 25 Chateau Terrace, Amherst, New York.
The group has been meeting monthly for several years. Approximately twelve fathers have participated in the group, with an average attendance of seven or eight men, fathers of birth to five year olds. It has been a great success. There are ongoing discussions about coping with the handicapping conditions – the stresses, challenges, and rewards of being a father/male caregiver of a child with special needs. There are also many practical discussions about what people are doing for their kids and how to access additional services.
The group is facilitated by a licensed psychologist, Donald Crawford, PhD.
Contact: Ellen Crawford @ 839-1655
The TRAID-In Equipment Exchange Program is a statewide service that connects individuals with disabilities, searching for an affordable means to acquire needed devices, with people who have devices they wish to sell or donate. Call the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities at 800-624-4143 or email at email@example.com and ask for the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Program to list, at no cost, devices being sought or devices that are available.
SAVE THE DATES:
Please join us for our upcoming presentation:
Parent Advocacy in Action
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00pm
Williamsville Central District Offices,
105 Casey Road, East Amherst
Presented by Theresa Drum of Parent Network of WNY and Kathy McCarthy Proulx
of The Advocacy Center, Rochester, this workshop will help parents and caregivers improve
their advocacy skills so they can more effectively speak up for their child's needs.
SEPTSA is for everyone. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free.
For more information contact Dave Whalen, President at 716.565.9338.
please visit our website at http://www.williamsvilleseptsa.org/