#LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness Month



Step-In Autism Services of Alaska

Events we are sponsoring during the month of April, 2015

Thursday, April 2: World Autism Awareness Day – LIGHT IT UP BLUE!

Join the event by displaying blue lights and wearing blue!

Saturday, April 11: Parent Night Out (registration required by Monday, April 6)

Parent Night Out and PJ Party

When: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Cost: Clients FREE and Siblings $10

Who: Clients and siblings (age 2 & up) are welcome. We ask that families provide a snack for the group to share. Kids may come dressed in their PJs.

Where: 3550 Airport Way, Fairbanks AK

 Saturday, April 18: Fairbanks Children’s Museum (registration is not required)

When: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Cost: Free to our clients and their families.

Who: Clients and families are welcome to join us at the museum for some fun! This event is sponsored by SiAS and there will be no cost to the families.

Where: Fairbanks Children’s Museum, 302 Cushman St, Fairbanks AK

 Saturday, April 25: Parent Training (registration required)

When: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Topic: Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents.

A pancake breakfast will be provided with sausage, fruit, and breakfast!

Who: Free to public. Sessions will be cancelled. We will offer child care for those parents that would like it (please bring a lunch for your kiddo).

Where: SiAS NEW OFFICE 3568 Geraghty Ave., Fairbanks, AK  99709

Social Saturday Activities are FUN and HEALTHY

social saturday activity
Everyone had great fun with these Social Saturdays activities.  Here is one of the final productions after working on the “golden rule” and creating an apple carving. The group also went “gaming” at Krazee Zekes. What fun!

Autism–I’m lonely because nobody is interested in what I have to say.

Courtesy Repost written by EILEEN PARKER on FEBRUARY 10, 2015. Inside the Autism Experience

I read this blog post title on Facebook, and I can certainly relate.

I remember talking about something and people would start talking, leave, interrupt, or ignore me by turning to talk to someone else.  Sometimes they would look at me oddly, then usually find some way to go, and my self-esteem would get kicked in the head again.

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Upcoming Presentation by Dr Hannu Rue, Executive Director of National Autism Council, May Institute

Dr. Rue is the executive director of National Autism Council out of the May Institute. Dr. Rue will be lecturing on best practices in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder. A question and answer session will follow each lecture. Click this link for more details and registration information:  http://sesa.org/content/aarc-home/spring-training.

She will be in Fairbanks on February 2nd, her presentation will be at Noel Wien Library from 3:30 to 5:30 and on February 3rd, she will be at Old U Park beginning at 5:30.

To register, call the AARC at 866-301-7372, or email aarc@sesa.org.

Linda’s Blog: Where’s the Lunchtime Social Time in School?

teacher cartoonPosted by Linda Joy Robertson, Co-Owner and BCBA,
Step-in Autism Services of Alaska, LLC

 The other day, I was visiting with another Grandmother who is raising her young (Kindergarten) grandson. She mentioned that he often comes home from school without eating his lunch; sometimes his lunch was untouched. This child is thin and Grandmother is concerned. Continue reading →

Dr. Michael Dorsey’s tips about preparing for the IEP process

Dr. Michael Dorsey, Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral studies at Endicott College. Dr. Dorsey is a licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is a Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies at the The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College.

Shared with permission:  http://youtu.be/hrJPM95rfzI

Holiday Survival Suggestions

Here are some suggestions for daily activities during the holiday season.  Make a rough plan for the day(s) for your child. Children with autism have most difficulty when they have too much “free time”. Continue reading →

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) is a bill that will allow savings accounts for individuals with disabilities to spend on education, housing and transportation. The savings accounts will not affect eligibility for SSI and Medicaid. Here are some details on these savings accounts:

1.    Enable people with disabilities or family members to put up to $14,000 per year in the account, up to $100,000 total amount.
2.    ABLE accounts could generally be rolled over only into another ABLE account for the same individual or into an ABLE account for a sibling who is also an eligible individual.
3.    The funds must be spent on qualified expenses related to the individual’s disability, such as health, education, housing, transportation, training, assistive technology, personal support, and related services and expenses.

Announcing Annual Parents Night Out

“Day is done, gone the children from the game room, from the program room, from the tech room. All is calm.”
Ah…the end of another successful “Parents Night Out”. Emily and her wonderful crew had a packed house from 1:15 to 4:15 and we had a smaller but just as fun group from 4:30 to 7:30. Hopefully, parents either got to finish their Christmas prep., or go out to dinner and a movie. Thanks again, to all the wonderful, caring families we work with and to the incredible staff that we couldn’t survive without.

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Autism Speaks provides this Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R™)

Please refer to this link from Autism Speaks. The MCHAT is an early diagnostic screening for parents.



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