PML Autism Guide
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1 in 68: Autism Spectrum Resources for Families
NEWS! The U.S. Center for Disease Control has released its most recent statistics for autism rates. The new statistics show 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. One out of 42 boys is affected by autism. (March 2014)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. Youth Services Staff has compiled a list of autism spectrum resources for families. The best place to start, if you suspect your child might be on the spectrum, is to have your child screened. The earlier your child starts therapies, the better. If your child is under age three there are two local agencies, South Bay Early Intervention and Thom Anne Sullivan Center, that provide screening services. If your child is age three or older, contact the Lowell Public Schools for assistance.
Information contained on this web page does not constitute library endorsement of a treatment, agency or advocacy group. The library maintains that it is up to the parent/legal guardian to determine proper treatment for his/her child. This web page is solely a place of information for the huge array of materials related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Upcoming Events at the Library
An Activity for Special Needs Children: Lego Time
Is your child on the Autism Spectrum or have another special needs challenge? This activity is especially for them. Join us for a morning of building and making new friends. For special needs children age 4 years and older. Special Needs Children of all abilities are welcome - those that can work independently and those that need lots of hand over hand help from their grownups. Stay the entire session or as long as your child wants. Siblings are always welcome!
Saturdays at 10 AM - September 19, October 3, November 14, December 12, 2015
Upcoming Events in the Community
Lowell Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Lowell Sped PAC)
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from October to June at the Butler School.The school is located at 1140 Gorham St. between Rosenblooms and the Shaughnessy School. There is plenty of parking near the door. Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. If door is locked, ring yellow buzzer. Visitors are always welcome.
~ All Meetings are on Thursdays ~
Sept. 17, 2015 - (3rd Thurs. due to start of school)
October 1, 2015 - Newcomers Night
November 5, 2015 *
December 3, 2015
January 7, 2016
February 4, 2016
March 3, 2016 *
April 7, 2016
May 5, 2016 * *Denotes a Speaker
June 2, 2016
There will be a variety of speakers in the coming year. Many of them play a key role in the education of your child. For specific speaker info, please contact the Sped PAC.
In the event of poor weather or other emergency, meeting cancellations will be announced through email and phone notification. If there is no school in the Lowell Schools, there is no meeting.
Lowell Special Education
Parent Advisory Council
(Lowell Sped PAC)
Attn: Sped PAC
43 Highland Street
Especially for Me at the Discovery Museums in Acton
Autism Friendly Afternoons, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
October 6, November 3, December 1, 2015
During ASD Friendly Afternoons, no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled to avoid overcrowding and support accessibility of exhibits. A dedicated room will also be available to welcome families with a child with an ASD to orient them to the campus and programs, and provide a quiet space for children needing a break from the stimulation of the museums.
Evenings for Families with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
October 17 and December 12, 2015
During our Free Evenings for Families of Children with an ASD, the Museums are closed to the public so families may explore with others with similar needs. Food is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.
For more information about these Discovery Museums events or to register, click here.
Artful Healing for Autism Spectrum
September 12 and October 3, 2015
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, August 8th, 2015. Class Description: Around the World. Art can take us to places we never dreamed of -a far off land, a mythological island, a bustling city. Explore the fictional and real life places art can transport us to in a blink of an eye. For ages 6 – 8 and 10-12. Artful Healing and Beyond the Spectrum offer a specially designed program for Autism Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Upon arrival children will be divided into groups by age and/or needs.
Autism Friendly Performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Boston Opera House
The lights will be at half capacity. Performance sounds will be lower in volume and intensity. There will be trained volunteers on hand to provide support. Calming areas will also be available.
To purchase ticket and for more information click here.
Summer Fair for Kids with Disabilities
Special Summer Camps
Autism in the News
Planning for Life After Special Education: Transition Services Online Manual
The Disability Law Center in Boston has revised their manual 'Planning for Life After Special Education' and it is available online for FREE. They have made several significant changes, including new information on the following topics:
-Developing appropriate transition services for students with severe developmental disabilities
-Helping your student transition successfully into the adult workforce
-Knowing the various diploma options and determining which option is best for your child
The second edition of this manual also provides revised case summaries, thirteen new informational videos in English, Spanish, and ASL, and information on how to manage public benefits.
This amazing resource is available online for free. If you have a child approaching transition age, this is a must read!
Leading the Way: Autism Friendly Youth Organizations
Autism Speaks has created a guide for community organizations to help them better serve children with autism and their families. This information is available online.
Autism Speaks has created the online resource, Postsecondary Educational Opportunities.
Parents of Special Needs Kids Meet Ups: This is an online resource of groups and meetings in the Boston area. Link: http://spclneedsparents.meetup.com/cities/us/ma/chelmsford.