PML Autism Guide

Autism Resources

Libraries and Autism - We’re Connected
Source: http://www.thejointlibrary.org/autism/resources.htm

 

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)

Libraries and AutismAccording 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.

If your family uses a service or has a favorite autism spectrum web site that is not listed, please let us know so we can share with others in the community. Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Books for Special Needs Families (Spring 2014)

We just got in some new special needs books for our Parenting Collection:

New Special Needs Titles
Bondy, Andy. Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism
Couwenhoven, Terri. The Boys' Guide to Growing Up
Couwenhoven, Terri. The Girls' Guide to Growing Up
Delmolino, Lara. Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism
Krouk-GOrdon, Dafna. Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities
Lindsay, Leslie A. Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Palmieri, Mark J. Feeding Your Child with Autism
Wong, Adonya. In My Mind: The World Through the Eyes of Autism

Hi, Everyone: While surfing the Internet to see what was new in the area of Special Needs support I came across this link - http://spclneedsparents.meetup.com/cities/us/ma/chelmsford.  It is a list of support groups and meetings for special needs families.  I don't know how current the information is but thought many people would find the information helpful.


Upcoming Events at the Library

An Activity for Special Needs Children: Lego Time
Saturdays at 10 AM - Sept. 13, Oct., 4, Nov. 8, Dec. 6
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
Sign up required.  Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services to sign up and with any questions.  Call 978-674-1527 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. 18, 2014 - (3rd Thurs. due to start of school)
October 2, 2014 - Newcomers Night
November 6, 2014 *
December 4, 2014
January 8, 2015 -(2nd Thurs. due to holiday)*
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015 *
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015 *                            *Denotes a Speaker              
June 4, 2015                        

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
Lowell, MA  
(978) 454-1967  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food and Eating Study: The E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Medical Center is currently working on a special study.  The Children’s Mealtime Study is an observational study of children 3-8 years old focusing on children’s eating patterns, mealtime behaviors, and parents’ feeding practices. Parents and children are seen for one study visit and complete interviews, questionnaires, and dietary assessment surveys. Parents also record their child’s eating for three days. They are looking for study participants.  For more information about this study click here.

Dolphin Tale 2 - Sensory Friendly Films: September 27th at 10 a.m., AMC Theater Sensory Friendly films provides a family friendly, accepting and to special kids. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may dance, walk, shout or sing! Local Massachusetts theaters include:  Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, Tyngsboro.  For more information click here.

Free Learn to Skate & Ice Time for Children with Disabilities: October 6 - 27th, Byfield. For individuals with special needs of all skill levels. Family members members are welcome.
•  Must have own helmet and skates
•  No drop offs
•  Buddies will be provided
Registration required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-463-2517

Autism-Spectrum-Disorder-Friendly Afternoon: October 7th, 2014, The Discovery Museums, Acton, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Special sensory based activities open to everyone. A room will 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. Groups not allowed during this time include schools or birthday parties, to avoid overcrowding and supporting accessibility of exhibits. Pre-registration required to The Sign Up Page or visit The Acton Discovery Museums or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 978-264-4200.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Sensory-Friendly Breakfast Showing Sponsored by Recreational Education Center
Rating: PG

Event Date: 10/11/2014
Nashua, NH 9:00 AM
Pelham, NH 9:00 AM
Haverhill, MA 9:00 AM
Chunky's offers monthly screenings for children with autism or other special needs. We will keep our theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Our audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing! These showings are proudly sponsored by Recreational Education Center!  For more information click here.

Museum of Fine Arts Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum
October 4th, 2014, (not October 7th as listed in the newsletter)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For children ages 8 - 12, includes Asperger’s. October Theme - The Spooky Side of Art.  
Tickets MUST be booked online before 3 days in advance to the Beyond the Spectrum Page . Fee of $9.50 per child includes materials, museum admission, one chaperone or adult and a parking discount. For more information visit the MFA's Beyond the Spectrum page, or contact 617-369-4027.

Autism-Friendly Performance of the Lion King
October 11, 2014 at 2pm
Boston Opera House
Autism Speaks has partnered with Broadway In Boston and Disney Theatrical Productions to provide a unique theatre experience for individuals and families impacted by autism. This autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King will happen in a supportive, judgment-free environment and will include slight adjustments to the production to suit the needs of the audience—such as the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused on the audience. In addition, there will be other accommodations of support, including a quiet area if individuals and families need a break from the experience and trained staff and volunteers to assist with patrons’ needs.
All tickets are being offered at reduced prices thanks to the support of Autism Speaks and their sponsors: $95, $65, $45, $25.
For more information and to purchase tickets go to the Autism Speaks website. *When purchasing tickets use code: AUSTISMSPEAKS.

"Morningstar Access" Boston Children's Museum: October 13, 2014  8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Program offers children with special and medical needs the opportunity to enjoy the Museum in an uncrowded environment, with few other visitors and  less concern about infections and large crowds. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 100 Guests. Fee $7.00, museum members attend free. Preregistration is required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-986-3697 or visit the Morningstar Access Page.  Fees Apply.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Sensory-Friendly Showing Sponsored by Recreational Education Center
Rating: PG

Event Date: 10/15/2014
Nashua, NH 4:00 PM
Pelham, NH 4:00 PM
Haverhill, MA 4:00 PM
Chunky's offers monthly screenings for children with autism or other special needs. We will keep our theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Our audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing! These showings are proudly sponsored by Recreational Education Center!  For more information click here.

Book of Life - Sensory Friendly Films: October 25th at 10 a.m., AMC Theater Sensory Friendly films provides a family friendly, accepting and to special kids. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may dance, walk, shout or sing! Local Massachusetts theaters include:  Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, Tyngsboro.  For more information click here.

Transition Planning Conference for Families: A free conference providing educational support for families of children on the autism spectrum or with developmental and
intellectual disabilities, ages 12-22 and beyond.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm
Cascia Hall, Merrimack College
The conference program will include:
Planning for Age 18
Independence & Housing
Transportation Issues
Legal Matters and Government Benefits
Options for Employment, Education, or Day Services after age 22
Social & Recreational Development
The conference will be held at Cascia Hall at Merrimack College,315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Plenty of free parking available.
To register, please contact Stacey Leibowitz, Director of Family Services at 978-975-8587, ext. 1273 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This program is presented by CLASS and the ARC of Greater Lawrence and is funded by a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Wenham Museum Autism Spectrum Express: The first Sunday of each month November 3, December 1. General admission applies. For families with members on the autism spectrum to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have gluten/dairy free snack and have a look at special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. For more information contact 978-468-2377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Wenham Musuem events page.

Home - Sensory Friendly Films: November 29 at 10 a.m., AMC Theater Sensory Friendly films provides a family friendly, accepting and to special kids. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may dance, walk, shout or sing! Local Massachusetts theaters include:  Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, Tyngsboro.  For more information click here.

Paddington - Sensory Friendly Films: December 13 at 10 a.m., AMC Theater Sensory Friendly films provides a family friendly, accepting and to special kids. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may dance, walk, shout or sing! Local Massachusetts theaters include:  Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, Tyngsboro.  For more information click here.

Autism in the News

From LifeLinks:
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.

Blogs

Autism Blogger - Online Autism Support Group
Accepting Asperger's Syndrome - This is a crash course to accepting your Asperger's!

Autism Support Groups

Please contact the support group you are interested in to verify meeting dates and times.

Autism Spectrum Support Group: Support for parents of children of all ages
Where:    Lowell General Hospital, Hanchett Auditorium
When:    First Thursday of each month
Time:    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Phone:    978-937-6000
(Updated August 2012)
 

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.
 

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