Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New clinic at UGA

The University of Georgia College of Education has pooled its expertise to form a new research center focused on autism and behavioral analysis.  The Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) will provide autism-related diagnostic assessments and evaluations for children in the community, by working with two existing College of Education clinics. In addition to offering treatment options at Aderhold Hall on the UGA campus, the center gives graduate students the opportunity to develop assessment skills needed to work in school districts and clinical settings.  The center combines resources from the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, the School Psychology Clinic and the college's Board-Certified Behavior Analysis program.  Check this link for more information:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

The T21 Down Syndrome Support Group will meet on Monday, November 16, at 6:30 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2191 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville.  Please join us to share information and resources with families experiencing Down syndrome.  This will be a time of fun and fellowship - and food!  A holiday meal will be provided, as well as childcare, but please RSVP  by Nov. 12 to help with planning: debradelsesto@charter.net or 706-461-3592.
The Athens Area ADHD Support Group will meet on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:00 pm, at Jennings Mill Golf Clubhouse, 1150 Chambers Court, Watkinsville.  Adults with ADHD, parents of children with ADHD, and care providers are invited to attend a discussion on "Executive Functioning - Skills Deficit".  Please RSVP by Nov. 16: AthensAreaADHD@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Anxiety & Stress: Guidance for Parents

Feelings of stress and anxiety related to school can seem overwhelming, to both students and their families; students who experience learning differences can be particularly affected.  Plan to attend Oconee County Schools' next Weeknight Workshop for parents and learn more!  Drs. Abelkop, Mason, Peters & Prowell from Athens Psychological Services will share information on identifying signs of stress, coping with anxiety, and ideas to enable your family to navigate these issues successfully; a question and answer session will follow.  In order to encourage free discussion, this workshop is for parents only; childcare is not provided.  This Weeknight Workshop will be on Monday, November 16, at 6:30 pm in the Community Meeting Room at Oconee Veterans Park (3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville).  Register to reserve your seat now:  amccollum@oconeeschools.org, or 706-769-5130 x 1210.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Apply for an iPad Grant!

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 1,045 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The application is now open!
Eligible applicants are individuals who:
·  Have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
·  Reside in the United States
·  Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad
The timeline is below:
·  November 2: Online application opens at 6:00AM EST
·  November 7: Application closes at 11:59PM EST
·  November 9 - December 3: Review committee selects recipients
·  December 7: Recipients announced and iPads sent out!
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad Air will be contacted on December 7. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.
You must create a login and further instructions will be provided.
Questions? Contact ipads@autismspeaks.org or (888) 288-4762. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Destination Dawgs @ UGA

The University of Georgia is joining other colleges and universities in our state in developing an inclusive program of study for students with developmental disabilities!  The "Destination Dawgs" program is projected to begin in spring 2017, and will be a two-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities; students will audit classes at UGA and build the skills they need to transition into adult life. UGA is working on the logistics of Destination Dawgs; program developers envision a fully inclusive program where students are included in on-campus housing and courses they want to take.
Post-completion follow-up with students who graduate from inclusive post-secondary education programs shows that they are more likely to get and maintain competitive employment. Other schools in Georgia  with similar programs are the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, East Georgia State College, and Columbus State University. To read more about UGA's plans for "Destination Dawgs", visit this link: UGA Destination Dawgs

Monday, October 26, 2015

Butterfly Dreams Farm Fall Festival

Butterfly Dreams Farm is hosting a free Fall Festival and Horse Show on Sunday, November 8, from 12:00 - 4:00.  If you've never visited the farm, this will be a great opportunity to experience the wonderful things that are happening at Butterfly Dreams!  BDF is celebrating 10 years of serving our community through equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with special needs.  The gates will open at 12 for the fall festival activities, with the horse show beginning at 2 - where current students will showcase their skills!    Butterfly Dreams Farm is located at 2981 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville. Visit here for more information: http://butterflydreamsfarm.org/2015/10/bdf-horse-show/

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Parent Academy

Fall Parent Academy is planned for Saturday, October 24!  Parents of Oconee students who receive special education services are invited to attend a workshop on "Harvesting Positive Behavior".  Behavior is communication!  Specialists from Georgia State University will teach parents a variety of strategies for determining the causes of challenging behavior, and help parents develop a specific plan to support positive behavior at home and at school.  The session will be from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm at Rocky Branch Elementary School (5250 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville); a light lunch will be provided.  Be sure to RSVP to amccollum@oconeeschools.org and reserve your seat if you would like to attend!