With Thanksgiving Break coming up, and continuing concerns about family gatherings because of Covid-19, you may be scrambling for ideas to keep kids occupied! Here is an article from Understood.org with some fun ideas to keep everyone moving and entertained! Cabin Fever Relief!
Monday, November 16, 2020
Special Olympics Georgia has just announced that, due to continuing concerns about Covid-19, State Indoor Winter Games has been cancelled. While we're sad that our basketball players and bowlers won't be able to compete in Cobb County in January, we can take advantage of the many fun online activities that SOGA provides! "Athlete Engagement Activities" include suggestions for random acts of kindness, posting a "thankfulness" pic on social media, sharing healthy recipes for the holidays, and more - visit this link to learn more!
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
On this Veteran's Day, I want to share some resources especially for military families. Operation We Are Here has a long list of links to resources, from parent groups to summer camps to respite: https://www.operationwearehere.com/EFMP.html
Military OneSource is another great online spot for military families, with resources on specail education and financial planning: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/special-needs?content_id=268726
Operation Autism, a website and guide specific to military families with a family member who has autism can be found here: https://operationautism.org/
Friday, October 30, 2020
The Georgia Dept. of Public Health is co-sponsoring a workshop on what to consider when planning for the future for your child with disabilities. Plan to join the online training next Thursday, November 5, at 4:00! Here's the registration link: Longterm Planning Webinar and the questionnaire link: Registration questionnaire
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
For more than 40 years, the Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic at the University of Georgia has helped children and adolescents with disabilities to gain strength and confidence, through one-on-one instruction and personalized physical education plans. The PEMDC is co-directed by coach Julie Evans and professor Christopher Modlesky in UGA's Department of Kinesiology.
This clinic, which is a nine-week program each fall and spring semesters, pairs children who need assistance in physical and motor development with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the adapted physical education class at UGA. Each hour-long session combines physical activities with swimming instruction that aims to increase each child's level of confidence and proficiency in and out of the pool. The clinic also provides research experiences for children, their families, and University of Georgia students.
My daughter participated in the PEMDC for years – it’s an excellent example of the benefits of living in a college town! For more information and to download a registration form for next semester, visit the website here: UGA PEMDC
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
FOCUS offers programs for children, teens, and youngs adults with disabilities, and their families, primarily in the east metro Atlanta area - but they have also increased their on-line resources and information, making it easier to access for those of us who may not want to drive into Atlanta! Visit the website below to explore; there are webinars on a wide variety of topics: IEPs, guardianship, toilet teaching, managing stress, and lot more.
If you're interested, you could also check out the information on Thanksgiving camp and other fun opportunities (if you don't mind the drive!)
Thursday, October 15, 2020
The Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium will host a virtual college fair on Thursday, October 29, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about inclusive college programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Please register at this link before October 25.
To learn more about inclusive college programs, visit http://www.gaipsec.org/includecollege.html