Welcome to “On the Horizon”
Issue 6 – Summer’s Coming! 5 Helpful Tips for Parents
On the Horizon is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child’s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.
Warm up for summer with tips in this issue!
– A Note from Nicole: Planning for Summer!
– Idea of the Week: Upside Down Puzzle!
– Feature Article: Summer’s Coming! 5 Helpful Tips for Parents!
– Featured Resource: Explorations in Eating Calendar and Food Journal
– Featured Program: Summer Camps 2008!
– Upcoming Events: Don’t Miss Out!
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Wow has it been busy around here lately! Gearing up for our summer programs is always a hectic but exciting time. Every year we look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends. Our team is already hard at work planning activities, purchasing materials, and assembling the most fabulous camp staff around. For those of you who are veteran Horizons camp families, the information is up on line at www.horizonsdrc.com/treatment-programs/summer-camps-programs/. Go check out what the kids will be exploring this summer! If you’ve never participated in our summer camps before, click on the link to find out about all the exciting opportunities awaiting your child.
Speaking of summer, it’s never to early to start planning how the summer will unfold for you, your kids, and your family as a whole. In this week’s feature article I provide some tips on how to plan ahead for sanity this summer. I’ll be writing a bit more about summer over the next couple of months, and you can also check out our blog for tips on summer and an assortment of other topics. Haven’t been to our blog yet? You can check it out at www.horizonsdrc.blogspot.com.
Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we will be doing something very special for a great cause. For every person who signs up to receive our email newsletter during the month of April, Horizons will make a donation to the CORE Approach Scholarship Fund. This parent-run group provides scholarships to families who could otherwise not afford CORE Approach treatment. We hope you will participate by telling as many people as possible to sign-up at www.horizonsautism.com!
Looking to the horizon,
Upside Down Puzzle
Pull out a puzzle for the whole family to work on. Instead of putting the puzzle together the usual way, try putting it together upside down. It gives a whole new perspective to working on a puzzle together!
Summer’s Coming! 5 Helpful Tips for Parents
By: Nicole Beurkens
Many parents both love and hate the thought of summer vacation. On the one hand, you’re ready to be done with the homework, backpacks full of papers, seemingly endless fundraisers, and getting the kids up and out the door to catch the bus every morning. Summer holds the possibility of a slower pace, fun times together as a family, and the kids being able to wrestle each other outside instead of in the family room! But then there’s the other side of the summer vacation coin: refereeing the kids’ fights (also know as “too much togetherness syndrome”), blocking out the whines of “but there’s nothing to dooooo,” shuttling kids around from one activity to the next, and discovering that there is only so much time you can be around your children before you start to lose your mind. It seems every season has its pluses and minuses!
A little summer pre-planning can go a long way in maximizing summer benefits for any family—especially families living with autism or other disabilities. Here are 5 helpful tips for thinking about and planning your summer months.
Explorations in Eating Calendar and Journal
$19.95 (Per Calendar) or $39.95 (Per Calendar and Journal) Each day has ideas to expand your child’s diet and food preferences. Calendars are assembled by clients in our EmployAbilities program. $1.00 from every calendar will be donated to FARR.
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Summer Camps 2008!
Your child is going to LOVE the exciting adventures we have planned for this summer! Each week we will explore a different theme together, complete with lots of opportunities for movement, music, problem solving, working together, and indoor and outdoor fun. Our camps are design to offer a fun, safe, and therapeutic environment for children with developmental disabilities to engage with peers, try new things, and retain skills over the summer months. A low staff to child ratio ensures that everyone is supported. Principles of the Relationship Development Intervention (CORE Approach) Program are integrated throughout all activities, which provides oportunities for campers to improve communication, increase competence, enhance regulation, and build relationships.
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Please join us!
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