On the Horizon – 04/04/2011

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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 143: Springtime Planning for Transitions

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In This Issue


A Note from Nicole: Slower Pace

Idea of the Week:  Monkey Mix

Feature Article: Springtime Planning for Transitions

The Horizons Team Recommends: Learning as we Grow

Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Lemon Berry Bars

Upcoming Events: Workshops/Conferences

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens 

Hi Everyone,

It’s Spring Break here in our area, and I know that my kids were ready for it (and I’m sure their teachers as well)!  The stretch between the holiday break and spring break is so long, and that coupled with the long winter months makes all of us feel like a change of pace is needed.  It tends to feel like a ghost town in our community during this week, as many families head out of state for the break.  Our family is hanging out at home and enjoying a slower pace of life for the week.  Hopefully we’ll get some sunny days to enjoy time outdoors.

Speaking of Spring, Courtney’s article this week is about planning for end of the school year transitions.  It may only be April, but the end of the school year is right around the corner.  Her article provides some valuable tips for planning related to school decisions.  These are definitely some important things to be thinking about at this time of year.  If you want to get even more information, strategies, and ideas for supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental issues in school settings, be sure to check out our featured resource this week !

Make it a great week!

Looking to the horizon,


Idea of the Week


Monkey Mix

Monkey MixCombine these ingredients together and enjoy this tasty treat:
1 1/4 cup dried bananas, 1 cup dried papaya or dried mango, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup coconut and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. You can even add other things to the mix that you think would taste good. Just watch out that no one climbs into trees while eating!

Feature Article


Springtime Planning for Transitions

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed.

The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a favorite of mine, whether I am at school working with my students or walking through the park with my son. As a special educator, this time of year is always busy in the school systems. Special educators, parents, and support staff alike generally meet together for an annual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the coming school year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, IEPs are usually completed in the spring for students receiving special education services. When preparing for IEPs, it is essential for parents and educators alike to think about the conclusion of the current school year and the beginning of the next, and how they will support the child during this time.

During moments of transition from grade to grade, classroom to classroom, or school to summer, many children with disabilities begin to feel uncertain about what is to come for them in the future. This uncertainty can lead to increased in anxiety, which can be manifested in many different ways. As educators and parents, it is very important to plan not only for the upcoming school year, but also for the transitions in between. Here are several suggestions to make those transitions easier and less stressful for everyone involved:

  • Communicate with the child that the school year is coming to an end, and that summer will be approaching. This is a good time to discuss moving on to a new teacher, saying good-bye to the current teacher, and ways for maintaining friendships over the summer.

Read more …

The Horizons Team Recommends
Learning as we Grow 

Learning as
we Grow

You’ve Been
Asking For It – The Resource for Applying Principles of Remediation in
School Settings is Finally Here!

This long-awaited book is written for parents and
professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students
who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the core features of neurodevelopmental disorders
    that create communication, learning, and relationship challenges for
    your students

  • Shift from a mindset of working around deficits
    (compensation) to correcting the root issues that create obstacles for
    your students (remediation)

  • Modify your communication to promote your students’
    communication and thinking abilities

  • Identify the unique strengths and obstacles of each student
    in order to determine appropriate placement and programming

  • Achieve meaningful outcomes for students that allow them to
    reach their greatest potential

For more information, click here 


Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week

Lemon Berry Bars

(Recipe and picture from Allergy Proof Recipes for Kids by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger page 194)

Whether you have just started a special diet with your child or you have been following one for years, it can be difficult to come up with what to serve. We decided to try to make that just a bit easier by providing you with a new allergen free recipe each week. While it is impossible to meet every person’s unique food sensitivity needs, we hope you will find these recipes helpful and delicious. Please feel free to adapt the recipes to meet your needs and taste buds; we do it all the time. In addition to the weekly recipes, we will be highlighting a specific allergen free product of the month. Enjoy!

Lemon Berry BarsLemon Berry Bars

My aunt loves lemon bars, and she totally approves of these! Berries add not only flavor, but also nutritional value.

For Crust:

1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon (1.7 g) lemon zest
1/2 cup (100 g) vegetable shortening


Get the complete recipe ...

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • Autism Society of Wisconsin Annual ConferenceNicole will be presenting

    April 14th – 16th

  • Teleseminar:
    Carschooling Ideas and Resources for Learning while in the Car 

    Guest: Diane Flynn Keith

    (Horizons Families Only)

    Thursday April 21 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Simple Solutions Seminar“How to Set Limits Without Losing Your Mind”

    April 21st at Horizons from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

  • SibshopApril 30th

    Register online!

  • International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)
    Nicole will be presenting her research San Diego
    May 12-14
  • AutismOne Conference
    Nicole will be presenting
    Chicago – May 25-29
  • MAGIC Foundation Children’s Convention
    Nicole will be presenting
    Chicago – July 10-12
On the Horizon
is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child¹s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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