On the Horizon – 07/14/2009

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center
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Issue 68: Ensuring Success through Guided Participation

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In This Issue

Tools for Remediation

A Note from Nicole: The Joy of Watching my CORE Approach Families

Idea of the Week:  Wash the Car

Feature Article: Ensuring Success through Guided Participation

The Horizons Team Recommends: Extreme Makeover: Autism Education Edition; Do Something Daily Calendar

Upcoming Events: CORE Approach Parent Teleseminar; Sibshop

A Note From Nicole Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

I had a wonderful day of appointments today with some long-time clients and their families. Experiencing the joy that comes from continually watching children and their families grow together in significant ways is one of highlights of my job! I’ve been doing RDI long enough now to see children grow into adolescents and young adults. Watching their developmental progression and having the opportunity to journey along with them is such a blessing.

We’re down to the deadline for our Extreme Makeover: Autism Education Edition Workshop. Registrations must be made by the end of this week in order to attend the event July 29-31. We’ve been working on all of the great content that will be covered, and can’t wait to spend the three days with those of you who are registered. If you want to get in on the event before the deadline, click here for the details.

This week’s feature article highlights the important concept of guided participation. In it, Michelle shares some of the reasons a guided participation relationship with children is important, and how autism alters the typical way this relationship develops.

Have a fabulous week!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature

Idea of the Week

Wash the Car

Wash the Car

Get out the hose, buckets, and sponge and wash the car by hand. Spray down the car and then it’s time to scrub away the dirt and bugs. Don’t forget to rinse and dry. If you have extra time you may want to do some detail work like washing the windows inside and out and maybe even vacuuming the inside. What a great activity to do together!

Feature Article Guided Participation

Ensuring Success through Guided Participation

By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW

A little girl, about 1 year old, is standing next to a coffee table when she decides that she wants to step off and make an attempt at walking. She immediately falls to the ground. One of two things can happen at that point. A parent or caregiver can see this attempt, and step in to encourage the child to keep trying; or they can allow the child to try and figure out how to walk on her own. Imagine how much longer it would take this infant to learn to walk without the support of a loved one to encourage her along!

One of the primary concepts in the remediation of autism is that of guided participation. In the example above, two critical people needed to be involved in order to ensure success: the parent guide and the child participant. This child was therefore involved in a guided participation activity. Think about your own life for a minute. What skills, talents, and discoveries did you develop through a guided participation relationship? When you think about some of the more challenging things you have achieved, a parent, coach, or teacher often guided you. As a result you were more successful than if you had tried to figure it out on your own.


The Horizons Team Recommends

Extreme Makeover

Makeover: Autism Education Edition Workshop

July 29-31, 2009 Grand Rapids, MI

Put together the soaring increase in students diagnosed with autism and related impairments, a group of dedicated educators seeking solutions to the challenges they face daily, a team of been-in-the-trenches experts, three days of amazing content and hands-on experience, and what do you get?

An amazing 3-day workshop that will transform
how you understand and educate students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Click here for more information!

Learn More Here

Do Something
Daily Calendar

Do you dread hearing your child complain, “I’m bored”?

Struggle to
think of something fun you can do together?

Have trouble squeezing one-on-one time with her into your

That’s why we
created the Do Something Daily Calendar.
The Calendar offers a daily dose of inspiration and ideas
for spending time together–whether you have 60 seconds or 60

$19.95 (Per
Calendars are assembled by clients in our
EmployAbilities program. $1.00 from every
calendar will be donated to FARR.

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • CORE Approach Parent Teleseminar:
    Nutrition and Supplements with Erin Roon as our Guest Speaker
    Families Only)
    Thursday, July 16, 2009, 11:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Extreme Makeover: Autism
    Education Edition

    July 29-31, 2009
  • CORE Approach Parent Teleseminar:
    Q&A with Michelle & Courtney
    Families Only)
    Monday, August 3, 2009, 1:30PM to 2:30PM
  • Sibshop
    – Horizons Sibling Network

    Open to everyone!
    Saturday, August 15, 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

On the
is a weekly ezine for parents of
children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective
strategies to reduce stress, support their child\’b9s development, and
improve quality of life for the whole family.

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Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

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