On the Horizon – 07/22/2008

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On the Horizon
On the Horizon

Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 22: Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1: Simple Variations to Summer Routines

On the Horizon is an award winning 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.

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In This Issue

Summer Routines

A Note from Nicole: Traveling; Summer Boredom

Idea of the Week: Paint with Pudding

Feature Article: Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1: Simple Variations to Summer Routines

The Horizons Team Recommends: Do Something Daily Calendar; Instructional Program

Upcoming Events: CORE Approach ; Parent Chat; Parent Teleseminar; Parent Education Day

A Note From NicoleNicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

Greetings from Minneapolis!  I’ve been spending the last week here and it has been really hot.  I’ll get to experience even more heat when I head down to Houston later this week.  I’ll be glad to get back to Michigan, and hope it will be slightly cooler!

We’re in the middle of summer, and some of you may be feeling like boredom is setting in and you are running out of ideas for things to do with your kids.  Courtney’s article this week will give you some new twists on familiar routines.  It’s amazing how changing up these routines can beat the boredom.  I hope you get some ideas that will help you have a great week of experiences with your children!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature 

Idea of the Week
Messy Fingers

Paint with Pudding!

Begin by making any flavor of instant pudding.  After the pudding is prepared, tape a piece of paper to the table.  Put the pudding in a container so you can finger paint together.  Talk about how it feels between your fingers, how it tastes, how it smells, etc.  If your child is hesitant to put fingers in the paint, try doing it on your own for a minute first while you child watches or put baggies on his/her hands before placing them in the pudding.  You can also explore different tools to use with the paint – toothpicks, paintbrushes, toothbrushes, popsicle sticks, etc.  See what kinds of creations you can come up with together!

Feature Article
Summer Blues

Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1: Simple Variations to Summer Routines

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed.

School has been dismissed now for almost a month, and families may start becoming restless with the lackadaisical days of summer.  For many families, this is the time of year to unwind from the business of the school year and enjoy each other’s company.  But for other families this time of the year can become very stressful, not knowing what to do with the kids while they are home from school. 

Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed by what you can do with your children each and every day during the summer months.  Here are a few simple strategies and variations that you can add to your day to make it fresh and new for everyone at home.


The Horizons Team Recommends

Do Something Daily Calendar

$19.95 (Per Calendar) Each day includes ideas to inspire you and your children. Calendars are assembled by clients in our EmployAbilities program. $1.00 from every calendar will be donated to FARR.

Click on the image below to visit our store!

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Instructional Program

We have one opening for the 2008-2009 school year

Many parents express concerns about educational options available to their children with impairments. It seems there are few ideal educational settings, and even fewer that take a developmental approach to working on the core deficits of student difficulties.

Our instructional program, available for children ages 5 and older, is individualized to meet the unique and specific needs of each student. Parents and the instructional team work together to determine priority goal areas, which often include communication, problem solving / flexible thinking, socialization, sensory-motor development, academic skills, and self-care skills.

A certified Special Education teacher / RDI® Program Certified Consultant oversees the program. This program runs from September through June and is limited to a small number of students each year.

Schedule a Free Consultation:

To learn more about our Instructional Program, schedule a Free Initial Consultation by calling us at (616) 698-0306 or by completing our online form.

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

For more information on Summer CAMPS and Collaborate and Create, click here.

  • CORE Approach Annual Conference
    July 24-28 in Houston, TX
  • Summer CAMPS July 28-31: Let’s Experiment
  • Collaborate and Create! Session 2: July 29-Aug 14:
    Environmental Experiences
  • Summer CAMPS August 4-7: Pirates of the High Seas
  • CORE Approach Parent Chat
    Horizons Families Only

    Tuesday August 5, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • CORE Approach Parent Day Rejuvenating Your Remediation Program – the Latest in RDI and Research Updates
    Horizons Families Only

    Saturday August 9, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Summer CAMPS August 11-14: Wet N Wild
  • CORE Approach Parent Teleseminar – Homeschooling
    Horizons Families Only

    Tuesday August 19, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday September 13, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Beginning CORE Approach 4-day Parent Seminar – Chicago, IL area
    November 10-13
    Registration and Location Information To Be Announced…

See our Event Calendar for more details…

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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