On the Horizon – 07/29/2008

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On the Horizon
On the Horizon

Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 23: Beating the Summer Blues, Part 2: Simple Activity Ideas for Summer Fun

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In This Issue

Summer Activities

A Note from Nicole: CORE Approach Summer Activies; Parent Success

Idea of the Week: Ants on a Log

Feature Article: Beating the Summer Blues, Part 2: Simple Activity Ideas for Summer Fun

The Horizons Team Recommends: Parent Success Cards; CORE Approach

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

A Note From NicoleNicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

As I write this, I’m in Houston with Courtney and Erin attending the CORE Approach Program Annual Conference.  We’ve enjoyed a few days of reconnecting with colleagues, spending time with the families in attendance, and presenting on various topics.  There have been some new lectures by Dr. Gutstein surrounding dynamic intelligence and education.  One of the highlights has been the presentation by Drs. Peter and Jessica Hobson on their innovative autism research.  We got to hear more about the study they are conducting with the data we collected over the past few years at Horizons.  They are doing some really important work in the area of autism and remediation, and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet them in person!

Last week, Courtney gave you some ideas for making simple variations to the day.  This week, she is providing you with some activity ideas for you and your children.  Have fun exploring some new activities together, or doing things you haven’t done in a while. 

I’m so excited to let you know that our new Parent Success Cards product is now available!  They look great and the motivating messages provide reminders for effective parenting.  These were originally designed for CORE Approach parents, but are fabulous for any parents.  They will help you remember the important “big picture” concepts you need to keep in mind as you live life with your children.  We debuted them at the Annual Conference and they received RAVE reviews from the parents and professionals in attendance.  Check them out here!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature 

Idea of the Week
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log!

This is a great summer snack!  Family members can assist with washing the celery, spreading the peanut butter on the celery, and placing raisins on top of the peanut butter.  Think about other food items could be used instead of celery, peanut butter, and raisins.  Can you come up with new names for your creations?  Get creative with the new food choices!

Feature Article

Beating the Summer Blues, Part 2: Simple Activity Ideas for Summer Fun

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed.

Summer is in full swing here Michigan. We are enjoying the warm and sometimes humid days and the extra hours of sunlight. School has been out of session now for over a month, and for many families the feeling of restlessness is beginning to set in.

Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed by what to do with your children each and every day during the summer months. Here are a few more simple activity ideas that you can do with your children to add fun and excitement to your summer.


The Horizons Team Recommends

Parent Success Cards 

Parent Success Cards

For RDI® Program families, these cards provide reminders of the main principles of RDI® such as the importance of experience sharing, guiding, slowing down, staying focused on the marathon, finding small moments for remediation, and much more. You will find them an invaluable source of inspiration and guidance as you focus on remediation.

Set of 50 heavyweight full-color cards in a sturdy box with lid – $24.95

Purchase the set or view more samples here

Relationship Development

CORE Approach Program!

Finally – Hope and Real Improvement is Possible for Individuals with Autism and Their Families!

If your child has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or with a related neuro-developmental condition, you simply cannot afford not to investigate the RDI® Program. If you are ready for a change; ready to step away from the status-quo; ready to stop doing things that aren’t getting you where you want to be; ready to really understand the core deficits creating obstacles for your child; ready to significantly impact your child and your family for the better – then you are ready for RDI®.

Watch the video and learn more here

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

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

  • 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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