On the Horizon – 4/30/13

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Issue 220:
Springtime Planning for Transitions

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  • A Note from Dr. Beurkens
  • Feature Article: Springtime Planning for Transitions
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recommended Resources

Hi Everyone!

We are finally enjoying some Spring weather here with sunshine, which is allowing us to dry out from the flooding of the past two weeks.  It was amazing to see so many roads, bridges, offices, etc. under water with the flooding we have had.  Luckily our family only has to replace some basement carpeting.  Many others had it much worse.  A photo from a nearby office building went viral online last week, as the office window had fish swimming by it.  Definitely time to dry out!

This week’s feature article by Courtney is about preparing for the transition from the school year to summer.  She provides some excellent ideas that you may want to begin implementing, since the end of the school year is rapidly approaching.  There are also more ideas for transitions in our book Learning As We Grow, which is the featured resource this week.

Make it a great week!

Looking to the horizon,

Springtime Planning for Transitions

By Courtney Kowalczyk, MEd

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 working with clients or walking through the park with my sons. One thing is for sure, this time of year is always busy in 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.

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Upcoming Events

Summer Camps

Your child is going to LOVE the exciting adventures we have planned for this summer! We will explore a variety of engaging themes together, complete with lots of opportunities for movement, music, problem solving, collaboration, and indoor and outdoor fun.

Our camps are designed to offer a fun, safe, and therapeutic environment for children with neurodevelopmental disorders to engage with others, try new things, and build skills over the summer months. A low staff to child ratio ensures that everyone receives appropriate support.

To see a complete schedule of upcoming camps, click here.


Hear Dr. Beurkens Speak

Upcoming dates and locations where Nicole Beurkens, PhD will be speaking:

Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Practical Strategies to Improve Processing

May 13, 2013 in Princeton, NJ

May 14, 2013 in Edison, NJ

May 15, 2013 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ


Learn as we grow

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.

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