August 2016 Special Needs Newsletter
Writing Your Child’s Teacher
The new school year will soon begin, and if your child has disabilities or other special needs, a letter of introduction to his or her new teacher could help get things off to a good start. The key is to keep your note positive, supportive and brief, and to follow up throughout the year. Share successes as well as concerns. These tips from Kathleen Secchi of CSUN’s Family Focus Resource Center will help you make sure you don’t wait until something has gone wrong to reach out. Read her tips ….
Make Time for Play
As you adjust your family’s schedule for fall, make room for play opportunities for your child. To kids who feel a little different, games such as hopscotch or jump rope are “normalizers.” Learn more ….
Gaining Job Skills at Camp
Special Needs Network’s Joe Patton Academy Camp now hires counselors on the autism spectrum to work with their campers. The counselors gain job skills, and bring unique perspective to the job. Read on ….
Education In Our
Celebrate the work of students in accessible-arts workshops throughout L.A. County. Through Sept. 16, The George V. Deneff Gallery, Long Beach. Free.
‘Normal People Scare
Me Too’ Screening
See this fascinating film about autism, meet the cast and enjoy an art exhibit. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre. $20.
Autism Awareness Day
at Dodger Stadium
See the Dodgers play the Philadelphia Phillies. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit Autism Speaks. 7:10 p.m. Aug. 9, Dodger Stadium. $32-$53.
- Sail Away With Pujols Family Foundation
This cruise on the American Pride Tall Ship is for those ages 5 and up with Down syndrome. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 20, Long Beach Harbor. Free.
FluteSonic Orchestra Community Concert
This symphonic concert will be adapted to accommodate children with special needs and their families. 2:30-4 p.m. Aug. 21, Pasadena Central Library. Free.
- Life Rolls On Surf Huntington Beach
All ages and abilities are welcome for this day of surfing with adaptive athletes and volunteers. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27, Huntington Beach Pier. Free.
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