September Education Issue of Autism File Magazine ~ Free Digital Copy

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Have you ever heard of the Autism File magazine? From articles on education, adult issues, bio-medical options and general info this magazine is loaded with information. The Autism File is an invaluable resource to families, teachers, and professionals. The Autism File was now available in digital format free. Yay, I love FREE!!

The magazine is a bi-monthly FREE magazine, dedicated to families/care takers, professionals and support groups experiencing life with children and teenagers on the autistic spectrum. Their aim is to provide accurate and up to date information on a range of relevant ASD related topics. To view the latest edition and find out more about, please click on links below and be sure to follow them on Facebook and online.

THIS MONTH’S ISSUE CAN BE FOUND HERE:  SEPTEMBER EDUCATION ISSUE

(Stress Free IEPs, Academic Advances, Back to School Strategies for Sucess, Tablet Tech & much more!)

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Wanna Dance? ~ WAAA Announces New Special Needs Dance Class – Redmond

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Dance Class Announcement!!!

WAAA is beginning a new Dance Class with certified instructor, Betty Ann Platt. The dance class will use techniques from ballet, jazz and, perhaps even tap if desired, to creatively introduce students to the expression of movement. Exercises to ultimately build flexibility, strength, balance and coordination will be presented, as we begin with simple movements following musical patterns to note musical changes that affect speed and mood. We will also explore free-style creative movement.

We are accepting all ages at this time. Our first class that we will begin October 7th, at 5:00pm The classes will be held in Redmond, WA at the Together Center, located at 16225 NE 87th St. in the Garabaldi Room, located in Building B. If you have trouble locating the class please call Rachelle Alston at 206-679-6762.

We will run the classes every week in October, the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Each class will cost $10/class and we will need you to sign up for a month at a time, so please bring a check in the amount of $40 on the first day of class.

Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to stay and watch the dance class but we ask that parents do not try and “instruct” their kids while the class is going on. We will have a professional also there providing additional supports to the children that are in need of it.

If you would like to register your son or daughter or would like more information, please email info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org and WAAA Parent Volunteer, Stephanie Butler stephanie0800@gmail.com

Music Therapy & Early Childhood – Music Works NW – Open House Tomorrow

Where are we? Our new location is in Bellevue, West of I-405 close to the SE 8th Exit.  We are in the Park 118 Building and we are the closest suite to 118th AVE SE.

Music Works NW
1331 118th Ave SE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-941-9016

Come to ​Music Works Northwest Open Houses!

You’re Invited to

Music Works Northwest’s

Open House!

Wednesday, October 1, 5:30-8:30 pm

 

1331 118th Ave SE in Bellevue 

                                                Bring family and friends for tours, music and treats!    Meet faculty members!    Register for classes!

 

Celebrate accessible music education at our new home conveniently located off I-405 in Bellevue! 

 

​Can’t make it to the Open Houses?  That’s okay.  We are always available for questions via email and phone as well.  Check out our Early Childhood, Young Child, and Music Therapy Fall Classes!  Classes begin at various dates in October so now’s the time to enroll:

Upcoming Music Therapy and Early & Young Childhood Music Classes:

Musical Adventurers – Ages 4 – 6 – Mondays, 4:30 – 5:15 PM, Starts Oct. 20 – for children with differing learning styles and abilities, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Music Works Northwest Children’s Choir, Ages 5 – 13 yo, Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Starts Oct. 6, Young and Intermediate Child Music Class

Beginning Group Violin for Kindergarteners – Ages 4-5, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Starts Oct. 7, Young Child Music Class

Kids’ Ukulele – Ages 5 – 8, Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:00 PM, Starts Oct. 8

Bright Start Music for Infants and Early Toddlers – Ages 3 – 18 months, Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Starts Oct. 9, Inclusive Early Childhood Group

My World Music for Toddlers – Ages 18 mos – 3 yo, Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:15 AM, Starts Oct. 9Inclusive Early Childhood Group

My World Music for Preschoolers – Ages 3 – 5 yo, Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:15, Starts Oct. 9Inclusive Early Childhood Group

Ring It Out Bell Choir 1 – Ages 7 – 12, Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:00 PM, Starts Oct. 16, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Ring It Out Bell Choir 2 – Ages 13 and up, Thursdays, 5:00 – 5:45 PM, Starts Oct. 16, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Social Skills through Music for Girls – Ages 7 – 10, Fridays, 5:00 – 5:30 PM, Starts Oct. 17Inclusive Music Therapy Group

I Love Rock and Roll Music for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs – Ages 13 and up, Saturdays, 10:00 – 10:45 AM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Social Skills through Music – Ages 7 – 10, Saturdays, 11:00 – 11:45 PM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Sing It Out Choir! Ages 7 and up, Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

For More Information, go to:  http://www.musicworksnw.org/programs/classes-and-ensembles.html

How do I find out more??  Give us a call at 425-941-9016 or email me at pattic@musicworksnw.org for more information about getting involved in your musical adventure.

And we have private sessions for music therapy, adapted music lessons, and a wide variety of instruments. So give us a call to explore how you and your family can enjoy the benefits of music@

Sincerely,

​Patti, Kirsten, Mike and Amy

 
Patti Catalano, MM, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
Music Therapy and Early Childhood Music Program Manager
Music Works NW
1331 118th Ave SE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-941-9016
Pattic@musicworksnw.org
www.musicworksnw.org

GIFT OF TIME: Spectrum Respite & Recreation October 11, 2014

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

GIFT OF TIME: SPECTRUM RESPITE AND RECREATION

Spectrum Respite & Recreation strengthens families with teens & tweens with autism by giving the parents or caregivers a much-needed break. A dynamic group of volunteers bring supported recreational programming to youth tweens and teens with autism in a safe and calm environment.

Behavioral health staffs oversee trained volunteers who are closely monitored and supported.
 Gift of Time staff and mentors provide a crucial sense of normalcy to the teens & tweens through shared joy and respect. Pre-registration and admission is required prior to attendance. Please note – we need to get to know your child’s unique likes/dislikes and strength; identify the right volunteer mentor and ensure we have a very good fit prior to placing them with a volunteer.

When: Saturday October 11,2014  11:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA

RSVP & Pre-Registration Contact:
Jess Silvernail
info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org

Serving Ages: 11-18 years old

Cost: Free

To learn more please visit Gift Of Time – Spectrum Respite & Recreation. Space is limited; please pre-register your son or daughter today! Registration does not guarantee a place in the program. This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

To register: Download a Gift of Time Spectrum Respite and Recreation Intake Form: Gift of Time Form and e-mail completed application to info@WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org

Theater of Possibility ~ Upcoming October Classes for Children / Youth with Disabilities

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I’d like to share with you some news about a unique project of Theater of Possibility (“TOP”). Started in 2010, TOP is a program for young people to practice relationship skills through acting, improvisation, collaboration and playwriting.   They serve students with autism spectrum, ADHD and other learning differences and disabilities, as well as typically developing peers.  This fall, they are offering both a kid/tween class and a teen/young adult class.  In the latter, youth with and without disabilities will have the opportunity to work together to create an original play with music on the theme of bridging our differences. For more information and registration, or check out their website: www.laurenmarshall.com.

After School Classes:

This fall, we will be offering TOP classes on Thursdays, starting October 9, at University Heights Center in Seattle:

Teens & Young Adults, ages 13-25: 4:15-5:45 PM, cost for fall quarter $375

Kids: ages 8-13, 6-7 PM, cost for fall quarter $300

Fall quarter runs through Dec 18.  The last class, for both groups, will go 4-8 PM for a potluck and friends & family showcase.  Classes will resume January – May.

Bridging our Differences: Creation of Original Play with Music

Based on student interest from past years, we’re aiming big this year!  We’re seeking creative, dedicated teens and young adults, with and without disabilities, to develop an original play with music, to be presented in May, 2015.  Participants should register for the fall teen class and plan to stay on through winter and spring.

In creating this work, we’ll be exploring how we can build understanding and bridge differences between people with and without disabilities. This is for caring youth who would like to be part of the process of building a more tolerant and understanding world through theater! This program is not only for youth with Asperger’s, autism, ADHD and other disabilities or learning differences, but also their siblings, friends, classmates and others interested in being natural helpers. We’ll be celebrating each person’s unique perspective and gifts.

Workshops, Training, Conferences and Special Events:

By special arrangement, the TOP troupe can be available for educational conference or trainings.  Last March, experienced members of the teen/young adult troupe gave a two hour demonstration and interactive performance on the theme of inclusion for the American Alliance for Theater and Education conference at SPU.  The mini play, created by the youth, was about what can go wrong in classroom when teachers don’t understand autism.  After a jaw-dropping performance, the teachers in the audience had the chance to enter the scene and role play alternatives with the troupe.  Contact me to inquire about booking a custom-tailored event for your school or community.

Animal Math Games For Kids ~ Free Educational Ipad App ~ Free for Limited Time

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DESCRIPTION FROM DEVELOPER

Travel the world over from Bessie’s Farm to the plains of Africa to the deepest reaches of outer space as you join math-explorer Emma through more than 100 fun math games on a quest to help her animal friends find a way home!

Playable by kids of all ages with lots of positive encouragement, professional narration and catchy music. Cute characters include cows, chickens, lions, giraffes, kittens, puppies, robots and monsters!

Designed by parents and teachers, this app adheres to Common Core Standards for kindergarten math.

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COUNTING & NUMBER RECOGNITION
• To 100 by ones and by tens
• Count forward beginning from a any number
• Connect counting to numbers
• Answer “How many?” questions
• Compare two numbers

ADDITION & SUBTRACTION
• Addition and subtraction with objects
• Addition and subtraction word problems
• Fluently add and subtract within 5
• Compare more of, less of

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CATEGORIES AND GEOMETRY
• Classify objects into given categories
• Correctly name shapes
• Analyze and compare shapes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
• Items, numbers and instructions are professionally narrated
• Players are rewarded with positive encouragement
• Parental controls: Turn off sounds, music, purchases and links to our other apps
• We do not collect personal information from our users.

COMMON CORE STANDARDS
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.1
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.2
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.5
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.C.7
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.2
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.5
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.2
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.B.3
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.4

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME APP – APP MAY GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANYTIME!!!!

DON’T HESITATE -DOWNLOAD TODAY – MAY NOT BE FREE TOMORROW!!!

TO DOWNLOAD ALL 6 APPS,  CLICK ON THIS LINK: ANIMAL MATH GAMES FOR KIDS

Free App of the Day ~ Measure This

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Measure This is a great little app for learning very difficult concepts – least, smallest, longest as well as measuring height and length. I really love how this was constructed – there is a visual and verbal directives so that you can see and hear what relative words actually mean. The visuals are crisp, and narration positive. This is one motivating app!

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PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME APP – APP MAY GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANYTIME!!!!

DON’T HESITATE -DOWNLOAD TODAY – MAY NOT BE FREE TOMORROW!!!

TO DOWNLOAD ALL 6 APPS,  CLICK ON THIS LINK: MEASURE THIS