New Fact Sheet of Changes Ahead for Personal Care – DDA Changes in 2015

Important information for families with children / teens / adults with special needs who receive personal care services. Information from Informing Families Building Trust

of three significant changes taking place
in the coming year is going to impact everyone who receives personal care services.

It’s called the Community First Choice (CFC), a new Medicaid state plan option that brings a higher federal match to enhance community-based services.

Because of additional funding through a higher federal match, more service options will be made available.

Learn more about the Community First Choice in our newest one page fact sheet.

Download CFC fact sheet

Special Arts Sammamish Presents – FREE DISABILITY EVENT -Theater of Possibility – November 8th

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Just a note to let you know of a wonderful upcoming event sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission that we believe you will love!

Special Arts Sammamish is hosting our Fall event, “Theater of Possibility” on Saturday, November 8 from 1pm-3:30 pm This is a FREE interactive and inclusive event which is focused on having fun, while“rehearsing social skills through acting and improv”.

 About the event: (flyer attached above)

The acting and improv activities are especially designed for students on the autism spectrum… and others over the age of 8 years.

Our instructor, Lauren Marshall, is an actor, director and play writer. Lauren is also the mother of a 13 year old daughter who is on the autism spectrum.

Lauren created “Theater of Possibility” in 2011 and the program has been presented to many students in the Seattle area since then with great results.

Lauren’s energy, insight and plentiful experience with students of all abilities makes “Theater of Possibility” a great opportunity for fun and learning.

Registration is now available online at agubata@sammamish.us

*Class size is limited to allow each student to participate comfortably…so early registration is recommended.

 If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at specialartssammamish@comcast.net

We hope that you and your student can join us for this wonderful opportunity!

Best regards!

Lin Garretson

Sammamish Arts Commissioner

425-766-9009

Free Educational Science App – Galaxies by Kids Discover

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Description from Developer

Tour the Milky Way, travel through galaxy clusters, and engage in hands-on activities, such as making your own constellation and working a high-tech telescope.

In this app you’ll learn about:
• An Introduction to Galaxies
• How Galaxies Are Born
• Clusters of Galaxies
• Telescopes and Discovery
• Kinds of Galaxies
• Galactic Myths and Legends

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Features include:
• Interactive 3-D models
• High-definition video and audio
• Hi-res photographs, cartoons, and animations
• Easy-to-read, accessible writing
• Quizzes, puzzles, and other fun games
• Plus…optimized for the iPad Retina display

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KIDS DISCOVER has been creating award-winning content for kids for over 20 years. KIDS DISCOVER apps are always AD-FREE.

Other great apps from KIDS DISCOVER include:

• Antarctica
• Cells
• Extreme Weather
• Space
• Washington, D.C.
• Simple Machines
• And More!

To learn more about us and our mission to inspire kids, feed their natural curiosity, and instill a love of reading and learning, please visit us at http://www.kidsdiscover.com

REMEMBER SOME FREE APPS ARE FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME AND MAY GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANY TIME. PLEASE BE SURE TO DOUBLE-CHECK LINK BEFORE DOWNLOADING!!

DOWNLOAD LINK: GALAXIES by KIDS DISCOVER

Free App of the Day – Math App – Ordering Numbers to 5

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Description from Developer

Putting numbers in order is a skill we all have to learn at some stage. So this is an app for children of early years whether at school or about to start school. This mini-app will start you off with the digits 1-5.

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The large tiles can be easily dragged with a finger and when dropped into a new position, the other tiles move to accommodate. When you press ‘check’, the correct tiles receive a tick and the tiles dance once all are correct.

The app has the feel of a game, making it an enjoyable way to learn. On each round the tiles change colour. The app also keeps your score and the time taken to complete the task.

Age range: 3 – 4

****There are several other apps by Developer that are free as well, please see related items in Itunes****

REMEMBER FREE APPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME, AND MAY GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANYTIME. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK LINK TO MAKE SURE APP IS STILL FREE BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD!!

DOWNLOAD LINK: ORDERING NUMBERS TO 5 

Free App of the Day – Professor Noggin’s Trivia

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Description from Developer

Professor Noggin is a popular series of educational trivia card games for children. This fun app not only includes the card games, but also Professor Noggin’s videos, puzzles and memory games.
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This popular series now numbers 38 games, which have won many major awards, receiving honors from the likes of the Parent’s Choice Foundation, the National Association for Gifted Children and Scholastic Instructor Magazine. The Professor Noggin card games are themed with 180 questions based on one subject such as Presidents of the United States, Geography of Canada, Pets, Wildlife of North America and many more. The game play is the same for each title and it’s easy to play the game right out of the box, which makes collecting different titles simple and fun.
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The app includes trivia cards from the Pets, Dinosaurs, Horses, Black Bears, and Wildlife of North America games, with new sets being added regularly. Also included is are tutorial videos and behind the scenes videos of how these wonderful games are created.

Additional games include:
Dog puzzle
Rabbit puzzle
Horse puzzle
Castle puzzle
Animal matching game
History and Inventions matching game
Wildlife of North America matching game
and a Professor Noggin’s card artwork gallery.

REMEMBER ALL FREE APPS ARE FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME AND MAY GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANYTIME. PLEASE CHECK LINK TO MAKE SURE APP IS STILL FREE BEFORE DOWNLOADING!!

DOWNLOAD LINK: PROFESSOR NOGGIN’S TRIVIA

Mark your Calenders!! Upcoming Supporting Parents of Autism (SPA) Meeting Hosted by WAAA

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THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR THE NOVEMBER 3RD MEETING – 5:00PM – 6:30PM(See email below to register)

WAAA’s Supporting Parents of Autism (SPA) Group is for parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum. Join us monthly in Redmond, First Monday of each month, at 5pm-6:30pm for support, resources, and community.

SPA is facilitated by Dr. Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca,Ph.D., a psychotherapist who practices in psychotherapy from the the Seattle area. Kaelyn has over ten years involvement working in mental health, including residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient, community mental health, university counseling center, and private practice experience. She works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, using supportive, client-centered therapy coupled with mindfulness and spiritual psychology.

SPA is Co-Facilitated by Rachelle Alston, a parent of a 5 year old on the Autism Spectrum and pursuing training towards certified peer counselor.

This group is for parents only, we do not offer childcare at this time. For more information email to: info@washingtonAutismAdvocacy.org