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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

July 2015

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Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

In the next few months, our staff will be busy starting to plan our events for the fall and spring.  We are always excited to provide these opportunities for education, community-building, and just plain fun to the South Carolina autism community.

Many of these events just wouldn't be possible without the involvement of our wonderful volunteers.  The participation of families, business and community groups, and students is a big part of what makes our events successful.  We appreciate all of your efforts!

If you are interested in volunteering with the South Carolina Autism Society, we would love to hear from you!  We have opportunities not only for our events, but also for special projects in our offices.  Please complete our Volunteer Registration Form online at http://scautism.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Potential Volunteers may also be interested in attending our upcoming Autism 101 / Volunteer Orientation class, taking place in our West Columbia office on August 6th.  See the article below for additional information.

As always, please contact us if you have questions, need assistance, or would like to get further involved.  Our main number is 803-750-6988, or visit our website at scautism.org.

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Upcoming SC Autism Society Events

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Coffee Talk Parent Support

Coffee Talk Parent Support

August 5, 9 - 11 am

Monthly coffee talk on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS Upstate office from 9 - 11 am. Families can visit, talk, share resources, and have coffee with homemade goodies. Children are always welcomed, but childcare is not provided.

Important Provider Notice 

Please note that this is a parent and caregiver support format. Businesses, organizations, and providers are welcome to send or drop materials for us to distribute.

Thank you for respecting the needs of our families!

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Autism 101 / Volunteer Orientation

Autism 101 / Volunteer Orientation

August 6, 6 - 8:30 pm

Autism 101 focuses on the basics of autism and the etiology. We discuss autism and the factors that contribute to being diagnosed and then we talk about how visual and communication supports can help all students to alieve anxiety, reduce frustration, and also help them to become organized in everything they do.

Volunteer Orientation will take place right after the Autism 101 workshop for our friends who would like to help us with respite events, fundraising and much more.

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August Spectrum Swim

August Spectrum Swim

August 16, 5 - 7 pm

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, August 16th from 5 - 7 pm.  Activities will include swimming, open gym, and arts & crafts.  And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.

Register online at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0945A9AF23A0F94-august2

All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited. You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.

Please sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.

Cost is $5 per family. Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 963-3608.

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Teen Carnival & Costume Party

Teen Carnival & Costume Party

October 3, 6 - 8 pm

Join us on October 3 from 6 - 8 pm for a Carnival and Costume Party!  The party will be held at the Tri City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave, West Columbia, South Carolina 29169.  Cost is $3 per person.

Stay tuned for additional details.

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Teen Dance Class

Teen Dance Class

September 26, 2 - 4 pm

Want to learn some new moves for the Teen Carnival & Costume Party in October? No problem! We've got Gloria Montalvo, a Columbia area dance instructor and her assistant, Summer Strickland scheduled to come out and teach a dance class the week before the party. Wanna learn to do the whip and nae nae? They can teach you! Come on …

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Fundraising Events

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Presise & Michael Chaney Fundraiser for SCAS

Presise & Michael Chaney Fundraiser for SCAS

September 4, 8 pm

We owe a huge THANKS to Mr. Michael McNeill for organizing this fundraiser! Please take a minute to read about his motivation and share the event with your friends! *PERSONAL MOTIVATION FOR RAISING AWARENESS/FUNDING* Having a son with autism took some time getting use to. When he was first diagnose at the age of 3, I was completely astounded with …

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Upcoming Monthly Workshops

To register for a Workshop, contact Delilah at 803-750-6988 x108 or iandr@scautism.org.

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Thursday, July 30th - Sensory Integration – How Can I Help My Child?

The majority of students with autism have Sensory Processing Disorder. Students can be hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain sights, sounds, smells and especially noises. This disorder can interfere with everything in the child’s life. We will discuss what this disorder is and how we can help to desensitize children who experience problems in this area and how exercise and movements is vital to calm and relaxed to they can attend to various tasks. We will demonstrate items that can help students in these areas and discuss books that can help educators’ and parents to learn more about SPD.

Thursday, August, 27th - Creating Social Stories

Since students with ASD are extremely visual, social stores can help alleviate difficult behaviors, anxiety, stress and the unknown. In this workshop, we will discuss how to create a social story and we will also go over free and low-cost resources where you can find social stories that are pre-made. Bring your own computer or iPad if available.

Thursday, September 24th - Written Productivity - How you can help your child.

Many children on the autism spectrum have problems with writing; in this workshop we will go over various resources than can help a child with writing in school and in the home. We will talk about various word prediction programs as well as speech recognition programs that are free or low cost.

Wednesday, November 18th - Helping your Student/Child with the Transition Process

Transition services can be very confusing so in this workshop, we will explain how to navigate through the transition process and how to make a smooth transition for your child. We will discuss transition from Baby Net to Early intervention, transition from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school and high school to work, tech school, or a post secondary institution. We will also discuss Vocational Rehabilitation and what they can offer your child.

Wednesday, December 3rd - Behavioral Supports for the home and school environment

In this workshop, we will demonstrate and discuss various behavioral intervention supports that can be used both in the school and home environment. We will also show you how to create behavioral intervention supports with what you have available.

Thursday, January 21st - Helping you child/student with socialization skills

Socialization can sometimes be a problem for individuals with ASD. In this workshop we will talk about socialization programs that you can use at home with your child. We will go over various programs, texts and website that can be helpful in the area of socialization.

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Outside Opportunities

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Grace in the Wilderness Mom's Conference

Grace in the Wilderness Mom's Conference

August 1, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

5th annual Grace in the Wilderness Conference for Moms of Special Needs Children at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Easley!  August 1 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.  This will be a day of pampering, networking and inspiration for moms of special needs children. Special needs include learning difficulties, physical, or emotional and behavioral difficulties or other disabilities. Childcare for the …

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Training for Careers with Autism

Training for Careers with Autism

The Autism Academy of South Carolina is offering training programs for those interested in working with children with autism.  The training if offered free by the highly trained staff at the Autism Academy of SC to help the State of South Carolina expand its capacity to serve children with autism through this evidence-based intervention. For additional information, please click the …

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Greenville ADA Celebration

Greenville ADA Celebration

There are still opportunities to participate in Greenville CAN's Summer Celebration.  Consider attending one of the following events:

• July 18 Ski Bash with Roger C. Peace – Lake Bowen Landing 10:00-4:00

• July 21 ADA Workshop for Government Representatives

• July 22 Able SC Outdoor Movie at Falls Park

• July 23 Adaptive Cycling Ride with Roger C Peace 6-7:30

• July 26 Discovery Island 5:45-7:45

Greenville CAN is a network of self advocates, providers, families, and professionals in Greenville County working together to strengthen our community for individuals with special needs and disabilities. We believe that through partnerships and cooperation, Greenville CAN be an equitable and inclusive community for all to live.  The South Carolina Autism Society is actively participating in this network.

For more information, visit www.greenvillecan.org.

 

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Become a Member

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Donations

We could not fulfill our mission without the support of our generous Donors.  We ask that you please consider supporting the South Carolina Autism Society.  Your support will help us continue to reach out to families and to expand our services in South Carolina.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please remember, almost 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs.  The South Carolina Autism Society is a 503(c) organization, and your donation is tax deductible.

You can donate by mailing a check to:

SC Autism Society
806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC  29169

or online at http://scautism.org/donate/

Thank you for your continued support over the past 40+ years.

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Featured Item

Each month we'll feature items from our online store which could easily make the perfect gift for the ones you care about.  Here's what we have for you:

Insulated Tumbler - Until all the Pieces Fit

Insulated Tumbler - Until all the Pieces Fit

Until all the pieces fit, and quick-stop straw.

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Connect with Us

For more immediate information, consider liking our Facebook Page, following our Twitter account or joining our Facebook Group. You can also join in our community interaction by joining one of our many online forums.

You can also subscribe to the following Yahoo Groups:  

SCAS Announcements Forum: This group is for the distribution of events and announcements by the South Carolina Autism Society.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scasannouncements-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

SC Autism Forum:  A discussion group for South Carolina parents and families whose lives are affected by autism. Share your joys, stories, challenges, and solutions.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scautismforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Autism South Carolina:  An online support group is for teachers, professionals, service providers and family members.  To subscribe, send a blank email to autismsouthcarolina-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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