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New News: The Little Friends Center for Autism thanks everyone who participated in the Autism Kinship Overnight for Mother’s! It was a great time of rest, relaxation and fun! Check out photos of the fun on our new Facebook account and become a Little Friends Center for Autism fan.

The Little Friends Center for Autism is pleased to announce the opening of our new Speech and Occupational Therapy Clinic – now offering weekend hours for Speech… for more information call Dinah at: 630-305-4196 x3.

Lace up your walking shoes and join the LFCA at the Step Up for Autism Walk on June 27th… Join our team by clicking here. Or start your own team. Team and individual registrations for the 2010 Step Up for Autism walk are now being accepted online at www.stepupforautism2010.kintera.org

In honor of stopping the spread of germs that seem to run rampant as the last weeks of winter drag on, the Little Friends Center for Autism Visual System of the Month for February is the Hand Wash Ring and Hand Wash Strip… click here to order for a 20% discount!

(See below for details or click on any underlined heading.)

This Little Friends Center for Autism Weekly Newsletter contains information on upcoming events & trainings.

Click underlined topic for information on Evaluations, Consulting & Visual Systems.

2010 Winter/Spring Training We offer CEU’s for QMRP’s, Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, and EI credits (check the EI website for more information).

Speech and Occupational Therapy Clinic

Discrete Trial Workshops

The Ultimate Toilet Training Workshop

Get Set for Summer Series

Step Up for Autism Walk

Visual System of the Month Promotion

Grant/Stipend Information to Attend Trainings (for parents & professionals - provided by ARC & StarNet)

Earn The Level 1 Core Autism Training Certificate (click on this heading to see details below)

Registration Information

Registration Information:

(Click on link below for registration forms and additional information)

2010 Winter/Spring Training

Discrete Trial Workshops

The Ultimate Toilet Training Workshop

Get Set for Summer Series

List of Trainings and Descriptions

Directions to LFCA

Other

Registration Instructions:

FAX: Registration Form including payment information, to: (630) 305-4785 (confidential).

MAIL: Registration Form completed, attached to the check, made out to “Little Friends Center for Autism” and write “training” in the memo section to: Attn: Kelly, 1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151, Naperville, IL 60540.

****PLEASE NOTE*****

If you do not receive confirmation of registration one week after you sent in your registration form and payment YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED. Please contact Kelly Ronan directly at: kronan@lilfriends.com to confirm registration.

Professionals, please pass this information along to other interested parents.

Space is limited… to guarantee your spot, please, register early!!

LFCA: 2010 Winter/Spring Training

(Click here for registration flyer and additional dates and times)

1/26 Little Friends Center for Autism: Positive Proactive Programming for Individuals with Behavior Problems, Part 1 of 2, by Patti Boheme, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person

Presentation will discuss principles of behavior management and how to develop positive proactive programs for individuals with behavior problems. Other areas covered will be how behavior issues impact staff, and how we can inadvertently reinforce negative behavior and ways to avoid this trap. Also covered will be how the educational environment can help or negatively impact a student and tips for organizing a classroom. Strategies on how to develop effective reinforcement programs and schedules will be covered along with effective ways to increase appropriate behaviors and decrease inappropriate behaviors.

1/28 Little Friends Center for Autism: Positive Proactive Strategies for Individuals with Behavior Problems, Part 2 of 2, by Patti Boheme, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person

Presentation will discuss principles of behavior management and how to develop positive proactive programs for individuals with behavior problems. Other areas covered will be how behavior issues impact staff, and how we can inadvertently reinforce negative behavior and ways to avoid this trap. Also covered will be how the educational environment can help or negatively impact a student and tips for organizing a classroom. Strategies on how to develop effective reinforcement programs and schedules will be covered along with effective ways to increase appropriate behaviors and decrease inappropriate behaviors.

2/2 Little Friends Center for Autism: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and Latest Treatment Strategies, Part 1 of 2, by Patti Boheme, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person

This presentation discusses several aspects of autism, and answers many of the most frequently asked questions. This presentation reviews history, causes, parent issues, and discusses, in detail, the differences and similarities in the pervasive developmental disorders (Autism, Asperger’s, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett Syndrome and PDD-NOS). Additionally, successful treatment strategies are reviewed to teach social and communication skills and deal with behavior problems through several case examples. Other areas covered include prevalence statistics, co-existing conditions, resources and lifespan issues for children and their families.

2/9 Little Friends Center for Autism: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and Latest Treatment Strategies, Part 2 of 2, by Patti Boheme, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person

This presentation discusses several aspects of autism, and answers many of the most frequently asked questions. This presentation reviews history, causes, parent issues, and discusses, in detail, the differences and similarities in the pervasive developmental disorders (Autism, Asperger’s, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett Syndrome and PDD-NOS). Additionally, successful treatment strategies are reviewed to teach social and communication skills and deal with behavior problems through several case examples. Other areas covered include prevalence statistics, co-existing conditions, resources and lifespan issues for children and their families.

2/11 Little Friends Center for Autism: Communicative Functions of Behavior, by Mary Crissman, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person

Children on the autism spectrum, as well as children with other disorders, often have difficulty communicating verbally. Some children are non-verbal. However, that does not mean that they are unable to communicate. For many children, inappropriate behavior is a primary way to communicate their emotions, desires and needs. In this workshop, we will examine the various means and functions (the hows and whys) of behavioral communication, and how to shape behaviors into more effective communication.

2/17 Little Friends Center for Autism: Communication Training, Part 1 of 2, by Kathy Evangelista, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person (PECS & Communication Approached will be reviewed) – Please attend Part 1 before Part 2

This four-hour workshop will address utilizing pictures as a way to train functional communication skills. Participants will learn to teach children to be spontaneous when communicating, to discriminate between pictures, and expand the length and complexity of phrases and sentences. Various visual communication systems will be discussed including the use of choice boards, stop cards, and conversation boards. In addition, the six phases of PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System) will be reviewed. Participants using PECS after this training should be under the supervision of professionals who have extensive training in PECS to further develop their skills and understanding. This training is not a substitute for the two-day PECS training workshop offered by Pyramid.

2/18 Little Friends Center for Autism: Communication Training, Part 2 of 2, by Kathy Evangelista, LEVEL 1, 2:30-4:30 COST: $38 per person (PECS & Communication Approached will be reviewed) – Please attend Part 1 before Part 2

This four-hour workshop will address utilizing pictures as a way to train functional communication skills. Participants will learn to teach children to be spontaneous when communicating, to discriminate between pictures, and expand the length and complexity of phrases and sentences. Various visual communication systems will be discussed including the use of choice boards, stop cards, and conversation boards. In addition, the six phases of PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System) will be reviewed. Participants using PECS after this training should be under the supervision of professionals who have extensive training in PECS to further develop their skills and understanding. This training is not a substitute for the two-day PECS training workshop offered by Pyramid.

2/23 & 2/25 Little Friends Center for Autism: Structured Teaching (TEACCH), Parts 1 & 2, by Patti Boheme, LEVEL 1, 2:30-5:00, COST: $105 per person for both days, (MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS) - MAXIMUM 25 participants

(Basic materials will be provided for the Make and Take on Day 2)

This presentation will discuss the TEACCH program, their philosophy and present how to do structured teaching. Structured teaching is a very effective system to teach individuals with autism independence and cognitive and functional skills through visual structured tasks and work stations. The presentation will explain the step by step process of using structured teaching and demonstrate it’s effectiveness through video tapes and examples of visual teaching systems. Participants will practice the different stages of structured teaching including assessment, one to one work and independent work. Participants will also make and take home a structured teaching system.

Click here for registration flyer and more dates & times!!

Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy at the Center

Now offering Speech weekend hours!!!

Our Center specializes in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities. We work with a wide range of individuals in regards to age and functioning level. Our therapists focus on helping children and adults better learn to communicate, socialize, cope with sensory issues and improve behavior. Our Center is unique in that we have a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom specially set up to assist our therapists who are working on functional skills which are so important.

We also specialize in working with individuals who need assistance with things like perspective taking and conversation skills.

We have a wonderful team of professionals who are experienced to provide therapy. We offer a variety of hours during the day and after school and our rates are reasonable.

If you are interested in learning more about our therapy program at the Little Friends Center for Autism please contact Dinah at 630-305-4196.

LFCA: Discrete Trial Workshops

(Click here for registration flyer and information)

3/5 & (offered a 2nd time) 4/30 - Little Friends Center for Autism: Discrete Trial, Parts 1 & 2, by Mary Crissman, LEVEL 1, 9:30 – 3:30 (1 hr lunch on own), COST: $105 per person

This presentation will discuss Discrete Trial Format (DTF) in teaching children across the Autism Spectrum. Discrete Trial may be used to teach: 1.) social/play skills (i.e. imitative play, turn-taking and imitating peers), 2.) receptive and expressive language, 3.) self-help skills (i.e. toileting, dressing and undressing and oral hygiene) and 4.) academics (i.e. matching identical items, identifying shapes, colors, letters and numbers). DTF may be customized to meet the needs of each child. DTF is highly structured and builds upon a child’s strengths. DTF allows those teaching children with autism to customize the program for each child, and also allows for program modification when necessary. The second session will have participants practice using Discrete Trial to teach important skills.

LFCA: The Ultimate Toilet Training Workshop

(Click here for registration flyer and information)

4/17 Little Friends Center for Autism: The Ultimate Toilet Training Workshop for Parents (Professionals Welcome) by Patti Boheme & Mary Crissman, 9-12:30 COST: $50 per person

This workshop will provide parents and professionals with strategies for developing a toilet training program for home or school settings. At the end of the workshop participants will know how to implement a toileting program. Specific topics that will be addressed include emotional, communicative and developmental issues, rewards, toileting chairs, toileting readiness, urine training, bowel training, and overcoming some of the most difficult problems when toilet training children with developmental disabilities. The Little Friends Visual Toilet Training program will also be reviewed.

LFCA: Get Set for Summer Series – Target key concerns before summer begins!

(Click here for registration flyer and information)

4/07 Little Friends Center for Autism: Caring for the Caregiver, by Maggie Lyons, 6:30-8:30p, COST: $38 per person

This presentation discusses several ways you as a caregiver can take care of yourself. This presentation reviews the impact of being a family caregiver, how to ask for help, expressing your feelings, avoiding isolation and the rewarding experience of caring for a relative. Additionally, successful strategies are reviewed to teach parents how to talk and work with professionals caring for their children. Other areas covered include tools for releasing stress, resources and lifespan respite services in Illinois. Participants will leave with the “yes I can” attitude.

4/27 Little Friends Center for Autism: Visual Systems for Now and the Future, by Carol Paske, 2:30-4:30 - COST: $38 per person

Presentation discusses how and why visuals are used with individuals with ASD. Presenter will discuss multiple examples of how to design, teach, and build life long visual programming for the ASD learner. The presentation will demonstrate why it is important to document, develop and teach the ASD learner how to use visuals today so they can manage their world in the future. Strategies will include ways to improve communication, behavior, regulation, and the many different facets of life.

5/13 Little Friends Center for Autism: Help! There’s a Stranger in My House, by Maggie Lyons, 6:30-8:30p, COST: $38 per person

Some families find it difficult to have a “stranger” in their home to help with their child/adult with Autism or other related disabilities. This workshop will explain how to maintain a balance between a family’s private life and keeping the home warm and open to relationships with a support staff. The presenter will provide the frame work for families to follow in recruiting, managing, training and the retaining of a quality support staff. Maggie Lyons, a parent of four adults, three of whom has a developmental disability, will share her insights based on both professional and personal experiences.

Second Annual Step Up for Autism Walk Slated for June 27
Little Friends Now Accepting Team, Individual Registrations Online

Lace up your walking shoes and join the LFCA at the Step Up for Autism Walk on June 27th… Join our team by clicking here. Or start your own team. Team and individual registrations for the 2010 Step Up for Autism walk are now being accepted online at www.stepupforautism2010.kintera.org. The second annual Step Up for Autism Walk on Sunday, June 27, is held in downtown Naperville. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk and fun run will step off at 10 a.m.

Designed to raise awareness about autism, a complex developmental disability that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans, the Step Up for Autism walk was the first of its kind to be held in Naperville. More than 1,600 participants helped to raise more than $145,000 in donations making the inaugural 2009 walk and fun run one of the most successful fundraising events in Little Friends history. Funds raised from this year’s event will benefit children and adults with autism right here in our community served by Little Friends, Inc. and the Little Friends Center for Autism.

There are a number of ways to get involved with the Step Up for Autism walk. Teams of walkers and runners are needed to ensure that this year’s event is a success. Interested walkers and runners can register online at www.stepupforautism2010.kintera.org. Community volunteers are also needed to assist at the event. Local businesses looking to get involved with the walk can sign on as sponsors, with sponsorship levels ranging between $250 and $7,500. Premiere sponsors of the 2010 Step Up for Autism walk include 95.9 The River, the Daily Herald and Naperville Magazine.

To get involved with the second annual Step Up for Autism walk, please contact Little Friends, Inc. at (630) 355-6533 or visit the Official Step Up for Autism Web site at www.stepupforautism2010.kintera.org. For more information about Little Friends, Inc., please visit www.littlefriendsinc.org.

Visual System of the Month Promotion!!

Every month a different visual system for 20% off! February is the Hand Wash Ring and Hand Wash Strip… click here to order for a 20% discount!

The Little Friends Center for Autism’s Hand Washing Program is designed to teach the learner how to independently wash hands using visual instructions and photo sequence cards. The program was developed and is used at the agency’s Lifeskills Training Center for Children with Autism.

Our visual systems are used at home by parents and in school systems and agencies across the country. Our systems support individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in the areas of life skills, social skills and behavior control. We have been designing visual systems for the past 20 years that have been successfully used by parents, teachers, therapists and adult providers. We are pleased to offer you this special discount.

For more information and to order, click here.

Grant/Stipend Information to Attend Trainings

(for parents & professionals – provided by ARC & StarNet)

Also, below, please find links to ARC & StarNet for their stipend programs to attend trainings… parents & professionals have been successful in the past in obtaining these grants to attend some of our trainings…

ARC: http://www.thearcofil.org/document.asp?did=35

STARNET II: http://www.thecenterweb.org/starnet/pdfs/fund-fellow.pdf

STARNET VI: http://www.swcccase.org/StarNet/Forms/Family%20and%20Professional%20Fellowship%20Application.pdf

Little Friends Center for Autism: Level 1 Core Autism Training Certificate

The Little Friends Center for Autism, Level 1 Core Autism Training provides a solid base of knowledge in regards to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders. The training is set up to increase insight and skill level in the core training areas for individuals who work and live with individuals with ASD. Upon completion of attending all of the trainings in the Level 1 Core Autism Training Series (17 trainings, approx. 35 hrs, see below) participants are awarded a certificate of completion that lists each training attended.

Trainings Required for The Level 1 Core Autism Training Certificate:

· Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders & Successful Treatment Strategies Part 1 (formerly called Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders)

· Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders & Successful Treatment Strategies Part 2

· Communicative Functions of Behavior

· Discrete Trial Part 1

· Discrete Trial Part 2

· Structured Teaching (TEACCH) Part 1

· Structured Teaching (TEACCH) Part 2

· Parent’s Perspective

· Visual Strategies

· Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome Part 1

· Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome Part 2

· Communication Training Part 1

· Communication Training Part 2

· Teaching Independent Skills Using Nonverbal Prompts

· Sensory Processing

· Positive Proactive Programming for Individuals with Behavior Problems Part 1

· Positive Proactive Programming for Individuals with Behavior Problems Part 2

Procedure to Obtain Your Certificate:

Participants must submit certificates from all 17 trainings to the LFCA and therefore MUST keep each certificate presented at the end of every training. Participants must also submit the Level 1 Core Autism Training Checklist (which is used to keep track of trainings attended) which may be picked up at any LFCA training (or downloaded by clicking on the link above). Without all 17 certificates, we can’t guarantee the participant will receive a Level 1 Certificate and verification will take more time.

To apply for the Level 1 Core Autism Training Certificate, submit the following:

1. All certificates from the Level 1 Core Autism Training Series, a total of 17 (see above)

2. The completed, Level 1 Core Autism Training Checklist

Send to: Little Friends Center for Autism

Attn: L1 Certificate

1001 E. Chicago Ave., Ste. 151

Naperville, IL 60540

The Level 1 Core Autism Training Certificate will be mailed to the participant within 2-4 weeks. If you do not receive your Certificate after 4 weeks, please, contact us to verify that we received your paperwork.

Missing Certificates:

Participants who have already attended any of the Level 1 Core Autism Training and wish to work towards a Level 1 Certificate but no longer have their training certificates can mail, fax or e-mail a written list of the trainings that they attended. The list must include the title, date, location and presenter of the training in order to be considered. Verification will take more time. We will attempt to verify attendance and mail the training certificates to the participant.

Other Registration Information

Space is limited… to guarantee your spot, please, register early!!!

Professionals, please pass this information along to other interested parents.

Please note: These trainings are best understood when the participant attends all other trainings in the core LFCA AUTISM TRAINING SERIES. Please understand that these are short trainings that provide relevant information but are not a substitute for a comprehensive 1-2 day training on a particular topic.

Please be aware that we cannot provide refunds.

Also, if you are a school district and are paying through purchase order, please, note that you will be billed for the number of spaces reserved (even if less people attend). However, if more people attend than space is reserved, we will have to bill you for the additional people.

Dinah Kotthoff

Administrative Assistant

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

(630) 305-4196

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