NEW More from Wondermoms.org for Autism Awareness Month!
Here are some helpful links. This is a group of three moms who are working hard to put resources together for parents of kids with special needs:
Accommodations For Students With Autism
Guide to Better Sleep For Kids With Autism
Autism Resource Center
Creating an Autism Friendly Home
Autism Support Network Resources
Planning a Move with Autism
30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Autism and Travel
NEW!! Special Needs Yoga
Chachiescobar Yoga Life! For a great Yoga Class with an instructor certified in special needs yoga, contact Chachi at 949-282-8826, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to Work Resources
Transitioning to adulthood for children with special needs. The following links are recommended by Christy Clawson, one of the owners of Wondermoms.org/. Preparing for adulthood is important for students with special needs. Information is power, here is some information.
Get a Certification for Autism Works Now (AWN). AWN 1-day Pre-employment skills to jobs training workshop includes book, 8-month AWN program planning week by week notebook & AWN Certification. For parents, employers, service providers, educators, administrators, transition programs, residentials and day programs, non-profits & organizations that work with young adults with autism & special needs go to autismworksnow.org/ to learn more. Or find and follow on Facebook at @AMTAWN.
Los Angeles Resource
For those of you in the Los Angeles Area, I was contacted by Noddy Nweke, founder and executive director of Jazz Hands For Autism a 501(c)(3) which is committed to creating pathways to consistent and sustainable employment for musicians with autism. You can find them at www.jazzhandsforautism.org.
Resources for special needs children and caregivers:
Original music used for A Dance Class For Me! performances, Come on By, written by Timothy Bennett is on Highly Irregular. For more of music written by Tim Bennett, please go to TBennettMusic.com
Weighted Blankets are helpful to so many people. I know they are helpful to my students. If you are shopping for one and haven't heard of Weight on Me, you can visit their website here.
Here's another website for weighted blankets and lap pads to take comfort with you! It's called Sandman Blankets, doesn't that just make you want to cuddle up and go to sleep? Weighted blankets help so many people with sensory issues and for some patients with dementia. To learn more about this business, click here.
TOPSoccer - The Outreach Program for Soccer is a recreational program designed for special needs athletes who play the world’s most popular sport. We focus on fun and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition. We modify the game of soccer to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete and provide opportunities for building relationships, fitness and self-esteem. The special needs of our players come in all shapes and sizes – physical, cognitive, emotional and social.
Everyone plays and one-on-one assistance is available. We play every Saturday afternoon between September and November from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Arena Soccer Park (2190 Canal Street, Orange, 92865). There are no practices or weekday events.
Orange Junior Soccer Club, TOPSoccer if you want to learn more go to: www.ojsc.org. Any interested players should contact: Jim Watson, TOPSoccer Coordinator at email@example.com
Down Syndrome Association in Orange County Center (DSAOC)
There are a lot of creative classes at the DSAOC for kids all ages, To get more information please call the DSAOC Center at 714-540-5794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the DSAOC please go to www.dsaoc.org.
For those with Down Syndrome, I was contacted by Ryan Kelly, Communications Department at Affordable Colleges Online, since resources for young adults is an interest of mine, please check out their website: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org.
The Autism Hope Alliance "embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism." For more information, please go to http://www.autismhopealliance.org
Play Places for Special Needs
We Rock the Spectrum is a franchise of play gyms specifically designed for autistic children and children with sensory processing issues. You can find them in many places, if you look at their main website, but they finally opened one in Orange County! It's in Laguna Hills, it's big and looks like a lot of fun. To learn more please go to werockthespectrumlagunahills.com.
A new franchise in Long Beach! Click here for more information, We Rock the Spectrum. To look at franchise opportunities go to WRTS Franchise.
If you haven't already heard about Gigi's Playhouse, it's a special activity center set up for children through adults with Down Syndrome. I've kept my eye on the franchises throughout the US and one is coming to San Diego, California, they are opening on April 7th! To learn more, please go to Gigi's Playhouse.
You can now find A Dance Class For Me! or Autism Movement Therapy in Orange County and other activities on the Autism Speaks Resource Page under Interventions and Social Skills in California, please go to AutismSpeaks.org.
To learn more about Autism Movement Therapy® and Joanne Lara, MA, please go to AutismMovementTherapy.com. To find a provider in your area, please go to her Contact a Provider Page. You can also find books and more information on Autism Movement Therapy® on the Store page of that website.