April is Autism Awareness Month!

Autism Awareness Activities

~brought to you by parents raising children with ASD~

April 2 (World Autism Awareness Day) - Please “Light it up Blue!” Change your outdoor light bulb with a blue one. Show your support for Autism Awareness!

 

April 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.- “Views From My Shoes” panel presentation at the Autism support group, Children’s Village.  Student speakers will share their experience with ASD.  Family and Community members welcome. No pre-registration necessary.  For child care needs, call Stacy in the Drop-in Early Learning Center at Children’s Village- 574-3200.

 

April 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.- Gymnastics Plus Family Night! For children with ASD and their families. Gymnastics Plus, 2121 W. Lincoln Ave. Cost = Free! (thanks to an anonymous donation). Pre-registration secures your child’s place. Please call Liz Cruz in P2P (509) 574-3266 or email elizabethcruz@yvmh.org to register.

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10 Things to Know About New Autism Data

1 in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder. Read more about CDC’s new data on autism spectrum disorder and learn what you can do to help.

New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorder

New data from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. These new data can be used to promote early identification, plan for training and service needs, guide research, and inform policy so that children with ASD and their families get the help they need. CDC will continue tracking the changing number and characteristics of children with ASD, researching what puts children at risk for ASD, and promoting early identification, the most powerful tool we have now for making a difference in the lives of children. Learn the 10 things you need to know about CDC’s latest ADDM Network report. You can also read the full report here.

10 Things You Need To Know About CDC’s Latest Report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network

The following estimates are based on information collected from the health and special education (if available*) records of children who were 8 years old and lived in areas of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin in 2010:

  1. About 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 8 year olds) were identified with ASD. It is important to remember that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities. It does not represent the entire population of children in the United States.
  2. This new estimate is roughly 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88), roughly 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110), and roughly 120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (1 in 150). We don’t know what is causing this increase. Some of it may be due to the way children are identified, diagnosed, and served in their local communities, but exactly how much is unknown.
  3. The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey.
  4. Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85).
  5. Boys were almost 5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls. About 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls were identified with ASD.
  6. White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children. About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD.
  7. Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.
  8. Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.
  9. Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability. A previous study has shown that children identified with ASD and intellectual disability have a greater number of ASD symptoms and a younger age at first diagnosis. Despite the greater burden of co-occurring intellectual disability among black and Hispanic children with ASD, these new data show that there was no difference among racial and ethnic groups in the age at which children were first diagnosed.
  10. About 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services for autism at school or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician. This means that the remaining 20% of children identified with ASD had symptoms of ASD documented in their records, but had not yet been classified as having ASD by a community professional in a school or clinic.

Why is this information important and how can it be used?

CDC has been at the forefront of documenting changes in the number of children identified with ASD over the past decade. CDC data have motivated research to understand who is likely to develop ASD, why ASD develops, and how to best support individuals, families, and communities affected by ASD. More is understood about ASD than ever before, including which children are more likely to be identified, at what age they are likely to be diagnosed, and what factors may be putting children at risk for ASD. However, there remains an urgent need to continue the search for answers and provide help to people living with ASD.

The ADDM Network’s latest information directs the focus on what we know now and what else we need to know to further characterize and address the needs of children with ASD and their families. Service providers (such as healthcare organizations and school systems), researchers, and policymakers can use ADDM Network data to support service planning, guide research into what factors put a child at risk for ASD and what interventions can help, and inform policies that promote improved outcomes in health care and education.

As a professional who works with children, what should I do if I think a child might have ASD?

You are a valuable resource to parents. They look to you for information on their child, and they trust you. You can follow a child’s development, and encourage parents to do the same, by looking for developmental milestones—that is, how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Visit CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” website for free milestone checklists and other resources to help you track children’s development.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for ASD at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/screening.html.

 

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It’s all about families we serve

By Jackie McPhee, Director of Children’s Village

At a recent staff meeting at Children’s Village each staff member was  asked  to describe what they liked about working at Children’s Village.  Although each person thoughtfully described their unique experience, the word most commonly used was FAMILIES.

It is very evident that our team of providers and staff are driven by our mission to provide support services to families who have children with special needs.

It is all about FAMILIES.

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What I love about working at the Village


by Children’s Village staff

  • Receiving a phone call from an anxious parent and connecting them to the right person to meet their need.
  • Having co-workers with expertise in an area I do not have who are willing to share their knowledge with me.
  • Watching children grow from babies to toddlers to adolescents; becoming all they will be because of parents, families and providers who love them and partner in their care.
  • Learning each day from the children that I see. Each child adds to my knowledge and wisdom of caring for children.
  • Working where so many different disciplines can work together, and share their perspective to help us all see things through others’ eyes.
  • Helping kids get moving, at Children’s Village I get to help children and their families realize movement they never realized they could get to.
  • Teaching parents every day how they can help their children and  how to better understand their child’s behavior so they can enjoy spending time with their child.
  • Working with the families and seeing the outcomes and growth in each child’s development.

. . . and a million other things!

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5 ways the providers at Children’s Village have enriched our journey

By- E. Christie Afualo

 

My husband and I have three wonderful children.  Mason, our 12 year-old, has Down syndrome.  He received early intervention services from Children’s Village, and he and our family continue to be involved in different events and activities at the Village.  In addition to having developmental delays, Mason was born with a gastrointestinal malformation that required four surgeries.  We have interacted with many providers, both medical and developmental, and have felt fortunate that most of those interactions have been great.

 

These are some specific ways that the providers at Children’s Village have supported Mason and our family:

 

  • Being professional.  Providers who “know their stuff” and share their expertise are invaluable.  It’s true that I’m an expert on my son, but sometimes I just want to be a mom, not a therapist or teacher.  I’m grateful to have professionals like therapists and teachers at Children’s Village who work with Mason so I can enjoy being his mom.

 

  • Showing interest.  I appreciate providers who show interest in Mason and are excited to work with him, not just as a project or a job, but are truly happy to engage with the cute little boy with funny habits or the older boy with not so cute habits.  These dedicated providers at Children’s Village demonstrate that they are invested in Mason’s success.

 

  • Being genuine.  I appreciate providers who are genuine and show integrity.  They treat our family with respect and kindness at all times, whether or not we’re directly working with them.  They don’t speak poorly of us when we’re not present.

 

  • Being prepared.  Sometimes I don’t know exactly what questions to ask.  The providers at Children’s Village are prepared and are able to anticipate some of our family’s needs and then offer appropriate guidance that makes our journey easier.

 

  • Being knowledgeable.  Our family has benefited from providers at Children’s Village who share their wealth of knowledge.  If they don’t know the answers to our questions, they can find someone who does.  They are adept at connecting us with other families and providers, services, events and helpful information.

 

Our interactions with providers at Children’s Village have been particularly positive.  We cherish those relationships and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the special providers who have made a difference in our lives.

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13-year-old competes in the state prep diving and swimming championships

Tristan was 5-months-old when diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused uncontrollable seizures.  He endured hundreds of seizures every day even with the help of medications and chemotherapy.  Doctors at Children’s Hospital explained that unless they removed the left side of Tristan’s brain, the seizures would eventually kill him. The solution was a 4-hour hemispherectomy surgery.

From the beginning, Tristan has exhibited an internal strength that is astounding. There was a chance the surgery would prevent him from ever walking or talking, but the 13-year-old is an athletic, talkative teenager who loves karate, gymnastics, soccer, basketball and swimming.

Part of Tristan’s therapy at Children’s Village was in the pool.  Tristan learned multiple swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke and butterfly) at Children’s Village. Swimming increased his strength in his affected side and he is now able to swim better than some of his peers.  His mom plans to sign him up for swimming when he begins high school in Selah this fall.

Tristan’s dad has shared that the first time he ever saw Tristan smile was when he was in the pool at Children’s Village at the age of 8 years old.

Read more about Tristan in the Yakima Herald Republic here: http://bit.ly/1lfruxF

Way to go Tristan!

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Would you like to talk to another parent while you wait?

Parent to Parent is dedicated to supporting families raising children with special needs.

Learning that your child has special health or developmental needs can be an emotional experience.

Parents and caregivers often have questions and concerns as they learn to adjust.

Personal support from another parent who has a child with similar needs can help!

Look across the bridge for the door with a HEART above it . . . and come on in!

We are here for you!

Parent to Parent Staff:

Maria Pulido (bilingual) – 574-3297

Amy Berkheimer – 574-3234

Liz Cruz – 574-3266

Kristi Messer – 574-3257

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Join us! Community Conversation about Applied Behavior Analysis

Topics Include:

*What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

*Would ABA work best for your child/student/client with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

*What ABA services are available in Yakima?

 

Speakers:

Kacie Sears, BCBA, Sarah St.Mary, Lead Teacher, Cindy Myers, LMHC, and Kamilia Calderon, LBAT

Date: February 25

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: The Barn at Children’s Village

 

Childcare is available!!

*Please RSVP to 509-574-3267 to reserve your child’s spot

 

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What is the Holland Support Group at Children’s Village?

By Lori Garcia, facilitator and Family Resource Coordinator at Children’s Village

A story about the impact of the Holland support groups at Children’s Village.

“The Spanish Holland Support Group is a group where many mothers share their everyday experiences and challenges with their child with special needs. One mom shared that she just wants to be able to go to church but her son will not sit during mass.  He just cries and the last time she went the priest asked the parents to keep their children quiet.  Needless to say, she did not return.  Support from other moms in this group supported her and provided strategies for helping her son sit through mass.  Another mom said she has been taking her child to Pegasus Project for weeks and her son just cries and refuses to get on the horse.  She also received support from the group and was encouraged not to give up.  Another mom was struggling with the transition of her son going to developmental preschool.  She was having a hard time because her son would leave on the bus crying.  On the seventh session, they all shared that their children were progressing so well that one mom has gone to church twice with her son. She changed her son’s behavior by talking to him about what they were going to do and then talked before going into church.  Another mother shared that on the fourth session of Pegasus Project her son simply got on the horse with no complaints.  She is so glad that she stuck with it.  And for another mom, her son went to school today without crying and just waved bye!”

Holland is a great way for moms to connect and share the journey of raising a child with special needs.  There is a morning, evening and Spanish group scheduled for this spring.  Also, once a parent graduates from Holland, Parent to Parent offers continued support opportunities each month through Holland Reunion groups.

For more information, contact: Tracie Hoppis, Child and Family Services Supervisor

(509)574-3200, traciehoppis@yvmh.org

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Thank you Calcoe Federal Credit Union!!!

This week we celebrated Calcoe Federal Credit Union’s grand accomplishment of reaching and surpassing their $10,000 pledge for the Children’s Village expansion. Jackie McPhee, Children’s Village Director and Jenny Falk, Board Member for The Memorial Foundation accepted the check from Leslie Johnson, CEO for Calcoe Federal Credit Union. Employees, Board Members and family members of the Calcoe team were on hand to celebrate the achievement and tour Children’s Village.

calcoe Thank you Calcoe Federal Credit Union!!!

Thank you Calcoe Federal Credit Union for your support of Children’s Village!

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