FREE ONE DAY CONFERENCES FOR PARENTS
Three Days and locations for a FREE Conference for Parents. Call the Resource Center at 508-835-4278 to register. This day encompasses 3 of the six workshops offered in Autism 101. The information is not autism specific and any parent of a child with a developmental disability may register and will benefit. For those new to the diagnosis of autism the Center will offer the other workshops for Autism 101 at the Center this winter . These one day offerings include breakfast lunch & childcare. This program is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council.
Siblings of children with disabilities often have questions and concerns. HMEA’s Autism Resource Central has been providing Sibshops, a nationally recognized program, for siblings for over fifteen years. With this grant we are able to bring this program to siblings of children with other disabilities. Sibshops are for Siblings ages 7 and older.
Workshops & Clinics
* Registration policies below
For parents of newly diagnosed children
When you first receive an autism diagnosis it can be overwhelming. There’s the initial emotional shock, which is quickly followed by feelings of inadequacy as there is no manual for parenting itself, let alone parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder. And there is SO much to learn. Our Autism 101 series is designed to help families who are new to the diagnosis gain a solid footing to begin their journey.
This six part educational series is designed for families of newly diagnosed children, but is also open to any family who would like to learn more about living with autism.Offered three times a year, Fall 2018 session will take place at our new location in Worcester. Series includes:
Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Center Services
Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism
Special Education Law
Medical Management of ASD
Accessing Public Supports
Lets Get Organized – workshop and organizational tools.
Please Check the Center newsletter and Register on our registration page for this series
Specialists are invited many times throughout the school year to address a variety of topics. These sessions are held in the evening and are open to parents, professionals, and college students.
All workshops take place at 712 Plantation Street in Worcester unless otherwise noted
Floortime for Parents
This course, taught by Sarah Measures, a Masters level clinician from the Astra Foundation, is offered once a year at a significantly reduced cost. Look for this offering in 2018
Activities of Daily Living Clinics
Open to families who have children who are DDS or Autism Division eligible, parents meet with an ARCCM Staff for an hour to discuss challenges they are having teaching their child with ASD activities of daily living such as dressing, eating, toileting and more, and leave with a written plan of action. Clinics take place at The Autism Resource Center or DDS Family Support Centers. By appointment contact the resource center for appointment time.
Open to families who have children who are DDS or Autism Division eligible, parents meet with trained Special Education Advocate for an hour to review their child’s IEP, to receive assistance and guidance on special education law procedures to request change in plans, and leave with a written plan of action. Clinics take place at The Autism Resource Center or DDS Family Support Centers.
By appointment contact the resource center for appointment time.
Open to families who have children who are DDS or Autism Division eligible, families may book a session at any time at The Autism Resource Center to meet with a staff member to create visual systems to improve their child’s access to communication utilizing Boardmaker, Visual Essentials and other software. Materials available to create boards, and portable communication systems. By appointment contact the resource center for appointment time.Clinics also scheduled at DDS Family Support Centers across the region.
Sensory Clinics give parents the opportunity to have a licensed Pediatric OTR/L provider consult with them and work with their child for 4 sessions each lasting a half hour. A Sensory Profile Assessment will be done which will identify any sensory specific needs the child may or may not have. Parents will be given resources including websites, DIY sensory equipment,and sensory play activities. At the conclusion of the sessions parents will be given an individual “sensory diet” for their child. By Appointment, contact the resource center for appointment time.
Swim & Safety Program
Taught by Red Cross Water Safety Instructors this 4 week course for children with autism and a parent is offered at local gym’s and pools. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children with ASD. This program teaches children how to be drown proof, floating on their backs and taught parents how to safely rescue their child in the water should they need without having the child panic.
* Participation in activities is limited to families who are registered with the Autism Resource Center unless otherwise noted, and all activities require prior registration through our registration page. Registration closes at 2 PM the last business day before an event unless otherwise specified. For many activities space is limited and registration will close when the event is fully subscribed.
Those who register for an event and fail to participate will be placed on a wait list status for six months for all activities and be allowed to participate only if there is space available. Acceptable excuses for missing an activity include illness, lack of transportation and other unforeseen circumstances, but we require notification via e-mail as soon as it becomes evident that your family will be unable to attend.