April 2, 2019
Today is World Autism Awareness Day!
On April 2, the world will turn blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.
It's all part of Light it Up Blue, a campaign spearheaded by the autism community that aims to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism. Supporters are encouraged to wear blue clothing and post to social media using the hashtag #LightItUpBlue to raise awareness.
In addition, landmarks around the world will turn blue in support of the cause. Niagara Falls, the United Nations, the Empire State Building, the White House and state government buildings are just a few of the landmarks to glow blue on April 2 in years past.
On World Autism Awareness Day and throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month, local organizations hold a variety of events and educational activities to help the public learn more about autism spectrum disorder, which impacts 1 percent of the world population.
Free Tutoring Services!
Contact Drs. Kenneth and Lynda Brown at 210-687-9715
JOIN US FOR THIS WORKSHOP FREE TO MILITARY FAMILIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS!
What is Stewards of Children?
Stewards of Children is a two-hour workshop that empowers caregivers with information on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to protecting our children. This workshop is designed for anyone who cares for the safety of children. Workshops are offered weekly at various times or contact us for onsite workshop.
(CEUs are also available for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs at NO additional charge)
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Location: ChildSafe @ Austin Building (4415 Piedras Drive West) conference room 2nd floor
Please RSVP, so we can plan accordingly
April 7th at Rolling Oaks Mall--Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny
The Bunny welcomes people of all ages and abilities! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Cherry Hill Programs again this Easter season to provide sensory-friendly Bunny Experiences for families across the country!
All families with children with autism and other special needs can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with The Bunny, in a more subdued and calm environment. Visit the links below to locate a Cherry Hill Programs Bunny Photo Experience in your region. While visits with The Bunny are free, cherished photo memories will be available for purchase at each sensory-friendly event.
Reservations are limited. Please RSVP to reserve your spot today!
Download the Flyer Below!
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)
Do you or anyone you know need some form of assistance during times of an emergency/disaster event? The state of Texas offers Texans the option to register with the STEAR program, a FREE registry that provides local emergency planners and res ponders with additional information on the needs in their community.
For more information, click HERE.
Part of SAISD or Interested in SAISD? Check out This Free Event!
Download the Flyer in English & Spanish Below!
APRIL Parent Trainings & Webinars
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (1 Hour Lunch Break Provided)
The 7 Habits of Successful Families
It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. The 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together. In this training, parents will learn to:
Apply an “Inside-Out Approach” to problem solving and goal creation;
Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together;
Establish a better work/life balance;
Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children;
Employ the skills of Empathic Listening and synergy; and
Learn to effectively discipline and motivate children.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1st. **
Session ID: 53112
Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Financial Planning for Children with Disabilities
This training will cover financial planning information that is specific to the special needs community. During this training, planning pieces that are often overlooked such as Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts, and Public Benefit Protection strategies will be discussed. The financial planning process will be explained in a language everyone can understand, creating awareness, and inspiring parents to take action.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th.
Session ID: 53113
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Talking Back: Supporting Your Non-Verbal/Low-Verbal Child
This training will focus on techniques and supports that can be utilized when assisting your child in communicating. Parents will be shown how to allow their child not only the opportunity to get their wants and needs met, but to provide them the language to engage in conversations about all aspects of their daily lives.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5th. **
Session ID: 52498
Webinar ID: 53197
Thursday, April 11, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Families Talking Together
Families Talking Together (FTT) is a parent-based program focusing on improving parent-child communication and is effective in delaying sexual initiation and preventing risky sexual behavior among middle-school-aged youth (10-14 yrs.). This training will offer tips and group discussions on getting the conversation started, monitoring/supervision, and helping enhance your child's refusal skills. This interactive training is offered by Healthy Futures of Texas.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th.
Session ID: 53117
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Dyslexia: What is it, and How Can I Help My Child?
Learn what dyslexia is and how to support your child if he/she has dyslexia. We will explore the common risk factors for dyslexia as well as common misperceptions or myths about dyslexia. Participants will learn strategies to help support their student if he/she is at-risk for or identified with dyslexia. While some of the strategies will target beginning literacy skills, this is appropriate for parents with students of all ages.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th.
Session ID: 53118
Webinar ID: 53198
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
College Knowledge for Parents
Facilitated by the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives, "College Knowledge for Parents" provides parents with essential information regarding promoting a college going culture, college financial aid, scholarships, as well as college admissions information. Learn more about your critical role as a parent in helping your child reach their academic dreams.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th.
Session ID: 52440
Webinar ID: 53200
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Connecting the Math in School to the Math at Home (Grades 3-5)
Building students ‘confidence in critical thinking of questioning in grades 3-5 is crucial to capture their mathematical success. Participants will engage in instructional strategies that develop their understanding of questions and learn ways to assist parents in making connections that can help them with their child(ren) at home.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd.
Session ID: 53119
Webinar ID: 53201
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Anxiety and Today’s Youth
There is an increasing concern for rising anxiety in society today. Anxiety is an organized response by which a person senses, evaluates, anticipates, and responds to cues of threat or danger in one’s internal or external environment. The focus of this training will be to learn practical and accessible strategies that can be applied in everyday life and addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of anxiety in today’s youth.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26th. **
Session ID: 52447
Webinar ID: 53202
Don't Forget to Take Advantage of this FREE Parent Webinar Series starting April 9th!
Building Stronger School-Family Partnerships
Parents exposed to these strategies explore three key roles to play – to support, monitor, and advocate for their child’s education. They become better able to generate their own questions, improve those questions, and strategize on how to use them, as they examine ways to participate more effectively in decision making.
This two-part webinar series is designed for parents to learn how to use the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy to improve communication and engender stronger partnerships with educators.
Webinars will be from 4:00-5:00 PM.
Participants who complete each webinar with assignments can obtain 2.5 contact hours and a certificate for participation.
Webinar #1: Learning to Ask the Right Questions
Webinar #2: How to Support, Monitor & Advocate
Webinar #1: Learning to Ask the Right Questions
Receive a brief introduction to the history and rationale of the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy;
Experience the QFT process, which builds parents’ skills for asking more and better questions;
Explore examples of implementation and acquire resources and materials; and
Strategize on how to use the QFT in experiences with their own children's educators.
Webinar #2: How to Support, Monitor & Advocate
Learn about three key roles parents can play in their child’s education: support their children’s education, monitor their progress and advocate on their behalf when necessary;
Experience the model through a hands-on activity; and
Strategize on how to use the Support, Monitor, and Advocate model to strengthen partnerships with educators for the benefit of their children.
Read the newsletter below for MORE details and information if interested!
Fruit & Veggie Toolkit for Kids
The Parents’ Zone guides you through tips and tools that teach healthy eating essentials. The simple Kid-friendly Recipes provide yummy options your family will love. And the Kids’ Zone includes fun activities to keep your kids engaged and make them part of the learning process.
Download the Fruit & Veggie Toolkit for Kids HERE.