Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sensory Ideas to Help get Through the Summer

I was reading through my email this morning and came across this list of great ideas to help address sensory needs at home.  With many of our students not seeing their regular teachers and therapists for the summer, I thought it may help parents make things at home a little easier.

If you have someone at home who would potentially benefit from some sensory input or needs some sensory-soothing options, you might be interested in checking out these sites for ideas. 

Tip sheet from Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities on making your own kit: (BTW, while this is aimed at people with ASD, the tips could be use by anyone.)

Have a wonderful summer!   

Monday, April 15, 2019

What are our Students Doing?

Seems Spring teased us a bit with a few nice days recently. I am hoping it's going to be making another appearance soon; I'm certainly ready for some warmer weather!

What are our Students Doing?
Our middle and high school students have been involved in some fun activities to keep away the winter blahs.

Our high school students went on a trip to the bowling alley as part of their APE class. This group of students is working on many skills to promote social skills and life skills and is part of the community skills they work on to help prepare them for life after high school. They truly have a good time together and the opportunity to put what they learn in school into practice is an important part of their transition.

Students at Camillus Middle School have been busy in the classroom. They have done a research project called "Images are Powerful" after watching CNN10 all year about the refugee crisis around the world. They also read the book Dear World: A Syrian Girl's Story and Plea for Peace. This book is written about the  first hand experience of  a young girl and her mother.

They have also done an animal research project and participated in an "archaeological dig" after studying about Ancient Civilizations. They discovered how challenging it is to dig for artifacts or fossils.

Community Connections Information Night
Fayetteville-Manlius is hosting an informational night on April 22 from 4:15-8:30 p.m. at their high school. It will include representatives from community organizations and college representatives focusing on the transition from high school school.

As we approach the nice weather, I hope to share information of upcoming events people may be interested in. Please feel free to let me know of any upcoming events or activities you think I could share with others.

Happy Spring!
- Sue

Thursday, April 11, 2019

April is Autism Awareness Month

Happy April!  Happy Spring!  As I am sure you all know, April is Autism Awareness month. I want to share a few of the things going on in our area to help raise awareness.

Autism Awareness Walk
This year will be the 14th Annual Autism Awareness Walk at Longbranch Park in Liverpool. The walk is on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. and the walk at 10:00 a.m. There will be family-friendly activities at the park for walkers to enjoy, vendor table to visit, opportunities to network, awareness items to purchase and light refreshments will be available. The walking route is accessible to all who participate.    Use this link to register Autism Awareness Walk .

A Planning for the Future event and Parents Night Out
The CNY Chapter of the  Autism Society of America is sponsoring a couple of other events coming up soon. On April 9, 2019 they are hosting a speaker to discuss "Piecing it Together:Navigating Future Planning for Students with Autism".This will take place in Liverpool from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

They are also sponsoring a Parents Night Out at Painting with a Twist in Dewitt. This event will be held on April 17, 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

For more information on the planning event or Parent's Night Out, visit the CNYASA website using this link

Students Raise Awareness

There are so many reasons why I  love having my office at Camillus Middle School- the biggest being in a building with students. We are so lucky to have one of the BOCES SKATE classes right next to our office. The students in this class made posters for Autism Awareness month that are hanging near the main office. They are absolutely wonderful so I wanted to share them here with you! This collage is a few of the posters, to view each poster use this link Autism Awareness Posters

Hopefully we will all be able to get out and enjoy some nice weather in the near future and as always, please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

~  Sue

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Quite the Winter So Far!

Well, it certainly has been quite the winter so far! Between closings and delays its been tough to get everyone into a routine since the break over the holidays. Hopefully, March will be a little better.

Vacation Planning
Going on a family vacation takes a lot of planning, even more for families who have a family member with special needs. While these vacations can create wonderful memories it can also be very stressful. A friend recently shared an article with me about a water park in Orlando that is a Certified Autism Center. The staff at Aquatica Orlando has completed autism sensitivity and awareness training. Their goal is to assist guests with ASD and their families so they can have a positive experience during their visit to the park. It also mentions that Sesame Place in PA was the world's first Certified Autism Center park last April. For more information on Aquatica Orlando click here .

Rescheduled Resource Fair
The Resource Fair that was supposed to be held in Marcellus and was cancelled due to weather has been rescheduled. This free event will now be held on Thursday, March 28 at Driver Middle School. The goal is to help bridge the gap between school and community.  Attendees will learn about the services available to students to assist them in reaching their full potential. It starts with a  keynote speaker discussing Disability Awareness at 6:30 p.m. There will be breakout sessions and information tables available from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. If there are any questions about this event, feel free to contact Roxanne Tangredi at

As always, contact me if you have any questions.

Take Care,
~ Sue

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Upcoming Event: Getting Organized

Getting Organized: Preparing for Your Child's IEP Meeting

The WG SEPTSA is hosting a presentation by SUPAC to help parents get ready for their child's IEP meeting. on February 4, 2019. This presentation is open to the public and will be held at the West Genesee High School from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the LGI Room. This room is located on the Applebees side of the building. Please park near the Transportation office.

This training is an expansion on “Creating a Special Education Notebook” that covers: 

  • Tips on preparing for child’s Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting
  • Discuss the purpose of the CSE meeting 
  • Roles and responsibilities of CSE members 
  • Important documentation you should have 
  • What kinds of questions to ask at a CSE meeting 
  • How to collaborate with CSE team members 
Every parent walks away with a notebook filled with resources that will help them  navigate the special education process.

Online Registration:

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy a relaxing holiday season with family and friends. We were  fortunate enough to have our whole family together; it was busy but lots of fun. I was able to check something off my bucket list too. My daughter surprised me with a trip to NYC to see the Rockettes Christmas Show and it was so incredible. A precious memory that will stay with me for a very long time.

As we get back into the swing of things, I just wanted to remind everyone that annual reviews will be starting up in the next few weeks. If you have any questions about transitioning to new building whether it be from elementary to middle school, middle to high school, or from preschool to elementary school, feel free to contact Darlene or I. We're always happy to talk with you and answer any questions.

Upcoming Event

Marcellus is sponsoring a Community Resource Fair at the end of the month and is open to families, students, and school staff from any district in grades K-12. This fair seeks to bridge the gap between school and community. Attendees will learn about the services available to students to assist them in reaching their full potential.

This free event will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Driver Middle School (2 Reed Parkway, Marcellus). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote speaker discussing Disability Awareness. A few breakout sessions and information tables will be available from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The goal of the Community Resource Fair is to provide students with disabilities and their families with information on services and programs that are available to assist them in planning for the future. Feel free to contact Alyssa Militello at or 315-671-4656 with any questions!

I'm sure we'll be seeing many of you soon. 

Take Care

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Year is Flying By!

I can't believe that it is time for the holidays- the year is flying by! I am looking forward to the time with my family; my children will be home from college on Friday. I am eager to have them home, our quiet house will be busy again and I can not wait.This is also a time of year when we reconnect and celebrate with family, friends and other special people in our lives. I want to share with you a little about one of those people who is special to us in our office.

As  many of you know, Sylvia McCarthy has been one of our Special Education Department secretaries for 17 years. She will be retiring over the holiday break. Sylvia has been so much more than just "the voice on the phone" for us. She has helped more than one parent, teacher, and administrator work their way through the world of special education. Sylvia has a wonderful sense of humor, offers help no matter what the needs may be, and is a calm, reassuring support to all of us. I have had the privilege of working with Sylvia for my entire administrative career and she has become a dear friend. If you call the office in the next couple of weeks, please feel free to wish her well. Our new secretary, Patty Lewis, will start with us over the break.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.