Sunday, November 17, 2019

Winter and the Holidays are Approaching Quickly



Well, the winter season and all the holidays it brings is approaching quickly! I was not ready for the snow yet, but it certainly looks pretty.


Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebrations

Santa has arrived at Destiny USA. I came across a notification that Destiny USA will be hosting a sensory friendly day with Santa on Sunday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. that is being held in sponsorship with Autism Speaks and here is the link to the  webpage, and if you scroll down to "Santa Cares" you will see the link to register for this event.


The Syracuse City Ballet will be hosting a sensory friendly performance of the Nutcracker again this year. The performance will be Tuesday, November 26th at noon. Here is more information and a link to purchase tickets.


As I hear of other events that will be happening I will try to keep you updated.

Stay Warm
~ Sue

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fall is Here!


Well, I cannot believe how quickly fall has come upon us; we're already seven weeks into the school year. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and Halloween is almost here.

International Stuttering Awareness Day

Today I was so lucky to see a class presentation by one of our students. Bennett is a 2nd grader in Mrs. Prosser's class at Stonehedge. 

He created a graphic novel with an ipad app, that he shared with his classmates to teach them about stuttering; why it happens, what it looks like and what they can do to help him when he stutters.  

He had the help of his speech teacher Mrs. Dunham to create the book. What a courageous young man to share this with all of his classmates; and he had quite a few adults watching him too! Well done Bennett!!


WG SEPTSA

The West Genesee Special Education PTSA (SEPTSA) held its first meeting of the year last week. They will be meeting in the West Genesee High School Library from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the following dates: December 3, January 30, March 11, May 11 and will conclude the year with their picnic at Shove Park on June 24.  This group would like to have more members participate, you can join online by clicking here to sign up.

Enjoy the sunny fall days while they are here!

~ Sue

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:http://libguides.urmc.rochester.edu/ld.php?content_id=42929685 (BTW, while this is aimed at people with ASD, the tips could be use by anyone.)

Have a wonderful summer!   
~Sue

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 http://www.cnyasa.org/


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 rtangredi@marcellusschools.org.

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: http://supac.org/training/register-supac-training/