FCPG July Newsletter

written by FCPG on December 8, 2013 in Resources for Families with no comments

 

Welcome to Family Centred Practices Group Focus, Family Centred Practices Group’s monthly roundup of news, information, resources, strategies and supports for families of children with autism and related disabilities. We are here for your family. If there’s anything you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please let us know by sending an email to assist@fcpg.ca.
In this issue:

– Letter from our Clinical Director, Tina Linton

– Family Quality of Life Checklist

– FCPG Kids’ Corner!

– Consultant Spotlight

– Focus on Events

Tina A. Linton, M.Ed., BCBA
Welcome to the first issue of our new and improved newsletter.  It is my hope we can be of service to you and your family, as well as people that support you by sharing information, strategies and resources that will benefit you.
As I write this, I am spending time in the Maritimes with my family, who flew from Ontario to watch me present at a conference in Nova Scotia, where I talked about “Effective Practices in Early Intervention.”
Service delivery models vary from province to province and there are vast differences in government funding available for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The government of Nova Scotia has recently made the decision to have Early Intervention fall under the umbrella of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Centres are being developed that will house all services for children under the age of six and their families.
This new initiative provides an opportunity for reviewing the system of support to children and family in the early years – especially Early Intervention, which was the focus of my workshop.
The workshop also provided the opportunity for Early Interventionists to expand their knowledge in delivering effective practices to families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays.
In this issue, we continue our exploration of what it means to be “Family Centred.” Our feature article breaks down our most recent blog post (“What Do Parents Want to Know?”) into an easy-to-use metric that will help you discuss your informational needs with your consultant.
Warm regards,

Clinical Director, Family Centred Practices Group

 

Family Quality of Life Checklist

Our last blog post highlighted “The Top Four Things Families Want to Learn More About.” As we mentioned in that article, it’s important for families to have access to resources and supports, and there are a few key areas they are especially interested in. Sometimes, though, there are so many questions that you don’t even know where to start. To help with that, we’ve adapted our Family Quality of Life checklist. Be honest with yourself as you are filling it out – the more you know about your situation, the better able you are to find resources and supports that best fit your needs. If you identify any areas that you feel particularly unsupported in, don’t hesitate to broach the subject with your Behavioral Consultants or other service providers. They may not have all the answers, but they can help point you in the right direction.
Click here to see the complete chart as a handy, printable PDF.
The consultant we would like to highlight for you this month is Senior Behavioral Consultant Christy Cheremshynski, M.A., BCBA, RCC. Christy has over fifteen years of experience working with children diagnosed with ASD. She also recently graduated with a masters degree in counseling psychology at UBC.

We caught up with Christy to talk about what “family centred” means to her. Click here to read our full interview.

In future issues, we’ll have a Question and Answer section. If you have a question you’d like answered, email it to assist@fcpg.ca and keep an eye on our newsletter for an answer.
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“The toontastic app that I sent to you was called’Army in the Nielsens’.  I got a picture from every scene to show you.  The cartoon is about an army of alieans attacking our house and they try to move in but Nicole and I save the day. And for the fashion report card, I have just glued a few random pictures about how good peoples fashion is.”

– Lindsay, age 13

Has your child done something awesome lately? Email it to assist@fcpg.ca and we’ll feature it in our newsletter!

FCPG’s Autism Walk Fundraiser!

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Join Family Centred Practices Group on our quest to raise money for Autism Speaks Canada. Funds raised go to support research into the causes of autism and providing effective treatments. There are two ways you can help: join our team and walk with us on Sept. 29, 2013 from Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, and/or donate to our campaign. You can do both by clicking this link.

SFU Social Sciences Summer Camp

Saturday, July 21st

“This is a FREE , fun, and educational camp for children and youth with or without Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)…The camp for individuals with ASD will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012. All campers will receive a cool SFU Social Science Camp T-shirt! Part of the camp involves research participation; the majority of the day is devoted to fun crafts an interactive game activities.”

Click here for more information.

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