The Washington County Health Unit will provide a Mass Flu Vaccination Clinic for the public on November 25, 2014 at the following location:
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Jones Center, 922 E Emma, Springdale
Please bring your insurance card and driver’s license or id. We will file your insurance for the cost of the shot. If you do not have insurance you will not be charged a fee if you get a shot at the Mass Flu Clinic.
For more information call 479-521-8181
La Unidad de Salud del Condado de Washington ofrecerá una Clínica de Vacunación para la Gripe (Flu) para el público el 25ro de noviembre de 2014 en el siguiente lugar :
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. en el Jones Center, 922 E Emma, Springdale
Por favor traer su tarjeta de seguro médico y licencia de conducir ó identificación. Le enviaremos la factura del costo de la vacuna a su companía de seguro médico. La vacuna será libre de costo para las personas que no tengan seguro médico.
Para más información llamar al 479-521-8181
This is a really important resource since a lot of the families we work with come from Latin America or the Pacific (Marshall Islands).
UNITY DAY 2014 - STOP BULLYING
Make it orange and make it end! Unite against bullying! Sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, NWA Community Parent Resource Center staff is in the picture below, showing their support for promoting positivity, inclusiveness and kindness to all by wearing orange.
Here's a letter from the US department of Education taking a stance against bullying. Everybody is deserving to be treated decently and with respect!
Trick or Treat!
All the fun trick or treating that comes with Halloween is something most families look forward to. For those living with a special needs child, this holiday can be a nightmare worse than any authentic ghoul or goblin.
The unpredictability of Halloween along with its sights, sounds, and smells can be 100 times scarier for a child on the autism spectrum or with other special needs. Here are some tips to make the night fun for everyone, but most importantly for our children.
What does this holiday mean?
For some of our children, holidays can be confusing and unpredictable. To help explain that process better, watch fun movies with safe Halloween themes to get ready for the upcoming night. These movies have specific scenes with trick or treating, offering less scary and much more family-friendly themes:
Start with visiting one house before the holiday. Reinforce the victory by celebrating with a special treat or small toy. You can also practice trick or treating in your garage. Have your child hand out candy to kids who are pretending to come to “trick or treat”.
Get in the spirit with the right costume!
Choose a favorite cartoon or game character:
All children should be included in Halloween celebrations. Here is how our non verbal/preverbal kids can experience the fun too:
This is a great way to include all kids in “trick or treat” activities. Use all the tips outlined in this article, and print and make copies of this card. Practice how to pass it out with your child on the night of Halloween.
What to eat?
Most teachers dread the day after Halloween for the “sugar coma” kids experience and the large negative changes in behaviors. We have plenty of ideas to address this scary concept of too much sugar! Alternative treats for special needs children include:
Don’t let this be the scariest holiday of all! With the festivities rapidly approaching, these ideas will surely help your child with special needs experience the joys of Halloween!
Article by By Lisa Ackerman at tacanow.org
OCTOBER - MONTH FOR Bullying Awareness, Down Syndrome Awareness, and Learning Disabilities Awareness
The sights and smells of October bring a month full of celebration, standing up for, and spreading awareness about things that matter and deserve recognition! Take a look at the information and events below.
Bullying Awareness Month
UNITY DAY OCTOBER 22ND
October is PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message to remember during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort to encourage everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use year-round, but especially during October, to inspire, educate, and inform. Check out the many events and activities, and make plans to join the movement and take action where you live! Find out more
Make it Orange, Make it End - What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? On Wednesday, Oct. 22 plan to “Make it ORANGE and Make it End!” If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities, wear orange on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone comes together – in schools, communities, and online – to send a large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity. “Taking part in Unity Day is a simple way to make a powerful statement,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER Center’s executive director. “Anyone can join with us to “Make It Orange and Make It End.”
(above information & image courtsey of www.pacer.org)
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This month we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of the abilities and accomplishments of those who have Down Syndrome. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.
Learn all about Down Syndrome's history and listen to people speak out about what it’s like to have Down syndrome to learn the real story. People with Down syndrome and their loved ones can spread awareness about Down syndrome by going to their local Buddy Walk® and speak out about their needs. Be educated on how to advocate for people with Down Syndrome – they need love, support and encouragement as much as anyone else. (information adapted from ndss.org)
In Northwest Arkansas, our 10th Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness will take place on Sat. Oct. 18th at Arvest Ballpark from 10am-noon. Chick-Fil-A is providing a free lunch this year. For event details go to www.dscnwa.com.
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
October was originally designated in the United States as LD Month in 1985 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has celebrated an LD Month since 1987 and provides a toolkit to help you celebrate. For many years, learning disabilities organizations in the United States used the month to inform the public about learning disabilities through events and proclamations. LD Month is still commemorated in a few states.
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is a time where people pay particular attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. You could use some time this month to teach one person something new about learning disabilities. For example, introduce them to www.ldonline.org 's newsletter or share an interesting article.
For more ideas and resources on Learning Disabilities Awareness Month visit http://www.ldonline.org/calendar/ld#history
(information from www.ldonline.org)
Staff of the Family Support Program (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)