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Old January 5th, 2017, 11:34 AM   #661
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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in eastern Pennsylvania.

Leg Up Farm is a York County, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of children with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, through an effective combination of therapeutic programs and services, education, and advocacy. Its individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families.
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...For starters, Leg Up Farm is unique in that it’s pediatric therapy center is the only facility in the country to provide children impacted by special needs with physical, occupational, aquatic and speech therapy, in addition to therapeutic horseback riding, counseling services, nutrition services, and educational and recreational programming under one roof. And, with the Able-Services program, they now offer a continuum of care to individuals...

...Basically the idea is that kids think they are playing; by feeding fish in the therapeutic Koi pond, playing on the barrier free playground, driving a truck in Matthew’s town, riding horses and so much more. But in reality their therapy is wrapped around that play. They can meet their goals and make a ton of progress without even really realizing it. Parents love it because they get to watch their kids progressing while having fun and being happy, and their other children can come along and play right along with them, and they can even sit in the atrium or any number of places outside and relax while their child is in therapy. There’s really nothing else like it...


...Because Leg Up Farm is so unique in the services they offer and because they are a non-profit and do not cap how many Medicare recipients they accept into their programs, there is typically a waiting list which varies in length by service. Since reimbursement from the state is very low for Medicare recipients, they hold many fundraising events throughout the year to help offset the costs while providing necessary services to their clients.

Events include:

Leg Up Farm MudFest Series.
This is a three race trail run series, held in the Spring. The first race is an 8K held at Perrydell Farm and Dairy. The second race is a 5K held at Brown’s Orchards in their Pick Your Own Orchard. And the third race is a 5K and Kid’s fun run held right at Leg Up Farm. Proceeds benefit Leg Up Farm.

Leg Up Farm Car & Cycle Show.
Leg Up Farm partners with the Mustang Club of Central PA to host a car show in June. The show includes awards, food trucks, facility tours, kid’ activities and more. Proceeds benefit Leg Up Farm.

Clash of the Clubs Golf Tournament.
Typically held in May, the Clash of the Clubs is a double flight shotgun tournament with one flight in the morning and one in the afternoon. This takes place at Cool Creek Golf Club and has always been a great day of fun, support and golf! Proceeds benefit Leg Up Farm.

Fall Fest at Leg Up Farm.
Fall Fest is the largest event held at Leg Up Farm. It’s held each October and includes food trucks, craft vendors, kid’s activities (including pumpkin decorating and a trick-or-treat trail), silent auction, equine demonstrations, open house, a free photo booth with the Moove In Self Storage cow mascot and more.

Fall Fest this year will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 9am-2pm. Parking for the event is located off site at Central York High School and Northeastern High School. Free shuttle service will take you to and from Leg Up Farm and the schools. Admission is free – be sure to join us!
Here is a link to a video from the nonprofit from a few years ago:


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in eastern Pennsylvania.

Autism Inclusion Resources is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that helps those affected by Autism, including children, navigate challenging social situations, such as museum visits Autism Inclusion Resources is the creative force behind services and solutions that will enable today’s generation of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to participate more fully in the world...
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For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children.
Autism causes a greater sensitivity to environmental stimulation. So the lights, music and roar of the crowd can trigger a severe meltdown that is difficult to anticipate and control.
"They're frustrated and they're scared and they're just overwhelmed," said Debra Forman, whose 8-year-old son, Adam, has autism. "You have to ask yourself if it's worth it."

...Dr. Wendy Ross was heartbroken to hear stories like this from families. The developmental pediatrician also knew that isolation didn't serve her patients well in the long run.
"If kids are not in the community, building their skills from very young ages, then there's no reason to expect them to be independent one day," Ross said. "It's a social disability. It needs to be addressed in a social setting."
So in 2007, Ross set out to do just that. Today, her nonprofit, Autism Inclusion Resources, helps families affected by autism navigate challenging social situations, such as airport travel, sporting events and museum visits.
"If you start taking steps outside of your door, your world gets bigger and bigger," said Ross, 43. "We just want people to have opportunities."

...Many Major League Baseball teams hold annual "autism awareness nights," when they take temporary measures such as lowering the volume on the public address system. But Ross wanted to do more.

"You can't turn down the volume of the world," Ross said. "It's nice to do it for one night, but our goal is for families to be able to go to a game on any night."
To that end, Ross partnered with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 to develop an innovative program.
She armed all the Phillies game-day employees -- approximately 3,000 people -- with knowledge about autism and how to interact with individuals who have the disorder. Now, everyone from the ticket takers to the hot dog vendors at Citizens Bank Ballpark help create an atmosphere where families feel supported.
"I don't expect the staff to be experts, just to be aware of it and (be) understanding," Ross said. "If families need a break, the staff know where to take (them) for a little sensory rest."
Ross also helps prepare the families for the event. They are given a booklet with pictures illustrating each step of the game, from arrival and getting a hot dog to the seventh inning stretch. Then she escorts families to their first game, with tickets donated by the Phillies.
Each family is also provided a clinician at the game who gives additional support if problems arise. For Forman, having the professional assistance was a huge relief.
"When Adam was anxious or ready to leave, I had somebody to turn to, and she had some ideas," Forman said. "Without her there, it would've been a very tough game for me."
Ross hopes that this supported experience will give families the confidence to return on their own. She also believes that this dual approach -- working with the Phillies and the families -- just makes sense.

"It's not enough to work with a child with autism, because we need the community to accept them," she said. "You would never show someone how to use a wheelchair and then not have a ramp."

...Ross has also found her airport travel program to be successful for families. Using the same principles, she trains airline and security staff at major airports and then guides families through a simulated travel experience, including checking in, going through security and boarding a plane.
Since 2010, more than 200 families have benefited from Ross' initiatives.
Building on her success with the Phillies, she is now working with Philadelphia's football and hockey teams. Soon she wants to partner with the city's public transportation agency.
"The hope for Philadelphia is to make it the most autism-friendly city in the country," she said. "It will serve as a model of independence for other cities everywhere."
Ross also hopes that the tools she gives families can help them explore other settings on their own.
"We really see it as a stepping stone to a brighter future," she said. "I feel like it changes the trajectory of lives."
After their successful outing at the ballpark, Forman took Adam to a football game. She believes this is just the beginning of their family's adventures.
"Hopefully, there will be zoos in our future, and aquariums," Forman said. "The world is our oyster."
Here is a link to a video from Autism Inclusion Resources's Airport Program from over four years ago:


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in eastern Pennsylvania.

The TIM Academy is a Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that provides training and consultative services for professionals working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Its curriculum is based on current research, proven practices and the real world strategies used at The Timothy School, a renowned private day school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
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Imagine for a moment that you're an autistic child. You have trouble processing the sights and sounds obvious to other youngsters. Shades of meaning and facial expressions that others use to navigate social situations are lost on you. With no way to manage unstructured time, your anxiety skyrockets.

...Into this chaos, as [autism expert Judy Horrocks] put it, comes a little calm and comfort for autistic kids, their parents and their caregivers. It's a system that breaks down the child's experience into a sequence of events, using visual and verbal queues. It's being taught in two half-day workshops April 30 at Valley Forge Suites in Wayne. Horrocks and fellow expert Wendy Moran will show adults how to structure daily activities into a set of pieces that an autistic youngster can understand, and refer to on a picture board. When the activity is over, the child closes a paper "door" on the corresponding picture. "It feels good," Horrocks said about how autistic children view the technique. "Life doesn't look like chaos. There's a system to what's going on, and they can learn it."
Here is a link to a video of children from The Timothy School ice skating from last year: https://www.facebook.com/ChesterCoun...9815527371289/


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Don't believe in the magic of the holiday season? You may change your mind after this story.

"I started the first light show of 2016," said 9-year-old Matthew Romano of Northeast Philadelphia.

With the press of a button, Romano activated the light show at Macy's in Center City, now it its 60th year.

"I like two parts," Romano explained, "the story of the 'Nutcracker' and when all of the lights come on."

Matthew knows all about the light show. He watches it on his computer frequently. He is autistic, and Pat Kelly, a family friend who everyone calls aunt Pat, thought a behind the scenes opportunity would be beneficial for Matthew. She wrote Macy?s and they granted her wish. Aunt Pat says something magical happened when Matthew met the light show installation crew a few weeks ago.

"For him to walk into a group of like 20 strangers, he wouldn't have even of done this with one person," Pat explained. "And all of a sudden he addressed everyone and just said 'hi everyone' in this voice I have never heard before."

Fighting back tears of joy, Aunt Pat said the opportunity has changed Matthew's life. He is confident and socially engaged.

"I've never seen this before," she said. "It's miraculous."

[The show] has about 100,000 LED lights. The show is narrated by Entertainer Julie Andrews who tells classic holiday tales like 'Frosty the Snowman' and 'The Nutcracker.'...
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