After-School Program Strategies 002

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October 2012

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Our nonprofit was busy this October with an event going on every Saturday.

On the 1st Saturday, Oct. 6, Jeannie Bolstridge and Brittany Ammons represented SFL and FATE at the Health Fair in Douglas, Georgia. Jeannie and Kimberly Duckworth provided information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which was given to anyone who wanted the information.

On the 2nd Saturday, Oct. 13, we had its October meeting at the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Conference Room 2. The meeting began at 11:00 A.M. and ended at 1:00 P.M. Two Georgia Tech students drove down from Atlanta to present the app they are developing to our members. These two young men explained how the app worked and asked for any advice.

On the 3rd Saturday, Oct. 20, Bobbie Davis, Kimberly Duckworth, Brittany Ammons, and David Connolly represented our nonprofit at the Resource Fair at the Coffee County Middle School in Douglas, Georgia from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. They provided information about the organization, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Dyslexia.

On the 4th Saturday, Oct. 27, FATE had its 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Oserfield, Georgia. There were hay rides, a bouncy house and slide, and parents decorated their trunks for Trunk-or-Treating.

Jeannie Bolstridge saw the need to provide information to busy teachers and moms by beginning production on a podcast. After changing original audio hosts, these audio files are now hosted on SoundCloud. The first series of blog-audio covers the steps of  building an after-school program and can be found here:  http://sensoryfriendly.org/category/afterschool-homeschool-programs/

After this a podcast series was made to cover suggested educational apps for children, and this series begins here:
http://sensoryfriendly.org/category/apps-for-education/

Sharing from Monnica

We’ve asked one of our SuperMoms to give her thoughts about being a Mom to a talented son with autism. We also asked her to comment on her son’s experience in our afterschool program.

“Wow! Where can I begin? Having a child with autism can have obstacles but life is

what you make of it and as a mother I choose To make it right!! I enjoy being able

to send him to the after-school Sensory Friendly Learning program because he has customization in his

lessons and the fact he has a one-on-one tutor. Daycare and school is there to help

as well, but this gives the extra push he needs! I enjoy the fact these students

and volunteers freely give their time since I as a working mother can’t always do

that. With this one-on-one tutoring, his teacher is sure where his level of

learning is and can observe his need for improvement. There are break times and he

still has the interaction with other children with skills he will need after he’s 18

and adulthood kicks in. I’m so glad he has the advantage besides a general daycare

that takes time to see fit with his autism and teaching those life skills. Just not

long ago his tutor handed me a complete math sheet she said he did on his own!

Without the quietness and one on one, it would have been longer to see that result!

I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for picking him up and teaching! This

has been a Godsend. I highly encourage other parents of ANY type of children with

challenges to contact Mrs. B. and don’t be afraid and ask questions, she’s always

glad to help. Help is out there, we as parents and guardians have to find it and

utilize it. God bless.”

 

Monnica