Contact: Mary Beth Drobish,
Acting Director at 610-793-1037
Mailing Address: PO Box 92, Pocopson, PA 19366
Street Address: 350 Locust Grove Rd, West Chester, PA 19382
The mission of this provider is to enrich the lives of children by providing a loving, caring environment in which they can have fun while interacting with farm animals for the purpose of gaining knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. Offerings include individual visitation with one-on-one interaction between the children and animals; a summer day camp that includes both animal interaction and activities designed to improve socialization and sensory skills; and school field trips that provide opportunities for large groups of special needs children to interact with the animals.
Judith Creed Homes for
Adult Independence (JCHAI)
Contact: Stacy Jarett Levitan, Esq.
Executive Director at 610-667-7875
274 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Federation Hall,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
JCHAI provides supportive independent living for people 18 and older with ASD and/or intellectual disability. This local, grassroots organization was started by parents who wanted their adult children to live a full, happy life. The JCHAI Café has a dinner club and classes and weekend trips are offered as a way to meet others with similar interests. JCHAI offers various levels of community and residential supports in the family home, independent apartments, or in a staffed apartment program. Life skills such as cooking, time management, travel instruction, vocational training and more are offered through JCHAI’s programs. Contact JCHAI about monthly Open House visits.
The Quaker School at Horsham (TQS)
Contact: Alex Brosowsky, Head of School, at email@example.com
The Quaker School at Horsham
250 Meetinghouse Rd
Horsham, PA 19044
TQS has been a haven for children with social, emotional and academic challenges for more than 30 years. This Quaker community is a place where children who have not previously experienced school success have the potential to blossom socially, academically and behaviorally. With a 4:1 student to teacher ratio and an emphasis on community building, students can increase their social skills and develop a positive self-image. All classrooms are sensory friendly, while language, social skills and integrated occupational therapy are built into every lesson. Contact TQS to schedule a visit.
White Clay Learning Center
Contact: Andrea Shoap, School Director
White Clay Learning Center
250 New Garden Rd.
Toughkenamon, PA 19374
This small K-12 accredited private school has offered an individualized education to children diagnosed with comprehensive and specific learning disabilities for more than 20 years. If offers a dynamic teaching team and an enriching, custom-created curriculum along with an evidence-based intervention curriculum. White Clay creates an individualized program for each student based on his or her academic, social and emotional strengths and weaknesses to allow for critical neurodevelopmental connections as well as cognitive and emotional growth.
Program Promising for Young Adults with Autism
PEERS involves patients and caregivers to maintain social support and guidance, WebMD, 8/6/15
From the article: “A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds.
Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the study's attention to this older age group is unusual, said lead author and program founder Elizabeth Laugeson, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.”
From the article: “People with autism face a host of difficulties in a society that
doesn’t always accommodate them and stereotypes that even undermine experts’ views on the disorder. Due to the social struggles that accompany autism, there’s
a misconception that people with it lack empathy—that is, they can’t understand others’ thoughts and feelings. A new study, like others before it, offers evidence to the contrary.”
New police training on mental illness and autism
From the site: “Speak softly and
succinctly.Remove sunglasses. Avoid sudden motions. Be patient.Every
police officer should know these and
other techniques for successful encounters with crime victims, witnesses or perpetrators who have a mental illness or developmental disorder such as autism, experts say. The more cops know about mental illness and autism, the better their response at the scene of a mental breakdown.”
Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics, Study Finds
From the site: “A new study suggests the idea that more kids are being diagnosed with autism not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S. children, but rather because they're simply being classified and diagnosed differently. Special education enrollment figures suggest 97 percent of the increase in autism seen between 2000 and 2010 could simply be accounted for by reclassification—at least among older kids—a team at Penn State University found.”
Washington Post, 7/20/15
From the article: “Alanna Whitney was a
weird kid… Years later, she found a word that explained it all: Autistic. Instead of grieving, she felt a rush of relief. ‘It was the answer to every question I’d ever had,’ she recalled. ‘It was kind of like a go-ahead to shed all of those things I could or couldn’t
do and embrace myself for who I am.’”
(Shown: Alanna Whitney's artwork in her home in Langley, B.C.)
From the site: “Danielle Jacobs wanted people to know what living with Asperger's syndrome is like. So, she recorded herself in the middle of what she says is considered a meltdown. The video not only highlights the everyday battles someone with Asperger's combats on a daily basis, but also the help Danielle gets from her four legged friend, Samson.”
Welcome to ASCEND Group
Jed Baker, Ph.D., is the director of the Social Skills Training Project,
Title: All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Friday, 11/6/15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
500 Blair Mill Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
About Dr. Jed Baker: Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of six books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior, and No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.
To view our flyer and print downloadable form, please click here.(Early bird registration is now in effect and after 10/6/2015 prices increase by $25)
ASCEND Speaker Meetings:
Aspergers and Self-AdvocacyPresenters: ASCEND Board Members Karen Myers & Robert Schmus, MSW
Thursday, 9/10/15, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
101 Kylies Ln. Coatesville, PA 19320
Karen and Robert joined the ASCEND board of directors this year and have much to share about growing up on the spectrum, including what they see as their strengths and challenges and how an official diagnosis can be a benefit. They will also cover a variety of topics such as hyper-focus, sensory issues, bullying, anxiety and the myth of “lack of empathy.” Karen and Robert hope to provide encouragement to families by discussing the many positives that can come with this neurological difference as well as the challenges and the various coping skills that have helped them. Karen will also bring attention to females on the spectrum, including how they present differently than males and are often "missed" or misdiagnosed. Robert will highlight the services that have been helpful to him. Karen and Robert’s talk will be followed by a Q&A period.
Ideal for individuals aged 18 and up, with ASD and the families and professionals who support them.
Click here to view full flyer including bios on our speakers.
ASCEND Members attend free! Non-members: $5
Please register here.
Family Strengths: Practical Strategies for Building Relationships to Grow and Learn
Presenter: Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD (Click here for bio)
Date & Time: 10/1/15 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location:GREATER PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY CENTER
2910 Jolly Road Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Description: Families come together for healthy and meaningful purposes. The
modern family is challenged by life's realities even under the best of circumstances.
Sometimes unforeseen challenges occur, such as having a child with special needs. Establishing and growing a perspective of family strengths lay the foundation for negotiating the inevitable ups and downs, as well as individual issues, such as sleeping, eating, aggression, and social development.
Please register here.
ASCEND members attend our speaker meetings for free.
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ASCEND's MISSION:ASCEND is a community of
people in the Greater Philadelphia
area who are concerned about the
many ways that Asperger Syndrome
and other autism spectrum disorders
affect children and adults and their
families in the home, at school
and in every area of
By working together, we raise public awareness about Asperger Syndrome
and related disorders, advocate for
improved education and services,
and provide support and
information to the Asperger
and autism community.
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