Community Resources for Autism in South Bend, Indiana

The most recent CDC report stated that 1 in 58 children are diagnosed with autism. Chances are, you or someone you know is affected by autism in some way. Whether you were diagnosed, a child, a family member, or a friend. Those who care for someone with autism know that it truly takes a village to be able to provide them with the necessary tools and supports to be successful and have the best quality of life. This can be in the form of supportive family members, teachers at school, parent support groups, and other community resources. Many are unaware of the community resources that exist and how to access them. Below is a list of community resources related to autism in South Bend, Indiana. Most of these resources not only serve South Bend, Indiana, but provide support to families all over the Michiana area.

 

“A Place to Be Me” – Children’s Dispensary, Inc.

www.childrensdispensary.org

The Children’s Dispensary provides social and recreational activities in the South Bend area to allow children and families with special needs social interaction. They do this through fun in music, creative arts, cooking, movement, and sports in the community.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders Family Support Group

574-289-4831

This South Bend, Indiana area resource is open to families and caregivers of those with autism. They do not have a website but can be reached at 574-289-4831.

 

INSOURCE

www.insource.org

INSOURCE provides families, parents, caregivers and providers in the state of Indiana with information and trainings to be able to advocate for individuals with special needs.

 

LOGAN Community Resources, Inc.

https://www.logancenter.org/

LOGAN is long-standing member of the South Bend Community and has served as a support to special needs families for over 50 years. They support people and families with special needs including adult day services and recreation, autism services, best buddies and super sibs, children’s services and residential services.

 

The Play Project

https://www.playproject.org/

The Play Project in South Bend, Indiana seeks to assist young children with autism in reaching their fullest potential through the power of play.

 

If you are looking for more information about resources for autism in South Bend, Indiana, please contact Lighthouse Autism Center’s Family Outreach Coordinator at 574-387-4313.

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Winter Activities for Your Child with Autism

Winter Activities

Winter in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan can last anywhere from October to April, and is often unpredictable, cold, and filled with snow. For parents, finding winter activities for your child with autism can be a challenging. While the snow can be a fun and welcome activity for children, other times, the bitter cold can prevent children from playing outside. So, how do we keep children and children with autism busy during the cold winter months?

Outdoor Activities

When the temperature is a lovely 35 degrees (which is quite warm in this area during the winter months!) and there is a fresh blanket of snow, here are just a few activities to try with your child with autism.

  • Build a snowman – this can be a wonderful activity that your child can do independently or as a family. Consider building a replica of a favorite character or naming your snowman. Be sure to always explain that a snowman is only temporary and will melt when it gets warmer!
  • Sledding – get your child active by finding a park (be sure to find a safe space!) where your child can enjoy a trip sledding down a hill. A favorite past-time of most, this is sure to be something your child with autism will enjoy as well. Consider getting a sled big enough for two people so your child can sled with the assistance of an adult.
  • Frozen Water Balloons – fill balloons with different color water (just add food coloring!) to make a fun and beautiful display in your yard. Fill the balloons with water and place them outside. Within a few hours you should have a beautiful display of frozen water.

Indoor Activities

When the weather turns bitter cold or there are several inches of snow on the ground, you may find your child’s school closed and a house full of children. Here are a few ideas to keep your child with autism (and all of your children!) occupied when they are stuck inside:

  • Pajama Day – consider letting your child have a lazy day in pajamas. Make them their favorite breakfast and let them watch a favorite movie or TV show. Make a fort with pillows and blankets and let your children enjoy a cozy day inside.
  • Mall Visit – If the kids (and you!) are itching to get out of the house, take a trip to the mall. Make a game of walking around the mall to get some steps in and energy out. If you are able, let your child pick out a new toy or item once you have done so many trips around the mall.
  • Movie Day – this can be done at a local theater or at home. If you want to get out of the house, take advantage of discounted matinee prices and take the kids to see a favorite movie. Pop some popcorn at home and bring that jumbo size purse to provide some affordable snacks at the theater.

For children with autism, on days when school or an ABA therapy center is closed, be sure to do your best to keep a routine and follow through on skills and activities they are working on at home. ABA is meant to be consistent and intensive, and can only be successful if parents do their best to practice many of the same ABA skills that your child does at their ABA center at home.

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