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Come see Caring Santa at the UP Mall!

Ho Ho Ho! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering withSimon Property Group, Inc. and the Noerr Programs Corporation on their Caring Santa program! Caring Santa is an opportunity to connect with multitudes of families that have children with autism and other special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit Noerr’s Santa Photo Experience!

On Sunday, December 7, for two hours prior to the mall opening, 120 Simon Malls across the country will be offering the Caring Santa Program! Register today to schedule an appointment with Santa in a fun and sensory-friendly environment at this private event just for families with special needs!

Click here to schedule a time to see Santa at the UP Mall!

Special Outdoor Leisure Activities

SOLO provides outdoor winter educational and recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities from St. Joseph County, Indiana in an effort order to:

  • Encourage independence and increase participation in family and community leisure opportunities
  • Educate the community regarding the capabilities of and opportunities for persons with disabilities
Skiing offers a freedom of movement that most persons with disabilities have never experienced. At the same time, it creates an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and unsurpassed confidence. A person who has difficulty walking will find themselves gliding smoothly down the hill with a new found poise and agility.

We welcome both adults and children at least 8 years of age to join us. SOLO is open to students with physical, visual, auditory, or significant mental impairments

Monday, December 1, 2014   6-7 pm
Logan Center   2505 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend
Membership and orientation meeting.  All students, families and volunteers should attend. Learn about SOLO’s plan for this year and vote to elect SOLO Board of Directors.

Monday, December 15, 2014   6-7 pm
Logan Center   2505 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend
Exercise and training session for students and volunteers. Student registration and medical forms must be turned in by this date.

Monday, December 22, 2014   7-9 pm
Swiss Valley Ski Area   Jones, MI
If Swiss Valley is open, we will conduct an on-slope training session for all new and returning volunteers, which will introduce you adaptive training tools and techniques, and allow volunteers to practice using them. If Swiss Valley is not open yet, alternate date is Monday, December 29, 2014.

Saturday, January 3, 2015   9-10:30 am
Rum Village Park   South Bend, IN
First session for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing program. There will be a training session for new nordic volunteers immediately following the ski session. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks. If there is not enough snow, we will do an alternate activity like hiking.

Monday, January 5, 2015   6-10 pm
Swiss Valley   Jones, MI
First session for the downhill skiing program. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks, unless there is a cancellation due to weather conditions, in which case the program will be extended an additional week. All students and volunteers are welcome to ride the bus that leaves from and returns to Memorial’s Lighthouse Place (Medpoint) in Granger. Call the Snow Line at 574-245-9634 to make sure we are skiing.

 

To learn more click here!

2014 Northern Indiana Autism Expo

The Autism Society of Indiana’s annual Northern Indiana Autism Expo is Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in Mishawaka, Indiana. The expo will take place at Windsor Park Conference Center at 4020 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka, Indiana.

The expo is free to attend and will feature different exhibitors from across the state providing information, resources and entertainment regarding the happenings of Autism in the state of Indiana. There will be a variety of activities to do and items to buy!

To register for the free event click here.

The Top 9 Signs Your Infant May Have Autism

1.) Lack of smiling

Does your child smile back at you when you give her a warm, joyful smile? Does your child smile on her own? By the age of six months, your infant should be giving you big smiles or happy expressions.

2.) Rare Imitation of Social Cues

Does your child imitate the sounds and movements of others? Does he share expressions back and forth? Infrequent imitation of sounds, smiles, laughter, and facial expressions by 9 months of age can be an early indicator of autism.

3.) Delay in Babbling and Cooing

Is your child making “baby talk” and babbling or cooing? Does she do it frequently? Your baby should typically reach this milestone by 12 months.

4.) Unresponsiveness to Name

Is your baby increasingly unresponsive to his or her name from 6 to 12 months of age? Parents who see this in their child are often concerned it may be hearing loss and are unaware it can be a sign of autism. If you see this behavior in your child, be sure to monitor the signs and consult a doctor

5.) Poor Eye Contact

Does your child make limited eye contact with you and other loved ones? Does he follow objects visually? Severe lack of eye contact as the baby grows can be an early indicator, as it is a form of communication and comprehension.

6.) Infrequently Seeking Attention

Does your son initiate cuddling or make noises to get your attention? Does he reach up toward you to be picked up? Disinterest in seeking a loved one’s attention or bonding is a sign your baby may eventually have difficulty relating to others, which can be a struggle for those on the spectrum as they grow up.

7.) Lack of Gesturing

Does your son gesture at objects or people to communicate? Does he wave goodbye, point, or reach for things? This is a milestone that is typically reached by 9 or 10 months old.

8.) Repetitive Behaviors

Does your child engage in repetitive behaviors such as stiffening his arms, hands, or legs?
Does he display unusual body movements like rotating his hands on his wrists? Does he sit or stand in uncommon postures?

9.) Delayed Motor Development

Has your daughter experienced significant delays in motor development milestones, such as rolling over, pushing herself up, and crawling?