FSN Community News
September 2018
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Sibhops for the North Carolina Deaf Blind Conference
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Items Needed: 
  • Special needs stroller for 4 year old
  • Simply thick (jugs)
If you have something you would like to give to another family or if you are looking for an item, please let us know and we will be happy to share this in our newsletter.  Please call 336.703.4289 for more info or email Chris at ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org.
Save the Date!
Breakfast with Santa
December 8, 2018
Reservations will be taken starting November 1, 2018
PDSSN Events
09/09 (3-5): Fire Station Day
Email jay@pdssn.org to reserve spot
09/13 (4-12): Buddy Walk Pre-Party Fiddlin Fish
10/03 (5-8): Buddy Walk T-shirt pick-up dinner at Chick-Fil-a Clemmons
10/09 (All Night): Buddy Walk T-Shirt pick up dinner at the Sherwood
10/13: BUDDY WALK! Sign up and raise money here: bit.ly/pdssnbuddywalk
Twins TOPSoccer
 For Kids with Special Needs
TOPSoccer fall season is coming up! It starts Sunday, September 16 at 3:00. Make sure to register online (link below). For more information, click HERE.
Autism Society Event
Autism Society of Forsyth and Davie will have a meeting on Sept 24, 2018 about special needs planning. Click HERE for more details.
Focus on Family and Disability Seminar
UNC Disability Series is open for parents and professionals - attend in person or by livestream. Click HERE for more information.
Sensory Friendly Programs
Don’t forget that both Kaleidium Downtown (Children’s Museum) and the Central Library offer sensory friendly program options. 
Horizon's Respite Care
Horizons provides CARF-accredited respite programming for families in need. These services include weekend and summer respite care. For more information, click HERE.
Cherith Cottage
Cherith Cottage is a place of respite for caregivers of a child with special needs. It is located near Charlotte NC.  If you could use a night away, please contact FSN for details about this free option for parents and caregivers. No hidden agenda or strings attached! The owners have been in your shoes and want to give back. 
Learn. Play. Thrive.
ONLINE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM - FREE online resources, and video tutorials. For more information, click HERE.
Social Animals Group
Social Animals Group: Celebrating Adult Neurodiversity, meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - A group of Winston-Salem, N.C., parents and adults with developmental disabilities has organized this social group to give adults ages 18 and older an opportunity to meet with other adults with developmental disabilities. Click here for details or click here for the next event.
New Accessible Playground!
107 White Road, King, NC 27021
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Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
Stepping Stones Positive Parenting Seminars
For families who have children 2-5 with special needs
To be held at The Special Children’s School
4505 Shattalon Dr.,  Winston-Salem, NC 27106
5:30-7:30 with dinner and childcare provided
Please  RSVP to 336-703-4289
  • Wednesday, Sept 12 - Positive parenting for children with a disability
  • Wednesday, Sept 19 - Helping your child reach their potential
  • Wednesday, Sept 26 - Changing problem behavior into positive behavior

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
"Ask the Doctor" with Dr. Kurt Klinepeter, Developmental Pediatrician
Dinner 5:30 PM
Meeting from 6:00-7:30 PM with childcare.
There is no cost, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP at 336-703-4289.
Little Creek Recreation Center
610 Foxcroft Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Upcoming: October 25th  - “Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy”
What is it?  Who needs it? Where do I find it?  
Guest speaker Dana Alley from A Bridge to Achievement
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs 
September 10, 2018 - Housing Rights for People with Disabilities
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
El Buen Pastor Community Center (4637 Tim Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106)
Upcoming Dates:
  • October 8th 10:30-12:00 - Organizing your child’s educational records
  • November 19th (5:30 dinner 6:00-7:30 meeting) with Attorney Loana Costant. Attorney will answer immigration questions.
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

Article ImageStepping Stones Parenting Institute
Coming in October!
STEPPING STONES PARENTING INSTITUTE - an in depth look at how you parent a child with special needs.  This parenting curriculum of 6 sessions will be offered on 3 Saturdays from 9-1 with lunch included.  Child care is not provided but a stipend to help families with the cost of child care is available.  If you are interested in learning proven strategies to teach or change behaviors, this is the course for you!  This is a small group format with limited space.  Participants must commit to all three parts on October 6October 27 and November 17th.  For more information or to register please call the Family Support Network 336-703-4289.  
This program is for families in Forsyth County who have children with special needs ages 2-5

Sibshops are sibling support groups that are fun and interactive for kids ages 5-14 who have a sibling with a disability. 
We are kicking off “Team Sibshops” on Friday September 14th 6:00-8:30 PM 
at The Children’s Center (2315 Coliseum Dr.) Join us for dinner, games and discussion.  RSVP required. Please call 336-703-4289 for more information about our Sibshops program or visit http://www.thecfec.org/sibshop-fsn/
Upcoming Fall Dates: October 12, November 9th

READWS (Read•Write•Spell) Literacy Project
Volunteers Needed
READWS (Read•Write•Spell) needs volunteers to serve as tutors to public-school students and to help with Reading Parties. There will be a 7-day Tutor Training class this winter starting Jan. 24, 2019.
For more information or to register, email emily@readws.org or call (336) 723-4391 ext 1509.
READWS is an outreach mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The mission of READWS is to reach, teach and advocate for struggling readers by training tutors, educators and parents to use the evidence-based, best practices of a multisensory structured literacy approach.  We focus on students who are at an economic disadvantage.

ImaginAbility Conference
Adult Transition and Community Living for Individuals with Autism and I/DD
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Brooks Avenue Church of Christ
700 Brooks Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607
ALL are welcome to register to join us as we CAN create some of the answers to our questions together
…. to Help Bring Dreams to Life!
**This conference was created by and for individuals and their families affected by ASD &/or I/DD in NC.
The registration link is below:

Winston-Salem Adapted Arts and Sports Program (W.A.A.S.P)
WAASP Remaining 2018 Dates
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9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
The Winston-Salem Adapted Arts and Sports Program (W.A.A.S.P) at Wake Forest University invites you to come join us for some fun! WAASP is a student-run program at Wake Forest University for children of all ages with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. We encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills through creative and fun interactions. During each session, children play sports and games or create arts and crafts projects. Friends and parents are welcome too! And it is free for everyone!
Where:  Reynolds Gym (Wake Forest University campus)
1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 
When: Sundays, 1-3pm (biweekly)
More information:
Karen Gusmer (336) 528-1982, gusmkc15@wfu.edu
Daisy Tang (336) 546-2719, tangy15@wfu.edu
or visit our website at wfuwaasp.webs.com

Free Service
Smart911 is a free service available nationwide that allows families to provide detailed information about their household directly to 9-1-1 and first responders during an emergency. Families will create a Safety Profile of information and can provide information about family members, home address, pets, and even vehicles that will automatically display on the 9-1-1 call taker's screen when anyone in the home makes an emergency call.  Before responders arrive on the scene, they can be aware of specific needs of an individual with autism, such as how to approach them or if they are non-verbal. Additionally, the Smart911 Safety Profile can include a picture and physical description in the event that the individual has wandered. These details can save valuable seconds or even minutes during an emergency. Sign up today! www.smart911.com

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