FSN Community News
October 2018
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“SibShops gives our oldest son and daughter the opportunity to connect with other kids like them and hear what other families that are similar to ours go through. They love SibShops!”    — Joe & Tiffany Schmitz
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Items Needed: 
  • Special needs stroller for 4 year old
  • Double stroller
  • Simply thick (jugs)
To Give Away:
  • Ensure (chocolate, butter pecan and strawberry flavors)
  • 4 new unopened pediatric trachs
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
Triad First in Families
Information Session
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Come learn about eligibility, services and the application process.  For more information, click HERE.
STEM Career Showcase
October 16th, 10:00-3:00
Unique STEM opportunity for NC students with disabilities at the
NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  Attendees will meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. Ask your child’s school for an excused absence for an educational opportunity. For more information, click HERE.
Moji Coffee and More
Moji Coffee and More is coming to Winston-Salem!  This new coffee shop is modeled after the Bitty and Beau’s coffee shop where individuals with disabilities are employed. For more information, click HERE
Disability Scoop
The national developmental disability news site covering autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and more.
Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Registration
Registration for Christmas assistance has begun - see details HERE for Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin county registration dates and sites as well as required documentation.
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.
Learn. Play. Thrive.
ONLINE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM - FREE online resources, and video tutorials. For more information, click HERE.
Meeting FACES
Are you a parent, teacher, or service provider for children of color with autism or communication delays? Join us for a meet and greet!
When: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension
1450 Fairfield Rd. Winston Salem, NC 27105
Room: Auditorium C
Time: 9am-12pm
For more information, click HERE.
Follow Us on Facebook
Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
FSN Welcomes New Staff Member
Meet Lakeisha Williams
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Meet Lakeisha Williams, newest member of the Family Support Network Team! 
“I am a wife of 15 years & mother of 4 children, Roderick, Miracle, Skyler & Isaiah. My youngest son Isaiah was born at 25 weeks old. Isaiah had Grade 3 & Grade 4 brain bleeds. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and has had tremendous success with OT & PT therapies. I am passionate about Community support programs, serving others & outreach ministry.”

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs 
October 8, 2018 - Organizing Your Child's Records
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
El Buen Pastor Community Center (4637 Tim Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106)
Upcoming Dates:
  • November 19th (5:30 dinner 6:00-7:30 meeting) with Immigration Attorney, Gigi Gardner. Attorney will answer immigration questions.
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Karen Gusmer from WFU will talk about the Winston-Salem Adaptive Arts and Sports Program run by Wake Forest Students.
Betty West will talk about the Imprints Downtown inclusive afterschool and summer programs.
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
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs

Article ImageStepping Stones Parenting Institute
Starts October 6!
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. 
“Team Sibshops” on Friday, October12th 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: November 9th

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC)
Do you know about the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)?  They are a wealth of information for families who have children in special education. 

Winston-Salem Adapted Arts and Sports Program (W.A.A.S.P)
WAASP Remaining 2018 Dates
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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

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