Helping Hands for Kids With ASD

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One in 68 children nationwide has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition characterized by developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control.To help individuals with autism who often struggle to fit into mainstream environments, an increasing number of local services are being offered on Long Island to make typical family outings that may be intimidating easier.“Many families with children who have autism often feel isolated and shut out from the rest of the community,” says Corinne Brown, Kings Park mother of 10-year-old Patrick, who has autism. Brown also represents the Long Island chapter of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. “When theaters and museums do offer sensory-friendly events, it is a great opportunity to take our children out as a family and not feel judged.”While further progress is needed, great strides have been made in understanding the needs of families and children with autism.“New York is probably the most aggressive of all states in advocating for people with autism to be integrated in society and succeeding in that,” says John Pfeifer, senior director of clinical services at Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism. “The ultimate goal in supporting kids with autism is helping them succeed in the outside world.”Established in 1971, Life’s WORC is a nonprofit that provides services and support to people with developmental disabilities and autism and their families in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Life’s WORC offers classes such as cooking, yoga and music therapy, to help improve sensory development, communication and social skills.Helping people with autism takes a village. As kids with autism learn how to function in their natural environment, their families are learning how to support them.“Parents are trained to implement and maintain strategies to help generalize the skills throughout the day and different environments the child is exposed to,” says Andrea Kotler, a licensed behavioral therapist and regional director of Cedarhurst-based Proud Moments ABA Therapy. “Staff will go with clients to events in their community and facilitate their involvement.”Proud Moments also offers social skills programs and “in-the-moment help” in the community. Beyond the agencies, sensory gardens, modified theater performances and special play centers offer opportunities for community inclusion for kids with autism.Beyond the agencies, sensory gardens, and modified theater performances, special play centers offer opportunities for community inclusion for kids with autism.“There is a huge increase in community events and programs meant to include individuals with developmental disabilities in activities that some have not beenable to attend in the past,” says Nicole Weidenbaum, executive director of Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA), which offers educational, outreach/training and recreational programs, consultation services and in-home respite services. “We see doctors and dentists opening early for us and allowing us to visit and just sit in the chair for no charge. And doing rounds at our school to have some firsthand training and face time with individuals diagnosed with autism. The youth of today is involved in buddy programs, mentorships, joint soccer teams… the list is endless and I am hopeful that this trend will continue.”Full disclosure: Long Island Press Co-publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis founded Life’s WORC.AUTISM-FRIENDLY VENUES ON LIAHRC Suffolk’s Sensory Garden283 Route 25A Shoreham, 631-585-0100, ahrcsuffolk.orgAMC Movie Theaters Multiple locations, 877-262-4450, amctheatres.comGersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp21 Sweet Hollow Rd., Huntington, 631-385-3342, gershacademy.orgGymboree Play & MusicMultiple locations, 631-266-1114, gymboreeclasses.comLong Island Children’s MuseumCharles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, 516-224-5800, licm.orgNext Generation Dance295 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-486-9191, dancenxg.comPump It UpMultiple locations, 516-466-7867, pumpitupparty.comSensory Beans Inc. Children’s Gym3309 Merrick Rd., Wantagh, 516-308-1462, sensorybeans.orgSky Therapeutic Riding Long Island989 Connetquot Ave., Central Islip, 516-241-2046, SkyRidingLI.comSweetbriar Nature Center62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, 631-979-6344, sweetbriarnc.comTheatre Three412 Main St., Port Jefferson, 631-928-9100, theatrethree.comlast_img read more

Aligning leadership development to your CU’s organizing principle

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Endorsement by a credit union’s board and leadership teams of a thoroughly vetted organizing principle facilitates a higher level of strategic execution across the organization.An organizing principle speaks to the long-term impact the credit union desires to have in the market. It goes beyond a vision that is posted on the website and transcends quarterly or short-term concerns to underscore the credit union’s commitment that will govern all strategies, tactics and measures of success, including leadership development initiatives.Strategic execution is elevated when leaders can frame the allocation of precious resources—including staffing and capital—against the organizing principle. Alignment on priorities will often help overcome a focus on short-term career advancement if people buy in on all that the organizing principle encompasses—and if they know that for “doing the right thing,” they will be recognized appropriately. In practice, this could mean that an executive or business unit offers to support another’s priorities, possibly compromising individual short-term goals to reach the organizing principle faster or in a more purposeful manner.last_img read more

The marketing KPIs to start tracking now, according to data scientists

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alyssa Nolte Alyssa Nolte is Chief Development Officer for Discida (de-see-da), a national research science firm that serves a wide range of organizations, including credit unions. Discida data scientists developed the Brand … Web: www.discida.com Details Most marketers intuitively understand that marketing is both an art and science. Trying to motivate human behavior, creating a look and feel for your brand, crafting messages that resonate and compel – these constitute the “art.” But even the most artful and creative efforts need the science of data and analytics to show if they are moving the needle.Marketers are often under pressure to measure results and demonstrate ROI. But traditional credit union KPIs don’t necessarily directly reflect the impact of the marketing team. If your deposits are up next month, is it the fabulous CD promotion that marketing designed, or were local economic factors the driving force? Marketers need KPIs they can own, effectively track, and report on consistently quarter after quarter and year after year. I spend my days with data scientists who live and breathe methodology, metrics and analysis. So, what are the key areas of brand equity they think marketers should be measuring? 1. Performance. This metric quantifies and measures the strengths and weaknesses of your key brand attributes. From this you can better understand why members choose your credit union, or where you may be losing ground to the competition.2. Knowledge. There’s a lot of choices out there for financial services. Knowledge is a gauge for how familiar target audiences are with your brand, and if they understand what differentiates you from the rest. 3. Recognition. This measures how top-of-mind your brand is with stakeholders who matter most. It can tell you how effectively your marketing campaigns are penetrating the market. If you want to be a financial consumer’s first choice, make sure this number stays high.4.Loyalty. Acquiring new members is part of any good marketing strategy, but savvy marketers never lose sight of how valuable current members are. Loyalty assesses how much love your brand inspires, which can impact almost every other important business metric. The composite of these four metrics is your Brand Health Score, which offers an insightful window into the strength and sustainability of your credit union. Marketers often have strong instincts when it comes to brand health and marketing strategy, but the ability to calculate precisely where your brand is strong and weak will make every effort more targeted and effective.Measuring instincts and proving hypotheses can be murky waters. It can be tough to know where to start and what to track. Today, innovations in artificial intelligence and machine-learning give marketers powerful tools to produce an accurate and detailed look at the four aspects of brand health and how they evolve over time. Algorithms can perform the work of a team of professional researchers to factor how consumers think and feel, how their impressions change, and what a certain market is prioritizing at any given time.It’s time for marketers to turn gut-feelings into scientific data. Armed with the right metrics, they can blend intuition with information, and invest time and resources confidently in the highest impact marketing strategies for your credit union.last_img read more

CUInsight Minute with Lauren Culp – November 6, 2020

first_imgWelcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with our favorite reads from the week.Mentioned:Elections: Time for credit unions to come togetherby JIM NUSSLE, CUNAWhile there are still races to be decided from last night’s election, one thing is already clear—credit unions made an impact on the incoming 117th Congress. Our political work is fundamental to ensuring Congress champions credit unions’ advancing communities across the country. CUNA, Leagues, and credit unions invested $7 million throughout this election cycle to support credit union champions. In over 400 races, more than 40 of which were open seats, credit unions have seen a 90% success rate among races called as of this writing. (read more)2020 elections remain undecided, but CUs are well-positioned for success by CARRIE HUNT, NAFCUWhile election results continue to roll in and with the Presidential race still undecided, credit unions are well positioned for success in 2021 and beyond. Our industry is bipartisan, and NAFCU stands ready to work with both Democrats and Republicans should Vice President Joe Biden win or should President Donald Trump be re-elected when the final votes are tallied. However, with such a tight race it may be some time before we have a clear-cut winner, and there is still the possibility of legal challenges. (read more)CUInsight Mini-Con: RefuelNovember 18, 2020, 1pm ESTAfter a tough and turbulent year, looking to the future is critical – but many leaders are experiencing new levels of burnout and fatigue. In this first event of the Mini-Con Series brought to you by CUInsight, our focus is REFUEL. Perfect for leaders of all organizations in the credit union community, you’ll walk away from this virtual event inspired with brainfood, interaction, and tools to reset, and re-energize for the road ahead in 2021. Bring a colleague, and join us as together we take a breath and refuel for the coming year. (read more) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

The home with a putting green in the backyard

first_imgWith a private five-hole putting green, solar-heated in-ground pool, large deck and cubby house, this Queensland home in Brookwater, near Ipswich is perfect for family living.The 770sqm property sits on a corner block backing onto bushland.It was built by G & P Builders around four years ago and designed by owners Deidre and Peter Musson.Deidre says the Brookwater property has been a great place to raise children.“The putting green was a great place to practice, and we also thought it would be a good place for children to play with the holes covered up to kick a ball around,” she says.“We designed the home to complement the block and to allow us to have an indoor-outdoor flow.”A private putting green is on offer at 2 Lomandra Court, Brookwater.Family fun: The kid-friendly home with a ball-pitThe home comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an entrance foyer, media room, large lounge room and open-plan kitchen, living and dining.The main bedroom has a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite with spa bath and double basins.A look at the solar-heated pool.All other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share the family bathroom which has a separate toilet.The kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stone benchtops, gas cooktop, frosted glass cabinets, wine storage and a breakfast bar.Deidre says one of her favourite spots to relax in the home has been the deck.“With the outlook and being so close to nature the deck was the best spot. You could sit out there all day and enjoy the peace and quiet,” she says.“In the mornings and late afternoon there were a few kangaroos that would pass by.“It was also great for entertaining – everything flowed out onto the deck and even when you were in the kitchen you could see and hear everything.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoTee off: The ultimate golfer’s homesThe landscaped gardens and deck areas offer plenty of room to entertain guests.The property is close to schools, parks, shops and the Brookwater Golf Course.Deidre says her family enjoy living in Brookwater.“The people in our street were great, and if you ever needed any help they were just a knock away,” she says.The property is listed with Ray White – Ipswich, who are currently accepting offers above $660,000.This story was originally published on the Courier Mail.last_img read more

US Port Everett Kicks Off Modernization Project to Handle Larger Ships

first_imgIn an effort to be able to handle next-generation ships and heavier cargoes, the US Port of Everett has embarked on the largest capital project in its history by dollar value.On August 15, the port hosted a groundbreaking to commemorate the start of construction on the South Terminal Modernization Project which is said to be the largest maritime construction project on the West Coast today.As explained, the USD 36 million project will ensure the port’s facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X.“Completing critical infrastructure upgrades like this will better position the port and its facilities to handle the larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett, including aerospace parts for the new 777X and other opportunities on the horizon,” Glen Bachman, Port of Everett Commission President, commented.“I find it fitting that as we celebrate the Port of Everett’s centennial year in 2018, we continue to be forward thinking, preparing the Port’s infrastructure to carry us into our next 100 years.” – Port Commission President Glen Bachman pic.twitter.com/BXbwEztUEE— Port of Everett (@PortofEverett) August 15, 2018“Since 2015, the port has invested millions of dollars to adapt its facilities to support the next generation of shipping, and this major infrastructure investment is a continuation of that effort,” Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett Acting CEO, said.The South Terminal facility is a key piece of the port’s overall seaport modernization efforts as it is the largest of the port’s docks by land footprint. However, the dock was originally built in the 1970s to support log operations, and in its current state, can only accommodate 500 pounds per square foot (psf). Modern cargo operations require a minimum of 1,000 psf.The South Terminal Modernization Project (Phase II) strengthens the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure (140-feet was strengthened as part of Phase I in 2015) and makes electrical upgrades at the wharf. Upon completion, the dock will be strong enough to accommodate two, 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shorepower while at the dock.In 2017, the port completed two rail upgrade projects totaling more than USD 8 million. With the help of the port’s 2-percent for public access policy, the project is also generating USD 586,000 to the city of Everett to improve public access along the waterfront that doesn’t conflict with a vibrant working waterfront.The seaport modernization also received nearly USD 22 million in federal loans from the TIGER grant program and FAST Lane grant program as well as the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program.The Port of Everett, located 25 miles north of Seattle, is a strategic self-operating seaport that supports nearly USD 30 billion worth of US exports annually, the second largest export customs district in Washington state.last_img read more

Playing with nature: 65-year-old now mother of 17 with quads’ birth

first_imgNZ Herald 25 May 201565-year-old now mother of 17 with quads’ birthA 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine.The woman, Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children.The quadruplets – three boys and a girl – were born prematurely at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”, according to the entertainment channel RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the woman’s story.Raunigk lives in Berlin and is an English and Russian teacher who is close to retirement.In addition to her children, she has seven grandchildren.RTL said the new arrivals make her the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets. The boys have been named Dries, Bence and Fjonn and the girl Neeta.Raunigk made headlines 10 years ago when she gave birth to her 13th child, Lelia, at the age of 55.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11454053last_img read more

Hidden treasure and a pearl of great price

first_img Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Hidden treasure and a pearl of great price by: – July 25, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 49 Views   no discussions Photo credit: askgramps.orgJesus continues his teaching on the kingdom in today’s gospel. The parable, begun last week along one line (imagine a sower going out to sow, with the seed falling on different types of ground), goes along another line today (imagine a merchant finding buried treasure or a precious pearl).Before I explore today’s meaning, a word about parables themselves. Jesus, we know, did most of his teaching in parables. He used other forms at times, e.g. the Sermon on the Mount, but his preferred way was to use parables, i.e., teaching through certain kinds of stories.The stories are imaginary, as stories often are. They immediately take us away from everyday ‘reality,’ to another world. That’s the source of their appeal, of course – as all children know. You have only to say ‘Once upon a time,’ and a child is away from bed and bedroom to a different, more captivating world.Jesus was obviously convinced of the intrinsic power of stories. They taught in their indirect and powerful way, without being didactic. A parable is also an open-ended story. It is the listener who decides what it means. Jesus never tells you. The listener must see his or her own face in the story; they must feel themselves confronted by questions posed from within the parable itself. Jesus doesn’t do the confronting.That’s how parables ‘operate.’  Many people have the erroneous view that parables ‘have a point,’ something you can ‘take’ from them at the end. But this is not how stories work. Again, every child knows this. If, for instance, I start telling a child, “Once upon a time, a big giant lived in a forest in house made of the most aromatic biscuits. The animals in the forest were continually trying to sneak up at night and eat parts of the house. To cut a long story short, one day the giant…” The child would stop me immediately, and ask what kind of biscuits were they… Were they chocolate ship…Did the animals ever eat any…”  And so on. In other words, the child knows, better than most adults, that the point of a story is not something you subtract from it or something you get at the end; the point of a story is the story itself in all its details.Now to our parable.  A merchant stumbles one day upon buried treasure. What he finds without setting out to find is treasure that’s buried. Jesus’ listeners would have known from this detail that many people – in a time without safety deposit boxes – used to bury their valuables. If you came upon such a treasure, it could be the find of a lifetime. You would note where it was, map the coordinates in your brain, and come back later with some servants to dig it up.Again, he said, imagine a merchant who finds a precious pearl. Again Jesus’ listeners would have known that in terms of rank among jewels pearls were the best of the best. Their value corresponded to what diamonds mean to us. The merchant would be so happy with his discovery that he would sell everything to buy it.For Jesus the treasure or the pearl meant a possession so valuable that you would want to possess it at all cost. It represents what you most deeply desire and can make your own.Every human heart has certain hungers.  Everybody wants a nice home, great opportunities, good relationships, security, respect, and love. Everybody wants these things. They represent what enhances our lives and makes them worth living.It’s important to realize that the gospel never says or implies that we have to choose between God and all or any of this; as if everything was really dispensable in comparison with God. There is no ‘either/or’ here. God knows that God is not the only thing we need in life.  As the hymn put it, we should seek the Kingdom of God first and the rest shall be added unto us. Not seek only, but seek first…Sometimes, however, we see or read about people whose seeking first made them give themselves wholly to what comes first. Those people we call saints. It’s unfortunate that the standardized picture of a saint remains by and large a person with joined hands and upturned eyes, who hardly seems to need the earth for anything. The false picture has done enormous harm to the best in religion.Saints come in all sizes, colours, races and cultures. In their incredible variety, there is one constant. The anthropologist Joseph Campbell once wrote a famous book called The Hero with a Thousand Faces. His thesis was that heroism displays an enormous variety – the hero has a thousand faces, but the story (and the question that consumes the hero) is always the same: ‘To what will I surrender my heart?  What will have my most complete allegiance?’ You can say the same thing of the saint. Sometimes possession will clash with other commitments or allegiances, and the result can be tragic. I think for example of St. Thomas More saying at the end of his life, to the great sadness and dismay of his family: “I remain the King’s loyal servant, but God’s first.’ On the other hand, there is often no clash whatever, just a matter of joyous surrender. I think here of the thirteen martyrs of Uganda, all under 25, the youngest only 13, joking and singing hymns  on their way to their place of execution.The consequences of choice may not be ours to control, but we are not confronted essentially with choosing, just with prioritizing. The Kingdom is a treasure, Jesus says, a treasure we should not seek only; just seek first…By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. dlast_img read more

India’s citizenship law sparks protests

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindunationalist government said the so-called Citizenship Amendment Bill was meantto protect “besieged” minorities. Police chase away demonstrators during a protest in Guwahati, India on Dec. 11. REUTERS/ANUWAR HAZARIKA GUWAHATI – India moved thousands oftroops into the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday as violent protestserupted against a new law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minoritiesfrom neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to seek Indiancitizenship.  As India’s upper house of parliamentpassed the bill in the early hours of Thursday, protests took place acrossIndia’s northeast.(Reuters) Critics said it undermines thecountry’s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims whileothers argue it will open India’s northern states to a flood of foreigners.last_img read more

Little League tournament slated for June 24-27

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Bob Dorr Tournament of Champions will take place June 24-27 for District 1 Little League.The event, hosted by the Down East Family YMCA, will feature eight baseball teams and seven softball teams for players ages 7-10. The two teams with the best records after three regulation games will play in the championship. For teams with the same record, tiebreaker games will be played.The schedules for baseball and softball games at DeMeyer Field, unless a previous location is noted, are as follows:BASEBALLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor baseball, team will be divided into two pools.Pool 1: Ellsworth Maroon, Ellsworth Gray, Sunrise Little League, Bucksport Little League.Pool 2: Machias Red, Machias White, Acadian Little League and Moosabec Little League.Friday, June 24: Machias Red vs. Machias White at 5:30 p.m. in Machias; Ellsworth Maroon vs. Ellsworth Gray at 2 p.m.; Sunrise vs. Bucksport at 4 p.m.; and Acadian vs. Moosabec at 6 p.m.Saturday, June 25: Ellsworth Maroon vs. Sunrise at 9 a.m.; Machias White vs. Moosabec at 11:30 a.m.; opening ceremony for all teams at 2 p.m.; Machias Red vs. Acadian at 3 p.m.; and Ellsworth Gray vs. Bucksport at 5:30 p.m.Sunday, June 26: Bucksport vs. Ellsworth Maroon at 10 a.m.; Machias White vs. Acadian at 12:30 p.m.; Machias Red vs. Moosabec at 3 p.m.; and Sunrise vs. Ellsworth Gray at 5:30 p.m.Monday, June 27: Winner of Pool 1 vs. winner of Pool 2 at 5 p.m.SOFTBALLFor softball, teams are in one pool.Thursday, June 23: Moosabec vs. Sunrise at 5:30 p.m. in Machias; and Coastal vs. Ellsworth Blue at 5:30 p.m. Acadian, Ellsworth Orange and Machias all have byes.Friday, June 24: Machias vs. Sunrise at 5:30 p.m. in Machias; Ellsworth Blue vs. Ellsworth Orange at 3 p.m.; and Acadian vs. Coastal at 5:30 p.m. Moosabec has a bye.Saturday, June 25: Moosabec vs. Machias at 11:30 a.m.; opening ceremony for all teams at 2 p.m.; Sunrise vs. Coastal at 3 p.m.; and Ellsworth Orange vs. Acadian at 5:30 p.m. Ellsworth Blue has a bye.Sunday, June 26: Machias vs. Ellsworth Blue at 12:30 p.m.; Acadian vs. Moosabec at 3 p.m.; and Coastal vs. Ellsworth Orange at 5:30 p.m.Monday, June 27: Championship at 5 p.m.last_img read more