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

New LCC President Vows to Take Club to Next Level

first_imgThe work has just begun and I have no doubt in my mind of the enormity of the work that has to be done,” said Mr Akande who will serve a one-year but twice renewable term.“The level of support I have gotten is a challenge and I want to assure that I will live up to the challenge and I’ll serve to the best of my ability,” he concluded.Lagos Country Club has over the years grown to be regarded as one of the top social, recreational and sporting clubs in Nigeria with over 12,000 members, with membership cutting across nationalities, tribes and multi-cultures.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Newly elected President of the Lagos Country Club, Tajudeen Adegboyega Akande, has pledged to take the club to the next level following his victory in their election held last Friday.Formerly a three-term chairman of Table Tennis section in the Lagos Country Club, Mr Akande saw off the challenge of former Vice president of the Club, Telesfore Trombi, to emerge victorious in a landslide, besting his opponent by 417 to 172 votes.Speaking to club members in his acceptance speech, a visibly excited Akande, who said he was accepting their mandate with humility and a deep sense of responsibility, thanked members of the premier family club in Nigeria for the trust and confidence deposed in him, while vowing to give nothing short of his best in his bid to move the club to higher heights.“This victory is a victory for Lagos Country Club, a victory for quality service and a victory for taking the club to the next level.last_img read more

Syracuse’s secondary prepares to face Maryland threats Diggs, Long

first_imgWhen Syracuse beat Maryland in College Park, Maryland, last season, C.J. Brown was handcuffed. But the quarterback, who will lead the Terrapins (2-1) into the Carrier Dome for a 12:30 p.m. date with the Orange (2-0) on Saturday, was without Stefon Diggs and Deon Long in that game, which isn’t the case this time around. “The hard thing is when you have two explosive receivers you can’t take one out. If they had a Randy Moss, you try to take him out,” SU defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said. “But they have two guys, so you’ve just got to play your defense and get some good pass rush and hopefully we get to the quarterback.”Long broke both his tibia and smaller-size fibula while Diggs left the game with a broken fibula when Maryland lost to 34-10 at Wake Forest, but the takeaway was that Diggs and Long would both miss the rest of the season with left leg injuries.That started two rehab processes that, in a handful of ways, Diggs and Long took on together. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDiggs has since returned to the slot and Long has resumed his role as the Terrapins’ primary deep threat as both re-establish themselves as tough covers. Long caught a 41-yard pass in a season-opening win over James Madison and Diggs caught a 77-yard touchdown pass in a loss to West Virginia last week.To add another layer to UMD’s receiving corps, junior Marcus Leak caught two scores in a Week 2 win over South Florida.“Stefon Diggs, I don’t know what kind of athletes that — but you know they’re there,” Syracuse junior cornerback Julian Whigham said. “That Long kid, you see him on tape, you know he’s good. We watch him like, ‘Oh, they’re supposed to be pretty good.’”Whigham said on Tuesday that he’ll match up with Long on the outside while the Orange’s formation on a given play will dictate who’s covering Diggs. It’s a set of weapons Syracuse hasn’t had to account for this season, which will place a higher emphasis on the pass rush and secondary communication. “You’re right, we haven’t played those type of receivers, but no matter who we play, that’s how we’re going to play,” SU safety Durell Eskridge said. “We’re going to come out tough, hard-nosed and physical and be ready to play with any receiver and put our hands on any receiver, no matter who they are.”SU head coach Scott Shafer isn’t one to talk too much about any opposing player, let alone a pair of receivers. He’s been asked to draw comparisons between Brown and Villanova quarterback John Robertson throughout the week, which has ended with him pushing the focus to the Terrapins as a team.But Whigham did say that Shafer, a former defensive coordinator, has been keen on planning for Diggs and Long, even if the head coach wants to keep that between him and his team. “I mean you just state the facts, they’re good football players that have good numbers. You turn on the tape and you can see that,” Shafer said. “You know you need to get after those guys, but I haven’t talked about them too much more than that, the film won’t lie.“Those guys are good players. We’ve got a hell of a task in front of us.” Comments Published on September 19, 2014 at 12:13 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more