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July Calendar Updates – Plus Meetup Details For Tomorrow!

After a successful first meetup, July Excursions and Adventures is already being updated – I hope you took my advice and used a pencil on those calendars. Or, click on the calendar icon (bottom right on the main page) and you can download all of the events right onto your Google calendar – it will even email you reminders and updates (I think)!

****Tomorrow, July 9**** – Relax by the Natural History Museum sprinklers, 12 noon. My whole gang will be there between 12 and 12:30 depending on when the baby naps. Remember to bring a swimsuit and towel, and possibly a change of clothes if you want to go inside the museum afterward to cool off. We’re also bringing some snacks and drinks – the museum cafe is kind of $$ IMO. Email me if you have questions!

July 15* – Boat Basin Cafe for lunch followed by sprinklers at the Classic Playground (near 79th and Riverside on the water) 12:30pm

July 17 – New York Botanical Gardens – hands on exhibits in the Family and Children’s gardens, 1p.m.

July 21* – Highbridge Pool free swim in two Olympic sized pools, one of which is 1-2 feet deep! 11a.m. (much less crowded at this hour)

July 23 – V&T Pizzeria for lunch (110th and Amsterdam) followed by Morningside Park’s very cool playground (near 117th and Morningside) 12 noon.

*Indicates dates that have been changed or new dates.

August sneak peek: Police Museum, Bronx Zoo, BounceU, Science Museum, and Central Park Brass kids’ music series.

I hope to see/ meet you at one of these fun, upcoming events!

YAI Family Support Series, Summer Program Highlights

YAI Network (think Central Park Challenge) has an excellent Family Support Series for caregivers of people on the autism spectrum (PDD, Autism, Aspergers, etc.). I just received their summer meeting calendar – it is copied below and includes info on how to register for each of the free meetings.

Taken from http://www.yai.org/autismsupport:

The Family Support Series is supported in part by grants from New York State OPWDD and The New York City Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative.

Download Schedules:
English / Spanish | Mandarin

  • en español
  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

Date / Time

Topic

Presenter(s)

Thursday
June 16th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
 Hands On Sensory Tools and Techniques for Everyday Jennifer Chang, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT
Occupational Therapy Supervisor, YAI Center for Specialty Therapy
Wednesday
June 22nd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sleep Matters! The Importance of Sleep for Children on the Spectrum and their Families Diane Liu, MD
Pediatrician, Premier HealthCare
Friday
July 22nd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Fostering Friendships between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Typically Developing Peers Jill Krata, PhD
YAI Autism Center & Premier HealthCare Autism Research
Wednesday
July 27th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Discussing Diagnosis with your Child Jenny A Frank, LCSW, JCCA
Compass Project
Wednesday
August 3rd
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Autism and Allergies: Is there a Link? Jessica Petros, MD,
Premier HealthCare
Monday
August 8th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Stand, Stretch, Breathe: A Yoga Class for Parents with Take Home Tips for Your Child Laura Mitchell, LMSW, LMT
YAI LINK, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
Kami Evans,
Special Needs and Children Certified Yoga Instructor, Elahi Yoga
Monday
August 15th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Behavior Management 101: How to Use Prompting and Fading Lana Small, MSW,
Coordinator, YAI Project Assist
Mary Downing, BA
Senior Supervisor, YAI Project Assist
Monday
September 12th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bullying Ruth DiRoma, Outreach and Information Specialist,
Brooklyn Parent Center, Brooklyn
Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc. BCID
Monday
September 16th
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
“I Just Don’t Understand!” Bring all your questions about the service system for people with developmental disabilities to an interactive Q&A session Panel of YAI LINK Staff

July Excursions, Adventures and Other Less Exciting But Equally Fun Gatherings of The Foorce

The schedule for July is below!! If you simply can’t wait another second scroll right down to it and start filling in those blank spots on your calendar. Just do it in pencil because I am still waiting to hear about James’s summer swim schedule, and you guessed it, the two aforementioned doctors’ appointments are still flapping in the wind.

If you’re still reading, I just want to take a second to clarify the whole “group” thing. I have received quite a few emails about how to “get into the social group” or “sign up for meetings” or “is there space left to join the summer group.” I’m flattered, really, and a little sorry to tell you – it’s not that exclusive. In fact, anyone can come – just part of what makes the get-togethers so exciting. Though the group is centered around special needs families, you don’t have to have a special needs family member to “get in.” Friends, family, neighbors, classmates, anyone you think might be interested is welcome to come – any age, disabled or not. The point behind this group (for me) is to provide social and fun opportunities that are inclusive to everyone. With the spread we have in our house, you know I mean everyone.

Here’s where it gets a little bit official, though. If you signed up for the mailing list OR subscribed to this blog you will get reminders and more details as events draw nearer – you don’t need to do anything else. You will also be asked to RSVP for some meetings, especially if they involve group discounts or bringing food (nothing worse than showing up with 3 dozen brownies for 2 kids who can’t eat chocolate). If you want to receive reminders but haven’t signed up or subscribed, sign up or subscribe. Email me if you’re confused now – we’ll work it out.

Without further adieu, I present the (tentatively) amazing July schedule (subject to all kinds of change):

July 5* – Potluck picnic at the Hudson “Swing a Ring” Beach (swingaring.com) 1p.m. Bring sand toys and lawn games!

July 9* – Relax by the Natural History Museum sprinklers, 12 noon.

July 14* – Boat Basin Cafe for lunch followed by sprinklers at the Classic Playground (near 79th and Riverside on the water) 12:30pm

July 17 *- New York Botanical Gardens – hands on exhibits in the Family and Children’s gardens, 1p.m.

July 20 – New York Science Museum including the Science Playground and Rocket Park Mini Golf, 11:00a.m.

July 23 – V&T Pizzeria for lunch (110th and Amsterdam) followed by Morningside Park’s very cool playground (near 117th and Morningside) 12 noon.

*Locations may be changed due to inclement weather.

June summary: DMF at Brooklyn Cyclones, Coney Island (22), Achilles 5M Race, Central Park (26)

August sneak peek: Police Museum, Bronx Zoo, BounceU, beach trip, and Central Park Brass kids’ music series.

I hope to see you at one or all of these events this summer!