Archived Parent Support Group Notes

Summer Fun, Again!

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 4/14/2015

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)

What is said in the group, stays in the group

Respect diversity (and NO Judgment!)

 

At today’s group we discussed summer fun! Summer can be a stressful time for parents, so having a variety of recreational options and activities can keep everyone happy. We hope the following list of camps and free (or nearly free) activities make your summer fun and enjoyable!

Summer Activities

Summer Camps

·         Surfing for Autism

o   Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 in Nags Head, NC

o   All events/surfing free of charge, participants must pay for lodging

o   Registration begins April 15 at midnight. Complete registration process ASAP – spots fill within hours!

§  http://www.surfingforautism.org/

§  “Event Info” tab

§  “Register” button

·         FIRST Parent Center – Summer Programs

o   Summer Enrichment Camp

§  9 week session for children age 6-13 with or without disabilities

§  Camp takes place at the West Asheville Recreation Center - 970 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806

§  Contact the Therapeutic Recreation department at (828) 350-2048 for more information

o   Summer Teen Fun Camp

§  For middle/high school aged teens with or without disabilities

§  Camp takes place at the West Asheville Recreation Center - 970 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806

§  Contact the Therapeutic Recreation department at (828) 350-2048 for more information

o   D.E.F.T. Theater Arts Program

§  Offer year round and summer theater programs for children with disabilities, of all ages, to shine on stage!

§  For more information or to register your child call Therapeutic Recreations department at (828) 277-1315 or Starr Hogan at (828) 550-6564

§  Registration forms can be found online athttp://www.firstparentcenter.org/projects/communityprograms/

·         Asheville YMCA summer camp

o   One-week day camp

o   Contact the YMCA at (828)659-9622 for registration information

o   www.ymca.org/summer-camp-information

o   Financial assistance available

·         Camp Ability

o   Located in Clyde

o   The goal of Camp Ability is to provide children with disabilities a camp experience under the supervision of trained and experienced staff in a Christian setting

o   Two different one-week sessions available…$25 registration per session

o   http://campability.weebly.com/index.html

o   Call Diane Gayner (camp director) at (828)235-8853 for more information

·         Camp Funshine

o   3 day camp, free of charge, for individuals with mental or physical disabilities

o   June 15-18 at Toe River Campground in Burnsville, NC

o   See http://toerivercampground.com/Upcoming_Events.php for more info

·         Camp FirstShine

o   A traditional summer camp, free of charge, for children age 6-12 with special needs

o   Overnight June 15-18 at Warren Wilson College

o   Contact the First Baptist Church of Asheville at (828)252-4781 to request an application

·         Madison County 4-H Summer Camps

o   A variety of camp sessions, from horseback riding to Spanish camp, ranging in cost from $10-$40

o   For further information or to register your child call (828)649-2411

·         Asheville area summer camps

o   Each program varies in cost, activities, location, and length of program

o   For a complete list of camps: http://www.asheville.com/local/summer-camps/

Free (or nearly free) summer activities

·         “Splashville” at Pack Square Park (Downtown)

o   generally fountains run 9a-9p

o   Pavilions have drinking fountains and restrooms

·         Asheville Botanical Gardens - 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard, (828)252-5190

o   Free admission

o   10-4 Monday-Saturday, 12-4 Sunday

·         Asheville City Pools – (828)251-1122

o   3 locations

§  65 Gashes Creek Road, 75 Rumbough Place, 570 Walton Street

o   Free swimming lessons provided through Red Cross

§  Register June 8 at 11 am for classes June 15-25, Register July 6 at 11 am for classes July 13-23. Register at your preferred class location.

·         Buncombe County Pools - North Buncombe pool: 892 Clarks Chapel Road Weaverville, NC 28787, (828)645-1080

o   $3 swim days

o   Generally open Monday-Friday, 8a – 5p

 
We also talked about:
  
(We talked about some great ideas that were discussed last year-on the right, under past posts, click May 2014) 
 
 

Self-Care: Why Parents Need to Take Care of Themselves

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 3/11/2015

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)

What is said in the group, stays in the group

Respect diversity (and NO Judgment!)

 

At today’s group we discussed self-care.  There are many aspects to self-care including…

·         Physical – Eat healthy (check out our energizing snack mix recipe* below) and make time for exercise (Try a nice walk at Lake Louise, Alexander Greenway Extension, North Buncombe Park, Woodfin Riverside Park, Beaver Lake, or Richmond Hill Park).

·         Professional - Set boundaries at work, plan your next career move, and shield yourself from negative co-workers.

·         Personal – Meet with a friend for coffee, read a book, take up a personal hobby or create a home spa and take time to spoil yourself!

·         Spiritual – Volunteer for a good cause, be inspired, self-reflect, or find a spiritual community.

·         Emotional – Make positive affirmations, watch a funny movie, or express your thoughts and feelings in a journal.

·         Psychological – Get outside and enjoy the sun (check out the Botanical Gardens of Asheville for some beautiful scenery), read a self-help book, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

We practiced self-care during our group by engaging in a guided meditation (a variety of which can be found on YouTube-here is the one we did:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS06oKHNF1A), enjoying cucumber water or iced herbal tea, and treating ourselves to some chocolate and a soothing hand scrub. To make your own hand scrub at home simply mix some granulated sugar and moisturizing dish soap together, wet your hands, work the mixture to a lather, then rinse! Follow up with lotion if desired.

*Here are a few recipes for Energy Balls-take the basics and add whatever you like!

http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2011/07/wednesday-not-baking-energy-balls/

http://nutritionsuccess.org/2011/03/04/homemade-energy-balls/

http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/date-energy-balls-vegan-paleo/

 

Please join us on Tuesday, April 14 at 1 PM in the NBES counselor’s office for our next group, where we will discuss IEP’s, 504’s, and other educational lingo. We look forward to seeing you there! 

 
 

Behavior Challenges and Strategies

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 2/12/2015

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)

What is said in the group, stays in the group

Respect diversity (and NO Judgment!)

Focus

At today’s group guest speaker Jade Bennett, one of our special education resources teachers, discussed the following behavior management techniques:

·         Natural consequences for actions

·         Follow through of consequences

·         Creating accountability

o   Create a visible schedule that your child can follow

o   Check off tasks once completed

o   For additional accountability, talk to your child’s school counselor about bringing in their daily schedule to see what actions were completed. The counselor can follow up with your child by discussing the importance of follow through and accountability.

We also talked about the importance of parents caring for themselves. Family Support Network can be a great source of support and information and can be accessed through the following:

Family Support Network – Online lending library, parenting classes, support groups, etc…

http://www.missionchildrens.org/

Click “Education and Outreach” on yellow bar across top of the page

Click “Family Support Network” on left hand side

*Family Group Night – 1st Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:00 - Dinner/6-7:30 – Group

Support group and networking for parents and children. Education, resources, and support are provided for each family member. 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville.

Please call Kate Glance to RSVP – (828)213-9787 or email kate.glance@msj.org

*Parent to Parent Matching – links parents with Parent Mentor Volunteers who have similar family circumstances. Parent Mentors receive training through Family Support Network.

To register for parent to parent matching, follow the Family Support Network directions at the top of the page and click the “Parent to Parent Support” tab. You will see “Request a Parent to Parent Match” highlighted in blue. Click this to send an email to the Parent to Parent matching coordinators.

Please join us to discuss self-care at our next group on March 10 at 1 pm!

 
 

A New Year!

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 1/13/2015

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus

 

At today’s meeting we discussed the holidays, outings with children, and community resources. We talked about the following resources:
  • Asheville Augustine Project: Tutoring for low income students. Enrollment forms and further   guidelines can be found on the websitehttp://litcouncil.com/augustine_project.htm.  For more    information call (828)254-3224.
  • Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center: The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (in                Burnsville, NC) provides therapeutic horseback riding for persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in a safe, structured environment. Spring session for Saturday           classes runs March 21-June 16. The cost is $200, however, scholarships for the program are          available and need completed by February 20. All forms can be found on the website http://atrcriding.com/index.html . For further information contact Carisa Hooks at (828)380-       9554.
  • Surfing for Autism: Surfing For Autism is an Autism/Asperger’s awareness event each Summer                 on the Outer Banks of NC while providing children with an amazing experience and opportunity                      to surf. Each child is provided two surfers and a skilled therapist or teacher who is well             educated on the special needs of our children with Autism. Applications for this program open              April 15 at midnight and can be completed on http://www.surfingforautism.org/. Spots fill up                within a few hours. The event is held August 14 and 15 in the Outer Banks, NC.

In addition to discussing these resources we also planned for out next group, which will occur on February 10 at 1 pm. At this group we will discuss behavioral problems. So that we can better meet group needs, we ask that participants identify behavioral issues that they are encountering (such as temper tantrums, difficulty following rules, argumentative, impulsive, trouble paying attention, etc…).  

 
 

Summer Fun!

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 5/14/2014
Summer Fun!

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Resources Shared:
We met on May 8th in the School Counselor's Office. Our discussion focused on Fun and nearly Free activities for children of all ability levels in the summer.  Here are some of the websites we visited:
 
Asheville Pizza and Brewing-cheap movies!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Group Reflection:
Something I am looking forward to this summer with my child(ren).
 
 
 
 
 

Autism Awareness Month

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 4/10/2014

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Resources Shared:
We met on April 10th in the School Counselor's Office. Our discussion focused on Autism Awareness month, and summer programs. Ask us about Hair Dryer kids in a Toaster world! And remember your homework, parents: Bring 2 or 3 good, fun resources for summer vacation. Here are some of the websites we visited:
 
 
 
 
 
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center: http://www.atrcriding.com/ 
 
 
Group Reflection:
I promise to take care of ME in the next month by....  (Boy, was that a hard one for some of you!)
 
 

Siblings of Children with a Disabilities

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 1/9/2014

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Resources Shared:
Group discussion focused on how to help our children with disabilities cope with their struggles as they watch their non-disabled peers navigate the world more easily. We also talked about how to help siblings understand when the child with the disability gets, in their minds, "special treatment".
 
 
 
 
 

Behavior Support

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 12/12/2013

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Resources Shared:
Mr. Fisher joined us today to talk about behavior support.  Mr. Fisher has been an Intensive Intervention Teacher and Resource teacher here at NBES.  Also, Mrs. Hooks shared a fun craft activity that works for many different age and ability levels.
 
Group Reflection:  
What am I most looking forward to this holiday season..... 

 

 
 
 

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 11/20/2013

Group Norms:

1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Resources Shared:
We met on November 14, 2013 in the Media Center so that we could view some online resources. One great way for families to find out about programs and support is the Family Support Services Newsletter.   For example once a month they sponsor a family support group which provides free child care and snacks for the children. To receive this newsletter parents can go to the Mission Children’s Hospital website.

 The United Way has a database available for resources in the community. Just dial 211 or go to the United Way 211 website. One group member informed us that November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and Prematurity Awareness Month.  We also showed off  the new North Buncombe Elementary Parent Support Group Blog. This site will be a resource for information as well. 

Group Reflection:
I am thankful for.... 
 
 

First Meeting!

Posted by AnnMarie Mcbride at 10/29/2013
Our first meeting, on October 10, 2013, was a success !  We were joined by Deanne Stowe, our Exceptional Children Curriculum Specialist and Meg Coxie, our School Counselor.
 
Discussion included group norms:
1 person speaks at a time (no side conversations)
What is said in the group, stays in the group
Respect diversity (and NO Judgement!)
Focus
 
Some resources we shared were:
 
 
 
NC Innovations ( The North Carolina Innovations Waiver is a resource for funding services and supports for people with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities that are at risk for institutional care in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (ICF-DD).)
 
Smoky Mountain Center  (Serving individuals with mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse issues in 
Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon,
Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties)
 
Group reflection:  Tell us something about your child that people may not know and that is something dear and precious to you.
 
 
Additional topics such as afterschool care, behavior strategies, IEP's, and Community Support will be discussed at future meetings. 
 
Be sure to check back every month for more info, or better yet, join us on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 1:00 NBES! 
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