Issue 35 - January 2021

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Practitioner Availability

Dr. Alex Ryan
: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Kuan Teoh: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Georgia Dornin: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Georgie Dickson: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Kerry Mayes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

Ashlee Breen-Ellis: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Megan Tomlinson: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 23rd January to Thursday 4th February - Kerry absent
Saturday 20th February - Kuan absent

If you would like to reschedule a regular appointment that will be missed due to staff leave or public holidays, please feel free to contact us and we will add you to our cancellations list.
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Back to School Tips for Parents of Students with Autism

Parents forced to fork out amid hefty 'Back to School' fees | Queensland  Times

It's that back-to-school time of year, when shops are overflowing with #2 pencils and spiral notebooks, backpacks and sneakers, parents and children. If your child has autism, however, preparing him or her for a new school year likely involves things you can't find in aisle 12.

Many people with autism struggle with change, and returning to school marks one of the biggest annual transitions for children and teenagers. They must adjust to a new routine, teachers, classmates, bus, or school, any of which can send anxiety into overdrive.

How can families ease the back-to-school transition for their students with autism – and themselves?

Make a Photo Book or Video about the New School Year

Help prepare your child by making a photo book or video of the new classroom, teachers, and school.
It can be as fancy as creating a book with a Word document or PowerPoint, or as simple as gluing on photos with handwritten captions for each page.

Photos or videos are recommended because many students with autism learn best that way. Studies show that autism interventions that use visual information, such as picture schedules and video modeling, are very effective.

Families may think they've prepared their children for a new school year by talking about it, but if they don't see it, it doesn't have the same impact.

When a parent tells a child they will have a new class and a new teacher, they don't know what pictures are in the child's head about what that will look like. A child with ASD may not understand that the phrase, your teacher, will refer to a new person each year. Similarly, some students assume they will have the same classmates and sit in the same room. Imagine their anxiety when they find many new faces awaiting them.

Prepare a One-Page Profile of Your Student

Help the school staff get to know your child. Prepare a one-page profile of your student to introduce them to school employees, bus drivers, and after-school program leaders. Describe the student's strengths and interests, and include a photo. If appropriate, involve your child, so he or she can learn how to advocate, she said. An advance visit to the school might be a perfect time to hand out the profile.

Changing Classes for the First Time? Walk the Route.

Learning to navigate through crowded, loud areas to get to class on time can pose a challenge for any child. This can be especially daunting for students with autism, who may have sensory sensitivities or a poor sense of time.

Practice walking to your child's classroom and between the clasroom and other areas in the school grounds. You can even ask for a map, so your child may chart their routes and learn the school layout. Using a timer, see how long it takes him or her to move from class to class. If it takes them 15 minutes to do it when they're by themselves, then you know there's a problem. Those students will need more time for practice.
Besides learning the routes to classrooms, students should visit and become familar with the library, gym, front office, first aid areas, toilets, canteen or any area that may be important to them.

Re-set Bedtime and Morning Routines at Least a Week before School Opens

illustration of alarm clock by PixabayDuring the holidays, your child may have gotten used to going to bed later, waking up later, and having a leisurely breakfast in front of the television. Switching gears to a school schedule could be difficult without some time to adjust. About a week or so before school begins, start re-establishing bed-time routines.

Besides going to bed earlier, and waking up earlier, students can do other tasks at home to prepare for the first day of school They can pack items in a backpack, and leave it by the front door, a visual reminder that school will starting soon.

Organize Any Special Education Documents

Put your special education documents together in a folder, cabinet or drawer – anyplace you can find them quickly. If an issue arises with the school, you should keep records of your contacts with school staff, such as emails and written logs of calls and meetings. Bring a list of your concerns to meetings with school teachers and leaders, so you do not forget to mention something.

Start the New Year without Baggage from the Past

Regardless of what happened last year, approach the new school year as a fresh start. Assume good intentions.  If you had a bad experience with a school or teacher in the past, do not carry those emotions and feelings into a new academic year. Starting each year fresh with the school team is one of the best gifts we can give our kids.

11 Cool Art Supplies You've Never Heard Of But Need to Try

The 2021 Inclusive Art show and competition

The 2021 Adelaide Art Show is an inclusive art competition that encourages people to produce meaningful pieces of art. At the end of the competition, a community art show is run. All of the brilliant entries that South Australians have created will be showcased plus prizes, entertainment, raffles, food/drink and stalls.

The Competition - January to March 17 2021

The art competition is a chance for people all over South Australia to enter their unique work and come together to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. The competition is broken up into 5 categories, with first, and second prizes being awarded in each category. The 5 categories are:

  • Pre-school age (0-5years)
  • Primary (5-12 years)
  • Senior (12-18 years)
  • Open (18 years +)
  • Carers, family and special friends (no age category)

The artwork can be any medium, including but not limited to paint, drawing, sculpture, photography, collage, short film and crochet. 

Artists will submit via email a photograph of their work along with an “artist profile” and a photograph of themselves (can also be a chosen icon if desired). Artists can also post in their art to a designated P.O box or upload a video if they have chosen a multimedia format.

Artists can have as much support as they need to complete their work. Jump In Support Options understand that some people may need more physical support, whilst others may need some structured assistance from an art therapist. Art often develops best with many minds involved, so any support required is allowed.

The Art Show – Sunday 28 March 2021

At the end of the competition, an art show will be held, with an opportunity for all who entered their art, their families and the wider community, to come and look at the art on display. This event will be a community showcase, with music, activities and games being offered. The winners of each category will be announced at the end of the show. A panel of judges will choose the winners. 

After the art show, selected pieces will be chosen to be featured in a book that will be sold to raise money for a chosen charity.

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Jump In Support Options website.

What: The 2021 Inclusive Art Show
When: Competition runs from January – 17 March 2021 (entries to be submitted by end date)
Community Event Day – Sunday 28 March 2021 | 10am – 3pm  (10am – 11am Sensory Quiet Hour)
Where:  Errington Special Education Centre | 21 Errington St, Plympton

Family Friendly Shows at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe 

The Adelaide Fringe is always an exciting time of the year with plenty of free family friendly entertainment and fantastic shows for kids. 

The Adelaide Fringe runs for four weeks from mid-February to mid-March and there is something for absolutely everyone on offer, from street theatre and circus acts to world-class music, cabaret, theatre and comedy. Be sure to get your tickets early to the shows you want to see as many sell out fast.

In 2021, the Fringe will be operating within government guidelines that may be in place around COVID-19 regulations, travel restrictions and/or crowd limits.

Children’s Events at the Adelaide Fringe 2020:

The Fringe Guide is out now and loaded full of shows and events suitable for all ages. Despite the COVID-19 situation, there are over 40 “Children’s Shows and Events” this year.


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