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We Live here, We give here! Celebrating 20 Years!

Services Offered

 

Thanks to a very generous grant from our friends at Foundation for Metrowest


Foundation for Metrowest

We are able to offer our “Friday Nights” Social/Recreational program for folks on the autism spectrum who are between 16 and 26 years old for three more sessions.

First session will begin on February 14th –

For more information call us at 508 ) 652-9900 or email: NOhman@advocatesinc.org


Autism Afterschool Training
From The Autism Alliance of MetroWest, a Program of Advocates Inc.

Program Agenda Program Details

Length: Three hours
Materials: PowerPoint and Handouts Notebook / Manipulatives Overview of Autism

Autism Growth Rates, Effective Communication Methods, Common Traits, Communication techniques, Vignettes from two Movies, Summary, Questions & Answers

Inclusion, Accommodations, Supports, Transitions, Behaviors

afterschool productsWritten specifically for training afterschool support staff this training session consists of a three hour interactive presentation, accompanied by a PowerPoint Presentation. The program includes an overview of autism, its characteristics, common traits, scenarios, footage of local children and young adults with autism as well as several vignettes from “Rain Man” and “The Temple Grandin Story”. This is followed by a question and answer period. The second piece of the training provides staff with concrete tools/accommodations to utilize within their own programs. Again, interactive dialogue provides staff with ideas for inexpensive ways to accommodate folks on the autism spectrum.

For more information please contact Nannette Ohman, Executive Director of Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc. at 508-652-9900 Or at NOhman@advocatesinc.org.


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Autism Specific Community Education: Does your school, church or business need some education around autism?  We are happy to come out to your site and provide training specific to your audience.  Our trainings are usually one to two hours and are tailored to meet your specific needs. We have 15 years of expertise in this field and have trained over 4000 first responders, school nurses, business staff, teachers, hospitals, students, clergy, recreation staff, store employees and more.

For more details and a quote, please call Nannette Ohman, Executive Director at 508-652-9900 or email us at autismalliance@earthlink.net

Sibshop: Support group for siblings of children with autism. mothers with kids

Support Groups: Evening group and a Just for Dads group. Evening group meets the second Wednesday of each month and is open to all. The dads group meets the first Thursday of each month and is just for dads.

Family Networking:
Our support groups are designed specifically to help families –whether it is moms, dads, grandparents or siblings. If you are seeking support in managing the everyday challenges of autism, we have a group for you. These include: Evening support groups, Just for Dads, Over 15 or Transition support group, and Sibshop. Please see our calendar for dates and times of currently running programs.

Information and Referral:
We provide consultation and referral to other agencies for support including supplemental help from other health and human service agencies ( Early Intervention, Dept of Developmental Disabilities, MassHealth, etc) We also help families to make connections with local resources such as social skills programs, autism specialists, related healthcare providers such as dentists and doctors that have experience with children on the autism spectrum.

Lending Library: Part of the Minute Man Network (42 local libraries) Hundreds of books on autism and related disorders. The Morse Institute Library, where we are based from has become very well known for its current and extensive collection of autism materials.

Family Clinics:
These are brief consultation clinics for families on topics relevant to raising a child or young adult with autism to assist families in better supporting their family member at home and in the community. These are offered multiple times a year and give families concrete suggestions about how to better support their family member. These include: IEP clinics, topics of communication, behaviors management, social skills, recreation, community and sensory needs.

Social Skills and Sensory Programs:
Our signature programs and family favorites such as –

Sunday Open Gym – This is a seasonal program (Jan – May) that is geared towards individuals that need to have a safe place to explore and express their sensory self. This is a family friendly program. Siblings are welcome. Specific times are designed for children/Teens and adults. Please call for more information.

boy in the poolSwim Sessions – Sessions run 3 times a year (fall, winter and spring) for 8 weeks per session. We have Certified Instructors that specialize in Autism that facilitate the class to ensure your child’s goals are met. Each Child must be toilet trained and a family member/adult must be in the water with the child at all times.

Teen Adventure – This is an outdoor adventure program designed for teens ages 12-18. We use adventure activities, group social initiatives, ropes courses and outdoor pursuits to expand individual self-reliance and self-esteem. If climbing activities appeal to your teen this may be the program, you have been looking for. This is a 6-week program held in the spring in conjunction with the YMCA. Call for more details.

Family Trainings:
We sponsor educational events and trainings on relevant topics of interest that are open to all. These topics may include; Insurance coverage for Autism, Transition 101, Home modification loans, Social skills, Language and communication, Spirituality and Autism, as well as ABA techniques, etc., A List of trainings is published in our quarterly newsletter.

a man with a reptileCommunity Connections:
We are proud of our many affiliations with organizations and businesses in MetroWest that provide services and volunteerism to our families. Here is a list of a few and links to read more about the outstanding work they do one behalf of children and families living with autism.
Children’s Discovery Museums. Co-sponsors quarterly free events closed to the public, so that our families may enjoy the museums and network with other families living with autism. http://www.discoverymuseums.org

AMC Theatres and the ASA, Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.
http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/events/sensory-friendly-films

Academy MetroWest. Provides seminars that are designed to offer useful and practical knowledge to parents and professionals. info@academymetrowest.com

kites"For Safekeeping" First Responders Training Video: Training fire, police, EMT's and hospital staff, our training video provides information and recommendations on how to recognize, safely approach and communicate with individuals with autism in an emergency situation. We also provide a more extensive program, which compliments the video.

Kite Day: Held each April to promote awareness to autism this event brings families together to have fun and network as well as educates the community about autism.

"Straight AAA's All About Autism": Our new educational video that educates elementary school aged children about their peers with autism. This fifteen-minute video focuses on ten basic questions that most children ask about autism. It also highlights the language and sensory issues children with autism face in the daily lives. A great tool for schools, churches and playgroups.

 
 

   

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