Come and celebrate the songs of the season at our Annual Children's Holiday Sing-a-long featuring Roman Music Therapy. We welcome families, children and siblings of ALL ages to join in this years virtual fun!
The Autism Alliance Virtual Glee Club for individuals with autism ages 18+ is facilitated by our favorite music teacher, Mr. William Lynch, and co-lead with Sophie McLaughlin, expressive movement therapist. The group meets monthly. The program is a mixture of singing short songs, and movement. This program is generously sponsored by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Roman Music Therapy will join us on Zoom for a night of singing. Choose your favorite songs an we will sing all together. There will also be opportunities for solos. All are invited to join in the fun! No registration is necessary. This event is free thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation for MetroWest. Advocates Fun, Friends, & Family events are open to individuals with disabilities who are 16 and older, staff who support them, their families, and friends. We welcome members of the Advocates community, as well as those interested in learning more about us.
This program is Co-facilitated with Roman Music Therapy twice a month and is designed for teens that enjoy music. This group will explore expressive social skill development while creating virtual music together.
"Morning Magic" is our NEWEST VIRTUAL program. Kids can wear their pajamas and sing songs and enjoy fun movement games with our very own Expressive Movement Therapist Ms. Sophie. This program meets monthly.
This is a group for family members raising a loved one on the Spectrum. Caregiving can be an all-consuming process and we don’t always take the time to reflect on our own experiences and emotions as we care for others. In this group, we will discuss caregiving through the lifespan and through the lens of loss and grief, and we will discover ways to take care of our emotional and physical health in the process.
Offered on Zoom. Please register at below link. Facilitated by Jennifer Wiles, LMHC, BC-DMT, Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home.
Open to all at no cost through a generous grant from The New York Life Foundation.
We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Field, Author of the new book Building Communication and Independence for Children Across the Spectrumas our first Guest Speaker of 2021. Elizabeth is a Speech/Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience providing therapy and consultation for children, families, and school teams impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Elizabeth has volunteered with the Autism Alliance in the past and we are very pleased to have her exclusively with the us on zoom. This session will include:
A BRIEF overview of the book and her philosophy of intervention; Some of the most important skills to address at different levels of communication ability, and why; Some key aspects of effective teaching methods and specific examples. We will have time for discussion and questions. Don't miss our on the FREE raffle where one lucky attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Elizabeth's book. Must be present to win.
If you haven't already completed the survey, We want to hear from YOU!We would like to know what you think about the services the Autism Alliance provides to you and your family. We value your feedback and will use the responses to better meet our needs and directly improve our services. The estimated time to complete the survey is 5 minutes. Thank you for your time and the opportunity to serve you and your family and our community.
Self Compassion During Challenging Times with Dr. Kristen Neff
Tuesday December 8th
Self-compassion involves learning to treat ourselves with care and support. Rather than continually judging ourselves, we can have compassion toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learn to cope better with the inevitable struggles of life. In this talk, leading Self Compassion expert Dr. Kristen Neff will show how we can use both fierce and tender self-compassion to cope with the pandemic and also racial injustice. In times like these we need a friend, and we can learn to be a friend to ourselves. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.
Horizons is a college preparation mentoring program for high school students on the autism spectrum who plan to go to college in the next year or two. Participants will meet online with a trained UMass Lowell student who will be their mentor. The goal of Horizons is to help prepare these students for university life and to feel more confident about attending college in the future. Click on link for more details.
The Network is a monthly social networking program for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum aged between 16-30 years. The goal is to provide those with ASD an opportunity to meet others and hopefully make connections. Click on link for more details.
In case you missed one, or want to check back in, our daily Healthy Heroes Emails are archived on our website along with our current and past monthly newsletters. Healthy Heroes is now being published weekly for up-to-date resources and information.
DDS encourages everyone in the DDS community to get a flu shot this season. It is important for all individuals, family members, providers, and staff!