During this time of respiratory illness including coronavirus and flu, community programs for children are taking extra precautions to ensure the continued health and safety of those served and those who provide services. Penndco therapists provide tele-intervention services for our children and their parents or family members by using the following technology applications such as Zoom, Skype, Viber, Face Time or phone conversations. We understand how important to provide opportunities to children and their parents by using some effective strategies, activities as well as suggestions especially during tele-intervention communication. Together we enjoy child's home activities by discussing child's progress and child's needs. Daniel's mother shared how important for her to participate with her child in tele-intervention program by learning new strategies how to help her son to play nicely with toys and adults at home and how to help him to follow daily routines appropriately.
We friendly remind our parents that health and safe playtime at home is a number one priority, and we need to follow through universal precautions and Penndco illness policies. We understand how our children with autism spectrum disorder require to have the social situations for increasing their social skills and communication. We have a huge hope to come back to Penndco for enjoying with our children and families the social life and wonderful greeting time.
Thank you all Penndco donors and supporters for providing financial support during last three months. We appreciate your help always!
Thank you for your cooperation! Stay healthy and safe!
Feb 20, 2020
Penndco Students Love to Read
By Tetyana Varenychenko - Project Leader
Reading is Fun!
We are happy to announce that our Literacy Master Map Program is continuing to thrive in the New Year. The children are doing great and every week they are excited to come to class.In the past several months we have been reading books that focus on kindness, life skills, and friendship. We also read about different holidays and traditions. Students enjoyed reading books about winter.
During Thanksgiving we made colorful turkeys out of paper. Kiril was very excited to make projects during the holiday season. Kristina and Milana both have shown interest in books about friendship. Ivan have shown significant progress during the last few months. He is eager to learn and asks many questions. His English knowingly improved and he enjoys reading aloud in the classroom to the other children. Our youngest student Vlad is making progress and working very hard in class.
Students enjoyed making predictions about the Groundhog and learned interesting facts about the animal. By encouraging our students to wonder what might happen next and whether or not their prediction will come true, we boost reading comprehension and engagement. As we progress with the program, we continue to work on independent reading time, read alouds, building vocabulary, writing stories, and playing games that are developed for literacy development. We thank our sponsors for helping us inspire young minds and develop their love for reading.
Rhymes and Poetry
Sharing own experience
Thank all Donors for supporting our program!
Small group activity
Thank Parents, Specialists, and Donors for support
Families support Us!
Oliver supports Penndco Young Readers!
Feb 3, 2020
Trying to Play Together!
By Tetyana Varenychenko - Project Leader
Dear our Donors,
You know that children with autism spectrum disorder play differently from other children. They like to line objects up, play by themselves, and repeat the same actions over and over. They love to roll the car or to complete the numbers puzzle. Our little boys and girls love to play with the toys. Boys prefer to play with cars, and girls enjoys a sensory zone. However, our boys and girls have a difficulty to play together by engaging in the same activity. They like to learn the letters and numbers, and they have the difficulties to share the ABC puzzle or numbers puzzle or to complete the puzzle together. They require a help to increase their social skills. They learn how to share the toy and how to take a turn. Little Daniel wants to play with a truck, and he points to truck and tries to say the word truck by pronouncing only "tr”. David reads a book On the Farm, and teacher supports him to name the farm animals and to recognize them. David talks a lot by using words, and he tries to use two word phrases. We have a new girl in our classroom whose name is Maria, and she likes to play with play dough in a sensory zone. Maria enjoys all fun activities, and she asks to have a bubbles time with her. She likes oral and physical praises, and she is happy to get a hug or hi five. Teachers encourage Maria to use the simple words and sings during her play time or learning time. Maria requires prompting to follow oral directions during her classroom routines. Speech pathologist teaches Maria to use the word hi during a greeting time and to use the peers’ names. Our children love to play with textured balls, and it is a time to teach them to play cooperatively by sharing the balls. Children prefer to get a reward/snack after play time. They know they can get a cookie or fruit snack when they play nicely and use the words“please” and “thank you” or signs “please” and “thank you”. These two words we would like to address to all our supporters.
We appreciate all our donors for supporting us with the programs for children with autism spectrum disorder. Thank you for your generous gifts for our children.