Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Pennsylvania Diversity Children's Organization
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dear our Donors,

We appreciate your generocity, and we would like to say you Thank You again and again. Children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties can experience the world quite differently than others.  For example, a typical child may enjoy the flashy lights and sounds of an amusement park. Going to the local carnival on a warm spring night and spending the night riding amusements, enjoying carnival games, cotton candy, loud music and experiencing the overall excitement that comes with a carnival is a great childhood experience. That carnival was a multi-sensory experience.  Now a take a child with autism spectrum disorder and that childhood may experience the same carnival in completely different way. The experience can be quite overwhelming resulting in fear, agitation or even seizures. The point being children need to be stimulated in order to learn yet also feel calm, safe and relaxed.  

A sensory room has special lighting, calm music, bubbles, various tactile toys and furniture to stimulate the mind. The experience relaxes the child and yet allows the child to have a multi-sensory experience, much like the child who went to the carnival.  The sensory room is created with two goals in mind: to promote intellectual activity and relaxation.

Penndco children deserve an environment that is conducive to learning.  While the traditional classroom may benefit one child, another child may benefit from a sensory room where varying lights and textures gently stimulate the brain allowing the child to reenter the traditional classroom, relaxed and ready to learn.

Recent statistics in Pennsylvania show that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. With statistics this staggering the need for innovative therapies to bring about the best outcomes is dire. We continue to ask our Best Donors to support us with providing our valuable services for children and their families. Every Penny Counts!

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Special Thank You!
Special Thank You!

Dear Donors,

We would like to share with you how our little learners with autism spectrum disorder can enjoy playing. They have very limited play, play with only a few toys, or play in a repetitive way from beginning when they start to participate in our program. Our goal is teaching children to play with peers, adults and toys by developing social skills, communication and language skills, fine and motor skills, and problem-solving skills. 

Functional play is a very important type of play. We use a sensory zone, playdough station, puzzle and blocks area, and art area to help children to develop their ability to play with a purpose. Our children enjoy a bubbles time and kinetic sand activity, however they need to have an extra help with transitioning, following simpler directions, and communication during functional play.

We enjoy our constructive play by playing with blocks, puzzles, and Lego, and we use visual helpers to support our learners during this play time. Our five boys and one girl can complete a jigsaw puzzle so fast, and we encourage them to finish nicely this activity. 

The ability to play with others is our main goal for developing social skills of every child. Proving opportunities, oral and physical praises, positive reinforcement, encouragement and reward system is a huge help to have a success in developing social skills.

Penndco children learn to play together, and we proud of every child by teaching them to enjoy a cooperative play, pretend play, associative play, and functional play. We know that our children cannot always communicate easily, but we are absolutely sure they can have good friends and play cooperatively. 

Today I got a big hug, an amazing eye contact, and I saw a smooth transitioning, and first time after 2,5 years I could her "Miss Tanya, miss Tanya, miss Tanya... give me toy" and little boy was looking at my face. My colleagues and I were speechless... It is a significant moment of our little boy and his first experience to ask his teacher directly as well as appropriately.  

We ask support today and will continue to ask again and again tomorrow because we know how important to support our little learners to play, to communicate, to share, to talk, and to express their own ideas. 

Six little learners send Special Thanks to all our Donors! Five of them can say now PLEASE and THANK YOU! 

 

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Playing Together!
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Dear our Donors,

We would like to say you our special thanks that is following to your hearts. Thanks to all our supporters for their generosity! Your support is very important for us for reaching our goals. Every family appreciates your opportunity to help their child with behavior, speech or communication problems. Every child needs to have a support to be ready for success. First five years a child's brain is making 700 new connections every second. Child's brain loves faces smiles, music movement, looking and touching at new things, your words and stories, songs and communication. 

Your support is very important for us because we are thinking about the child's steps to success: just keep trying, try to find someone who's done it, try and ask help, try it a little differently, try it again tomorrow, try once more, try again, and just try. We would like to ask you as our Donors please Try to Support Us again and again because without your help we can not help every child to reach his/her goals to improve in communication skills, to have a success at school, and to have a higher income as an adult. 

Today is a great day to think about generosity, and we know that our donors hear us to support our children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties. 

Thank you again and again for your cooperation and valuable help!

Enjoy summer 2017! And please think about children who are waiting to play with new books and toys, who want to make a new project, and who need to develop a sensory experience. 

Sincerely,

Tetyana Varenychenko, M.Ed

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Dear our Donors,

We would like to thank you for your support to our project. Thank you for your understanding that no matter what label has been giving to our child we always remember that he or she is a unique individual with his or her own strengths and challenges.

We organized a Social Skills Group for children who have social communication difficulties. We have used the following programs and strategies: Playing Together! Let's Make Friends! Make the Most of Music! Take Turns Together, Make the Connection with People Games, and Look at Me strategy.

Penndco children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties enjoy in the play, and they learn how to pay attention to adult or peer, how to talk, how to give people eye contact, and how to interact with people and children.  

Our children prefer to play alone, and our goal is to teach them social skills and to help them to interact with each other. Dean is always on the move, and we help him to play with his peer in the blocks area. Benjamin's parents are worried because Benjamin isn't talk and he does not respond to his name. However, Benjamin has an interest to participate in a fun activity (bubbles time) with his peers. Patrick likes to participate in a music activity, and he enjoys his movements with music. We help Patrick to use the words and signs to communicate his wants and needs.

Our children enjoy our Social Skills Library, and they have a choice to listen a story. David prefers his favorite book David Goes to School. Maksim prefers his favorite book Hands Are Not for Hitting. Penndco specialists encourage our children to demonstrate their preferences. Playing together and learning together is our main goal for helping children to develop their social skills and communication.

In conclusion, we would like to say you our special thanks from our professional team and from our families for your generous support.

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Playing together

Dear Our Donors!

We would like to introduce to you our new little student.  His name is Daniel and he is 2 years old. Daniel likes to come to PENNDCO. He tries to transit from home to classroom smoothly and nicely. He likes to get a snack at classroom, and he enjoys fun activities such as bubbles time and water beads activity. 

Daniel is a great mover, and all his rushed moments ate time when he could be learning something new. All therapists have helped Daniel to slow down or give him extra five minutes at snack time. It's time to slow down the pace and give Daniel a chance to communicate with adults and his peers.

All therapists and Family are working as a team, and one of our goal is recognizing Daniel's sensory preferences: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and movements that Daniel enjoys or dislikes. Daniel's preferences are very important for us. We will continue to work on this goal.

We would like to say to you our special thanks! Please support our new Little One who needs a special help from you. Therapists and Family will help Daniel to build his interactions with adults and peers and to help him with social communication difficulties.

Thank you very much for your support!

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

I Can Do It!
I Can Do It!
Try It a Little Differently!
Try It a Little Differently!
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Pennsylvania Diversity Children's Organization

Location: Huntingdon Valley, PA - USA
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Tetyana Varenychenko
Huntingdon Valley , PA United States
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