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Our Autism Awareness in Autumn event was held at Elmwood Park Zoo on September 25th, 2016. The weather was exceptionally amazing and so were the guests. Here is a list of our resources:
The Center for Autism, Kencrest, The Quaker School, Leaps and Bounds, ASCEND Group, ASA Philly, 1847Financial, The Little Gym- Doylestown, Children and Family Art Therapy Center/Camp Pegasus, The New Avenue Foundation, The Law Office of Randy Steen, Child Guidance Resource Center, Acting Antics, Social Enrichment Center, Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center, Indian Creek Foundation, TheraPlay, Inc., Theatre Horizon, EBS Children’s Institute, Communication Imaging, Goofy Gators/Piece of Our Puzzle, and Capstone Academy
Our annual event at Elmwood Park Zoo was on September 27, 2015. A VERY special thank you to the resources listed below. Elmwood and E.F.E.C. have already been in contact to plan our 4th annual event.
1847 Financial, Acting Antics, Art of Friendship/Camp Pegasus, ASA, ASCEND, Autism Cares Foundation,
The Center on Central, CGRC, Communication Imaging, EBS, Education Alternatives, In Sync and Social,
Law Office of Randy Steen, Leaps and Bounds Therapy Center, LLC, Litman Law, The Little Gym, MassMutal,
Mental Health/Trail Guides, My Sensory Locations, New Ave. Foundation, The Pathway School, Pinwheels, Quaker School of Horsham, School to Work, LLC, Social Enrichent Center, SPARC, Spectra, Spring Valley YMCA, Theatre Horizon, Theraplay, Variety, William Jeanes, and YALE of Philly
Since E.F.E.C.'s start there have been seven parent/guardian meetings, three Autism Awareness events at Elmwood Park Zoo, one family event, and two much needed Mom's Night Out.
Our meetings have allowed for guest speakers to come in and share information on important topics as extracurricular activities and exploring social skills. The meetings host more than speakers. After the topic of the evening is discussed and parents/guardians are encouraged to share their ideas, members are given time to sit and talk to other members about topics that are on their mind. They want to hear from other parents about their journey and what the plan is before them.
The one family event was a picnic in the park. We selected an enclosed park so that parents did not have to worry about their children in an open space. Parents were encouraged to pack their own lunches and a craft was presented for kids big and small to do while taking a break from playing. Not only did parents have an opportunity to talk but children were given the opportunity to make connections and work on social skills.