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Come WALK and VISIT our booth at this years 2015 Walk Now for Autism Speaks!

2015 Walk Now for Autism Speaks!

Meet Renee Thorne, Co-owner/ Program Director of Falls Church location along with some of the great Kate McClain Staff at our booth in the resource fair. We will have information about all of the different social skills groups and camps we offer along with some small table activities for kids to enjoy.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Info:
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism. Participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks empowers you to make a difference and provides you with an opportunity to honor someone with autism. Everyone is touched by autism in a different way. Join us and share your personal story as we unite our communities and raise funds to:

  • – Fund biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and possible cure for autism
  • – Raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society
  • – Bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder
  • – Bring together the autism community as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to take action
Event Location:
The National Mall
6th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
Washington, DC 20565
Event Schedule:
Registration, Resource Fair, Entertainment Begin 10/3/2015 8:30 am
Walk Begins 10/3/2015 10:00 am
Fees:
Walk Registration: No Fees
Free to Register, Fundraising is Encouraged!

– See more at: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=1131310&lis=1&kntae1131310=2CC5D10D06B64D6583B6BD28C2EA8241#sthash.HqoLTeSe.dpuf

Check out what our “younger” Camp Friendship campers have been up to!

Skills Utilized
  • listening skills
  • following directions
  • walking in line
  • respecting boundaries, authority/rules
  • age appropriate behavior
  • hands to self
  • voice volume
  • communication skills using our words
  • asking questions & giving answers
  • taking initiative, expressing “needs” and/or “wants”
  • multi-sensory actions
  • competition through games
  • observation and memory
  • gross motor skills
  • fine motor skills
  • problem solving, and decision making skills
  • sharing, group participation, taking turns
  • physical movement, body awareness
Here’s a brief summary of all the fun we had at camp today!
Today was a very busy day for the kids. We started off the day on the playground. They all did a great job compromising on games to play together. Also on the playground they participated in an obstacle course. They all did a great job waiting patiently while taking turns and cheering for each other. After the playground we went inside and had two activity stations. One of the stations was playing hangman and the other station was making rainbow loom bracelets. All the kids did a great job in participating at each station. After stations it was time for lunch. Another peer brought some family pictures that they got to share with the group. They all did a great job looking at the pictures and passing them to share to one another. I plan to continue this part of lunch for the next week because the kids seem to enjoy it so much. After lunch we went to the big field. At the big field the kids played Mr. Wolf, Blob tag and bowling. Since they did so well outside playing with their peers, they were given homemade strawberry and apple juice Popsicle. After going to the big field we came back inside for craft. We had two crafts that the kids got to complete today. One craft was painting popcorn with food coloring and stringing it onto a pipe cleaner. The other craft consisted of using blow pens and stencils to create a picture. At the end of the day, we played a couple rounds of down by the banks and had some time for free play.

A summary of how one camp day was spent during last weeks Spring Break Camp!

Once again our morning started off with free play that was spent drawing at the table, playing with Legos, blocks and board games.

We came together at the end of free play to properly kick off the rainy day…playing board games together. They all voted on chutes & ladders even and all did very well at taking turns, practicing patience and following multi-step directions. A little while later we gathered at the table to eat snack. After snack they continued with a game of Uno Stack all together!

Soon it was time to mix things up and get their bodies moving with a couple rounds of musical cones (just like musical chairs). The group had a great time listening to music and playing this game. Most everyone struggled at times with navigating around the cones and keeping focus on where they were walking or staying on task though it was not too hard to redirect them back into being able to enjoy the activity with everyone else. Having worked up a healthy appetite we paused to eat our lunches picnic style. After lunch we wound down a little. The kids picked out something to do independently for 15mins and needed to stick with that choice the entire time. This was a little challenging for some of our friends and took some guidance from staff to help them come up with a plan on how to use the time.

Next.. time for taking turns in the “bounce house-ball pit”! Needless to say, everyone enjoyed this and continued to enjoy it periodically for the rest of the day! Ms. Melissa planned the next craft/sensory activity “Ooblek” which is a mixture of cornstarch and water. The mixture becomes a liquid when stirred around and a solid when left sitting. They sat around the table and with their fingers,hands or popsicle stick manipulated the “Ooblek”. The kids had great success with this activity even with one or two being a little hesitant about the mixtures texture. We ended the day with another break for snack and free play!

“My daughter has attended social skills groups with Kate McClain Social Skills since February 2012, as well as their week-long spring break and summer camps. We have been very impressed with the format, the activities, and the staff. Often people don’t understand or know how to deal with children who are a little “different”  or not natural social butterflies, and often our daughter finds it difficult to fit in with mainstream groups and camps. Ms. Kate, Ms. Nida, and Ms. Renee are highly trained, skilled and seem to understand our daughter, her unique needs and interests, and consistently and creatively work with her to develop social skills, identify coping skills, and positively express herself. She feels comfortable and always enjoys herself during groups and especially liked the spring break and summer camps. The staff are very approachable and provide feedback after every session. Our daughter has made some nice friends and the skills and self esteem she developed in groups have carried over to school and community settings. We’ve highly recommended Kate McClain to our school and to friends.”