We are on week two of our walking socials. I am seeing some happy students each week. Not only during our walk but on Zoom too. I spent some time thinking about this, its community. Over time, the students that see each other often, start to build lasting connections. They look forward to seeing each other every week. Its a break in their routine, a break from loneliness. A chance to share and be heard and listen to others. Lets face it, the mental health of many ASD youth is affected by the lockdown. Small things like, meeting online once a week for a class or social, connecting to each other in group email exchanges, or getting out of the house for walk really makes a difference. Parents, take advantage of what is being offered locally for your ASD child, trust me, it helps, I see changes from just the small steps we take weekly.
If you are looking for money towards March break camps, see Heathers note below. Spectrum Insights is running a Social & Life Skills camp for March break. This funding may help your child attend.
This is From Heather Fawcett's Newsletter:
Some funding opportunities for families. Please distribute to families as you see fit.
1. One-time payment from provincial government to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school (up to age 21 for special needs students). Deadline Feb. 8, 2021
Spectrum Insights is in the news:
Click the image below to hear our interview on CFRA with Dahlia Kurtz