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COVID-19 Programs and Resources

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is evolving rapidly. For current updates, visit the CDC’s information page regularly. We care deeply about the well-being of our clients, staff, and community, and we encourage everyone to take recommended precautions to stay safe and healthy during this time.

We understand that this time of uncertainty can be difficult, especially to those on the spectrum and their families. While our campus is closed, we are excited to offer virtual services for our clients and families to keep routines and interventions as typical as possible. Additional resources will be added to this page to help you navigate this time.

 


Free Virtual Programs with Els for Autism

The Foundation will be providing a variety of support meetings to assist with managing this time as a community and within your family.

We are happy to provide these resources free of charge via Zoom video conferencing.

Virtual Storytime with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Virtual Storytime with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) sessions will take place from 10-10:30 a.m, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Claire Seefried, speech-language pathology clinical fellow at the Els for Autism Foundation.

The story will highlight high frequency (core vocabulary) words with the use of communication supports. A PowerPoint including the core vocabulary words presented in the story and links to related extension activities will be discussed following the story.

Download PowerPoint files here.

Contact Claire.seefried@elsforautism.org to request access

Families Coping through Conversation

Families Coping through Conversation will address daily challenges and ways to manage feelings and behaviors. Topics specific to the sudden shift in daily life will be addressed and specific coping methods and techniques for families living with autism will be identified. The Families Coping through Conversation will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evenings from 8-9 p.m.

Contact Dr. Kimberly Rivieccio at Kimberly.Rivieccio@elsforautism.org to request access to these sessions.

 

 

Sibs Stick Together

The Sibs Stick Together Room will reflect a new program at the Foundation that intended to begin in April. This program addresses the needs of siblings of children with special needs and learning differences. The siblings will have an opportunity to support each other, express their thoughts and feelings, and discuss issues specific to their needs. The Sibs Stick Together Room will be available on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The recommended age for this program is 8-13.

Contact Dr. Kimberly Rivieccio at Kimberly.Rivieccio@elsforautism.org to request access to these sessions.

 

Connections Club

It can be difficult to find time to connect with friends due to schedules, location, transportation and personal obligations.  For individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, social interaction and connecting with peers can be a challenge on a daily basis.  Connections Club is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to interact with peers in a safe and support environment using video conferencing technology, while practicing communication and social skills.  Els for Autism staff members will facilitate meetings, providing support and guidance so individuals of all abilities can actively participate in the group.  Each meeting will follow a schedule, including welcome/introduction, review of participant expectations, stretching routine, fun facts, a variety of discussion topics, games and activities.  Connections club is for individuals 13 and older with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Participants will need to use a cell phone, laptop and/or computer with internet access to connect to the video conference meetings.
To participate in the club, individuals are required to have completed the Els for Autism Foundation client application and the Connections Club registration process.   For more information on how to enroll in the Connections Club please contact Kelley Coutts at kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org
 
 

Spectrum Virtual Book Club

The Spectrum Virtual Book Club is for individuals ages 18 and older with autism or developmental disabilities who enjoy exploring the world of literature.

The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, April 14. Participants do not need to own a copy of the book.

During the meeting participants will be able to see the story and members of the Els for Autism Foundation staff will facilitate the group. Participants may take an active role as a reader during the meeting or they can choose to just listen to the story. At the end of each meeting, the staff will lead the group in a discussion about what was read. The first book will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

If you would like to register for the Spectrum Virtual Book Club, please contact Kelley Coutts at kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org

 

 


Fee-Based Virtual Services

Therapy Services (Fee-based)

  • Individual Speech & Language Telehealth Service
  • RUBI – Group and Individual Sessions
  • Mental Health Counseling – Group and Individual Sessions
  • ABA Parent Training Telehealth Services
  • Spring Into Action Early Intensive Behavior Intervention Circle Time (current EIBI clients only)
  • “Eye Spy” Social Skills Group

Contact Erin Lozott, Clinical Director at Erin.Lozott@elsforautism.org for information on these services

 

Yoga Interactive Virtual Class (Fee-Based)

Yoga for individuals with special needs enhances stamina, flexibility, energy, and strength in a fun, motivating social environment. Classes include warmups, breathing exercises, cardio routines, developmentally appropriate yoga poses and relaxation techniques, while offering a full body experience of physical fitness and traditions of yoga.

The class is taught by Yael, a certified Yoga instructor and Movement Therapist. Classes will be on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. The cost for the 8-week session is $160.00 ($20.00 per class).

We require a minimum of 5 participants registered to conduct the class. The class begins on Tuesday, April 14.

If you would like information about the class please contact Kelley Coutts at kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org.

 

 

 


Helpful Resources

10 Tips to Stay Healthy & Safe from Els for Autism

Corona Virus Resource Guide from FAU

Video teaching story on COVID-19 from University of Miami – NSU

Coping With Disrupted Family Routines During COVID-19 by Autism Speaks

Autism spectrum disorder peer support from HealthfulChat

 

Visual Supports

 

Activities

Art & Game Ideas From Els for Autism

Yoga with Ms. Yael:  Grab a yoga mat or towel and follow along with Ms. Yael

At Home Activities from UM – NSU Card


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