Genesis Pediatric Therapy Now Offering Summer Camps!

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We are excited to announce that Genesis Pediatric Therapy – Coralville will be offering a variety of Summer Camps this year! ☀️🌊⛱️

– Preschool Sensory Group, June 4-7th, 10-11 AM
– Elementary Sensory Group, June 18-21st, 10-11 AM
Explore the senses with activities such as dancing, singing, obstacle courses, rolling, jumping, messy play, and sensory walks! Children will be provided an opportunity to negotiate a rich sensory environment with each other while improving language, social, and developmental gross and fine motor skills!

– Preschool Prehandwriting Group, June 4-7th, 11-12 AM
– Learning Letters Handwriting Group, June 11-14th, 11-12 AM
– Elementary Handwriting Group, June 18-21st, 11-12 AM
Come brush up your handwriting skills before school starts! These groups will address skills on an age appropriate level including prehandwriting skills, letter formation, utilizing adequate spacing, letter sizing, and writing on a line more efficiently. Activities will include writing practice and other play activities to promote knowledge of handwriting and help develop muscles needed to write effectively!

– Get Moving Group, Ages 4-6, June 25-28th, 10-11 AM
– Get Moving Group, Ages 7-12, June 25-28th, 11-12 AM
Have fun while learning the importance of physical activity! These groups will promote age appropriate play-based gross motor skills that will help improve balance, coordination, and strength!

– Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Group, July 16-19th, 10-11 AM
This group will focus on increasing functional arm and hand use in children with decreased active range of motion, strength, and coordination on one side. Children in the group will work together with their peers to accomplish fun, functional tasks using their non-dominant hand in order to help build important upper extremity skills needed for increased independence with self-care, community, school, and leisure tasks.

– Yoga Group, Dates & Times TBD
Yoga has shown many benefits for children including improved muscle strength, body awareness, stress release, and emotional and behavioral regulation! Learn the basics of yoga in this fun group!

Call (319) 853-0596 to learn more about which Summer Camps would be the best fit for you child or to reserve your child’s spot today! Limited spaces available for each group! Hope everyone is as excited for summer as we are!

Autism Browsing Hour – Chinese New Year Celebration at the North Liberty Community Library

We’d like to give a big thank you to the North Liberty Community Library for hosting this month’s autism – friendly browsing hour! In celebration of the Chinese New Year, attendees made paper lanterns, kites, and were able to bring home a special “Year of the Dog” gift from ICAC. We also had a lovely visit from Cora, the Therapy Cat! Thank you, Erin Sehorn Silva for all that you do for our community.

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ICAC Spring Break Activity Line Up Announced!

ICAC Spring Break Activity Line Up Announced!

Check out these activities over the ICCSD Spring Break! We also have leisure pool swims scheduled for March 31, 10:30-noon and April 21, 4:00-5:30. PLEASE NOTE that registration is *required* for Brush and Barrel as we limit this event to 20 painters. Please call 319-338-5787 to sign up.

All events are ALL AGES and siblings are always welcome!

Now Accepting Submissions to the A5 Art Show!

The A5 Project

The A5 Project

The A5 project (Awesome, Autism, Art, Awareness, Acceptance) is a yearly art show and community festival sponsored by the Arc of Southeast Iowa that celebrates the artistic talents of children on the autism spectrum. The Iowa City Autism Community is also proud to be a co-sponsor of this show. The mission is to showcase artwork done by autistic children and young adults on the autism spectrum in order to promote community understanding and appreciation of autism. This event also has craft and activity tables, music, food, therapy animals is always FREE and open to the public.

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In the past, we have had the honor of having Miracles in Motion, Childserve, The Wendell-Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, Winds of Change Pet Therapy, and many more help make things possible. We could not make this show happen without their volunteered generosity. Many original works of art can also be seen on display in the Iowa City Public Library, The Coralville Library, Hills Bank and more after the show! Keep up to date with our blog and check the Facebook page for more details.

We also host many opportunities to create artwork throughout weeks prior to the A5 art show. Children in the Iowa City Community School District may have a chance to create artwork for the show in the classroom. Contact your individual school for more details. Also, check out our blog and calendar for these often FREE opportunities for your child to make some artwork to display in the show. The Brush and Barrel has reduced price painting workshops for individuals on the autism spectrum as well.

This year, the A5 Show is being generously hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society in their beautiful new facility. We sincerely thank them for hosting us this year!

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This year’s show is guaranteed to be fun time for the whole family. There will be craft tables, displayed artwork, therapy animals, music from the Yahoo Drummers, face painting, sensory tables and much more!

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the show, registration sign up can be found here. calltoartistsa52018

The A5 project is always looking for people to help before, during, and after the show. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

Contact: A5project@yahoo.com or visit their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/TheAwesomeAutismAwarenessArtProject/

1-319-351-5017 (Arc of Southeast Iowa)

Iowa City Autism Community is Sponsoring FREE Visual Supports Workshop

The Iowa City Autism Community has partnered with the University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital Autism Center to host a FREE visual supports workshop. This event is open to parents, educators and service providers. Sue Askeland will be presenting this workshop on visual supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. Focus will be on schedules, transitions, and other issues that individuals on the autism spectrum may benefit from getting visual support. Iowa City Autism Community is sponsoring the cost of this event so that all participants can leave with their own visual support materials.

This event is for parents, caregivers, and those who work with autistic individuals. Childcare is not available. Parking in Ramp 3.

The Iowa City Autism Community thanks Sue Askeland,MA and The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center for their partnership and generosity in hosting this event.

**LIMITED TO 25 ADULT PARTICIPANTS**

**MUST email Mary Roberts, Program Coordinator of the UIHC Autism Center to Register:
mary-roberts-1@uiowa.edu
**PLEASE register by JANUARY 26

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Understood Sponsors Free 2E Binder Making Event

Join Understood.org and the Cooridor 2E Group to create a binder that will be helpful with twice-exceptional students for IEP meetings. Built upon a strengths focus, resources will be provided for advocating for our kids whose intellectual gifts and other disabilities co-exist. Materials will be provided!

Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend (even adult children). We learn from our friends who have traveled this road ahead of us. Please bring your words of wisdom and encouragement.

Following the IEP Binder Building Workshop there will be a time for parents to network and connect with others who have similar celebrations and concerns.

Facebook event is here.

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Genesis Pediatric Therapy Now Enrolling for Yoga Class for Children with ASD

Looking for some way to keep your kid active AND warm this winter? The Iowa City Autism Community has worked with the awesome therapists at Genesis Pediatric Therapy to create a yoga class designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum! Please call Genesis to sign up – cost is only $10.00! Space is limited to only eight participants so this will fill up quickly. If there is additional interest, Genesis is open to having an additional class. See flier for more details.

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ICAC Winter 2017-2018 Activities Announced!

Throughout the year, The Iowa City Autism Community organizes several activities for individuals on the spectrum and their families. Thanks to generous community donations, events are often free or at reduced price.  See the flyers below for more details and check the calendar to see additional activities as they are scheduled. Contact Jessie Witherell at jessiewitherell@hotmail.com or Dina Bishara at iowadina@yahoo.com for more information.

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