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Training for Lancaster's First Responders!
We are partnering with the Excentia and the First Responder Training facility to offer training to our first responders on interacting in our community with people with intellectual delays and disabilities.  The training will be taking place March 25th and will be open to all first responders in Lancaster County!
 
January Town Hall Meeting
Sleep Issues
Sunday, January 25, 2015    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Place:  Excentia 617B North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Do you have trouble putting your child to sleep?  Do they wake up through the night?  Ask Occupational Therapist, Kiki Davis, any and all questions you have regarding sleep issues!  Kiki currently works at S. June Smith as an OT with children age 0-3 and withtheir preschool programs, but has experience with kids of all ages.  The meeting will start promptly at 4:30 pm and will be a dine and learn agenda, where food will be available throughout the meeting.
Childcare is provided by Pequea Pals
People with any challenges are welcome!
The event is free of charge.
Please RSVP to meetings@lancasterdsa.org with your name & the number of people attending, including children and their ages.
For more information visit us on facebook, www.facebook/lancasterdsa    or on the web, www.lancasterdsa.org.
Training for Lancaster's First Responders!
We are partnering with the Excentia and the First Responder Training facility to offer training to our first responders on interacting in our community with people with intellectual delays and disabilities.  The training will be taking place March 25th and will be open to all first responders in Lancaster County!
 
January Town Hall Meeting
Sleep Issues
Sunday, January 25, 2015    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Place:  Excentia 617B North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Do you have trouble putting your child to sleep?  Do they wake up through the night?  Ask Occupational Therapist, Kiki Davis, any and all questions you have regarding sleep issues!  Kiki currently works at S. June Smith as an OT with children age 0-3 and withtheir preschool programs, but has experience with kids of all ages.  The meeting will start promptly at 4:30 pm and will be a dine and learn agenda, where food will be available throughout the meeting.
Childcare is provided by Pequea Pals
People with any challenges are welcome!
The event is free of charge.
Please RSVP to meetings@lancasterdsa.org with your name & the number of people attending, including children and their ages.
For more information visit us on facebook, www.facebook/lancasterdsa    or on the web, www.lancasterdsa.org.
Sports Clinics start in January    
We are excited to announce that sports clinics will return January 10th. Families who have attended have all had great things to say about them!  Soccer is scheduled for 4pm at Spooky Nook and Gymnastics will be at 11:30 at Lives in balance.  There is still time to register for both of these clinics.  They are open to all people with developmental disabilities!  We recommend ages 3-12, but if your child is 2 and walking enough to kick a ball, then you are more then welcome to register them for soccer or gymnastics.  Registration is just $10 per family and is now open on our website. You can email sports@lancasterdsa.org for more information.
 
Play Date on January 11th from 12-2 pm
We will be starting play dates on the second Sunday of each month at 12pm. Lunch will be served. Please email  playdates@lancasterdsa.org to RSVP or for more information. 
 
World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st
On March 21st we will be participating in Random Acts of Kindness for Down Syndrome. We'll be providing 21 RAK packs for people interesting in participating - they can be picked up at the March playdate or Town Hall meeting. We will also have a list of ideas that are free or inexpensive as well. More details to come...
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Upcoming Events involving LDSA and YOU!
  • Gymnastics Sports Clinic (click here) (Jan 10th)
  • Soccer Sports Clinic (click here) (Jan 10th)
  • Monthly Playdates (click here) (Jan 11th)
  • Monthly Town Hall Meetings (click here)
  • New Parent Outreach (click here)
  • Volunteers! (click here)


Other Community Events:
  • Pequea Church Toddler Playdates (click here)
  • Excentia Battle of the Banks (click here) (Feb 23rd)
 

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops For Families

Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Speech/Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy in the Schools

Presenters: Heatherann Paul and Jessica Levy

Target Audience: K-12 Parents of children of all abilities

This presentation will provide information related to how deficits that fall into the disciplines of Speech/Language (S/L) Therapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) are addressed within the school system. The session will provide parents with strategies for developing fine motor and language skills in the home setting. The session will also discuss the importance of negative educational impact and what that looks like for different skills sets in the domains of S/L Therapy and OT, as this component is necessary for students to qualify for these services within the school system.

Location:

Manheim Township District Office, Conference Room

450 Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P to 569-8231 ext.3004

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015:

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Autistic Support: Errorless Teaching & Correction Techniques for Parents

Presenters: Lynn Peters and Kristen Parsons

Target Audience: K-12 Parents of children of all abilities.

This presentation will focus on a research based teaching procedure in which the children are prompted to make the correct response immediately, ensuring a correct response each time. Errorless learning offers the following benefit:

  • Minimizes the number of errors & Increases overall time available for instruction
  • Reduces the likelihood that errors will be repeated in future trials
  • Reduces frustration and the occurrence of inappropriate emotional behaviors by increasing opportunities for reinforcement

Location:

Manheim Township District Office, Conference Room

450 Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P to 569-8231 ext.3004

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

7:00pm – 8:00pm  –OVR and BHDS

Presenters: Abigail Pratt, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) & Robin Buch, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BHDS)

Target Audience: Parents/families of transition-age students (ages 14 and up)

This session will focus on the transition from school-age to post-school activities (post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living) with support of local agencies. Representatives from Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BHDS) will be sharing resources pertaining to their agency support during the transition from school-age to post-school.

Location:

Manheim Township District Office, Conference Room

450 Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P to 569-8231 ext.3004

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Vision Planning

Presenter: Mrs. Rosie Mann, Manheim Township Parent

Target Audience:  K-12 Families

This training will focus on how to develop and articulate a vision for your child’s future. We will discuss how to use that vision to guide educational planning through a process called the PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope).  Topics will include:

  • Taking inventory of child’s current strengths and needs
  • Taking inventory of your child’s current services and supports
  • Determining future skills required for working towards a vision
  • Mapping out future services and supports that will impact the required skills

Location:

Manheim Township District Office, Conference Room

450 Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P to 569-8231 ext. 3004

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Executive Functioning

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Setlock

Target Audience: Parents of Students, Grades 3-8

This session will focus on how to help students who struggle with areas such as planning, organizing, and prioritizing. Executive functioning will be explained and specific type of skills will be identified as they relate to school. Simple and easy to implement strategies will be shared and modeled. Handouts will be provided.

Location:

Manheim Township District Office, Conference Room

450 Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P to 569-8231 ext. 3004

 
Soccer & Gymnastics Registration is now available on our website (click here)!
  We are moving the gymnastics clinics to Lives In Balance Gym on William Penn Way.  They were able to offer us a weekly 11:30am Saturday class.  We will start the classes in January and they are still just $10 per family.  This covers children with developmental delays and their adult buddy.  You can sign up on our website right now!

Thank you to Coach Rossi at the Nook (who held a raffle to raise money for us), The Lancaster Polo Club (who are donating part of their proceeds from the Chili cook off) and our generous sponsors for the Golf tournament for allowing us to raise the money to offer this to our families!
 
Second Sunday Playdate
TaDa!  We have a monthly playdate setup!  Pequea Pals and Pequea Church have graciously offered us their gymnasium on a regular basis to setup a playdate!  They have an inflatable bounce house and lots of other fun things to do!  The playdate will be every 2nd Sunday from 12-2 starting in January.   We will have time to play, socialize, and eat (lunch will be provided)!  Although you can just show up - we will have an RSVP out so that we have an idea of how much food is needed for lunch.
 
Upcoming Meetings
We will be picking up the meetings early next year after the holidays!  We are lining up a speech therapist, an OT to talk about sleep issues, a self advocate, and many more!
 
New Parent Outreach
We have new parent information delivered to Woman and Babies and available to be delivered to Lancaster Regional.  We have also delivered informational books to Maternal Fetal Medicine and several OB and Pediatrician offices.  
 
Volunteers needed!!
Do you LOVE what we are doing?  We would LOVE to have to you help us!  We don't need you to donate hours and hours of your time - we know everyone is busy, but we really could use the help on some of our upcoming projects!  Even an hour a month could help us tremendously!  Please email us at contact@lancasterdsa.org if you are interested in helping us in any way!
 
Pequea Church Toddler Playdates
Pequea Church offers a monthly playdate for Toddlers in their gym.  All toddlers and siblings are welcome.  The playdate occurs every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 with snack after.  
 
 

LDSA works on the concept of partnering with other community organizations in order to bring the best resources to you!  We would like to thank our partners because they allow us to do MUCH more than we could ever do ourselves!

 Kiki Davis | M.S,OTR/L        Kristen  Kondratowski | Pequea Pals 
                                                     
       
 
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