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The Autism Program's December Newsletter

Our friends just call us TAP.  We focus on facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.  Find more information about TAP on our website or follow us:
The gift of sleep: Tips and resources for helping your child fall and stay asleep

Sleeping through the Night

The winter holidays bring changes in routine, anticipation, and anxiety. All these things can disrupt the sleep schedule of even the best sleeper, but many children on the spectrum have disordered sleeping to begin with.  Disordered sleeping means children have difficulty falling to sleep in the first place and/or sleeping through the night. Here are some resources that can help.
New at TAP!

Transition Planning Experiences 

If your child has..or had an IEP and is between the ages of 14 and 25, TAP would love to hear about your transition experiences! We are holding a meeting for parents on Wednesday, Dec 7 at 6:30 pm at TAP - 904 W. Nevada so we can share experiences. Linda Tortorelli will be presenting to the Champaign County Developmental Disabilities board on Dec 14 about the "present level" of transition planning and services in our county. If you cannot attend, but would be willing to fill out a survey or talk to Linda, please email her at We would like to capture as many experiences as possible in a short amount of time.

Also - if you are planning on attending, please rsvp by email to

Community Calendar: Don't Miss a Thing! Activities in the C-U Area this Month

Drop and Shop

Thursday, December 8th 5:30 - 8:30 PM and Saturday , December 17th 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM 
CUSR is sponsoring a drop and shop. They provide pizza, games, and crafts and you get a few hours to get things done or treat yourself. The fee is $16 for residents $24 for non residents. Register online.  Check out the rest of the CUSR calendar here

Understanding Gastrointestinal Issues

Tuesday, December 13th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Peroia 
This ICPN professional development workshop is presented by Tim Baker, the ICPN Director and takes place at the Peoria Public Library.  Mr. Baker will discuss the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal issues and speak to the potential social-emotional and behavioral effects they can have in the day to day functioning of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This is a free event. Register online at  CEUs available.  

Free Orthopedic Clinic

Tuesday December 13th, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
This is being offered by Dr. James McKechnie at Presence Medical Center and sponsored by the Elks Club. Call 1-800-272-0074 for an appointment. 
Sensory Friendly Santa


Saturday, December 10th
This a free by appointment event. Call 217-840-5627 or email

Champaign YMCA

Sunday, December 11th 12:00 - 1:00 P<
Santa ad Mrs. Claus will be in the sensory friendly community room. Also, registration is open for winter. Check out the guide here
Save the date

Night to Shine

On February 10th, First Christian Church is hosting a Night to Shine event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is a Christian prom like event for children ages 14 and older. For more information or to register go to the event website.  
Interesting webinar

Neuropychological Evaluation and Intervention Strategies

Thursday December 8th at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
This webinar is presented by Dr. Christine Barry and hosted by  Registration is free and CEUs are offered.  To register or for more information visit their website
Area Resources


IAMC, or the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, promotes and facilitates the development of microboards (a community -based team which provides self-directed services) and cooperatives (families of several teams that work together to share time, ideas, and supports) for the benefit of individuals with disabilities.  For more information, check out their website.   

For more information on area resources, check out our website.
Research Participants Needed

Parents of 10 to 60 month year old

The goal of this study is to test the use of the Internet to deliver an intervention program called Online Reciprocal Imitation Training. Participation takes approximately 15 weeks and two two hour assessment sessions at Rush.  contact Allie Wainer at or call 312-942-0819.

For more research participant opportunities check out our website
Area Support Groups

Which one is for you?

C-U Autism Network - First Thursday of the Month 6:30 - 8:00
This group meets at the YMCA and childcare is available. For more information see their website or Facebook page

CU Able - December 8 at 6:30 PM
This group is intended for parents of children with disabilities. Child care is available. For more information contact their Facebook group.

Adults on the Spectrum - Please see their Facebook Page
This group is intended for adults who identify as having high functioning autism or being high functioning autistic.  It meets at TAP. For more information contact their Facebook page.

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