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TAP's December Newsletter


4 Tips for Preparing your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations
Holidays are a time for family, friends and food. A time to celebrate the spirit of thankfulness, giving and receiving. A time forecorating, traveling and shopping for many. As Abe Lincoln once said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." This means preparing for success. For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

Autism Research Participants Needed

African American Parents' Experiences Accessing Services for Children With ASD

Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if:
1. You are an African American parent or caregiver of an African American child who has a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder,
2. Your child is in grades K-5 at a public school in Illinois and qualifies for special education and related services, AND
3. Your total yearly family income is more than $19,790 for a family of 3; $23,850 for a family of 4; or $27,910 for a family of 5.
In appreciation for your time, you will receive $50 for participating in this study.
For more information please contact: Jamie Pearson,, 217-333-0260
Hedda Meadan,, 217-333-0260

Impact on Dog Ownership and Autism (No Dog ownership necessary)
Caregivers whose family has children living with autism, with or without dogs, are sought for a 30-60 minutes interview about impact of dog ownership on physical activity in families. This study will examine the effect of dog ownership on the physical activity levels of family living with autism.Barriers and facilitators of owning a dog in family will also be studied. If you are interested in this study or have any questions regarding of the research,please contact one of the researchers at:
Hai Yan (, 217-333-2461
Yan Yang, 217-607-6667
Zezhao Chen, 217-974-0749


Wright's Law Workshop coming to Champaign, IL!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sponsored by the Down Syndrome Network. More information coming soon!

Autism Kinship Moms Night Out
December 5, 2014 Embassy Suites Hotel
Lombard, IL

This event brings mothers, grandmothers, and friends together for an unforgettable evening of talking and being pampered. The Little Friends Center for Autism Staff will have a panel of experts to provide valuable resources and answer your questions.    
 Autism Speaks will provide staff and services and The Autism Program will provide funding this year! The Arc of Illinois will provide funding for the $69.00 registration fee and hotel if needed.
 Click Here to download the Autism Kinship registration form and The Arc of Illinois Stipend (funding request)
 Questions: 630-305-4196
Spanish speaking staff will be available


Community Calender

Don't miss a thing!  Activities in the C-U area this month.

December Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Tu/Th 9 am - 6 pm
Sat 9am - 12 
Closed December 22 - January 4
Closed Saturdays
from December 20 - January 18
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana

Community Support Groups &

CU Autism Network - December Meetings
RSVP to 

Thurs. Dec 4 6:30 - 8:00 pm
December Speaker: Jim Mayer will be discussing the Transition Years and the IEP

904 W. Nevada, Christopher Hall, Urbana
CU Autism Network is part of the Autism Society of Illinois

CTF Young Adult Club
 Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482
CTF Teen Connect of Champaign
Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482 

Monthly gathering of adults with ASD/HFA
Moved to Christopher Hall
904 W. Nevada
December 13
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Second Saturday of the month 

RSVP to Alisa Chapman 217.359.0675

Puzzled Minds & The Autism Program  (TAP) Vermilion County Autism Support Group - FULL
 Sensory Santa
December 6 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Immanuel Luthern Church, 1930 N. Bowman, Danville

 You must sign up for an appointment so we can plan and offer you the shortest wait possible. Sign up for a private 20-minute appointment with Santa by contacting Lori, PMVC Coordinator, at or 217-840-5627.   Sign up soon to get the best time for you.  Spaces filled quickly last year.

December 4 - Parent Empowerment Calls
Educational calls offered to all parents in Illinois who have a child with an emotional or/or behavior concern. The focus is on giving parents information they need to advocate for and support their children.
Topic: Advocating for a Lifetime: Call: 1-800-260-0702 Passcode: 313106.
Questions? Call: 618-508-2222

Webinars: Family Matters Parent Training
& Information Center

Webinar: Dec3 & Dec 4
Bullying in the Early Years

 Around Town
On Going Social Skill Programs
Social Champaign
April Keaton
Kevin Elliott Counseling Group

Other Community Programs
Champaign County YMCA- Larkin's Place

Check out all the exciting Winter Programs including Minecraft and the Y Sampler!

CU Special Recreation

 Borah's Piano Praise - Piano and music lessons.
students with special needs and ASD welcome!
Doctoral of Musical Art in Piano performance 217.766.0759

Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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