Happenings at TAP
Without an Illinois state budget, the TAP network continues to receive no funding as we are an 100% state grant funded program. During this time of budget upheaval and uncertainty, it is difficult to create plans for the future. Although other sites throughout the state are closing, the CU-TAP has enough emergency funds and donations to stay open through the fall semester with reduced programming. This means at least one more semester of amazing interns, fun social skills programs, and getting to engage with the Champaign-Urbana community. Speaking of which, look for us by the food trucks at the Urbana Farmer's Market at the Square September 5th and 19th.
Parent to Parent Program
Are you a parent who would be interested in mentoring other parents as they navigate the world of autism? Are you a parent who wants some help figuring things out from someone who has been there? If so, the Hope Institute has a program for you. Please contact Jennifer Lipscomb at 217-588-7528 pr firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Spotlight on Community Programs
Part of the mission of TAP is to help spread word to the autism community about the resources and programming that is available in the area. We are excited about these local opportunities.
Social Thinking Group from Elliot Counseling
The group will run from September 14th - November 2nd on Monday evenings from 5;30 to 6:30 and has been designed for 6 to 11 year olds. The Curriculum is based on the work of Michalle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking concets and helps children to develop peer relationships, adapt to new people and situations, and recognize and respond to social cues. Most major medical health insurance will cover part of the costs of group therapy and a sliding scale is also available. For more information or to register call 217-398-9066.
Superstar Yoga from Daily Bread Yoga
After a successful run this summer, Superstar yoga will be back this fall with FREE classes on September 28th, October 26th, and November 30th. This is a fun and empowering yoga practice for youth (ages 13+) with special needs. No equipment or previous yoga experience necessary. For more information or to register email Rachel at email@example.com.
Larkin's Place at the Y
These classes are open to members and non-members of the Y and range from $60 - $100 dollars depending on member status and which class you select. The first session starts August 1st and runs through October 18th and the next session picks up on October 19th and runs through December 13th. Groups include early childhood playgroup (ages 2 -5), handwriting group (ages 5+), Saturday social hour (ages 10 - 13), music and movement (ages 2 -5), and early elementary music therapy (ages 5 - 10). There are also Friday night fun groups once a month for youth (ages 14+) which are $10/$15 each session. For more information or to register see their website www.sf-ymca.net
Looking for a place to learn and have fun with your child and other families? This group doesn't start until next semester, but spaces fill up quickly and is FREE. Stay-N-Play is a playgroup is run by students from the University of Illinois under the supervision of faculty to promote interactions between children and their caregivers. For more information or to register contact Kimberly Hile at 217-333-0260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Participant Opportunities
At TAP, we are excited to support cutting edge autism research from the University of Illinois. These are the projects that are currently recruiting participants.
A research project that teaches parents of young children (ages 2- 6) with autism or developmental delays to use naturalistic communication strategies to improve their children's communication skills .
5 online training modules
Receive one-on-one coaching
You receive $100 when you complete the project!
Contact Hedda: email@example.com 217.333.0260
Platform Health Project
Are you interested in having your own “cloud” where you can store all of your own or your child’s medical information? We need parents of children with disabilities to participate and give us feedback as we design this service.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Aaron Mann at: firstname.lastname@example.org (student lead on the project)
Writing Practices Research
A graduate student in the Dept. of English is researching the writing practices of U of I students with an ASD. This project involves conducting interviews with students who self-identify as having an ASD and are interested in sharing their experiences with writing both in and outside of the classroom. Participants must be 18 or older, have an official ASD diagnosis and be a current or recent U of I graduate.
Contact: Pamela Saunders, email@example.com