FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2014
Contact: Bevin Theodore
Director of PR & Communications
Support Autism Connection by attending KidsPeace Bazaar
The event, which offers vendors, crafters and fun for kids, is Saturday in Temple.
TEMPLE – A new Autism Spectrum Disorders program at KidsPeace is getting a boost from an annual family friendly fundraiser planned for Saturday on the Berks County campus.
The second annual KidsPeace Bazaar, which will boast vendors, crafters and children’s activities, is 9 a.m. to 2p.m. at the KidsPeace campus at 704 Hay Road, Temple. Proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Connection and the Berks Summer Programs. The rain date for the Bazaar is May 31.
The Autism Connection Therapeutic Program, which accepted its first students this week, provides social skills training to children and young adults ages 6 to 21, who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants practice forming interpersonal relationships with peers through a variety of games, activities and community meetings. The program has different monthly themes, and activities center around teaching communication, emotion regulation, teambuilding, compromise and sustained attention.
Behavior management and positive reinforcement are used to encourage the children and young adults to maintain appropriate behaviors. Program goals include increasing self-esteem by fostering problem-solving abilities and an understanding of social rules and boundaries, while decreasing isolative, self-stimulating and self-abusive behaviors and sensitivities.
The Autism Connection Therapeutic Program operates on a school calendar with children attending from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents are invited to participate in a portion of the program each day, and progress notes will help families stay aligned with program goals and track areas of consistency.
For more information on the event or Autism Connection, call Christy Kistler at 610-929-4670, ext. 7833.
For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.