|Posted by Marietremblay3 on November 7, 2018 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Mrs. Calvani Ditson School Billerica MA
The students enter our classroom and choose the seat of their choice based on their comfort level. I have enough stability balls and gaming chairs for each of my students. During class meetings, accountable talk or instructional time, the class and I meet on the rug. The kids are either sitting on or kneeling behind a stability ball, sitting in the gaming chair or propping the large beanbag up and using it as a chair. During independent work or small group work, the students prefer the red desks to place their chromebooks on or to write on.
Each day it varies. At times the students choose to sit at tables or desks with the balls as their chairs, other days they are in a corner working on various assignments. They truly like the flexibility to sit where and how they want.
When our boxes first arrived, it was like Christmas to them. They were so excited!! It took a couple of weeks for the children to understand that these were tools and not toys. Now after a few months, they are aware and respect the appropriate use for their flexible seating.
I plan to continue to use our flexible seating and research more tools for them to feel comfort
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on May 14, 2017 at 11:35 PM||comments (1)|
Thanks to Billerica area community support
2017 Student Scholarships were awarded as follows:
$7,000 to Shawsheen Tech Grads
4,000 to Camp Starfish
4,000 to Camp Kaleidoscope
100 Care Notebooks were created and distributed to area families( a $2,000.00 project)
Camp Starfish In Rindge, New Hampshire There are many programs to fit individual needs and length of time. These slots fill up very fast. Please contact the camp directly for information and availability. Programs can be a TRY IT weekend up to a 3 week program.
Camp Kaleidoscople in Starskboro Vermont, a camp experience for the whole family to have fun, relax and share information with professional speakers to help us better understand Autism effects on our kids. Speakers may include Vermont and Massachusetts program managers, nutritionists, Arts and more.
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on September 8, 2016 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
$7,500 was distributed to 8 Shawsheen Tech graduates in June. These funds were raised at the Annual Comedy show held at the Billerica Elks.
March 25, 2017 we will be holding our next fundraiser to benefit the graduating trade students of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
CARE BINDERS: I have been planning this project for several years and Tuesday night it will be Completed! Products have arrived and we will be meeting at Billerica Access Television, (Behind Center Cafe) on TUESDAY September 13, 2016 to compile the Care Binders and get ready to ship. Included with each binder will be a Large Canvas bag with our logo, large enough to handle THREE Binders. Live it, Learn it, Share it.
What is a care binder? this is an Autism Family GO TO book. Parents put in medical records including medication, evaluations, child's daily routine, contact information and much more. THIS is the book you grab when you are heading to a new doctor, IEP meeting or racing to the hopsital with your chld - or behind the ambulance. We have 3 of these 3"binders. I wanted to be sure they were durable "D" Ring, held reports and we included report covers and contact information of area organizations.
I received requests for 62 binders, in just 2 days. We will be making 100 TO DISTRIBUTE FREE TO THOSE IN NEED
CANVAS BAGS: $20
PURCHASING A BAG WILL FUND A BINDER AND BAG FOR A FAMILY YOU KNOW
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on June 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
THANK YOU for supporting the 2015 fundraising events!
June 1, With the help of Mr. James Sullivan, over $5,000 in Tools and Funds were awarded to 14 graduates at Shawsheen Technical H.S.
$500 funded Educational Advocacy
Camp Kaliedescope: We will be sending Two Single Parent families with children on the Autism Spectrum to Camp K this summer, for a fun and educational session in a supportive environment.
Camp Starfish: Scholarship funds for a local student on the Autism Spectrum along with 'Wish List" donations will be brought up next week.
Several events during 2015, including bartenders donating their tips and other 'donation jars' will continue to bring in funding to support families in need. If you would like to set up a donation site at your company, please contact me. There is a wish list on the Campstarfish.org website for guidance.
Do you know someone who would like to attend a camp or send their child please do not hesitate to contact me. Funding is awarded first to the children and grandchildren / or other relative of a Billerica Resident. Please do not hesitate to contact me for support or guidance. We have begun to build a lending library with books including "Autism for Dummies" and more donated by Used Book Superstores.
We have our dates, venues and comedians booked for 2016. Thank you for your ongoing support!
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on May 10, 2015 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
I am Ethan.
You may not understand me, or the way I feel today.
You may not understand my reasoning for things I do or say.
The reasons why I'm so loud and say things over & over again,
Why I run so differently or lose my homework every now & then.
I write my letters backwards and sometimes numbers too,
and when in a conversation, I'll say "Guess what" 100 times to you.
Too much noise, light, or excitement can set me in a spin.
I don't like the way these pants feel rubbing against my skin.
I try to be good, but sometimes it's hard to control,
I have to do it, it's an impulse, I don't always do what I'm told.
Ketchup, Ranch and BBQ sauce on everything I eat,
sometimes I have days that I just can't sit still in my seat.
I like to talk a lot even when it's out of turn,
my mind plays tricks on me and interrupts what I'm trying to learn.
Sit up straight, wipe my face, and play ever so soft,
some of these things I have trouble with and I usually lose my train of thought.
I didn't mean to spill the milk mom, or slam the door so hard,
everyone else is done with their homework, I don't know where to start?
My heart's as big as gold, my feelings get hurt too,
I get sad, cry and have bad days just like you.
My brain works differently than other girls and boys,
but one thing always holds true, I can give your life so much joy.
I get frustrated so easily and my hand won't work that way,
I don't understand why those other kids won't let me come over and play.
Please don't think of me any differently or love of me any less,
I'm just like other kids and trying to do my best.
I am very special in my own unique way, and every moment with me
you'll never have a dull day.
By Kelly Graham
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on April 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Smack in the middle of Fund Raising season ! Joe is getting the cooker ready, Ray is gathering raffle prizes and boy do we have a fun filled
6th Annual Autism Field Day - May 16th at the Billerica Elks
SWERVE, formerly Heart of Boston, will provide live music for us as we enjoy 250 pounds of roasted meats and a Tex-Mex buffet
Scheduled Activities: Registrations on line
Morning Bike Run for those interested! Rob Aldred is Road Captain of this year's ride We'll gather at 9:30 to register and enjoy breakfast before heading out on a scenic ride through Middlesex County, 20 miles each way, no highway. Snacks and Raffles will be held at the turnaround and head back to join the Field Day. Sponsored by Billy Campbell
Pool Tournament begins at 1PM Tom McGonagle will run the Pool Tournament in the Billerica Elks Grille Room. Please register with Tom or online Prizes ! Fun! and bragging rights for the whole year! (Seperate $10 Fee)
Horseshoe Tournament: Scotty Ross, "Best Cousin Ever" will run the Tournament beginning at 3PM on the field (Seperate $10 Fee)
Field Day Fun:
Sumo Wrestling is Sponsored by Charlie Turner (Turner Plumbing). Pick a partner and have a little fun. Caution, this activity causes major giggling - you'll know what a turtle on it's back feels like !
Bounce Ball Races: Remember those hippity hops as a child, you held on to the bouncy ball and raced your friends across the lawn. Joe Stanton Contracting has sponsored this year's silliest activity ! No need to register ahead of time, the weight limit is 300lb so feel free to join in. Each team is 4-6 people.
Caricaturist: You loved it last year, so we are bringing back a little fun and memento for you to take home Bill Bradbury will be here with signups every 15 minutes to maximize your fun time not Line time
PUZZLE: Shawsheen Tech Carpentry is donating 6x9" puzzle pieces and table for us to build our own huge puzzle. Write encouraging words, Just decorate or bring a picture of someone you love with Autism to glue on! Your $5 donation will purchase additional pieces for Families with Autism to build their own puzzle at Camp K !
All donations are tax deductible to this 501(c)3 Fund. Feel free to contact Marie Dutile Tremblay with any questions or donations: 978-479-2668
|Posted by Marietremblay3 on January 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
February 1, 2014 noon - 5
Western Avenue Studios
120 Western Ave., Lowell
FIRST FLOOR Community Area
FREE FACE PAINTING for kids
The First Saturday of Every Month, Artists open their doors to the public - come stroll around this 5 story Mill building from 12-5. Check out http://westernavenuestudios.com/ ; there is a video tour
The First Floor is hosting a Kids Korner with Coloring and Cookies, Face Painting and Nail Decoration. We will have Camp Starfish Information www.campstarfish.org and Tyler will be on hand in (Studio #107 ) to answer questions from a 'camper' point of view.
I first came to Western Ave Studios (WAS) to provide a space for Tyler and I to Paint,. Research shows Art Therapy is extremely beneficial, especially for those on the Autism Spectrum. Further research showed:
Cost: Fees for this group are due up-front to reserve your child’s space. ... art supplies fee is $25. Each session is $35, for a total of $375.
none were local or offered scholarsips. Due to Costs, it is Not an option for Most families.
WAS has become a haven for us. Tyler has sold his paintings and we continue to create with this awesome family of 300+ Artists.
TOTALLY WheelChair and Stroller accessible
*please note that you must stay with your child at all times, art is in all of the public areas and cannot be touched. The First floor will have a Large Coloring and Cookie area to relax in during face painting event.