Subject: DICP Spring Newsletter

    May 2019 | Volume 3 | Issue 18
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
Happy Spring from DICP!

Spring at DICP means it's almost time to start our summer schedule! Thank you for submitting your summer forms. We have had our scheduling meeting and will be giving all families their tentative summer time slots this week and next. Check out our facebook page to see a time-lapse video showing our chaotic scheduling meeting!

Scroll down for information about our upcoming schedule, our amazing Animal Assisted Happiness Event, some ongoing community events, and a fun new YouTube channel by former DICP therapist Aishah!

Development is Child's Play
The DICP Facebook and Instagram pages are up and running, so if you do not already like our pages, please find and follow us! We post tips, pictures of fun things happening at DICP, community events, and more! 

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Mark your calendars!

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day 
Memorial Day is considered an optional day at DICP. Please talk to your therapist about your plans.

Monday, June 10: Summer Schedule Begins
We will change to our summer schedule beginning June 10th. The summer schedule runs from Monday June 10th through Sunday August 11th. 

Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
We will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day. We will be open all other days that week (including Friday and Saturday) for regular sessions.

Therapist Vacations

If your therapist is out of the office, we still want to see you! 

We know that children make the most significant therapeutic gains
 if they attend therapy regularly and consistently. 
We also know that each therapist has their own point of view, and it can be valuable to to occasionally have someone with a different perspective work with your child. If your therapist is sick or going on vacation, we will do our best to make it up or find another therapist who can see your child at or near their scheduled time. We encourage our families to take advantage of these make ups.

DICP and Animal Assisted Happiness!
Fun DICP Weekend Event!

DICP had the pleasure of partnering with Animal Assisted Happiness over Easter weekend to offer a fun event for a small group of DICP families! The mission of Animal Assisted Happiness is to enrich the lives of youth with needs through barnyard animal interactions at their Smile Farm and with mobile visits, creating moments of joy and happiness. They provide barnyard buddies so children and their family members can 'experience the smiles only animals can bring'.  

AAH was generous with their time, volunteers, and barnyard buddies! They brought a goat, a Flemish rabbit, a duck, guinea pigs, and bunnies for a visit and allowed DICP kids, parents, and therapists to interact with all of them. All of them were safe to pet, hold, or brush!

Animals and/or pets may help children in the following ways:
  • Social: Children tend to interact verbally and socially for longer periods, enjoy themselves more, and are more aware of their surroundings when playing with pets rather than with inanimate objects.
  • Anti-stress: A link exists between pet ownership and anxiety reduction. The presence of a pet can reduce the amounts of cortisol, a stress-response hormone produced by an autistic child upon waking in the morning.
  • Some researchers have found that children tend to have fewer meltdowns in the presence of a pet.
  • Animals allow for increased opportunities for tactile input
  • Taking care of animals can help kids feel more responsible.
  • Having a pet or regularly engaging with animals allows kids to move more!
Of course it is always important to consider your child's needs and sensory profile before welcoming any animals or pets into your home.

Learn more about Animal Assisted Happiness by clicking here to visit their website!
Ned the Goat
A large Flemish rabbit learning how to stay close on a leash!
Time to brush! This is a different kind of brushing protocol than we usually use with our 'kids'!
Introducing Social Sprouts! Former DICP Therapist Dr. Aishah Muhammad-Flissinger has started Social Sprouts which provides therapy services for children with challenges with play skills and social learning (social skills) in the Los Angeles area. It also provides a free YouTube channel helping kids examine different aspects of social situations. Check out the first installment of Social Sprouts Story Time with Curious George and the Puppies!

Tell US What YOU Want to See at DICP!
We want to provide the very best services and programming for our DICP families. We appreciate your opinions, needs, and feedback so please be on the lookout for a survey to help us learn more about what you love, think we could do better, and what you would like to see more of. Would you like more group programming? Would you benefit from evening parent education presentations? More community events like park play dates and the Autism Speaks walk? Or do you find the most value in having quality, consistent, one-on-one occupational therapy. We hope to get a lot of great information from our families about what you value most! 

On-going Event:
Did you know that AMC Movie Theaters have sensory-friendly showtimes? Check out the AMC website for information about showtimes and locations!

Saturday, May 25th:
Paddle-4-Good: Paddle Together at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

This program brings the special needs, volunteer, & paddling communities together for a free, safe, amazing, half-day on the water, with safety & inclusion as the primary goals - participants have the opportunity to safely stand up paddle (SUP), kayak, peddle boat, & more with a friendly set of community volunteers & skilled crew of paddlers.
The Paddle 4 Good events are for those with special needs ages 4-24.
Visit the Paddle-4-Good website for more information.

Saturday, July 6th:
Giants Autism Awareness Night at Oracle Park
The Giants are proud to partner with Autism Speaks and Anova, in addition to other organizations in the community, in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as a limited edition Will Clark item!
Visit the SF Giants website for more information
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