May 2015 Newsletter

Promoting Successful Transitions 

By Erin Richmond 

TRANSITION. To parents who have children on the Autism spectrum, this word can bring about an abundance of feelings. From nervousness, to fear, to anger, parents dread the thought of having to encounter this change. When your child is in a placement where you know the teachers and the teachers know your child, the thought of having to readjust at a whole new school can seem very overwhelming. Here are some thoughts and ideas on how to set your next placement up for success.



TRANSITION? What exactly does this mean and where do you even start? As parents, we want what is best for our children and when it comes to new school placements, there are so many questions and concerns that need to be addressed.


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June 22
Best Buds Camp & Camp Connect begin 
September 19 
Location: The Shafer Center
Time: 1-4pm

September 24 
Breakfast & Books  
Learning Outside The Lines 
By: Edward M. Hallowell (Foreword), Jonathan Mooney (Author), David Cole (Author) 
Location: The Shafer Center
Time: 9am 

A Bridge Client had the task of making a roller coaster out of Styrofoam tubing and marbles.
The Bridge Client was asked, " What advice would you give someone who was about to build a roller coaster?"
His response, " Good Advice!"

A Kiddo slightly toughed a TSC staff members' hair and pretended to rub it. So the staff member asked him what he was doing.
He said, " Putting butter on your hair."
Of course she asked why, he responded with, " So it is tasty!!!"


Shafer Stars

Max graduated from the Dream classroom in 2013. Since then, he has been attending a public school in Baltimore County with a Bridge Therapist. Max has done an amazing job learning skills to express himself appropriately. These skills have helped Max focus more independently on school work and have fostered his relationships with peers! Max was a born star and will eagerly sing "Uptown Funk" or even be an MC for an entire classroom performance! Congrats, Max, we know that you will continue to shine!

Shafer Staff Heroes

"Everyday is an exciting new adventure... I love being surprised by the kids and they never fail in making me chuckle or my heart swell." 



Shafer Spotlight of the Month

Did You Know?

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). BHSM is a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience struggles with speaking, understanding, or hearing. The Shafer Center Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) work to address children's individual communication needs through individual, small group, and classroom-based intervention. Close collaboration with team members ensures consistency and fulfilled communicative opportunities throughout the day. Research-backed trainings such as PROMPT and PECS enables our SLPs to maximize each child's potential in as natural a context as possible. Parents are invited to schedule observations, trainings and/or consultations to promote carryover of therapeutic strategies at home.

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!

-The Shafer Center Speech-Language Pathology Department


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