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					                                                                        Published for the Early Intervention
                 NREIC                                                   Community of Bergen, Hudson and

                                                                                 Passaic Counties.
                                                                             Contributors for this issue:
                                                                                  Joy Hammerman
                           Update April 2007                                       Desireé Bonner

          SAVE THE DATE!!!                       A Web site designed to provide Spanish-speaking
The Annual Helpful Hands NREIC Golf            families with greater access to information about New
Outing will be held on June 25, 2007 at           Jersey's education system and the various state
the Wild Turkey Golf Club in Hamburg,          resources that are available has been launched by the
  New Jersey. All proceeds will go to                         Department of Education:
 support the Special Needs Fund and      
 other family-centered activities of the                               spanish/
 Be sure to watch this space for more
              information!                      Northeast Regional Early Intervention Collaborative
                                                 invites families to attend a Transition to Preschool
                                                 Workshop at Helpful Hands, 65 Willowbrook Blvd.,
                                                   Wayne, on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 from 10am to
                                                12:30pm. Registration is required. Please call Lily at
                                                  973-256-8484. Unfortunately, childcare cannot be

                                             The Wyckoff Family Y’s Billy’s Buddies Program will
                                              present “Brothers & Sisters of Children with Down
                                            Syndrome: What Parents Need to Know”, presented by
                                            Susan Levine, MA CSW at the Wyckoff Y, 691 Wyckoff
                                            Avenue, Wyckoff, on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Please
                                            RSVP to Kathy Elleo, Director of Billy’s Buddies at the
                                                 Wyckoff Family YMCA @ 201-891-2081 or at

 New Beginnings in Fairfield is sponsoring a seminar on     Toys “R” Us and the Toys “R” Us Children's
  April 27th and 28th for families of children diagnosed     Fund will kick off a nationwide fundraising
 with autism spectrum disorders, therapists working with       campaign to benefit Autism Speaks, the
   special needs children and their families, educators,       world's leading organization devoted to
  early interventionists, case managers, and others who      autism awareness, advocacy and research.
   provide care to children with autism. NJ Professional     From March 18 through May 4, all 586 Toys
    Development hours provided for Teachers, Social         “R” Us stores across the country will accept
    Workers, School Psychologists, CST Liaisons and         cash donations to support Autism Speaks in
   other professional attendees. Child Care is available.   its efforts to help solve the puzzle of autism.
 Contact info: Mrs. Joanne St. Thomas, New Beginnings,         Online shoppers can also contribute by
 32 Dwight Place, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004                 visiting
                                                                 The program coincides with Autism
                     Phone: 973.808.6279                         Awareness Month, which is officially
                         designated as April each year.

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             EDEN INSTITUTE TRAINING                         If your child has difficulty with
        Training is offered for professionals,            speech, language, communication,
    paraprofessionals and parents interested in           or is a late talker, we hope you will
  learning Applied Behavior Analysis and social           find the following website helpful.
      learning theory techniques. Workshops                  The aim is to provide you with
encompass a wide range of ideas and techniques                  knowledge about available
    for designing, implementing and assessing              resources to help your child, or a
  remedial programs for individuals with autism.            child you care about who has a
 Sessions are led by Eden faculty members with              communication impairment or
significant experience in effectively implementing                       disorder.
 the techniques presented. 2 -Day ABA Training             Communication impairments are
  will take place on Thursday, May 3 and Friday,          estimated to affect as many as one
                      May 4, 2007.                       out every six people, and language
                  Workshop includes:                     disorders are often early predictors
                  Overview of Autism                    of learning disabilities. This web site
                 Teaching Techniques                          comprehensively addresses
             Principles of Reinforcement                    language disorders, providing
          Functional Analysis of Behavior                information for families so that they
       Functional Communication Strategies                 may minimize the effects on their
         Curriculum and IEP Development                    children.
          Classroom Design and Structure
     The workshop will take place at the NJHA
  Conference Center in Princeton from 9:00 am -
3:00 pm. The cost is $150 per person and includes          The 13th Annual Eden Institute
all handouts, morning refreshments and lunch. 5         Foundation Princeton Lecture Series
CEU hours for professional certification are given      on Autism featuring Dr. Fred Volkmar
 for each day of training. For more information or              and Dr. Martha Herbert
          to register contact Joni Truch at              Jun 8, 2007 Princeton 609-987-0099
                (609) 987-0099 or email           

 Eden Institute’s Outreach Division will present a
  Summer Series of workshops for parents and

 ·     Social Skills Programming for Students with     Dollar Donation Days Start at Modell's
         Autism, Wednesday, July 11, 9am to 1pm         For the third straight year, Modell's
       · I.E.P. Development: Legal and Clinical           Sporting Goods has launched a
        Considerations, Wednesday, July 18, 9am to      "Dollar Donation Days" campaign to
                             1pm                       raise money for autism. Through April
      · Effective Home Strategies for Parents of        28, customers at all of Modell's 135
       Children with Autism, Preschool through the         store locations throughout the
          Elementary Years, Wednesday, July 25,          Northeast will be able to purchase
                         9am to 1pm                       one-dollar Autism Speaks puzzle
          For registration information contact           pieces at check-out, with proceeds or 609-987-0099           being directed towards autism

      Passaic County: Pompton Lakes has an ongoing socialization group for children 20-36
         months old who are eligible for Early Intervention services. Groups are FREE.
                         Call for schedule of classes: 973-839-2214.

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   Abilities Expo is a consumer        COSAC, The New Jersey Center for Outreach
  trade show for persons with a         and Services for the Autism Community is
    disability, family members,          pleased to offer Individualized Education
    Physical and Occupational         Program (IEP) Clinics for FREE! This clinic will
    Therapists, caregivers, and          give parents the opportunity to learn the
   Special Education teachers.        components of an IEP and how to evaluate your
  Abilities Expo/New York Metro         child’s IEP. ***A Spanish translator will be
  will be held April 27, 28, and 29                available if requested.
  from 10am to 5pm, at the New           Thursday, April 26, 2007 from 6pm—9pm,
   Jersey Convention Center in              Newark. Contact Jennifer Prunier,
    Edison. Helpful Hands has              1-800-4-AUTISM or
  complimentary tickets for free
  admission available, so please
   call Joy @ 973-256-8484. For         A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss: Choices
         more information:             Available for families of children with Hearing                  Loss offers a terrific website at:
   May 9, 7:30-9 pm, W. Bergen
  Center for Children and Youth,        May 24, 7 pm, NJ Law Center, 1 Constitution
   1 Cherry Lane, Ramsey. Way          Square, New Brunswick, Room 270 (upstairs)
  to Go: Positive Reinforcement        NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education features
      for Children with Special          Roberta Wohle, Acting Director of NJ DOE
  Needs, featuring Jeanne Maron         OSEP, on “Make it Work: Writing Goals and
  and Katherine Kandravy. $25.         Objectives in the IEP.” Call 732-613-0400. For
       Contact 201-444-3550 or                         directions go to

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         Northeast Regional Early Intervention Collaborative
             Invites Families and Caregivers to attend a
          Transition to Preschool Workshop

                  To be held at Helpful Hands
               65 Willowbrook Blvd., 2nd Floor,
                   Wayne, New Jersey 07470

                        Tuesday, April 17
                        10:00 – 12:30 pm

                         Friday, June 1
                        10:00 --12:30 pm
    ***Learn about the process of transitioning your child
   from the Early Intervention System to Special Education
     services under your local school district, including the
                     new changes to IDEA.
           The workshop is FREE but registration is required.
              Please call or email Lily at 973-256-8484 or
             to register.

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