Marydee Sklar is Coming to Transitions on October 18 to discuss Building Executive Function Skills: Time Management, Planning and Organization!

Everyone struggles to stay on top of things sometimes, but does your student, son or daughter have frequent and serious trouble with:

  • Procrastination?
  • Staying focused?
  • Losing track of time?
  • Turning in assignments late, incomplete or not at all?
  • Losing belongings?
  • Starting and/or completing things?
  • Managing multi-step tasks?
  • Acting without thinking?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you might benefit from attending Marydee Sklar’s seminar on:
Building Executive Function Skills: Time Management, Planning and Organization

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will give you tools to help students understand the connection between their brain development and their behaviors tied to time management, planning and organization. You will come away armed with tools, strategies and practical knowledge to help students strengthen executive function skills and become more productive. Feel free to apply what you’ve learned to improve your own time management as well!

For nearly twenty years Marydee Sklar has specialized in teaching the executive function skills of time management, planning, and organization to families and adults. Her latest book: 50 Tips to Help Students Succeed-Develop Your Student’s Time-Management and Executive Skills for Life is designed to bring relief to anxious and frustrated parents concerned about the school success of their child or teen. Her Seeing My Time books are used in private practice settings, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The instructor’s manual for her Seeing My Time workbook won a gold medal in the education/academia category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. More information may be found at https://executivefunctioningsuccess.com.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Transitions presents PEERS® Social Success Course

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations?
Starting this January, Transitions is presenting PEERS®,
an in-depth course aimed at
helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A manualized social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and
• Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® will help the students with:
• Interacting with others
• Developing relationships
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating bumps in relationships
• And more!

Who can take the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
• It is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other socioemotional problems.
• Students should be either high schoolers in grades 9 to 12 or young adults ages 18 to 26.
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend sessions at the same time as them with a different instructor.
     o Coaches can be parents, caregivers, siblings or anyone committed to helping the student
     succeed socially.
     o Coaches will learn to develop and encourage the skills learned.

Important facts:
• This 16-week course takes place every Tuesday from January 5 to April 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• The cost is $350 and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• All classes take place at Transitions, 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, 12078.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Mary Kaye Ormiston, speech-language therapist and behaviorist, and Victoria Morrison, speech-language pathologist.

For more information and to register, call Terry Williams at (518) 775-5384 or email williat@lexcenter.org.

Click here to download a flyer.

Transitions to Present Free Webcast Series Hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation

Transitions, a supportive apprenticeship program for young adults with learning differences who want to attend college, get a job or live independently, is excited to announce a 3-part webcast series regarding the transition of youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders from high school to postsecondary education and the community. In these free webcasts, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation, Shaloni Winston and Nancy DeSando will discuss their practices and efforts with youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. College opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities will be included in the discussion.

On Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., the public can view “Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with ASD: What Families and Students Need to Know.” This webcast will highlight efforts in upstate New York to promote the transition process to postsecondary education for students with ASD. Suggestions for parents and students will be provided.

On Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., the public can view “What Works: Person Centered Planning for the Transition Process to Postsecondary Education.” This webcast will focus on how Lexington, the Fulton County chapter of NYSARC, Inc., uses a person-centered planning process for youth with ASD as they transition to postsecondary education and training.

Finally, on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m., the public can view “Transition to Independent Living Settings for Youth with ASD.” Staff from the Transitions will provide tips based on their work with young adults as they make the transition to independent living.

The sessions are prerecorded, but viewers who have questions can email them to the presenters. The webcasts will also be archived on the Center on Transition Innovation’s website. For more information and to register for the series, visit www.centerontransition.org/training/upcoming.cfm.

What:  Transitions to Postsecondary Education webcast series presented by Shaloni Winston and Nancy DeSando, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation

When:  WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015 3 P.M.
             THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015 3 P.M.
             WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2015 3 P.M.

Where:  Hosted online at www.centerontransition.org

Cost : FREE

Contact and Pre-Registration info:  www.centerontransition.org/training/upcoming.cfm

About VCU Center on Transition Innovation
The VCU Center on Transition Innovation is a portal of information for the transition of youth with disabilities out of supportive environments into competitive employment and higher education. It provides resources, research, fact sheets, demonstration, emerging practices, online courses, videos, webcasts and more to educators, parents, professionals and others with an interest in supporting young adults with learning differences to lead independent lives. Visit www.centerontransition.org for more information.

About Transitions
Transitions is a supportive apprenticeship for young men and women with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, medical conditions and other learning differences who want to attend college and/or prepare for a career, but may require academic, social, medical and/or emotional support. The Transitions program’s curriculum focuses on building academic, employment, life and general independence skills.  Both full-year College and Career Apprenticeship programs are offered, as well as a three-week Summer Immersion Experience.  Visit www.transitionsusa.org for more information.

Summer Theater Camps at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is pleased to announce its first public offering – exciting, one-week theater camps for children and teens taught by local actress, director, singer and drama teacher Roberta Esposito. There will be seven weeklong camps in July and August open to all children in the community: two camps for children aged 4 to 7, two for 8- to 11-year-olds and three for theater fans ages 11 and up. Children of all experience and skill levels are welcome.

There is a 10% discount available for students taking more than one class, for multiple students in the same family and for the children of Lexington employees. For more information, including a camp schedule and cost of attendance, and to register, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/theater-camp. At checkout, use the coupon code SUMMER2015 to receive the 10% discount.

We hope your child will join us for a summer of fun and enrichment in the performing arts!

Announcing Lexington Developmental Disability Awareness Month Essay and Poster Contest

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate, Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for high school and junior high students, as well as a poster contest for elementary students in Fulton and Montgomery County Schools. This year’s theme is “Can Do! Like You!” The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of the value and importance of inclusion and to promote awareness of disabilities.

The contest is open to any student enrolled in Fulton and Montgomery County Schools. Only one entry per participant will be accepted. Guidelines and registration forms are available at all schools or at 465 North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY. The deadline for entries is March 18, 2015.

Judging for both contests will be based on creativity, clarity, originality, sensitivity to issues facing people with disabilities and knowledge about disability issues. Entries will be grouped into several categories based on grade level, and awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in each category. Prize baskets with Flame merchandise and Chamber Checks will be awarded to the winners and the prize for the winning essay is $100. Prizes will be given out at Lexington’s upcoming Rock for Abilities concert featuring Flame on March 27, 2015 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at 127 East State Street, Gloversville, NY. The concert is open to the public and tickets cost $5.00.

 “We are extremely excited about the contest,” said Lynette May, contest coordinator. “We want children to understand that people with disabilities are like everyone else – they are people first. This contest will allow our children to serve as advocates for disabilities awareness.”

For more information on the contest, contact Lynette may at 518-762-0024 or mayl@lexcenter.org.

Second Annual OUR VOICE Self-Advocacy Conference

Last week, Our Voice, Lexington's Self-Advocacy Committee, held their second annual conference. It was very well attended and featured several inspiring and thoughtful speakers who presented topics important to self-advocates such as wellness, CQL Personal Outcome Measures and self-management. In addition, there was a performance by Flame, Cynthia Gilchrist and Mike Brooks from Self-Advocacy of New York State gave a great talk about the importance of self-advocacy and the 2014 Our Voice officer election results were announced.

Here are a few pictures of a great day!

Outgoing President Victor welcomes newly elected President Andrew.

Outgoing President Victor welcomes newly elected President Andrew.

Doug, Public Relations Officer, reminds his fellow conferees to vote!

Doug, Public Relations Officer, reminds his fellow conferees to vote!

MaryBeth Schneider, Assistant Executive Director for Training and Self-Advocacy,  NYSARC, Inc.  gives the opening remarks.

MaryBeth Schneider, Assistant Executive Director for Training and Self-Advocacy, NYSARC, Inc. gives the opening remarks.

Lexington's Jennifer Feagles and Erin Hollenbeck give a presentation about how wellness affects our lives and brings us an improved quality of life.

Lexington's Jennifer Feagles and Erin Hollenbeck give a presentation about how wellness affects our lives and brings us an improved quality of life.

Flame  gives a rocking performance during lunch.

Flame gives a rocking performance during lunch.

Dennis and Stacy enjoy Flame's performance.

Dennis and Stacy enjoy Flame's performance.

Joshua enjoys lunch with his mom.

Joshua enjoys lunch with his mom.

Maggie and Madeline dance to Flame's music.

Maggie and Madeline dance to Flame's music.

Outgoing President Victor is thanked for his service by Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston.

Outgoing President Victor is thanked for his service by Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston.

Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA, Chair and Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Sage Colleges , gives a presentation about self-management called "How to Take Responsibility for Yourself."

Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA, Chair and Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Sage Colleges, gives a presentation about self-management called "How to Take Responsibility for Yourself."

Thanks to all who helped make it such a special event!