The first six months of this year has brought change and new opportunities to our program.
In January our Program Director Jamie Cimo made the difficult decision to move back to Louisiana so that she and her husband could be nearer their families. That was the "bad news "as our parents and clients loved "Miss Jamie"! The "good news " is that Diane Yazbeck agreed to join our program. She has been part-time until her contract at the school district expired in June. Diane is a special education teacher in the district and has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. Diane was named "Teacher of the Year" in 2012. We are so fortunate to have someone with her experience to run our social cognition program!
A reminder of the services we can offer:
Respite: 10 hours @ $ 12.00 per hour reimbursement rate per month to be used however you would like. A few hours from home each month is beneficial for all! In order to be reimbursed you must have your caregiver provide you with an invoice with the dates of service and the number of hours with phone number and address. Please include this invoice with your request. See the link for the fund reimbursement form for you to use.
Family Support Services: This includes a variety of support services that we can help you with. Here are some of the requests that we have been able to financially help our families:
Social Cognition Therapy: Weekly private and group therapy designed and implemented for each child. Initial assessments and weekly progress reports a vital part. Small co-pays are required. Beginning this fall our Program Director Diane Yazbeck will be expanding this therapy into the classrooms at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park. Working in the classroom has been our long-term goal. Typicals and our kids will benefit at the same time along with the teachers and para's receiving training they can use on a daily basis.
Community Cultivation: A work-ready horticultural program in its fourth year at the Botanic Park. To date this has included our older kids and young adults working in the garden and as a group developing both work skills and improving social skills. The goal is to help our young adults to live as independently as possible by preparing and giving them the tools to find employment based on their disabilities. Produce is harvested and sold at the Farmers Market and local restaurants each year. We hope next year to include our younger kids in the program.
Our solar greenhouse is up and running and thriving. The greenhouse will allow our program to run almost year around.
If you have concerns about your child’s behaviors or development, please call. Remember we are here to help you find resources and be your advocate.
Lu Etta Loeber