Toddler Playgroup for Children with Autism

Toddler Playgroup for Children with Autism

From Joellen Goth

Our toddler playgroup currently serves 20 children newly diagnosed with autism and their families in the Raleigh area. Our playgroup has monthly play dates for our families as well as facilitated play sessions.

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Update #3

3 months ago

There are some amazing things happening in our playgroup! We had parent advocate and educational consultant Kristin Deas (https://www.facebook.com/spectrumnavigation/) come speak to the parents in our playgroup at our first night out event for parents. It was a nonstop discussion about public schools, IEPs, and how we can advocate for our children. We closed the restaurant down and many of us continued our conversations outside in the rain until late into the evening. The parents in this playgroup have taken turns offering support and comfort to each other in a time where it is very hard to find someone who understands the challenges of raising a child with special needs. We hope to branch out into the community and help create not only awareness of autism but also acceptance. Our next fundraising goal is to raise $500 to rent out public spaces like the Little Gym in the summer to have an autism friendly playtime for our children. Please consider donating even just $5 to help reach us reach this goal. Thank you!

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One in every 59 children in North Carolina may be diagnosed with autism. Children with autism deserve to have a space to play just like every other child. For families who are affected by autism, many feel isolated and alone when their child is newly diagnosed. Our goal is to develop a support system for families where they can get important community resources and proper training to help their children. Early intervention services can make a tremendous impact on autism, and it is our goal to help families receive a strong foundation on building skills to help their child. 

We want to provide this toddler playgroup free of cost to families affected by autism because some of these families cannot afford enrichment activities on top of any care or treatment they pay for their children. The funds raised in this campaign will help offset the costs of any rental space paid for as well as fees used for consulting and/or hiring of therapists used to help our children learn important play and social skills. 

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Joellen Goth posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #3

There are some amazing things happening in our playgroup! We had parent advocate and educational consultant Kristin Deas (https://www.facebook.com/spectrumnavigation/) come speak to the parents in our playgroup at our first night out event for parents. It was a nonstop discussion about public schools, IEPs, and how we can advocate for our children. We closed the restaurant down and many of us continued our conversations outside in the rain until late into the evening. The parents in this playgroup have taken turns offering support and comfort to each other in a time where it is very hard to find someone who understands the challenges of raising a child with special needs. We hope to branch out into the community and help create not only awareness of autism but also acceptance. Our next fundraising goal is to raise $500 to rent out public spaces like the Little Gym in the summer to have an autism friendly playtime for our children. Please consider donating even just $5 to help reach us reach this goal. Thank you!

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Joellen Goth posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #2

Our next fundraising goal is to fully fund our facilitated play date with Chris Burkhart, owner of Building Connections (http://buildingconnectionsnc.com/), who will help guide parents in how to build our children's social and emotional skills through play. During this play date, we will have an introduction to circle time and learn some greetings, songs, and activities to introduce kids and help build connections and relationships with each other. Please consider helping us by sharing this campaign or donating to help us reach our fundraising goal!

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Joellen Goth posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #1

Hooray! Our first session with parent advocate and educational consultant Kristin Deas has been funded! Kristin works with Spectrum Navigation Services and offers special education advocacy and resource support for autistic students in the Triangle area. Kristin will help us answer questions about public schools, charter schools, and the IEP process. https://www.facebook.com/pg/spectrumnavigation

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