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Thanksgiving Tips

thanksgiving day tips 300x200Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate and give thanks. However, for some families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this holiday may be overwhelming with all of the many unfamiliar foods, faces, and places. 

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Halloween Tips

iStock 102116461 SMALLHalloween can be a fun holiday, however, with all of the ghosts, goblins, and commotion out there, it has the potential to be scary as well. To help make Halloween fun and safe for all, we offer the following tips:

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The Teal Pumpkin Project: Inclusion for Trick-or-Treaters with Food Allergies

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 12.16.04 PMThe Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched a national campaign by The Food Allergy Research and Education Organization (FARE) in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as they work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion, and community.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is now in its third year and raises awareness of food allergies and promotes a safer, happier Halloween by encouraging households to make non-food treats available so that trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy, due to food allergies or other reasons, can fully participate. Households can show they are participating by placing a teal pumpkin in front of their home.

For more information, please visit FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ website.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

BullyingThere is excitement this time of year as students and teachers have made their way back to school. For students who experience bullying, however, going to school can be a time of anxiety and apprehension, impacting their education, health, and safety.

October marks National Bullying Prevention Month. Initiated in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, PACER brings together communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, community members, major corporations, and celebrities, and is an opportunity to encourage everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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Back to School Tips

Schoolv.3-01The new school year is fast-approaching as summer vacation is coming to an end. The changeover from summer vacation to the classroom can be challenging for any child especially as they experience new routines, faces, and locations. Here are some helpful tips that may help with the transition:

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FirstSteps Raises Over $5,000 For Autism this year!

altFirstSteps helped to raise funds for Autism Speaks Los Angeles and Bay Area Walks as well as Autism Society of Ventura County's Aut2Run and raised over $5,000 this year! Over the past 12 years, we have raised over $160,000 in proceeds for autism education and research. In addition to the money raised, our staff enjoyed working with families handprint over 200 balloons, 40oz of paint and 20oz of glitter! We also held our first ever Pier to Pier Fun Run & Walk to help raise money for the Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk this year!

Our Hermosa Beach and West Los Angeles centers ran and walked between the Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa Beach Pier during the Pier to Pier Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, April 15th. Next, our North Los Angeles/Ventura County Center participated in Autism Society of Ventura County's Aut2Run on Sunday, April 23rd. Lastly, our East Los Angeles Center participated in Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, April 29th. 

Thank you to our families and staff who helped to shed a light on autism awareness and acceptance! 

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FirstSteps Pledges To Light It Up Blue!

liub 2017Team FirstSteps is proud to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness! 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism's prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. 

Join us and shed a light during World Autism Awareness Month and support World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017. 

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Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Movie Screenings for March/April

AMC Theatres will be featuring sensory-friendly screenings for Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers, and The Boss Baby! 

Each local participating theater will offer showtimes on the following days for: 

  • Beauty and the Beast - Saturday, March 25th, 2017 
  • Power Rangers - Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 
  • The Boss Baby - Saturday, April 8th, 2017 

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Spring Crafts for National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month! Here are some of our favorite crafts you can do with your family: 

 

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Tips for Dentist Trips

DentistFebruary was National Children’s Dental Health Month, but it’s important to focus on best dental practices all year round. As such, we want to take this opportunity to pass along some helpful tips to consider to make these visits a bit more enjoyable.

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