May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This weeks speaker will be Edward Boniecki, OT/L, of Functional Performance Therapy,Inc. and Integrated TherapyWorks here in Missoula.  

For more information about Ed and his cohort, you can visit him at http://www.integratedtherapyworks.com/

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This week we will have Annabelle Winne, LCSW, who specializes in working with children, teens, and families with ASD in the Missoula Community.  For more information about Annabelle or to schedule a time to meet with her, please visit her web-page at http://annabellewinne.com/.

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This week's speaker will be Dr. Rachael Herynk, DPT, of Three Rivers Physical Therapy, here in Missoula.  Rachael has been providing pelvic health physical therapy since graduating from the University of Montana in 2011. She enjoys helping adults and children with incontinence & pelvic pain and women during & after pregnancy.

She is coming to us this week to talk about all things toileting related, so please bring your smiles and questions!

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Apr
6
4:30 PM16:30

Call for Art! April First Friday!

We have been invited to participate in the Child Development Center's call for art for First Friday, happening April 6th, for their Autism Acceptance campaign kick-off event at the MSO Hub and Bicycle Hanger in downtown Missoula.  


What will be there:

  • A puzzle piece mosaic created by the younger kids in the CDC learning center, and possibly some individual sculptures created by the older kids.
  • Big Sky High School’s resource art class is creating some amazingly artistic brain diagrams, wherein each artist will express how his or her brain “works.”
  • Multimedia pieces from a few participants in UM’s MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) program.
  • Finally, a placeholder for our group, Missoula Friends and Family of Autism! 
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Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This week's speaker will be Beth Brewer, an out-patient therapist who specializes in working with families with ASD.  

Beth's bio is below, please come with any questions you may have!

"I have twenty fun and wonderful years of experience working with families, children, and adults. I have recently left my position as Clinical Director of Full Circle Mental Health Center to begin my private practice, Mend Counseling. I specialize in working with individuals diagnosed with autism. Recently, my practice has centered around providing intervention for children and adults with trauma histories and/or anxiety. I love working with children and adolescents, and also really enjoy working with mothers and fathers who may be struggling with mood changes following the birth of a child.

I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches including trauma focused CBT and methods that focus on anxiety reduction and social skills development. I have extensive training in behavioral approaches including Applied Behavior Analysis. I attended the Montana Supervisor's training and enjoy supervising Licensure track Social Workers.

I especially like working with people with complex needs. I love to play and engage with kids as well as to really connect with adults. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Montana and teach a course there on working with individuals and families."

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Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This week's speaker will be Jenny Vickhammer, the Director of the Autism and Behavioral Services Program at the Child Development Center (CDC).  

The Child Development Center is a western-Montana nonprofit who supports children who have developmental delays and disabilities. Our team primarily works in families’ homes and communities, and we serve kids from birth to high school graduation.

Thanks to their partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Program of MT Department of Public Health and Human Servicesmost services are provided free of charge.

For more information visit: http://childdevcenter.org/

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This week's speaker will be Shawna Hanson, the Media Outreach Coordinator from MonTECH.  

MonTECH, is a lending library of assistive technology (AT) and equipment. They offer free loans of AT for 30 days so families can assess what will, and will not, help their children.  They also loan some adaptive equipment and adaptive trikes.  MonTECH sells nothing; instead, they offer the opportunity to trial devices, or borrow a device while a family pursues funding or waits on repairs to their own equipment.  Of particular value to the autism community, they loan iPads with communication apps.  These apps can be expensive, and it’s important to have the chance to try them out before spending money on them.

For more information visit MonTECH’s website at http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/

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Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This weeks speaker will be Edward Boniecki, OT/L, of Functional Performance Therapy,Inc. and Integrated TherapyWorks here in Missoula.  

For more information about Ed and his cohort, you can visit him at http://www.integratedtherapyworks.com/

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Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This weeks speaker will be Melissa Neff, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, here in Missoula.  

For more information about Dr. Neff, please visit her website at: http://www.melissaneffphd.com/

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Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This weeks speaker will be Edward Boniecki, OT/L, of Functional Performance Therapy,Inc. and Integrated TherapyWorks here in Missoula.  

For more information about Ed and his cohort, you can visit him at http://www.integratedtherapyworks.com/

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Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Dec
27
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This weeks speaker will be Jennifer Schoffer Closson MS CCC-SLP and her colleague and fellow educator Dana Fitz Gale.

Jennifer is the director of the Dewit RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana and an Assistant Research Professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department.  She developed the Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC) program and co-developed the YETI (Youth Engagement Through Intervention) Social Skills program and intervention framework. 

For more information about these speakers or their work, please email at jennifer.closson@mso.umt.edu

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This weeks speaker will be Edward Boniecki, OT/L, of Functional Performance Therapy,Inc. and Integrated TherapyWorks here in Missoula.  

For more information about Ed and his cohort, you can visit him at http://www.integratedtherapyworks.com/

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This week's speaker will be Doug Doty, Statewide Coordinator for the Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Check out his website here for more: http://autism.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/montana-autism-education-project-blog/

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

 

This week's speaker is Noelle Naiden, LCPC and School Psychologist.  Noelle's bio is below and you can check out her webpage at https://sweetgrasscounselingservices.com/

I got in to development early, my mother was a pediatrician who worked on the polio vaccine.  

I worked in the schools as a school counselor and school psychologist for 25 years.  Before that I was briefly the director of and then a clinician for a child/adolescent day treatment and day hospital program.  I worked there intermittently, in the summers, for a couple of years after I went back to the public schools.  I've been licensed since 1991 in Montana and my primary interest has always been mental health, but specifically the physiology of health - what is it in our bodies and brains that promotes healthy interaction? The recent two years of training through the Profectum Foundation gave me a focus on the developmental, neurological and communication-based aspects of human development.  Specifically I was trained in the DIR model - Developmental - Individual Sensory Profile - Relationship based intervention - created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Serena Weider, a clinical psychologist.  Greenspan and Weider developed this model by observing normal children over a 20 year period, and then figured out its application to children with other concerns.  It has been used extensively with children on the autism spectrum and there are other programs based on DIR that have been funded for government studies, like The Play Project.  Missoula was a study site for The Play Project, an intervention for parents of children who tested on the spectrum.  

I am also trained in the treatment of trauma and apply a developmental perspective to how I work with children and adults who have issues with PTSD. 

My 25 years as a School Psychologist gives me an intimate understanding of IDEA, school services and the process, content and implications of school based evaluations and services.   I worked on the reservation for the whole period I was employed in the schools - cross cultural perspectives on education, mental health, resilience and development are part of how I see things.  

Recently I was a consultant to a firm working with the Butte School District for the SOARS grant from OPI (12 million for three sites to change their mental health systems in 5 years).  I co-wrote the plan drafts that they are using to become a trauma-informed community.  Butte is working to recreate their mental health system from the ground up, from the police to the schools, to address the reality that Butte has an extensive trauma history that affects everyone who lives there.  Trauma-informed care, an approach that engages people with histories of trauma and acknowledges the role it plays in their lives, is critical for Montana.  The blueprint document was created to help the entire community move towards being a trauma informed community as a whole.  

But mostly...I have an itty bitty private practice and I like dogs and coffee a lot....

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Missoula ASD Club for Kids

Please join Missoula Friends and Family of Autism in collaboration with BASE in supporting children with ASD ages 4-18 in Missoula's first ever ASD Club!

ASD Club is scheduled for the same times as our Friends and Family Speaker and Open Forum Meetings so that friends and family can connect while the kids get some time playing, creating, exploring, relaxing, and connecting with other like-minded kids!

TO RSVP FOR KIDS CLUB CLICK HERE.

BASE is a program of Summit Independent Living and we are incredibly happy to be partnering with them!  For more info about BASE you can head to their website at http://basemissoula.org/

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker and Open Forum

Please join us for a speaker followed by an open forum for questions, supportive conversation, and idea sharing.

This month's guest speaker will be Melissa Moss Larson, MCPS Autism Specialist Grades K-5 and Sally Ann Chisholm, MCPS Autism Specialist Grades Middle-High Schoolto talk about how to support and advocate for your child in the classroom and school setting.  She is a specialist for Preschool-5th grade Autism Support.  

Contact info at: https://www.mcpsmt.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=8617

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