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Local Opportunities and Progams
SIMS Exploration Lab Adapted Physical Education Community Programs
Physical Education Department at SUNY Cortland

The purpose of the SIMS (Sensory Integration and Motor Sensory) Lab is to provide cross-disciplinary Sensory Integration Training (SIT) and research opportunities to faculty, community members, and students in Physical Education, Exercise Science, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, and related areas, to address the needs of children with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). The SIMS Lab strategies are based on Sensory Integration Theory which is used to explain the relationships between the sensory system of the body, the brain's ability to process that information, and behavior. The Lab has an array of sensory equipment for children. Open sensory time can be scheduled by appointment by contacting Dr. Timothy Davis at Timothy.Davis@cortland.edu or Ms. Alexis Abdo at alexis.abdo2@gmail.com.

In addition, SUNY Cortland offers Adapted Physical Education Community Programs, offering a variety of physical activity opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Learn more about these opportunities at http://www2.cortland.edu/departments/physical-education/adapted-physical-education-program.dot.

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Social Skills Training

The Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center is offering a social skills training group for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a companion parent group session. This session is for children with an ASD from ages 4-7 years old and their parents, and there will be 6 children per 10 week session. The sessions are held at the MLW Developmental Evaluation Center, 215 Bassett St., Syracuse, NY 13210. Sessions will begin in mid-February thru April, from 4-5pm on Thursdays. This program is facilitated by Amy Beale, LCSW-R, MA, CAIS, Carroll Grant, Ph.D., Charrissa Campanaro, M.A., and Carrol Sonneborn, OTR/L. Both children and parents must attend. For more information, contact Charrissa Campanaro at the MLW Developmental Evaluation Center at 315-472-4404 x329 or email her at CampanaC@upstate.edu.

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Sibshops

Sibshops in Onondaga County is a program for children that have siblings with disabilities. Sibshops is available for any youth in Onondaga County 7-12 years of age who has a sibling with a disability. There is also a teen group for teens 13-17 years of age who have a sibling with a disability. The groups meet at various times and locations that are convenient for the participants. The meetings are a great opportunity to discuss concerns, frustrations, accomplishments, and almost anything else related to life with having a sibling with a disability. Sib teens 13-17 years old can also meet and chat online anytime they want or need to 24/7! To learn more about this group or to register, contact Lisa Finnerty Coggi at (315)363-4672 x226 or lcoggi@ariseinc.org.

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Autism Study - SUNY Upstate Medical University

Attention parents of children with an ASD or Developmental Delay diagnosis:
Upstate Medical Hospital is in need of participants ages 2-6 for a study on a saliva diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more information please go to: http://www.upstate.edu/autismstudy/

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