Please join us for the School Liaison Officer Roundtable held on the 30th of October!! It will be a great educational resource for both parents and school aged children presented by Military OneSource. Please view the flyer for all the details.
As of October 1, 2018, there is a new Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support (EFMP-FS) Coordinator position. They will take over the EFMP-FS program from the School Liaison Officer.
The EFMP-FS website can be found at the following link https://ellsworthefmp.wordpress.com. It will be updated with current EFMP information as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this transition.
If you have any EFMP Family Support questions or issues, please contact the Kim Geffre at 605-385-4663. Thank you!
The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Six of them will represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard — for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.
Please CLICK HERE to apply for the 2019 Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation!
Raising a child with autism is always a challenge, especially in the military. The Air Force offers many resources to help families face these challenges, and hope that children with autism can reach…To read the full article on the Air Force Medicine web site, CLICK HERE
Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills Sensory Musical Story Time for Children with Autism
Wednesday April 25, 2018
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Meeting Room B
The Autism Society of the Black Hills in partnership with the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills presents a sensory musical story time for children with autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society of the Black Hills provides support & encouragement to families affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.Visit autismsd.org and cmfbh.org for more information including a Going to the Library pictorial.
Are you interested in learning how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes?
Please join Child and Youth Programs and the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Thursday, Feb 8th at 12:00 for a free lunch as you learn about two new exciting opportunities from LRP Publications: DirectSTEP and Special Ed Connection eLearning courses. These eCourses are available for use, free of charge, for all Air Force Staff, parents, Military/DoD personnel assigned to Air Force installations and K-12 educators serving military children. We will provide information on course
content and learning objectives as well as how to access and use the materials.
Where: Ellsworth AFB Youth Center
When: Thursday, Feb 8th 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Please RSVP by 1 Feb 2018 – 605-385-2277 Come Lunch and Learn!
Holidays can be stressful and over-stimulating for anyone, but particularly so for children with autism. Here are some helpful strategies to lessen your child’s anxiety and increase your family’s enjoyment of the holiday season:
- Last minute holiday shopping can be stressful for children who rely on routines
- If you do take your child shopping, allow enough time to gradually adapt to the intense holiday stimuli that stores exhibit
Family Routines –
- Meet as a family to discuss how to minimize disruptions to established routines and how to support positive behavior when disruptions are inevitable
- Continue using behavior support strategies during the holidays. Try social stories to help your child cope with changes in routine, and visual supports to help prepare for more complicated days
- Try using a visual schedule if you are celebrating the holidays on more than one day (e.g., Hanukah) to show when there will be parties/gifts and when there will not
- Wait until just before the holiday to set out gifts, especially large tempting ones
- When opening gifts as a family, try passing around an ornament to signal whose turn it is to open the next gift. This helps alleviate disorganization and the frustration of waiting.
Play Time –
- Prepare siblings and young relatives to share their new gifts with others
- If necessary, consider giving your child a quiet space to play with his/her own gifts, away from the temptation of grabbing at other children’s toys
This information is provided by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), an agency providing autism services to individuals and families. More information about AST can be found on their website at www.autismtherapies.com.
The Youth Center on base has produced a wonderful coloring book. The idea is that the students have created the coloring book with images of the things they wish they had known about South Dakota before they got here. They even did the drawings themselves. Feel free to print it off and make as many copies as you would like. It can really help make a child feel less apprehensive about an upcoming move.
If you have never heard of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, you are not alone. This resource is only used by about 30% of those who qualify in the Black Hills. Just fill out the form, sign it and send it in. It takes about 60 days, but after that your child will receive a free, age appropriate book each month until their 5th birthday. It really is a good way to help them become interested in reading. I am attaching the form you need. As a reminder you will still need to fill out a form after you PCS even if your child is already on the program. The Post Office does not forward the books. You can read more at: http://www.unitedwayblackhills.org/imagination-library/