Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support Coordinator

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!

Air Force offers hope for families of children with autism

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

Source: http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Display/Article/1545153/air-force-offers-hope-for-families-of-children-with-autism/

Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills Sensory Musical Story Time for Children with Autism

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
Downtown Library
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.

Special Ed Connection and DirectStep Courses for FREE – 8 February

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!

Reducing Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

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:

Shopping –

  • 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

Gifts –

  • 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.

Attention All Homeschoolers: Space Camp

Homeschool Space Camp at the Journey Museum November 13, 2017 – November 17, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Your space cadets will love a week filled with new, interactive educational experiences that allow them to explore the stars, galaxies and planets of our universe.

Spots are limited, be sure to reserve yours today by calling 605-394-6923!

Learn about teamwork, decision-making and leadership through homeschool space camp.

We utilize NASA created content to create an authentic experience for camp goers.

Launch rockets, design and create rovers to explore the surface of planets, and take your fellow peers through the wonders of the solar system and far off galaxies.

Space Camp not only teaches students how to explore the outer galaxies that we call home, but the history of how the galaxies and stars are formed.

A camp for those space cadets that want to turn their star-gazing hobby into a career one day! New interactive experiences at every camp.

EOCSC Scholarship Opportunities – Deadline 17 February

The Ellsworth Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses’ Club (EOCSC) offers two merit-based scholarships. The first is for eligible military and civilian dependents who will continue studies at an accredited college or university during the 2017-2018 academic school year. And the second is scholarships to graduating seniors who will begin undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Links to download the applications and enrollment verification forms are below. Please note that applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 17, 2017 to be eligible.

If you have questions please contact Daniela Hernandez of the Ellsworth Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses Club directly. Her email is danni1781@yahoo.com.