Free resources for a joyful holiday season

We are gearing up for the holiday season, and we thought you could use a few extra tools to help prepare the children and families you serve. This time of year is exciting-it often means celebrations, trips to see family and visits from friends. However, these activities can also be stressful for someone with an ASD. So, we provided some free gifts to make the holidays more joyful! 1-2-3 Communication Tool Tips for Toys for Children with ASD or PDD Things I Can Do to Stay Calm  
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Making time for self care

As a professional, you devote a lot of time and energy to caring for others. If you have a family, even more of your emotional and mental resources are zapped! Pile the holiday stressors on top and you have a recipe for disaster (instead of gingerbread). Make it through the holidays with positive vibes and good health by filling your self-care reservoir. Self care tips for professionals: 1. Get some rest! Getting to bed at a reasonable time will help you fight off the stressers from the day and will go a long way to keeping you cold and flu
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Government Update

In previous issues of TAPPED In, we asked for your help. We asked you to use our online advocacy tool to send letters to your legislators asking for a restoration in TAP funding for the rest of the fiscal year. Thanks to your amazing support, we succeeded! Please accept our sincere gratitude for your help to continue providing critical services to children in Illinois. Many evidence-based treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are still not reimbursed by Medicaid or private insurance companies. TAP remains one of the only solutions for Illinois children receiving services, especially for families who are unable
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Research in Illinois

We are fortunate to live in a state with wonderful research universities, two of which are in the midst of seeking more information about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Do you want to help create better understanding about autism? Do you want to share your experiences to help other families? Two opportunities are currently available and seeking participants to improve evidence-based research in the ASD field. Your participation in research can potentially influence thousands of families negotiating barriers and experiences similar to your own. Please contact the researchers below to get involved! Dr. Ebata at UIUC is partnering with faculty from Minnesota
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Free resources for a joyful holiday season

We are gearing up for the holiday season, and we thought you could use a few extra tools to help your child better enjoy the festivities. This time of year is exciting-it often means celebrations, trips to see family and visits from friends. However good these things may seem, they can also be stressful for someone with an ASD. So, we have some free gifts for you! Holiday Tips Sleep Somewhere Else Social Guide Snow Day Social Guide Tips for Family Gatherings Check out more of our free resources HERE!
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