February Center Spotlight – Easter Seals Rockford

Greetings from Easter Seals Rockford,

It is hard to believe that we are already welcoming the month of February. The weather has been unpredictable; one day reaching the sixties…the next in the teens along with rain, sleet, snow and heavy winds, all within a matter of one day. In addition to the unpredictable weather the flu is running rampant. I wonder if anyone else is counting down to spring and summer?

I would first like to acknowledge and send appreciation to the Easter Seals (TAP) Rockford team. While I have been on leave Brenda and Emily have a done a fabulous job keeping the program running smoothly. They both have ensured that my leave did not impact any of the services we provide to families and professionals. As I return on part time basis they continue to go above and beyond. I am very grateful and would like to thank them both of their commitment to our program and the children and families we serve.

Since our last report, we have been busy reaching out to local school districts to market our Family Community Resource Room and service center to support school professionals through consultations and trainings. We have had several new school districts utilize the FCRR and reach out to our team. We are very excited about these new relationships and look forward to collaborating with more schools over the next few months.

Our screening and diagnostics continue to be very popular. We are able to conduct initial screening/intake within a few days of the initial call. Our waiting list for Level One appointments currently continues into May. Our team carefully monitors the waiting list so that parents can receive services in a timely manner.

We have several events scheduled that are open to the public which include New Diagnosis Family Orientation on February 21, 2013, Autism Spectrum Overview March 21, 2013, and Sibling Support/Education Group in April 15, 22, 29, 2013. We also have several trainings scheduled for specific groups which include daycare providers and EMTs. These trainings will take place in several counties throughout our region. We are finishing marketing flyers and will be distributing them this week.

We have been focusing on marketing to help get the word out about the services offered through our program. The first effort is our ON TAP E-Newsletter. This e-newsletter is sent out quarterly via e-mail and includes information about our program and other community events. If you would like to receive the publication please send an email to TAP.Rockford@eastersealschicago.org. Easter Seals has also updated our website. Please visit the updated information about our service center. We are very excited about this update and very soon we will be able to take registration for training online.

In addition to the daily functions of our program, we have been receiving many requests to become involved in committees and participate in community outreach events. We are making every attempt to have one of our staff to represent our program in order to share information and raise awareness about our program and the network.

We continue to work with our local health department to spread the word about Got the Dot. This link is a brief video of the program which is a great resource for those you who may be interested

We continue to be very proud of the work that is taking place throughout the network. We look forward to continue this important work together. Thank you everyone for all that you do and together we can make a difference one child at a time. Every day is Autism Awareness Day!!!!!

Lori Davie, Coordinator for The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Rockford Region

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