NFAR Men's Group - Oct 12, 2017

  • 03 October 2017

October Meeting


Please Join Us Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Men’s Group is for dads, step dads, and granddads helping to raise a child with autism. We offer dinner, guest speakers and a chance to network with other men in a relaxed setting.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123             Directions

Dinner: Pizza, Salad, Soda. 
Dinner is provided

October Topic: Managing the Holidays

Learn how to decrease stress and create fun holiday opportunities for the entire family! 

The holidays can provide a welcome break from our daily routines and schedules; however, for children with special needs a change in schedule can be stressful and overwhelming.  Come and hear ideas on ways to:

-Prepare for changing routines

-Establish what's expected

- Use visual supports

-Manage sensory changes

-Manage new foods and mealtime changes

-Adapt family traditions

Guest Speakers:  Catherine Greife, OTR and Morgan Patton, SLP from K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates Inc.,

Catherine Greife is a pediatric occupational therapist who has worked with children and their families for over 12 years. She has worked for K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates in both the public school and private clinic settings helping children with special needs perform daily tasks and participate in their homes and in the community. She is passionate about supporting children with autism, from toddlers to teenagers, to engage in activities that they need and want to do. She has supported children, teachers and families to use visual and sensory supports, as well as, task modification to help increase engagement and participation in a variety of tasks. Catherine has supported numerous community organizations to develop autism friendly programming.

Morgan Patton has been a K.I.D.S Therapy team member as a speech-language pathologist for 8 years. She is currently the Speech Coordinator at K.I.D.S.   Morgan has advanced training in Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation. She has been an integral part of the planning and implementation of a yearly summer sports camp that focuses on integrating kids with special needs into a camp for typically developing children.  She has developed and run social-language groups, and frequently gives presentations to parents and teachers on ways they can support successful communication in children with autism.

 For more information about KIDS Therapy Associates.