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Jennifer Hackett, Executive Director of Camp Puzzle Peace/Family Autism Center of Rochester, is a 2018 Women Inspiring Women Award honoree. Jen and her staff are the operational partners for the Autism Nature Trail -- we are in great hands!
Dr. Skott Jones has authored a guidebook for caregivers to facilitate language development along the mile-and-a-quarter Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) at Letchworth State Park.
Dr. Jones, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, completed the project while on sabbatical during the fall 2017 term.
“At each station on the trail,” Dr. Jones writes, “there are ample opportunities to use language to describe the various sensory experiences of an individual. By collating evidence-based facilitative language strategies into a parent-friendly guidebook specifically designed for the trail, caregivers will have the opportunity to model for and elicit language from children with autism spectrum disorders.”
The five principles of facilitating language in children with ASD are based on 30 years of research and are presented in this easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for use by parents, teachers and other caregivers visiting The ANT.
Dr. Jones has been a highly engaged member of The ANT Advisory Panel since its inception in 2015. We are grateful to him and to Ithaca College for their extraordinary commitment to this project.
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership teacher Olie Olson presents our new ANT made from 100% recycled materials by welding students from Wayland-Cohocton High School in Steuben County, NY. This extraordinary piece of sculpture was crafted from discarded farm equipment and will serve as a seat (which moves gently up and down), a percussion instrument (the head, thorax and abdomen each make a different sound when tapped), and a conversation piece (the detail is seen best in the shadow), Thank you, Mr. Olson and students!
Did you know: Ants have varied sleeping patterns from naps of just a few seconds to a few minutes — but they rest only as much as they need to. They make use of every moment they have.
We are committed to autism awareness, acceptance and understanding every month of the year. Follow us as we finalize plans for The ANT and raise the funds needed to construct and endow it PERMANENTLY!
Don't forget to book your 2017-18 school field trips to a State park, nature center or historic site!
**New this year** The Connect Kids to Parks program is available to Title 1 schools INCLUDING any public school in a district with a Title 1 school (grades preK-12 including school-sponsored clubs), Advantage After School Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and village, town, or county youth bureaus in communities with Title 1 schools. The Connect Kids to Parks grant program will refund up to $1,000 of the field trip costs per classroom, per trip. Learn more: https://parks.ny.gov/environment/connect-kids/grant-program.aspx
We feel very fortunate to be supported by such respected individuals as autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin, actor and activist Joe Mantegna, researcher and autism expert Dr. Amy Laurent, AutismUp Director Sarah Milko, and Head of New York City's LearningSpring School Margaret Poggi.