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Holiday Tips For Kids

Monday, 20 November 2017 by

Holiday Tips For Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders   The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board

  New life-saving program now available for autism families, seniors! Partnering with the Schenectady Police Department, we can now provide a mechanism for the safe return home of people who may have trouble communicating with law enforcement and first responders. This year we successfully launched the life-saving ‘Take Me Home’ program that is now available

Halloween Trick or Treat Idea

Monday, 30 October 2017 by

Hosted By: Crossgates Mall When: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Where: Crossgates Mall, One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518.869.3522 Trick-or-Treat at the Mall It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year with all the thrills, chills, and fright-filled fun with B95.5’s Mall-O-Ween presented by Fidelis Care at

Visit A Fire House

Monday, 02 October 2017 by

Fire Prevention Week is from October 8 to 14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”.  In support of Fire Prevention Week, Fire Departments in our area are opening their doors to families in the community for fun kid activities, demonstrations and tours. Please contact fire departments directly to confirm

Since the snow is out there, we may as well make the best of it! Here are some great ideas…. 1. Dress ’em up. Instead of a scarf, grab some clothes out of your “Donation” box or use last year’s Halloween costumes to decorate your snowman;  or build a whole family and dress them in

Great Sledding Places!

Monday, 13 February 2017 by

Here are some spots to go sledding in our area. Stay warm, be safe and happy sledding!   Collins Park This park is located at Schonowee Avenue in Scotia. Great hill for little children. Indian Meadows Park Located in Glenville at 155 Droms Road Schenectady. A number of winter activities are being offered including cross-country

We’ll now be open from 9:00am-11:00am on the first Sunday* of every month, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. • Reduced lighting and noise • Food and games offered • Trained and caring staff * January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, etc.

ECEC in the News!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 by

On January 13, 2017 a Stewarts opened across the street from the Schenectady site. Rachelle graciously received a check of $1000 for ECEC. Members of the RPI Hockey team took time out of their busy schedule to volunteer on Thursday January 12, 2017 at the Early Childhood Education Center’s Troy Site. Head coach Seth Appert

Kids Ice Skate For FREE!

Monday, 05 December 2016 by

Sensory Story Time

Sunday, 06 November 2016 by

First Saturday of every month  2-3:30 p.m. Pine Hills Branch  517 Western Avenue, Albany

Pumpkin Fun!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 by

Fall is here…. Time to pick pumpkins! Kids love to pick out their “special” pumpkin and help to carve them for Halloween. Please visit: http://schenectady.macaronikid.com/article/1335194/pumpkin-picking-2016 to view a list of pumpkin patches in our area. Other fun things to do at the pumpkin patches are highlighted .

Fall Fun

Thursday, 29 September 2016 by

As we enter the Fall season, our area is filled with fun activities to do with kids. Visit http://www.albany.com/fall/apple-orchards.cfm for a list of apple orchards in the Capital Region. Most orchards offer not only apple picking, but in season produce, apple cider, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, petting zoos and yummy cider donuts.

SenseAble Science

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 by

SenseAble Science is a sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. SenseAble science is a special time for visitors with sensory needs to experience the museum with their families. Guests can enjoy miSci’s interactive exhibits, quiet space and a special “We Choose Space” planetarium show at 11:00. The next

Big Red Safety Box

Saturday, 10 September 2016 by

The National Autism Association is accepting applications for their Big Red Safety Box. Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and are at a risk for wandering can qualify while supplies allow. The Big Red Safety Box includes: education materials and tools, 2 GE wireless door/window alarms, engraved shoe ID tag, 5 adhesive STOP signs for

Kid Friendly Hikes

Monday, 11 July 2016 by

Are you looking for outdoor fun for the whole family? Our area is filled with great family friendly hikes! Make sure to pack a picnic lunch, water, suntan lotion and bug spray! For a list of local kid friendly hikes visit: http://www.capitaldistrictfun.com/more-fun/capital-district-family-friendly-hikes/

Hippotherapy

Thursday, 16 June 2016 by

Some people may be wondering what in the world is Hippotherapy? Therapy with a hippo?……NO!  Hippotherapy is the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance and strength. The horse’s pelvic movements mimic that of a human and can provide a steady, rhythmical input during mounted

Water Safety

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 by

Now that summer weather is here, water safety is critical for children with special needs. Many kids are drawn to water and some are unable to understand the dangers associated with it. Tips for keeping kids safe around the water      1. Start Early It is important to expose children to water and to

Playgrounds to Check Out!

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 by

Going to the playground can be one of the best things you can do with your child this summer. When you expose them to a variety of different playgrounds, you challenge your child’s motor planning skills and help the brain to grow and develop. Always remember that children need close supervision at a playground, especially

New York State Access Pass

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by

The weather is getting nice, so it’s time to get out and enjoy it! New York State residents with disabilities can get a permit for free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites and recreational facilities operated by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Yogibo for Sensory Needs!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 by

Have you seen the Yogibo store in Crossgates Mall? Yogibo products are fun to sit in but can also help kids with sensory processing problems. Their bean bags provide proprioceptive sensory input which can promote body awareness and help organize the brain for learning. They can also work as a compression tool to provide calming

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