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June 2018
St. Gerard House News
INTRODUCING THE CONNECT DRAMA CLUB: Come one, come all, to this summer's Connect Drama Club! St. Gerard House is launching a brand new Connect program for theater junkies and newbies alike. Beginning July 30th, participants aged 5-19 will use acting, directing and playwriting to explore how our thoughts, actions and reactions can impact social situations. Join us for a silly, exciting and educational experience! Click here for more information! Connect Program Coordinator, sharon@stgerardhouse.org, (828) 693-4223 ext. 1010. 
 
DAY OF CARING: Over 40 volunteers came together at St. Gerard House for this year's Day of Caring, helping us with everything from installing new wall mats to clearing out kudzu. These amazing individuals built a new raised beds for the Feed the Need garden, laid down weed-preventing mesh, and assembled furniture for our classrooms, among many other projects. Thank you to the teams from General Electric, Duke Energy, Pardee Progress Innovation, Beverly-Hanks and Kimberly Clark, as well as all of the individuals who volunteered!  
 
BENJAMIN AUTISM BEAR: We are excited to introduce you to Benjamin, the Autism/St. Gerard House bear that will be on display in front of Mast General Store. Linda Allen was inspired to paint a bear representing the children of St. Gerard House after visiting our facilities. She chose the puzzle pieces for autism to represent the battles and accomplishments the bear has won. Linda has two great nephews with autism and is delighted to name the bear after one of them. Human Benjamin was able to attend and help with the unveiling ceremony! Linda currently teaches painting classes at her studio at The Garage On 25 in Fletcher.  Click here to learn more about the Downtown Hendersonville Bears.
 
 
FEED THE NEED SPRING FLING:
Our incredible Feed the Need team celebrated another successful 10-week session. The Culinary class prepared a delicious dinner, the garden class provided fresh flowers from the FTN garden, and our art class displayed their handmade jewelry. (SGH will have a booth at the The North Carolina Apple Festival where you will be able to purchase the jewelry.) Special thanks to our volunteers and guest chefs for Feed the Need. You are a blessing! Click the image to see more pictures. 
 
Resources
 LOCAL EVENTS
 
UPCOMING FAMILY GROUP NIGHTS:
 
July 9: "Parent Rights in Special Education" presented by Anne Johnston. 
August 13: "The Big Picture - IEP" presented by Anne Johnston.
September 10: "The Importance of Awareness and Risks of Sexual Abuse in Exceptional Children" Presented by Mary Schultz.
October 8: "Sibling support" presented by Clinical Director, Rachael Cook.  For more information: Yesenia Dominguez (828) 693-4223. 
 
AUTISM AND SLEEP DISORDERS 
How can I help my autistic child sleep better? "Between 44 to 83 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder also experience sleep issues. Most commonly, children with autism have difficulty falling asleep and experience disturbed sleep once they do." Click here to for some tips for helping children with autism sleep better.
Autism on the News
[Chicago Tribune 5.4.18]  Wilmette art student’s work influenced by bond with brother who has autism
 
[Independent 5.14.18] Prehistoric autism helped produce much of the world’s earliest great art, study says
 
[Wired 5.12.18] The underdiagnosis of autism in girls is a story of gender inequality
 
[Disability Scoop 5.17.18] FDA Grants Fast-Track Status To Possible Autism Drug
 
[Daily Herald 5.2.18] Autism convention is being planned by those with autism for those on the spectrum
 
[Spectrum News 5.23.18] How colleges can prepare for students with autism
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
 
 
Would you like to get St. Gerard House a gift? Check out our Amazon Wishlist! 
 
 
 
Contact Us
St. Gerard House
828-693-4223
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
info@stgerardhouse.org
www.stgerardhouse.org
 
NOW HIRING
St. Gerard House is seeking entry-level, positive and enthusiastic Behavior Technicians looking to provide direct teaching and behavioral support to individuals with unique learning needs. 

Bachelor's Degree in Early Education, Psychology, or related field or Associate's Degree and experience working with children with disabilities.

 
Click here for more information! 

Please provide cover letter and resume to: sophia@stgerardhouse.org

 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
   
  Helping young adults with autism and similar needs prepare for, find and retain meaningful employment through art, gardening & culinary learning environments.
 
NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER SESSION
 
For information contact Julia Matthews: 828.693.4223 ext 1009
 
  
Connect is a social skills program for ages 5 - 19
 
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
sharon@stgerardhouse.org
 
 
HAS MOVED TO THE SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH!
 
JUNE 11th 
Benefits of Speech and Occupational Therapy
 

For more information Yesenia Dominguez 828.693.4223  
yesenia@stgerardhouse.org

St. Gerard House  •  620 Oakland St.  •  Hendersonville, NC 28791

http://www.stgerardhouse.com

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