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December 2018
St. Gerard House News
The Grotto I and II programs celebrated Thanksgiving last week with friends and families and lots of delicious food. We even had a piƱata! Click here to see more pictures of the fun!

"A new government study finds that roughly 1 in 40 American children has autism, a huge jump from the previous estimate of 1 in every 59 children.
The survey asked parents of more than 43,000 children between the ages of 3 and 17 whether or not their children had ever been diagnosed with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and whether the child in question still struggled with an ASD." [Web MD 11.26.18]
Upcoming Events

JANUARY 14th: "Financial Aid and Available Scholarships for Special Needs" presented by Caroline Long, Executive Director of St. Gerard House. 
FEBRUARY 11: "Transitioning to Adulthood - Steps to take for planning for your loved one's future." Presented by Ryan Platt and Margaret Gaffney of A Special Needs Plan
MARCH 11: "Homeschooling full-time to working alongside your child's present academic situation for a better outcome." Presented by Gretchen Roe.
Family Group Night is supported through funding from the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substances Abuse Services via the NC Completive Grants/Nonprofit State Appropriations.


Christmas Tips 
Ease Holiday Stress for Children with Autism [Web Md]
Tips for an Autism Friendly Holiday [The Art of Autism]
Check out this great guide with tips that vary from shopping, decorating and sensory gift ideas!
Holiday Traveling Tips [The Talcott Center of Child Development]
20 Amazing Gluten Free Christmas Cookies [Delish]
Gluten Free Holiday Recipes [Whole Foods Markets]
Gluten Free Holiday Menu [Cooking Light] "you can turn our traditional holiday recipes into a delicious gluten-free holiday menu."
Autism on the News
[11.25.18 Cleveland News] Kent State Basketball recruit with autism - a first for NCAA - wants to be role model for kids who struggle
[11.27.18 The Washington Post] My Son Has Autism. He deserves separate sensory-friendly entertainment.
[11.25.18 Spectrum News] Environmental Risk of Autism Explained 
Help Wanted!
St. Gerard House is now hiring Behavior Technicians!  
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. The Behavior Technician will work 1:1 with a child with special needs under the close supervision and guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. We are looking for punctual and reliable people who are creative, animated, and can make learning fun while sticking to procedures.

Bachelor's Degree in Early Education, Psychology, or related field or Associate's Degree and experience working with children with disabilities.
Please provide cover letter and resume to: 
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 Christmas gift? Check out our Amazon Wishlist! 
Here are some of the items listed on our Wishlist that make perfect Christmas Gifts for St. Gerard House!
Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Join our brand new Connect program for theater junkies and newbies alike.  Participants aged 5-18 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! 
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
  Helping young adults with autism and similar needs prepare for, find and retain meaningful employment through art, gardening & culinary learning environments.
For information contact Julia Matthews: 828.693.4223
ext 1009

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

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