The Autism Resource Center offers consultations for families dealing with an autism spectrum disorder. Maybe a child you love has just been diagnosed. Or you are struggling to get your child the services he or she needs. Maybe you just need help filling out all those applications for financial aid. Let us help! If we don’t know the answer, we know someone who does.
Camp Connect is a week-long summer day camp designed for children with social skills difficulties caused by high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, sensory processing disorders, and related differences. Camp Connect is led by an occupational therapist and occupational therapy students. Through small group and community activities, Camp Connect kids learn appropriate social skills and gain the confidence to use them. Camp activities are geared towards personal growth and learning to work as a team. They also teach problem-solving, real-world dynamic thinking, and adaptive skills.
Camp Connect 2017 dates are June 12-16. Download an application here.
Young Adults Group
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The Conway Young Adults with Autism Group exists to provide individuals aged 15-25 an opportunity to come together and socialize with people who share similar experiences. This group meets to socialize, form friendships, engage in activities, and enjoy outings together! The group meets once per month. For more information, contact Cindy Fong at (501) 803-6944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Resource Guide
Our Autism Resource Guide is an easy-to-read manual for families who have a child recently diagnosed with an ASD, or who have recently moved to the state of Arkansas. This handbook addresses financial aid, therapy interventions, school services, and much more. Download the latest Autism Resource Guide.
In lieu of parent workshops this year, the Autism Resource Center of Arkansas is focusing on creating a video library of helpful topics for parents dealing with special needs. Raising a child with special needs can bring unique challenges. Our hope is that these videos will equip you with information that can help you on your journey. If you have any recommendations for future topics/speakers, we would love to know! Please contact Cindy Fong at email@example.com or (501) 803-6944 with any ideas or suggestions.
Our first speaker, Jerilyn Swalve-Wasson, is both a parent and professional. She speaks from the heart, sharing encouraging words for parents facing a “new normal”. Jerilyn graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, graduated from UCA with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, and is a retired Licensed Psychological Examiner. Jerilyn currently works part-time for GetTherapy.com and Arkansas Families First, mental and behavioral agencies serving special needs populations of all ages. Jerilyn, along with her husband of 14 years, Kenny Wasson, serve on two boards at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and are raising money to build the first inclusive, all-abilities playground in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have one daughter, Emma, who spent her first 9 months in Arkansas Children’s Hospital, born with a congenital heart defect and Turner Syndrome. She currently resides at home with global developmental delays (non-verbal, and non-mobile), GJ feeds, and lots of medications. Emma is the inspiration for the playground and is a blessing to all who know her. Jerilyn doesn’t seek out public speaking opportunities, but feels when asked it is her calling to speak about their journey in hopes that it will help others and let them know they are not alone.
Click here for our first video by Jerilyn Swalve-Wasson.
- Provide brothers and sisters an opportunity to:
- -Meet other brothers and sisters who “know” what it is like to be a sibling to someone with special health or developmental concerns.
- -Have an opportunity to talk about, and listen to, others’ concerns related to being a sibling in a supportive, non-judgemental environment.
- -Make new friends, learn new games, do crafts, share a meal and have a lot of fun.
- To register, please click here.
Community Connections has over 100 books/dvds available to check out, free of charge. We will mail materials anywhere in the state & do take recommendations for additions to the library. A list of materials can be viewed HERE. To check out a book, or for more information, please contact Courtney at Courtney@CommunityConnectionsAR.org.
Support the Resource Center
The success of our programs depends entirely on the generosity of our donors. Your contributions are tax-deductible and make a huge difference. To become a Friend of Community Connections, please click HERE.
2740 College Avenue
Conway, AR 72034