To help you start the new year off right, we’ve compiled list of fun, mostly-free Lowcountry autism events! This month’s roundup includes new Rex Groups, sensory-friendly trampolining, and an exciting NeuroTribes event too.
The events below are listed in approximate chronological order.
New Project Rex Groups Announced!
Project Rex is offering two groups in Winter 2016:
School-Age Group for ages 5-10 meets Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm from January 19, 2016 – March 15, 2016, with no Group meeting on February 2, 2016
Pre-Teen/Teen Group for ages 11-15 meets Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm from January 21, 2016 – March 10, 2016
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s SuperStars
SuperStars is a FREE, registration-required event in which children with special needs and their families can visit the Museum, explore, and play without the crowds and over-stimulation. The Museum is open before-hours on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for this event.
SkyZone Charleston Sensory Jump
“Sensory Jump is held at SkyZone (411 Wando Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464) on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the each month starting in September through the Charleston County school year (if school is not in session, this program is not available).
This month’s Sensory Jump dates are Monday, January 11 and Monday, January 25. We open our facility exclusively to our special needs guests from 4 pm – 6 pm. Family members of special needs guests are invited to jump as well!
$5 for a half hour jump time, $10 for 1-hour jump time. Sky Socks are $2 and reusable! Therapists attend at no charge. Space is limited, please call 843-588-5789 to reserve your spot.”
Don’t forget – there’s a Parent Support Group for families of children with Asperger’s, HFA, & related conditions meeting every Tuesday in North Charleston!
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Charleston Meeting
The Charleston-area NAMI meeting takes place in Moncks Corner on the first Tuesday of the month.
The January meeting has passed as of this posting, but you can mark your calendar for next month’s meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd from 6 – 7:15pm at Moncks Corner Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 500 E. Main St., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
This meeting is for both individuals in recovery and family and friends of people with mental illness. All meetings are confidential. For a full list of Charleston-area NAMI meetings, visit the NAMI Charleston Area website.
Save the Date for February 10th
Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes, will give a talk in the Sottile Theater at The College of Charleston on Wednesday, February 10th at 7 pm.
NeuroTribes is a fascinating book that chronicles the history of autism and the way changes to the DSM have influenced our understanding of autism. This is a must-see event for anyone working to understand the role of the diagnosis in everyday lives.
Silberman also maps out a path for our society with the goal of creating a world in which people with autism have access to the resources they need to live healthier, happier, more secure and meaningful lives.
The event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. For those who want reserved seats and will use them, free VIP tickets are available while supplies last. Simply email Michele Deneau (email@example.com) if you would like a VIP ticket.
Save the Date for March …
The Lowcountry Autism Consortium (LAC)’s Regional Disability Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Seacoast Church – West Ashley.
This event is presented in partnership with Springboard Consulting, and it’s designed to help local businesses successfully include people with disabilities.
Specifically, it’s for Chief Diversity Officers, Heads of HR, Talent Acquisition Leaders, Heads of Compliance and EEO, and Disability BRG Executive Sponsors and Leaders.
To register ($149/person, with the full amount donated to the LAC), contact Jill Frankel at 973-813-7260 x106; firstname.lastname@example.org
~ The Project Rex Team