Serving children and adults on the autism disorder spectrum and working to develop opportunities for all those affected so that they can reach their highest potential

Microsoft Summer Camps

Thank you so much to Microsoft for offering the following camps this summer!
Space is limited so please sign up soon!

Build a Robotic Finger
Come learn how to build a flex sensor that lets you control a robotic finger with your finger.   Then use your sensor, a Surface and Excel to visualize the flexion and extension of your finger.  The project is designed for 8- to 10-year-old students but can easily be completed by younger students with parental support.

Code a Talking Robot with Ohbot
This workshop gives students ages 8 to 10 basic skills in robotics and coding using the Ohbot robot. Students use the Ohbot app for Windows 10 as a group, in pairs, and individually, and create code that makes the robot move and speak.

Microsoft Store at Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 2238
Honolulu, HI  96814

5/16/18 – Look, I can Fly!

DELTA AIR LINES AND THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF HAWAII PRESENT:
LOOK I AM FLYING!

OAHU: May 16th, 2018 4:30pm – 6:00pm Honolulu International Airport – Lobby 7

One of the most difficult questions parents have when contemplating a family trip is how children, especially those of the spectrum, will be able to go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and sit through the flight. Parents have spent a great deal of money on airfare not knowing if they will have a melt down or how they react as they go through the screening process. Maybe the noise at the airport will overload their senses…”Will we have to turn around and go home after getting our hopes up for a successful trip??” This question has prevented so many families from taking a trip TOGETHER! Many times children on the spectrum need repetition and practice to adjust to situations that others are able to seamlessly accommodate to, but what if we could practice? What if we just went through all of this worry and he or she was fine? Maybe we could try it? But we cannot access the terminal without a ticket. That is an expensive test run, even for an outer island trip.

Delta Airlines has graciously offered to partner with the Autism Society of Hawaii for the 4th year on Oahu and for the 1st year on the neighbor islands (details TBA)!

We are VERY EXCITED to provide 15 children, who have never been off the island or have difficulty traveling, the opportunity to practice taking a trip from Honolulu International Airport. They will go through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check point, walk through the airport to the airplane, board, get seated, and watch the safety video for a full sensory experience. This simulates an experience the family would face if they were venturing off on a trip. Upon exit they get to view the cockpit.

Thank you so much to Lillian LeeLecroix, Vernell Oku, and Sherri Akana on Oahu!!! A big Mahalo to Delta Airlines!!!

Research Opportunity for Parents of Children with ASD

Jennifer Vetter, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY) under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Gillis Mattson and Dr. Raymond Romanczyk, is conducting a research study to better understand how parents of children with ASD make decisions regarding their child’s treatment. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Ms. Vetter is looking to recruit parents of children with ASD to take an online survey with an estimated completion time of approximately 30 minutes. Following survey completion, participants may choose to be entered into a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards. To participate in the survey please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/treatmentsforautism.

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Wandering Incidents During Holidays Significantly Increase Risk of Harm

With two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holidays.

On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool. Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study  from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69% of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

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National Autism Association (NAA) Toolkits

The National Autism Association (NAA) has Toolkits for Caregivers (Elopement), First Responders, Teachers, Meeting the Police, First Signs, Grandparents and Age of Majority available for download. Links to each of the tool kits are below. The kits may also be ordered free as hard copies through the NAA website at: http://nationalautismassociation.org/.

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