As part of our daily preschool instruction, our Occupational Therapist works with every child developing prewriting skills using our Handwriting Without Tears®program. This well-known program is designed to promote effective pre-writing and printing skills using engaging lessons, developmentally appropriate activities, and multi-sensory strategies. Part of the program involves using the “Mat Man” model to teach parts of the body and the correct way to draw a person. The children love singing the “Mat Man” song and building a person, using the wood pieces from the program, both in groups and individually.
The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center had a true, real-life fire safety lesson this October. With the special visit from “Fire Fighter, Bob”, our students were able to see, touch, and wear fire fighter equipment after reading a book on fire safety with “Fire Fighter, Bob”. He spent time showing our students how to “stop, drop, and roll” and explained the importance of fire safety and being prepared. Following his presentation, a fire truck with fire fighters from Boca Raton’s Fire House 45 came to take the students on a tour of the truck, explaining all the tools on the truck and their uses.
Before leaving, our students were able to assist the fire fighters in spraying the fire hose and then hearing the siren as we waved goodbye to them. This visit assisted out students in understanding the importance of our monthly fire drills and fire safety at home, too.
The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center enjoyed lots of fun-filled winter festivities during the annual “Snow Day” on Dec. 18, 2015. The students donned their warm hats, coats, mittens and even boots to play in the frosty snow while sledding down “Mt. Slomin” with family and friends. Our students built snowmen, made snowballs, and enjoyed hot chocolate and yummy cookies. The parents and families were entertained by our students’ winter holiday show prior to hitting the slopes!! A great way to celebrate the arrival of winter in Florida!!
Our preschool class Halloween celebration was even more exciting with the visit from Ms. Audrey Dickman and Ms. Brooke Dipietro from Tiffany’s and Company in Boca Raton. Our visitors came to tour our campus and spend some time with our preschool students. Each child received a special “holiday” bag during the visit. A big “thank you” to our friends at Tiffany’s and Company for our special “treat” on such a “tricky” day!!
Our Preschool had a great time reading the story, “If You Give A Moose a Muffin”. Using the story, our class made muffins from a mix, taking turns adding ingredients and mixing them together. As a follow up activity, each student was able to retell and review the sequence of making muffins using an interactive activity on our new classroom Smart board. Later that morning, we had warm blueberry muffins to enjoy for snack time. All our “blossoming chefs” enjoyed their reading lesson coming to life!!
The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center had a fun-filled Halloween!! During Halloween week, the students visited our own “Slomin Pumpkin Patch” where they chose their individual pumpkin to decorate. Our students participated in a “trick or treat” day with various activities to add to our “spooky” fun, topped off by a special snack and visit from Tiffany’s and Company.
On November 27th we attended the 10th annual Thanksgiving Football Extravaganza. This event was hosted by Jordan Brown, Josh Romero, and Josh Lukes, The proceeds benefited The Slomin Family Center For Autism and Related Disabilities, Inc. We would like to thank to the Brown family and the Romero family along with other volunteers.
In March 2014, The Slomin Family Center partnered with FAU CARD to host Don Meyer, the director of the Sibling Support Project, a Kindering Center Program in Seattle Washington. The Sibling Support Project is founded on the belief that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. The project seeks to increase the understanding of sibling issues.
The center held a Sibshops training for the tri-county South Florida community. Sibshops are opportunities for the brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to get peer support and education in a recreational setting. Forty-seven people participated, including some of our own staff members and 15 youth and adult siblings. Then, on April 12, The Slomin Family Center welcomed nine participants to our first official Sibshop. Future Sibshops will be held on the second Saturday of the month.
In 2011, the CJ Foundation, in conjunction with PBS Corp., created a customized program for children with Autism. The CJ Miracle Project was created to help provide parents a break from the stress and challenges of caring for a child with Autism. Parents can relax knowing their children are under the supervision of qualified behavior therapists.
This program is operated out of the Slomin Family Center on the first Saturday of each month. The program runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- Left to Right: Sandi Fvanciosa, Kelly Brown, Julian Poralta, Gabi Kenny, Stacet Staley, Seith Peterson, Wyoming Henley
The Slomin Family Center was honored with a visit from Dr. Marc Tasse, director of the NisongerCenter, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The Ohio State University. The Nisonger Center provides assistance to people with disabilities, families, service providers, and organizations to promote inclusion in education, health, employment, and community settings.
As he toured our facility, Dr. Tasse commented that our “classroom, programming and surrounding environment are perfectly suited to provide an optimal learning environment for young students with ASD and related developmental disabilities.” He gave us insights that will help us develop our strategy for the future, and he expressed a desire to visit us again.