Cookies with Santa 2015 an Event for Children with Special Needs

Santa had contacted AiN’s Executive Director, Autumn Green explaining that he couldn’t make it to Breakfast with Santa this year. Autumn was disappointed she had already planned on making Green and Ham for the Dr. Seuss Christmas theme.  She understood the schedule conflict, so she agreed to have Santa join the kids on Saturday, December 12, 2015 for Cookies with Santa.

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What a hit! 30 plus kids registered one of the two 45 minute sessions.  Kids rotated through four stations: Cookie station, art station, sensory station and Santa station. While they waited to see Santa they were able to look at books.logan2

With donations from Maggie Wolf each child received a stocking stuff full of goodies, and of course Santa had presents for each child. (2 books) which was possible by the sponsors of this event. Santa, Mrs Claus and Karen De Jager at Spectrum Photography worked extremely hard to make sure every child had a positive interaction with Santas Claus.  Santa was even willing to pop out from behind a chair so that the family had one photo with Santa and their daughter.

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Thank you to all our sponsors: Matt Rinn at State Farm, Debbie Smith at AHA Movement, Margret Miner at VinoCruising, Joe Stokely at Stokely Properties, and Michael Bronies at J. Rockcliff Realtors. We cannot forget all the other 1volunteers that put hours into preparing for this event. This event wouldn’t have been successful without you. A special thank you to Jen Tipton, who made dozens and dozens of cookies for this event.

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October 2013 Newsletter

October Newsletter is out. Upcoming events and a story shared about having a child with down syndrome in honor of down syndrome awareness month.

Make sure to check it out: October Newsletter.

Care Parent Network Newsletter

We are in The Link, The Care Parent Network Summer Newsletter. Make sure you check us out, we are on page 18!

My Kids are Successful Even with their Special Needs

He did it! He was promoted to 6th grade from mainstream elementary! After years of special day classes and Yaakov’s first year of mainstream he was successful and made it to 6th grade without having to move back to special day!

My mother and nephew came down for the promotion and witnessed Yaakov with his florescent green and pink hair along with his matching clothes and sunglasses walk across the stage! Afterwards, the fifth graders spent the day having with games, inflatables, and a dunk tank.

After the party at school we invited his past teachers, family, and friends to celebrate his success with a party in the backyard. Getting his favorite food catered, Rubios, and a cake we enjoyed a fun filled day.

As proud as I am of him, I cannot forget all the people who have helped him be successful. He has had a couple of amazing special day teachers and his mainstream teacher this year was beyond amazing. The principal loved my son and wanted to see him succeed and made sure it was setup that he could. I can never put into words how their support made a difference in not just Yaakov’s life but my own. Seeing my son struggle these last few years would eat at me and knowing that I am doing all I can wasn’t easy to live with. It was these last couple years that I felt like I could relax, because I didn’t feel I was the only one fighting for my son’s success. It was evident in everything the IEP team did that they also wanted to see him become the most he could be. I could only wish this for every parent who has a child with special needs.

We just received our oldest son’s report card, Austin also has an IEP and we were thrilled to see 5 B’s and 3 A’s on his report card. I cannot say this wonderful report hikecard is because of the support from the IEP team, but because he actually applied himself. As we were thrilled to see this report card; we were more thrilled that he applied himself. Like his father, the kid is smart! We over course, celebrated with pizza because at our house their success, no matter how big or how small, is supported by us and we want to show them that.

May 2013 Newsletter

Respite Survey:
AiN is asking for just a few minutes of your time. We are trying to find out how families value respite care. If your child has ADHD, ASD, OCD, Tourettes, Speech and Language Delays, Sensory Processing, Mitochondrial Disease, Down Syndrome or anything else that wasn’t included, please take a second and fill out the following survey. This includes families that haven’t used All in Need, Family Support, please take a minute and fill out the survey.  Respite Survey

 

To read AiN’s May Newsletter visit their newsletter.

AiN is in Brittany Erin Photography Blog

Brittany Erin Photography blogged about AiN and the Green Family! Please visit Brittany Erin Photography on Facbook and like her page.

Make sure you call Brittany to schedule your pictures today. She took amazing pictures of the Green boy’s and caught their personalities and the activities they love. Worked patiently with the youngest, who is camera shy. Families that have children with special needs give her a call you will be thrilled the photograph she will snap of your child.