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ESconnect Issue 1, 2011

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Perspectives

Inside this problems with hyperactivity and attention. He started receiving treatment (home Issue based) from Easter Seals at age five. At age six, Mikey attended an Easter Seals Parent Perspective: When our son, Mikey, was in preschool, we started noticing

sponsored summer camp for 18 days. He continued to participate in the camp until age nine and also attended an overnight camp on weekends. Unfortunately, due to State of Michigan budget cuts, Easter Seals has no longer been able to sponsor these camping services.

Perspectives

Council Corner

Mikey is 12 now and he has since been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and aspergers syndrome. He currently receives outpatient therapy at Easter Seals. While we have tried to get Mikey to go to other overnight camps since his experience at White Pine Village and Echo Grove camp, he has refused to go. We had given up and started finding alternative activities for him to participate in during the summer. He’s never wanted to attend overnight camp again and has been reluctant to try anything new.

Last month, to our surprise, Mikey was working on a writing assignment with his tutor and he wrote about those summers at camp with Easter Seals. We never knew those summers and weekend camp experiences meant so much to him. As a result, we now know that he would love to go to an Easter Seals sponsored overnight camp again, but no other camp will do. Hopefully, in the coming years, Easter Seals will be able to provide these kinds of experiences for our children again.

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Michael and Ursula Bolton

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Child Perspective: I’ve been to an Easter Seals (ES) camp at Echo Grove (EG) previously

in the 20th century. EG had a grassy hill that stained the knees of my pants. EG was “nature-full.” We slept in a building on top of the hill. There were bunks; boys were downstairs and girls were upstairs. Some of my friends that I remember are Frank, Jake (Jacob) and Xavier (I think the other guy was him). On certain (MOVIE) nights we’d watch movies inside the multi-cabin-like building (on hill). The chefs/cooks and their food were pleasant. The only trip I remember is the one to Lake MI. There were lots of H2o-based activities like canoeing, fishing and swimming. My fave activity in the gym was Dodge Ball. I remember creatures like Garter snakes and male and female matids. I miss Echo Grove, the people, the creatures, the cabin apartment building of the hill, the café, the waterfront, the gym, and the woods. I also miss iits partners: Silverman Village and WhitePine Village.

Mikey

Does your family have a story to share? Contact Brian Edwards at 248.475.6330

Family Services - North 2387 E. Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Phone: 248-475-6300 Family Services - South 17117 W. Nine Mile Rd. Suite 220 Southfield, MI 48075 Phone: (248) 483-7804 Toll Free: (866) 99-CHILD


Artist Spotlight

We want to spotlight your talents. Please submit any works of art (painting, drawings, poems, etc.) to Brian Edwards, Family Support Specialist 248.475.6330

Recipes

Berry Chicken Salad

4 Ingredients: • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips • 1 cup Catalina or French salad dressing • 10 oz. packet mixed salad greens • 2 cups sliced strawberries, or blueberries, or raspberries

In a large skillet, simmer chicken in 1/4 cup of the salad dressing over medium heat until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Toss greens, strawberries and chicken in large bowl with remaining dressing, serve. Makes 6 servings.

Spinach Lasagna

5 Ingredients: • 2 teaspoons olive oil • 1 large onion, thinly sliced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2 x 250g packets frozen spinach (or use fresh) • 7 1/2 instant lasagna sheets • 500g low fat ricotta cheese

1. Heat oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes, without browning. Add the spinach and cook until the spinach has thawed and is hot. 2. Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F/Gas 4). Grease a shallow 24◊18 cm oven proof dish. 3. Dip two and a half lasagna sheets in hot water for 1 minute, then place on the bottom of the dish. Cover with half the spinach mixture and dot one-third of the ricotta on top. Repeat, then top with the remaining two and a half lasagna sheets, finishing with a layer of ricotta. 4. Optional – sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 5. Bake for 30 minutes.

Artwork of Brianna B.

Council Corner

We would like to say “Thank You” and “Welcome” to all of the Family Services South parents that came to our first meeting in the Southfield office in a long time. We had a great turn out and have found new parents that are just as passionate about changing Easter Seals for the better as we all are. For those that don’t know the Parent Advisory Council has decided, based on the great turn out, that we will be rotating our meetings between the Auburn Hills and Southfield Family Services locations in order to make the PAC available for everyone and so that all parents, North or South, will be able to have a voice here at Easter Seals.

Artwork of TeTe B. Artwork of Brianna B.

Ask the Expert Welcome to our newest addition to the Family Services Newsletter. “Ask the Expert” will be your chance to ask the experts here at Easter Seals any questions you have related to: parenting, medication, Easter Seals programs, or a specific mental health diagnosis. Just send in your questions and we will do our best to get you the answer from our staff of professionals and experts. Send questions to Brian Edwards 248-475-6330

We had a wonderful discussion during our meeting this last month. As a group we completed an assessment called an S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) and got some great feedback. We found similarities and differences between the North and South offices. One of the things that we saw as strength and that we find excellent is the staff here at Easter Seals. The staff is always pleasant and professional, all front desk staff is positive and very helpful. Some of the things that we need to work on are to provide later hours as well as to streamline and improve the intake process. We also came up with some great opportunities like increasing social activities for our youth and participating in community service outreach programs. And one of the biggest threats that we all know about is funding issues.

We invite all of you to come join us for a PAC meeting and help us make Easter Seals the best that it can be.

P.S. – We would like to send our congratulations to the Easter Seals Teen Advisory Council on planning a great “Kick-Off Event”. It’s coming up soon so check our calendar. Good Luck!!! By Barb Belkiewicz, Chairperson Easter Seals Parent Advisory Council

Want to get involved?

The Parent Advisory Council meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 2387 E. Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills, Mi 48326 from 6 – 8 pm. For questions or information, please call 248-475-6360.


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Love Your Body – 7 learn how to take Anton Art Center Family control your heart Fun Workshop Sunday health by of eating healthy; 586-469-8666 7-8 p.m. Shelby Macomb theartcenter.org Medical Mall; to register, 586-759-7443

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Fire & Ice Chili Cook-off Fundraiser to benefit Turning Point and the YMCA; $10; 586-469-4168

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Fun Night at Paint Creek Country Club, 2375 Staton Rd., Lake Orion 4 - 8 p.m.

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17 “IEP Navigation Presentation” with Free Love and Logic Parent Group 7-9 p.m. the Michigan Alliance for Families 6 - 8 p.m. Common Ground, see below Bloomfield Hills

Tues Feb 15, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse - 45300 Mound Rd. Shelby Twp 48317. Call Brian Edwards 248.475.6330 to register.

Easter Seals Michigan Parent Advisory Council

meets the third Monday of each month Join us February 21st and March 21st

February location is Families North • March location is Families South

Easter Seals “Family Fun Night” February 9 and March 9

at Collaborative Solutions 269 Summit Place Dr., Waterford

4:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Knit Michigan Fundraiser for Cancer; marketplace with yarns, books, etc

Academy of Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills

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$15/early bird at 9 a.m. $10/general www.knitmichigan.com

Sweetheart Ball to benefit the Autism Society Penna’s of Sterling Heights

February 5 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. th

dinner, live entertainment, dancing, open bar, silent auction; $50; 586-447-2235; tickets: Annette Duda, 586-264-9086 www.macombasa.org

(sign up through your Case Manager or Clinician)

Accessing Health Care Coverage and Services for My Child Workshop Fee: $10 (Includes Lunch) 8 CEUs: $15

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for families. Please contact Lisa Cook-Gordon at (800) 359-3722.

February 19, 2011, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, The Arc Dearborn/Dearborn Heights, 27325 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights

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Parent Advisory Council 6 - 8 p.m. Southfield contact Brian Edwards at 248.475.6330

Free Love and Logic Parent Group 7-9 p.m. Common Ground, Bloomfield Hills

Teen Advisory Council 5:30 - 7 p.m. contact Brian Edwards at 248.475.6330

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Parent Group 7-9 p.m. Common Ground, Bloomfield Hills

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2 “A time to wait for sex” 3 Bipolar/Behavioral Easter Seals Challenged Children Teen Advisory Council Pam Stenzel Presenter Support Group 7p.m. at Athens High School 5:30 - 7 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m. 4333 John R Troy Mi, contact Brian Edwards Presented by Oakland County Havenwyck Hospital RVSP- 284-828-4343 at 248.475.6330 Youth Assistance marega@juno.com

Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. Havenwyck Hospital RVSP- 284-828-4343 marega@juno.com

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Council 6 - 8 p.m. Auburn Hills contact Brian Edwards at 248.475.6330

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Court Night 7 p.m 52nd and 3rd District Court, 700 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills

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Free Love and Logic Parent Group 7-9 p.m. Common Ground, Bloomfield Hills

Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. Havenwyck Hospital RVSP- 284-828-4343 marega@juno.com

Free Love and Logic Parent Group

Wednesdays–March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, and 13, 2011, 7-9 p.m. Common Ground,1410 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI contact Rose Chisholm or Joani Roberts at 248-456-8150 to register

“IEP Navigation Presentation”

with the Michigan Alliance for Families.

Presented by Easter Seals and ACMH. March 17th 6 – 8 pm. Collaborative Solutions 269 Summit Place Dr. Waterford. Contact Brian Edwards 248 475 6330 or Marega Delizio at 248 828 4343 to register. RSVP required.

80’s Party to benefit Special Needs Kids/ Michigan Scholarship programs March 5th 5:30 p.m.

dinner, entertainment: Eric Deluca formally from Room 13 and That 80’s Band, www.that80sband.com $20; or $10 at the door minus dinner (6:30-8 p.m.) Mt. Clemens Elks Lodge #2124, 179 Main Street 586-524-6006 for tickets

“After We’re Gone” Training Series

After We’re Gone is a series of four trainings geared towards aging parents who have adult sons or daughters with developmental disabilities still living at home. The trainings will provide the users with the information and tools they need to both plan for their own futures as well as assist their adult sons and daughters to plan for their lives. The first training will address the worries and hopes that families have as they embark on this planning process and provide an overview of a planning tool called person-centered planning.

Session #2 Thursday, February 17, 2011 • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. MORC, INC., 1270 Doris Road, Room #400, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Presenter: Deb Ziegler from the Michigan Department of Community Health Presenter: Representatives from the Area Agency on Aging Area 1B

The trainings are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated. Call The Arc of Oakland County at 248-816-1900


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