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EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

June 2012

EFMPSG Father’s Day Celebration Page 1

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Summer Camps

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In this issue: Father’s Day Celebration, pg. 2

JBLM life...

JBLM Special Olympics News

EFMP Playgroup pg. 3 Camp JBLM 2012, pg. 5 Online Resources, pg. 8

Army Community Service (ACS) Acting Director: Alecia R. Grady

June 1 – 3, State Games for Track and Field take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and for Swimming at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Softball Regionals are July 28, and State August 18-19. Bowling Regional Competition takes place on October 28. Contact Genia Stewart at the CYSS Sports Office for further questions about the JBLM Special Olympics Program at 253-967-2405. For more information about Special Olympics Of Washington (SOWA) itself, please go to their website:

Swim Night with Companionship

June 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m. @ Clover Park High School Pool, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Rm. 400 JBLM-Lewis Main

EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Members: Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Jackie Kelley: Jaclyn Gilley: Terry Giles: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3520 253-967-3553 253-966-5393 253-967-5795 253-967-9097 253-982-2695

The EFMP office has an open-door policy regarding assistance to our families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about available services, concerns, or if you need resources or advocacy on Joint Base Lewis-McChord or in the civilian community.

EFMP News Editor/Graphic Design: Johanna Krause 2

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Autism: A Sense-ational Life!

June 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Insights, Information, and Inspiration: Walking the Path of Autism, with speaker Larry Davis. Brought to you by a partnership between the Exceptional Families Network and FEAT of Washing ton, with special thanks to our host partner, the Washington State Youth Soccer Association, 500 S. 336th St., Suite 100, Federal Way, WA. The workshop is complimentary but a $7 donation is suggested for the light luncheon offering. For more info and to register vistit:

Special Families of Pierce County

June 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m. monthly meeting. “What It’s Like to Live on the Spectrum” with speaker Hunter Schweitzer, Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. See page 6 for details.

June Eve nt s

EFMP Playgroup

June 20; 10 - 11 a.m. Escape Zone, Bldg. 841, Fairway Road, JBLM-MChord Field. This event is for Exceptional Families with young children ages 5 yrs. and under. Call 253-967-3553 for more information. No RSVP is required.

EFMP Workshop Series

June 28; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Cascade Training Annex. Topic: “SSI and Your Family Member With Special Needs, Part II.” For additional information or to RSVP call 253-967-9705 or e-mail

Mark Your Calendars

July 9 - 19 & 30 - Aug. 9, University of Washington Autism Center Summer Camps; 206-221-5235,

EFMP Events JBLM EFMP Working Focus Group

July 21 - 22, Air Show on McChord Field 253-982-2695

June 7; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, ACS Classroom. Our Mission: To identify a broad range of global issues impacting Exceptional Families within the JBLM and Army Communities. We will work collectively with senior leadership, medical personnel, community and DoD agencies to improve service delivery and quality of life. We extend an invite to anyone who is passionate about Exceptional Families, whether you are an Exceptional Family Member (EFM), a parent/spouse of an EFM, a unit representative, Key Spouse, Senior Spouse, representative of a local school or agency, etc. Call 253-967-9704 if you have any questions; no RSVP required to attend.

EFMP Coffee Group EFMPSG Annual Father’s Day Celebration June 9, 1 - 4 p.m. Join our EFMP families in celebration of dads. RSVP via e-mail at: or call (253) 278-9749. Details on page 6.

Gluten-Free Health & Wellness Experience

June 14-15, SeaTac Doubletree. Speakers, vendors, and free samples available. More information at

June 12; 10 - 11 a.m., Battle Bean, AFC Arena, JBLM-Lewis Main. Meet other adult EFMs or caregivers of EFMs for coffee. Call 253-967-3553 for more information; no RSVP required.

EFMP Family Friendly Movie

June 16; 12 - 2 p.m., McChord Field Base Theater. Free movie; light and volume controlled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 253-982-7289 for more details.

July 26, Resource Fair organized by ACS EFMP and CAFAC at Madigan Medical Mall, ground floor, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17 - 19, Camp JBLM. Registration begins mid-June. Contact Timmy Milligan at 253-967-9097 for more information. EFMP News is an authorized unofficial community information source published for members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord EFMP community. There is no U.S. government endorsement of any commercial sponsor. Editorial content is provided by Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Community Service, and Family & Morale Welfare and Recreation offices. Submissions are welcome, but will be edited for accuracy, brevity, clarity and journalistic style. Submissions are due on the first day of the month, one month prior to publication date. EFMP News is published monthly. Circulation: 1000. Send submissions to: Policy: We encourage letters to the editor, but they must be signed. We will consider withholding the name of the author upon request. Letters regarding an issue should contribute to informational interest. We reserve the right to edit all material for style, to fit available space, to resolve libel, force protection and grammar. Although the information in the issue is current at time of publication, activities and events are subject to change. Please contact the activity for confirmation.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR is a powerful method of psychotherapy that helps relieve many types of psychological distress. In 1987, Dr. Francine Shapiro made a chance observation that under certain circumstances, eye movements could reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts. She reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma and has developed a set of standardized protocols incorporating elements from many different treatment approaches. When a person is very upset, the brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,� and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed. Those memories have a lasting negative effect interfering with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to others.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. One will still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. The therapist and the client meet for one or more sessions to understand the nature of the problem and whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. Clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in the treatment of personality disorders, panic attacks, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain, eating disorders, performance anxiety reduction, addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, and body dysmorphic disorders. It is very important that the therapist be properly trained in EMDR techniques as the client will be working through very challenging memories. EMDR is one of many treatment methods utilized through the Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC). For additional information call 253-968-4843. 4

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WA State Operation: Military Kids Summer Camps & More

Summer Camps & Programs ‘12

Operation: Xtreme June 17 - 23 – Island Lake-Poulsbo, WA for military youth ages 13 - 18 years old June 19 - 22 – Miracle Ranch-Port Orchard, WA for military youth ages 9 - 12 years old To register visit – scroll down to Operation: Xtreme Mission: Robotics & Fitness Fun Day Camps July 23 - 27 – St. Nicholas Catholic School, 3555 Edwards Drive, Gig Harbor To register visit For additional information e-mail

The 2012 Washington State Education Summer Camp Directory as well as other helpful resources, can now be found on the Center for Children with Special Needs website at The website includes a searchable database that may include programs and camps that were submitted after the deadline for the printed directory. For questions, contact 206-884-5735.

Camp JBLM 2012 The Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program is hosting Camp Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2012. This year’s theme is “Pirates of American Lake.” Families with a special needs Family members are welcome to join the EFMP for this weekend getaway, August 17 - 19, at the Northwest Adventure Center. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, swimming, a BBQ lunch, crafts and more. Space is limited for the overnight option. However, all EFMP Families are welcome to participate in the Saturday Day-camp on August 18. Registration for the overnight stay will begin mid June. Stay tuned to our website ( acs_efmp.html) and Facebook ( for more registration information. For more information call 253-967-9097.

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Companionship Autism Support Group

The JBLM Autism Support Group hosts monthly meetings one Friday evening each month throughout the school year. Meetings will begin again in October. Please contact Cheryl Beene at 253-589-2572/9616069 or e-mail with questions regarding autism services throughout the south Puget Sound area.

Special Families of Pierce County

Special Families of Pierce County (SFPC) is a support group for families with special needs children in the South Sound region. SFPC has regular monthly meetings on the first Monday evening of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center located in Tacoma at 3005 112th Street East, corner of 112th Street and Waller Road, just off the Portland Avenue Exit from Hwy 512. To join their monthly e-mail list visit their group page at http:// or http://specialfamiliesofpiercecounty. Contact Angela Fish at 253830-4368 or for additional information.


EFMP News • June 2012

ACS-EFMP partners with the Companionship Program to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. The goal is to assist the participants in finding and maintaining strong friendships by providing different activities throughout the community. For more information call 253-798-2997 or e-mail pccompanionship@ The monthly newsletter is available on their website. Companionship has upcoming events for an End of the Year Party, Harbor History Museum, Celebration of Dad, Summer Fest and Breakfast and a Movie.

JBLM EFMP Support Group

JBLM EFMPSG is a non-profit, private organization that offers events, meetings and guest speakers. Events will alternate between JBLMMcChord Field, JBLM-Lewis Main and JBLM-Lewis North. Join the celebration at 9904 Wilson Avenue, Picnic Grove, JBLM Main. The Picnic Grove is located straight down Wilson Ave., just off of Jackson Ave. (Pendleton), at the intersection in front of the Madigan Nursing Tower. Join us on June 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Dads. Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Drinks will be provided; please bring a potluck dish to share. Join their facebook page, www.facebook. com/JBLMEFMPSG, or Lewis-McChord EFMPSG, to keep up to date on monthly meetings and events, post questions, and visit with other EFMP families. For more information about JBLMEFMPSG send an email to

Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs Contact the Lead Agency for your counties for a referral for services. Family Resource Coordination - Pierce County - 253-798-3790 South Sound Parent To Parent - Thurston and Mason Counties - 360-352-1126 Holly Ridge Center - Kitsap County - 360373-2536 CHAP - King County - 206-284-0331

EFMP Enrollment Process If your family member has a health condition that necessitates a specialist or specialty clinic, he or she MUST be enrolled in EFMP under medical, DD Form 2792. If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan, they are required to be enrolled in EFMP under education, DD Form 2792-1. Enrollment forms for EFMP are renewed every three years or sooner, if there are significant changes. Disenrollment is not automatic upon expiration; it is required for a change in marital status or a significant improvement that no longer warrants enrollment. Army – Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP office. Their location is at the Madigan Nursing Tower, on the first floor, left side, just past the chapel, room 1-28-17. For questions call 253-968-1370. For overseas screening call 253-968-0254.

Air Force - Submit your completed enrollment forms to the SNIAC office on the second floor at 62nd Medical Clinic. For a PCS screening or for questions call SGT Anderson at 253-982-3350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact Anthony Buggage at Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services

Bldg 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLMLewis Main Installation & local resources & services, Housing & school issues, IEP/504 plans, Respite Care, Systems Navigation, Advocacy, Support groups, Monthly newsletter, Disability services, and Special Needs Accommodation Process are available for all Army and Air Force EFMP Families.

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Online tools

for military members and their families ArmyOne Source

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Attention Deficit Disorder

National Military Family Association

CP Network

Official TriWest websites


Pierce County Food Banks

Family Support for our Troops

Puget Sound Educational Services

Hands On Children’s Museum

Families for Effective Autism Treatment

Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center

Autism Society of WA

Joint Base Lewis – McChord Military Homefront MilitaryOneSource Military Family Assistance Center

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Special Families of Pierce County TACA of Western Washington UW Tacoma Autism Center uwautism/ Soldiers and Families for Autism Awareness soldiersandfamiliesforautism awareness

Specialized Training Of Military Parents Traumatic Brain Injury WA FACEBOOK Addresses: ACS-EFMP JBLM EFMP Support Group EFMPSG Lewis-McChord Family and MWR Family and MWR EM EM SERVIC





Gluten Intolerance Group

South Sound Parent to Parent


Find the Genius in ADD


EFMP News/June 2012  

Information and events for special needs families on Joint Base Lewis McChord.