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Your free guide to EFMP services, entertainment and educational opportunities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

March 2013

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Autism Awareness Day Page 3

Early Intervention Services



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In this issue: Companionship, pg. 2

Monthly Swim Night with Companionship

Autism Awareness, pg. 3 Early Intervention Services, pg. 4 -5 Online Resources, pg. 8

March 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Clover Park High School Pool, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. Lakewood.

Special Families of Pierce County Parkland/Spanaway Group Army Community Service (ACS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Members: Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Jaclyn Gilley: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Mike Berkshire:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3553 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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March 4; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Topic: “Summer Activity Ideas” Representatives from: Camp Berachah, FEAT, Pierce County Parks & Recreation, Camp Stand By Me, and more! See page 6 for directions.

Special Families of Pierce County Downtown Tacoma Group March 7; 6 - 8 p.m. Topic: “The ABCs of Behavior.” Speaker: Kathryn Metz, Regional Lead Supervisor, ACES. See page 6 for directions.

Down Syndrome Support Group/Mom’s Night Out

March 8 @ 6:30 p.m. Olive Garden, South Hill, Puyallup. Dads welcome, too! This meeting is open to any parent who has a child with a chronic health care need or disability. For questions call 253-970-7264/ 253-565-2266 or e-mail carolveenhuizen@ or

HUB-High Functioning Autism Support Group

March 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A & 215A. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please call 253-565-2266. See page 6 for additional information.

Pierce Co. Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2)

March 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Coffee Klatch” get-together. This is an opportunity for parents to share what is important to people in their day-to-day lives in a casual setting. Coffee, tea, soda, water, and juice will be provided. To RSVP call 253-5640707, extension 101.

South Sound Autism Partnership’s Conference/Resource Fair

March 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. University of Washington, Tacoma, William Philip Hall. Explore Mental Health Supports for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Families. Pre-registration required. Admission cost: $15 Family Member; $40 Community Professional. Register at: https://wapave.ejoinmeorg/?tabid-423744

Ma rch Eve nt s Autism Awareness Day

April 2 at Saay Field, across from 7th ID Headquarters on JBLM - Lewis North. Please join the 593rd STB in celebration of Autism Awareness Day in support of our military families who have family members with autism. The event will kick off with soldiers and families completing a one mile walk around Saay Field. There will be music, food, and activities for families to enjoy. A variety of speakers will be sharing important information about autism and how families can find support here at Joint Base Lewis Mc-Chord. Call 720-315-3377 or e-mail missionspectrum@ for more information.

EFMP Events Self-Care for the Caregiver Workshop

March 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall. Presented by STOMP. Join us for an insightful training and learn new techniques on how to relieve stress, burnout, and more. RSVP at 253-967-9705 or e-mail

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:

EFMP Family Friendly Movie

March 16, noon - 2 p.m. at the McChord Theater. FREE movie. Sensorycontrolled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 253-982-2695.

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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Early Intervention Services Pierce County The period from birth to age three is a critical time in a child’s development and an important time for parents to have information and support. Eligibility - a child must have a 25% delay below his or her age in one or more of the developmental areas. The developmental areas are cognitive, physical (including vision and/or hearing), communication, social, emotional, or adaptive. A child may also be eligible if he or she has a physical or mental condition that is known to cause a developmental delay. Family Resources Coordination - an active ongoing process. It consists of the activities carried out by a Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) who assists an eligible child and the child’s family with rights, procedural safeguards, and individualized early intervention services designed to meet the child’s needs. The Single Point of Entry for these services is by phone, 253-798-3790 or e-mail pcfrc@ Once a referral is made, the family is assigned an FRC who calls and sets up a time and place to meet and discuss the available services and supports. The FRC is the person who will guide and support the family while the child and family are receiving early intervention services. Early Intervention Services – may include but are not limited to specialized instruction, speech therapy (SLP), occupational therapy (OT), or physical therapy (PT). Early Intervention services are designed to assist young children to be active and successful participants during the early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings – in their homes, child care, preschool or school programs, and in their communities. The program provides parents/family members with information and skills to ensure that they are supported as the most critical influence on a child’s early learning and development.

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A Step Ahead in Tacoma, 253-471-2727 Services include Skilled Educators, Speech and L and consultations with a Vision Teacher are avai organization partners with the Children’s Museu Learn sessions.

Birth to Three Developmental Center in Feder Services include Developmental Screening, Eval guage Therapy, Oral Motor and Feeding therapy Education and Support, and a lending library.

Children’s Therapy Center in Tacoma, 253-53 Offers PT, OT, Speech, Oral Motor and Feeding Hippotherapy, Fitness Center Groups, FRC, Earl Partner Services.

Tacoma Learning Center/Hope Sparks in Tac Services include Evaluation and Assessment, Tai Speech and Language Services, Infant Mental H Treatment for children with Autism Spectrum di and Bilingual services.

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) - Early intervention services are provided to eligible children and families through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The family will have a meeting with an FRC and other service providers who make up the IFSP team. The family, with the team, will write a plan based on the family’s concerns, priorities and resources. The IFSP is an on-going process that meets the changing needs of the child and family. It is reviewed at least every six months and rewritten on a yearly basis. The family works with the FRC to assure the plan reflects the family’s values. Referral – Early intervention services can make a big difference in a child’s life: services are available to children birth to 3 who have disabilities or are experiencing a developmental delay. Eligible infants, toddlers, and families are entitled to individualized, high quality early intervention services. Transition – At least six months before a child turns three, the FRC will assist the family in planning for transition out of early intervention services. A transition plan meeting must take place at least 90 days before a child turns three. The transition plan will identify steps and services needed to facilitate transition to special education or community-based programs.


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Language Pathologists, OT, and/or PT, FRC, ilable for children with vision impairments. The um of Tacoma to offer two Inclusive Play to

ral Way, 253-874-5445 luation and Assessment, OT, PT, Speech-Lany, Early Education and Playgroups, FRC, Parent

31-8873 Therapy, Social Skills Group, Aquatic Therapy, ly Intervention, Parent Education and Support

coma, 253-565-4887 ilored education and therapeutic plans, OT, Health Services, Parent Education and Support, isorders, Motor/Sensory and Feeding Concerns,

Early Intervention Services Lead Agency Thurston/Mason Counties South Sound Parent to Parent (SSP2P) is the lead agency in Thurston and Mason counties offering Early Intervention services, resources and support. SSP2 is a network of families who have experienced the unique joy and challenges of parenting children with special needs. The organization has information on resources and programs that could help your child grow, learn and develop to his or her fullest potential. SSP2P has several groups and networks available. There is a monthly Autism Support Group on the 1st Tuesday evening at 6 p.m, Sibshops on the 2nd Friday of the month for ages 6 - 9 yrs. and 10 - 14 yrs., Transition Support Group on the 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Mom to Mom Support Group on the 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact 1-877-352-1126 or visit for more information. A Thurston / Mason County Parent Coalition is being developed to help parents, Family members, and guardians become effective advocates for family members and others who have developmental disabilities. For more information call 360-8787518 or TMparentcoalition@ Thurston County has recently joined Washington State Fathers Network (WSFN) that connects men with other dads, resources, information and education, plus opportunities for “all family� celebrations. The focus is on assisting fathers to become more competent and compassionate caregivers for their children with special needs.

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Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities promotes the Independence of individuals with disabilities. It is located at 6315 South 19th Street, Tacoma. Call 253-565-9000 for further information. The website is and has a program link to an extensive schedule of workshops and support groups for peer support, employment, recovery and wellness, housing, independent living, and veterans services.

Special Families of Pierce County (SFPC) is a support group for families with special needs children in the South Sound region. The Parkland/Spanaway Group meets on March 4, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street SE, Conference Room B. Location is 1 mile off Hwy. 512 Portland Ave. Exit, at the corner of 112th Street East and Waller Road East. Childcare is not provided at this meeting. For questions e-mail The Downtown Tacoma Group meets on March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific, on the corner of 15th and Pacific Avenue. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Childcare is limited and an RSVP is required. To pre-register your child each month, visit: E-mail to RSVP at


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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 253798-2997 or e-mail: pccompanionship@ The monthly newsletter is available at


A new family support group for individuals with high functioning Autism. Participants meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A and 215A from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Parents and young adult children are invited to attend. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please call 253-5652266 or e-mail or

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 or overseas screening call 253-968-0254/1370. 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 McDonald at 253-982-3350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLM-Lewis Main Bldg. 552, Airman & Family Readiness Center, JBLM-McChord Field 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.

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: 360-373-2536 CHAP/King County: 206-284-0331

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