UMW Bullet Discusses Play Lab 2013

April 18, 2013

This semester’s Play Lab focuses on the Unstuck and On Target!  curriculum, which is designed to help children with special needs develop social skills related to flexible thinking.  We had five talented teachers who ran the program and children experienced much improvement during the course of Play Lab.

The next Play Lab is scheduled for Fall 2014.  Any families interested in receiving applications when they come out (expected Summer 2014) can contact Dr. Nicole Myers at nmyers@umw.edu to be added to our mailing list.

*Please note that is one correction to the article, Dr. Myers received a Jepson Fellowship to conduct the research and development of Play Lab.  Initial start-up Grant Funding was provided by VA KOVAR.

http://umwbullet.com/2013/04/18/play-lab-helps-special-needs-

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UMW Play Lab applications are now available

August 17, 2010

Dear Parents,
Thank you for your interest in University of Mary Washington’s Play Lab. The Play Lab will be staffed by Dr. Nicole Myers, Ph.D. from UMW and Heather DeCou, M.Ed., LPC from Exceptional Support Services in Fredericksburg. The Play Lab will be held at Helping Hands Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Fredericksburg. Each semester the Play Lab class is held, UMW students will be focusing on a different theme and different research-based interventions, geared to meet a variety of the special needs related to children with developmental disabilities. This fall the theme is “Movement and Manners” and is geared toward children ages 3-8. We will be working on sensory strategies, behavior skills, academics, and social skills development as part of this Play Lab. We are looking for children with diagnoses such as: Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder.
We invite you to submit an application for your child to participate in this fall’s Play Lab. Applications are due Friday, September 10, 2010 at 5 p.m. The number of children approved to participate in Play Lab each semester depends on grant funding and UMW student enrollment. We anticipate a high level of interest in this program however there will be a limited number of spaces available and applications must be reviewed by a UMW faculty committee before families are notified whether they can participate in a Play Lab session. If your child does not participate in this Play Lab session, we encourage you to apply for an upcoming Play Lab (fall and spring).
Please review the list below to determine if your child/family meets the criteria for participation. Feel free to contact us with any questions at nmyers@umw.edu or 540/286-8026.
Criteria:
• Ages 3-8 with a diagnosis of developmental disability (ID, ASD, SPD, ADHD, etc.)
• Available for Play Lab on Mondays from October 18-November 15th, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
• Copy of I.E.P and application received by September 10, 2010 by 5 p.m.
• Parent available for Play Lab Parent Training on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 6 p.m.
• Parent must agree to allow for child to be videotaped/photographed for instructional and marketing purposes.
• Once selected children are accepted and parents are notified of acceptance, tuition payment of $150.00 written to UMW Autism Clinic and sent to Dr. Myer’s address below must be received by September 24, 2010 by 5p.m., to participate and hold your spot in Play Lab. If payment is not received by the deadline, another child will be given the slot and have the opportunity to participate in Play Lab.
Completed applications may be faxed to Nicole Myers at 540/286-8026 or mailed to Nicole Myers, Ph.D., UMW, 121 University Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. We look forward to working with your child!
Sincerely,
Nicole Myers and Heather DeCou

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UMW Play Lab – Vote Today!

August 3, 2010

Pepsi Challenge

Vote Today!!!!

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Tattoo Revival will donate 100% of sales to UMW Play Lab!

August 3, 2010

Anyone interested in getting a tattoo should wait until the weekend of September 11.  On the 11th and 12th, all tattoo purchase proceeds (that’s 100%) will be donated to the UMW Play Lab by Tattoo Revival in downtown Fredericksburg!  If you have been thinking about getting one for some time, this would be a great weekend to take the plunge! Thanks to Tattoo Revival for choosing us as their non-profit this year!

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Pepsi Refresh Challenge Continues through August 31st.

August 3, 2010

Please keep voting for the UMW Play Lab on Pepsi Refresh.

Vote Today!

We need more votes to receive this grant award!

http://www.refresheverything.com/umwautismclinicplaylab Vote everyday this month!  The groups with the top 10 votes win!

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Special Thanks to the Lion’s Club and Fredericksburg Eagles!

August 3, 2010

Thanks to the Lion’s Club and Fredericksburg Eagles Ladies Axillary for their recent donation to the UMW Play Lab!

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Special Thanks to the VA Knights of Columbus!

July 24, 2010

The VA Knights of Columbus provided the UMW Autism Clinic and Play Lab approximately $20,000.00 to open the first Play Labs this year.  We are very thankful for their support and generous contribution to our program.  The Knights of Columbus KOVAR grant funds programs which support individuals with intellectual disabilities and we will be working with children with intellectual disabilities,autism, and related developmental disabilities in the Play Lab as part of this grant award!

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How can I get my child enrolled in UMW’s Play Lab?

July 22, 2010

The university is currently on break in between semesters. Dr. Myers is working on the application and criteria during this time. In August, information will be sent out to interested families that includes the application, criteria, and other information.  From August until October, UMW students will be trained in research-based strategies to work with children enrolled in Play Lab.  They will also design the activities we do and a training component for families.  In October, Play Lab will start.  The number of children who are accepted will depend on the amount of financial support we have received from grants and the number of UMW students enrolled in the course as volunteers.There will be a cost to the Play Lab and parents MUST participate in the parent sessions.  We are trying to keep the costs as low as possible, but that is also contingent upon our grant funding.  Please note that every semester we anticipate running Play Lab, we will be changing the focus or theme of the Play Lab to hopefully meet the needs of a greater variety of children in our region. If your child does not meet the criteria for the first Play Lab there will be more to come!

What we need from interested parents at this time is to vote for the Pepsi Refresh grant and to make sure we have their email entered into our system so that you will receive our announcements. Parents will need to check back on this blog site for more information closer to August.  We do not need requests from doctors, sample IEP’s, etc. at this time. 

We are currently working on writing grants, developing the application and Play Lab criteria for the first session and will be back in touch in August. We do know that we are looking for children with intellectual disabilities, autism, developmental delays, and sensory processing issues such as ADHD.  We also anticipate having typicallly developing peers as part of the process.  We are very excited to get Play Lab up and running and to be working with your children!

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UMW Play Lab Article in Freelance Star!

July 22, 2010

The University of Mary Washington will begin accepting applications at the end of August for a new program to help children with autism.

The school recently received a $20,000 grant from the Virginia Knights of Columbus to establish a “Play Lab,” where UMW students will work with children with autism and related disabilities.

Nicole Myers, associate professor of education, is also seeking a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, which awards $1.3 million every month to “fund great ideas.”

Myers said she plans to use the money for therapy and sensory supplies, and partial scholarships for children with autism.

“All of the research that we did to develop the Play Lab is demonstrating the intense need for these types of services, and we just need the community to get on board and keep voting every day,” Myers said.

The Play Lab will focus on social, behavioral, sensory and communication skills.

People can vote online for UMW’s grant proposal until the end of July at: refreshev erything.com/umwautism clinicplaylab.

The top 10 vote-getters will receive $25,000; the Play Lab was ranked No. 55 as of yesterday afternoon.

The Play Lab will open once a week starting in mid-October at Helping Hands Inc.’s location in southern Stafford County.

Lisa Worcester, who owns the pediatric therapy center, is providing five classrooms and a small gym for free.

“The majority of our clientele are children with autism,” she said. “We see the need for parental support and for the children to participate in a positive environment.”

UMW students and others taking an autism course–which will be offered every semester–will oversee the Play Lab under faculty supervision. They’ll also train parents in strategies to use at home.

So far, eight students have signed up for the class. Myers said the Play Lab will be able to serve up to 30 children with autism.

“We’re going to train a whole lot of teachers and a whole lot of parents in best practices, and we’re going to provide the intervention that’s really needed in this area,” Myers said.

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Read originial ==>> Fredericksburg.com – Aiding children with autism http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/072010/07222010/563278#ixzz0uQJ7gbCz

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UMW Autism Clinic and Play Lab needs votes on Pepsi Refresh!

July 21, 2010

The University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) has recently been approved to participate in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. This program allows individuals and groups to write grant proposals. If they are selected,individuals will have a month to vote on them and the top grants are awarded. We have written a grant that would allow us to receive 25,000.00 in funds to support the development and continuation of The UMW Autism (and related disabilities) Clinic and UMW Play Lab if we are chosen as one of the top winners. In fact 85% of the students who will be participating will also have intellectual disability as a diagnosis.  The UMW Autism Clinic and Play Lab are managed through The Mary Washington Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The UMW Autism Clinic and UMW Play Lab will provide much needed autism (ID,ADHD, SPD) resources to an area that does not have many resources. The Play Lab allows university students (future teachers) to learn how to work with children with autism and related disabilities (under faculty supervision) and to train their parents in strategies that they can use at home.

Please support this worthwhile cause! We are currently ranked #72, but we need to be in the top 5 in order to be funded. Pepsi allows individuals to register (with a user name and password only). Then every day you can get onto the PepsiRefresh site and vote for the UMW Autism Clinic and 9 other grant proposals. Youcan find our project by searching in the 25,000.00 range and Education, or thereis a tab at the top that allows you to click on “those near you” if you are in the Fredericksburg area. After you have voted once, you can easily click the tab at the top for “ideas you support.” We suggest that you keep this email as a reminder in your inbox so that you can remember to vote every day or as often as you are on email.

Please help us make a difference in the lives of children with ASD and related disabilities! Go to:

http://www.refresheverything.com/umwautismclinicplaylab

to sign up and vote each day this month for The UMW Play Lab!

Please share with any support groups, individuals, church groups, etc. who might be interested in getting better services in our local area! You have permission to place this email on your websites.

Thank you,
N. Myers

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