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Fred Finch CARES August Newsletter

What’s Going on at Fred Finch CARES this Month?

Join us for an interactive discussion about the realities of COVID-19 for caregivers of children with special needs. Fred Finch CARES would like to hear what the biggest struggles for your families have been so we might find ways to support your child better!

Date: 8/25/2020

Time: 6:30-7:30

Meeting ID: 977 0213 6205

Passcode: 155250

Helpful Resources and Ideas for Parents

Applied Behavior Analysis- ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of the most effective services for children with autism and developmental disabilities and has been applied for decades. ABA is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. However, caregivers and family members might not always understand or realize everything that ABA entails. Relias does a good job of unpacking some common myths about ABA here.

ABA is one of the many high-quality services that Fred Finch CARES provides to children with autism and developmental disabilities, of all ages. This type of therapy aims to increase desired behaviors in all areas of development while decreasing harmful behaviors. CARES clinicians have been steadfast through COVID-19, continuing to provide ABA when possible during shelter-in-place regulations to supporting families during these tough times.

Summertime Fun!!

Even though many summer activities have been nixed by the persistence of coronavirus, there are still a few more warm months to enjoy before fall kicks in!

Pool Safety

For little ones with developmental delays who are comfortable in the water, swimming can offer one of the best ways to get some energy out, some exercise in, and provide excellent sensory experiences. Always make sure your pool is supervised! Water accidents and drowning are always risky for kids, no matter how strong they are at swimming, and children with developmental delays may be particularly at-risk. Autism Journey has some great pool safety tips online here.

Outdoor Water with Bubbles

You do not need a full-sized pool to have fun! Many children with autism or developmental delays are drawn to water and find the experience of being in and around water truly soothing.

Your kids may enjoy kiddie pools, especially when they are full of bubbles! Mix some bubble bath in with the chilly water for a refreshing and fun afternoon!

Supporting Children with Autism During Back-to-School Season. Wear that Mask!

Having a hard time selling mask wearing to your kiddo? Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Autism Blog has a small dose of music therapy for guidance!

Setting Routines

Whether your kids are headed back to school in-person or will be returning to virtual learning, setting routines can be very helpful for most children. Not everything in their day must be scheduled, but having clear expectations is certainly vital. As always, the most important part is tailoring routines to what will work best for your child. Here’s some tips about how to successfully set routines in your home.

Did you know?

Fred Finch CARES offers services in four counties in Southern California- San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and Orange County. Services include ABA and a variety of Mental Health services.

For more information about Fred Finch CARES, or to inquire about our services, please visit our website:


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