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Theragram #270
July 5, 2017
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Guest Writer Angie Mahoney Reports on Aloha! Your Hawaiian Luau Awaits!
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On Friday June 23rd, 2017, Karen Weihrauch and I, Angie Mahoney (author of I Can Work!), had the pleasure of attending the Fourth Annual Community Partners with CLASS, Inc. Hawaiian Luau on the stunning grounds of The Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill in North Andover, MA. This event was dedicated to celebrating the friends, families and community collaborators with CLASS, Inc. through awards, fundraising, live music and so much more!

As Karen and I pulled up to the event, we could feel that it was going to be a special evening. Immediately greeted with smiles and Hawaiian leis, both of us were eager to meet the many dedicated employees of CLASS, Inc. and enjoy this remarkable evening celebrating the community.

A few months prior to this event, I had the pleasure of connecting with Melanie Chandonnet, Clinical Director for CLASS, Inc. Melanie had expressed interest in the I Can Work! program I had developed and had begun implementing it with a group of adults in the community-based day support program. Through conversations over the next few months, Melanie shared how she saw the benefit of each module and wanted to develop access to a range of vocational materials found in I Can Work! Over the next few weeks, Melanie worked hard to create a "Fund-A-Need" proposal to help raise money to provide a range of vocational materials and proudly kicked it off at the Hawaiian celebration!

When Karen and I saw the "Fund-A-Need" board for the first time the night of the event, it took our breath away! The squares were based off of the five I Can Work! modules of Job Readiness, Clerical, Food Service, Retail and Grocery. Under each donation square was an item to purchase related to building vocational skills. We stood in awe and excitement as attendees excitedly purchased squares giddy over staplers, washing machines and bedroom sets, all while knowing it was so much more!

As the beautiful summer evening continued on, conversations of the good work so many are doing were had and dancing was enjoyed! Karen and I left the event with our hearts full and a sense of community established. We look forward to celebrating with CLASS., Inc. again next year and continuing the vocational growth for ALL individuals!

Angela Mahoney, M.Ed.

I can be reached on Facebook and the I Can Work website.

Note: The mission of CLASS, Inc. Arc of Greater Lawrence is to support, promote, and facilitate the inherent rights of individuals with disabilities to experience a life of opportunity for personal growth and active, meaningful engagement in their community. To learn more please visit www.classinc.org

Rapper Snapper Brain Storm!
Rapper Snappers
We are still accepting your creative ideas on how you use Rapper Snappers as a tool in your therapy sessions.

Keep your ideas coming! Email your original ideas with "Rapper Snappers" in the subject line to [email protected] and we will publish them in an upcoming newsletter.

Mary Beth H. submitted this suggestion: Grab 2 or 3 rapper snappers and have the student extend them and link them together into a straight line on the floor. Next have the student twist the long tube he or she has formed into a giant spiral. Have the student pick up marbles from a sand bucket and drop them one-by-one into one open end of the tube. Place the other end into another sand bucket. The marbles will pass through the long tube and end up in the second bucket.

Gearing Up for the Fall Saturday Seminar Series
The Therapro Saturday Seminar Series in Framingham, MA will return in August with a home-run Fall line-up:
Just click on the heading NEWS & EVENTS to see the Fall seminars as they are confirmed. Descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information for the Saturday talks are included.

Monthly Specials & Clearance / Overstock Bin
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All 10% off!

★ I Can Work! A Work Skills Curriculum
★ Some outdoor fun products! See our last newsletter for stories on each product:
Magicatch Set
Porcupine Ball
Squidgie Ball

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Clearance / Overstock Bin

Browse through our Clearance / Overstock Bin for some great deals on discontinued or overstocked items. We update this frequently, so check back often!

Saturday Seminar Series
All seminars are free, and are held Saturdays from 9-11 AM in our Showroom.

To check out what's coming up for our Saturday Seminar Series, just click on the News and Events Tab on our website. View past seminars and upcoming seminars, see speakers' descriptions of their seminars as well as their learning objectives. We hope that knowing what to expect from the seminar in advance will help you decide if it is one that you may wish to attend (or view on our YouTube channel).

Upcoming confirmed events:
Barbara Smith
August 26, 2017

From Flapping to Function: How to Promote Hand Skills by Meeting a Child's Sensory Needs

Speaker: Barbara Smith, MS, OTR/L

Tee Stock
September 9, 2017

Tools to Build Self Regulation: Sensory Processing and More

Speaker: Lise Gerard Faulise, MS, OTR/L, BCP

Sheila Kearney, MS, OTR/L & Julia O'Connell, PT
October 14, 2017

Syrian Boy with Bilateral Upper Limb Differences Learns to Negotiate Daily Life in America

Speakers: Sheila Kearney, MS, OTR/L & Julia O'Connell, PT

Stacey Szklut
December 2, 2017

Early Sensory and Motor Signs in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Speaker: Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L, BCP

Always check our website for the newest updated information.

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