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First Someone Special Needs you Parent Group Nov 3rd

Friday Nov 3rd will be out first parent group meeting. from 10am to 11:30 am at 186 rt 537 1st floor Colts Neck NJ 07722

we are located about 500 feet west of the intersection of rt 34 and 537 ( sometimes the GPS gives the wrong address)

This will be more of a meet and greet –  Meet the moderators and get a feel of what topics are of interest to the group.

I hope everyone brings a positive outlook on the future for all our population.

Its great we have two moderator’s that grew up with SSNY and now are leaders in the industry ( bio’s below)

See you soon !  Vince

Alyssa Cantin-Giles Bio:

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, with experience providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, couples and families. I graduated from Wake Forest University, and have my Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Currently I am completing my dissertation for my PhD in Clinical Social Work at Fordham University. My experience with at-risk children and adolescents, adults and families in various settings has provided me with a strong foundation in utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to elicit change and foster growth within the individual, while maintaining a strength-based approach. Along with general mental health, I have a special interest in the field of disabilities as well as maternal health (e.g., miscarriage, IVF) and school-based concerns. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for my clients, with treatment tailored to their unique needs.
Krissy Cantin Garside bio:
I am currently an Industrial and Systems Engineering PhD student with a Biomedical Option at Virginia Tech. In pursuit of my doctoral degree, I completed my Master of Engineering degree in May 2016. I am conducting my dissertation research on pattern recognition and health monitoring in autism spectrum disorder, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and two Virginia-based grants. I am specifically researching the perspectives of caregivers of people with ASD and self-injurious behavior, and potential methods to monitor and predict this behavior. Prior to the start of my doctoral program, I graduated Wake Forest University with a double major in Physics and Psychology.  I conducted my Honors Psychology Program research on the effects of pink noise on children with autism, and I continued this research after graduation. I created and ran dance programs in the Winston-Salem community for people with ASD and Down syndrome, which originally began in Colts Neck after being heavily involved as a buddy Mr. Vincent Scanelli’s “Someone Special Needs You.

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Parent Group is almost here!

Ok Folks its finally time !

 

Our first parent group meeting its almost here!  – I would Like to make this more of a meet and greet, maybe look to the direction of where you all would like this to move in.

 

I’m very excited and proud to say, I have the commitment from two of my past Someone Special Needs you buddies to moderate the meetings ( time flies)- I have always been amazed how SSNY seemed to make a difference in the direction of our buddies lives. Alyssa and Krissy are sisters with impressive backgrounds with knowledge in the special needs community. I have attached a short bio on each of them.

 

We are leaning on a Friday October 27 day meeting – there is also a possibility of a Saturday or Sunday but I often find that its easier for parents to get away during the day during the week – we could also have a evening meeting in the future.

 

Times-  10am to 11:00am or 1-2:30pm if you could email me at my work email vincentscanelli@allstate.com

Parent Group !

with the preferred time and if you could attend that would be great

 

Thanks again

Vince

 

 

 

Alyssa Cantin-Giles Bio:

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, with experience providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, couples and families. I graduated from Wake Forest University, and have my Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Currently I am completing my dissertation for my PhD in Clinical Social Work at Fordham University. My experience with at-risk children and adolescents, adults and families in various settings has provided me with a strong foundation in utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to elicit change and foster growth within the individual, while maintaining a strength-based approach. Along with general mental health, I have a special interest in the field of disabilities as well as maternal health (e.g., miscarriage, IVF) and school-based concerns. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for my clients, with treatment tailored to their unique needs.

 

Krissy Cantin Garside bio: 

I am currently an Industrial and Systems Engineering PhD student with a Biomedical Option at Virginia Tech. In pursuit of my doctoral degree, I completed my Master of Engineering degree in May 2016. I am conducting my dissertation research on pattern recognition and health monitoring in autism spectrum disorder, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and two Virginia-based grants. I am specifically researching the perspectives of caregivers of people with ASD and self-injurious behavior, and potential methods to monitor and predict this behavior. Prior to the start of my doctoral program, I graduated Wake Forest University with a double major in Physics and Psychology.  I conducted my Honors Psychology Program research on the effects of pink noise on children with autism, and I continued this research after graduation. I created and ran dance programs in the Winston-Salem community for people with ASD and Down syndrome, which originally began in Colts Neck after being heavily involved as a buddy Mr. Vincent Scanelli’s “Someone Special Needs You.

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2017 5th Walk for Autism a success!

Our Autographs!
Taking the high ground to scope out the walk

Our 2017 walk started out a little worrisome as the sky’s seem to want to let the rain fly. However it turned out to be a great day to walk or ride ( skateboards ) The weather held out and made it a great day to come and support the group. It was great to see many new faces and this year we had the support of our local Colts Neck ROTC group. They promised to be at all our future events and were glad they considered us a worthy cause. Thank you all again and we will see you all soon!

 

The donation site is still open for all you Late Shoppers! click here   So if you like to donate but were too busy you still can!

Thanks again! Vince

 

 

 

 

The ladys get a snack before the walk – rice crispy treats were a big hit!
My dogs are barking
one team gets ready to walk!
Thank you Colts Neck ROTC ! for all your help!
Another signature on the T-shirt!
Even the dogs came out to support!
Couple of buddy’s get ready to walk
Our Signed Shirt number #5

One of our family’s that support us

one team gets ready to walk!

resting before the big walk !
getting ready for the big rush !
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Meeting Room almost ready!

Hello everyone – The Meeting Room is almost ready ! Someone Special Needs You new parent group!

The Colts Neck Agency has a large presentation / Meeting room they have just renovated and will allow us to use for our newly forming parent group for Someone Special Needs You.

Our meeting room is a large area that will allow us to have parent groups that can talk about issues and share info with each other.

I have always found that my richest information came from other parents.

 

 

Look for more information coming soon including a new host for our event!parent group autism

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Attention Buddies!!

Be a buddy! Teenagers and adults are needed to be a one-on-one companion/helper for each special needs kid. The only prerequisite is kindness! The hope is that regular monthly attendance will allow you to be assigned to the same child and build rapport with him/her as you know their levels of capability. Buddies are asked to make a commitment to at least 8 of the 10 months and be present 15 minutes before and after the children leave.

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Someone Special Needs You Christmas event Hosted by Colts Neck Insurance Agency!

Hello everyone! We wanted to thank you all for making our sponsored
Christmas event for individuals with Autism a complete success!
We gave out 45 individual – hand selected presents! Santa and Mrs. Clause came to
help distribute the gifts. Thank you again!
https://ssny.org

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Koi for Autism!

We have partnered for the last few years with Someone Special Needs You – I local nonprofit for individuals with Autism https://ssny.org. We have a 150 gal tank in the office and purchase select premium grade Koi as babies. The Koi live in a parasite free tank with high filtration utilizing ultraviolet lights. So they grow strong and healthy. Once the fish reach 8-12 inches they are sold and the money is donated to Someone Special Needs You.

We sold out this year and here is our newest patch of keepers! If you know of anyone looking for Koi please let them know about us they can be seen any business day 9-5. And prices are discounted vs retail.

 

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Disabled in the workforce


https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_304bEvH3ueZ8WyVU8yS9TU?trk=prof-sm

We have a young adult son that is severally disabled, he has Autism and has challenges that would cripple a strong man. Yet I have watched him work through those challenges and succeed. I look at Angelo and although he has limited speech and challenges that prevent him from independence with supports he achieves the unexpected.

He is currently working for a few hours in my office and a few other insurance agencies in the area scanning documents and he is completing data entry at Residency Select in Eatontown.

The Video below was part of a 40 year anniversary for the founder of Angelo’s school – it shows the success our individuals can achieve.

The reason for this post is that as business owners, be open to individuals with challenges. Even with small accommodations you will be very pleases with the outcome. Individuals like my son just need the opportunities and they not only succeed they excel, they enjoy work and look forward to it. To most it’s the highlight of the day. Self-worth is necessary for all of us especially to those with such little opportunities.

Keep an open mind and if the opportunity arises to connect with a challenged individual
– try it you will be very glad you did not only for that individual but for you.