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xMindsWire December 2019

xMinds Hosts Two Events This Month!

Bowling Outing for xMinds Families
Come out of the cold this Saturday, December 7 for an afternoon of bowling.
Bowl America in Gaithersburg doesn’t call their venue “sensory-friendly,” but we’ve found it does keep its music and lights low – perfect for our kids. Join us from 3 to 5pm on Dec. 7. Get all the details and register here.

Are you concerned about your child's use of the Internet and social media?
Please join us on Tuesday, December 17 for an evening with dynamic speaker Barbara Huth from Common Sense.
Barbara will address parents’ biggest concerns  -- like managing screen time, social media, cyberbullying and more. Barbara will provide the latest research as well as practical tips for parents so we can better understand and communicate with our kids about their digital lives. Get all the details and register here.

See these events and other autism-friendly community events by visiting the xMinds calendar.

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Remember xMinds on #GivingTuesday (that's today)!
Your contributions are what make it possible for us to provide resources and assistance to parents and teachers so our extraordinary kids get the support they need at school! Starting at 8 am on Tuesday, December 3, Facebook will match every dollar donated to our #GivingTuesday campaign on its platform until its matching grants run out.  Don't worry if you miss the window, you can still donate at the xMinds website

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Upcoming xMinds Events

Saturday, Dec. 7; 3 - 5 p.m.
Bowling with xMinds Families
See details and register here.

Tuesday, Dec. 17; 7 - 9 p.m.
Plugged-in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age
See details and register here.

Spotlight on Professional Members

xMinds usually publishes information about our new and renewing professional member service providers here in the xMindsWire. This month, xMinds is happy to point you to a free podcast in which two xMinds professional members, Sarah Wayland and Rebecca Resnik participated. You can find their podcast "What is the difference between a diploma and a certificate program in high school," sponsored by the University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium here.

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