xMinds is working hard to reach families all along the autism spectrum. Check out this month's speaker event about Alternate Learning Outcomes (ALO).

xMindsWire February 2020

xMinds Across the Spectrum

Academics We Can Use:  Making the Most of the Alternate Learning Outcomes ("ALO") Curriculum
Educational therapist Jean Hickey will lead an engaging and practical workshop designed for parents of elementary or middle school students who are on the certificate track in MCPS. Jean will identify key concepts in the ALO curriculum that have important practical applications, then provide you with ideas, techniques and materials for you to make those concepts relevant and meaningful to your child. By exploring with your child the real-world applications of concepts taught in the classroom, you will help your child move closer to mastering important life skills while also deepening your child’s understanding and interest in classroom academics. Get all the details and register here.

Save the date for the 12th annual xMinds in MCPS Forum
Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 18 for our annual Forum.
Our annual “Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum” is an evening dedicated to informing MCPS parents about the placements and services available in MCPS for students across the autism spectrum. This year we're offering some new exciting topics such as Functional Communication Plans, Resources and Funding Opportunities, and a parent panel on the Alternate Learning Outcomes Curriculum. Take a look at all our  breakout session topics at the xMinds website. Registration will be opening soon!

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

xMinds News

Check out the xMinds Summer Camp Guide
Can you believe that it's time to register your kids for summer camp already? Many xMinds Professional Members offer summer camps perfect for kids on the spectrum. We've updated our website with this year's dates and listed other camps that parents have recommended. See the Summer Camp Guide for more information.

What is the Kirwan Commission?

On January 26, xMinds members and other stakeholders gathered in the living room of Katie Smeltz, long-time xMinds member and Kirwan Fellow, to learn more about the Kirwan Commission's recommendations (also known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future). Among other initiatives, the Kirwan Commission calls for increasing teacher pay and licensing requirements, offering universal preschool, and increasing per-pupil funding for students with a disability. Mark Korman, member of the Maryland House of Delegates, presented an overview of the Blueprint and its potential impact on the budget. Linsey Malig-Mayhew of Strong Schools Maryland provided advocacy opportunities and urged people to "seize a once in a generation opportunity to build a world-class education system" here in Maryladnd. For more information about the Kirwan Commission, please visit  www.strongschoolsmaryland.org.

Former SEAC Co-Chair, Julie Reiley, joins the xMinds Advisory Council

Julie Reiley, Former Co-Chair Montgomery County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Special Education Committee of Montgomery County Council of PTAs graciously accepted the Board of Director's invitation to join the xMinds Advisory Council. Please join us in welcoming Julie!

Need Some Advice? Ask the xMinds Volunteer Advocacy Team...

Since the xMinds Volunteer Advocacy Team began, they've helped 14 parents. Our team of 6 volunteers offers valuable advice to parents and connects them with the resources they need. Get all the details at our website.

Upcoming Community Events

Check the xMinds Calendar!

All xMinds, professional member, and other autism-related free community events (including MCPS workshops) are now published in the xMinds calendar.

Upcoming xMinds Events

Wednesday, Feb. 26; 7 - 9 p.m.
Academics We Can Use: Making the Most of the ALO Curriculum
See details and register here.

Wednesday, March 18; 6 - 9 p.m.
xMinds in MCPS Forum
See details here.

Jean Hickey Leads Our January 11, 2020

Make - n - Take Workshop

Spotlight on Professional Members

As a benefit to both our families and professional members, xMinds publishes information about our professional member service providers here in the xMindsWire as well as in a Professional Member Services Directory on our website. Inclusion in the directory is voluntary and does not constitute our endorsement. This month, xMinds is happy to welcome the following renewing members:

Suzanne Keith Blattner and Associates

10605 Concord Street, Suite 102, Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 758-4275; https://www.suzannekeithblattner.com

Contact: Suzie Blattner, skb.edu@mac.com

Services: Educational consulting; Advocacy; Academic tutoring/coaching

Center for Assessment and Treatment

8401 Connecticut Ave., Ste. 1000, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
240-424-0184; caatonline.com
Contact: David Black, Ph.D.; dblack@caatonline.com
Services: Psychological counseling; Social skills therapy; Educational consulting; Neuropsychological testing

Center for Communication and Learning

6208 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852
301-468-9343 x2; www.ccl-md.com
Contact: Susan Abrams; susanabramsslp@gmail.com
Services: Speech/language therapy; Social skills therapy; Parent education

Notes from Our Professional Members

The Center for Assessment and Treatment still has a few openings for its Young Adults PEERS program. Check our events calendar for complete details.

Did you receive this from a friend? Subscribe Now

Facebook   Twitter   

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to read about current news stories and opportunities for advocacy. Participate in discussions in our Google Group.

Become a Member
xMinds is run entirely by parents, and all membership fees are used to further our mission. Visit our website to learn about memberships for families, educators and education students, and other professionals who work with autistic students.

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds is a 501(c)3 based in Montgomery County Maryland working to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-444-5225, email info@xMinds.org or visit xMinds.org.


Support xMinds when you Shop with Amazon Smile