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The Courageous Kids Climbing Posse

The Courageous Kids Climbing Posse

The Courageous Kids Climbing posse is returning to Boise on Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 am until noon at Wings Center.  Please fill out the registration packet so that you can sign up your courageous climber to come and hang out with us!  Because our events are starting to fill up. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

Download Registration Packet Here

 

2018 Treasure Valley iCan Shine Bike Camp!

2018 Treasure Valley iCan Shine Bike Camp!

Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association
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After a break in 2017, TVDSA is excited to announce that we, in partnership with the iCan Shine Team, are bringing the iCan Bike Camp back to the Treasure Valley!

The Treasure Valley iCan Bike Camp is a five-day program that teaches people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. Riders must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Registration is now OPEN and will close when all spots are full or by May 15th. Participation is limited to 40 riders and registration is first come, first serve so register now at www.icanshine.org/boise-id/ or contact tvicanbike@idahodownsyndrome.org. Visit our website for information about volunteer opportunities!

Download the iCan Bike Camp Flyer for more information.

When:
June 11-15th

Where:
Homecourt YMCA
936 Taylor Ave
Meridian, ID

Cost:
First time participants:
$149.00 for current TVDSA Members
$199.00 for Non-TVDSA Members
*Save $50 by becoming a TVDSA member for only $10!*

$25.00 discount for returning riders (individuals who attended the Treasure Valley iCan Bike Camp in 2016, 2015, or 2014)

$25.00 discount for Multiple Family Member Registration (Riders must be in the same family and household)

Run for Autism

Run For Autism!

April 21 @ 8:00 am11:00 am

Welcome to the largest annual event for the autism community in Idaho! This year we have a new date and a new location – join us on April 21st at the bandshell in Julia Davis Park.
The Run For Autism consists of a Kids’ Dash, a 2-mile Family Stroll, and a 5K fun Run on the beautiful Boise Greenbelt.

Early-bird pricing available until March 30th:

Individual = $22

Autistic individual = $7

Team (4 or more people) = $18

Child (ages 5-12) = $15; 4 and under are free

Date:
April 21
Time:
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Organizer

Autism Society Treasure Valley
Phone:
(208) 336-5676
Email:
autism.asatvc@yahoo.com
Website:
http://www.asatvc.org

Venue

Julia Davis Park
700 S Capitol Boulevard
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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Website: https://parks.cityofboise.org/parks-and-facilities/parks/julia-davis-park/

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Toys That Promote Speech and Language Skills

Teaching My Child Basic Sign Language

Time to be Thankful

Time to be Thankful

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is important to slow down our minds to reflect with a
thankful heart. Teaching children to be thankful enhances their happiness, attitude, and
increases positive behaviors. It encourages children to focus on being considerate and
appreciative. As adults, it helps us as well with all the above because we need a reminder too,
right?!

I encourage families to create a Thankful Box this holiday season. As a family come together
each night and identify what you are thankful for. This can strengthen the family attachment,
teaches mindfulness, encourages openness, and provides gratitude.

Items needed:
 Kleenex box
 Construction paper
 Markers
 Scissors
 Glue

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Caitlin Goicoechea, LCPC, NCC
Mental Health Counselor at Children’s Therapy Place

 

Join us for the 15th Annual TVDSA Buddy Walk

Join us for the 15th Annual TVDSA Buddy Walk

Event: Saturday, October 14th

​On-Site registration and will call pick up 9:00am-10:30am
Walk from Capital Park at 11:00am
Celebrate at Julia Davis Park until 2:00pm

Check out our NEW registration webpage and register online through September 30th for lowest prices at:

http://tvdsa.ezeventsolutions.com/BuddyWalk/page/Home/

TVDSA Members with Down syndrome can register for FREE!

Please email: registration@idahodownsyndrome.org for the coupon code for TVDSA members!

Live Entertainment ● Raffle ● Games ● Prizes ● Food ● Bounce Houses ● Vendor Row ● Merchandise ● Fun for ALL!

Early T-shirt pick-up will be available for those that register before September 22nd.

Date and location will be emailed to the team leaders.

Questions? Please contact: Barbara Hiler at buddywalk@idahodownsyndrome.org

Bullying, what is it?

According to American Psychological Association (2017), “Bullying is a form of aggressive
behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or
discomfort. Bully can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions”
(Bullying, para. 1).

How do we create change in an increasing bullying culture?

Some places to start:

Address it!

It is not just something that is “part of growing up”. As parents/therapists/educators it is important to understand the different forms of bullying and aggression. A child willing to talk about a situation they experienced allows an opportunity to teach them about prosocial and conflict resolution skills. This allows them to utilize those in times they feel they are being bullied.

Listen with empathy!

When we listen to children we are allowing their emotional intelligence to grow. Their concerns and thoughts are just as important as other children who may be struggling too. Positive social learning is influential.

Language is powerful!

Instead of calling a child a bully refer to them as the child who bullied. Instead of calling a child a victim, refer to them as the child who was bullied is Bullying, 2012). By telling children “that child is a bully just ignores/he” does not help create change but supports the unwanted behaviors.

Set an example!

Unfortunately, bullying is not just with children but happens in the workforce among adults too. Don’t get involved with the office gossip, invite someone to lunch, and say something positive to a coworker.

Caitlin Goicoechea, LCPC, NCC
Mental Health Counselor at Children’s Therapy Place

References:
American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association,
www.apa.org/topics/bullying/
Aspa. “What Is Bullying.” StopBullying.gov, Department of Health and Human Services, 29 Feb. 2012,
https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html

Back-to-School Tips

Back-to-School Tips

The adjustment back to school can be a little hectic for children and parents but starting school off right can
increase positive attitudes, confidence, and academic performance. Parents can help support the new adjustments
by setting a realistic schedule, decreasing procrastination, and providing a positive outlook. Here are a few tips to
make it a successful school year.

1. Good physical health. Schedule any doctor, dental, vision appointments before school starts to make sure
your child is healthy. This allows you to take care of any concerns before it becomes a stressor.

2. Be involved. Review all paperwork that is sent home, read the e-mails that are sent, and communicate
with your child on any confusion. Have weekly communication with your child’s teachers. Learn the online
grading systems that the school offers.

3. Mark the calendar. Whether it is your calendar, family calendar or your child’s, make sure everyone is
aware of important due dates, when try-outs are happening, parent/teacher conferences, or fundraiser
nights. Preparing for those events now rather than later decreases anxiety.

4. Routine. Having a set evening routine can help your child stay productive and sleep better. Choose outfits
and make lunches the night before to minimize stress in the mornings. Life does happen, especially with
more than 1 child, so freeze a couple dinners for busy nights.

5. Turn the screens off. Turning off the TV, iPad, iPod, DS, etc. 30 minutes before bed is helpful for
everyone’s sleep. This is also important in the morning too before they head off for school.

6. Everything in its place. Having a designated homework spot creates a productive/focus atmosphere. This
place should not be the bed or couch. Keep those places as the relaxing spots. Select a spot for backpacks
and lunch boxes. This helps keep the family system working smooth. This can minimize the craziness on
mornings when you are running late.

7. Talk. Children want to talk about their day too. Don’t be quick to jump to negatives. Support their
strengths and work together to improve areas that are needed. Have everyone in the family share their
highs and lows of their day at the dinner table.

8. Get them involved. Being involved in clubs, sports, or other school activities can increase our sense of
belongingness. Extra activities help with social skills, sportsmanship, and communication skills. Find the
balance so over scheduling doesn’t happen.

– Caitlin Goicoechea, LCPC, NCC
Mental Health Counselor at Children’s Therapy Place

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