PPITT Notes

March 21, 2019

*Introductions

*Speakers:

-Will Boenig from Ascend Behavior Partners

*Help all children with Autism

*Two services: Autism Evaluations and ABA services

*Led by a licensed child psychologist/board certified behavior analyst

*Team of licensed psychologists to do diagnostic testing.  Can start at an early childhood clinic as early as possible.

*In home ABA therapists are led by a team of BCBA’s (half a dozen)

*Accredited board

*Accept all major insurances including Medicaid

*Once a referral is received, someone will respond within 24 hrs and will help triage to whomever the family needs to go to

*Strive to not have a waitlist, so a diagnostic is usually done with 4-6 weeks and the same with ABA treatment

*Would like to build a network with other agencies for all ages, but mostly work with young individuals

-Chester Deangelis from Stable Strides

* Formerly Therapeutic Riding Center, changed name because they do more than just therapeutic riding

*Locations: Downtown on 8th street, and another location 5 miles north

*Private pay is sliding scale and ranges from about $45/hr-$190/hr

*Three programs:

-Mental Health Therapy (individual (only accept Tricare right now) or group-usually agency funded).  Group sizes depending on resources . Usually 8 people in a group for $150/hr. Equine learning (ground work with the horses-leadership, social/behavioral goals….typically done by schools).  Can be done at the downtown agency.

-Riding therapies.  Hippotherapy programs (OT/PT/Speech) up to age 18 that is billed to insurance (scheduling goes through Childrens’ Hospital) and the adult hippotherapy goes through Memorial Hospital UC Health for PT only and is billed through insurance.

-Therapeutic riding.  As young as age 3 and will go as long as the child is able.  Balanced riders: 245lbs Unbalanced riders: 245lbs (preferably lighter due to safety)

**All riding therapies are only at the north location**

*PATH accredited

-Sterling Chase from DuMyon Martial Arts

*Just got a certification in Korea which was a high honor

*DuMyon is a korean word for rare and uncommon.  

*Geared exclusively for IDD, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments and some others.  They are the only one in the US who is focused specifically on these areas.

*Students have a written test every quarter and recently saw a 20% increase in scores in all students across the board.

*A lot of the people in this demographic to not want to test, but in DuMyon the only one who fails the test is the Grand Master because he wants to make sure they know that.

*90-95% of students who come into their program have an increase in confidence

*Started about 5 years ago, but 4th anniversary is next month

*Martial Arts is the art of not fighting according to Sterling

*Special Olympics has opened up Taekwondo; July will be nationals in Colorado Springs

*They pay for the uniform and registration fees for the tournament for those who qualify.

*Age ranges-as young as 2.5 year old all the way up, just call Sterling and he can evaluate

*Agency Updates/Events

-Mosaic: starting a new service line offering daily respite on the CES/SOS waivers & they are also doing The Discover the Possibilities networking event on April 8th from 11-12:30

-PASCO: April 3rd is Parents Night  5:30pm-7:30pm

-Autism Vision: Goat Patch fundraiser on April 2nd 5:00-9:00, Sensory egg hunt on April 20th at First United Methodist Church at 11:00am

-Skills Academy DP: A new Spec. Hab day program for special needs young adults.

-Therapeutic Recreation Program: Meet and Greet April 11th 6-8 at Hillside Community Center

-TRE: David is leaving in May

-Harmonized Brain Centers: Expanding into South Denver 1x/week (Mondays) on Dry Creek Road and Yosemite

-Our House: up and running in Fort Collins both day programs/employment

-CSI Financial Group: Free living wills and trust workshops: March 28th (North end of town) and April 2nd at the Fountain Library (electronic copy of flyer will be sent to PPITT email)

-Library Explorer: schedules for April-June

-Independence Center: hosting the youth leadership forum from June 29-July 3.  Opportunities for Juniors, Seniors, or transition students.

-ARC: 3/22 is ARC film festival a Stargazers Theatre (2:00pm and 7:45pm…networking hour before the 7:45 showing).  The caregiver relaxation and resources workshop (steam facials, and self care workshops). SIB workshop April 20th for siblings, and also starting a parenting group (SMILES) for kids with IDD.

-Dance coming up

-Citywise dance: May 3rd, Cinco de Mayo theme from 11:30-1:30pm

-Interagency Fair

*Tables are full

*Setup at 4

*Airforce volunteers will be there

*Will be doing professional printing

*Food will be papa johns, cookies, and water

*Speakers: TRE, DVR, ARC

*Advertising: radio spot, passed out flyers at doctors office

*Agencies who did not make it into the fair can register for a directory only slot on the ppitt.org website

*****NO MEETING NEXT MONTH