To Whom It May Concern,
I am pleased to be contacting you in regards to a free Social Skills group that will be offered this summer at the Boys and Girls Club of Fall River to students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (this includes, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s, Autism, etc…) in the Fall River area and surrounding regions.
This opportunity is a joint effort of The Boys and Girls Club of Fall River and the consultation department of Melmark New England, an organization that works with children with developmental disabilities that includes an outreach consultation department. The consultation department has had the pleasure of working with the Boys and Girls Club of Fall River thanks to a generous grant received from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation this year in order to provide training to their staff members as well as this exciting Social Skills group.
The Social Skills group will be focusing on specific social skills that are vital in experiencing particular social interactions in a successful and meaningful way. The students will be grouped appropriately based on age and skill level. The groups will be led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and additional, trained Boys and Girls Club staff members.
The group sessions will take place once a week for 9 weeks from the end of June 2012 through to the middle of August. These 9 weeks of programming will be free to those families who are members of the Boys and Girls club. For those who are not members at this time, they can join at a minimal cost of $10.00 for the year. Included in this nominal, one-time fee is access to the social skills sessions as well as the right to use the amenities and participate in the clubs programming for an entire year.
It is our hope that this intensive programming will be a wonderful way for students to access supports and gain strategies to navigate the social world and create meaningful relationships amongst each other. Attached are two fliers explaining the programming and how to contact Melmark New England in order to take advantage of this programming series. If you are comfortable, we would greatly appreciate you sharing these flyers with parents and caregivers to whom this programming may be appropriate for their child. Please note, one flyer can be used to publicize this opportunity in the Elementary School setting and the other in the Middle and High School setting.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We are appreciative for your time and effort with this exciting opportunity.
Mia Hyman, M.Ed., BCBA
Melmark New England
Somerset PACEPO Box 133
Somerset, MA 02726