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University of Mary Washington is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Play Lab, titled “Science and Social Skills.”

Applicants should have some verbal skills and be between the ages of 5-12 to participate. UMW is looking for children with diagnoses such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other/ Multiple Disabilities.  

Fall 2014 Play Lab 

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your interest in UMW’s Play Lab.  Play Lab will again be directed by Dr. Nicole Myers from UMW and run by students enrolled in UMW’s teacher education programs.  We meet at Fairview at River Club in Fredericksburg on Tuesdays, from 6:00-7:15 p.m. Play Lab costs $100.00 per child. Scholarships are available. Because Play Lab is part of the teacher education program, all participants must be available for ALL Play Lab sessions and parents MUST agree to attend an information session at the end of the semester, where each participant’s progress is individually reviewed and parents receive resource binders to help their child at home, school, and in the community.  We are proud of the feedback we are receiving on the parent resource binders and have heard from several families who have used the data and resources at school IEP meetings.  In order for your child to benefit most from Play Lab, they need to be present every week to work with their assigned teacher and we need parents to attend the Parent Information Session.       

This fall’s theme is “Science and Social Skills.” Play Lab received a grant from UMW, which provided cubelets and snap circuits (see: http://www.modrobotics.com/cubelets). Play Lab participants will use legos, cubelet robots, and snap circuits (and their social skills) while participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-related activities.  We will also focus on social flexibility and will incorporate lessons from Unstuck and on Target! An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility.  We are looking for participants ages 5-12 with diagnoses such as: Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorders who could benefit from instruction in flexibility and who may struggle with issues related to rigid thinking.  Some verbal skills are necessary for this Play Lab session.  

We invite you to submit an application for your child to participate in the Fall 2014 Play Lab by Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Space will be limited due to UMW student enrollment and applications will be reviewed by a committee.  Not all qualifying children may be able to participate, however a waitlist will be maintained.  Parents must commit to attend the Parent Information Session that their child will participate in all sessions and all application materials must be turned in by the deadline in order for applications to be reviewed. Failure to not attend all sessions or participate in the Parent Information Session may prevent a family from participating in future Play Lab sessions.  Do not send the application fee until you have been notified that your child has been selected to participate. Due to program design, failure to attend all sessions may prevent a family from participating in future Play Labs. 

Please review the list below to determine if your child/family meets the criteria for participation.  

Feel free to contact us with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-286-8026.    

Criteria:

Child with verbal language skills ages 5-12 with a diagnosis of developmental disability (ID, ASD, SPD, ADHD, etc.)

Child would benefit from Unstuck and On Target program. You can read about this curriculum on amazon.com. 

Copy of Individualized Education Plan and application received by September 10, 2014.   

Child available for Play Lab on Tuesdays from 10/21-11/18 from 6-7:15 p.m.

Parent must be available for Play Lab Information Session on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 held at UMW. (More details to follow) 

Tuition payment of $100.00 must be received by due date in order to participate.  (Depending on grant funding, scholarships may be available for families with demonstrated financial need).

Completed applications may be mailed or emailed to Dr. Nicole Myers, UMW, 121 University Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

 

We look forward to working with your child!

 

Nicole Myers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education

Director, UMW Autism Clinic and UMW Play Lab

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