December 5, 2022
APS Transition Fair 2022
Saturday, December 10, 2022: 11am – 1pm
Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
APS Transition Fair Registration Link
Next Saturday, December 10, 2022, students with disabilities who will be seeking adult services and community supports such as resources for supported and competitive employment, housing, and day programs as they transition to adulthood (and their parents/guardians) are invited to attend the APS 2022 Transition Fair. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Diane Monnig with The Arc of Northern Virginia at 11am, followed by opportunities to meet and learn more about a wide variety of community services, including:
- Supported Employment
- Competitive Employment
- Adult Services Programs
- Community Services Board
- Day Programs
- Rehabilitative Services …and more
This event is free and includes a complimentary lunch! Look forward to seeing you there!
Also this week, Arlington SEPTA will hold its monthly meeting featuring Hope Squad – on Thursday, December 8th at 7:30pm. Register online at: https://forms.gle/2QuCUpambXy8FAeN8. Additional details are provided in our Events section.
Below please find another excerpt from APS in AACtion – created by our AAC Implementation Coaches, Erin Tokajer and Daphney Denerville-Davis:
Communicating at Mealtimes
The holidays have us thinking about food, so we wanted to share some ways to encourage communication during mealtimes. Many students love food, so we often focus on requesting (eat, drink, more, want) during snack or lunch, but what about all of the other communication opportunities that can occur during mealtime? When we eat with our friends and family, we choose our food options, but then we comment on the food, describe our day, ask questions, complain about what we don’t like, give compliments, tell jokes, and more! Here are some communicative functions we can model during mealtime with children to make meaningful connections and teach language beyond requesting:
- Comment: I like, it good, that mine/your, it big/little, feel(hungry/full), have drink/that
- Protest/complain: not like, it bad, not eat that, want different
- Ask Questions: who have, who make it, it good, what in(lunchbox)
- Direct Actions: put here, get some, turn it, come si
Remember that we can talk about other topics during meals besides the food we’re eating. Think about what you talk about with your family and friends when you sit down to eat together. Register at this site: https://www.theaaccoach.com/resources to access the AAC Coach’s free downloadable modeling scripts for meals and other activities (also available in Spanish).