Session #9 Friday, June 28

Hi Parents,

Hard to believe, but here we are at the last day of the group for your kids. Today is very similar to our first day of the program and this occurs for several reasons. First, at this point the group has “gelled” and we want to provide maximal, sustained opportunities for them to interact socially while we address the most significant target behaviors we have observed over the course of sessions. To that end, the day is somewhat fluid and dynamic. However, this is what has been planned.

Our first priority will be to complete the animation project, and that will likely take 1-2 hours during the day. We will likely spend about an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. We also plan to visit a nearby park (Encino Park) for more organized play using Frisbees, balls and paddles, plus other equipment we will bring in addition to the existing playground structures. On the way there, the students will stop at Dunkin Donuts for a morning snack, however this time they will be able to order and make their own choices, with a few restrictions (no “over the top” donuts)..

Following our time at the park, we will have lunch at The Stand, a well-known popular spot near Balboa and Ventura that serves hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, and other choices. Because of the active nature of the day and the fact they are having sweets at other times, it will be a “water day” for lunch.

We will return to the office in the early afternoon and complete the animation. Following this, we will engage the students in group discussion about what they found useful about the program, what they felt could be improved, and how much progress they felt they made personally. We will also give them a structured survey to complete, rating the program.

There will be an afternoon snack, to be determined, but most likely at Gelsons one last time. There will likely include a special small dessert, such as fresh cookies from their bakery. Finally it will be time for the second raffle of the group, where students will win one or two prizes. Finally, we will pass out certificates of completion for all group members.

As you are aware, there are still two parent meetings to attend. Following group, you will receive a parent survey to complete. For any family that wishes to have their child participate in our school year program that runs from October to May, you have priority over other interested families by indicating your interest at the end of the survey. Whether you plan to return or not, it is essential that you complete both the survey and a follow-up version of Rapid Screener®.

It has been a pleasure working with your children and the majority of parents have been highly involved in attending parent meetings, completing the online course (which you will have access to following the program), and communicating via email.