Free Webinars

The ABLE Center is pleased to host a free online webinar. Kim Pomares, Developer of Mendability, and Dr. Jennifer Huffman, Developmental Neuropsychologist/Owner of The ABLE Center, will present a free webinar entitled, "How to use smell and touch to prime your child's brain for therapy." 

For those of you close to The ABLE Center, Anne Totheroh, SLP, and Dr. Huffman will be in clinic to discuss aromatherapy and sensory enrichment with children with autism spectrum. Space in clinic is limited; therefore, please RSVP to ensure availability. 

Click on the link below to register for this free webinar.

Other webinars:

llinois Autism Training and Technical assistance Project

March 21

Behavior Series, part 3:  Change the Environment, Change the Behavior

Parents will learn the skills such as sensory modulation controls, rewards, visuals, environmental organizations to reinforce, stop or deter their child's behavior.

4:30pm -6:30pm

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March 22

Transitions Happen Every Year

Each year our children transition. Those transitions may include new team members, new buildings, and new environments.   This session will explain how to utilize a variety of tools to help smooth the yearly transitions.

10:00am -12:00 noon

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April 2

Autism’s Seven Considerations for Your Child’s IEP

The 7 Autism Considerations, part of the IL School Code, should be included in all IEPs.   This session will discuss the language, what is included and how to collaborate with the school team to include in your annual IEP.

4:00pm -6:00pm

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April 5

How To Plan A Person Centered IEP - Discussion

Review of the changes made in regards to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these changes may affect the education of person with ASD.

10:00am -12:00 noon

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April 9

Behavior Module 1: Why Do They Do That?

Understand what behavior is, the possible causes and responses to your child's behaviors in the home.

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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April 10

Independence In the Home

When systems are established they help motivate, create structure and enables your person with ASD to be successful.  

11:00am – 1:00pm

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April 16

More Than A Label: Autism Basics One Parent to Another

 This interactive discussion is reflective of the challenges, fears and dreams of raising a person with ASD.  A panel of parents will be sharing their top strategies and tips.

6:00pm – 8:00pm

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April 18

DSM-V & What That Means to Autism

Review of the changes made In regards to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these changes may affect the education of persons with ASD.

11:00am – 1:00pm

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April 23

Behavior Module Part 2: Breaking the Behavior Cycle

Learn the impact of our behaviors reinforce, contribute, reshape and can prevent your child's behavior.   Skills presented: positive reinforcement, ignoring, reinforcement and clear communication help to reinforce, stop or deter your child's behavior and other techniques

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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April 26 When Do You Tell Them About Their Diagnosis? Determining when and if to tell your child they have Autism is tricky.  Knowing your child ,who can help support you, and tips to prepare when the time does come is important for parents. 10:00am – 12:00 noon Click Here


Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

SSID Bowling Night

SSID is having a Bowling Night, Sunday, March 30th, from 4:00p - 6:30p at Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center.

Please send your child with $10 for bowling and food! Parents are welcome to stay or drop off kids.

Please RSVP to Marleee at [email protected].

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Autism McLean Basketball Camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
Autism McLean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Every Monday from 3/10/2014 - 4/21/2014 (except 3/24), 6:30p - 7:30p
  • When: Northpoint Elementary, 2602 E. College, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Registration fee: $10
  • Registration + t-shirt: $20
  • Contact: Autism McLean Sports Director

Please register here:

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid who wants to be there. As long as they want to play, they are welcome to join us.

Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who plays a sport. This means, of course, uniforms, practice, frustration, achievement, daydreaming, running, sharing, communicating, bonding, teamwork, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

Parents can help coach (which really means play and share the experience)

We look forward to seeing you there, and watching our kids succeed!

Northpoint Elementary, 2602 E. College, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10-20 per child

iCan Bike Program

Autism Society Members,
Attached is a brochure and registration form for the Easter Seals iCan Bike program. The purpose of this program is to help children ages 8+ to learn how to ride a traditional two-wheel bicycle without training wheels.

We will be hosting this program from July 7-11, 2014 at the Army National Guard gymnasium in Bloomington. We invite children with a developmental delay or disability to attend this exciting program. Children will attend a 75-minute daily session for 5 consecutive days. We have trained staff and adaptive equipment that helps children learn how to ride at their own pace.

We are looking forward to a fun-filled week of camp this summer. I hope you can join me! If you have any questions, I would be happy to discuss this program with you over the phone. You can contact me at 309-686-1177 x5230 or by email at [email protected].
Kind Regards,

Tara Wellenreiter, Easter Seals Peoria-Bloomington iCan Bike Camp Director

Army National Guard, 1616 S. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61701
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm

We Can Make Music Too! A Concert for Children with Disabilities

Dr. Kimberly McCord of ISU and her class, Music for the Exceptional Child, will be presenting a concert on March 23 and is inviting all children and their families. A instrument petting zoo will start at 1:30p with the concert to follow at 2:00p.

Children can participate by by singing, playing instruments, or dancing. The setting will be very informal and will be inclusive of children with sensory sensitivity and hearing loss. Children are encouraged to come and be themselves!
For more information contact Dr. Kimberly McCord, [email protected], 309-438-3365.

Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois State University
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 1:30pm

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Tuesday, April 1st (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to ASMC. Please mention ASMC or bring in the attached flyer.

Noodles has been a great supporter of ASMC and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!

Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

The Lego Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

ASMC is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of The Lego Movie. The lights are brought up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

Download the attached coloring pages for the kids. Color them, scan them, and then email us (or give them to us at the movie) and we'll post them on our Facebook page.
We will also be giving away two lego sets, one for a girl and one for a boy. The kids will be handed a ticket when they arrive.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:30 AM.

All families who have children and adults with autism welcome. 

The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members. Learn more about joining ASMC as a member.

Please register here:

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:30am
The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members

Spectrum Dance - For Children with Autism

We are pleased to announce our first dance class for individuals with autism!

A hands-on approach encouraging social interactions, fun, and exercise through music and movement.

Both boys and girls are welcome. Ages 5+

$10 covers all four classes and includes a t-shirt and bracelet.

Please register here:

Jazzercize, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
$10 per child for the four week session

ASMC Parent Support Cafe - February

Cafe's are for parents of children with ASD, learning difference, and other special needs. Come join other family members to share your knowledge and problem solve through round table discussions. This month's topic: open discussion.

Childcare provided by ISU's SSID at Skill Sprouts. Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

RSVP to Jacquie via email or at 309-824-4555 so as to ensure proper coverage.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, Conference Room 104 (between TAP and Skill Sprouts)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for ASMC. There will be pizza, games and crafts! All ages are welcome! 

Please RSVP by 2/10/14 to [email protected].

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


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