The Birchtree Center was delighted to host musician Randy Armstrong as our Artist in Residence this winter and spring. During monthly visits to Birchtree, Randy offered hands-lessons in world music and percussion to small groups of students. Students learned drumming patterns from Liberia, Ghana, and other countries and got the opportunity to play and hear instruments from across five continents.. On May 11, Randy led students and staff in a drumming performance at our Spring Open House. Continue reading
Birchtree’s students, families, staff, board, and friends commemorated Autism Awareness Month this April with Active & Aware: A Fitness Challenge for Autism Awareness Month. All participants set a personal health or fitness goal to pursue that month. Some walked, some ran, some biked, some did yoga or meditation, some played basketball, some lifted weights, and some ate their vegetables! Students and staff also enjoyed trying a variety fitness activities at school and in the community. Continue reading
Join Birchtree’s autism experts for a series of admission-free programs in 2016-17! At our Autism Q&As, parents, guardians and caregivers can ask their questions on the specified topic. We’ll start with a brief presentation, followed by questions and discussion. At our Autism Workshops, para-educators, childcare providers and direct service providers can get practical tips for working with children with autism. Reservations are suggested; register here.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and the perfect time to jump start your health and fitness goals! Set a personal health/fitness goal for the month of April. You can participate as an individual or team up with family and friends to pursue a group goal. Spread the word and encourage your family and friends to support your efforts by donating to Birchtree. All proceeds go to Birchtree’s Student Support Fund, which underwrites essential educational and therapeutic equipment, supplies and services for students with autism–as well as admission-free Autism Q&A Sessions for families. To join or donate, click here.
Daily exercise is important for all children – but it’s especially critical for children and youth with autism. That’s why students at The Birchtree Center’s school in Newington will once again participate in “Active and Aware: A Fitness Challenge for Autism Awareness Month” this April. The nonprofit’s special educational day school serves students with autism from 22 public school districts in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.