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.
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.
On November 23, students and staff gathered for a Practice Thanksgiving feast. Students and staff worked together that morning to cook the food and craft the decorations. Before the meal, three students presented a speech on “What We Are Thankful For.” Then we all sat down to enjoy the meal. It was a delicious opportunity for our students to reacquaint themselves with Thanksgiving foods and customs and to prepare for holiday celebrations with their families. Thanks to all the generous donors who made the feast possible! Continue reading
On November 5th, more than 200 guests gathered to enjoy live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, and desserts during Birchtree’s fifth-annual Benefit for Learning Auction at the Regatta Room in Eliot, Maine. The event brought in over $36,000 in support of The Birchtree Center’s autism programs. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Birchtree’s best auction ever!