IAAFEAutism community members:
Have you heard the news?
The International Autism Association for Families and Educators launched successfully this month to bridge the gap between homes and schools.  

If you haven’t joined, please check out their website, http://www.autismeducates.com/, to explore the benefits of membership.

If you stumble upon their latest newsletter, you’ll find that I’m quoted:

“The Free Worldwide Marketing that IAAFE Membership offers excites me the most.  Now, instead of families painfully searching for the opportunities their loved one need, they can find the leading programs in one place.  Now, when teachers want to seek the advice of other teachers, a world of ideas is at our fingertips.  The best thing we can do for the autism community is work together.  IAAFE provides the ideal venue for just that.”  –Kylee Frye

The IAAFE newsletter brings advice from my dear friend, Jennifer Lingle.  Jennifer is the President of The International Autism Association for Families and Educators.  She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families affected by Autism. Her weekly newsletter goes out to families throughout the world.

Jennifer Lingle will conduct a free autism parent support teleseminar at the end of the month.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity and all of the opportunities that are available through the International Autism Association for Families and Educators.

Children: the sweet creatures who beg to stay up late only to slumber in a pile of party hats long before the ball drops at midnight.  A couple of weeks into January, it’s not too late to make plans for 2013.  Turn the dreaded New Year’s Resolution into a family conversation.  Here are some ideas:

Let’s express gratitude more frequently in 2013.  Need a start:  Write thank you cards to Santa, family, and friends for holiday blessings.  Be sure to set an example by sending your own thanks.

Let’s be a healthier family this year.  It’s completely appropriate to work together as a family to build healthy habits.  Create concrete choices for little ones:  I resolve to brush my teeth every day.  I will choose to pack water instead of sugary drinks in my lunchbox.

Let’s show respect to our home.  It’s never too soon to start teaching organizational skills.  Even toddlers can sort toys or shoes.  Target resolutions that are easy to manage.  Are shoes in their place or in middle of the floor?

Young Artists New Year's Resolution Drawings at the Creative Arts Preschool

Young Artists New Year’s Resolution Drawings, Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy

My Creative Arts Preschool students created their own New Year’s resolutions after we discussed the concept in class.  It’s amazing how quickly those bright young artists understood the idea and started creating their own ideas!  One student quickly exclaimed, “I want to help people!”  Too often we underestimate the empathy children can develop if given the opportunity and genuine examples.

See these links for more ideas on how to make creating New Year’s Resolutions a family friendly function:
American Academy of Pediatrics:  Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids
PBS Parents:  Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child

December 10th, the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy hosts its first Discovery Toys “toyraiser.”  Junith Koon, Legacy Diamond Sales Director, comes to Asheville from Atlanta, Georgia for this special event.

Discovery Toys and the Creative Arts Preschool

 

What is a Discovery Toys toyraiser?


Discovery toys offers unique, award-winning, unconditionally guaranteed, educational toys, books, and games for children of all ages.  This event provides an opportunity for the Creative Arts Preschool to earn toys for the classroom.  We want our children to have the materials they need to express creativity and be successful.

Who is invited?
You are!  This event is open to the public.  Visit us December 10th, from 9:15am to 1pm, to do your holiday shopping.  Play with the products before you make your purchase decisions.  Orders placed December 10th may be purchased through cash, debit, credit, or check.

Can I preview the products before December 10th?
Sure!  Stop by the Asheville Performing Arts Academy at 210 Merrimon Avenue to see a catalog or visit junithstoys.com.

Will my order be delivered in time for the holidays?
Yes! Orders placed on December 10th will be delivered the following week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Interested in learning more about our Creative Arts Preschool?  Contact me, Kylee Frye, Director of the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy: (828) 253-4000.

October 21st, Comedy Central will be airing its fourth biennial event, “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.”  The benefit, hosted by Jon Stewart, gave $3.1 million in grants to 41 programs in 13 states in 2010. The star-studded event will premiere at 8/7c.  Don’t miss it!

Here’s a preview of Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza performing “Firework” for “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” at the Beacon Theater in New York.

About 1 in 88 children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  To support this benefit and help give people with autism the chance they deserve to reach their potential, text STARS to 50555 to make a $10 donation.  Visit Comedy Central’s website to learn more.

I know the video of Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza nearly brought me to tears.  How does autism impact your life?  If you are looking for more autism resources, consider joining the International Autism Association for Families and Educators and help bridge the gap between homes and schools.

 

The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy enters autumn ready for pumpkins, painting, and color-changing leaves.  I know this, because when I asked the students to “show me if you love fall” with a quiet raised hand, each student reached for the ceiling with both hands and jumped up and down.  Click below to get a better look of how much fun we had wrapping up the end of summer…

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It’s easy to be proud of our little artists at the Creative Arts Preschool.  Our students have been working hard on Frog Jump Capitals through the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.  It has been great to hear the students tell me how to properly write letters!  I will be attending HWT conferences on Pre-K Readiness, Writing, Literacy, & Math this weekend.  Looking forward to introducing new tools to our bright students.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Jed Baker at a conference in Raleigh, NC.  That same weekend, I enjoyed the chance to hear Neil Gaiman and other raconteurs of the Unchained Tour at Diana Wortham Theatre.  It was a wonderful experience to network with parents, professionals, and performing artists.  I am excited to bring new teaching techniques and a renewed love for storytelling to the classroom.

The Asheville Performing Arts Academy held an Open House this past weekend.  If you missed it, don’t worry!  Our programs are still enrolling!  Call us at 828.253.4000 to register for classes or schedule a tour.

The Creative Arts Preschool is open Monday-Thursday from 9:15am-1:00pm with 2-4 days per week tuition options.  Our program combines the best practices of a variety of preschool curriculum.  Students experience a balance of structured activities and dramatic play.  We believe that learning should be a fun, creative, hands-on experience.  Students in the Creative Arts Preschool may also participate in other age-appropriate programs when the preschool day is done.  Programs available to young children at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy include Ballet/Tap, Irish Dance, and Children’s Theatre.  Join us!

Want to see more?
Check out our Facebook for everything from the latest Academy news to more preschool snapshots:  Kylee Rose Frye & The Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

PS- The Creative Arts Preschool will be having its first family event of the semester in October.  Keep an eye out for Fall Festival photos!

IAAFE

The International Autism Association for Families and Educators is now available as a network for parents, caregivers, and professionals.  The announcement was made today by my dear friend, IAAFE Founder and President, Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed.  If you’ve been searching for a way to bridge the gap between homes and schools, IAAFE marks the spot.

I met Jennifer Lingle, also Founder and Director of our company, Autism Consulting and Training, Inc., while working with children in Asheville on the autism spectrum.  It has been an honor to work with such a sought after skilled professional.  I know that Jennifer dedicates herself to improving the quality of life of families and educators affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have no doubts that the International Autism Association for Families and Educators is going to bring people together in a way that truly shapes lives.  IAAFE will have a positive impact on the autism community worldwide.

International Autism Association for Families and Educators members receive valuable tools and training as a part of joining this interactive network.  To learn more, visit their website:  International Autism Association for Families and Educators.  Join now!

Also available from IAAFE: Free ebook, Visual Tools for Homes and Schools.

 

The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy opened it’s first school year at the Academy’s new 210 Merrimon Avenue with great success!  The preschool students’ jumped with excitement at the sight of their new classroom.

Check out our newsletter full of pictures recapping the first week of classes at the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy!

Creative Arts Preschool Newsletter, Asheville Performing Arts Academy

This week I discussed a lot of information about our Creative Arts Preschool with people in the Asheville community.  Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions:

What ages do you accept in your preschool program?
We accept children 2-5 years old.

Does your school accept children with special needs?
Yes.  The Creative Arts Preschool accepts any child whose needs can be met through our program, provided that there is space available.  We allow therapists and special education specialists to come into our preschool to work one-on-one and in small groups with your child.  If your child is accepted into our preschool program, you can talk with me, Kylee Frye, Creative Arts Preschool Director, about what arrangements can be made to best meet your child’s needs.  I am also trained and experienced in working with exceptional children, including children with autism and other special needs.

Is it too late to register for the 2012-2013 school year?
No.  The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy practices continuous enrollment.  We are always accepting applications.  Feel free to call the Academy at 828.253.4000 to inquire about Creative Arts Preschool openings and to schedule a tour.

It’s always such a treat to get to work with creative children.  I’m looking forward to another great year of preschool!

Friends, join my excitement as I start the fall semester with a new title: Kylee Frye, Creative Arts Preschool Director at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. I am honored to have this opportunity to foster a positive and creative learning environment for Asheville’s most curious students.  This is the Creative Arts Preschool’s first school year in the Academy’s new 210 Merrimon Avenue location.  What fun, setting up our new classrooms and developing fresh curriculum!  We welcome you to call and schedule an appointment to tour our Academy.

Kylee Frye, Preschool Director

Kylee Rose Frye & Asheville Performing Arts Academy Owner, Heather Gallagher, with student. Creative Arts Preschool 2012 Trolley Tour and Splasheville Field Trip.

The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy encourages each student to discover the joy of learning.  Our little artists experience dramatic play, story theatre, science, language, math, music, and dance.  We combine age-appropriate activities from a variety of high-quality programs, including Kindermusik and Handwriting Without Tears.  The Asheville Performing Arts Academy strives to help each artist, no matter how small, realize his or her fullest potential.

The 2012 Fall Semester starts the day after Labor Day, September 4th.  We currently offer ongoing enrollment and invite you to apply for a place in our program.  The Creative Arts Preschool accepts students ages two to five years.  For more information, please contact me, Kylee Frye, or call the Asheville Performing Arts Academy at 828.253.4000.

You can also learn more by visiting the Asheville Performing Arts Academy website:  Kylee Rose Frye, Creative Arts Preschool Director.

What could be better than a charity run in Asheville, NC?  Please join me in the 2012 WNC Run/Walk for Autism on Saturday, September 29th.  It’ll be a blast!  There are fun options for everyone, with a 5K competitive and non-competitive run, a 1K recreational run/walk, and a Kids’ Dash.  Not to mention the many booths you can visit!  The event will be held at UNC Asheville.  All proceeds go to support programs and services of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

To participate in the event:  Click on the following link, Kylee Frye & Team and then click: Join Our Team.
To donate:  Click on the following link, Kylee Frye’s Donation Page and enter your donation amount.

Autism Consulting and Training, Inc. Team at the WNC Run/Walk for Autism 2011

Autism Consulting and Training, Inc. Team at the 2011 WNC Run/Walk for Autism . Join us this year!

Approximately 1 in 88 children have been identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Those with an ASD average $4,110 – $6,200 in additional medical expenses.  Not including medical costs, interventions for children with an ASD cost an average of $40,000 – $60,000 per year.

Autism Society of North Carolina supports community services, vocational rehabilitation programming, supported living homes, and advocacy programs.  I hope you will join the Autism Consulting and Training, Inc. team with me and participate in the WNC Run/Walk for Autism event.  If you cannot make it, you can still show your support by sponsoring the team with an online donation.  Friends, this is a fantastic opportunity to join and help your community!

So, please, join me!

Resources:  US Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, Autism Consulting and Training, Inc., and the Autism Society of North Carolina & the WNC Run/Walk Event pages.

The Autism Society of North Carolina is an over 40 year old non-profit organization that helps over 6,000 families in NC.

It is my greatest joy to be able to work with children.  Many of my opportunities to do so come through working with Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed.  Our company, Autism Consulting and Training, Inc. will be judged by a panel for the opportunity to win a $250,000 grant if we receive 250 votes by this Saturday, June 30th.  Please support us.  It would mean so much to me to see this company receive the Mission: Small Business grant.  Most importantly, it would mean so very much to the many families we would be able to help!

It’s simple:
1) Click on this link https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
2) Click “support” to log in through Facebook.
3) Search and vote for “Autism Consulting and Training, Inc.”

Kylee Rose Frye

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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