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Our mid-winter break is fast approaching, and we are excited to share some updates with you this month as we inch closer to the end of the year. As you safely gather to spend quality time with family and loved ones, we want to hear about any fun fall favorites or moments that bring a smile to your face. We enjoy hearing from our Easterseals families and welcome any updates you want to share. Be sure to send them our way at [email protected].

Early Intervention (EI)

Services continue to be provided in person, via telehealth, and as a hybrid of both telehealth and in person, based on preference. Please remember to review page 2 of these Wellness Questions from state guidelines prior to attending any in-person sessions. A quick wellness check ensures that everyone stays safe and allows us to also be more mindful as we enter cold and flu season.

If you have any out-of-state travel plans for this upcoming

holiday season, please remember that our EI services can only be provided while you are in-state (this includes telehealth).

Please contact your provider or Care Coordinator to schedule sessions for before or after travel plans.

The EI program would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our participant families for your partnership during a year that has been filled with many changes. We’re grateful for the continued opportunity to serve your families and support your child’s growth and learning.

Home and Community-Based Services

We continue to increase capacity in our group programs and expand group sizes where possible. Both participants and staff are excited to see one another in-person (and safely) again! We’ll be sure to share information regarding increased capacity for our sessions as it becomes available.

This year for Halloween our participants at our Maui location had a blast celebrating with costumes, candy and one another. Check out these great photos of

participants Danielle, Eli and Tahty absolutely rocking their costumes!

A picture of Tahty from the Maui program. This is Danielle from the Maui program. She is dressed as a Hawaiian princess. A picture of Eli from the Maui Program dressed as an Incredible for Halloween.

Good things are on the horizon for 2022! We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand-new respite program, in partnership with Ewa Village Group Home, designed to provide our caregivers with opportunities to recharge and do the things that are important for their well-being, outside of the care they provide for their loved ones. We look forward to providing this important service and will let you know as soon as more details are available.

Autism Services

This month we’re focused on learning about gratitude and all the benefits this practice can have in the lives of both children and adults. Unlike the “happy, sad, scared and mad” feelings we teach children to label and manage, being “grateful” is a bit more complicated. If, when, how and how much gratitude we personally experience varies from day to day and attitudes about gratitude depend on each individual’s perspective on the matter. According to the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North

Carolina, that’s because there are four key skills involved in the experience of
genuine gratitude which are: Notice, Think, Feel, and Do.

  • Notice and name what you are thankful for
  • Consider your thoughts about receiving an object or experience
  • Acknowledge what you feel about what you’ve been given
  • Lastly, what actions do we do to show appreciation for what we receive?

Research suggests that older children and adults are more likely to have these skills and spontaneously experience gratitude. But, younger children and children who lack developmental cognitive skills may need to practice each piece of the gratitude process. We can support our children with autism as they learn to experience what it means to be grateful. Here’s some ideas to try:

  • Help your child notice and name what they have been given. Dinner time or bedtime routines can include simple question like, “Can you name one good thing happened today?” or “What did you do today that was fun?” or “Did you get something you liked today?”
  • Ask or suggest why the child received something—“Grandma baked you those cookies because she loves you” or “Your teacher gave you a star because you worked so hard” or “I wanted us to play a game together because I knew it would make you happy”.
  • Help your child label feelings after or during an experience. Model connecting actions with a feeling by saying thank you for things—“Thank you for that hug. It makes me feel so happy!”
  • Prompt your child to share their gratitude verbally, write a note, or give gifts and experiences in return.

ESH Office Closures

All Easterseals Hawaii offices and services will be closed in observance of the holidays below.

  • Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th in observance of
    mid-winter break
  • Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st in observance of
    winter break.

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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