February 2010 Staten Island Events

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There are some TERRIFIC events happening in February on Staten Island. Remember there is NO SCHOOL February 15th to February 19th for WINTER BREAK!

  • Call the GreenBelt Nature Center for the Winter Break Programs available all week from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. 718-351-3450 LINK TO CITY PARKS 

  • Call the Staten Island ZOO for information about Winter Zoo Camp Wed-Fri, February 17th to February 19th, 10:30 to 2:30p.m. 718-442-3100 WINTER ZOO CAMP

  • Groundhog Day – February 2, 2010 at the Staten Island Zoo 7a.m. Gates Open 718-442-3100 GROUNDHOG DAY See Staten Island Chuck make his prediciton at 7:30 a.m.!

  • MetLife Estate Planning Workshop on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Lentos Restaurant FREE DINNER Call Tony Calabrese 718-966-3281

  • Fathers Support Groups: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 7-9p.m. at the Page Plaza Diner at 75 Page Avenue in Tottenville AND Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 7-9p.m. at IBR 1050 Forest Hill Road RSVP (718) 494-4872.

  • Healthcare Notebook Training from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. facilitated by Annette Raia of Parent to Parent, NYS at IBR 1050 Forest Hill Road (718) 494-3462.

  • “From Slavery to Freedom” Saturday, February 13th at St. Philips Baptist Church – Professor John Hope Franklin –  3p.m. Soul Food Luncheon, 5:30 p.m. Performance. 77 Bennet Street (718) 720-8141

  • Valentine Card Workshop at Historic Richmondtown, Saturday, February 6th from 1-3 p.m. Call (718) 351-1611 ext. 281 Make a card for a resident at a Staten Island Nursing Home! Take home a Valentine Kit for $5.00!

  • SIDDC Legislative Breakfast at the Staaten on Friday, February 12th at 8:30 a.m. PARENTS WELCOME $30.00 (718) 983-5276

NAMI News on Fundraising Walk, Yoga Class and Mental Health Conference Call

  • NAMIWalks NYC is May 8, 2010!!!The Larger the Crowd, the Louder the Voice! 

    First-time walker? Team captain? Interested volunteer?
    Join the movement! Learn how you can start a walk team, fundraise, spread the word, and volunteer at the: NAMIWalks NYC Information Meeting
    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
    Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
    Location: Kramer Levin Naftalis &Frankel
    1177 Avenue of the Americas at 46th Street
    New York, New York 10036
    (Photo ID required for entry)
     Contact: RSVP by calling 212.684.3264 or via e-mail at walk@naminyc.org!

  • Next Spanish-language call / Próxima llamada telefonica: Wednesday, February – Noon to 1:00 pm /
    Miercoles, 3 de Febrero – 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    Topic/Tema: Psychiatric Medication for Children and Adolescents / Medicación Psiquiátrica para los Niños y Adolescentes
    Presenter/Conferencista invitado: Sharon de Jesus, N.P., Certified Psychiatric Nurse, Child Center of New York / Enfermera Psiquiatrica Certificada, Child Center of New York   To participate in conference calls:
    1. Dial toll free 1.866.502.8312, then enter pass code 990738#
  • Six Weeks to Wellness Returns in Spring!
    Your favorite yoga class will be offered again this spring, beginning in April. For more information, call Katie Linn at 212-684-3365. Date: Thursdays
    Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
    Location: Breathing Project, 15 West 26th Street, 10th  Floor (bet 5th Ave & Broadway)
    Contact: Jenna Ritter at 718.909.6493 or jenna@dharanyc.org
    Fee: Give what you can ($5 or $10 suggested). No one turned away.

Impacts of Autism Diminished through a Specific Early Intervention Approach

By Erica Pitman, LMSW, YAI Autism Center

Impacts of Autism Diminished through a Specific Early Intervention Approach

A recent study conducted at the University of California and other sites around the country, and funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), indicates that early intervention for children diagnosed with autism improved their I.Q. scores and levels of functioning.


AHRC Workshop for Parents of Students Transitioning out of District 75 at Age 21

Presenters: Curtis Flaherty – Director of Adult Day Services, AHRC Steve Towler – Director of Employment and Business Services, AHRC

Location: AHRC Main Office, Penthouse 83 Maiden Lane New York, NY 10038

 Date & Time: Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6pm-8pm

What is available when your family member with a developmental disability leaves school at the age of 21? Attend this workshop to learn about various opportunities during the day that can be offered to adults, for example: opportunities for internships, training programs, employment, travel training, day habilitation, and more.

You may also call Donna Gifford at 212-780-2713 or Jennifer Amendola at 212-895-3446. 

Registrations can be mailed to Donna or Jennifer’s attention c/o AHRC – 83 Maiden Lane New York, NY 10038.  Fax number is 212-780-2353.



Intensive Behavior Management Team Behavior Consultation Services (BCS) are provided by a team of professionals that include a Psychologist, Social Worker, Special Educator and Registered Nurse.

Services: The team provides short-term behavior consultation and support services to individuals and their families who are coping with severely challenging problem behaviors. These services can include behavior assessment, referral to services, linkage to services, supportive counseling, facilitating cross-agency support /cooperation, and behavior management planning. Team members are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Evening appointments are available.

Persons Served: Behavior Consultation Services are offered, free of charge, to residents of Staten Island who are developmentally disabled and have been found eligible for NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) services.

Referrals: Referrals are accepted from family members and agencies.

Individuals / Families Contact: Barbara Schubert, Coordinator, Information Exchange Phone: 718-982-1904

“Dealing With the Financial Burden of Autism” – Article from the NYTimes

From an article in the NYTimes on January 22, 2010 by Walecia Konrad:

WHEN Jeff Sell’s twin sons were found to have autism 13 years ago, he, like so many other parents in the same situation, found himself with a million questions: Will my children be able to function? What are the best treatments and where do I find them? How will this affect the rest of my family?

Click **HERE*** for the rest of the story.