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©2018 by Opening Doors PTA

2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont CA 94002

openingdoorspta@yahoo.com

Opening Doors PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your charitable gifts are tax-deductible. 

Special Needs Events

Opening Doors PTA invites you to discover the power of Social Thinking®!

 

For over 20 years, experts at Social Thinking® have helped children and adults with ADHD, ASD, or social communication disorders around the world understand themselves and others to better navigate the social world, foster relationships, and improve their performance at school, at home, and at work. Their evidence-based, unique tools break down complex social concepts (like perspective taking) into understandable and doable parts that can be applied in any setting. Registration starts soon

April 18th, 2020  8am-12pm, Crowne Plaza Foster City

April 18th: Social Thinking® Conference sponsored by Opening Doors PTA

This event is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.supportforfamilies.org or call 415-920-5040

Feb 22rd, 2020  9-11am

February 22rd: Family Access Day at the Aquarium of the Bay

A wonderful opportunity! Everyone can benefit from learning about the power of de-escalation. This is a great opportunity to be trained in de-escalation priniciples and methods with the MVWSD Special Education Director, Arianna Mayes and other behavioral staff at MVWSD.

Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.

Feb 26th, 2020  7pm to 8:30pm, Graham Middle School, Mountain View

February 26th: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Arianna Maytes

Presented by CCPPNS. Topics including:  survival tips for parents, bodies & boundaries, sibling dynamics, calm & competent discipline, beyond screen time/digital citizenship, sensory development, resilience, building empathy in or kids and communities, and more! Click here for details

March 6th and 7th, San Mateo Marriott Hotel

March 6th to 7th: The California Council of Parent Participation Nursery SchoolsConvention

On Sunday, March 8, 3-5pm, CuriOdyssey offers exclusive hours for kids with special needs and their families. Play with hands-on exhibits and see CuriOdyssey’s animals in a safe and friendly environment. Free admission and free parking, no reservation required.Families can check-in at the CuriOdyssey Front Desk to receive a parking permit. CuriOdyssey will close to the general public at 2pm for this event. This event is sponsored by Opening Doors PTA. https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/super-families-salute/

March 8th, 2020  3-5pm

March 8th: Super Families Salute at CuriOdyssey

This event is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.supportforfamilies.org or call 415-920-5040

March 8th, 2020  9-11am

March 8th: Family Access Day at the San Francisco Zoo

Welcome to Autism Awareness Night with the San Jose Barracuda! Join us for the Barracuda Game on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Each ticket includes:

  • Access to a Sensory Room at SAP Center

  • A portion of each ticket will be donated to Starry Starry Night. See web link here:  https://www.starrystarrynightllc.com/

  • Modified game presentation for comfort

  • Post-Game chalk-talk with a Special Guest!

A friendly reminder that SAP Center at San Jose enforces a clear bag policy; please see the link below for further details:

http://www.sapcenter.com/guestservices/clearbag

March 22nd, 2020  5pm, SAP Center San Jose

March 22nd: San Jose Barracuda Autism Awareness Night

In these 24 days/48-hour sessions, through our structured curriculum, we will teach kids foundational concepts and skills of social cognitive and emotional dimensions of the mind at a pace the kids can learn. They will practice these concepts and skills through fun group activities, books, characters and engagement. Click here for details.

Contact Manni Wong- info@pyramidlearninggroup.com

March 18th to June 11th: PLG Social Connect Afterschool Spring 2020

A one-day conference for parents, educators and care providers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. This annual update will focus on new research and services for individuals with autism to optimize their long-term functioning. Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:45am-4:30pm Li Ka Shing Conference Center 291 Campus Drive Stanford University, 94305

Register here: https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/events.html

March 21, 2020 8:45am to 4:30pm

March 21st: 13th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update

This fun Flash Mob event will be led by Princess Ryan, celebrity dancer/choreographer/founder of Kidz Groove—along with 1:1 peer mentors, trained by the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area and Pied Piper Players. The group will be dancing to a medley of upbeat fun songs with a message of inclusion and acceptance.

March 21st, 2020  2-2:30pm, Serramonte Mall Daly City

March 21st: 3.21 Yes, We Can- World Down Syndrome Day

A career expo designed to connect talented, differently-abled job candidates with forward-thinking, small-to-medium businesses in the mid peninsula region

HEAR from local businesses who are al- ready benefiting from hiring workers with autism

TALK to entrepreneurs who are creating their own opportunities

SEE beautiful artworks, useful products and delicious foods produced by local entrepreneurs

April 2nd, 2020 3pm to 7pm, Redwood City Public Library

April 2nd: Autism Goes to Work

Opening Doors PTA invites you to discover the power of Social Thinking®!

 

For over 20 years, experts at Social Thinking® have helped children and adults with ADHD, ASD, or social communication disorders around the world understand themselves and others to better navigate the social world, foster relationships, and improve their performance at school, at home, and at work. Their evidence-based, unique tools break down complex social concepts (like perspective taking) into understandable and doable parts that can be applied in any setting. Registration starts soon

April 18th, 2020  8am-12pm, Crowne Plaza Foster City

April 18th: Social Thinking® Conference sponsored by Opening Doors PTA

This event is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.supportforfamilies.org or call 415-920-5040

April 26th, 2020  10am-1pm

April 26th: Family Access Day at the California Academy of Sciences

This event is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.supportforfamilies.org or call 415-920-5040

June 6th, 10am to 1pm

June 6th: Family Access Day at the Asian Art Museum

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Opening Doors PTA is proud to partner with Artists on Wheels to offer a special art class for kids of all abilities 7 and up!

 

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to explore and create art, including kids with special needs! Projects are subject to change depending on participants’ interest and ability. Parents and therapists are welcome to stay with the child to provide 1:1 support. Click here for details

Thursdays 4-5pm, 2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City

Ongoing Every Thursday: Mixed Media Art Class for Kids with Special Needs

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Does your special needs child love to dance?! Opening Doors PTA is excited to partner with Arthur Murray Dance Studio to provide a weekly dance class specifically tailored for with special needs. Siblings are welcome to join as well!

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Johnson: johnson.jennifer.k@gmail.com

Fridays 4:30-5:10pm(except holidays), Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Redwood City

Ongoing Every Friday: Dance Class for Kids with Special Needs

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Opening Doors PTA is excited to announce the Autism Buddies Program! Autism Buddies is run by Carlmont High volunteers and held on Sundays at 11am at the Redwood City Main Library. The first meeting is on 2/23/20.

 

This program provides an inclusive environment to elementary-school-aged children on the autism spectrum to encourage growth while strengthening social and cognitive skills. 

 

Carlmont High volunteers will work individually with participants to do fun projects and activities together.

 

If you are interested, sign up here today! https://forms.gle/pXVyNwWwsHM9Xntw7

 

For more information, contact student coordinator Antara Sengupta: antara.s.sengupta@gmail.com

Sundays 11am, Redwood City Main Library

Ongoing Every Sunday: Autism Buddies

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Kids with Dreams is an organization of Stanford students dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with special needs. Through its weekly programs, the organization networks Stanford volunteers with community organizations and connects them with children and young adults with special needs. Through fun activities like playing soccer, swimming, rehearsing a play, making arts and crafts, and practicing dance moves, volunteers and kids alike get to have a blast while building skills and friendships that are meaningful to all.

 

For more information please contact Ana Gomez at (650) 509- 9451, or April Ball at (805) 660-6522.

Weekly Program in Palo Alto

Ongoing: Kids with Dreams