Welcome to Spectrum!
We’re here to support the autism community through our many programs, events and resources. Our Monthly Support Groups, Respite Programs and Family Camp are geared toward supporting the entire family, while our Summer Day Camp, Overnight Camps and Social Skills Groups provide social opportunities for individuals of all abilities on the autism spectrum. Please check out the Resources we have listed for those impacted by autism and learn more about all of Spectrum’s programs by viewing the tabs above.
Monthly Spectrum Meeting
Spectrum's next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, March 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, First Baptist Church of Duluth, and will feature these topics : Spectrum Summer Camp Update, presented by Mary O’Connell, Camp Director; main session, " Proactive Strategies: Setting up the Environment for Success", presented by Holly Steinkamp, M.A., BCBA, Senior Behavior Analyst, Director of Staff Training and Professional Development, Integrated Behavioral Solutions, Inc. This will be our annual Latino Family Night! We will also host a Breakout session #2 in Spanish titled “Advocacy and Knowing your Parental Rights”. Breakouts will also be offered for parents of adults with autism, dads, and parents of preschoolers. Please check out the full schedule and Thursday meeting topics for 2018 here.
Lego Club - 2018 Session Now Open for Registration
This program is open to members in either Level 3 or 4 special education classes in the school system or those with social skills deficits who are in a regular education classroom (Ages 5-22). Instead of building LEGO sets by themselves, members will work in groups of two, three or more. Members will be divided into different but interdependent roles, which will support social interaction and both verbal and nonverbal communication to participate in the activity. This group will meet at New Directions on Thursday evenings. Learn more here.
Technology Club - 2018 Sessions Now Open for Registration
Our Technology Club has been extremely successful, and new sessions have been added. This group will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Gym at Annandale Village. This program is interactive in nature and may include projects such as: games that teach coding, web design, photo slideshows, recording and acting in videos. Learn more here.
Gift of Time Respite Program
Our Gift of Time Respite program provides an opportunity for parents to have some much-needed respite time. Our next session is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018, and registration is now open for this session. Note the new time for this day only due to Mom's Day Out event is 9:30-2:30. You are welcome to register your children whether you plan to attend the Mom's Day Out event of not, however the time was changed to enable moms to attend if desired. Advance registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Studio Movie Grill
The next sensory friendly screenings will be Peter Rabbit on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and Early Man, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Sensory friendly screenings run with the lights up and sound down so the children are free to laugh, play, sing and even dance while they watch. 5% of the proceeds from the "Chefs for Children" menu benefit Spectrum! Check out the upcoming schedule here.
Spectrum Super Star
Our Spectrum Super Star for the month of January has been posted. Please read about Laura Allen and friends and see how easy it is to make a difference for Spectrum ! Do you know someone who's making an impact in the autism community? Nominate them as a Spectrum Star here!
Mark your Calendars - Wine Tasting Event benefiting Spectrum - March 17, 2018
We can guarantee you will have a great time at Spectrum's 2018 Wine Tasting Event to be held on St. Patrick's Day! Tickets now available - tell your friends! Download our event flyer and share with friends!
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