`Ohana Observer April 2015 - Marine Corps Community Services

`Ohana Observer
Exceptional Family Member Program
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Each issue of The `Ohana Observer is created with you in mind. As you
peruse its content and think of a story you want to share, submit
your ar cle or featured story, person, or event to EFMP and we
may publish it in the next edi on.
Contact EFMP
Program Manager
(808) 257-7773
Training, Educa on, &
Outreach Specialist
(808) 257-0290
Family Case Worker
(808) 257-8894
April 2015
MCB Hawaii
Facts About Autism
1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys, will be diagnosed this year with an autism
spectrum disorder
There are currently 70 million individuals in the world with autism
Marine Corps wide, 1,401 family members enrolled in EFMP with a diagnosis of
MCB Hawaii, 55 family members are enrolled in EFMP with a diagnosis of Autism
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
In the past 6 years, the prevalence of autism has increased 78%
Family Case Worker
(808) 257-7782
MCBH EFMP presents
A Community Awareness Event
Join us for coffee and
conversation to discuss
resources available for
EFMP spouses.
All military families, friends and DoD employees welcome to attend
EFMP’s 2nd celebration of Light It Up Blue—a national campaign to
shine a light on Autism. Enjoy free food, fun activities for kids, and
parent-networking with other military and community supporters.
This is a FREE event and open to everyone with military baseaccess!
Location: Waikulu Community Center, MCB Hawaii
Date: April 2, 2015; Time: 5PM—7PM
Questions or to RSVP, call: 808-257-0290
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Here are some idea-starters for Summer Programs that are affordable, close by, and jammed
packed with fun ac vi es for school-age kids. Register early to ensure your Keiki gets a spot
at your first choice program.
Military Programs!
MCCS Youth Programs – Fun and enriching programs
offered through Child Youth and Teen Programs. For
specific events and dates, visit MCBH Building 5082 or call
808-257-7430. For informa on about special needs and
considera ons, ask about the Inclusion Ac on Team Intake
Semper Fit and Aqua cs – Get Semper Fit this summer!
Ÿ KIDFIT SUMMER PROGRAM: For ages 6-12 years.
Contact Semper Fit Gym for more informa on and to
register: 808-254-7597.
For details about KIDFIT dates and mes, visit:
Ÿ AQUATICS SUMMER PROGRAM: Morning and evening
swim lessons available. Group and private lessons.
Ÿ KEIKI WATER SAFETY: Ages 8 – 12 years. Youth must
be able to demonstrate ability to swim one length of the
pool without any aids to be eligible for this course.
Civilian Programs!
Heroes at Home – YMCA at
Camp Erdman provides youth
entering grades 6th—9th a
chance to meet other militaryconnected middle school
youth from around the island
and to par cipate in ageappropriate levels of high
ropes and recrea onal ac vi es. Kids will also be given a
chance to customize their experience by choosing many of
their ac vi es.
Camp Erdman is located near Dillingham Airfield and Camp
This FREE program is in partnership with Department of
Defense and funded by University of Hawaii 4-H Youth
Development Program.
Ÿ JUNIOR LIFEGUARD: Ages 12 – 17 years
Register online:
h p://www.ymcahonolulu.org/camp_erdman/programs/
To learn more about MCCS Aqua cs and/or to register,
contact Ms. Heather Chun at 808-254-7655 or visit:
www.mccshawaii.com/aqua cs
For ques ons about special needs inclusion at this program,
contact Shantal at 808-637-4615 ext. 2002
YMCA – Windward Branch & Central Oahu Branch offers
various Day Camps, some of which can be booked one week
at a me, or a full nine-week program that includes a oneweek away camp at Camp Erdman.
For more informa on, contact 808-261-0808 or visit:
h ps://www.ymcahnlonlinereg.org/Ac vi es/
Ac vi esAdvSearch.asp
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Special Olympics Hawaii is an athle c program designed for
children and adults with intellectual disabili es. All levels of
ability are encouraged to par cipate. Training for the
Aukake Classic season is from June – August 2015 for team
athle cs Bocce and Soccer. To learn more visit:
h p://www.specialolympicshawaii.org/games-andcompe on/aukake-classic.html
Hawaii Adap ve Paddling Associa on is a non-profit
organiza on that provides an opportunity to children and
adults with physical, mental and emo onal challenges to
par cipate in the sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe
paddling. With an
emphasis on safety,
trained volunteers
provide a nurturing
experience so that
par cipants can reap the
benefits of the canoe and
ocean. HAPA meets every third Saturday of the month,
weather permi ng.
Next event: April 18, 2015
For more informa on visit:
www.hawaiiadap vepaddling.com
City and County of Honolulu – Department of Parks and
Recrea on offers summer programs at various loca ons
throughout the island for school-aged children with and
without disabili es. For children with disabili es,
assistance and modifica ons are available during the
program at no- or minimal- costs to the parent.
Summer 2015 Program, June 15– July 24, 8:30AM – 2PM,
Monday – Friday
Ÿ Submit the Registra on Form and inform the registrar
at the park that you checked YES for Reasonable
Modifica on needed.
Ÿ Complete the Modifica on Request Form. A
Therapeu c Recrea on Specialist (TRS) will follow up
with you to learn more about what modifica on are
necessary to ensure a fun and safe summer for your
Walk-in registra on dates:
District III (Pearl City to Waianae & Wahiawa)
District IV (Waialua to Waimanalo)
May 9, 2015 on Saturday 9AM – 12PM (Noon)
May 11 & 12, 2015 on Monday & Tuesday 2PM – 5PM
District II (Makiki to Aiea)
ACCESSurf - trained volunteers provide adap ve surfing,
shoreline flota on and swimming for any person with a
disability on the first Saturday of each month at White Plains
Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Par cipants simply need to
come to the beach to sign up. Surf staff suggest arriving no
later than 11:30 a.m. to ensure your surf me.
Next event: April 4, 2015
For more informa on, visit: www.accessurf.org
May 16, 2015 on Saturday 9AM—12PM (noon)
May 18 & 19, 2015 on Monday & Tuesday 2PM—5PM
The ac vi es and field trips will vary from park to park.
Contact each park offering a summer program to learn
more about what ac vi es will be offered.
For more informa on, visit:
h p://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/dpr/summerfun_docs/
Summer_2015_Program_Informa on.pdf
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Space explorers allow children and young adults to jump, crawl, and
pretend while improving sensory integra on. Watch as your children
transform into bananas and blueberries while doing heavy work and
working on their motor planning skills.
Move Around While Staying
in Place - Sensory Stretchers
Made from a comfortable 'resis ve' material, the Space Explorer suit
provides calming deep pressure, heavy work and propriocep ve input
for tac le defensive children, sensory seekers and crashers (including
children and tweens with au sm). This fun suit helps children develop
spa al and body awareness, muscle strength, motor planning and
crea vity. Head can be placed outside or inside the Space Explorer.
Made of four-way stretch Lycra; with a Velcro closure.
Feel the need to wiggle? Climb into the Stretch Loop and wiggle
away without leaving your place! The Stretch Loop is circular piece
of stretch fabric that can be 'worn' by children (and adults) who
need help with focusing and those who feel the need to wiggle or
fidget during school, homework, meal me or any other me that
they must sit in place. Made of four-way stretch fabric that is made
from Spandex and elas c, the Stretch Loop is designed to be sat in
either on a chair or on the floor. Stretch the fabric with your legs
and the need to move or wiggle will be instantly sa sfied. The
Stretch Loop is ght enough to provide an outlet for heavy work,
and is a great way to release energy. Each Stretch Loop comes with
a hanging, storage bag and an informa onal booklet with the science behind Stretch Loop as well as ideas for use (valuable info for
parents and teachers).
Bacon & Egg Cups
The EFMP Lending Library offers great books, DVDs, learning tools & sensory resources for our families to enjoy and
learn from. If you want to know more about a topic, make
EFMP Lending Library the place to begin your search.
12 slices of bacon, crisp-cooked and cut crosswise into thirds
6 eggs or 1 1/2 cups egg subs tute
1/2 cups diced bell pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
In the days leading up to & the days
following the Easter holiday, what
ingredient is probably most plen ful
in your family’s refrigerator? Eggs, of
course! Enjoy this fes ve & colorful,
gluten-free breakfast dish.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 12 standard (2 1/2-inch)
muffin cups with nons ck cooking spray. Place 3 bacon slices in each
prepared muffin cup, overlapping on bo om. Beat eggs, bell pepper,
cheese, half-and-half, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl un l well
blended. Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup egg mixture. Bake 20 to 25
minutes or un l eggs are set in center. Run knife around edge of each
cup before removing from pan.
Recipe taken from Recipes for Gluten-Free Kids available at the EFMP Lending Library
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Every Mon/Wed or Tues/Fri—Poli’s Place Playgroup
www.keikiokaaina.org/ programspolis_place.htm
3097 Kalihi St., Honolulu 9AM—11AM
Every Tuesday in April —In The Park Series; new event
theme each Tuesday; free family event.
Riseley Field 4PM—6 PM
Apr 2—Light It Up Blue: A Community Au sm Awareness
Event. SHINE a LIGHT on AUTISM by joining the
EFMP team, military families and community
partners for a FREE event for the whole family.
At MCBH Waikulu Community Center, 5-7PM. Enjoy
fun ac vi es for kids, light refreshments, and
opportuni es for parent & community networking.
For more informa on call EFMP at 808-257-0290.
Apr 4—Access Surf: A Day at the Beach at White
Plains Beach 9AM—1PM
No cost to par cipate; For more informa on
please visit www.accesssurf.org.
Apr 7—Spouse Transi on And Readiness Seminar from
5:30PM-8:30PM. Prepare for transi on to civilian
life. Call 808-257-7097 with ques ons and for
loca on. Sign-up at www.mccshawaii.com/
Apr 11—Base wide Power Outage
Apr 18—Hawaii Adap ve Paddling Associa on
(www.hawaiiadap vepaddling.com)
Kailua Beach park 10AM—1PM; Free event.
Apr 18—Au sm Speaks Walk at Ala Moana Beach Park
(Magic Island) 9AM—12PM; For more informa on
and to register please visit h p://
www.walknowforau smspeaks.org/faf/ homede
Apr 23—Special Needs Advisory Forum**
Bldg 219 Classroom 1; 1PM-2PM
A collabora on mee ng for those who work
with and have an impact on EFMP families to
meet, discuss and address issues and concerns
the families are experiencing and ways in which
to assist them
Apr 23—EFMP 101**
Bldg 219 Classroom 1; 2PM –3PM
Come and learn about what EFMP is, who
should enroll, how to enroll, what the benefits
of the program are and where to go for
Apr 25—East Side Base Power Outage. For more
informa on please visit:
h p://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/
Apr 28—Coffee Hour**
MCB Hawaii Starbucks 8:30AM—9:30AM
Opportunity to support and network with other
EFMP families and receive informa on on
programs and services pertaining to EFMP.
Apr 28—EFMP Spouse Coffee Hour**
MCB Hawaii Starbucks 9:30AM—10:30AM
Join us for coffee and conversa on to discuss
resources available for EFMP spouses. This coffee
hour will follow our regular coffee hour.
Apr 29—United Healthcare Presenta on for families and
providers regarding ABA/ECHO at Ft Sha er
Community Center from 8:30AM-12PM. For more
informa on, please call EFMP Office 808-257-0290.
or your Family Case Worker.
**All abili es welcome, please contact the EFMP office (808-257-0290) for more
informa on on how we can help accommodate your EFM at this event.
MCBH EFMP does not endorse any one agency listed and we
Exceptional Family Member Program
encourage Families to use the newsle er as a general guideline. Every
effort has been made to ensure that the informa on above is current as
DD Form 2792 (Medical EFMP Enrollment)
of date of publica on. For specific program informa on, please contact
Hours of Operation M-F 0730—1630
DD Form 2792-1 (Educational EFMP Summary)
the agency directly.
MCBUL 1754 (Changes to Respite Program)
Above documents can be found on EFMP webpage