EPIC's next monthly meeting will be held February 11th from 7-9pm at the Charles Town Baptist Church. Our featured speaker will be Tabatha McCauley, a certified speech therapist, who will discuss the benefits of music therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Ms. McCualey holds a summer music therapy camp of children on the spectrum during the summer months at Shepherd University. To learn more, please join us!
Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children (EPIC) is an autism awareness and advocacy non-profit located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia – a part of our Nation which is very under-resourced for persons and families with loved ones on the spectrum.
EPIC holds monthly meetings at which we provide no cost trainings, provide a support network, perform advocacy tasks with regional, state, and federal policymakers, enable inclusive recreation options w/ JCPR for persons on the spectrum, and help raise autism awareness to make our communities a better place for persons on the spectrum.
EPIC's Blue Ribbon Recreation Program ~ 4 years of Inclusive Learning and Fun!
EPIC's Executive Advisory Board Members include:
FIRST ANNUAL AUTISM SUMMIT
Big thanks to all who helped make the First Annual Autism Summit a huge success. We trained nearly 200 professionals in our region including teachers, physicians, residents, and autism aides.
A special thanks to Dr. Sarah Moerschel, Dr. Marc, Ellison, Mr. Andrew Nelson, and Ms. Tara Davis.
Go here to view podcasts from our Autism Summit conducted with support from Marshall University's Autism Training Center.
Thank you Panera for donating proceeds from your Autism Awareness Campaigns this past April to EPIC. Monies will go to support the Blue Ribbon Recreation Program.
Learn the Signs of Autism
Autism Speaks' multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.
The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
· No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
· No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
· No babbling by 12 months
· No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
· No words by 16 months
· No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
· Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) can help you determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screen, available on our website, takes only a few minutes. If the answers suggest your child is at risk for autism, please consult with your child’s doctor. Likewise, if you have any other concerns about your child's development, don't wait. Speak to your doctor now about screening your child for autism.
You can learn more about how to recognize the signs of an autism using our Video Glossary. It contains over a hundred video clips illustrating typical and delayed development. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, relative or friend, it can help you learn the subtle differences and spot the early red flags for ASD.
EPIC Meeting Location:
Charles Town Babtist Church211 E Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
Thanks to all who made the 4th annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon a big success. There were more than 400 runners from 20+ states all running to improve the lives of persons on the spectrum in our region.
The 4th annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon will be held May 10th at River Riders in Harpers Ferry, WV.
We are recruiting volunteers and runners to make this a very special day for our community. Half of proceeds will go to EPIC to fund our recreation and outreach programs.
Autism spectrum disorders range from mildly to profoundly disabling, a diagnosis
of ASD is an important turning point in a long journey. Autism Speaks has many
resources for families whose children have recently received a
include Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool
Kit. In addition, our Video Glossary provides information about a wide
range of treatments and behavioral interventions that may be suitable for your
child. Within the glossary, you can also download descriptions of these
treatments and interventions.
visit Treatment of Autism and our Resource Guide for more information. Have more
questions? Autism Speaks' Autism Response Team can help you with information,
resources and opportunities. Call us at 888-288-4762 (en Español
888-772-9050) or email email@example.com.