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May 2020, Vol. 2, Issue 3
Dear Friend,
How has COVID-19 impacted service delivery at the Shining Through Centre?
A lot has changed since the COVID-19 global pandemic began. From learning the rules of social distancing to consistently remembering to wash your hand and not touch your face, the whole world is learning to adapt to the new "normal".

The autism community is particularly affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic because their children thrive on routines. With zero transition time, their children's regular routines were gone.

Shining Through understands that families and parents are not ABA therapists. We know that it can be incredibly difficult for families to maintain some level of routine and consistency without support from ABA professionals. 

Although our physical centres are shut down, we remain committed to providing continuity of care for our families. The staff have been working hard to create a new model of service in the form of telehealth so that our learners can continue with their program. Many of our families are now receiving service through secure web-based applications. This ensures that our learners continue to get the skills they need to reach their maximum potential.

Without access to ABA therapy, children on the autism spectrum can begin to experience regression in the progress that they've worked so hard to make.  
 
The move to a video telehealth model has been successful for Shining Through. We needed a way to keep our learners engaged and excited to keep building on their skills and the results have been better than we expected. Our learners are very excited to see their therapists and have responded well to online therapy sessions. 
 
This model has also helped us stay connected to the families. We are able to discuss their children’s behaviour plan and skill development as well as provide support to many of whom are at home every day with their children. Telehealth cannot replace one to one ABA therapy but it has proven to be a great alternative in the current climate of social distancing.
Your donation goes a long way during this time, help children with autism today!
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Our 21th Annual Gala Fundraiser Was An Outstanding Success
This year’s gala was a sold out event! A big thank you to everyone who made this gala successful. We're so grateful to the Gala Committee, Shining Through Board of Directors, our volunteers, families and staff. Thank you so much for your support.

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Autism Speaks has put together a centralized hub for information and resources to support families during the COVID-19 crisis.The situation around the current spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, so make sure you stay informed by visiting all the official public health bodies website as collated by autism speaks.
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Great Lakes Brewery - A Collaboration
In March, we visited Great Lakes Brewery for a tour and to partake in the brewing of the co-branded Shining Through New England Pale that launched on the eve of International Autism Awareness Month 

The campaign was a huge success and the beer sold out fast! We would like to say a big thank you to Great Lakes Brewery and to everyone who placed an order for supporting children and adults to reach their fullest potential! It is an investment in the future of children and adults with autism.

Learn more about this partnership here
Coping with stress and anxiety during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety because it is disrupting normal life for many people all at once. While it is important to be informed and to take action to limit the spread of infection, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety.

Here are strategies to maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thank you, Goodlife Kids Foundation!
Thank you to Goodlife Kids Foundation for their generous donation to our "Work it out" program. The vision of the Goodlife Kids Foundation vision is "Kids with special needs have equal opportunities to experience the joys and benefits of being active". Their donation will be used to purchase items to build additional fine and large motor skills programs.
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