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Greensboro, NC 27407-2995
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Fun Activities to Help Consumers Enjoy Spring

Fun Activities to Help Consumers Enjoy SpringAlthough it seemed to appear a little earlier than expected this year, it’s now coming close to the official start of spring. Below are a few ideas for activities to engage in with your consumers to learn more about and to enjoy the new season. Where possible, include them in the process of planning your spring events.

Read Books About Spring, Plants, and Gardening

Visit your local library and check out books that discuss the season and gardening. Include a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles. Some great ones include Mama MitiLola Plants a GardenA-Z Encyclopedia of Garden PlantsHow Do Worms Work, and Starting Seeds: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardening.

Attend Library Workshops

In addition to carrying many books about the season and nature, local libraries also offer multiple free gardening classes and workshops. Check out the Guilford County library system calendar for upcoming dates.

Have a Seed-Starting Party

After learning about the plant cycle, host a seed-starting party.

There are many ready-made seed-starting kits available around this time of year at well-known big box stores. Purchase the kits and follow the directions for an easy and fun activity.

Another option: Purchase the necessary materials from stores such as the Dollar Tree and Target and start the seeds from scratch. Gather vegetable, herb, and fruit seed packets, small pots, gardening tools, soil and water.

Together they can make up your container garden. Tend to the garden and harvest, cook, and eat the plants together throughout the growing season.

Plant Flowers

Visit a greenhouse or nursery and purchase colorful plants. Together, plant them around the group home in containers and/or in the ground, depending on your space and goals.

Visit a Garden

There are various public spaces throughout the Triad and surrounding areas that highlight the beauty of nature.

For instance, the Greensboro Arboretum in Greensboro hosts a variety of plants that can be observed while walking on designated paths.

There’s also Keeley Gardens in McCleansville, that houses a group of community garden plots. Special outings, including tours and parties for your consumers, can be arranged at these and other locations.

Happy Spring!

WesCare and Mental Health Support Services of NC to Open Daycare for Toddlers With Special Needs

Spero LogoOnce again, we’re expanding our WesCare family by establishing a new program! This summer, we’re opening a daycare center for toddlers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing a fun, safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where they can happily learn and grow.

From this location, housed next door attached to the WesCare main office, we’ll also offer an after-school program and summer day camp for the children. Staff will consist of some current WesCare employees and new hires.

The name of the center, Spero Developmental Daycare Services, stems from the word Spero, Latin for “Hope” or “I Hope.”

The concept of this new facility centers on inclusivity. Although Spero is designed to cater to the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children without disabilities are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

We hope through this experience, the children learn that they belong; that they are capable of gaining new skills; and how to treat everyone with kindness and respect, no matter their abilities.

Prior to attending Spero, children will receive a unique assessment to determine their needs and if the program will be a good fit. Teachers will teach using a unique in-house curriculum and will create learning goals for each child.

Spero Development Daycare Center is a joint venture with Mental Health Support Services of North Carolina.

WesCare to Co-Host 2nd Annual Special Hoops Tournament

3-on-3 basketball tournament (2)-page-001WesCare Professional Services is set to co-host the second annual Special Hoops 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, May 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm at Spears YMCA in Greensboro, NC.

This event for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities provides participants with an opportunity to learn or practice basic basketball skills, make new friends, work as part of a team, and engage in friendly athletic competition.

Participants receive guidance and support from student athletes and coaches of AAU basketball team, the Greensboro Warriors, and from trained mental health professionals.

For more information, or to register, visit Special-Hoops.com.

Consumers Co-Create Engaging Day Support Program

cocreatedayprogramInitially, at the launch of our WesCare Day Support Program, we found only a small number of consumers were actively participating.

Our team of Day Support Program staff, however, quickly remedied this challenge by forming a committee of consumers tasked with contributing their own ideas to the program.

Together with staff they created calendars, planned activities, and set goals, making for a much more engaging experience filled with fun, camaraderie, and the development of additional life skills.

One such additional life skill is the greater use of technology. Our consumers now have access to computers and tablets, which will allow them to conduct research, communicate through the internet, play games, listen to music, and expand their overall technology understanding. We’re seeking creative ways to incorporate additional technology to meet their needs even further.

Our most recent Day Support Program activity, co-facilitated by our consumers, included participating in the voting process. On Friday, October 28th, consumers took their time to vote for the candidates of their choice at the Gateway Center Polling Station, an experience they enjoyed and took pride in.

By incorporating our consumers in the decision-making process, we increased their ownership of the Day Support Program, resulting in greater value and involvement.

College Scholarship Opportunities for Students With ADD, Autism, and Dyslexia

collegescholarshipsAttending and succeeding in school can be difficult. For students with a learning disability, doing so can prove even more challenging. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s impossible to achieve. With the right assistance and support, including that of the financial variety, students can thrive.

To help, Time.com has provided a list of “9 college scholarships for students with learning disabilities,” such as ADD, autism, and dyslexia. This is a useful source to share with consumers pursuing or currently attending college. Read More

WesCare Receives Certification Highlighting High-Quality Care

receivescertificationIn August, we achieved the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, a governing body that determines whether or not health services agencies from throughout the country are abiding by the standards set by their respective states.

While that’s great news, what’s even greater is this: We also received the Behavioral Health Home Certification for all of our group homes and day programs.

It’s an optional recognition that shows we held ourselves to a higher standard than what the accreditation requires.

The certification reflects that we are providing our consumers with comprehensive, high-quality services that go above and beyond. To learn more about what all the certification entails, visit The Joint Commission website.