CDS Monarch hosted its fourth annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wolf Life Transitions Center.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help and support! 

Becky Prophet (Clown) 
Erin Crowley (Yoga) 
Joshua Cerasuolo (Juggler) 
Mariola Basaman (Photography) 
Rob Dumo (Caricature Artist) 
Shannon Halligan, LCAT
All our Volunteers

Committee Members: 
Ajaleah Bobowski 
Amber Johnson 
Amy Popeck 
Amy Welch 
Jackie Blake 
Jackie Lange 
Linda Lizzo
Lisa Kim
Sarah Brasse 

Taryn Mullen 
Zakiyyah Peet 

The fair coincided with national 'Autism Awareness Month' in April. This awareness event succeeded in educating the public and strengthening the understanding of those faced with autism in the area.

The evening included activities for everyone in the family including face painting, therapy animals, yoga and a bounce house. Other activities focused on art, music and sensory therapies. There was a supervised open-swim in CDS Monarch's world-class therapy pool, as well as an appearance from a local clown and a juggler, who has Autism himself. Children were able to learn about safety and explore a fire truck from the Webster Fire Department and an ambulance from the Webster Ambulance. There was also a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Autism Skill Building program.

The Autism Skill Building Program at CDS Monarch prides itself on helping children, ages six to sixteen, to increase overall social skills, teach individuals how to handle emotions, cope with stress and develop self monitoring techniques through guided play, role playing, games, field trips, and physical activities in a safe and caring environment.
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