Spring 2011 Newsletter – Strides for Autism and Richland County Rec. Sched.

Strides for Autism

Strides is the premier fundraising event to support the mission of the South Carolina Autism Society. These events include a fun-walk, resource fair, and family-fun activities.

To register online: https://scautism.org/strides or call 803-750-6988

Dates & Locations


Saturday, April 9, 2011 – Heritage Park, Simpsonville


Saturday, May 21, 2011 – Finlay Park, Columbia

Richland County Recreation Commission’s Adaptive Recreation Department is offering the following opportunity:

Fancy Feet Soccer

  • 5 week session starting Saturday, March 19
  • Bluff Road Park, 149 Carswell Road
  • Co-ed ages 5-26
  • Registration is $10/participant

For information on either of these events please call 754-6720, ext. 214 or 203

Need a haircut?

At Snip-its stylists are specially trained to work with children with autism. Special appointments are offered exclusively to families/children with autism.

www.snipits.com – Coupons on website

(864) 329-1251

Monday-Friday: 10am to 6pm, Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

1507 C Woodruff RD

Greenville , SC 29607

(803) 520-7259

Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm,
Saturday: 9am – 5pm,
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Hope Ferry Shopping Center

5175 Sunset Blvd., Suite 2

(Near McAlisters Deli)

Lexington, SC 29072

The Therapy Place

The Therapy Place is now accepting new patients for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The Therapy Place has a family resource/waiting room with free wi-fi and postings of area events and resources for the special needs family. Kindermusik is available on Monday afternoons.

Karate for Children with Special Abilities

This class will help your child improve in:

  • Flexibility and Strength
  • Coordination and Balance
  • Sensory Management
  • Self-Defense and Self-Discipline
  • Personal Goal Setting and Achievement
  • Peer Social Interaction

Classes Offered Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 pm, Starting April 12.
$75.00 per month/ $25.00 uniform fee, No Registration Fee!


Mon – Fri, April 4-8 – 9am-12pm ($150)

Therapists onsite to assist campers!

The Therapy Place

3620 Covenant Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 787-3033

Richland County Recreation Commission

Richland County Recreation Commission has several upcoming adaptive recreational sports and activities through their Special Needs Division. Check out the Rising High Basketball League. For more information on this or any of their activities, please contact Andrew Scott at 754-6720. All-star Cheerleading offers Special Needs Cheerleading. Visit their website, www.sccheer.com for details! There are no fees or tuition.

The Family Golf Foundation is offering golf lessons to children with special needs. Contact Tom Gawinski for times by calling 736-9193.

Columbia United YMCA Strikers is a soccer league for children with special needs. This league will promote the love of the game, the development of soccer skills, camaraderie through soccer, and most importantly fun! Visit SouthCarolinaUnifiedFC.com for more information or contact Ken Corning at [email protected].

The Miracle League provides an opportunity for children with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball! For more information on the Miracle League in this area, visit www.leaguelineup.com or contact Lisa Blackmon at 803-260-2367.

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning is a 50-page guide aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide. Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders. To request print copies, visit http://www.fctd.info/show/order_guides

The latest newsletter for the Center for Disability Resources Library is now ready! CDR Library Website. The CDR Library consists of 5,300 books, videos, brochures, and audiotapes covering a variety of disability-related topics, including assistive technology. Requests for information can be made via mail, phone, email, fax, and in person. Books may be borrowed for a month, videos for 2 weeks. Library materials and information can be mailed to your home or office. Postage-paid return mailers are available for materials sent to SC families.

The SC Assistive Technology Exchange Program website features many items listed for sale or free, as well as items that are needed. These items are not located at any one place or warehouse. These are all
items that are currently owned by someone else who is willing to sell at a reduced price or even for free in some cases.

Please visit the AT Exchange web page for a current listing of items available and contact information. You
must login (or create a new account if you are a new user) to see the contact information.

Why have I not heard from my Service Coordinator lately?

If your Service Coordinator is not calling you on a regular basis, your child is most likely receiving Level II service coordination. At Bright Start, over 50% of all children in the service coordination program receive Level II service coordination. Service Coordination levels were established by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs in order to ensure that those who have the greatest needs, receive intensive, on-going service coordination.

For those that do not require intensive and active on-going assistance, Level II services are
Supervisors appropriate. If your child is receiving Level II service coordination, you do have a Service Coordinator and may call or e-mail anytime assistance is needed. If you do not call us, we will not know assistance is needed. If you are not sure who your service coordinator is, please contact our main office at 803-929-1112 . We will let you know which Service Coordinator has been assigned to you. Even though we cannot provide Level I service coordination for everyone, helping you navigate the service delivery system and meet the needs of your child, continues to be our top priority.

What are Children’s Personal Care Aide Services?

Children’s Personal Care Aide Services (CPCA) are available to children who are under age 21 who meet established medical necessity criteria. Children must be Medicaid eligible to receive this service. CPCA Services are designed to help with normal daily activities and to monitor the medical conditions of a child. PCA’s may assist with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, preparing meals, feeding, incontinence care, ambulation/walking and transfers. PCA’s may also perform light cleaning and laundry for the child but not as discrete activities. CPCA is active, hands on care for your child and should be provided in the child’s home.

CPCA does not provide supervision as a discrete task and cannot be used as childcare. CPCA cannot be provided in a school setting or during homebound instruction. CPCA does not include transportation or escort services. CPCA’s cannot perform any type of skilled medical services such as g-tube feeding or administering shots. CPCA does not include downtime between tasks or time waiting for a task to be needed. CPCA’s cannot take or accompany the child on outings (i.e. park, library, etc.). The need for CPCA services must be assessed each year.

If you would like to apply or want more information about CPCA services, please contact your Service Coordinator

SC Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid Therapy Update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) would like to clarify for families the process of seeking additional rehabilitation therapy hours over 75 per year listed in the December Medicaid beneficiary newsletter. If your child is nearing 75 hours in one year, you should talk with your child’s primary care physician about submitting a request to SCDHHS for additional therapy hours. Your therapist can determine how many hours your child has already received.

Federal regulations require that the State has a process in place to provide medically necessary services to those children who have documented needs through their physician. No child will be denied services that are determined to be medically necessary. This standard is also applied to other Medicaid services.

Seventy-five hours is not a hard limit-it is a check point so that you, your child’s therapist and your child’s primary care physician can assess the progress being made under rehabilitation therapy. Once we receive the information from your child’s doctor, our medical staff will review the request and approve additional hours that are deemed medically necessary. We are typically processing these requests in less than one week.

We greatly appreciate the feedback we have received from families and providers and will be happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Please email Chris Lykes at [email protected] if you need additional assistance.

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