Summer 2011 Newsletter – Hyperthermia/Heat Stroke Prevention – Welcome on Weekends Program

Don’t Do It! Never Leave Kids Alone In Car

Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s?

It only takes a few short minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated. Child deaths from heat stroke have occurred in cars as early as February with an outside temperature as low as 57 degrees.

When the outside temperature is 101 degrees F the inside temperature of your car is over 140 degrees F. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can increase by 19 degrees – and it continues to rise. There is no evidence that cracking the windows helps prevent the temperature in vehicle interiors from reaching dangerous levels. In fact, sunlight coming through car windows makes the car work like an oven.

Top Tips for Preventing Hyperthermia/Heat Stroke

  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
  • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car, on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for
    their belongings.
  • Set your cell phone or Blackberry reminder to be sure you dropped your child off at day care.
  • Set your computer calendar program, such as Outlook, to ask, “Did you drop off at daycare today?”
  • Have a plan that if your child is late for daycare that you will be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off little kids at day care.
  • Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
  • Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle – especially at home. Keep keys out of children’s reach. Cars are not playgrounds or babysitters.
  • Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child goes missing.

Need a Break?

The Welcome On Weekends or WOW program is a support program offered to DDSN eligible consumers on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of August 2011 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Trained staff will provide fun activities in a safe and inviting environment. Some families may be able to receive these supports free of charge. A reasonably priced private pay option will be offered as well.

Respite supports will be provided at the Babcock Center’s Mary L. Duffie Admin. Building at 2725 Banny Jones Ave. West Columbia.

Respite is available for children ages 12-17 and adults 18 and older.

Respite will not be available for those who need skilled care or require 1:1 behavior supports.

If you are interested in respite, please contact your Service Coordinator.

The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) is a project designed to help consumers learn more about the various accessibility features of mobile phones and to help them identify phones with the features that may assist them with their particular needs.

For more information, go to:

Autism Academy of South Carolina

The Autism Academy of South Carolina (AASC) is a new, Columbia-based, not-for-profit school offering intensive, individualized instruction to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AASC was founded in 2010 by a group of concerned parents of children with autism, educators and youth development professionals in response to the rapidly growing need for resources and support for families of children diagnosed with ASD.

The Autism Academy of South Carolina is located at 2243 Percival Road in Columbia, SC, on the campus of Capital City Baptist Church, just minutes away from Interstate 77 and Interstate 20.

Monthly tuition for AASC is $4,200.

For more information or to pursue enrollment, contact:
The Youth Learning Institute
Clemson University
698 Concord Church Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 878-1041

The Therapy Place

The Therapy Place is pleased to announce there are still opportunities for children to participate in both Conductive Education and our first time ever offering of TheraSuit Method this summer!

  • Conductive Education, 2nd summer session is July 18 – August 12
  • TheraSuit session is July 25-August 12

Conductive Education will now be offered year-round. Check the web site for fall dates!

To learn more about these intensive therapies, please visit or contact Dawn Darby at (803)787-3033, e-mail: [email protected].

FREE MEDICAL CARE Carolina Coliseum

701 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

  • 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Friday, August 5, 2011)
  • 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday, August 6, 2011)

*Dental services will be provided for 36 hours continuously.


The purpose of this two-day event is to provide health care services including medical, dental, and vision care to the uninsured, underserved and general population, while connecting people to ongoing healthcare and a medical home. The focus will be on those with pain and current health needs.


Anyone suffering from medical ailments, dental problems or in need of vision exams is welcome to attend. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis and there are no guarantees that everyone who shows up
will be seen. Medical professionals who are willing to volunteer their time and talents will be providing the services.


The community may participate in this event in many ways. Clinicians (nurses, doctors and others), translators and general volunteers are needed. If you have questions, please call Vince Ford (803) 296-2158

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