Read our monthly calendar to stay informed about special needs events, classes, parent training opportunities and support group meetings taking place in Houston and surrounding communities.
These listings are emailed to Mikey's Place by various organizations in the Greater Houston area which we are happy to share with you.  These organizations and Mikey's Place do not necessarily endorse the following listings; they are provided to you for informational purposes only. 


May 2018
May 11th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm "2018 Tween/Teen Respite". Located at Texana Learning Center, 2715 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City, TX 77459. Teen/Tween Respite is an early evening respite event for Fort Bend County families with children with disabilities who are 11-18 years of age. Each respite session is staffed with an Activities Director, two Behavior Technicians and trained volunteers. Each participant is paired one-on-one with a volunteer to assist them with participating in the activities. Activities include arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities. $10 per Teen/Tween and payable during online registration. For more information, contact Karri Axtell – kaxtell@arcoffortbend.org or 281-494-5924.
 
May 12th, 11:00 am "Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings: Avengers: Infinity War". Free for children with disabilities and their siblings, with adult tickets available for the before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Tickets are available at the Studio Movie Grill Box Office. City Center, Copperfield or Pearland locations. Schedule subject to change. Go here for more information.
 
May 12th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Autism Playgroup: Ready for Summer". Located at Lost Creek Park Pavilion, 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, 77479. Any family that has a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 1 to 12 years can take part. No age restriction on sibling participation. RSVP Required: Susan Garczynski at susan@susangar.com or at 281-726-2665.
 
May 14th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Family Support - Learning". Located at Room 305, 3rd Floor, LSC-Montgomery - The University Center, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, TX 77384. Class #: 1815. For more information, email Gayle Fisher at gayle.Fisher@usa.net .
 
May 17th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Parent Education Project Families CAN Transition Workshop". Located at The Shriners Hospital for Children (Houston), 6th Floor Cafeteria, 6977 Main Street, Houston, 77030. Parking is free at the Shriners Hospital. For more information please contact the following staff: Ava Fletcher, Transition Coordinator at 713-743-0608; Olga Guerra at 713-743-5592 (bilingual: English/Spanish); Sherena Smith at 713-743-5992; or Shelley Townsend, MSW at 713-743-5491/713-743-5435. If you would like to be added to the Transition Workshop list serve please email Shelley Townsend, MSW, Program Director at satownse@central.uh.edu.
 
May 18th, 10:30 - 11:30 am "Sensory Friendly Ballet Hispánico". Located at 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, 77004. This one-hour performance is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. A Social Narrative is available; email education@spahouston.org to request a copy. For more information or for questions, call 713-632-8102. To purchase tickets, call 713-227-4772. https://www.spahouston.org/education-community/public-programs/sensory-friendly/
 
May 19th, 9:00 - 11:00 am "The ABCS of ABA & Functions of Behavior". Located at 4910 Airport Avenue Bldg G Rosenberg, 77471. Discuss the basic aspects of ABA and explain the possible reasons behind why a child would engage in certain problem behaviors including ways to best address those problem behaviors based on what is motivating the child. FREE but Reservations requested by May 17th - email your RSVP to jessica.ferguson@texanacenter.com In order for the trainings to occur we need a minimum of two attendees. Therefore, please bring a friend if possible. If the number of RSVP is less than two, then the training will be rescheduled. Child care will be provided to those who RSVP and request this service during the training. TEA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits available free for teachers!
 
May 21st, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Overcoming Autism Challenges at Home: Communication, Stims and Problem Behavior". Located at Room 305, 3rd Floor, LSC-Montgomery - The University Center, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, TX 77384. Class #: 1814. For more information, email Gayle Fisher at gayle.Fisher@usa.net .
 
May 23rd - 24th, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm "Best Practices in Supported Employment: Assisting Persons with IDD Obtain & Maintain Employment". Located at Workforce Solutions Northline Office, 4424 North Freeway, Houston, 77093. Lunch will be provided. Registration is capped at 35. Register here. This event is free, but you must attend both days. If you sign up and find you can't attend, please cancel right away through Eventbrite or contacting michelleh@aogh.org as they are expecting to have a waiting list.
 
May 26th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, "Game On Share the Knowledge/Simposia y Feria de Recursos", Metropolitan MultiService Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston. For parents & youth with disabilities Ages 14-25. Register here. For more information: Ana Esparza 832-878-9896 or aesparzaprnteam@gmail.com or Celia Ulloa 832-640-0509 or culloaprnteam@gmail.com
 
May 29th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Teen Huddle". Located at Sugar Land Baptist Church - Room 207, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 77479. Teen Huddle is an ADD/ADHD support group for teens and ADDA-SR can't wait for you to join them! Come interact with people your age while having fun, building personal friendships and learning beneficial strategies. This group will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Lindsay Asawa. Food will be provided. Register here. For more information, call 281-690-1177.
 
May 30th, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM "Understanding ARD Paperwork: A Line-By-Line Explanation of Each Section of the Individual Education Plan". Located at The Harris Center, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Room 104, Houston, 77074. Parents and advocates may want to bring their own ARD paperwork to check it during the training in order to verify if all services, settings and accommodations been properly documented in the IEP. For those who are having financial difficulty, please contact: Irene Gonzalez (irene@aogh.org) or 713-957-1600 (ext.118) to discuss scholarship options.