Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ASD Modeling Workshop and Fashion Show

Participants at the end of the fashion show
It was a special day for ten girls, their families and friends, and local organizations who made it all happen.  ASRC, with the help of the Crush Girls Modeling Agency, held a one-day workshop for teens and pre-teens on the autism spectrum and their siblings, at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.  The idea was to help build social skills and increase self confidence.

The morning started with a talk with Mrs. Nueces County, Lisa McGrew.  Teaching about nutrition, body image, manners, and how to combat bullying, the pageant winner was an inspiration to the young girls.  She showed them magazine advertisements - and revealed the "before" and "after" touched-up photographs that were used.  She reminded the girls that no one is perfect, and almost all magazine photos have been altered in some way.

Makeup and hair makeover
The Crush Girls were next with lessons in runway walking and posing for the camera.  Tony Martinez of the Crush Girls took photos of the girls throughout the workshop.  

The afternoon continued with a healthy lunch provided by Jason's Deli, and then a makeover.  The girls each received a makeup lesson, and had their hair done by the teachers.  Glowing, they were ready to don the dresses for the fashion show.  The dresses, donated by military spouses, ranged from casual to evening wear.  Each girl modeled two dresses and even got to take home a dress.  The girls also received a rose, and a gift bag with makeup and fun girly items.

Overall, the day was a huge success.  ASRC had a cake and punch reception at the end, thanked the community and several volunteers- and the biggest winners being the girls!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ASRC Library Book Fair

Kevin and Andrew at the library

Kicking off Autism Awareness Month events this year was the ASRC Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on March 9.
  The day long event was organized by Dorothy Cunningham, Project Coordinator at ASRC and parent of a child with ASD.  Many families with individuals on the spectrum volunteered alongside ASRC staff members.  The results surpassed last year's book fair.  The theme that day was Cookie Mouse, the character of the "If you give a Mouse a Cookie" books. Events that day included story time and crafts.  New additions to the ASRC library include the new Dr. Temple Grandin book, "The Autistic Brain" and "The Sneaky Chef."

Although many books are non fiction, there are several fictional stories featuring a character with autism.  There are books for children, adults, and educators.  Located at Spectrum Counseling, 3440 S. Alameda, the books can be read while sitting in the waiting room, or checked out for a period of time.  Books are available to the public, but must be checked out before removing them from the library.