Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SENSORY SHOWTIME - Volunteer Meeting Agenda

The meeting will be held at 10am on Saturday August 22nd at
Munch Family Restaurant
143 – 1233 Lynn Valley Rd,North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2A1

Discuss volunteer activities
Assign volunteers to each activity
Discuss venue ideas
Schedule another meeting

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed for the Following:

Media & Advertising:

Flyers (template to come)
List of places to leave or hang flyers
Newspaper ads
Press-release (to come)

Donation Committee:
Keep track of donations, funds coming in
Prepare, distribute and collect donation forms

Solicit sponsors:

Sample sponsor solicitation letter included
Information sheet about SPD foundation included
Donation is exchange for free Promotion at the event
Decide what kind of free promotion
Organize the free promotion
Donate products for a draw (check legal term in our area)
Donate products to sell in goodie bags
Donate service?

Silent Auction
Sell Goodie bags

Wall of Fame:
Organize wall of fame
Solicit parents to share their story

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SENSORY SHOWTIME Volunteer Meeting

SENSORY SHOWTIME Volunteer Meeting

The meeting will be held at 10am on Saturday August 22nd at

Munch Family Restaurant
143 – 1233 Lynn Valley Rd,North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2A1

The restaurant is in the Lynn Valley Town Centre at the corner of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain highway. Chosen so you don’t need to worry about babysitters; bring your children and they can play nearby in the stunning children’s play area. Playtime at Munch is always FREE; but since we will be there during mid-morning drop-in, please remember to purchase at least a small coffee. Which, by the way, is delicious!

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer, but can not attend the meeting. I will email you the agenda and list of suggestions on how you may help.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SENSORY SHOWTIME - volunteers needed

In October, I will be hosting SENSORY SHOWTIME, an awareness weekend featuring “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story,” a touching documentary about one dad’s struggle to help his son, and a short video about (sensory processing disorder) SPD and the SPD Foundation. We hope to have local families share their personal stories, and plan to conduct fundraising activities.

We will be one of 75 international venues coordinating a Showtime event in October during (US) National Sensory Awareness month. The goal is to raise general awareness of SPD and funds to help underwrite the final push for recognition of SPD in the 2012 revision of the DSM.

To make this public service activity possible, I am asking you to help me by sending this post to anyone who may be interested in volunteering for this event. Please consider volunteering yourself. A meeting of volunteers will take place on Saturday August 22nd, during the first SPD – Parent Connections meeting. The place and time are still to be determined, but all information will be posted on the following blog: http://sensationalchildren.blogspot.com/. All people interested can send me a comment via the sensational children blog or email me at dmastromatteo@shaw.ca.
Thanks for your time and participation in this sensational event.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least one in twenty children. Children with SPD don't process or experience sensory information the way other typical children do; therfore, they don't behave the way other children do. They struggle to perform tasks that come easier for other children. Consequently they suffer a loss of quality in their social, personal, emotional and academic life.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is dedicated to continue their research into the knowledge and treatment of SPD, so that, as Lucy Jane Miller writes in her book "Sensations Kids", "the millions of sensational children currently "muddling through" daily life will enjoy the same hope and help that research and recognition already have bestowed on coutless other conditions that once baffled science and disrupted lives."