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NEWSLETTERFebruary2014VCLCchildrenenjoyPetTherapysessionsthroughouttheschoolyear.AtarecentsessioninDecemberClaireandTangofromBideaweevisitedseveralclassrooms.ThePetTherapyprogramhelpspromotethechildrenssociallanguageandcognitivedevelopment.ThechildrenenjoyedpettingandinteractingwithTangothetherapydog.PetTherapyVCLCsdedicatedParentOrganizationnotonlysupportstheAgencysfundraisingeventsbutalsoorganizesseveralfundraiserstobenefitourschoolaswellincludingtheholidaygiftwrapeventclothingsaleandourfamilycouponbooks.InJanuaryourParentOrganizationalsohostedawelcomebackluncheonforVCLCstaffmembers.OnbehalfofthestaffandadministrationwewouldliketothanktheParentOrganizationforgoingaboveandbeyondforusTheFamilyCenterSundayRespiteProgramrecentlyreceivedtwoadditionaliPadsthroughagrantfromtheNassau-SuffolkChapteroftheAutismSocietyofAmericaNSASA.Lastyearin2013NSASAgavetheprogramitsfirstiPad.ThethreeIPadsThankstotheParentOrganizationFamilyCenterSundayRespiteProgramReceivesNSASAGrantforiPadsareawelcomeadditiontotherespiteprogram.ThechildrenusetheiPadstoplaygamesinteractwithothersandexploreinterests.VCLCsFamilyCenterRespiteProgrammeetseighteenSundaysContinuedonpage247HumphreyDriveSyossetNewYork11791o516.921.7171owww.vclc.org