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Nonprofit Matters: Child Study Center receives extended training grant

Masonic Home and School of Texas has extended the funding of a training program for parents of children with autism offered in the Behavior Disorders Clinic at Child Study Center in Fort Worth.

The program aims to teach parents effective ways to increase desirable behavior and to decrease problem behavior. Masonic Home and School of Texas started funding this program in 2015 and because of the benefits, success and needs of the community, has doubled the number of families served from 22 to 46.

Founded in 1962, Child Study Center provides diagnosis, treatment and education for children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities to help them achieve their full potential.

The intensive, two-week clinic-based program trains parents in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures. ABA uses scientifically validated behavioral procedures to solve real-life problems. Examples of the problems for which ABA has been effective are aggression, self-injury and deficits in communication and self-help skills.

“The goal of this program is to improve overall family life by teaching parents effective ways to manage disruptive behavior and to teach appropriate replacement behavior,” said Duy D. Le, director of Applied Behavior Analysis and Education.

Masonic Home and School of Texas also provides support for scholarships at the Child Study Center’s Jane Justin School, which delivers individualized education to students ages 3 through 15 with developmental and learning disabilities and behavior disorders.

For more information about this program, contact Cecelia Quinn at 817-390-2889 or cquinn@cscfw.org.

DINE FOR A CAUSE

Kicking off the area’s first Winter Restaurant Week, 22 dining establishments throughout Tarrant County will encourage foodies to dine for charity from Jan. 11 through Jan. 17.

Each participating restaurant will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $29, $39 or $49 per person, with proceeds of $5, $6 or $7 per meal donated to three local charities selected by the restaurant – the Fort Worth Dream Park, GRACE Grapevine or Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Several of the restaurants will extend their special menus for one to two weeks.

Details of Winter Restaurant Week – prix fixe menus, weeks participating, partnering charity and contact information for each establishment – can be found at www.WinterRW.com.

The inaugural Winter Restaurant Week is presented by Frank Kent Cadillac. Additional sponsors include Southlake Travel, Celebrity Cruises and 360 West magazine.

SENIOR HEALTH CARE

IS TOPIC OF SEMINARS

James L. West Alzheimer’s Center will present a series of seminars beginning in January to provide insight into the senior care marketplace, including discussions on home health, memory care, skilled nursing care, hospice and palliative care, and community resources and education.

Sherrain Myles, vice president of marketing at the West Center, will present “Navigating Through the Senior Care Maze: The Who, What, When and Where of Senior Healthcare,” on Jan. 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the center, 1111 Summit Ave. in Fort Worth.

Other topics in the Expert Speakers Series include “Effects of Environmental Exposures & Aging,” by Sid O’Bryant, University of North Texas Health Science Center, on Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m., and “Role of Hormones in Aging Dementia,” by Rebecca Cunningham, UNTHSC, on March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations for the seminars can be made by calling 817-877-1199.

STOCK SHOW GOES PINK

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will turn pink Jan. 26 for the 10th consecutive year in honor of breast cancer survivors.

Rodeo contestants, fans and breast cancer survivors will all wear pink in an effort to raise awareness of the disease. Through a partnership with the Stock Show, Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from general admission and rodeo ticket sales for that day.

And on Feb. 3, the Stock Show will host Cook Children’s Day. One half of the rodeo tickets sold that day will be donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children’s. The Stock Show runs from Jan. 15 through Feb. 6.

FW SISTER CITIES HONORS

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

Volunteer awards and youth scholarships were presented by Fort Worth Sister Cities International during the organization’s annual holiday party in December.

Tara Forrest, a teacher at Fort Worth Country Day, received the Volunteer of the Year award, and Bogdana Oliynyk picked up the Youth Volunteer of the Year award.

Forrest has led the Jr. International Leadership Academy for 10 years and hosted students from Nagaoka, Japan. She also was the delegation leader to Japan for the Harashin scholars program in 2015.

Oliynyk has held several leadership posts on the youth board and traveled to several sister cities, including Guiyang, China, and Bandung, Indonesia. She received the 2015 Sister Cities International Youth Volunteer of the Year award, presented at the national conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Yamagata Emerging Leaders Scholarship was presented to Selin Karsi, who will travel to Trier, Germany, in 2016. The Fort Worth Japanese Society scholarship went to Alisha Sharp, who will travel to Nagaoka and Tokyo.

Henry Chao and Zoe Nichols Payne were recognized as this year’s Rotary International Scholars. The ninth graders will develop and organize a service project to be conducted at a school in Guiyang, China, in June.

FUNDING AND GIFT ROUNDUP …

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House-Fort Worth raised $101,789.57 during its fifth annual Part Tee and Invitational at Mira Vista Country Club on Oct. 11-12 for One Safe Place, a family justice center where more than a dozen agencies provide services to victims of domestic violence. … Stephanie and Brett Parker, founders of Sleeping Baby, maker of the Zipadee-Zip brand of wearable baby blankets, recently gave $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. The Parkers partnered with the Blumenthal family, who stayed at RMH, and donated a percentage of the profits of a special edition “Zippies” to help families in need. … Tarrant Area Food Bank unveiled its new 53-foot tractor-trailer in Denton on Dec. 21. The trailer was made possible by Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter, which awarded a $150,000 Founder’s Grant to the food bank to expand its mobile pantry program. The truck will help deliver food through the Denton Community Food Center, The Salvation Army of Denton, Our Daily Bread, Singing Oaks Church of Christ and the Denton Freedom House. … Dozens of gifts were presented by the Peruvian Association of Dallas Fort Worth to students at the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Eastern Hills Elementary School. PADFW representative Patty Henderson and her husband, Doug, were assisted by District 2 Trustee Tobi Jackson, Principal Paula Brooks and her staff, and Eastside Alliance Director Charles Hodges in delivering the gifts to the children on the last day of classes before the holiday break. … The 2015 Christmas is for Children Radiothon, which supports Children’s Health, the seventh largest pediatric health care provider in the nation, raised a total of $1,003,236 during its annual fundraiser Dec. 10-11. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, CBS Radio DFW broadcast live on 98.7 KLUV, La Grande 107.5 FM and NewsRadio 1080 KRLD.

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