Thank You to Ravalli Electric Co-op Power of Change Program!

$2800 Donation from Ravalli Electric Co-op’s Power of Change program funds sensory kits for Heartism!!

Lights flash, sirens blare and first responders rush to quell the crisis. When emergencies happen we predict the chaos of loud noise and the blast of sirens. For children with special needs these situations can be sensory overload and may endanger lives. As the children thrive on routine and predictability, these unexpected situations are best handled by soothing and protecting them from the loud sounds, abrupt behavior of professionals and bright lights. Heartism is now creating “sensory kits” for all first responders from Florence to Sula! The kits contain sensory filtering items such as earphones and sunglasses plus instructions for the professionals who will have them on hand for individuals with special needs during times of crisis or emergency.

After School Program!

After the devastating fire earlier this year we are excited about our newly remodeled facility and facelift! We are starting our first indoor program since the COVID-19 pandemic. The afterschool program benefits five community youth per session as we are working at 1/2 capacity. Activities included science, art and music enrichment and work focused on supporting regular class work or their usual educational setting. Please contact us to receive details on the next sessions 2020-21.

Exciting HCC Certification!

The HEARTism Community Center has Earned the Certified Autism Center™ Designation

HEARTism Community Center is now a Certified Autism Center™, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The community center staff have completed a training and certification program to build upon their ability to educate and help socialize children with special needs through the exploration of the arts, music, sensory movement and life.  

“HEARTism is excited to be the first, and currently the only, Certified Autism Center™ in the state of Montana,” said Jessica Fitzpatrick, Executive Director at HEARTism. “Our certified professionals and volunteers are implementing their newly acquired techniques and skillset to help each child find success. These trainings and certifications are an important step for HEARTism and our community.”

In addition to the classes designed specifically to meet the needs of the Bitterroot Valley’s children with special needs, HEARTism is expanding services. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, HEARTism Community Center has shifted their focus from large group/community events to one-on-one therapy services such as occupational and physical therapy, music therapy, and hopefully soon, mental health support for families, as needed. They currently redesigned classes to be held outdoors with small groups or via Zoom. HEARTism staff are looking forward to the opportunity in the near future to come back together in communal spaces, as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, they are implementing innovative measures to meet the needs of the community.

“Specialized training and certification are needed so professionals who are working with individuals on the spectrum can help them flourish and thrive – we’re excited that HEARTism has taken the steps to be a leader in their area,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. 

For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical and special education experts, along with individuals with autism, in order to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, personal perspectives, and the latest research in these areas.

IBCCES also created CertifiedAutismCenter.com, as a free online resource for parents that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.

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About IBCCES

Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. 

About IBCCES

Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.

About HEARTism Community Center

In November 2016, HEARTism Community Center opened its doors in downtown Corvallis to provide opportunities for Bitterroot Valley children and families with special needs. HEARTism (Healing Arts for Autism and All Abilities) offers summer camps and year-round classes to children of all ages in a warm, welcoming, sensory-friendly environment. HEARTism mission is to bring families together to celebrate the diverse gifts of children of all abilities through creative fun and encouragement to honor a life beyond labels.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jessica Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of HEARTism

Phone: 406-210-2937

Email: heartism406@gmail.com

Meredith Tekin, President of IBCCES
Phone: 904.508.0135 // 904.434.1534
Email: meredith@ibcces.org

HEARTism Community Center has Earned the Certified Autism Center™ Designation

HEARTISM’S Direction During COVID-19

In addition to the classes designed specifically to meet the needs of the Bitterroot Valley’s children with special needs, HEARTism is expanding services:

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions, HEARTism Community Center is shifting our focus from large group/community events to one-on-one therapy services such as occupational and physical therapy, music therapy (already available to our children online with a music therapist), and hopefully, mental health support for our families, as needed. We are redesigning classes to be held outdoors with small groups and/or Zoom. We look forward to the opportunity in the near future to come back together in our communal space, as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, we are implementing innovative measures to meet the needs of our community.