Free Autism Medical Ids & Wandering Support Services (Limited Time)

MedicAlert Autism is currently (for a limited time) offering, free autism medical Ids and wandering support services.

50% of individuals with autism will wander or elope. For children with autism who wander and are under the age of ten, 42% of outcomes will result in tragedy.

At the link you’ll find information on the importance of autism medical Ids, wandering support service importance, what to do when your loved one goes missing, MedicAlert Found success stories, partnership with law enforcement and how to order autism materials. If you’re interested, please check it out currently enrollment is free.

We have also added this information to our Resources tab here at OurStarsInc.org

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017!

To all the moms, here’s a special #MothersDay message from @OurStarsInc https://goo.gl/mwDfMf

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6 Time & Money Saving Tips For Busy Parents

I’m a busy mom of three and I’m on a super tight schedule, as most parents are these days. I need to save as much time and money as I possibly can while navigating the world of parenthood in the 21st century. Below, I have compiled a quick list of tips that I’ve been using for the past few years to cut down on time and cash.

1) Set a Budget and Try to Stick to It

Ah, a budget. Don’t skip over this advice. Having the amount of money you need to use each month/spending period can help you to save. Try using an Excel spreadsheet, a Planner, a Notebook or an App. Knowing what you spend monthly can cut down on unnecessary spending and those nasty late fees.

2) Set Up Automatic Bill Pay and/or Bill Pay Reminders

Tick Tock, time to pay your Electric Bill. You didn’t forget did you? There are tons of free Bill Pay Apps out there to help keep up with reminders of when bills are do. You’ll also have the ability to sync your credit card accounts, bank accounts, utilities, the list goes on. I have tried quite a few of them, two of my favorite apps are Mint and Every Dollar. I also use the Happy Planner-Budget Planner, which I love most of all, but find one that works for you.

Try this Spring/Summer Planner.

3) Have Your Groceries Delivered

The grocery store is sometimes crowded, exhausting, and high-priced. Enter delivery service! Where I live, there are only a few options for grocery delivery. I have tried Vons/Albertsons and Amazon Fresh, a hand full of times. I have to say, I like Vons/Albertsons most of all. Vons/Albertsons has deals on delivery and free items when you purchase a certain amount. Amazon Fresh requires that you are a prime member and pay an additional fee of $14.99 a month in along with the prime membership fee (not the most ideal if you’re on a budget). Though, I do like the reusable bags Amazon Fresh have for you to keep. The unattended drop times allows delivery without someone being home which is a lot more flexibility in times.

Both delivery services allows you to try them for free. Having my groceries delivered has helped with saving me time, money and energy. Grocery shopping online helps me to cut down on a lot of unnecessary impulse buying. Goodbye candy bars. So, in the end, the fee for membership or delivery is so worth it in the long run. Here is a link to use: Try Amazon Prime Free Trial

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4) Use 1-hour Pick-up

Stop by, hop out, go in, pick-up, head home. Stores like Target, Lowes, Walmart, Staples, Office Depot, JcPenney, and many more, use 1-hour pick up. This method can be quick at times and ordering items ahead guarantees what you’re looking for will be there, instead of walking around the store searching which is tedious.

5) Make Lunches for the Next Day While You’re Making Dinner

While dinner is cooking, instead of resting my feet, I, as quickly as I can, prepare my kids lunches for the following day. This can eliminate double clean up. I also, try to have non-fridge lunch items packed in baggies and put in lunch bags ready to go.

6) Start Planning Your Week on Sunday

There’s no wondering what to wear. Have a full weeks’ worth of clothes picked out. Write out a simple meal plan of the meals including snacks for the week. I promise you, your week will run a lot smoother. This also helps when you are deciding the grocery list.

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Hopefully, these tips are helpful to you. I use or have used all of these tips myself, but try them for yourself.

Looking for those Apps I mentioned? Try Google Play Store or Apple Store.

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OUR STARS INC. Has a New Donor – RALPHS

April 21, 2017 – OUR STARS INC. is proud to let our followers know that we have a brand new donor, Ralphs. That’s right, we are now enrolled in Ralphs community program. This new enrollment means that every purchase our followers make at Ralphs goes towards helping Our Stars Inc. and it is as simple as swiping your Ralphs card and shopping for groceries.

Our mission is to empower families and communities to effectively advocate for all children who have but not limited to special needs like autism, and to provide a safe environment where students and families can learn and engage in social and academic enrichment.

This new partnership with Ralphs will be a tremendous help to us going into the future as our non-profit is highly interested in creating programs that will help to benefit those deeply impacted by autism and other special needs.

Here’s what you should know, if you’re interested in using your Ralphs card to help us.

Get started by registering your Ralphs card online at ralphs.com using our organization name, OUR STARS INC. and/or NPO number #83742. Don’t have access to a computer, then please call 1-800-443-4438 to learn about the alternative sign-up method.

.: I N S T R U C T I O N S :.

– Be sure to have your Ralphs REWARDS card handy and register your card with your organization.
– If a follower does not yet have a Ralphs REWARDS card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Ralphs.
– Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on ‘No Account? Register’ (top right hand corner).
Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create an online account.


– After you confirm your online account in your email inbox, then return to www.ralphs.com and click on Sign In and enter your email address and password.
– Complete your information on this form, then.
– Scroll down to Community Rewards – Enroll.
– Type the NPO number (#83742) or name of organization (OUR STARS INC.) and complete your enrollment process
– REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Our Stars Inc. until after your card is registered.
– Followers must swipe their registered Ralphs REWARDS card or use the phone number that is linked to their registered Ralphs REWARDS card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Have anymore questions concerning the Ralph’s Community program? Try Ralphs FAQ’s.

OUR STARS INC.

Our S.T.A.R.S. (Succeeding Through Autism with Resources and Support) Inc. is a growing non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of parents and children who share common experiences and friendships. We work hard to find resources for our children and to meet day-to-day challenges and successes of our most important mission of parenthood.

We are uniquely different in structure and in the services we provide. We support families through informal meetings, information, referral services, and educational workshops, and host networking events for families. We also, provide advocacy services like assisting parents with IPP or IFSP/IEP binders for peer support.

RALPHS

Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 by George Albert Ralphs and is currently the largest subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger. The original store was located in Los Angeles, California. During the 20th century, Ralph’s became a grocery pioneer, offering self-service markets with checkout stands in distributed locations.

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6 Quick Helpful Tips for an Autism Child’s Successful Visit to Barbershop

I recently took my boys to get haircuts at the barbershop for the first time (Read: Our Trip to the Local Barbershop for a Haircut). Since everything was a such a success, I wanted to share the tips I used to make sure their visit went as smoothly as possible.

TIP #1

Think of a few activities, toys or food your child really enjoys to use as his special reward or bonus. What does he like to do? What makes him happy? Show pictures of the reward. Take an iPad or kindle fire so the child is able to play a game or watch a favorite show while they wait and during the hair cut.

TIP #2

Explain to your child exactly what you are planning to do during the haircut. Have conversations about getting a haircut. Use short sentences or visual supports using personal photos or picture icons. Take pictures while your child is getting a haircut. Take a picture of all the items used. You may also use icons like PECS or Boardmaker. Read a book or make your own with pictures about getting a haircut. Also, have a picture of their special reward for after the hair cut.

TIP #3

Let the barber know to Edge the front, sides and nape of the neck first for a shape-up then cut the hair. Should your child not tolerate a haircut before you or the barber is done, a shape-up will give him a clean, fresh haircut look, even if the hair has not been entirely cut.

TIP #4

Reassure your child during the haircut. Explain each step of the way. Praise him, for example, “Good job keeping your head still. You are sitting so nicely.” “All done, right after…” Let your child know that there is an end in sight. This step may be faded out gradually as your child becomes more familiar with the process.

TIP #5

Once the haircut is done, admire your child’s clean-cut appearance. “You look handsome!” Show him how he looks in the mirror, if tolerated. Take before and after photos so they can see the benefits of getting a haircut.

TIP #6

Remember to give your child a reward or bonus that he will enjoy. Give your child a choice for their bonus. A reward or bonus will show him that although we must do unpleasant things sometimes, we also get to do things that we enjoy.

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