For most families, summer is a much-welcomed break. They plan vacations and may alter their schedules by staying up late or sleeping in. It’s time to relax and have some fun! Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Summer break can be a source of anxiety for many special needs families, because it means a change
What do Labradoodles, ball pits and waterfalls have in common? They are all part of the alternative methods used by Sunshine Institute, a mental health practice located in Findlay.
Activities are often more difficult for families with special needs— going to the movies is definitely one of those things. Movies can be a great family activity, but for some children with special needs movies can be too loud, too bright and theaters have etiquette expectations that can be quite challenging! Sitting still and being
For parents of children who struggle with sensory issues, Halloween presents particularly challenging questions: What fabrics will my child tolerate? How will my child react to noises during trick-or-treat? Will my child panic due to the crowds? Christina Treece, President of Friends of Blanchard Valley School, notes that costumes are especially difficult for children with
Do you have a teenager that is struggling to stay at grade level or one that would benefit from moving ahead? Does he or she have challenges in the classroom? Findlay Digital Academy is designed for students whose needs, desires or circumstances would best be served by a non-traditional educational model. It is an online
Within Blanchard Valley Center, a team from the Service and Support Administration (SSA) helps people of all ages and abilities find the services and support they need. SSA is a statewide program with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. A service and support administrator (SSA) is a person who works for a County Board of
Governor John Kasich’s new House Bill 49 raises some controversial budget cuts. If the bill is passed, many families in the special needs community may face problems with Medicaid and funding. The proposed budget cut will move The Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH) to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The cuts and the
April is National Autism Awareness Month, focusing a spotlight on a developmental disability that is now prevalent in 1 of every 68 births in the United States. Here in Findlay, students and staff members at The Center for Autism & Dyslexia are scheduling an array of April activities to educate Hancock County residents about this