Having a Successful Sensory Halloween

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

A School Choice with Impressive Results

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

When Summer Doesn’t Feel Like a Break

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

Proposal makes cuts to BCMH, moves it to new Medicaid program

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

The Center For Autism & Dyslexia To Promote Autism Awareness In April

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

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

By Sarah Lyons & Rick Neale A typical morning in my home begins with the words, “My clothes hurt me. They are too loose. I need new clothes.” As a result, I begin the search for the “right” clothes for my 4-year-old daughter. After much time, many tears, lots of tight hugs, and a good

All Abilities Day At The Children’s Museum Of Findlay

Children who have special needs can enjoy their own fun at the Children’s Museum of Findlay. The museum, in partnership with the Friends of Blanchard Valley School, offers an “All Abilities Day” at the museum, housed at the Findlay Village Mall. It is held outside of the museum’s regular hours to allow those who are

Exceptional Families Raising Extraordinary Kids

These local families are making a difference in the community through their amazing kids and their big hearts! Meet them and find out about their stories. The Faisant Family Parents: John and Antonia Children: Mikayla, 10, and Julien, 8 Special needs considerations: Mikayla has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and developmental delays. How did you realize

Special Needs Guide 2016

Awakening Minds Art 515 S. Main St. | Findlay 419-302-3892 | awakeningmindsart.org Awakening Minds Art is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs designed for children and adults with special needs. Individuals can take part in 1:1 and group programming offerings that focus on practicing and achieving their non-art related goals (IEP goals, fine

Parade Aid for Special Needs Kids

Awakening Minds Art will offer free activities to keep children safe and entertained during the sometimes-chaotic fun of the downtown Findlay Halloween parade. Spooky Candy Crafts The studio will open at 5pm to the general public, with free crafty Halloween/candy-themed activities. According to AMA director Sarah Crisp, “this is intended to keep youth entertained while