The Champions Group in Findlay will be meeting over the summer to assist local children and special needs adults with important skills needed to thrive in their daily lives. Skills to be taught and practiced during the group sessions include: social interaction, problem solving, anger management, self-control, communication, responsibility, self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership.
“The group started because I noticed that the schools and the parents worked hard all school year to make progress in a child’s behavioral issues, then in the summer the students would regress,” said Dionne Kinninger, clinical counselor and group facilitator. “Our goal is to keep that momentum going so the students don’t lose the progress they’ve made.”
Kinninger, a facilitator of similar groups for 20 years, is very excited about the improvements that participants are making, both for their own lives and for the community. The group has been meeting in Findlay for four years now, with between 100 and 120 participants each year.
The Champions Group is a part of Century Health, and new participants first need to be seen for an intake appointment. The group is covered by Medicaid and most other insurance providers. Classes for the summer session began on May 31, though new applicants are still being accepted. The sessions take place at Glenwood Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Participants attend on both days, for two hours each day.
Session times are as follows, though some flexibility can be arranged for sibling groups, based on age and developmental needs: 9-11am, 3-6 year olds; 11am-1pm, grades K-2; 1-3pm, grades 3-5; 3-5pm, middle and high schoolers; 5-7pm, developmentally delayed adults.
For more information,
call or text Dionne Kinninger at (419)-348-9511