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Old July 22nd, 2016, 08:24 AM   #581
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The subject of yesterday's post was Cincinnati being home to its own annual 'Walk Now for Autism Speaks', the nonprofit that is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation. The event is held at the Coney Island amusement park and waterpark located 10 miles east of Downtown Cincinnati.

West Chester, Ohio-based ABC Pediatric Therapy Network lives it’s mission of 'creating the best life for all children' by providing the highest quality of speech, physical, and occupational therapy in a child friendly environment. ABC's child-directed approach is fun for kids, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and helps them achieve their goals faster than more traditional therapy methods...
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For the two women who own ABC Pediatric Therapy Network, it's all about balance.
There is, of course, the most literal meaning: Children who come for treatment at the West Chester-based company ­- which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy - sometimes work on balance issues, among many others.

But the balance theme goes way beyond that. CEO Susan Baenziger and CFO Diane Crecelius, both working mothers, are constantly balancing those competing demands. And in a female-dominated profession, they face the challenge of providing a flexible work environment for their employees while meeting the needs of the company. Not to mention the biggest balancing act of all: Trained as therapists and not business owners, they've struggled to marry their love of treating patients with all the hundreds of details that go into running a business.
It isn't always easy, they say, but it's always rewarding. And it seems to be working.

...What might look simply like funky swings, trampolines, climbing areas and wooden playsets actually provide opportunities for kids to improve everything from muscle control and gravitational insecurity to sensory issues and language challenges, said Crecelius. Both women say what they think sets ABC apart is the extremely child-friendly environment, different than a typical hospital or doctors office setting.

"Kids don't really realize they're going there for therapy. They think they're going there for fun," said Baenziger.

...The co-owners for years have met regularly with doctors, asking them what they're hearing from patients, what needs aren't being met and how they can help educate doctors on how they work. "We want the doctors to let us know if they hear feedback about us, that someone was not helpful on the phone or whatever it is, so we can improve," said Crecelius.
Here is a link to a ABC Pediatric Therapy television spot:



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The subject of yesterday's post was the West Chester, Ohio-based ABC Pediatric Therapy Network, which lives it's mission of 'creating the best life for all children' by providing the highest quality of speech, physical, and occupational therapy in a child friendly environment. ABC's child-directed approach is fun for kids, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and helps them achieve their goals faster than more traditional therapy methods...

ABC has teamed up with the Great Miami Valley YMCA, and the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields to create a baseball program for the special needs community, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields is a Fairfield, Ohio-based nonprofit that is not a place, rather it's a team of people — a lot of people, dedicated to the idea that "Every kid, with every challenge, should get every chance to play baseball"...
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...The complex at 4850 Groh Lane celebrated its grand opening Saturday. with about a half-dozen kids emerging from the corn planted around the ball field — a tip of the hat to the movie 'Field of Dreams.' Combing through the corn with the kids was Sean Casey, a former first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.
"There's some bugs in that corn, I just want to let you know," Casey said, smiling after he trotted on to the field, a $3 million project that brought in about $2.5 million in donated materials, said Kim Nuxhall, Joe's son, who had to hold back tears more than once.
"We persevered, and the cream has risen to the top," he said. "Thank you for making these fields of dreams fields of reality."
After Nuxhall's opening remarks came his ceremonial first pitch, thrown very high, causing Casey to have to stretch to catch it. Then, for the first time, dozens of special needs kids from Warren and Butler counties took the field, playing the first youth exhibition game.
One team was from Warren County, the other team was from Butler County. No official score was kept, as the kids were playing strictly for the fun of it. The field has a rubberized surface that makes it easy for kids in wheelchairs to 'run' the bases. It also lessens the chance of injury should anyone fall. Playing with wiffle balls, some kids batted off of a tee.
The first at-bat of the game was Tyler Wooley, who played on the Warren County team, who wheeled his chair to first base — then wheeled it back to home, to the delight of the crowd.

...Some of the kids were as young as 5, such as Josh and Aidan Petredids of Fairfield, twins who are both autistic. Before the game, Aidian was having fun sitting in the ball container, playing with the multi-colored wiffle balls. He also got a chance to hit one of them and run toward base during the game.
"It's neat to see them get a chance to do this," said their grandfather, Mike Delehanty.
Kristy Preston-Stagg, the spokeswoman for the Miracle League, said Saturday's event drew about 2,000 people even before the evening fireworks show.
"It was better than we could have ever imagined. We've very proud of everyone who made this dream come true. It's a miracle, I should say."
Those who want information about joining a league or volunteering can call (513) 829-NUXY for more information. The Great Miami Valley YMCA is handling the youth leagues, for ages 5 [and over]...
Here is a link to a video on this program:


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The subject of the last few posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio.

The Cincinnati Center For Autism (CCA) is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based non-profit that was formed with the sole purpose of improving the outcome for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. CCA is committed to offering a variety of programs which address communication, education, social, and behavioural needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to assure that they are able to achieve happy, fulfilling lives...
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..."He had met every developmental milestone on time or early, upper end of growth chart, chubby, healthy," said Vicki Sotack.

Sotack's now 6-year-old son Nathan who went to the doctor and received shots when he was one.

"Within about five hours of that fateful day's well check, he lost his ability to speak," said Sotack.

Nathan goes to school at the Mason Early Childhood Learning Center.

He can communicate using a device that also lets him playgames and read. He does not speak and in spite of therapy and cross country trips to doctors, autism won't ease its grip.

Sotack continues to search for answers for her son.

A group at the Cincinnati Center for Autism in Fairfield are taking a break from school at the best room in the house — the swing room.

"The story is that there's no known cause and no known cure forautism," said Amanda Tipkemper-Sparks, Executive Director at the Cincinnati Center for Autism.

Tipkemper Sparks says their job is to concentrate on the present and the possibilities with the whole family.

"The only thing we can do as professionals is support that family in the process of grief, healing, moving on and seeking treatment," added Tipkemper Sparks...
Here is a link to a video showing the Cincinnati Center For Autism in action: https://www.facebook.com/parish.rc/videos/76893523023/


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio.

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based non-profit dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Once a month families of children who have Autism are invited to the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati's Clippard Family branch for free nights where siblings and parents can participate in recreational activities or simply visit with one another...
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On a sunny winter afternoon, a group of pre-school boys and girls are running around the playground at the Clippard Family YMCA, some laughing as they fly down the slide, while others try to touch the sky as they are pushed on nearby swings.

These children are a little different than most enjoying a fun afternoon of play; these children have an autism spectrum disorder.

...The National Autism Association reports that autism generally appears before the age of three and is more common in boys than girls. Research by the CDC indicates that the earlier autism is recognized, the more you can do to help a child reach his or her full potential.

Two YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branches now offer specialized autism programs for pre-school children. “My goal for children in our program is for them to be able to graduate from here and move into the least restricted environment possible,” said Courtney Lee, director of the autism programs at the Blue Ash and Clippard Family YMCAs. “The setting here at the Y allows the children so much exposure socially.”

There is a 2:1 student ratio in the autism program and children receive ABA-based individual instruction, along with access to a behavior analyst. Speech, water, gymnastic classes, and much more is available on a weekly basis.

...“When my son first began attending the Y Autism Center, the only four word sentence he said was ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.’ Now, a year later he constantly amazes me with his growing vocabulary,” said Jennifer Zielinksi of Monfort Heights. “The staff at the Y constantly encourages him to do more. He is even learning passwords for his iPad! The sky is the limit.” She is hopeful that her 5-year-old can attend mainstream classes by third grade...
Here is a link to a video on the above-mentioned YMCA of Greater Cincinnati's Autism program:


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio.

Melodic Connections is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower the lives of individuals with special learning needs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, through music. Students can experience music with a board certified music therapist, from infant Sing and Sign classes to adapted guitar and keyboard lessons for students age 7 and older...
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Audience members sing along to Journey and Bruno Mars. They sway to B.B. King and traditional jazz standards. Concerts by the students of Melodic Connections defy stereotypes and create bonds through rhythm and joy.

"It's about the enjoyment of the experience," says Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh, founder and executive director of the non-profit. She says the best part of the shows, which highlight the talents of students with a wide range of disabilities, is the expression of excitement, of accomplishment, on students' faces. "I try to make it an interactive experience."

Some of the guitars have stickers under the strings that guide student fingers. Others have the aptly named easy chord adaptive device. Keyboards have color-coded keys. Students use color-coded sheet music.

Nuseibeh, a music therapist and special education teacher, started Melodic Connections in 2008 after watching the dramatic transformation of one of her students with autism...

Other students learn typing skills after learning color coding on keyboards. A silent student began to sing. Another stubborn eater began to take bites to the beat of a drum. Music, Nuseibeh knows, offers a gateway to more than just melodies.

She founded Melodic Connections to provide an affordable way to give anyone who needed it access to music therapy-based services. She now teaches more than 40 students [from the age of 7] and has watched them perform at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club downtown, the Southgate House in Newport and Union Terminal, along with other art galleries, clubs and museums.

While the lessons move students forward in musical and practical ways, the performances bring students and their parents a different kind of satisfaction, Nuseibeh says. As performers throw their hands in the air and say, "rock and roll," their parents watch, breathing in the sweetness of success in a space where their children always get a standing ovation.
Here is a link to a video of students from Melodic Connections performing at the Blue Wisp for an annual Winter Concert from two-and-a-half years ago:


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio.

Linden Grove is a private, state-accredited, Cincinnati, Ohio-based nonprofit school that offers an alternative learning program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Linden tree is an ancient symbol of hope and joy — Linden Grove reflects growth and nurturing; the linden leaf symbolizes the three-pronged approach of Linden Grove School's education policy: integrating academics, social skills and therapies...
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"Everything is Awesome at Linden Grove School" was the theme of this year's Signature Event on March 12, 2016 at the Oasis Banquet and Conference Center in Loveland. More than three hundred guests enjoyed a fabulous silent auction with over one hundred items, buffet dinner, and program highlighting the school's innovative Lego Education Program. Linden Grove School provides a specialized, progressive educational program for ...students with autism and other related learning needs. ...the program partners with families in a respectful, rewarding, and supportive environment, inspiring hope for all and providing each student with opportunities for personal growth and independence.
The school's Signature Event is its main fundraiser supported by school families, board, and the community. With key funding from the Hatton Foundation and volunteer support from GE Aviation, Linden Grove's Lego Education program has become an important way to engage and encourage students to interact, work together and solve problems. Linda Hart, Principal of Administration says,"The Lego education program has been transforming. It has been one of the most impactful programs that we have ever offered. It definitely sets us apart from other schools. The Lego Program at Linden Grove School provides the skills and experiences that will make our students more marketable in the fields of science, engineering, and technology."
With the help of the auction team of parent volunteers, the event raised over $100,000 in support of Linden Grove School. Included in the total was almost $30,000 raised during the event for wiggle chairs, special desks, smart boards and improvements in school furniture and learning environment. With so much support, everything really is awesome at Linden Grove! Event sponsors were Tape Products Company, Emergency Online Training and Fifth Third Bank.
April is National Autism Awareness month...
Here is a link to a video of some students at the Linden Grove School listening to each other and communicate through music from five years ago: https://www.facebook.com/lindengrove...type=2&theater


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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio.

In the northeast of Ohio, the Center for Autism at the nonprofit Cleveland Clinic Children's 'Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus', is the only one in Ohio offering diagnostic services and treatment based on applied behavioral analysis in an educational setting. Housed in the Debra Ann November Wing, the Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism is a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to provide a low-stimulation learning environment...
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In honor of National Autism Awareness month, the 45 Panera Bread bakery-cafe's in Northeast Ohio are hosting its fifth annual "Pieces of Hope for Autism" campaign. From Monday, April 11th through Sunday, April 17th 100% of proceeds from each puzzle piece cookie sold will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism. Puzzle Piece Shortbread cookies are unique to the area and can be purchased in the Northeast Ohio Panera Bread bakery-cafes or pre-ordered online...

Over the last four years Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises has donated over $225,000 to Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism through the "Pieces of Hope for Autism" fundraiser. The funds raised benefit the behavioral treatment program as well as research at Cleveland Clinic Children's. The behavioral treatment program provides community outreach and behavioral treatment to high need children with autism that have difficulty accessing services. The program focuses on both parent training and direct child therapy to improve social and communication skills.

The students at Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism receive specialized care specific to their individual needs. This year's fundraiser features 5-year-old student Kaz. Just a few weeks ago, Kaz said hello to a classmate for the first time, a simple social exchange his mom, Katrina, witnessed firsthand; and one that she thought she may never see. As a toddler, Kaz was unable to communicate using words or gestures. Kaz's parents ...traveled throughout the nation for two years dedicating their lives to providing the best opportunity for Kaz after learning he was on the spectrum. They moved across the country to Cleveland in 2014 to enroll Kaz in Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism, and credit Kaz's continued development to the intensive, individualized therapy he receives there.

"Our Panera Bread family is thrilled to support Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism during National Autism Awareness Month," said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread. "The Covelli team of expert bakers created the specialty cookie as a way to show support for those affected by autism in our communities. That is what we strive to do at Panera Bread, make a positive difference in the community through our products and bakery-cafes."

"We are happy to continue our partnership with Panera Bread again this year to raise awareness for Autism," said Tom Frazier, Ph.D., Director of Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism. "The Panera Bread Pieces of Hope campaign educates the public and brings awareness to our local communities about autism."

Throughout the months of March and April, Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism is also the Operation Dough-Nation partner in the 45 Northeast Ohio area bakery-cafes. All of the money collected in the canisters will be donated to the cause...
Here is a link to a video from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism:


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The subject of yesterday's post was the Center for Autism at the nonprofit Cleveland Clinic Children's 'Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus', is the only one in Ohio offering diagnostic services and treatment based on applied behavioral analysis in an educational setting. Housed in the Debra Ann November Wing, the Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism is a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to provide a low-stimulation learning environment.

Staying in the Cleveland metropolitan area, Milestones Autism Resources is a Beachwood, Ohio-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals on the Autism Spectrum by educating, coaching and connecting the Autism community with evidence-based information. Its vision is to be a community in which individuals on the Autism Spectrum reach their full potential as contributing members of society, recognised for their strengths and supported in their challenges...
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The doctor’s verdict sent shivers down the spines of Michael and Carrie Gedeon. There was a reason their daughter seemed not to be talking and communicating like other three-year-olds. Cora had a developmental disability, the doctor said. Almost certainly, she had autism.

No parent is prepared to hear that their child is not like other children, said Michael Gedeon, an engineer who, like most fathers, envisioned his little girl rising in predictable steps from childhood to wonder years.

But there was something else the Gedeons were even less prepared for that day five years ago. After pronouncing autism, the doctor did not have much else to say.

“It’s not like any other doctor visit where you’re told, ‘You have a cold, take this,’ " said Carrie Gedeon, an information technology manager. “There wasn’t even a follow-up appointment.”

They did go home with the website address to the Milestones Autism Organization, that proved invaluable. At Milestones, a nonprofit agency that guides and educates families of children with autism, the Gedeons talked with people who understood their fear and confusion.

Sooner than they expected, they were meeting other local parents of children with autism, learning ways to connect with Cora and to pull her into their world.

“Really, it was the first place where we were given any kind of action, where we could do something,” Carrie said. “The worst thing is not knowing what to do.”

...From the start, Milestone has sought to connect parents with knowledge of the best practices. That thrust is showcased at its annual conference, which brings leading autism experts and therapists to Cleveland to share their knowledge with local parents and professionals.

Through Milestone, the Gedeons learned how to understand Cora and how to reach her. They learned to break down games into simple steps so that Cora could play. They learned how to address bad behavior and to help her to verbalize her desires.

“It sounds so simple. But all those parenting books geared toward a typical child, they don’t apply,” Carrie said.

They shared the therapeutic techniques with Cora’s grandparents and babysitters, enveloping their child in a learning environment.

Today, Cora is a curious, talkative eight-year-old who bounds about her Mentor home in bright purple glasses. She’s is fond of her Rapunzel doll, guitar and neighborhood school, where she works hard to perform at grade level.

The Gedeons know her progress will never be simple and that there are many milestones yet to pass on her journey to independent living. They feel relieved an agency like Milestones is nearby.

“We’ll be back asking for help and strategies,” Carrie said. “I feel so much better knowing that it’s here.”...
Here is a link to photos from Milestones Autism Resources bowling fundraiser, 'Strike it Big', from last year: Bowling for Autism: Strike it Big 2015 | Milestones Autism Resources


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Building Blocks Therapy is a Warrensville Heights, Ohio-based nonprofit that provides Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, addressing and overcoming challenges in various areas of daily living such as academics, behavior, communication, social and life skills. The nonprofit's goal is to help children with Autism integrate more successfully with their environment and learn the skills needed to live a functional and happy life...
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Brandon is a 5 year boy with Autism who is non-verbal...

We worked on getting him to functionally communicate his wants and needs.

Manding is requesting wants and needs when there is an MO (motivational operation) something Brandon wants badly.

Brandon is limited in his wants and desires.

He doesn’t like candy (can u imagine?).

No candy, no ice cream.

He loves Gerber puffs, water and bubbles (he is extremely sensory).

Even though “water” is a hard word for a non verbal child to say, we decided to give it try!

...I shut the faucet and waited for any response from Brandon before turning it on again on.

At the beginning I prompted his mouth, using an echoic prompt and many times a full echoic prompt and then faded the prompt away from full echoic to independent!

...He is now saying “water” completely independently and using it to ask for a bath saying water and a drink.

After a month of Brandon asking for water we took a walk in his neighborhood and guess what, when we saw a stream of water, I asked him, “what is that?’’ and he answered “water!” Hooray! Success!!!
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The subject of the last few posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cleveland metropolitan area of Ohio.

Cleveland hosts its own annual 'Walk Now for Autism Speaks' at around this time of year. Autism Speaks is a non-profit that is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
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More than 5,000 attendees participated in the 9th Annual Cleveland Walk Now for Autism Speaks held on Sunday, August 23rd at Progressive Field.

It was a gorgeous sunny day with the help of our emcees Jason Nicholas (meteorologist from WEWS Ch.5) and 3-time Superbowl Champion Je'Rod Cherry (ESPN Cleveland).

A record 29 service providers participated in the resource fair and entertainment throughout the day included: Zumba, Anna Scott, Chas Burtchett, Andrew Salgado, and Alex Hale.

Local sponsors including Cleveland Clinic Children's, University Hospitals, Energy Focus, Galvin Therapy Center and Building Blocks Therapy all had tents with information and giveaways for our walkers.

Other guests included a Home Depot craft tent, Castle on a Cloud Princesses, 2 Chapters of Alpha Xi Delta face painting, mascots from local sports teams, and the infamous Medina Supply concrete truck with our logo on it.

To date, the event raised more than $150,000 in support of Autism Speaks' mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families...
Here is a link to a video from nine years ago of the annual Cleveland 'Walk Now for Autism Speaks':


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