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Old July 28th, 2016, 08:37 AM   #581
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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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...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...
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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 Cuyahoga County, 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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The subject of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the Cleveland metropolitan area of Ohio.

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

Nearby Mahoning County in Ohio is home to the Knapp Center for Childhood Development. The Knapp Center for Childhood Development is a Boardman, Ohio-based nonprofit that offers Applied Behavious Analysis Services, social skills groups, and parent support sessions...
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...hundreds of residents from the Mahoning Valley joined together in Youngstown to take part in the first Autism Speaks walk in our region.

The walk and events are raising awareness and money for research.

Dr. Julie Knapp, Chairwoman of the walk and director of the Knapp Center for Childhood Development in Boardman, says there is help and hope.

Knapp says for most children with autism if they're not showing their abilities it's because we're failing in the way we're teaching them.

She says we need to change our way of reaching them so they can reach their optimal potential.

Estee Thomas from Cornersburg says the more money they raise the more research that can be done to figure out what causes autism, and to find out if there is anything we can do to treat it and possibly stop it.

Thomas and her friend, Breanne Ludt, say children and adults who have autism are special even if they need help or extra attention.
Before the walk even began, 39-thousand dollars had already been raised through various fund raisers.

Many of the people taking part in the walk, down Federal Street to Commerce and back to the starting point ...have a special reason for being here.

Some have relatives who have been diagnosed with autism.

Crystal Ruscoe's son was just diagnosed with a form of autism seven weeks ago.

She tells 21 News there is help available.

She is walking to raise money and has faith that one day researchers are going to find a cure so no family has to hear the news her family had to hear.

She says finding a cause and cure is very, very important to her...
Here is a link to a video on the Knapp Center for Childhood Development from a couple of years ago:



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

The Galvin Education and Resource Center for Families (GERCF) is a Cuyahoga County, Ohio-based nonprofit that provides new information and educational resources to Northeast Ohio families and professionals and introduces programs/interventions currently unavailable in the greater Cleveland metro area. Over five years ago, the GERCF announced the opening of the Warrensville Heights, Ohio-based Creative Learning Academy Prechool, which nurtures and guides children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through occupational, speech & behavioural therapy services...
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Building Blocks Therapy and Galvin Therapy Center will be opening a facility in late May ...offering more options for children with developmental disabilities.

Building Blocks Therapy gives applied behavioral analysis ...therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Galvin Therapy Center provides a range of pediatric therapy evaluations and treatment services for infants, children and young adults.

Rechama Jacobovitch, clinical director at Building Blocks Therapy in Warrenville Heights, said she and her husband, Oshie, moved to the area three and a half years ago and saw the need for [Applied Behaviour Analysis] services. Now, a lot of their clients are west so they wanted to open up a location where they are the closest to their clients.

"Obviously we had a need on the west, and we are within 20 minutes of our clients," Oshie Jacobovitch said. "So we're kind of in everyone's backyard."

One of the biggest reasons they picked [the new location] is the convenience of Interstate 90 being nearby, he said.

"We know how many people are moving west to [the new location]; young families are starting their families," said Kara Brogan, clinical director at Galvin Therapy Center. "So that was definitely a push. And the other piece is we knew there weren't as many therapeutic centers even further west."

The partnership just kind of grew when Oshie and Rechama moved to the area, she said.

Galvin Therapy Center offers a number of services, Brogan said, including occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, and more. And the [Applied Behaviour Analysis] services Building Blocks offers brings it all together, she added.

Brogan said each child is different and needs different services.

Rechama Jacobovitch said they work to provide therapy at homes, schools or at the facility itself. Between the two companies, they serve hundreds of families, Brogan said.

Barrie Galvin, president and founder of Galvin Therapy Center, said most of the children they treat have autism.

"So we have children with motor skill issues, behavioral issues, with attention issues, focus issues and function issues," she said, adding other issues. "Some of the children might have it really mild to really severe. So we have this whole range."

No matter what, Galvin said, they will do whatever it takes to help a child. If a service isn't working as well as they thought, they will find something else...
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The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the state of Ohio.

The Autism Society of Greater Akron is an Akron, Ohio-based non-profit that has a mission of improving the lives of all impacted by Autism. The non-profit believes that each individual with autism is a unique and important member of society deserving dignity, respect, and an equal opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life...
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Tristan Cahoon is like many other second-graders at [the Coventry Local School district's elementary school].
He likes to play ...the 8-year-old hasn't let his autism slow him down.

Michelle Cahoon, Tristan's mother, spoke to ...School first- and second-graders about autism ...as part of National Autism Month. She is vice president of the Greater Akron Chapter of the Autism Society of America and gives speeches throughout Ohio about autism, "a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others," according to the Autism Society of America.

"People with autism have normal brains that are just wired a little differently," said Cahoon, who also told students her son is just like them, but autism causes him to behave differently.
Cahoon explained Tristan is sometimes loud and makes noises or moves his hands.

"I want you to understand that he's not being bad," she said. "It's just hard for him to talk to kids."

Tristan may interrupt a group of students or walk in between them, said his mother, but he's not trying to intentionally hurt anyone.

"I am asking you to be kind and to use kind words," she said. "You should treat Tristan and all other kids kindly."

Tristan appeared on two local billboards in April reminding people that children with autism are intelligent and unique, said Cahoon. The billboards were sponsored by the Greater Akron Chapter of the Autism Society of America and Clear Channel Outdoor.

...The cause of autism is not known, and the diagnosis ranges from mild to severe. Autism is treatable, but there is no cure, according to the Autism Society of America.

...Cahoon said. "Some children with autism can't express their feelings and become overwhelmed. My goal is to talk to kids early. If we educate kids, we'll educate parents in regards to disabilities and understanding."

...Elementary [School] Principal Tim Bryan agreed.

"We need to get a better understanding of why someone is different and accept everyone," he said.

"Communication is the biggest issue these children face," said special education teacher Kathleen Parker.

...Children accept special education students at school, according to Betti Troyer, another ...special education teacher [at the elementary school.]

"Once students get past fear and realise it's nothing you can catch or they won't get hurt, they play together and talk in the hallways," she said.

Second-grader Hannah Tripodi is Tristan's neighbor and good friend. Hannah said she and Tristan like to play together at recess.

"He may not answer my questions, but he will always be my friend," she said.

...Cahoon said she would like to see more research conducted on autism.
..."We need to become a world who accepts these kids for who they are and understand differences as best as we can. We need to find the abilities in the disabilities."
Here is a link to photos from the Autism Society of Greater Akron's '6th annual Akron Autism 5k Run & Walk' from a couple of months ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aso_gr...7670125625385/


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

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is a Mahoning County, Ohio-based nonprofit that aims to work to improve the quality of life for those individuals, including children, living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It serves Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties...
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The Southern Park Mall hosted the Second Annual Autism and Disability Awareness Fair on March 21. Parents and children came to the fair to get information, share information and to merely have their children come and play -- activities were provided by The Autism Society.

Jen Gonda, a staff member of The Autism Society, said they had a huge turnout throughout the day of inquiring people and those wishing to help and get help. This fair was a kickoff event for April, Autism Awareness Month.

"We didn't feel like we had a place for everyone to come together and connect," Gonda said. "So that's how this idea came together... We wanted to get our information out to as many people as possible."

Aundrea Cika, director of the Mahoning Valley Autism Society, said this was a source that everyone seeking more information could come to, it wasn't just limited to a certain people.

...Cika went on to say that there is so much misinformation out there now due to sharing of personal stories, websites dedicated to help others and purely situational data that just doesn't suit everyone with a child who has a disability -- the organization was started to help those searching for answers find them.

...The Autism Society has staff with a goal to better decipher accurate information from the inaccurate and disseminate the accurate information as efficiently as possible to mass amounts of people.
Here is a link to a video from the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley from about six months ago: https://www.facebook.com/autismmv/vi...3607882087260/


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Default Re: 'Agricultural specialisterne': rural employment revolution for those with Autism

After a 6 year thread length and no other member replying, what has this to do with pheromones?
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