Sensory-Friendly Events in Northeast Ohio: November 2017

Sensory-Friendly Events in Northeast Ohio: November 2017

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Many area organizations and venues plan special events for families of children with special needs or sensory issues. Find many local options below.


Special Needs Open Jump. Exclusively for children with special needs and their siblings. 4:30-6 p.m. Skyzone, 750 Alpha Drive, Highland Hts., 440-596-3400 and 31500 Viking Pkwy., Westlake, 440-414-0444,


Asperger’s Boot Camp for Teens. Meets on 11/8 and 11/22 and covers different social skills topics such as: the art of chit-chat, how to break into a group, and using gestures better. 6:30-8 p.m. Autism Society of Greater Akron, 2858 W. Market St.,

Parent Support Group. Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, 2383 S. Main St., C-100, Akron,


Come Learn with Us. A monthly series of informative topics designed to educate families, the community, and others interested in autism. Third Thursday of every month. Noon-1 p.m. Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Suite 214, Rocky River, 440-895-2001 or [email protected]


Special Saturday. At Get Air, the first Saturday of every month is Special Saturday. On those days, the doors open specifically to the special needs communities from 9-11 a.m. Get Air Cleveland, 7204 Pearl Road, Middleburg Hts. 440-591- 6520,


Sunday Circle. A two-hour drop-off program where children gain positive experiences in group activities while receiving one-on-one attention. Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-377-3000,

November 2

Adapted Story Time. Designed specifically for children with special needs and their families with a schedule board, double visuals, socialization time and sensory opportunities. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parma-Snow Public Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, 440-885-5362,

November 4

Social Skills. A common characteristic of children on the spectrum is poor social skills. Caregivers of children with autism or other disabilities find out how you can improve them. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. United Disability Services Building, 703 S. Main St., Akron,

BLAST Bowling. The mission of BLAST is to provide safe social and recreational activities to people with developmental disabilities. 12:30-3 p.m. Stonehedge Family Fun Center, 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron,

November 5

Turkey Trot Dance. Designed for individuals ages 13 and older with special needs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pine Ridge Country Club. 30601 Ridge Road, Wickliffe,

November 9

Lake/Geauga County Autism Support Group. Open discussion for family, friends and caregivers of those with autism. 6-7:30 p.m. Auburn Technology Learning Center, 8221 Auburn Road, Concord Twp.,

November 10-12

Camp Cheerful Respite Weekend. Two-night session of fun activities for campers of any ability level including sensory walks, recreation and sports, horsemanship activities and more. Achievement Centers for Children, Camp Cheerful, 1500 Cheerful Lane, Strongsville,

November 11

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showing: — Thor: Ragnarok. AMC turns the lights up and the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing. 10 a.m.-noon. AMC Ridge Park Square, 4788 Ridge Road, Brooklyn,

Elementary Experiences — Social Series: Assessing and Reacting to Problems. Ellen Spear of Lakeshore Speech Therapy LLC will help determine how big or little a problem is and knowing what strategies will work to help deal with that problem. For families and their children (ages 7-12) who are struggling in an area of development. 1 p.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road,

Special Needs Lego Club. This Lego Club is specifically for children with special needs and is a great opportunity for socialization. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Willowick Public Library, 263 E. 305th St., 440-943-4151,

November 12

Sensory-Friendly Movie. A sensory-friendly environment including more light, less sound and the option to move around the room for children with special needs and their families. 2 p.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, 440-871-2600,

November 15

Evidence-Based Practices: The Long & Short of It. Free program presented by Dr. Rachel Avner Torrance, owner of Accessing Abilities LLC Behavioral and Educational Consulting, who will help identify the term Evidence Based Practices (EBP) and the process in determining which interventions are effective. 7-8:30 p.m. Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center, 26900 Cedar Road, rachelavnertorranceevidence

November 16

Empowering Families: What to expect when your child has physical and medical needs. Hear from Ohio Family to Family (Ohio F2F) staff on how to build on and increase your family’s strengths. Learn from Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio on how to make your home accessible. Find helpful resources and network with others facing similar needs. 6:30-8 p.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road,

November 18

Sensory Story Time. Children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and typically developing peers. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Northwest Akron Public Library, 1720 Shatto Ave., 330-643-4702,

November 29

Sensory Friendly “Carol.” A sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol, making live theater accessible to students and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. 11 a.m. Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland,

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