While Northeast Ohio has many family-fun places to visit in the winter, some families still face the challenge of finding sensory-friendly venues to visit with their loved ones with autism. Luckily, many popular attractions in the area are now considering the ways in which they can be more inclusive to all visitors. Below are a few larger attractions now providing fantastic accommodations for individuals with sensory processing issues.
Children are not born with executive functioning skills, they are born with a capacity to develop them. Executive function filters distractions, focuses attention, and prioritizes resources to meet life’s changing demands. However, some children — and adults — have difficulties establishing these skills.
Some children grab something they shouldn’t or might yell, scream or jump. While this can be often seen as part of development, sometimes there is more to these impulsive behaviors.
As families look to the year ahead, it is natural to ask how you can better ensure a more productive and positive year for your loved one on the spectrum. Haley Dunn from Milestones Autism Resources answers some common questions she gets this time of year as parents and family members of people with autism assess their goals for the year ahead.
Connecting for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, will be expanding to the east side in 2018 by offering its popular Music Therapy & More at the Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library. This expansion is made possible through the Callahan Foundation and a partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library.
“Up until now, we’ve offered programming only on the west side at libraries in Elyria, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights and Westlake,” said Sarah Rintamaki, executive director.
Music Therapy & More is a hands-on family training program for children, ages 0-6 years, who are struggling in an area of development. It is designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills, as well as behavior. The program is led by a board certified music therapist from Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. This program is offered free of charge. Because of limited space, all families must register.
Visit connectingforkids.org/music to see upcoming dates and to register. The first program in Solon will be offered on Friday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. and then offered on a monthly basis throughout the school year.