If your toddler has been diagnosed with special needs, early intervention is available to ensure their educational needs are met prior to starting preschool.
It’s not uncommon for children to misbehave or be defiant when following rules set by parents or other authority figures. While some defiance is typical, extreme or excessive actions can be symptoms of a larger issue such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
The Nessa Knows Series, “Paving Pathways for Students with Special Needs,” is a free two-part presentation that features Nessa Siegel, JD, a multi-award winner in her field and a recognized authority in disability and special education.
Autism Speaks, Milestones Autism Recourses and Northeast Ohio Autism Group are teaming up for Autism All-Stars, a fun, family-friendly event during the Lake County Captains game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Aug. 3.
From Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, proceeds from each puzzle piece shortbread cookie sold at Northeast Ohio Panera Bread bakery-cafés or pre-ordered will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism. The funds raised benefit the behavioral treatment program as well as research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
The community safety fair, held in Independence, provides an opportunity for people with autism and their families to engage with first responders while accessing safety resources in a safe, fun and family-friendly environment. There will be free resources and tools to help keep your child safe. Find out how to prepare for an emergency, meet your local first responders, get information about community safety programs, tour emergency vehicles, and receive swim and water safety lessons.
The Up Side of Downs will hold a special reception, presentation and movie screening in celebration of the third annual Cleveland Down Syndrome Day. The Oct. 12 event is free to attend, but registration is required.
Written and photography by Glen Miller
Katherine Simmons, an 18-year-old Medina High School senior, has arthrogryposis — stiffness or constriction in her muscles, joints, tendons or ligaments that restricts normal movement. The teen, who uses a wheelchair, is a student at the Dancing Wheels Company and School, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating the talents of dancers with and without special needs.