To most families, the end of a school year is synonymous with going to summer camp, where kids engage in new experiences, make new friends and create life-long memories. Some parents are finding there are unique camps around Northeast Ohio offering much more than the traditional fun activities.
The Heart of Rock and Roll is an event for Special Needs teenagers and adults, ages 16 and older. The event will include a full-scale prom and will be hosted on August 15 at Garfield Church in Pepper Pike from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a community event to provide guests and their families with a night that they will never forget.
Families in Northeast Ohio who have children with special needs have access to a comprehensive website from the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland that identifies and defines resources to help them through their unique challenges.
Animals, art and aquatics are a few examples of non-traditional therapies for children with special needs that can expand their capabilities. Besides their potential for skill-building, they provide plenty of fun by blending excitement with enrichment.
Friends, family, neighbors and grandparents are always sensitive to a child’s needs, but might be equally unsure of whether their choice of a gift will really be useful or even safe. Got Autism, which offers educational and therapeutic products for people on the autism spectrum, provides the following list of gift ideas for those with special needs in every age group, including adult gift options.
Anna Moyer is a Ph.D. student in human genetics and has a younger brother with Down syndrome. She created the “Your Special Chef” visual recipe website as a high school project. She provides some advice on how to make cooking fun and safe for people with special needs.