Find activities for children with special needs and their parents and families. Many events provide sensory-friendly and inclusive activities for all abilities. Check out the following happenings in the region.
*Please check with venues before attending an event to ensure times and availability are valid and to understand health guidelines.
Social Circle. At Friendship Social, participants will play fun games to enhance social skills, build self-confidence, and form friendships. In person 5-6 p.m. Virtual 6:15-7:15 p.m. Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd., Pepper Pike, friendscleveland.com
Friendship Fridays Social Skills Group. This social skills group is a time for children of all abilities, ages 3-8, to come together to learn, share, cooperate, and have fun. Each week we look forward to exciting and challenging social interactions. 9-11 a.m. Above All Therapy, 5425 Warner Rd., Suite 3A, Valley View, abovealltherapy.com
Musical Toolbox. Designed for children with special needs and their families, this fun and engaging music program is conducted by a board-certified music therapist from MTEC, the Music Therapy Enrichment Center. 10:30-11 a.m. North Ridgeville Branch Library, 37500 Bainbridge Rd., 440-327-8326, lorainpubliclibrary.org
Sensory Friendly: Grimmz Fairy Tales for Kids. Great for all families, especially for children with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivity, and other special needs. You can expect a reduction of loud or jarring sounds, no flashing or strobe lighting on stage, modification of house lights during the performance, and more. 2-3 p.m. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, daytonlive.org
Structure Can Prevent Meltdowns. Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Do you wish you had a kit filled with proactive “tools” you could use to get ahead of meltdowns before they start? This program is designed for children with or without developmental concerns. 6:30-8 p.m. Solon Branch Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy., Solon, connectingforkids.org
ReekAbilities Film Festival: Heart of Glass. An annual event that promotes awareness of and appreciation for the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities through film and community. 10:30 a.m. Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron, summitdd.org
Adapted Hike & Craft. Join a hike to find items from nature and then use them to create ornaments. You’re sure to have a great time. Noon-1:30 p.m. Ages 10+. Jordan Creek Park, 7250 Alexander Rd., Concord Township, lakemetroparks.com
Music Therapy & More. Designed for families and their children (birth-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a hands-on program to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s academic, motor, communication and social skills, as well as behavior. 9:30-10 a.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 2733 Center Ridge Rd., connectingforkids.org
Lake County Autism Support Group. Family, friends and caregivers of those with autism can connect in an open discussion support group to discuss a variety of topics. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Lake Erie College, Garfield Bldg. Room A1, 291 W. Washington, Painesville, fb.com/groups/AutismMomsLakeCountyOhio
Celebrating the Holidays with Autism Webinar. Dr. Carrie Cuffman, Behavioral-Developmental Pediatric Specialist with Cleveland Clinic Children’s, will offer suggestions to make the holidays enjoyable for everyone in the family, including your child with autism. 7-8 p.m. Autism Society of Greater Akron, autismakron.org
P.A.L.S. Big Screen Sensory-Friendly Movie and Talk. P.A.L.S. stands for Programs for All Lives, a series of adapted programs created especially for customers with special needs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Families, teens, children and adults. Parma-Snow Branch Library, 2121 Snow Rd., 216-661-4240, cuyahogalibrary.org
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