Tag Archives: Special Needs

Improving total fitness

The Perceptual Motor Development Program has been a pillar of support for special needs children in Toledo since 1975. “It’s been an affordable program for parents of special needs children in Toledo,” said Jackie Wilkins, Director of the PMD program. Run by the Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center at the University of Toledo, the program

Pack your bags

If your family has a child with special needs, it can be daunting to consider going out to dinner, let alone leaving on a family vacation. Mary Meekins, a special education teacher, urges that although more planning may be necessary for families with special needs children, there’s no need to rule anything out. She adds,

On track

School provides a daily routine that children often crave, but for a student on the autism spectrum, it can be a challenge. The Comprehensive Autism Planning System provides an in-depth look at a student’s daily schedule, placing emphasis on time, activities and support through changing periods. The Planning System is utilized in classrooms and by

Sensory friendly

Children with sensory issues often have different needs when it comes to lighting and sound.  The Lucas County Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Maumee Indoor Theater recognize these needs with their Sensory Friendly Movies. Lights are turned up and the sound is turned down to accommodate families with children with special needs in the

Support for the spectrum

If your child has autism, information on support and training is always welcomed. The Ohio Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders offers advice on services, support databases, how to obtain parent mentors, support groups and autism Internet modules. The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence has recently procured a grant from the Autism Society

A whole community

The bonds between siblings are to be cherished. Sunshine offers Community of Siblings, a monthly program which meets on the first Sunday of every month. The program provides children with developmental disabilities, and their siblings, with the opportunity to enjoy specially selected activities, crafts, music, scavenger hunts and more. Offered again since November, the sessions