Special Needs

Neurodiversity 101

During the Autistic Rights Movement of the 1990s, a new term was coined to describe the brains of people with neurological differences. First used by Australian autistic sociologist Judy Singer, the term “neurodiversity” became the springboard of what we...

Detecting Early Signs of Autism

Did you know that early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can show up in toddlers as young as 12 months old? With this knowledge in hand, parents and caregivers can look out for specific behaviors and missed milestones...

Camp at the J

Our weekly summer camp offers an inclusive environment with swimming, art, sports, and more! Our interactive programming and enriching activities keep our campers engaged and active every day! Campers will be grouped in pods no larger than 12 with...

Helping Kids with ADHD Cope with Distractions

Because of COVID-19, this school year has started off differently than any other we have experienced. For children who are learning remotely, we may be wondering how we can best help them stay focused and engaged while they are...

10 Best Inclusive Playgrounds in Cincinnati

Last week marked a significant milestone for Ohio -- playgrounds reopened! I have four kids under nine, so when we go to playgrounds, I look for places that will appeal to everyone. And that's no easy feat -- finding inclusive...

Working with Autism 

What happens when a successful Cincinnati business with a global reach is gifted to a leading non-profit that specializes in serving children and families? In this case, it turns into a job-training opportunity with life-changing implications for young men...

Sensory Friendly Santa in Cincinnati

A visit with Santa can be fraught with stress, especially for families with special needs. Happily, families with children with autism and other special needs can now enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa in a more subdued...

Making a Splash on the Spectrum 

 If you have a young child, you understand the importance of water safety and learning to swim. The moment a child can get out of the water on their own is the moment a parent can begin to take...

Let’s Be Friends 

Nearly 1 in 59 children have an autism spectrum disorder, meaning there is a good chance that you and your family will meet a child with autism at school or on the playground. While some of the major misconceptions...

Helping Your Child with Special Needs Cope with Moving 

Moving can be a stressful experience, from the moment you decide to put your house on the market to months after the boxes are unpacked. And this may be especially true for parents of children with special needs. You...

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