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ADY'S ARMY: Living With Autism

HELP ME GROW ALABAMA Helps With Developmental Milestones

SPECIAL NEEDS TRAVEL MADE EASIER

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editor’s note

Birmingham Parent Celebrates 13 Years of Publishing March marks the month we published our first issue of Birmingham Parent. And it was our first “special needs” issue, as well. How time flies! I have always looked at Birmingham Parent as a sort of baby. We’ve had to baby it, nurture it, feed it, discipline it, and as a result we’ve watched it grow and mature. Now it seems we have a teenager! I came from a background in print journalism. I really didn’t know much about business when we started this magazine, but I’ve learned from the school of hard knocks and a number of special people along the way. We’ve stayed committed to a good, ethical and journalistically sound product, and I think our more than 20 national editorial and design awards through the years is a nod to the fact that maybe we’re doing something right. I am grateful for all the employees that came through over the years, and all the writers and contract staff that helped Birmingham Parent become what it is today. Most of all we are grateful for you, our readers and our advertisers, who make it possible and worthwhile to continue to publish, issue after issue, year after year, and encourage us to continue to do it and make it better and better. I appreciate how readers tell us we’ve enriched their lives in some way through our small contribution, and advertisers tell us how we helped them grow their business or fill their camps. Thank you for picking up this issue of Birmingham Parent, and we hope you will continue to do so each month. We remain committed to giving you a high-quality, always-local product! And thanks to what I think might be the best staff we’ve ever had – Hilary Moreno, our fabulous, award-winning art director; Lori Chandler Pruitt, our amazing and “eagle eye” associate and calendar editor who also does a lot of writing for us, who also is an award-winning writer and editor; and Kayla Fricks and Brittani Ellison, two absolutely hardworking, reliable, ethical and customer-friendly account executives who makes sure our advertisers are taken care of and we have the advertisers to build a wonderful magazine each month. I am also proud to call these amazing people my friends. Most of all, thanks to my husband and co-publisher David, who convinced me to start this magazine and has been an encouragement and a rock all along the way. I hope I continue to make you proud. Enjoy this issue!

Carol Muse Evans, Publisher/Editor carol@birminghamparent.com

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table of contents FREE

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Birmingham Parent’s 2016 Special Needs Directory

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ADY'S ARMY: Living With Autism

HELP ME GROW ALABAMA Helps With Developmental Milestones

SPECIAL NEEDS TRAVEL MADE EASIER

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DIRECTORY PAGE 15

Easter Seals Pediatric Clinic

GIVES KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS A LEG-UP ON SUCCESS

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departments Note 04 Editor’s Celebrates 13 Years of Publishing

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Parenting with Dr. Friedman

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Short Stuff Ask the Specialist: Can We Get Teenagers and Seatbelts to C.L.I.C.K.?

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24 Page in a Book: 42 AGreat Books in the Forecast

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ARMY: 22 ADY’S Living with Autism

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UAB’S PEDIATRIC NEUROMOTOR CLINIC is Helping Kids with Neurological Needs

PHOTO COURTESY UAB PEDIATRIC NEUROMOTOR CLINIC

March Calendar of Events

Party: 50 Poetry The Cinquain!

ME GROW ALABAMA 28 HELP Helps With Developmental

features

Milestones

30 PLAYGROUND OF MIRACLES

Comes to Gardendale

SEALS PEDIATRIC CLINIC 32 SPECIAL NEEDS TRAVEL 26 EASTER Gives Kids with Special Needs a Made Easier Leg-Up on Success

ON THE COVER: Allie, age 8, of Shelby County is a patient at Easter Seals Pediatric Clinic in Pelham. PHOTO BY VISUAL ARTS BY JESSICA, www.facebook.com/VisualArtsbyJessica.

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PARTY PERFECT: Wizard of Oz Party


parenting

Parenting with Dr. Friedman

Q:

If a parent allows a child to have a facial piercing or pink and green dyed hair, don’t you think the school should do so too? Why does the school get to make rules for my child?

It is the school’s job to normalize the child to help him fit into the social environment. It is the parent’s job to individualize the environment to meet the child’s personal and idiosyncratic needs. When those two are in balance, the child thrives. When the environment is expected to change to meet every whim or preference the child has, he fails to learn that there is a hierarchy of authority and that not all behaviors are equally acceptable. He fails to learn that it is not “all about him.” It creates a narcissistic child. Children need rules to guide them to conform. Conformity, to some degree, is essential for the working of the larger society. If everyone does as he personally pleases, the group as a whole does not cohere. While this mom may love her child with a facial piercing, not all others will feel the same way. The school duplicates the conventional work environment. Facial piercings may be accepted for a job in a tattoo

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parlor, but will eliminate her for consideration for most high-paying jobs. Children with facial piercings are often screaming for attention. In place of normalizing the facial piercings, this parent might serve her child better by noticing his distress and by meeting his underlying needs. Children want rules, limits and boundaries. They can’t complete the normal adolescent developmental task of reevaluating the parent’s rules, unless the limits and rules are in place. Too much freedom to choose is the absence of parenting. The school is the back-up and safety net for absent parenting and values training. Vivian K. Friedman Ph. D. is a child and family psychologist at UAB, Department of Psychiatry. Send questions for response in this column to Viviankf@gmail.com. No personal replies are sent.

2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS Stimulating and engaging Summer Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, STEM and Computer Game Programming. See our website in March for program descriptions, dates, times, fees and online registration at

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Celebrate Your Smile Seeing patients of all ages.

short stuff SHERIFF’S CORNER:

Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites This Spring Courtesy of Sheriff Mike Hale

205.822.7277 KaseyDavisDentistry.com

FREE IN-OFFICE WHITENING TREATMENT

Includes a FREE take-home tray and bleaching gel for maximum results. Offer valid for all new patients. Must complete a teeth cleaning and exam to receive offer. Some restrictions may apply.

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If you have a deductible for your cleaning or treatment, WE WILL PAY IT FOR YOU!

The weather is changing and it won’t be long before typical southern outdoor pests are in abundance. Spending time together outdoors is good for the whole family. Don’t let bug bites ruin your fun. Most bug bites are harmless, but some mosquitoes and ticks carry diseases. You can get serious diseases from mosquitoes, such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and dengue fever. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just two of the serious diseases you can get from ticks. The good news is that you can take easy steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to cover your skin.

• Use bug repellent (also called bug spray or insect repellent) on your skin and clothing.

• Check everyone for ticks after spending time outside. • Take a shower after being outside to help wash away ticks. • Standing water is a favorite breeding place for mosquitoes.

Eliminate or treat areas such as: birdbaths, eaves and drains, ditches or trenches, ornamental ponds/pools or any area where water can stand.

• Protect your pets too. Use a veterinarian-approved tick collar

or spot-on repellent on your pets. Dogs and cats need different tick control medicines, so make sure to get the right one.

• Remember to check your pets for ticks.

Lillian Sharp Earns Gold Award

We are excited to announce our partnership with Christian Service Mission, an organization dedicated to connecting resources with needs!

Let us help your business, organization, or group host a diaper drive. #diaperneed

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Lillian Sharp, a senior at the Altamont School and native of Birmingham, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Sharp earned her Gold Award for her project, “Lilly’s Literacy.” Sharp discovered that many children in her community didn’t have books at home, and this seriously affected their reading skills. Sharp connected with her local library and with S.T.A.I.R. (Start The Adventure In Reading) Birmingham to see how she could take action on the issue. Sharp gave books to more than 100 children in the Avondale area, and began a successful trading program, “The Free Little Library,” at Avondale United Methodist Church.  “A large percentage of kids in my area do not have money to go and buy books, and their parents are concerned with library fines, which keeps them from having reading materials in the home, especially in the summer,” Sharp says. “My Free Little Library set up a trading network that will allow kids to trade books and create their own personal libraries.”  Sharp has also earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, and she has served as a volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo, the Ronald McDonald House and the Avondale Public Library. “Reading, no matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction, opens up a child’s world, it exposes them to new vocabulary, it strengthens their imaginations and, most importantly, reading is the key to learning,” Sharp says.  “By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” says Karen Peterlin, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Lilly has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”  To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org.


short stuff

Celebrate People with Down Syndrome with New Book Schiffer Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome, a compilation of short stories written by or about a loved one living with Down syndrome from writers around the globe. The goal of this book is to create awareness, education, and acceptance for people living with special needs. This compilation of 56 encouraging and eye-opening short writings by a variety of authors celebrates the lives of people living with Down syndrome. Together with 56 inspiring “slice of life” photos, these candid true stories, including the renowned “Welcome to Holland,” provide inspiration and connection. Parents and families of children living with Down syndrome will discover a wealth of positivity and valuable guidance. Special education teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, and policy makers will find helpful information and insight from stories regarding behavioral health. And anyone who is looking to learn more about Down syndrome will discover a world full of possibilities they never knew existed. The book is written by Andrea Knauss and Elizabeth Martins, with foreword by Keith Harris, the father of Tim Harris, owner of Tim’s Place, the first restaurant in the U.S. owned by a person with Down syndrome. World Down Syndrome Day is March 21. Some proceeds from this book will be donated to Tim’s Big Heart Foundation, an organization that seeks to help people living with special needs reach their entrepreneurial goals.

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Come meet Miss Cahaba Valley 2016 Chandler Shields who will compete for Miss Alabama in June. She works to help those with intellectual disabilities as well as the Children’s Miracle Network. LOOK FORHERE’S THESEWHO VENDORS CAME AND LASTMANY YEAR:MORE: Life Without Limits Clinic at UCP The Exceptional Alabama LLC Magic City Face & Body Art Pediatric Therapy Services Fun Source Alabama Family TrustFoundation ABC 33/40 –Sponsor Autism Society of AL- Sponsor Behavior Group - sponsorDisability Rights & Resources Precision Chiropractic JAMM Entertainment Family Milestones Voices of Alabama WDJC America’s First Credit Union Usborne Books & More Aaron’s Staff Inc. Children’s of Alabama Lakeshore Foundation Griffin Mobility Easter Seals Pediatric Clinic–Sponsor - sponsor SAFY Ameriprise FinancialLearning Processes Children’s of Alabama League Alabama Family TrustAlabama Parent Education Center Bradford & Holliman LLC Charity - sponso/presenter Lindamood-Bell Children’s Rehabilitation Services Life Ahead Foundation Mitchell’s Place COA Physical Therapy Adolescent Health Center at Children’s of Alabama Tennessee Jaycee Foundation Bundles of Hope DiaperFull Bank Rooftop Friends Chara Unless Works U CHIPS CENTER The Arc of Shelby County Mobility Visual Arts by Jessica The Special Needs Alliance/Sirote The Horizons School Child’s Play Therapy Children’s Regional Poison Control Alabama Respite Birmingham Parent WDJC - sponsor Elvis Rob Productions The Grandma Camp ASCCA Pediatric Rehab Medicine Regional Poison Control Center Home House Retreat DownUAB Syndrome Alabama RoofTop Friends Purifoy Adult Home Day Healthcare North StarTherapy MartialDept., Arts StraussThe Financial Easter Seals- Sponsor HorizonsGroup School Physical Therapy and Occupational The Bell Center Biotech Limb & Brace Smart Solutions Jefferson County Mobility Institute Central -Sponsor Giant Biosensor Biotech LimbEMA and Brace Children’s of AL Alabama Early Intervention Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Dept. Therapy Autism Society of AlabamaCouncil Inc. Griffin Mobility Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, Accessible Jefferson Co. Child Development The Music Room/Drum Children’s ofAlabama AL Epilepsy foundation of Alabama Seraaj Family Homes The Bell Center Thrive Behavioral Services Patient Health and Safety Information, Children’s of AL Reignbows Children’s of Alabama - presenter/sponsor All Saints Home Health Care Bradford & Holliman LLC Juice Plus Sanchez Tannenhill The Exceptional Foundation Medical Autism Clinic & the Developmental Medicine Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) CVS Face Painting Fairy Lakeshore Foundation Ashley DeRamus Foundation Mobility Central - sponsor Ady’s Army Clinic, Children’s of AL Lifecord Drums & Disabilities Down Syndrome Alabama PAL Sprouts Farmers Market Thrive Behavioral Services LLC Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children’s of AL


BIRMINGHAM PARENT’S 6TH ANNUAL

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SPEAKERS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS EXPO 2016 10 a.m. – Ady’s Army representative

COME ENTER YOUR CHILD IN OUR COVER KIDS SEARCH! Make a donation to Bundles of Hope, a local diaper bank, either a monetary donation or bring diapers or wipes, and enter your child in our 2016 COVER KIDS SEARCH. Categories are Special Needs, Under 2 and Under 12. Sponsored and photography by Visual Arts by Jessica. First come first served, till end of event.

11 a.m. – “Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Disabilities,” with John R. Holliman of Bradford & Holliman, founding partner of Bradford & Holliman, LLC a law firm that focuses on Estate Planning, Elder Law & Special Needs 1 p.m. – “Special Needs Trusts: Protecting Government Benefits for Individuals with Disabilities,” with Melanie B. Bradford, founding partner of Bradford & Holliman, LLC a law firm that focuses on Estate Planning, Elder Law & Special Needs. Bradford is also executive director for Alabama Family Trust. 2 p.m. – “Autism Insurance Reform:  Improving health insurance coverage for autism treatment in Alabama,” with Bama Hager, Ph.D., Alabama Autism Society


SPECIAL KIDS CLUB 2016 advertorial

BIRMINGHAM PARENT'S

BRADFORD AND HOLLIMAN LLC retirement planning revocable trusts, veterans benefits, will, among many other topics.

Bradford & Holliman LLC is an estate planning law firm with offices in Pelham, Alabama (Birmingham) and Scottsboro, Alabama. With a combined 35 years of estate law experience, Melanie Bradford and John Holliman are here to assist you with matters such as asset protection planning, special needs trusts, estate tax planning, family trusts, gift tax planning, irrevocable trusts, legal guardianship, conservatorship, living trusts, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, Medicaid applications and appeals, probate,

As an Alabama law firm, we see many personal family struggles such as blended family problems with ex-spouses and children from different marriages, older adults who must solve elder care health and financial challenges, a special needs child with parents who sweat to pay for expensive health care, aging men and women fending for themselves with little strength and few resources to solve long-term care problems. We provide common sense legal resolution to help people overcome the setbacks that life gives them. We enjoy being problem solvers. Our focus is on meeting personal needs, creating harmony and obtaining the best possible outcome. Most importantly, we treat you like family in a relaxed, hometown, casual atmosphere.

John Holliman & Melanie Bradford (205) 663-0281 . www.Hollimanlaw.com 2491 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, AL 35124 Bradford & Holliman LLC serves Birmingham including the Mercedes Corridor, Hoover, Chelsea, Alabaster, Trussville, Calera, Huntsville, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Marshall and Shelby Counties.

CHILDRENS OF ALABAMA admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient

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Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org

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MOBILITY CENTRAL Mobility Central is a local, family-owned medical equipment provider offering state-of-theart equipment and therapies to improve the quality of life for both children and adults with special needs. We are dedicated to helping each patient regain and secure freedom and independence for daily living; as well as fostering development in our younger patients. Mobility Central employs a team of caring professionals who are thoroughly trained and highly

skilled in the services they provide. The staff works with medical personnel, the patient, the family and the caregiver to evaluate the home environment, assess equipment needs, and customize solutions that support the patient’s functional needs and therapeutic goals while addressing activities of daily living. At Mobility Central, we strive to build relationships with our customers by adhering to a “customer-centered, needs based” philosophy that ensures a

perfect equipment fit every time and exceptional customer service for the life of the equipment. Mobility Central was founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 2004 to serve the people of Alabama with medical equipment needs while demonstrating the utmost care and professionalism. When the simple act of living becomes really complex, trust Mobility Central to help you every step of the way!

400 Old Towne Road Vestavia, Alabama 35216 205-942-2534 www.mobilitycentalinc.com

CHILD'SPLAY THERAPY CENTER Child’sPlay Therapy Center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy services, along with nutritional therapy, music therapy, and psychological testing and counseling. Our experienced staff uses play and “kid approved” activities to help children reach their goals. We can help your child succeed in the areas of speech/language development, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing, attention/concentration, feeding

concerns, and academic delays. Focal Point is our highly successful intensive treatment program for ADD/ADHD. Our brightly colored, beautiful Hoover facility consists of 8000 square feet of state of the art space designed just for kids! It includes 2 sensory motor gyms, kid-friendly and adult waiting areas, feeding therapy room, multi-purpose toddler/ preschool room, numerous private therapy rooms, and a space just for teens and pre-teens. Our

special programming includes Orton Gillingham reading therapy, the “SOS” approach to feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening. We are also excited to announce a new location opening in Chelsea, AL in early 2016, located at 48 Chesser Crane Road, just off of highway 280. Make sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates!

www.childsplaytherapycenter.com 205-978-9939

THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF ALABAMA The Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) is a statewide advocacy group with the mission of improving services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families through education and advocacy. ASA provides: • ASA Network Support Groups in 33 Alabama cities. ASA Network Groups offer families guidance in the care of their loved one with ASD.

• An Information and Referral Line to answer family questions about ASD. • Conferences throughout the state to educate parents, therapists, teachers and individuals about ASD issues. • A communication hub for Alabama families living with ASD through enews, website, social media and meetings. • Consulting with legislators, the Governor’s Office and Departments of Education, Rehabilitation Services, Medicaid

and Public Health. • Innovative programs including the 2016 Safety Net Campaign to combat injury and death as a result of ASD wandering and bolting. Please join us in April for Autism Awareness Month, as we Light It Up Blue on April 2 and Walk for Autism, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Veterans Park in Hoover. The Walk for Autism is a great event and an opportunity to meet families thriving with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

www. autism-alabama.org 1-877-4AUTISM follow us

THRIVE BEHAVIORAL SERVICES, LLC At Thrive Behavioral Services we believe all children are capable of learning! Many are in need of a different form of teaching. We believe we have that to offer. Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior, we will design a program that targets your specific child’s individual needs. Most programs include targeting behaviors we want to increase such as communication, school readiness, toileting, dressing oneself, and

social skill development while at the same time targeting behaviors that we want to decrease such as biting, screaming, throwing objects, hitting, and task refusal. At Thrive we believe in families, after all the family is the child’s primary teacher. Staying true to our vision we focus on working with the child in their most natural environment, the home. WE COME TO YOU! In addition to home-based services we offer community based services. If

your child has difficulty when visiting grocery stores, restaurants, movie theatres, parks, daycare/ school, we are here to accompany you and your child to that specific community setting to work on goals there. Services Include; IEP support, ABA/VB Therapy, NET, Discrete Trial, Assessment, Parent/Caregiver Training, Potty Training, Social Skills, Functional Assessment, Functional Analysis, School/Daycare Shadowing and Support/Training.

Behavioral Services

Chelsia Massey M.S. BCBA 205-222-0965 ThriveBehavioralServices.com

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SPECIAL KIDS CLUB 2016 advertorial

ALABAMA PEDIATRIC THERAPY SERVICES, LLC. Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC. is a state of the art outpatient clinic, offering pediatric, occupational and speech therapy services. Our goal is to improve the quality of daily life for young patients with special needs. We are committed to working with your entire family as we aim to make a lifelong difference in your child’s life. By

After an evaluation, our experienced therapists will tailor a plan of care specifically for your child using evidenced based interventions to help he or she reach

their therapy goals. We offer special programs including The Listening Program, Handwriting Without Tears, pediatric yoga, feeding therapy, and sensory integration therapy. Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services proudly provides therapy to patients in Blount, Etowah, Cullman, North Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties.

P: 205.274.2244 315 6th St. S., Oneonta, AL 35121 www.alpediatrictherapy.com

speech, occupational and physical therapy for children; LINCPoint our adult-day center where adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities have a wonderful place to learn and be socially connected; Gone For Good which employs adults with disabilities in secure document destruction and conversion business; and finally our Employment Services which connects adults living with disabilities to meaningful jobs in our community.

Every day at UCP is a story of challenge and success. Our mission is to provide innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. We envision a world where disability is understood to be a common part of the human experience, neither defining nor limiting. Visit us at www.ucpbham. com or call 205.944.3900 for more information.

205-944-3901 www.ucpbham.com

focusing on your child’s needs as an individual, and promoting success at the life skills that are meaningful to them, your child can discover their extraordinary possibilities.

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham helps families dream new dreams. UCP programs and services help children and adults with all types of disabilities move beyond their boundaries to live a life without limits. UCP programs include Hand In Hand’s Early Intervention and Inclusive Early Learning Programs; our Life Without Limits physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic that offers family-centered medical care and outpatient services including

Fostering independence, development, and fun...

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DIRECTORY SPRING 2016 Your One-Stop Source for Birmingham’s Kids with Special Needs Following is an abbreviated list of resources and services, both local and national, made available to Alabama residents who have children with special needs. There are a number of services offered throughout the state for parents with children with disabilities, from inclusive school care programs to music and sports teams and classes. If you know of an organization or service that should be included in the next special needs directory online in September 2016 or in THE GUIDE 2017 (January), please e-mail editor@ birminghamparent.com or fax to 205-987-7600 for updating in the next directory. Be sure to check out the advertisers that made this directory/issue possible. They are in color blocks below.

INFORMATION Ady’s Army 404-957-0090 Adysarmy.org Serving God by serving special needs families. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 21. Alabama Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments www.aapvi.org 205-422-5826 Provides educational, social and recreational opportunities for families with children who are blind or have low vision, including children with multiple disabilities. Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities www.acdd.org 334-242-3973 or 800-232-2158 Provides educational resources for individuals with special needs and their families.   Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) www.adap.net 800-826-1675 205-348-4928 Provides free legal services for disabled individuals who qualify.   *Autism Society of Alabama www.autism-alabama.org 877-428-8476 or 205-383-1674 bama@autism-alabama.org The Autism Society of Alabama is a nonprofit advocacy group with the mission of improving services for those on the Autism Spectrum. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25. Birmingham Collat Jewish Family Services www.cjfsbham.org 205-879-3438 Confidential counseling and social service support for individuals and families experiencing challenges in coping with some aspect or situation in their life.

Regional Poison Control Center www.childresnal.org/rpcc 800-222-1222 A fully accredited poison center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, providing 24/7, toll-free access to life-saving information. Disability Rights and Resources (Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Blount counties) www.drradvocates.org 205-251-2223 Empower individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Parent Connection Network of Alabama www.rehab.alabama.gov/crs 800-441-7607 or 334-293-7500 A statewide network of families who have children with special health care needs or disabilities and who are willing to share their experiences with other families. United Way of Central Alabama - Information and Referral Center www.uwca.org 205-251-5131 A community resource directory of services in Shelby, Jefferson, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties.  

CHILDCARE/DAYCARE Childcare Resources, Birmingham www.ccr-bhm.org 205-945-0018 or 800-822-2734 Assists parents with children with special needs in locating childcare and information. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham - Hand in Hand Early Learning Program www.ucpbham.com/our-programs/hand-in-hand 205-944-3939 A learning program for children 6 weeks through age 4 for children with and without disabilities to

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maximize each child’s intellectual, physical and emotional health. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 52. Shades Mountain Baptist Church Hand in Hand Ministry www.shades.org/connect/ministries/special-needs 205-822-1670 A ministry providing assistance to special needs children, adults and the elderly.

EDUCATION Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind www.aidb.org 256-761-3660 Alabama Parent Education Center 334-567-2252 lbarnes@alabamaparentcenter.com www.alabamaparentcenter.com A nonprofit 501c3 dedicated to improving parental involvement and engagement. APEC provides training, information, support to improve the quality of parental involvement in AL families, schools and communities. Community Outreach Special Education PTA www.cosepta.org The Community Outreach Special Education Parent Teacher Association is a member of the Birmingham Council of PTAs. Down Syndrome Alabama www.downsyndromealabama.org 205-988-0810 Promotes awareness, acceptable and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, their families, educators, health professionals, service providers and community. *Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama 251-371-0170 Epilepsyfoundationalabama.org Provides FREE support services to persons with epilepsy and their families. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25.

Family Voices of Alabama 877-771-3862 lisa@familyvoicesal.org www.familyvoicesal.org The state affiliate of Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families, friends and professional partners who care about children and youth with special health care needs. The Horizons School www.horizonsschool.org 205-322-6606 www.horizonsschool.org The Horizons School is a post-secondary program that teaches independent living, social and career skills to young adults, ages 18-26, with learning disabilities. Jefferson County Child Development Council Inc. HeadStart/Early HeadStart 205-379-6067 jcochran@jccdc.com Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes 205-870-4181 http://lindamoodbell.com/location/birmingham-alabama-learning-center PAL – Alabama’s Parenting Assistance Line www.pal.ua.edu 866-962-3030 Provides helpful assistance to moms, dads, grandparents, and relatives whose children are age birth through adolescence. Southeastern Diabetes Education Services 205-402-0415 www.southeasterndiabetes.org *Spring Valley School 205-423-8660 www.springvalleyschool.org Spring Valley School’s mission is educating students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and ADHD. Serving students from all areas of Jefferson and Shelby counties. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 27. birminghamparent.com | 15


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*Zarzaur, Mujumdar & Debrosse, Trial Lawyers 205-983-7985 or 888-505-0523 www.zarzaur.com A law firm dedicated to realizing justice for children of abuse. No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than legal services provided by other lawyers. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 3.

HEALTH AND REHABILITATION 4 Paws for Ability www.4pawsforability.org 937-374-0385 Service dogs (including seizure dogs, autism dogs, hearing dogs, and others) are made available to help increase community acceptance and participation of people with disabilities. The Adolescent Health Center at Children’s of Alabama www.childresnal.org 205-638-9231 Provides specialized medical care for teenagers. Services include primary care, nutrition, long-activing reversible contraception and eating disorder clinics.

Alabama Head Injury Foundation www.ahif.org 205-823-3818 *Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services LLC 256-504-6097 www.alpediatrictherapy.com Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services LLC is a specialized outpatient clinic providing occupational and speech therapy to children with special needs. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 21. Alabama Relay Center www.alabamarelay.com 800-676-3777 Communication systems for the visually impaired and hearing impaired ARC www.thearcofalabama.org 866-243-9557 The Arc of Alabama, Inc. is a statewide volunteer membership organization which advocates for people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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The Charity League Hearing & Speech Center www.childresnal.org/hearingandspeech 205-638-9149 Provides speech and audiology services to patients having or suspected of having any of the communication or hearing disorders possible in the pediatric population.

*Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org 205-638-9100 Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services throughout Alabama. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 17.

CHIPS Center (Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services) www.childresnal.org/CHIPS 205-638-2751 Provides free services to children and families affected by child abuse. Services include non-emergent medical examinations, counseling and prevention education.

Child-Adolescent Partners, LLC 205-991-7226 www.childadolescentpartners. com Provides evidence-based professional counseling services to children, adolescents and adults throughout central Alabama.

Children’s of Alabama Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Department Hospital: 205-638-9645 Clinic: 205-638-6289 Provides hospital and outpatient therapy services for children to support development, movement, play and daily activities.

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Full Life Ahead www.fulllifeahead.org 205-439-6534, 866-700-2026 Empowers the person with a disability to live as independently as possible. Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and management of all pediatric gastrointestinal, live and nutritional problems.

*Milestones Behavior Group, Inc. www.milestonesaba.com 205.253.6903 therapy@milestonesaba.com Milestones Behavior Group, INC provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and speech & language services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental and communication disorders. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 16.

Glenwood, Inc. www.glenwood.org 205-969-2880 or 877-295-8425 Glenwood was created for the purpose of educating and treating individuals diagnosed with autism, emotional disturbances and mental illnesses.

Mitchell’s Place www.mitchells-place.com 205-957-0294 Comprehensive treatment center for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Newborn Follow-Up Clinic Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org Provides follow up care to children that were born with an extremely low birth weight, at less than 29 weeks , have required major cardiac surgery, been on ECMO or cooling therapy.

Lakeshore Foundation www.lakeshore.org 205-313-7400 A nonprofit organization that serves individuals with physical disabilities through sport, aquatics, recreation, therapeutic exercise and research. Scholarships available to qualified applicants.

Patient Health & Safety Information Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org A resource for patient families and the community, also providing community classes.

Medical Autism Clinic and the Developmental Medicine Clinic Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org MAC serves children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The clinic assista a child’s doctor by offering a variety of special evaluations with special attention in certain areas that may be affected by autism.

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*UCP of Birmingham Life Without Limits Clinic 205-944-3944 www.ucpbham.com We provide innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. UCPGB envisions a world where disability is neither defining nor limiting. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 48. University of Alabama at Birmingham - Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics www.circ.uab.edu 205-934-8900 or 800-822-2472 Provides an extensive range of interdisciplinary clinics offering comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of the needs of children and adults. University of Montevallo Speech and Hearing Center 205-665-6720 Assists children with communicative problems in obtaining diagnostic and therapeutic services; training of students majoring in speech language pathology. Vocational Rehabilitation Services www.rehab.alabama.gov 334-293-7500 or 800-441-7607

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CAMP ASCCA - Easter Seals Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults www.campascca.org 256-825-9226 Easter Seals Camp for children and adults with special needs. Camp WheezeAway brendabasnight@yahoo.com www.campchandler.org, click on Camp WheezeAway 334-799-3449 A free camp for children ages 8-12 with moderate to severe asthma. A week of learning, a lifetime of memories. *The Dance Foundation www.thedancefoundation.org 205-870-0073 Movement to Music for schoolage children with special needs is creative, includes a variety of colorful props and features live music. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 40. *The Exceptional Foundation 205-870-0776 www.exceptionalfoundation.org The Exceptional Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to meet the social and recreational needs of children and adults with special needs. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 16. Lakeshore Foundation www.lakeshore.org 205-313-7400 Promotes independence for adults and children with phys-

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ically disabling conditions and opportunities to pursue active healthy lifestyles. Moody Miracle League www.moodymiracleleague.org 205-225-9444 A full handicapped accessible baseball field for any special need player. More than 250 players range from 4-75. The Music Room Music Education – Music Therapy 205-706-9759 www.themuicroomleeds.com drums and Disabilities is a unique percussion based music therapy program currently serving a large majority of the special needs community in Alabama. Oak Mountain Youth Baseball/ Softball Challenger League www.omybs.org 205-223-6461 Provides boys and girls with disabilities the opportunity to experience the emotional development and the fun of playing Youth League Baseball. RoofTop Friends Eunice@rooftopfriends.org www.rooftopfriends.org 334-244-1385 RoofTop Friends exists to love, serve, fellowship, share faith with those affected by disabilities by providing AL Family Retreat, fun activities and other respite care.

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Sprouts Farmers Market www.sprouts.com Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts works to deliver the best possible shopping experience to our guests and help them achieve a healthy lifestyle at an affordable price – not just buy groceries.

TRANSPORTATION Clastran www.clastran.com 205-325-8787 Transports persons who are elderly (60-plus), disabled or traveling to or from a rural area in Jefferson or Shelby counties. Kid One www.kidone.org 800-543-7143, 205-978-1019 Kid One Transport provides transportation for any child in need of reaching care that will better them medically, mentally or physically when they are without means of transportation.

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Brian and Chrissy Schubert’s baby girl, Ady, was a normal, happy baby. She played peek-a-boo, spoke a few words, and enjoyed playing with big brothers Bailey and Camden. But one day, everything changed. 22 | birminghamparent | march 2016

Suddenly their little girl stopped responding to her name. No longer would she play happily with other children or with her toys. “She became very despondent,” says Brian. “I can only describe it as if cobwebs got in her brain and took everything away.” While Brian and Chrissy were hoping it was just a phase Ady was going through, all signs quickly pointed that it was much more. “She had been through a period of sickness, and we kept thinking she just needed to recover from that and everything would be okay,” Chrissy says. “But after a couple of months, nothing changed except that she kept regressing. I knew what it was right away.” In 2011, around the age of two and a half, Ady was officially diagnosed with autism. “By the time of diagnosis I was just ready,” Chrissy says. “I had already mourned and knew that my dreams for her weren’t going to happen. Now I just wanted to help her and move forward with treatment and do whatever we could do to help her.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The disorder is actually much more common in boys than girls. While there is no cure for the disorder, research shows that early intervention can help improve an ASD child’s development. Brian and Chrissy quickly enrolled Ady at Mitchell’s Place, a local school that provides comprehensive, research-based education and social and therapeutic services to children affected by autism and other development disabilities. While the family was happy to have Ady in a school that would help her developmentally, they soon found themselves under serious financial pressure. “School tuition was really expensive, and that doesn’t count other things like physician visits, her specific dietary requirements, medicines and travel required for doctors’ appointments,” Brian says. “We were going into a financial hole really quick.” As the couple’s friends saw the financial pressures adding up on the family – and the financial responsibilities increasing as Ady was getting a little older – they decided to step in and help by hosting a fundraiser. The goal was to raise $7,000 to help with the Schuberts’ financial responsibilities for Ady for a month and a half. The event ended up raising $30,000, which was well over half of Ady’s yearly tuition. “That night, driving home I was so overwhelmed with emotion,” Brian says. “To have that amount of money taken off of my shoulders was huge. It was then that I knew I wanted to start a nonprofit to help other families going through situations similar to ours. I didn’t know what it was going to look


That’s when Ady’s Army was officially born. The nonprofit organization helps families overcome some of the challenges of autism by helping with the financial burden. like at that moment, but I knew we were going to do something to help others like we were just helped.” Soon after, the family’s pastor gave Brian and Chrissy the inspiration needed. “Our pastor said that God doesn’t waste pain,” Chrissy says. “He will take anything that happens in life and make something beautiful out of it. We just have to search for the good and not focus on the bad. That’s when it just clicked for us.” That’s when Ady’s Army was officially born. The nonprofit organization helps families overcome some of the challenges of autism by helping with the financial burden. The organization is broken up into different sections that focus on different needs. Ady’s Barracks helps provide fences for families with autistic children. “Many autistic children will run off, not understanding any consequence or harm, and we understand what that’s like because Ady has that tendency,” Brian says. “We’ve had her get out the door at home before and run off, and that’s a scary scenario. So through Ady’s Barracks we provide fencing for families so that if the child manages to open a door and get out of the house, they can’t get out of the yard.” Ady’s Wings was inspired by the many trips Brian and Chrissy must take Ady on for

doctors’ appointments. Ady can’t fly commercially, so doctors’ appointments far away mean a long car ride, as well as expensive hotel stays and other transportation costs. Through a partnership with Angel Flight, Ady’s Wings provides free air travel for Ady’s Army families, as well as helping with accommodations and other necessities. Ady’s Paws came from the research that shows companion dogs are great for autistic children, helping to alert others if the child has a seizure, helping find the child if he or she gets lost, or just providing comfort to the child. “Dogs serve a lot of purposes for autistic children,” Brian says. “But they are very expensive, costing up to $25,000. Through Ady’s Paws we aim to equip families with the canine help they need.” Ady’s Racers is the newest addition to the organization and focuses on providing the parents and siblings of autistic children with a day filled with fun, including opportunities to ride in a professional race car. “I want the siblings of autistic children to have a day they can come out and enjoy themselves with their parents,” Brian says. “Siblings can get overlooked sometimes because of all of the needs an autistic child has. So we want an event they can enjoy for themselves. We also want it as something families can attend without being judged. It can be hard to go out as a family with an autistic child, so this is a great way families can without all eyes on them.” While Brian and Chrissy continue to work with Ady through her own struggles, they continue to focus on Ady’s Army and other families facing similar circumstances. So far, they have helped eight families and are currently working to help numerous others. “Hearing how we’ve helped other families is what keeps me going,” Brian says. “We understand that feeling of desperation to help your child. We understand what each of these families is going through. While financially things have gotten better for us, we still deal with autism every day.” Brian and Chrissy recently celebrated Ady’s seventh birthday. While they are still waiting for Ady to learn to verbally communicate more, in the meantime, they are appreciating what is being accomplished in her name. ”Ady may not have a voice in this world, but Ady’s Army is our way of giving her a beautiful voice,” Chrissy says. “Helping others has become her purpose.” For more information about Ady’s Army, visit www.adysarmy.org.

Paige Townley is a Birmingham freelance writer.

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UAB’s Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic Helping Kids with Neurological Needs By Lori Chandler Pruitt

The UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic, which provides individualized occupational therapy to children diagnosed with various neuromotor disorders, has worked with children around the world for more than 16 years. But many Alabama families may not be aware of the intensive occupational therapy program, housed within the Civitan-Sparks Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic. It treats children ages 14 months to age 18, says Katera Abrams, MS, OTR/L, clinic director. The clinic provides Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and Intensive CIMT occupational therapy to children diagnosed with various neuromotor disorders, which include cerebral palsy, stroke, hemiparesis, hemispherectomy and traumatic brain injury. CIMT, based upon years of research and clinical application, helps children learn to better use their arms and hands for daily living and other tasks. It utilizes the ACQUIREc protocol, developed at the clinic and used for more than 16 years. To date, it is the only clinic in Alabama that uses the protocol. “Our focus is to provide each child with one-on-one therapy to strengthen the child’s weaker arm and develop and strengthen it, to discourage a lack of non-use in the weaker arm,” Abrams says. “This is done by placing a lightweight univalved cast on the stronger arm. At the end of treatment, we provide the parent a detailed home 24 | birminghamparent | march 2016

program to maintain skills that were developed, or gains the child met while in treatment.” Therapists work with the family at their own home for five days a week, six hours a day, up to 20 days. The cast is taken off after three weeks or so while therapy continues. During the last week of a therapy session, the child uses both hands in training for two-handed tasks, and the therapist helps them with that transition. “We have seen so many improvements in so many children with this individualized treatment protocol for children,” Abrams says. The therapy schedule may sound overwhelming, but children quickly get used to wearing the cast, and therapists go along with the child’s daily routine, even going with parents to places where the child can use what he’s learned, she says. “We also help train parents after therapy so that they can reinforce the skills learned and maybe learn new ones,” she says. “Because we do occupational therapy, we can address the child’s specific needs and can tailor it to the child’s day-to-day life.” Parents may contact the clinic, where therapists ask where the child is in development and what is needed, or parents also may send a video of the child, Abrams says. “We want to build on what the child can already do.” To be eligible, a child must have had a neuromotor diagnosis, have no serious uncontrolled seizure disorders, be medically stable at the time of treatment and be between the ages of 14 months to 18 years. The program is fee for services, but the clinic has an insurance advocate that provides guidance for the whole process of insurance coverage, seeks reimbursement and provides a payment plan option when needed. Children may undergo more than one session, Abrams says, citing one child who has been receiving therapy as needed since 2008. “Some parents may want another session before their child starts school to hone in on the skills he will need. “We have had the good fortune in having some very hard working and dedicated therapists that work here and that have worked here throughout the past 16 years,” Abrams says. “This is a job that we love doing. We are sought from families worldwide and we take pride in to providing our clients with the best therapy possible.”  For more information, parents may contact the clinic at 205-975-0466, go to www.uab.edu/civitansparks/pediatric-neuromotor or email Abrams at ksl@uab.edu. The clinic also has a Facebook page, called Intensive Occupational Therapy: an ACQUIREc Therapy Model.


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When Sandy Lovell’s daughter Allie, who has Down syndrome, wasn’t making much progress in speech, Allie began going to the Easter’s Seals Pediatric Clinic in Pelham in order to have therapy and more one-on-one time, Lovell says. Today, at age 8, Allie is speaking in sentences – a lot of them. 26 | birminghamparent | march 2016

“A stranger can now talk to her and understand her,” Lovell says. That’s a big deal to the Lovells. Allie also was born with some hearing loss, so the right hearing aids helped her with this problem. Allie attends Meadow View Elementary School in Alabaster and is mainstreamed with the rest of the student population. An aide in the classroom helps her with some things, and she sometimes goes to special education sessions, Lovell says. Allie, the only child of Tim and Sandy Lovell, is doing pretty well for a child who was born early with a number of problems. She’s been receiving therapy at Easter Seals for the last two years. The “new” pediatric clinic in Pelham, now about a year old, is the first dedicated building for the pediatric clinic. It treats children from birth to 21 years old with speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assisted feeding therapy, handwriting, cognitive impairment, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, academic difficulties and more, says David Higgins, Easter Seals of Central Alabama’s executive director. For children, occupation therapy includes fine motor skills, such as zipping a zipper, handwriting and even tying shoes. Patients come to Easter Seals Pediatric Clinic based on referral and word of mouth, Higgins adds, and the clinic therapists create long-term treatment plans for each child based on their goals,


benchmarks they should be setting, etc. The clinic accepts most types of insurance and Medicaid and has a sliding payment scale. The clinic serves Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Chilton counties primarily, but has seen patients from as far away as Marengo County. It sees nearly 400 children a year. The need for this type of facility seems to be growing as disabilities are rising, Higgins says. Many children need more than one type of therapy at once, so the clinic offers a true interdisciplinary team to handle what each child may need. The clinic has a very gifted staff, Higgins says. “They have a heart for what they do. They put everything into the care and treatment of their patients.” The local Easter Seals is part of a national nonprofit organization begun in 1907 by Edgar Allen, who lost a son in a streetcar accident, Higgins says. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fundraising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind. The lily – a symbol of spring - was officially incorporated as the Easter Seals logo in 1952 for its association with resurrection and new life and has appeared on each seal since. The local affiliate’s mission, like the national Easter Seals organization, is to help kids with their disabilities and their families. For more information on the Easter Seals Pediatric Clinic, ask your pediatrician or specialist, and visit www.eastersealsbham.org.

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Carol Muse Evans is publisher of Birmingham Parent.

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Here are some typical indicators of healthy child development by age: Age 0-6 Months Your baby will begin his development by learning to open and focus his eyes. He will begin responding to his name and your voice, and will learn big and small body movements. He might begin to babble and will use his fingers to grab, hold, and shake objects. As his development continues, he’ll learn to grasp smaller items, release objects, sit and play on his own, and may begin to move around by creeping along on his belly. Age 6-12 Months Your child will continue learning how to move his body, and will begin creeping, crawling, pulling himself up to cruise along furniture, or may begin walking. He’ll also learn to play with toys appropriately, wave good-bye, and begin to babble simple words like “Mama” and “Dada.”

Help Me Grow Alabama Helps With Developmental Milestones By Lori Chandler Pruitt

Parents who are concerned that their baby or young child is not reaching developmental milestones, but don’t know where to get help can contact Help Me Grow Alabama, which connects families to the resources they need. Help Me Grow, a non-profit United Way agency, offers the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) as well as the ASQ:SE (social and emotional portion) to parents of children ages 0 to 5; but also will provide referrals for children to age 8. Help Me Grow Alabama exists to increase identification and referrals of early childhood developmental delays. “We send these questionnaires to parents, and when they send them back, I score them and we talk,” says Danna Perdue-Melton, central Alabama program coordinator for Help Me Grow. “If needed, I make a referral to an agency or service, or give them further information. We do not provide direct services, but we can help them find what they need.” The screening questionnaire process is free, and some resources are free or low-cost as well, she says. “The earlier we can help parents find the help they need, the better,” she says. “The first five years is the optimum time for getting parents the tools they need to help their child.” 28 | birminghamparent | march 2016

The agency also works with physicians who are seeking help and resources for their patients, she says. Help Me Grow partners with many different agencies, such as state departments of early childhood education, special education, Head Start, rehabilitation services, public health and mental health; Alabama Project LAUNCH, Alabama Partnership for Children, Reach Out and Read Alabama, Parenting Assistance Line, Childcare Resources Network and the University of Alabama child development department. The organization also helps parents build a network of service providers and identify gaps or barriers to services. The agency, part of the national Help Me Grow network and the United Way “Success by 6” preschool program, just received statewide funding and is expanding to other areas across the state, Perdue-Melton says. To find out more, families can call United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center for free confidential information and referral, call Perdue-Melton at 205-458-2070 or email her at dperduemelton@uwca.org. Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent.

Age 1-2 Years Your child may begin to stack, bang, and place objects inside others. His grasp will be precise, and he might begin scribbling and using a sippy cup independently. He’ll also begin to engage in pretend play by feeding dolls or stuffed animals. His walking and running skills will also become more steady and established. Age 2-3 Years As your child’s language continues to develop, he will begin using two-word sentences and will know and understand upwards of 50 words. He will also show an interest in playing with children his own age, and will begin alternating his feet when climbing the stairs. Age 3-4 Years Building towers and drawing shapes are just some of the developmental milestones your child will reach in his third and fourth year. Aside from buttons, he will begin dressing himself, can speak in simple six-word sentences, and will continue to develop motor skills such as learning to catch a tossed ball.

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“Playground of Miracles” is Coming to Gardendale

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Special needs kids already enjoy a beautiful field to play baseball in Gardendale – the Miracle League of Gardendale, at Pate Field in Luman Harris Park. And sometime this year, a playground will be added next to the field – the Raymond G. Doss Playground of Miracles. The special needs playground will feature an ADA-compliant surface just like the baseball field. Other features include colorful, handicapped-accessible playground equipment such as swings (with a wheelchair-accessible platform swing), slides, ramps and more that all kids can enjoy, says Dale Hyche, Gardendale parks and recreation director. The design also includes picnic tables, a bench swing with a shade canopy and landscaping. “We have broken ground, are finishing the grading and have purchased equipment,” he says. One of the playground pieces looks like a Kubota tractor – and that’s in honor and memory of Doss, one of the city’s most well-loved citizens who was devoted to community service, especially to the Miracle League. Doss had a tractor service and was a subcontractor on many city projects, but was always available to help in many ways, says Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland. “Mr. Doss was like a second dad to me,” says Hogeland, who was the city’s parks and recreation director from 1977 to 2012. “He had a life of community service. He did so many things in the community that people didn’t know about – someone would have a need, and he was there.” The total cost of the playground is $150,000 – and while most of the money has been raised, about $25,000 more is needed, Hogeland says. The community has strongly supported this effort with fundraisers and events, donations from businesses, groups and individuals as well as numerous fundraisers by the Greater Gardendale Chamber of Commerce, and that is continuing. The city also donated $25,000 for the project. “We will build this,” Hogeland says. “It’s going to be a wonderful addition to our Miracle Field.” The playground is designed by J.A. Dawson & Co. in Pelham. Lori Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent.


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For families with special needs, planning a vacation can be overwhelming. The good news is that more resorts, cruise lines and destinations are accommodating families with special needs, helping make sure everyone has a great time. “It is very important that families travel and enjoy making memories together, even if it is to the beach or mountains only a few hours away,” says Michelle Tatum, a special needs mom and travel agent with Vacation Guru (www.govacationguru. com) in Birmingham. Many standard travel destinations, no matter how simple, likely will have some sort of accommodation, such as wheelchair ramps at parks in order to enjoy a hike through the woods. Be sure to call ahead. Others offer special assistants for respite care for mom and dad to have a much-needed break for a few hours while 32 | birminghamparent | march 2016

the kids are off enjoying themselves with the staff. Others accommodate dietary needs. Others offer a zero entry pool or wheelchair accessible pool. Still others have special accommodations for rides and other attractions. Some resorts have been certified by CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities). Tatum says families must not only consider where and when to go, but possibly many other things, such as a refrigerator for medications, electrical outlets for medical equipment, passports for emergency travel, diet, wheelchair accessibility and where the nearest hospital is. “It can seem like you are bringing nearly half the house!” she says. For families facing financial restraints, there are organizations such as Make a Wish and Magic Moments that can offer families a trip of a lifetime. Tatum suggests families talk to their case worker or physician about writing a recommendation. Travel agents can help families determine what kind of trip is best. Some of the things travel agents may ask and do are: What is your child’s special need? What is he interested in? What are his strengths and weaknesses? What are their potential trigger points? What sensory and diet issues need to be considered? What about other family members? What are their ages? What are they interested in? What are your dreams and desires for an ideal vacation? What do you want to do with your respite time? continued on page 34


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Dollywood, Gatlinburg, TN – Many rides and attractions are accessible to guests who can be lifted from their chairs with assistance from a member of their party such as Barnstormer, a swing ride. Some rides can accommodate guests who can ride while sitting in their wheelchair, such as River Battle and Adventure Mountain. Find the complete guide at www.dollywood.com. Hershey Park, Hershey, PA – Known for chocolate, this park has more than 60 rides and lots of attractions. Hershey has an Attraction Accessibility Program, with a wristband that allows the person with special needs and three guests to bypass the long ride lines, with set ride times on up to 10 specific attractions. Hershey posts a ride accessibility guide and a questionnaire online; information should be filled out prior to arrival. Ask at the ticket window about reduced admission price to the park. Go to www.hersheypark.com. Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio, TX – The world’s first accessible family fun park is designed for children and adults with special needs and their families. The park provides a wide range of attractions, with locator wristbands and touch screen display monitors so parents can keep track of their children. There is also fencing around the lakes and perimeter of the park for added safety. Guests with disabilities are admitted free of charge and are able to bring in their own food. See www.morganswonderland.com.

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The Birmingham Barons will host its popular BARONS FEST from 9am-noon March 3 at Regions Field, featuring a kids’ clinic by UAB Baseball players from 9:15-10am (parents will need to sign a waiver), stadium tours, prizes, photos with mascots, snacks and much more. For fans of all ages! Information, www.barons.com.

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The Birmingham Parent SPECIAL NEEDS EXPO is always a popular event, and this year will be no exception! Come to the Pelham Civic Complex from 10am-3pm Saturday, March 12 the Pelham Civic Complex to learn about products, support groups, recreational activities, healthcare, therapy and many other services for children and adults with special needs. Lots of fun too! www. birminghamparent.com. FREE.

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HIKES FOR TYKES is back after its winter break! Every Saturday at 10am beginning March 26 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, this free program for preschool children and their families offers fun and learning. Offered in partnership with Fresh Air Family. www. bbgardens.org.

Bring your furry canine friends to PAWS IN THE GARDENS, from 9am-5pm March 19 at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover. You and your leashed pets can enjoy a walk through the gardens. Food, dogcentered displays, vendors, dog costume contest. $10 per dog or “dogless” family. Proceeds benefit Shelby County Humane Society and Aldridge Gardens. 205-6828019, www.aldridgegardens. com.

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John Angotti in Concert 7:30-9:30pm, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School. Angotti is a full-time music missionary who travels many parts of the world providing inspirational music and witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, and the US Military School of Music, where he was a member of the US Navy Band as lead vocalist. (205) 991-5963, www.olvbirmingham.com. FREE.

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Body Worlds Rx Lecture Series 5-8pm, McWane Science Center. McWane and UAB Medicine partner for this series. Tickets $12 include hors d’oeuvres, lecture, parking and access to the Body Worlds Rx exhibit. Topic: Pediatric Sports Medicine, presented by Dr. Reed Estes, UAB. 205-714-8414, www.mcwane.org.

Barons Fest 9am-noon, Regions Field. Event features a kids’ clinic by UAB Baseball players from 9:15-10am (parents will need to sign a waiver), stadium tours, prizes, photos with mascots, snacks and much more. For fans of all ages! www. barons.com.

1 TUESDAY Lego League and Contest 6-6:45pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Guests from Alabama 4-H will be on hand for the first-ever Lego building contest. The theme is “New Creations.”

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18th Annual Arbor Day Celebration 9:30-11:30am, Aldridge Gardens. Hosted by the Hoover Beautification Board, this event will feature a

ceremonial tree planting, along with a tree giveaway, and an Arbor Day ceremony featuring area fourth-grade Arbor Day essay contest winners. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com. The 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off 10:30am-1:30pm, Brookwood Village parking lot. This event benefitting The Exceptional Foundation in Homewood is a fun, quirky, outdoor party offering good food, drink, live music, a kid zone and more. Watch the chili team competition! The foundation is a non-profit organization where individuals with special needs enjoy social and recreational activities. $10 in advance, $15 at gate; children 12 and under, free. Information, 205-870-0776, www. exceptionalfoundation.org.

1-2-3 Play With Me 10-11:15am, Birmingham Public Library. An exciting interactive playgroup for kids birth through age 3 and their parents. This program emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children, facilitates early intervention and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Every Tuesday. Registration required; http://bplonline. org. FREE. ASFA Tour for Prospective Students 3:30pm, Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. Take a tour of the school and learn about the application process for the 2017-2018 school year. ASFA is a tuition-free, public school. Admission by audition only. 205-252-9241, www.asfaschool.org.

9 WEDNESDAY 1-2-3 Play With Me 10-11:15am, Avondale Branch Library. An exciting interactive playgroup for kids birth through age 3 and their parents. This program emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children, facilitates early intervention and teaches strategies

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10 THURSDAY 1-2-3 Play With Me 10-11:15am, Springville Road Branch Library. An exciting interactive playgroup for kids birth through age 3 and their parents. This program emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children, facilitates early intervention and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Every Thursday. Registration required; http://bplonline.org. FREE.

11 FRIDAY Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block 3:15pm, Inglenook Branch Library. This program deals with the ageold problem of bullies, offering solutions. Made possible by a Hillcrest Foundation grant. Information, 205-849-8739. FREE. Happy 100th Birthday Ezra Jack Keats! 4:30pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Enjoy a celebration for Keats, an acclaimed children’s author. Listen to stories, make a craft and eat a sweet treat. Children 5-older can sign up; kids 6-younger must be with an adult. 205-664-6822. North Arts Council Spring Arts and Crafts Show 9am-6pm, Gardendale Civic Center. More than 75 vendors with a wide variety of handmade crafts. Door prizes every hour. Free parking and admission. 205-681-8028, www.northartscouncil.webs.com.

12 SATURDAY Birmingham Parent Special Needs Expo 10am-3pm, Pelham Civic Complex. Families can learn about products, support groups, recreational activities, healthcare, therapy and many other services for children and adults with special needs. Lots of fun too! Come enter our COVER KIDS SEARCH with a donation to Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank. www.birminghamparent. com. FREE. Taste of Teal Gala 6pm, Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Seated dinner, drinks, live/ silent auction, casino games and live music. Supports the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation for gynecological cancer research, awareness and patient support.

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13 SUNDAY Southeastern Outings Dayhike 1pm, Oak Mountain State Park. Enjoy a moderate 4-mile walk. Parts of the hike may be off the color-coded trails; some ups and downs. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up able to walk the distance welcome. Depart 1pm from the park office parking lot. Bring a drink. Park admission $5 per person, $2 seniors. Information, Randall Adkins, 205-317-6969, www. seoutings.org.

14 MONDAY Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday 9am-5pm, McWane Science Center. Celebrate Pi Day (3.14) and Albert Einstein’s birthday! Fun hands-on activities on the interesting applications of math in our daily lives. www.mcwane.org.

15 TUESDAY Science Café 6-8pm, John’s City Diner, 112 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N. No science background required! Topic: Stroke Research and Treatment. Join others for an exciting presentation, a lively discussion and a little science trivia. www. mcwane.org. FREE.

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UAB Neuroscience Café 6:30pm, Hoover Public Library. The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center presents “Understanding Chronic Pain: Promising Treatments and Novel Mechanisms.” Presenters: Robert Sorge, Ph.D. and Burel R. Goodin, Ph.D. 205-444-7840. FREE.

19 SATURDAY PAWS in the Gardens 9am-5pm, Aldridge Gardens, Hoover. One doggone good day for you and your best friends! Bring your leashed pets and enjoy a walk through the gardens. Food, dog-centered displays, vendors, dog costume contest. $10 per dog or “dogless” family. Proceeds benefit Shelby County Humane Society and Aldridge Gardens. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com. Southeastern Outings Dayhike 9am, Hurricane Creek Park, Tuscaloosa. This 250-acre Tuscaloosa city park property is known as the M-Bend, lining Hurricane Creek, a major tributary of the Black Warrior River. Come explore native plants, aquatic wildlife, hike the 5-mile Eagle Scout Trail and more. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older welcome. Depart at 9am from Kmart on Green Springs Highway in Birmingham. Information, Dexter Duren, 205-393-0927, www. seoutings.org.

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UAB Music Student Recital 12:20pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist. 205-9347376, www.uab.edu/cas/music. FREE.

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22 TUESDAY 1-2-3 Play With Me 10-11:15am, Five Points West Library. An exciting interactive playgroup for kids birth through age 3 and their parents. This program emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children, facilitates early intervention and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Every Tuesday. Registration required; http://bplonline. org. FREE. 4-H Innovations – Spaghetti Towers 11-noon, Roy Downs Memorial Library, Calera. Homeschool grades 4-8 can join this interactive science class hosted by the 4-H. This class uses your child’s collaboration skills while building on creativity and engineering skills. Register by March 15; 205668-7200. Dye-ing to Color Eggs Workshop 6:15pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. $3 per half-dozen eggs. Please sign up and pay in advance by March 21. No refunds. All children must be with an adult. 205-664-6822.

23 WEDNESDAY Hippity-Hoppity Tales with the Easter Bunny! 10:15-11am, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Young children accompanied by an adult can come for fun with “Miss Spring” and the Easter Bunny! Get a goody bag!

Friends of Red Mountain Park Hike Series 2pm, Red Mountain Park, 2011 Frankfurt Drive. Hike, explore, learn and discover! Join the park for a free guided trail hike. All ages and abilities encouraged to participate; leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the trailhead at 2pm. 205-202-6043, www. redmountainpark.org.

1-2-3 Play With Me 10-11:15am, North Birmingham Branch Library. An exciting interactive playgroup for kids birth through age 3 and their parents. This program emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children, facilitates early intervention and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Every Tuesday. Registration required; http://bplonline. org. FREE. birminghamparent.com | 47


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24 THURSDAY Trussville Spring Carnival Magnolia Mall, Trussville. This annual carnival will take place beginning March 24 through April 3 (closed on Easter Sunday). Muchloved family event. Information, 205-655-7535, www. trussvillechamber.com.

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BY BECKY The only voice in travel that MATTERS! Catch The Travel Voice by Becky on Saturday’s in Shelby County on FM 99.9 APH Radio at 11 a.m. and anytime on iHeart Radio! Great travel information, special deals, awesome guests, spectacular on location LIVE events and amazing giveaways!

Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This free program for preschool children and their parents begins now and runs through November. Topic: Learn about the weather! Walk through the gardens discussing different types of weather and signs that the weather is changing. Look at the weather station. Offered in partnership with Fresh Air Family. www.bbgardens. org. FREE.

27 SUNDAY

EASTER SUNDAY Southeastern Outings Wildflower Walk 2:30pm, Homewood Forest Preserve. Meet at the Homewood High School east parking lot off Lakeshore Drive at 2:30pm to spend a relaxing two hours walking and admiring wildflowers in the lower preserve. Moderately easy. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children 6 and older welcome. Information, Mary Alice Thurman, 205-823-5165, www.seoutings.org.

30 WEDNESDAY Lego Play Day Roy Downs Memorial Library, Calera. It’s a Lego day all day in the children’s department!

31 THURSDAY For more information, visit thetravelvoicebybecky.com 48 | birminghamparent | march 2016

Movie Night: Peanuts the Movie 5pm, Roy Downs Memorial Library, Calera. Come to the program room to watch this family movie.

TOT SHOTS

SUPPORT GROUPS

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The Jefferson County Department of Health offers free vaccination clinics monthly to children younger than 19 who have no insurance. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must bring their immunization records. Call 205-930-1450 or www.jcdh.org for more information on your child’s eligibility, and call ahead to make sure the clinic will be held that day.

Positive Parenting Class 6:30pm, Thursdays, 632 11th Ave. SW, Alabaster (across from new Alabaster City Hall). Leader, Vicki Joiner. FREE. 205-663-6301.

Here is the clinic schedule for March: 2-4pm, March 7: Eastside Baptist Church 558 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham 2-4pm, March 15: St. Peter’s Catholic Church 2061 Patton Chapel Road, Hoover 2-4pm, March 21: Garywood Assembly of God 2730 Allison Bonnett Memorial Parkway, Hueytown 3-5pm, March 24: First Baptist Church 910 Main Street (Family Life Center), Gardendale

_________________________ Bradford Health Services offers Family Support meetings on Wednesday nights at 6pm at 101 Aviators View Drive, Alabaster, for anyone in the family who is having substance abuse issues. Free to the community. Bradford Health Services offers a 12-step substance abuse education class for adolescents Wednesday nights at 6pm at 101 Aviators View Drive, Alabaster. Free to the community. _________________________ Do you have a support group or special class to help parents you’d like to include in BIRMINGHAM PARENT? If so, please send the details to calendar@birminghamparent.com -- please send dates, times, any fees, location, recurring, if childcare is provided, registration needed, etc. Support groups with a significant fee may not be included.


events & attractions discount on gift shop purchases, $1 small popcorn at IMAX concession stand and a free members-only evening event each month. Also, on the second Monday of each month, McWane opens its doors from 5-8pm for its members.

ALDRIDGE BOTANICAL GARDENS Mosaic Memory Flower Pot Workshop. Learn how to make your own mosaic memory flower pot using old jewelry, coins, keys, beads and more to commemorate a special trip or time in your life. Two-day workshop. Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm; Sunday, March 13, 1:303:30pm. Contact the gardens for more information. 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com ALABAMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-254-2731, www.jazzhall.com ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2150 Richard Arrington Blvd. N., Birmingham. 323-6665, www.ashof.org ALABAMA WILDLIFE CENTER 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205663-7930. www.awrc.org ALBERT L SCOTT ALABASTER PUBLIC LIBRARY Story Times: Tunes & Tales: Wednesdays at 3:30pm in Library Meeting Room, all ages Toddler Tales: Fridays at 10:30am in the Library Meeting Room, 2 and 3 year olds 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL, 35007. 205-664-6822, www.cityofalabaster.com/departments/library AMERICAN VILLAGE Highway 119, Montevallo. 205-6653535, www.americanvillage.org

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds. 205-298-9040, www. barbermotorsports.com BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS When visiting the Gardens, be sure to download the treasure map to take with you. www.bbgardens.org/ documents/treasuremapforweb.pdf 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. 205-414-3900, www.bbgardens.org BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S THEATRE 1001 19th St. North, Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205-458-8181, www.bct123.org BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE “Little Giants: Children of the Civil Rights Movement.” Huffman High School students, led by teacher Susan Pearson, explore their artistic talents in watercolor, pencil and pastel to portray the young, yet strong heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement. Through March 27. 16th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696, www.bcri.org BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART Bart’s Art Cart! Free drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from galleries and art activity each month. Saturdays from 11am-1pm. Bart’s Books. A storytelling program for children ages 4-7. 11amnoon. FREE. Haitian Flags. An exhibition of Haitian flags made for Vodou religious ceremonies. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565, www.artsbma.org

BIRMINGHAM ZOO Dino Discovery! The zoo’s newest exhibit features 12 life-sized, North America-native animatronic dinosaurs at heights of nearly 20 feet, weighing almost seven tons and measuring 85 feet in length! Explore a trail filled with these magnificent creatures. Additional fees apply. March 26-July 31. In-park Special Attractions: Giraffe Feeding & Keeper Chat, Saturday & Sunday 11am-12pm & 2-3pm, $3. Sea Lion Training, Daily 10am & 2pm Predator Zone, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am & 3:30pm 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 205-879-0409, www.birminghamzoo.com HEART OF DIXIE RAILROAD MUSEUM 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-668-3435, www.hodrrm.org MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER Itty Bitty Magic City. This 10,000-square-foot area allows infants to kindergarten to learn in a fun and playful environment. Body Worlds Rx. The institute for Plastination – organizers of the renowned Body Worlds anatomical and health exhibitions, presents this unforgettable educational exhibition. This public health experience features a collection of authentic human specimens including whole-body plastinates, organs, translucent body slices and body configurations that show complexity of the human body and its vulnerability to illness and diseases. Through May 1. Member Mondays. Every Monday, McWane Science Center members receive extra perks while visiting! Includes a special gift for kids when checking in, 30 percent

IMAX Movies: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This epic adventures continues with Episode VII, directed by J.J. Adams. Ocean Oasis. A fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of Mexico’s Sea of Cortes and the Baja California desert. Through March 17. Wild Africa. Come on a spectacular ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth. Opens March 18. Robots. Today’s robots are nothing short of astonishing. Get a sneak peek into the future. Through September 30. 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, www.mcwane.org. MOSS ROCK PRESERVE Preserve Parkway, Hoover. 205-739-7141, www.hooveral.org. OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2520, www.alapark.com. RUFFNER MOUNTAIN NATURE CENTER 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264, www.ruffnermountain.org. SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF FLIGHT 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226, www.southernmuseumofflight.org TANNEHILL IRONWORKS HISTORICAL STATE PARK 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org VULCAN PARK Darkness into Life: Alabama’s Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art. Vulcan Park and Museum, partnering with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, presents this sensitive exhibit of photography by Becky Seitel and art by Mitzi J. Levin. The paintings and photographs accompanied by educational narratives. Through May 16. 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409, www.vulcanpark.org birminghamparent.com | 49


poetry party

by Charles Ghigna

The Cinquain! Pronounced “Sang-Kane”

The Cinquain is a 5-line poem that is fun to read and easy to write! “Cinq” means 5 in French

The Cinquain contains 1 Noun 2 Adjectives 3 Verbs 4 Or more Words 1 Synonym 1 noun (the subject) 2 adjectives (to describe your noun) 3 verbs (to tell what your noun does) 4 or more words (to tell about your noun) 1 synonym (to rename your noun)

Puppy Puppy Furry, friendly Barking, Running, Napping Greets me when I get home Love

School

School Fun, Exciting Reading, Writing, Playing A wonderland of learners Class

Friend

Friend Funny, Kind Laughing, Playing, Talking Giggles at my jokes BFF

Poetry

Poetry Short, clever Thinking, dreaming, rhyming A package of well-placed words Poem

NOW YOU TRY IT! Choose a subject to write about. Once you get started it’s hard to stop! You may want to make a book of them! 50 | birminghamparent | march 2016

For more poetry activities, visit the Father Goose website at FatherGoose.com. Want to submit YOUR poems for publication? Parents, here are some magazines that publish poems written by children: http://www.ckmagazine.org • http://www.magicdragonmagazine.com, http://www.cricketmag.com


Alabama Dance Academy’s Ballet Classique, Jazz and Lyrical Ensembles present

Dancing with Princesses Oak Mountain High School Theatre Saturday, April 30 2:00 and 7:30pm

All Tickets are $14.00. For tickets, call 205-978-6830 or www.alabamadanceacademy.com See Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and other favorite princesses in this fun-filled, family dance performance. Mention this ad to buy one ticket and get one 50 % off. Enter code PROMO50 at www.alabamadanceacademy.com or call 205-978-6830.

Alabama’s Premier Dance School 3221 Old Columbiana Road, Hoover, AL 35226 205-978-6830 www.alabamadanceacademy.com find us on Facebook: Alabama Dance Academy

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