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Gardening is making a popular comeback From beautiful flowers to delicious vegetables, gardening is making a strong comeback in America.

Helping your child choose a summer camp Summer camp can have an impact on a child’s life. Here are some tips on how to choose a good camp.

Editor’s note Ah, can you feel it? Spring is in the air! You know what that means … time to get back outdoors. Roll up your sleeves, get down on your knees and plant until you can’t plant no more! Gardening is making a popular comeback according to one of this month’s features. Read about other current trends and incorporate them in your own backyard! Also, this month we have our annual Summer Camps topic. Read about some wonderful local opportunities, as well as ways to help your child choose the perfect summer camp that will have a positive lasting impact on their lives.

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Business 10 Local Goods • Services

Care 4 Dental Gums • Teeth

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Camps 12 Summer Education • Fun

Mind • Body • Spirit

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Snore? Can’t tolerate CPAP? Dr. Kitzmiller has a solution Do you snore or know someone who firsthand the disruptions that untreated does? Do you have obstructive sleep sleep apnea can cause. apnea but just can’t tolerate your CPAP “We used to think that snoring was machine? normal, but when Tim would stop You’re not alone! An estimated 40 breathing for up to 20 seconds at a time million Americans snore and nearly 20 and then wake with a gasp, I got scared. million have sleep After being diagapnea, a condition nosed with sleep where the airway apnea he tried to use collapses during CPAP but his sleepsleep, causing the ing habits made it Not sure if you have sleep person to stop too difficult to use. apnea? Take a quick quiz at breathing and He’s been using and www.cincisleep.com to see if awaken multiple treating patients with you are at risk. times every hour oral appliance therawith a gasp. py now for years … Sleep Apnea is a life threatening sleep and now we’re both getting a restful disorder that left undiagnosed and night’s sleep!” Lori explained. untreated can shorten your lifespan up Want to see what a difference oral to 18 years! While CPAP is the gold stan- appliance therapy can be to treat your dard of sleep apnea treatment, many snoring or sleep apnea? people can’t tolerate the masks and presGive Dr. Kitzmiller a call at 248-8848 sure. An oral appliance is an FDA to schedule your complimentary consulapproved CPAP alternative that fits over tation. Dr. Kitzmiller and his team can your teeth and holds the lower jaw forcoordinate your entire care process, ward, keeping your airway from colincluding scheduling your diagnostic lapsing. A sleep apnea sufferer himself, sleep study, treatment visits, insurance Dr. Kitzmiller and his wife Lori know and follow up.

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Gentle Dental Care changes people’s lives with a smile Can a life be changed simply by a smile? The Gentle Dental Care team and their patients say yes. One case in particular comes to mind for Kim Fisk, new patient coordinator and dental assistant. “The case was recommended to us by an organization,” she explains. “We donated the time, materials and service.” The gentleman who needed the work had missing and decayed teeth. “He was very self-conscious about his appearance and it was effecting his entire life,” Kim says. His teeth were pulled and a “beautiful” denture was put in the same day. “He was very emotional,” Kim says. “He was so grateful that he could finally smile. He really looked amazing!”

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Not too long after, the Gentle Dental Care team received a card from the man thanking them again for their service. He wrote how it had completely turned his life around. He told them how he was able to get a job and an apartment. They were all in tears. “This is why we do what we do – to change lives,” says Dr. Tara Dallmann. Gentle Dental Care is a patient-focused general dentistry practice located in Independence. The team is committed to providing every person who comes to their office with the most up-to-date dental services and treatments in a comfortable, relaxing setting. They treat their patients like family. Dr. Dallmann and her team provide a full range of services, from preventive care such as cleaning

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and oral examinations to restorative measures such as fillings and crowns. For people who want to improve the look of their teeth, they offer cosmetic treatments such as bonding, veneers and recontouring. The Gentle Dental Care team. They treat each patient Are you in desperate with warmth and respect, need of dental care, but and make sure that every too afraid to go to the person understands any dentist? Are you facing proposed treatments. extensive treatment which They work with you to you cannot fathom withdevelop an overall dental out being “out”? You are plan that suits your needs, not alone. For patients one that is affordable and who need that extra help timely. to relax, Gentle Dental

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Care offers both IV and oral conscious sedation. “For some people it takes a lot of courage just to pick up the phone and make an appointment,” explains Fisk. “We understand this and do all that we can to make your visit comfortable for you.” Sedation is a way for people that would not normally go to the dentist to get the treatment and attention they so desperately need. However, what really sets Gentle Dental Care apart from all other practices is the caring staff. “We encourage our patients, as well as comfort,” Fisk says. “For those who are fearful we let them know that we are genuinely proud of them for coming in. This care, is what makes us different, it’s the reason why we have patients drive all the way from West Chester to see us for treatment.” Call Gentle Dental Care today at 859-363-1616 to “Experience the Difference.”

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Spring into better hearing with a sleek new look Who says things that are good for us have to taste bad or look unsightly? This spring, we invite you to take a closer look at today’s hearing devices. Chances are, you’ll find something so sleek you’ll actually want to wear it. Today’s hearing aids are designed for fashion on the outside and engineered for performance on the inside. With these devices, you’ll be able to hear conversations and locate sounds in noise, watch TV at the same volume as the rest of the room, and carry on a phone conversation with ease, all while sport-

ing an almost-invisible hearing device. Hearing devices now come in a full range of prices, styles, powers-and yes, even colors-to suit almost any hearing loss, budget, and taste. There are bright colors and patterns for those who want to flaunt their new devices and skin-colored tones for those who prefer discretion. Many of these devices can also wirelessly connect to your cell phone, landline phone, MP3 player, TV, and other electronics. At Christopherson & Clark Hearing Center, we

know that the most successful hearing aid wearers are the best informed ones, so our professionals will work with you to find the hearing solution that best fits your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle, then spend all the time you need to be sure you know how to get the most out of your new devices. Ready to try out your new look? For a personalized assessment of your hearing needs from an audiologist you can trust, or to request a free copy of The Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids, call 5989444 today.

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Scuba diving is a lifestyle you can try for free at The Scuba Shack.

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Jim Barrie wants to share his love for scuba diving, so he’s letting everyone try it for free. His dive shop, The Scuba Shack, (www.TheScubaPlace.com) located in Florence, is offering a free “Try SCUBA Experience” to anyone interested in diving. “Scuba diving is not a sport. It’s not a hobby. It’s a lifestyle! We want to expose as many people as we can to this exciting way of life.” Barrie said. The Scuba Shack conducts free onehour dives every Saturday. Barrie has owned The Scuba Shack for 11 years, and in that time has been told by countless people that they would love to try diving. He knows that if they do, they’ll love it! So he wants to give them the opportunity. All those who would like to try scuba diving will be geared-up and go for a dip in The Scuba Shack’s indoor, heated, 10 foot-deep, diver training pool. The dives are led by The Shack’s certified instructors. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 859-283-1550. The Scuba Shack also offers scuba

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certification training. Through comprehensive classroom and pool training, divers learn proper technique, safety measures, and how to use the equipment. Divers certified at The Scuba Shack are given unlimited training classes at no extra charge. The Shack also provides unlimited access to their pool and use of scuba equipment for certification students. Once certified, a diver is ready to go on one of the shop’s many trips to dive locations in the United States and abroad. In the next 14 months, The Shack will lead trips to locations such as: St. Lucia, Hawaii, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida, Fiji, and the Bahamas. Pricing varies by destination. Many trips are enjoyable for both divers and non-divers, so the diver can easily bring a spouse or friend. However, trips specifically for divers are noted. “There’s nothing quite like a group trip” said Barrie. “Both divers and nondivers come back with a group of new friends, having seen some of the world’s most beautiful locations” he said.

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Come and get fit where you can feel comfortable Paramount Fitness is not only an outstanding fitness and nutritional center that helps you reach your lifestyle goals; it’s a place where you feel comfortable. “We provide a personal touch with our services,” said owner Jason Rapp. “We know our members’ names – we’re members of the Western Hills community like they are. We care about the people in our community and care about helping them reach the results they desire,” he said. Paramount Fitness offers a unique environ-

ment – one that is relaxing and inviting. The staff is professional and provides the best customer service available, catering to all fitness experience levels of teens and adults of all ages. “Anyone can come in here without feeling intimidated,” Jason explained. “You don’t have to be in shape, but we can help get you in shape, at your own pace.” The center is also home to one of the area’s best nutrition stores. As well as offering products on location, Paramount Fitness mem-

bers and the public are invited to come in and visit www.paramountsupplements.com. This site offers products as well as customized nutritional, supplemental and training advice that will enhance your purchase. When you visit the site you have the power to purchase the best supplement products on the Web and seek the advice of professionals that know how to get results. Whether it is a question about the products, quick questions about training or nutrition or a

full blown training and nutritional program paramount-supplements.com offers it. Members and the public are welcome to also treat themselves to the tanning salon that now has new bulbs. Throughout the month of March Paramount Fitness will be offering a $2 tanning special! Paramount Fitness also offers a wide-variety of fitness programs. • Spinning classes are held Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. and Saturdays at

9:15 a.m. • Zumba classes are held Mondays at 10:20 a.m. and Fridays at 10:20 a.m. • Eclectic Vinyasa Yoga is held Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. • Boot Camp classes are offered Saturday afternoons. • New MMA style Kickboxing classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. For more information on Paramount Fitness and its offerings call 451-6509 today. Or visit the center at 5130 Crookshank Road in Western Hills.

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Wig, scarf fitting specialists at Burlington Pharmacy Health Care offer women outstanding service There are some decisions in life that we never expect to make. When we go through difficult experiences that require us to make adjustments along the way, the people we surround ourselves with can make such a difference in our attitude and determination. Many women needing wigs and scarves as a result of receiving chemotherapy or for other medical reasons have come to Burlington Pharmacy Health Care because of the outstanding support and care of the professional fitting

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specialists there. Karen Sue Murphy has been a certified fitting specialist for many years and is honored to support, encourage, and advise women who are looking for head coverings at Burlington Pharmacy Health Care. “It is an emotional time and it is important for them to have a support team that cares. Our personal care and quality customer service set us apart,” said Murphy. “At the end of the day, we are making a difference in a life,” added Mellissaa Morris, another

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“It is very important to us that it be a pleasant and comfortable experience for our customer … ” certified fitting specialist at Burlington Pharmacy Health Care. “We want to help our customers feel comfortable and meet all of their needs,” she said. Burlington Pharmacy

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Health Care carries a wide assortment of quality wigs, scarves, sleep caps and other headpieces. “We have a great selection of products and many color swatches,” said Morris.

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The company offers personalized and private fitting appointments with their professional fitting specialists. “It is a very private atmosphere and we like taking time with each customer to get to know them as a person before we begin the fitting,” said Morris. “It is very important to us that it be a pleasant and comfortable experience for our customer,” she said. Burlington Pharmacy Health Care also encourages their customer’s friends and family to come and support women as they choose wigs, scarves, and other headpieces while they receive treatment. “We invite them to come with our customers,” said Murphy. “Getting opinions from friends and family that they know and love is very reassuring and helpful,” she said. For more information on Burlington Pharmacy Health Care and the products they carry, please call 859-586-6700 and one of their professional fitting specialist would be happy to answer your questions.

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Western Tennis & Fitness Club is the place to be The “place to be” to pursue a lifestyle of fitness with your family is Western Tennis & Fitness Club (WTFC). WTFC is best known for being the best place for tennis on the West side. If you want to play tennis or want to learn to play tennis, this is the place for you. Certified tennis professionals can get you started either with instruction or with a free evaluation to set you up in an appropriate league or round robin. Tennis is the fastest growing recreational sport in the country for both young and old. From ages 3 to 91 you can play tennis at WTFC. Western’s famous member, Charlie Schirmann, 91, still plays weekly at WTFC. Summer tennis camps for all levels and ages will begin week of June 14. You don’t have to wait, check out all their programs at www.westerntfc.com! But, WTFC is not just a tennis club. There is something for everyone at WTFC.

From yoga, Spinning, group fitness, Zumba and more, the WTFC has continued to add programs, classes and even new equipment. It is a family-owned business and the family is dedicated to its members to have a clean, up-to-date friendly atmosphere for everyone to achieve their fitness goals at a reasonable price.

“WTFC has enhanced my family’s life … it has become our lifestyle for less than it costs for all of us to go out to dinner,”

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— member Charlie Baverman. All fitness classes are included in membership. “WTFC has enhanced my family’s life … it has become our lifestyle for less than it costs for all of us to go out to dinner,” said member Charlie Baverman. Come check out Western Tennis & Fitness Club with a no obligation, seven-day pass.

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A Total Tan is the west side’s largest tanning facility A Total Tan offers many different types of tanning units which are all accessible with the same package. Buy any of the packages and receive access to any bed. “Customers can purchase a package and jump from one level of tanning to the next without having to purchase another package,” said owner Jason Roeder. Also look for Total Tan’s unlimited packages which require no contracts or additional fees. Make that spring vacation or summer sun more enjoyable by building

your base tan early. A Total Tan prides itself on clean and friendly tanning with no appointments ever taken. Even during the busy season, with almost 100 tanning units on the west side, A Total Tan offers everyone the chance to come right in and get a quick and relaxing tan. If your new to the indoor tanning experience, come in and rely on Total Tan’s certified employees and let them lead you step by step to a deep dark sexy tan. “Tanning lotions carry a huge part in the tanning

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process. Lotions help the tanner get 30 to 40 percent darker while also helping to keep the tan longer” said Jason. “Keeping the skin moist is important to a healthy tan,” he said. Find the latest tanning lotions along with a good line of after-tan moisturizers and outdoor tanning products on sale. Look for Total Tan’s new line of 2010 tanning lotions in the salons on display. A Total Tan prides themselves on giving you great clean tanning and affordable products.

A Sweet Life celebrates spring with crafts, cupcakes 00A Sweet Life is celebrating spring and you’re invited. A Sweet Life is excited to introduce new spring crafts, new cupcake flavors, new crafters, and its participation with the Cincinnati Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (CLLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Behind every handcrafted gift in the store is an equally unique crafter. One of those crafters was Annmarie Sanfillipo. Sadly, Annmarie lost her battle with leukemia in July, 2009. She fought the disease to the end and was an inspiration to anyone who met her. In Annmarie’s honor, A

Sweet Life has been asked to join in to support the CLLS 2010 Campaign. A Sweet Life has happily jumped on board. A table of handcrafted items donated by our crafters that, when purchased, 100 percent of the sales of these items will be donated to the LLS. A Sweet Life hopes you will take time to check out this wonderful table. On Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Sweet Life will hold its Spring Fling event. Meet crafters throughout the day and, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., new crafters from A A Sweet Life see page 11

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hange has come to America. The pop culture phrase “show me the money,” boiling throughout business and industry, has cooled down and is forcing people to take a hard look at what is really important in life.

percent burst of new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens over last year. “It’s time to reclaim our land for our greater good,” says Margie Grace, the 2009 International Landscape Designer of the Year, awarded by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. “Take that food-pro“Just look around you,” says ducing garden from the back 40 Susan McCoy, trend spotter and and put it wherever we want. outdoor living expert. “Our relaReunite the ornamental with the tionship with money has changed. edible – roses beside tomatoes, Hard work, common sense and a beds edged with herbs, and vegreturn to small-town values are gies used as annuals.” causing a shift in priorities from Grace is one of many wantboardrooms to backyards.” ing to “de-lawn” America. Front According to GMG’s 2010 lawns are being transformed Garden Trends Report, “The into vegetable and rain gardens. rewards of growing your own – from basil to berries to flowers – are “Hell strips” – the patch of highmaintenance lawn or dirt boundless,” says McCoy. between the sidewalk and street Here is a glimpse of what McCoy and her team of trend spot- – are being planted with sustainable flowers, grasses and shrubs ters see for 2010. that need little to no care. • Edible gardens are in. Lawns Gardeners with limited space are out. are finding ways to have fresh Growing your own groceries is herbs and vegetables in their hotter than ever and is transformkitchens. Innovative plant sysing homes and communities. A tems like Fertile Earth’s new recent survey by the National Simple Gardens come with soil, Gardening Association shows a 19

seeds and a how-to guide packed in stylish square containers that make it a snap to grow kitchen gardens in any bright spot. Just add water. • Slow gardening is in. Instant gratification is out. With the rising demand for locally grown food, organic and energy-efficient products, people are gardening for the greater good. According to Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, (LOHAS) seed sales are up 30 to 50 percent and canning saw a whopping 45 percent increase. Along with vegetables, people are planting and picking fruits Gardening see page 13

Discover unique, one-of-a-kind accessories Handmade items, unique gifts, and decorative pieces that will add a personal touch to your home – that’s what you’ll find at Neville’s Roses & Ivy plus much more! If you live on the west side and have not had a chance to check out Neville’s, located at 2038 Anderson Ferry across

from Servatii’s, you have to put it on your to do list. Shoppers can find handmade items including jewelry, wooden birdhouses, wedding gifts and accessories, soy candles, and floral arrangements. Local crafters provide the store with a wide range of customized items such as airbrushed pic-

tures and backpacks, customized stained glass items and cross stitch pieces. Neville’s also carries great candy baskets for Easter as well as sentimental religious items for First Communion. Another new addition to their inventory is reasonable American Girl clothes

and accessories. You can visit the store Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Thursday and

Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also call to discuss customized pieces and gifts at 921-6331.

A Sweet Life from page 10 Whimzical Word will showcase their letter art photography. Meet Hidee Lohstroh, a handcrafted card creator and candidate for Woman of the Year in the LLS

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new cupcake flavors and, last but not least, check out all the new spring and Easter items which are arriving daily. Join them and make your life A Sweet Life.

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Questions to ask when choosing a summer camp 1. What’s the camp’s philosophy? 2. How does the camp recruit, screen and train staff? 3. What about return rates? 4. What’s the ratio of counselors to campers? 5. How old are the counselors? 6. What does a typical daily schedule look like? 7. Will the camp be transporting children? 8. Ask for references. Source: www.greatschools.org

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A summer camp program can have a significant impact on your child’s life. It’s important that you assist your child in the process of choosing a program. After all, choosing a summer camp should be a family decision.

First, determine the sort of experience your child desires. Does he or she want to develop a new skill or perfect one they’ve already acquired? Is your child interested in more social activity? Ask your child what he or she wants out of the experience. Find out your child’s needs, interests, goals, and expectations. Next, start making a list of camps that seem to meet your child’s goals. Determine your camp budget. Consider the location. Do you want something near or farther away? Ask your child if he or she is ready for a sleep-over camp experience. Select a location that both you and your child are comfortable with. Look into the staff. How long have the direc-

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tors been at the helm and what are their priorities when selecting staff members. Do they conduct background checks? What is the staff to camper ratio? What is the age and experience of the staff? Look at the camp’s mission statement and take a look at their Web site, literature or camp video to see how the mission is included into the overall camp experience. After you’ve narrowed your list down to a few, review Web sites, brochures and videos with your child. Then choose the camp you both are most interested in and set up an appointment to speak or meet with the camp directors or representatives. Sources: www.summercamp.org; www.camppage.com

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Have fun while learning at the YMCA Educational Programs do not have to be boring. At the YMCA Child Development Center West, children are encouraged to have fun while learning. With quality programs and experienced professionals, the YMCA West is striving for excellence in educating children of all ages. The center begins

accepting children at 18 months of age through 12 years old. There are currently 85 children participating in its programs. The high-quality programs offered at the YMCA West are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and also rated with two stars by the State

of Ohio’s Step Up To Quality Program. This means there is a low child to teacher ratio and a highly qualified staff. “At the YMCA Child Development Center West, we strive for quality of care and education for the child and the whole family,” said Angie Good, director of the center. “Our mission is to put

hardy early and repeat blooming daylily – Jersey Earlybird “Cardinal.” Demand is up for sustainable hybrids like rhododendrons and grasses that provide great impact with little fuss. Look for a new hardy hybrid rhododendron and the first-ever tri-colored hosta from Briggs Nursery. Rhododendron

“Trocadero” is a compact grower with bright red trusses and Hosta “Trifecta” is a drought-tolerant stunner that helps shape landscapes with striking good looks and easy care. For a complete GMG 2010 Garden Trends report, visit www.gardenmediagroup.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent

Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all,” she said. The YMCA West features a long standing summer camp and schoolage program. The program involves two to three field trips a week which are then related to other learning activities.

These skills are designed to reinforce skills the children have already learned in areas of math, science, literacy and social studies. For children of any age, the YMCA Child Development Center West offers educationally focused programs in a family friendly, fun atmosphere!

Gardening from page 11 and berries – especially blueberries and raspberries – for their nutritional value and ornamental good looks. • Multi-tasking is in. Single-purpose gardening is out. Roofs are no longer just for parties. Green roofs are springing to life in cities and small towns, transforming barren space into lush gardens that help cool buildings, absorb rainwater, filter air pollutants, and create wildlife habitats. Folks are bringing the outdoors in with houseplants. Indoor plants are living art accents that provide oxygen, and remove carbon dioxide and harmful volatile organic compounds, 24/7. • Perennials and shrubs are in. Divas are out. Sustainable landscapes, water conservation, perennials and small edible shrubs are hot as gardening with natives attracts needed pollinators and birds, critical for the balance of nature. Consumers are looking for plants that are easy care, have great color, and are pest- and droughtresistant, like the new

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Join the summer fun with Speech and Occupational Therapy Camps at Cincinnati Speech Services

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It’s almost summer time again and you know what that means‌ time to find the best summer camp! Consistency of speechlanguage therapy and occupational therapy is important for continued progress. Summertime enrichment programs also help children maintain skills vital for academic and social development. Cincinnati Speech Services offers a wide range of excellent speech and occupational therapy programs for children and adults. Whether you are looking for a program for

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sound production, social skills, reading/writing, and/or handwriting skills, to name a few, Cincinnati Speech Services is the place to be this summer! The groups are built on activities that are fun, creative, language-rich, and developmentally suited to the age group by a speech-language pathologist and/or occupational therapist. See why you should choose Cincinnati Speech Services! For more information or to register for a camp, call us at 451-1551 or visit www.cincinnatispeech.com.

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YMCA day camp offers an abundance of new experiences, skills, peace of mind for parents For both parents and kids, it's never too early to start thinking about plans for the summer. Parents want to be sure their children are safe, supervised, and engaged in activities that keep their kids' minds and bodies active after school lets out for the summer. Youngsters look forward to the free time, and simply want to have fun and learn something new. YMCAs have been serving communities for more than 150 years, and YMCA day camp is a perfect option for parents who are looking for a safe and fun place for their kids to build healthy mind, body and spirit this summer. “Children are our greatest treasures and greatest responsibility,” said David Martorano from the Clippard Family YMCA in Colerain Township. “YMCA day camp helps kids grow positively, meet healthy role models and learn good values-all while having fun. We not only provide memories that last a lifetime, but we also assure parents that their kids are in good hands during the summer.” Day camp for youth – the most popular program offered by YMCAs-provides youngsters with a unique opportunity to connect with their peers and their community. At the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati day camps, our campers enjoy a broad range of age-appropriate programs, events and activities

In addition to all of the activi- get active through play. This is ties offered at YMCA day camp, especially important as rates of parents also have the flexibility of overweight and obesity among

helps children better manage stress, succeed in school, reduce stress, build energy and, most of all, learn skills that encourage a lifetime of activity.” The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is the largest provider of summer camps for kids ages 3 to 18. More than 10,000 children each year spend their summer with the YMCA through day and overnight camps at more than 16 locations. Each week area YMCA day camps have a fun and different theme. However daily activities include: swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, service learning, science, literature, free time and more. YMCA day camps also include: service learning, leadership development, sports, cheerleading, creative arts, and more. Also, day YMCA day camps provide a wealth of opportunity for kids to get active through play. camps offer pre and post camp options for busy parents. enrolling their youngsters during youth have increased dramaticalDay campers will be divided sessions that suit their needs. For ly over the past 25 years. In fact, into groups with activities and example, if a parent only wants a a 2009 report from the Centers choices appropriate to the age child to participate two weeks for Disease Control and interests and needs of each out of the summer, our day camp Prevention recommended that group. Camp ages range from 3-5 can accommodate that schedule. school-age children should paryears for preschool camp, 6-12 Different levels of supervision are ticipate in moderate to vigorous for day camp and 13-15 for teen also available, depending on the activity for a minimum of 60 camps. age and interests of the parent minutes a day. YMCA day camps For a complete list, the public and child. “YMCA programs are help kids build healthy habits is invited to contact their local designed to meet the needs and while having fun. branch or visit www.myy.org for schedules of today's busy fami“The need is as strong today a complete camp and branch listlies,” states Trish Kitchell from as ever before,” said Cindy ing. How can families learn more the Gamble Nippert YMCA. Tomaszewski of the Powel or register for a camp? YMCA day camps provide a Crosley YMCA. Being more www.myy.org or call the YMCA wealth of opportunity for kids to physically active through play at 362-9622.

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