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Edition #24 May 2012

Proudly serving over 8,500+ families -- NOW Across all of Nebraska!!!

I m p o rt an t T id b it s f o r F a m i l ie s May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day

May 13 is Mother's Day The  Nebraska  Respite  Network  

Edition #24 May 2012

Do  you  know  about  the  Lifespan  Respite  Subsidy  Program?   This  program  pays  for  respite  services  (someone  to  come  into  the  home  to  care  for  a  person  with  special  needs,  to  give  the  primary  caregiver  a   temporary  break).    The  program  serves  people  of  all  ages.    It  is  for  people  who  are  NOT  receiving  the  services  from  another  government  program.     You 8,500+ may us “special moms” have all it pretty rough. Proudly serving over families -- NOW Across of Nebraska!!! Who  think Needs   This   Program?   We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. Caregivers  who  need  a  temporary  break  from  providing  care  to  persons  of  any  age,  with  special  needs.    Examples  of  special  needs  are  developmental  &   We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. physical  limitations,  emotional  or  behavioral  disorders,   chronic  illness.    Alzheimer’s  disease  &  related  health  concerns,  or  persons  at  risk  of  abuse  &   We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! neglect.    Eligibility  is  based  on  income  guidelines.    HOWEVER,  if  you  have  eMay xpenses   irectly  related   to  the   these   can  usually  be  subtracted   is dBetter Speech &disability,   Hearing Month from  the  counted  income.    The  person  applying  We've must  have   a  caregiver.    The  beyond program   will  provide   up  we to  $never 125  per   client  per  of month!!   gained patience measure, love dreamed giving. May 9 is National School Nurse Day We worry about  the future but know this “special” life's worth living! How  have do  I  bbad ecome   a  Respite   Provider?   May 13 is Mother's Day We days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. feel fjoy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. How  do  I  get  qWe ualified   or  the   Lifespan   Respite   Subsidy  Program?   What  if  I  need  help  finding  a  respite  provider,  so  I  as  a  Caregiver,  can  have  a  break?   For our aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so more :) Contact  the  Nebraska  Respite  Network  by  contacting   a  Rkids, espite  we Network   Coordinator   in  your  area   (see   below)   or  much call  1-­‐866-­‐RESPITE   We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door.   We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. Central   Service   Area   Southeast  S ervice  Area  

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Thanks to the amazing support for our Autism Puzzle Walk the Autism Society of Nebraska has been able to expand their community grants and create yet another innovative way to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism! We are pleased to share with you our Classroom Grants!! The Supporting our Community Classroom Grant offers funding to be used for Nebraska educators who work with an individual(s) on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. These funds are available for the purchase of classroom supplies, educational toys, sensory may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. items You and technology. The Supporting our Community Classroom Grant is administered by the We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. Nebraska Chapter of the Autism Society of America. Awards of up to $75 will be distributed We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. with aWe've limit ofeven 1 award per person Classroom maycan notdo! be used toward edible impressed ourannually. own selves with allGrants that we or disposable items, or curriculum items which are considered the school’s responsibility. We've gained we never webpage dreamed of Teachers please gopatience to the beyond Autism measure, Society oflove Nebraska’s at giving. We worry about the future but know “special” today!! life's worth living! www.autismnebraska.org , to print off athis application We have badONE daysOFF and FOR hurt YOUR sometimes, but TEACHER!!! we hold our heads up high. PARENTS PRINT CHILD’S

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Project Lifesaver in Sarpy County

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office implemented Project Lifesaver in 2008 to help locate missing persons. Children with Autism or Down Syndrome, who are at risk to wander, can have their safety greatly enhanced Important Families pages 2 - 6 trained Sheriff’s through this program. Project Lifesaver Tidbits emphasizesfor relationships between specially State-Wide 6 arise for a rescue. During an initial personnel & individuals enrolled in the program BEFORE thepage need may Bellevue, Cedar & Columbus page& 7transmitter, & family home visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees are fitted Bluff with a personalized wristband members are provided with a comprehensive of the program. Trained Fremontoverview & Grand Island page 8 in communicating with individuals with special needs, deputies will schedule a monthly home visit Gretna & Hastings page 9 to inspect & maintain the equipment & get to know the enrollee better, on a more personal The cost to participate in this Lincoln - basis. 15rough. You may think us “special moms” pages have it10 pretty program isWe minimal, $10choice. a month.We For more information on- Project Norfolk pages 16 haveatno just manage life 15 when thingsLifesaver, get reallycontact tough. Lt. Griger atWe've 402-593-2288. made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through.

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We are nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us along to cheerleaders, families you know who could use this information!!! We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just have many needs. We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. -- April Vernon


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Meet your  Local  Board  Certified  Music   herapists   in  Lincoln!!   MayT13 is Mother's Day

Nicole  Jacobs,  MT-­‐C  and  Jessie  Habluetzel   Contact  Nicole  at  lincolnmusictherapy@yahoo.com   Contact  Jessie  at  sonriseamusictherapy@gmail.com  or  (913)961-­‐3847   www.facebook.com/MusicTherapyConnectionsofLincoln       Nicole  Jacobs  is  originally  from  Lincoln.    She  has  been  a  board-­‐certified  music  therapist  for  nine  years.    Upon  graduating  from  the  University  of   You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. Missouri-­‐Kansas  City,  Nicole  opened  a  private  practice  in  Lincoln,  where  she  has  been  serving  children  &  adults  throughout  Southeast  Nebraska.    She  is   We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. currently  in  her  second  year  of  the  M.M.  in  Neurological  We've Music  Tmade herapy  itprogram   through   Colorado   State  University.    Nicole  make is  actively   involved  in  local   through the days we thought we'd never it through. &  professional  music  therapy  organizations  including  tWe've he  Nebraska   tate  Task  Force,   hich  aselves ddresses   l egislative   issues   related   evenSimpressed ourwown with all that we can do!to  music  therapy.    In   addition,  she  is  an  adjunct  professor  at  Bryan  College  of  Health  Sciences  &  Concordia  University.    Nicole  is  married  &  has  two  young  children.    She  is   passionate  about  increasing  access  to  music   therapy   for  all  patience Nebraska  fbeyond amilies  &measure,  looks  forward   to  we working   with   your  family!   We've gained love never dreamed of giving. We worry about  the future but know this “special” life's worth living! We have bad days and hurt but we hold our heads up high. Jessie  Habluetzel  is  a  nationally  board  certified  music  therapist   who   recently   moved   to  Lsometimes, incoln.    A  graduate   of  the   University   of  Kansas   with  degrees  in   Wewfeel and pride thankfulness more than&we cry. music  therapy   music  therapy  &  Spanish,  Jessie  has  experience  working   ith  a  joy broad   range   of  sand pecial   needs  populations   in  boften oth  group    individual   settings.    These  individuals  ranged  f rom  ages  3  to  60,  with  a  variety  of  abilities  &  needs.    Before  arriving  in  Lincoln,  Jessie  had  the  opportunity  to  work  in   kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, twe do 1 so morechildren   :) the  Fulton  County  Schools  Music  Therapy  D epartment  For in  Aour tlanta,   Georgia,   providing   music   therapy  services   o  over   10  much exceptional   in  the   We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. metro  area.    Jessie  is  truly  grateful  for  the  opportunity  to  grow  &  develop  alongside  the  wonderful  students  with  whom  she  served.    Jessie  is  passionate   We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. about  helping  to  improve  the  lives  of  others  &  using  music   to  assist  her  clients  in  reaching  therapeutic  goals.    She  is  an  active  member  of  the  American   Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. Music  Therapy  Association  &  Nebraska  Music  Therapy  State  Task  Force,  working  to  increase  access  to  music  therapy  services  &  promote  awareness  of   the  profession.    Jessie  looks  forward  to  meeting  many  Therapies f antastic  families,   while  providing   music   services   the  Lincoln  community!    Please   and treatment routes aretherapy   a lot for us toin   digest, contact  Jessie  for  We a  FREE   music   therapy   consultation   or  holds, more  information!     kids our best. don't know what the future but give our   replaced, so we don't get many breaks. None of us can be It wears usis   out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! What   M usic   Therapy?  

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Music therapy  is  the  use  of  m usic-­‐based  interventions  to  address  individualized  therapeutic  goals.    Music  therapy  is  a  well-­‐established  allied  health  profession,  backed  by   years  of  We research   panning  across   ultiple   client  you p opulation.   are sselfless, notmby choice see. Our kids just have many needs. We're not out to  change the world, but want to plant some seeds. When  working  with  a  client,  the  music  therapist  follows  a  specific   treatment   rocess:   assessment   of  skills   &  needs,   development   of  a  treatment  plan  with  measurable  goals  &   We want p our kids accepted. That really is our aim. objectives,  implementation  of  interventions  to  address   the  identified   goals    objectives,    evaluation   &  documentation   of  cyou'll lient  responses    progress.   When we look at&them, we&just see kids. We hope do the&same.   Goal  -area   a  music   therapist  might  address  include:   April Vernon Communication  skills,  Behavior  &  self  control;  Sensory  skills;  Motor  skills;  Social  &  emotional  functioning;  Cognitive  skills,  &  Daily  living  skills.     What  Does  a  Music  Therapy  session  look  like?   Music   therapy   sessions   are   designed  completely  with  a  specific  client  i n  m ind.    Music  interventions  focus  on  addressing  current  needs  of  the  individual.    The  music  therapist   Check out any event will  strive  to  incorporate  the  client’s  interests  &  family  members  to  p romote  success  within  the  therapeutic  process.   changes, after publication Sessions  can  be  conducted  with  an  i ndividual  or  in  a  group  setting.   additions & MORE Sessions  may  include  instrument  playing,  singing,  dancing/movement,  &  listening  to  music  in  a  safe,  fun,  &  p ositively  reinforcing  environment.   our blog: EXAMPLE  at intervention   techniques  include:  music  m nemonics,  presentation  of  social  or  communication  scripts  through  musical  cuing,  music  as  a  motivator,  music  to  assist  in   Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 task  sequencing,  presentation  of  language  concepts  through  song  format,  &  support  cause  &  effect  goals  through  the  use  of  musical  instruments.   State-Wide page 6 www.ohanakidsnews.   Cedar Who  i s  qualified  to  pBellevue, ractice  Music  T herapy?  Bluff & Columbus page 7 blogspot.com Professional  music  therapists   must:   & Grand Island page 8 Fremont pproved  college   music  therapy   curricula,   & Hastings page 9 For more information,Complete  an  American  Music  Therapy  Association  (AMTA)  aGretna Including  an  internship  consisting  of  a  m inimum  of  1,200  hours  of  clinical  training.   Lincoln pages 10 15 or advertising rates Complete  a  national  board  certification  exam  offered  by  the  Certification  Board  for  Music  Therapists  (CBMT)   Norfolk pages please contact us at: Hold  &  maintain  the  Music  Therapist  Board  Certified   credential   (MT-­‐BC)  15 - 16 North Platte page 16   402-227-5304 Music  Therapy  with  Individuals  with  Special   Needs   Omaha pages 16 - 24 ohanakidsnews@gmail.com Most  individuals  with  special  needs  respond  positively  to  music.    They  often  show   a  heightened  ifor nterest   &  response  tpages o  music,  x making  it  an  excellent     Resources Families therapeutic  tool  when  working  with  them.   FACEBOOK too!! Classifieds page 29 Here  are  s ome  reasons  why:   Music   Therapy  provides   a  unique  variety  of  music  experiences  in  an  i ntentional  &  developmentally  appropriate  manner  to  effect  change  in  behavior     Thanks for Reading OKN!! &  facilitate  development  of  skills.   Music  therapists  are  able  to  m eet  clients  at  their  own  levels  &  allow  them  to  grow.   The  flexibility  of  music  m akes  it  well  suited  to  be  adapted  to  meet  each  individual’s  needs  through  success-­‐oriented  opportunities  for  achievement.   structure   &  sensory   input  us inherent   i n  music   to  establish   response   &  role  ewho xpectations,   positive   interactions,     Help us ExpandThe   our Reach, Pass along tohelps   families you know could use this information!!! &  organization  while  addressing  multiple  goals  simultaneously.   Under  the  direction  of  a  qualified  music  therapist,  skills  that  are  learned  &  developed  in  Music  Therapy  sessions  will  be  transferred  to  other  areas  of  the  individual’s  life  to   promote  the  highest  functionality  &  quality  of  life  p ossible!  

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Cochlear Implants Do you know youCounty can then add your child,implemented to your privateProject health Lifesaver insurance (non-medicaid), and then you The that Sarpy Sheriff’s Office in 2008 to help locate missing persons. Children with Autism orHIPP Down Syndrome, whoasare atchild risk is toon wander, can their safety can get those premiums paidpatience for through the program? As long your Medicaid, andhave if the We've gained beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving.  Specializing in greatly enhanced through this program. Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between specially child is on your family health insurance policy, they cover the entire premium for your family!!! If your child We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! Late Talkers & trained Sheriff’s personnel and individuals enrolled inthis theis program BEFORE the need may arise for a isn’t on this, I would contact your DHHS coordinator to find out if an option for your child. I know that We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. Developmental Delay rescue. During an initial homemore visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees are fitted with aa catheter, personalized if your child is fed g-button, j-button than I think 50% ofoften their daily or have We feelvia joy and pride and thankfulness more thanintake, we cry. transmitter and provided withIawould comprehensive these arewristband both automatic qualifiers forfamily kids. members If you wantare more information contact youroverview Services of the program. Trained in communicating with individuals with special needs, deputies will schedule a 402-327-2500 Coordinator, if you help getting answers let me know and No, we can through together! For ourneed kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, wework do so muchit more :) Let’s get the visit to inspectme and the equipment and get know the enrollee better on a 8055 O Street, Suite S110 word out monthly about thishome program!! Contact atmaintain ohanakidsnews@gmail.com for to more We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out information. the door. more personal basis. The cost to participate in this program is minimal, at $10 a month. Lincoln, NE 68510 We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Griger at 402-593-2288. Even though pain they combined bring cannothearing be erased.& vision loss Parent Group – the Kids with www.heartlandspeech.com The Nebraska Technical Assistance Project Deaf-Blindness hasCHD, conducted training this year specific Heart Heroes Capes foronchildren with a Non-Profit here intoNebraska Therapies and routes a lot us to digest, parents of children have treatment a combined hearing &are vision loss. The training has been inHeart partnership with the CHD is Find us on FACEBOOK too! Every yearwho approximately 40,000 infants are born infor the US with Congenital Defects (CHD). We don't what the future holds, but our kids our best.indeaths. National the Consortium onknow Deaf-Blindness (NCDV2.0). 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They hearing are our & “Heart Heroes, Inc., is phones, technology or face-to-face with other parents survivors in the state who have childscars birthlike to age 21, with a combined visionHeroes”. loss. If Heart you want a We non-profit organization originated by see. a few Our Nebraska who had children with CHD. After trying are selfless, notthat by choice you kids moms, just have many needs. to be connected to one of the parents, please contact Teresa Coonts at 402-595-1810 or Teresa.coonts@nebraska.gov This is an toWe're coax their appointments heart surgeries, they took comfort in the notchildren out to through changecardiology the world, but want and to plant some seeds. exciting group of parents working & learning together wondrous for the purpose of supporting other families in the future. powers of “super hero” capes to really comfortistheir We want our kids accepted. That ourchildren, aim. and Heart Heroes was founded. 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The Tech Tots gained Lending Libraries provide developmental toys, adapted toys and devices toof children with We've patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed giving. developmental and physical disabilities, no cost to this families. UCP of Nebraska offersliving! over 700 adapted We worry about the futureatbut know “special� life's worth toys &We technologies for days children andhurt teenssometimes, through 4 locations (listed below). The toys housed in have bad and but we hold our heads upare high. libraries located in respite or rehab services environments. Primary usethan of the program We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often we cry. is through families that use services at the center, and is also available to the general public. The toys are available to be kids, we aren't We just SUPERMOMS, No, we soparticipated much more :) program taken For homeour to reinforce learning. have heard from families thatdo have in this We are nurses, therapists who don't walk out the door. consistently and cheerleaders, the value it has brought toand them. After one family in particular, has been using the We rude remarks stares, with dignity grace. program byhandle taking 3-4 items home forand theirunkind child with Cerebral Palsy. After and a month of using these items, Eventhe though the“refresh� pain they bring erased. they return items and them with cannot somethingbe new and interesting. It has helped increase the exposure and learning for that child by continually offering new tools. These same adapted toys are costTherapies treatment routes cost are more a lotthan for 5us to digest, prohibitive to many and families, as they typically times the base cost of the toy without We don't know whatwith the AT4ALL futureto holds, butentire give inventory our kidsvisible our best. adaptation. UCP has partnered make the online. AT4ALL is offered of Technology us can bePartnership. replaced, so we don't getthe many by theNone Assistive A family can view items,breaks. request them for loan, and then It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! simply pick them up at the location. Simply go to www.AT4ALL.com, click on “Children’s Equipment� in the category. All items available for checkout from UCP of Nebraska Tech Tots Partners (& a few other We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just have many needs. agency programs) will come up. You can refine the search by location by selecting one of the UCP of We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. Nebraska sites. Under Programs, scroll down to find the UCP Tech Tools locations. Children’s adapted items We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. available through other agencies can also be found on this website! When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. Locations for Tech Tots and Tech Tools: (All these are listed in Resources in Back of OKN) Children’s Respite Care Center NW, 2010 N. 88th Street, OMAHA 402-496-1000 ask for Sarah Tselentis -- April Vernon Children’s Respite Care Center SW, 13336 Industrial Rd, Ste 101, OMAHA 402-895-4000 ask for Sarah Tselentis

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Do you know an educator who demonstrates remarkable dedication to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Nominate them for the ASD Network Friend of Autism Award . Submissions should include details of how the nominee exhibits the following qualities. Commitment: Has the education of families and children and youth with ASD as a primary focus & provides opportunities that enable students with ASD to reach their potential. Vision: Sees potential in all individuals, readily adapts to change and You may think us “special havewith it pretty rough. acceptsmoms” all individuals ASD and their strengths and needs. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. Innovation: Is aware of empirically supported practices in the field of We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. Autism Spectrum Disorders and shows a willingness to adapt and use We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! resources creatively. Inspiration: Displays positive interactions with students & parents, and We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. actively influences peers with their energy & enthusiasm. We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! Please include contact the sometimes, nominee and the person(s) submitting the nomination. We have badinformation days andfor hurt but we hold our heads up high. Nominations can be submitted via email Annette Wragge at awragge2@unl.edu or by mail to: Annette We feel joy and pride and to: thankfulness more often than we cry. Wragge, UNL, 253F Barkley Center, Lincoln, NE 68583-0738 Nomination Deadline is March TheSUPERMOMS, award will be presented Thursday evening For our kids, we aren't8.just No, weduring do sothe much more :) dinner at the 2013 ASD State Conference. The conference be held onwho Aprildon't 11 & 12walk in Kearney at the Youness We are cheerleaders, nurses, and will therapists out the door. Convention WeCenter. handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. Respite Care Available for Air Force Families * FREE to them * U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families the country have children who Therapies and treatment routes are stationed a lot forthroughout us to digest, require We unique childknow care considerations due to the child’s special Finding paying for quality child don't what the future holds, but giveneeds. our kids our&best. care forNone children special can also significant challenges for military families. The U.S. of with us can be needs replaced, sopresent we don't get many breaks. Air Force program hasbut established quality respite program for familiesitwith children having special It EFMP wears us out, to helpa our kids, we'll do whatever takes! needs & who are enrolled in the USAF EFMP. USAF EFMP Respite Care is specifically designed for Air Force not by choice you see. Our special kids just familiesWe whoare haveselfless, children diagnosed with moderate or severe needshave undermany EFMP. needs. This includes We're notmember out tochildren change the medical world,conditions but want to plant somenear seeds. exceptional family whose require assignment major medical We want our kids accepted. That really our aim. and require specialized community of facilities in the continental United States, or whose needsis are complex When lookinat we just seeCare? kids.Respite We hope do between the same. care. What is we included thethem, USAF EFMP Respite care you'll hours vary 8 – 20 hours per month based on the Airman’s status and EFM’s condition (moderate or severe). Your choice of an -- in-child’s April Vernon approved home or licensed Family Child Care or Child Care Center. (Approved providers are background screened and have the following pre-service training: CPR, First Aid, Medication Dispensation, & Child Abuse Recognition & Prevention as well as subject matter training in the care of children with special needs. To begin the application process, call Child Care Aware toll-free at 1-800-424-2246 or email michelle.pridell@offutt.af.mil for a Respite Care Step by Step instruction form. Or call the EFMP Office at 402-294-4329 for more info!

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Our social  skills  group  is  focused  on  assisting  children  with  building  &  maintaining  healthy   relationships  with  peers.    These  children  usually  have  pragmatic  language  difficulties  including:   problem  solving,  using  &  interpreting  non-­‐verbal  cues,  conversations  with  peers,  &  self  regulation.     You may think “special have pretty rough.to  address  skills  which  may   The   curriculum   was  us designed   by  omoms” ccupational   &  sit peech   therapists   We  R have choice. We just manage life when things get really include:   ules  ano ssociated   with   developing   friendships;   Verbal   instruction   &  role  tough. playing;  Initiating,   We've made it through the days we thought we'd never(sharing,   make itturn   through. maintaining,   &  terminating   conversations;   Conversational   manners   taking,  etc.);   We've even impressed own selves with all thattopics;   we can do! solving.   Utilizing   small  talk  &  cour ommunication;   Conversational   Problem    

We've gained patience beyond loveper we neverfor   dreamed The   groups   will  meet   two  times   a  week  measure, for  50  minutes   session   a  series  oof f  6  giving. weeks.    The   We worry about the future but knowwthis “special” life's worth living! Speech   Language   Pathologist   will  collaborate   ith  the   Occupational   Therapist   to  use  interactive   We have materials,   bad dayssensory   and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. based   activities,  role   playing,   &  group   discussions.       We feel joy and pride and thankfulness   more often than we cry.

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The children  will  have  FUN  while  making  friends  &  developing  pragmatic  language  skills.    These   For aour kids, we just No, we do so much more :)of  3  or  more   groups   re  limited   to  6  aren't children   per  SUPERMOMS, group.    Classes  are   contingent   upon   enrollment   We are cheerleaders, nurses, children   and therapists who per  group.       don't walk out the door. We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace.  

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2013 SUMMER CAMPS May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day MayMay is Better Speech & Hearing 13 is Mother's DayMonth May 9 is National School Nurse Day

June 26-30, 2013 Jason Fisherman Epilepsy Camp LOCATION: YMCA of the Rockies, ESTES PARK, COLORADO MORE INFORMATION: Marcee Peterson 303-377-9774 or marcee@epilepsycolorado.org FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Stacey Doty at sdoty77@hotmail.com DESCRIPTION: Online Registration will open March 1 (maybe sooner)

May 13 is Mother's Day

Special Needs Mom's Special Needs Mom's

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June 10  –  14              

“Back to  the  Future”  

We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. June 17   –  21           routes “Mystery   at  CRCC  Manor”   Therapies and treatment are a lot for us to digest, Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. We don'tJune   know kids our best. 24  what –  28      the future holds, but  “give Out  oour f  this   World”   None of July   us can so weare don't get many Therapies a lot for tobreaks. digest, 1and  –  be 5treatment      replaced,routes “It’s   aus  Party   in  the  USA”   It wears us know out, but our kids, we'll do whatever takes! We don't the future holds, but give our kids our July   8  –  12  what        to help “Adventure   on  it the   Hbest. igh  Seas”   None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. July   1 5   –   1 9       “Mad   W orld   o f   S cience”   WeItare selfless, not byto choice youkids, see. we'll Our do kids just have wears us out, but help our whatever it many takes! needs. July   29  to–  change August  2the              world, but want “  Superhero   Training   C amp”   We're not out to plant some seeds. WeWe want our kids That really ourkids aim. August   5  –accepted.  not 9       by choice “CRCC’s   Gjust ot  Thave alent”   are selfless, you see. isOur many needs. When wenot look atto them, wethe justworld, see kids. We hope you'll do the same. We're out change but want to plant some seeds. We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. CRCC's   Summer   Sensations  is  a  unique  camp  experience  designed  to  fit  the  needs  of  children  with  all   -- April WhenVernon we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same.

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ranges of  abilities.    More  than  just  fun-­‐filled,  CRCC  is  committed  to  the  continued  growth  &   development   of  each  child.    An  amazing  team  of  therapists  (OT,  PT,  Speech  &  Feeding)  can  work  with   -- April Vernon the  children  to  maintain  &  improve  their  skills  in  whatever  area  is  needed  with  the  added   convenience  of  being  on  site  with  the  children  at  the  center.    Also,  CRCC  offers  a  modified  program   for  those  children  whose  sensory  or  behavioral  needs  require  more  adaptation  or  structure.     Returning  campers  can  tell  you  all  about  the  awesome  activities  &  fieldtrips,  they  look  forward  to   each  year!    This  is  the  perfect  mix  for  an  E xciting  &  Fun  Filled  Summer!!!   Important Tidbits for   Families pages 2 - 6 page 6 w eek  or  ALL  of  t hem  J     For  More  Information  or  State-Wide to  register  for   one   Important Tidbits for&Families pages 2 -7 6 Bellevue, Cedar Bluff page Lori  Maire   at  402-­‐895-­‐4000   or  lColumbus maire@crccomaha.org     page 6 FremontState-Wide & Grand Island page 8 Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus Gretna & Hastings page 9 page 7 Fremont & Grand Lincoln pages Island 10 - 15page 8 Gretna & pages Hastings 15 - page 16 9 Camp Norfolk Abilities Nebraska Lincoln pages 10 16 - 15 North Platte page Norfolk pages - 16 Omaha pages - 24 July 21 – 26,1615 2013 North page pages 16 Resources forPlatte Families x Omaha pages 16 29 - 24 Classifieds page Camp Abilities Nebraska is a week-long residential sports camp for Resources for Families pages x youth you are blind, visually impaired Classifieds page or 29 deaf-blind. Youth will

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2013 SUMMER CAMPS

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day

May 13 is Mother's Day True Buddy  Farms   Home  of  Luv  A  Lamb  

2013 2013 Summer   Farm  CMom's amps   Special Needs &  Clinic  Schedule   SUMMER   it pretty rough. may think us “special moms” have & You We have no choice. We just manage life when really tough. N E   WHERE:    13714   South  things 84th  Sget treet,   Papillion,   We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. Just   s outh   o f   H wy   3 70   We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! DAY CAMP  

COST:  All  F arm  Camps    Cnever linics  dreamed Cost  $10   er  Person   We've gained patience beyond measure, love & we ofPgiving. We worry about the future but know this “special” Ages  4  &life's  Up  worth living!   and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. We have bad days We feel joy and pride and thankfulness often cry. Farm  Cmore amp  D ay    -­‐than  Call  we For   Date  

Call to  Book  a  Farm  Tour,  We’ll  Find  a  Date  for  Your  Group  

For our kids, we aren't SUPERMOMS, No, we do much more :)about farm  life.   •  Tour  tjust he  farm,   wash  and  walk   sheep,   pet  so the   animals,   learn   Weat: are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. Registration information available   We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. www.hiskidscamp.org Sheep   Shearing   Camp    Call  to  B ook  a  Shearing  Camp,  We   Even though the pain they bring cannot be–erased.

Start as  Early  as  APRIL   Therapies and treatment aelp   lotshear   for us to digest, •  Learn  routes about  ware ool,  h a  sheep,   make  an  art  project  out  of  wool.   For More Information or Questions:   kids our best. We don't know what the future holds, but give our None of us can be replaced, so D we don't get –many breaks. Josh Rausch at josh@campluther.org Cowboy   ave   Camp    Monday   June  17  (1  -­‐  3  PM)  &   It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! Wednesday  July  17  (6  -­‐  8  PM)  

Summer Camps

• Lchoice earn  life   lessons   Cowboy   Dave,   an  educational   presenter  -­‐   We are selfless, not by you see.with   Our kids just have many needs.   We're not out to change the world, but www.cowboydave.org   want to plant some seeds. •  Teaching  That traditional   the  youth  of  today,  and  he  does  it  the   We want our kids accepted. reallyvalues   is ourto  aim. When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope w you'll cowboy   ay!   do the same.  

Arts and  Craft  Day  –  Wednesday  June  19  (1  -­‐  3  PM)  

-- April Vernon

COST: $190 per camper Check out His any Kids event Camp A (Ages 35 & up) changes, after publication May 29 – June 1 additions & MORE His Kids Camp B (Ages 13 & up) June 5 – 8 at our blog: His Kids Camp C (Ages 13 & up) June 12 – 15 www.ohanakidsnews. His Kids Camp D (Ages 13 & up) June 19 - 22 blogspot.com For more information, or advertising rates please contact us at:

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ages 5 to 13 camper July 20, 2013 Thanks for Reading OKN!! 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ohanakidsnews@gmail.com COST: FACEBOOK too!! $35 per

• Look  around  the  farm  to  find  natural  bits  and  pieces  and  make  art!    

Vet Clinic  Camp  –  Friday  June  14  (3  –  5  PM)  &  Wednesday   July  24  (2  –  4  PM)   What's Where???

• June  14  -­‐  Dr.  Hebel  of  Five  Elements  Alternative  Veterinary  Clinic  will   present  about  veterinary   Important Tidbits forpet   Families pages 2 a-lternative   6 education,   &  basic   care  via  holistic   and   practices.   page 6 Animal  Clinic  will  present  how  to   •  July  24  State-Wide –  Dr.  Olsen  of  Plattsmouth   Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus 7 pursue   a  veterinary  page career,   Fremont & Grand Island page 8 Africa  fulfilling  a  veterinary   &  share   a  documentary   about   his  time   in  South   Gretna & Hastings internship.   page 9 Lincoln pages 10 - 15   Poultry  Norfolk &  Waterfowl   linic   –  Tuesday  June  18  (6  –  8  PM)   pagesC15 - 16 •  Presentation   by  BPlatte rett  Kriefels,   rofessional  in  the  industry,  about  care,   North pagea  p16 &  showing.   Omaha pagesfeeding,   16 - 24   Resources for Families pages x Sheep   E nrichment   Workshop   Classifieds page 29

Thursday  July  11  (10  AM  –  12  PM)  

• Even  the  sheep  need  to  have  fun.  Help  us  make  toys  for  the  sheep!    

Ice Cream  Making  –  Friday  July  19  (10  AM  -­‐  12  PM)   •  Learn   how  to   make  could ice  cream   from  this sheep  information!!! milk  and  goat  milk.   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us along to families you know who use

For all programs, each camper is paired with a trained “Buddy” to be with them during their ENTIRE camp experience. “Buddy” training is specifically designed for their camper to meet & challenge each camper’s abilities, creating an “I can do it!” attitude!

PLEASE CONTACT  US  FOR  QUESTIONS,   RESERVATIONS  &  REGISTRATION  FORMS:    

donna@luvalamb.com  (402)578-­‐2388     www.luvalamb.com     Registration  is  Required,  with  Full  payment.     We  reserve  the  Right  to  Cancel  &  Payment  Will  Be  Refunded  


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2013 SUMMER CAMPS

The Spinning Jays Bike Camp

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day Lincoln Park and Recreation May 2013 13 is ADAPTIVE Mother's Day RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS For More Information:

Kerry Zingg at 402-441-7877 or kzingg@lincoln.ne.gov Special Needs Mom's Monica Manning at 402-441-7948 or dwilliams@lincoln.ne.gov

All Classes led by licensed Physical Therapists You may think us “specialIfmoms” have ithasn’t prettypreviously rough. the applicant attended any

We have no choice. Easterday We just manage life when get really tough. Recreation Centerthings Programs, please bring your We've made it through the days wecompeted thought we'd never make registration into it through. We've even impressed our ownRecreational selves with Center all thatat we can Adams, do! Easterday 6130 LINCOLN. WHERE: Please call one of the above ladies to arrange a time to do that. Creighton Pediatric Therapy We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! SUMFUN DAY CAMP 16910 Frances Street, Suite 102, We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. LOCATION: Antelope Shelter and Auld Pavilion, LINCOLN We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. OMAHA TIME: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Offered for school-age youth with special needs ages 5 – 21. For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :) Activities offer opportunities for developing skills & social interaction in a We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. WHEN: fun environment. Campers are expected to participate in group We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. activities, & interact with their peers. We incorporate activities that focus Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. June 4 to 14, on healthy lifestyles & fitness (active games, sports & swimming) & nature exploration (field trips, crafts, & activities in parks). EVERY Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, Campers are assigned to site groups according to age, after registration We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. is completed. None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! TIME:

10:00 am to 11:30 am PROGRAM FEE: $90 Space is Limited

CREATIVITY CAMPS

Designed for teens & young with have specialmany needsneeds. ages 13 & up. We are selfless, not by choice you see. Ouradults kids just We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. Art Extravaganza Camp We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. LOCATION: Adams, LINCOLN When we look at them, we justEasterday see kids.Recreation We hopeCenter, you'll 6130 do the same. TIME: 1:15 – 4:15 pm Campers will receive instruction on painting, drawing, ceramics & -- April Vernon pottery. Campers will each have time to present their art work during a Student Art Show on Friday, July 26 from 3:30 - 4:00 pm at Easterday.

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Private sessions available for children of all ages,

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Drama Camp

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LOCATION: Auld Pavilion, LINCOLN TIME: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm Campers will modify a children’s play, work on sets, props, & costumes. Campers will have a for performance on August Important Tidbits Families pages 22from - 6 2:30 – 3:00 pm at Auld Pavilion. State-Wide page 6

Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 Our CampsIsland have apage staff8ratio of 1:5 Fremont & Grand If your child has a 1:1 ratio at school, you are responsible Gretna & Hastings page 9 to provide a person to attend the camp with your child J . Lincoln pages 10 - 15 Staff who work at our camps are hired for their Norfolk pages 15 - 16 experience, training & interest in working with youth North Platte page 16 with disabilities. Many are college students working on Omaha pages 16 - 24 education & special education degrees. Volunteers Resources for Families pages x provide additional assistance. We will work with Classifieds page 29 personal staff or aides to adapt equipment, encourage campers, & provide any other assistance, which may be needed. Once maximum enrollment is reached, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

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2013 SUMMER CAMPS

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day

Camp Quality   USA    

 

May 13 is Mother's Day

Special Needs Mom'sThe Barn   2013  

Camp Quality  USA,  You Inc.,   may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. Summer   provides  year-­‐round   We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. support  programs  We've for   made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! Camps   children  with  cancer  and     We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. their  families.    Programs  include  our  signature     life's worth living! We worry about the future but know this “special” week  long  camp  and  other  year-­‐round   We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. Camps   are  often for  than ALL  we AGES   We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more cry. programs  such  as  reunions  and  ski  camps.    Each   &   R un   9 :00   a m   t o   3 :00   p m   Daily   camp  is  volunteer  run  and  community  funded.   For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :)  

We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door.

We r handle with dignity and grace. Camp Quality  gives  families  a  much  needed   est,   rude remarks and unkind stares, June   17  –  21   Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. knowing  that  the  highest  quality  program  has   June  24  –  28   Therapies been  selected  for  their  child  –  a  companion   will   and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, uly  our 8  –kids  12  our best. We don't know what the future holds, but  Jgive be  assigned  to  ensure  the  child’s  safety  aNone nd  the   of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. July   1 5   –  19   finest  medical  supervisors  are  provided  It at  wears each   us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! July  22  –  26   camp  to  administer  medications  and  on-­‐site   We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just have many needs. July   29  to–plant  August     We're not out to change the world, but want some2 seeds. care.    

August 5  -­‐  9  

We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim.

Campers at  Camp  Quality  range  from  4  yWhen ears  owe f   look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same.   age  through  17  and  vary  in  stages  of  t-heir   April Vernon Camp  size  is  from  5  to  10  campers.    We  have  found  that   treatment  or  remission.    They  are  children  who   this  number  allows  for  more  one  on  one  interaction   smile,  laugh,  play  and  have  dreams  for  a  bright   and  less  waiting  by  the  campers.    Campers  will   Check out any event future.   changes, after publication experience   a  vWhere??? ariety  of  sensory  activities,  outdoor     What's additions & MORE The   Companions   are  the  lifeblood  of  the  camp.     activities,  and  many  typical  camp  events  to  enhance   at our blog: Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 -  S 6ummer   camp   They  are  the  around-­‐the-­‐clock  caretaker  for  the   sensory   integration   opportunities.   State-Wide page 6 www.ohanakidsnews. campers  and  ensure  the  m ost  enjoyable,  safe,   provides  an  opportunity  for  the  kids  to  interact  with   Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 blogspot.com relaxing,  and  restoring  experience  possible  for   peers,   and  b&uild   on  tIsland he  skills   they   Fremont Grand page 8 have  been  learning   Gretna & Hastings page 9 each   child.  information,  Each  companion,  at  least  18  years  of   For more all  year   through   individual   therapy,   school,  and  other   Lincoln pages 10 - 15 or advertising ratesb ackground   checked,  and   age,   is  interviewed,   special   services.    Socialization   with  peers  within  a   Norfolk pages 15 - 16 please contact us at: trained  BEFORE  camp!!   community   setting   important   for  kids  with  sensory   North Platteis  page 16   402-227-5304 Omaha pages 16and   - 24The  Barn  summer  camps   integrative   disorders   Camp  Quality  provides  all  the  year-­‐round   ohanakidsnews@gmail.com Resources for Families x a nd  nurturing   provide  that   privilege  pages in  a  safe   FACEBOOK programs   at  Ntoo!! O  COST  to  families.    The  camp  is   Classifieds page 29 environment.    Campers  develop  a  close  relationship   run  Reading 100%  on   donations,  supplies,   Thanks for OKN!! with  camp  counselors  and  therapists  as  well  as  the   &  volunteer  hours.   other  campers.    Your  child  will  need  to  bring  a  swim     suit,  a  know change  who of  clothing,   sack  this lunch   &  drink.    The   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass  us could use information!!! Would  you  like  to  Volunteer?   Or  along know  to families you campers  will  be  interacting  in  many  activities   more  about  Camp  Quality  or  even   throughout  the  week.   Register  for  an  upcoming  Camp?      

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IMPORTANT TIDBITS  Month FOR FAMILIES May is Better Speech & Hearing State-Wide INFORMATION

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May 13 is Mother's Day

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Project Lifesaver in Sarpy County

YouSarpy may County think us “special moms” have it Project pretty Lifesaver rough. in 2008 to help locate missing The Sheriff’s Office implemented We haveChildren no choice. We just life when things tough. persons. with Autism or manage Down Syndrome, who are atget riskreally to wander, can have their safety We'veenhanced made it through theprogram. days we Project thought we'd never make relationships it through. between specially greatly through this Lifesaver emphasizes We'veSheriff’s even impressed our individuals own selves with all thatprogram we canBEFORE do! trained personnel and enrolled in the the need may arise for a rescue. During an initial home visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees are fitted with a personalized We've gained patience beyond measure, love we with never dreamed of giving. wristband transmitter and family members are provided a comprehensive overview of the We worry aboutinthe future but know this “special” life's worth Trained communicating with individuals with special needs, living! deputies will schedule a Now program. through May 15 We have badvisit days and hurt sometimes, but we holdand ourget heads up high. monthly home inspect and maintain the equipment to know the enrollee better on a Camp Luther 2013 to Annual Art Contest We feel joy and pride thankfulness more often than we cry. more personal basis. Theand cost toof participate this is minimal, SUBMIT ENTRIES TO: Camp Luther Nebraska, in 1050 RDprogram 4, Schuyler, NE 68661at $10 a month. For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Griger at 402-593-2288. DESCRIPTION: This is a contest for artwork. There are $100 Camperships awarded for winners in For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :) these age categories: Grades K – 3, Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 8 and Grades 8 & Above. Entries We areHeroes cheerleaders, and therapists who don't walk out the door. Heart Capesnurses, for children with CHD, a Non-Profit here in Nebraska should all be inrude colorremarks and on 4.5and x infants 5.5unkind inchare paper. Please include the artist’s name, Defects age, grade, Every year approximately 40,000 born in the US with Congenital Heart (CHD). CHD is We handle stares, with dignity and grace. school and city on the back they ofbirth thebring artwork. Allthe entries must be received by May deaths. 15. The theme the most frequently occurring defectcannot and leading cause of birth-related More than 50% of Even though the pain be erased. this yearwith is Abundantly based at on least John one 10:10b, “I’ve come thatinyou may have life, haveUS, it twice as many children CHD will require invasive surgery their lifetime. Andand in the children die from each yearroutes than from forms childhood cancers, combined! Needless to say, the abundantly.” Therapies andCHD treatment areALL a lot forofus to digest,

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survivors of CHD wear theirthe scars like badges ofbut honor. They ourour “Heart Heroes”. Heart Heroes, Inc., is We don't know what future holds, give ourare kids best. a non-profit organization that originated by a few Nebraska moms, who had children with CHD. After trying None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. to coax their children through cardiology appointments and heart surgeries, they took comfort in the It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! wondrous powers of “super hero” capes to comfort their children, and Heart Heroes was founded. Now, hundreds of Heart Hero capes have been draped around the little shoulders of CHD children everywhere. We aredonating selfless, not by choice you see.with Our kids many needs. Consider a Heart Hero Cape to a child CHD by just goinghave to www.heartherocapes.com to donate not out change thelist world, but who want to plant some aWe're cape. There is ato perpetual wait of children need their capes to seeds. conquer their fears and give them We want our really is our aim.to see pictures of many of the cape recipients courage. You cankids also accepted. join our HeartThat Heroes Facebook Group When look at them, we see kids. We hope do the same. and hearwe their stories. Contact thejust co-founders of Heart Heroesyou'll at heartheroes@yahoo.com. “Children hold our hands for a moment, but our hearts forever.” ~ Anonymous

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Challenger Little   League  

State-wide Events May is BetterUPCOMING Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day

May 13 is Mother's Day

This  baseball   league  is   exclusively  for   children  with  special  needs.  These   needs  can  be  mental  and/or  physical   disabilities.    

Nebraska’s Annual   Deaf-­‐Blind  Needs Summer  IMom's nstitute   Special  

July 22  –  26,  2013   You may think us “special moms” have it pretty WHERE:   U niversity   of  Nebraska   –  Lrough. incoln,  East  Campus   We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. TIME:   :30  we am   –  4:00   pm   Daily   We've made it through the8days thought we'd never make it through.

Our 3  different  "little  league"   divisions  begin  at  age  5  &  work  up  to   21  or  high  school  graduation  -­‐   whichever  comes  first.    

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We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do!

Focus is  on  children  with  significant  disabilities  including  those  with  or   We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. without  sensory  disabilities   We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living!   but we hold our heads up high. We have bad days and hurt sometimes, We feel joy and pride and more than we cry. July  thankfulness 22  -­‐24,  is  a  3  day  often session   “All   C hildren   C an   R ead   –   L et   U s   S how   Y ou   H ow!    Literacy  Instruction  for   For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :) w ith  Multiple   isabilities,   eaf-­‐Blindness”   We Learners   are cheerleaders, nurses, D and therapistsIncluding   who don't D walk out the door.

Our unique  &  older  4th  division  is  the   Alumni  which  takes  over  from  there  &   has  no  age  limit.      

Registration for  our  2013  season     begins  January  1  and  will  end  at  the   end  of  February.    

We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. July  2be 5   erased. Even though the pain they bring cannot

Our website,   www.challengerlittleleague.org,       is  up  but  under  construction.     If  you  cannot  find  the  information  you   need  there  please  e-­‐mail  us   admin@challengerlittleleague.org     &  we  will  mail  out  some  i nformation   &  a  registration.  

“Sensory Processing:  Behavior,  Memory,  Language,  &  Learning  

Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, Introduction o  the  R EADY   PPROACH”   We don't know what the futuretholds, but give A our kids our best.   None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. July   26  do whatever it takes! It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll

“Let’s Create  Some  Tools!”  &  “Updates  on  DB  Project”  

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Located in  Omaha  Nebraska  

Teresa Coonts,  P roject  Director  Nebraska  Deaf-­‐Blind  Project    

at 4 02-­‐595-­‐1810  or  Teresa.coonts@nebraska.gov     -- April  Vernon

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the opportunity to try the iPad or iPod as well as several communication applications and accessories. If one of the devices is deemed as a viable option for the child, we will set up a 30 day loan of the device and the appropriate application. During the 30 days, the family will be required for 2 follow up/training sessions. One will be scheduled midway through the trial and the other will be scheduled #24 May for the end of the trial period. During the last scheduled session, we Edition will determine if the trial2012 was a success and will begin the process of securing funding (insurance, grants or private pay options). This is an incredible opportunity for the community and we are excited to offer this program!! Contact Jennifer Brock at jbrock@unmc.edu or 402-559-6460 for more information. 12/11

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May 9 is National School Nurse Day Dental Research Study for May 13 isChildren Mother'swith DayDisabilities *

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Psychological Regulation Training for Kids offeel ALLmore Ages evaluating ways&inEmotional which dentists can help children with disabilities relaxed and calm With Anxiety, Aggression Depression during dental treatment. The & researchers are seeking children between the ages of 2 to 10, who

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By talking with another mom, I found out enhance about this program, and we are of That Monday through Friday integrated of yogajust posessee arekids. used toWe increase awareness, waiting on our reimbursement to arrive!! told that our income dictated When weseries look atbalanced them, we hopebody you'll do the strength same. and with extended hours So cool. For 5 years we were the medicaid that our son received, for us that meant we had to either stay in thisSpecialized little income box flexibility. breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are used to improve circulation from 7am - 7pm of like $45,000 or make an additional $100,000 to cover the expensesand therapy and medical reduce hyperactivity. --inApril Vernon Need Saturday hours? services that our sons receives on an annual basis minimum. The guidelines to be on the A&D Ask us those too!! Waiver, I do not know for about sure what they are. If you want to know, I can find out, just email me. 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It isresearch your at our blog: DESCRIPTION: Early on a child has an innate desire to communicate. He the families. Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 responsibility to check with each contact reaches up to be held, claps when he’s happy, turns away when he is full. * to verify the information that we have pagetell 6 them www.ohanakidsnews. When contacting our advertisers, you found themchild’s HERE!!! whyState-Wide learning signplease language makes so much sense in a hearing Parent Group with kids with combined hearing & vision lossThat’s provided to you. Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 blogspot.com The Nebraska Technical Assistance Project on Deaf-Blindness has conducted training this yearworld. Using his hands, he can say what he means & a parent can understand Fremont Grand Island pageby 8 Signing Smart. specific to parents of children who have a combined hearing & vision loss. The training has been in he needs.&This what program is developed partnershipFor with more the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDV2.0). A total of 7 parents have Gretna & Hastings page 9 information, participated in a series of training activities from May 2011 October 2011. know They arehow now you found out about these Make surethrough to let people Lincoln 10Class - 15 Cheer & Dance pages Express or leadership advertising working on their goals &rates have another planned meeting in April 2012, as well as ongoing Norfolk pages 15 - 16 For&Kids with Special Needs please us at: events, activities advertisers!! meetings in the future.contact They are called the Nebraska DB Parent Leadership Team, & have provided LOCATION: 4001Platte S. 8 th Street, LINCOLN lots of support to the state deaf-blind project. 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Edition #24 May 2012 Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! Proudly serving over 8,500+ families NOW Across all Our of Nebraska!!! We are selfless, not--by choice you see. kids just have many needs.

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For Kids with Special needs, grades 1 s t to 9th LOCATION: Art & Soul "tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in SE Lincoln, the new Art Planet home studio is located just off Deerwood Drive in Colonial Hills.", LINCOLN COST: $60 a month, siblings half price TIME: Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Grades 5 -7 & 8-9 Wednesday 4:00 – 4:45 pm Grades 1st to 4th MORE INFO: Contact Tamara Weber at 402-610-2295 or hello@artplanetlincoln.com DESCRIPTION: AP Studio is wheremoms� kids withhave special getrough. to attend an art class designed You may think us “special it needs pretty uniquely for no them! Qualified will befor provided in a small group setting as we explore & We have choice. Weinstruction just Tidbits manage life when things get 2 really Important Families pages - 6 tough. We'veeach made it through the Come daysmeet we thought we'd make it through. expand student’s skill level. new friends whilenever creating with paint, clay, pencils, & State-Wide page 6 We've even impressed our own selves with all Functioning that we can do!are encouraged to most of your imagination! Students with Asperger’s & High Autism Cedar Bluff page has 7 Tuition register for their spotBellevue, in a class made just for them& ! Columbus Dreams Unlimited We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never of giving. Assistance available for Fremont Art Planet contact information listed under Resources &– Grand Island pageis8dreamed WeFamilies worry about the future but know this “special� life's worth living! for in Back!! Gretna & Hastings page 9 We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. feel joy and thankfulness more AgerWe Play Center 9 pride week and Session Lincoln pages 10often - 15 than we cry. For Kids with Special Needs, ages 6 mo. pages – 5 yrs15 - 16 Norfolk th For our kids, weSouth aren't SUPERMOMS, LOCATION: 1300 27just Street, LINCOLN No, we do so much more :) North Platte page 16don't walk out the door. We are nurses, and therapists who TIME: 6:00cheerleaders, – 8:00 pm Tuesday Evenings We handle remarks*Scholarships andOmaha unkindare stares, with COST: $72 perrude session/family available pages 16 - 24dignity and grace. Even&though the pain they bringthe cannot be erased. RSVP MORE INFORMATION: Contact Therapeutic Recreation Team for more information & to

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Conservatory of Contemporary Dance, for Every Monday pages 2 - 6 Important Tidbits Families For Kids with Special Needs State-Wide page 6 LOCATION: 2701 Bellevue, O Street, LINCOLN Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 pm Fremont & Grand Island page 8 COST: First session FREE, Registration Fee FREE, $20 1st month, $45 every month after Gretna & Hastings page 9 MORE INFO: Contact Monya DeBoer at 402-405-6470 or ccdance@gmail.com Lincoln pages 10 - 15 DESCRIPTION: Dance class of various studies, for ALL AGES from 3 & up! Come make friends, & Norfolk pages 15 -&16 have fun learning about dance. This class is open to BOYS GIRLS!! North Platte page 16 Omaha pages 16 24 Youth Theatre at the Youth Actors Academy of- Lincoln Resources for Families x INTENDED AUDIENCE: For all kids including kids withpages Asperger’s or high functioning Classifieds page 29 Autism

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