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Edition #24 May 2012

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IMPORTANT TIDBITS Events  FOR FAMILIES Lincoln Ongoing

Pediatric speech, language & feeding therapy

Specializing in Autism

Specializing in Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Cochlear Implants

Specializing in Late Talkers & Developmental Delay

402-327-2500 8055 O Street, Suite S110 Lincoln, NE 68510

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May is Better Speech & Hearing Month Radio Show by with Asperger Syndrome MayAdult 9 is National School Nurse Day “Parents Corner” is a radio show, co-hosted by Brian King, LCSW. Brian is an adult with Asperger

May 13 is Mother's Homer’s   Heroes   League  BDay aseball  

Syndrome, who presented here in the area back in January. Brian also has 3 boys on the ASD

spectrum. Brian will be sharing his parenting strategies and discussing them with a panel of parents. Homer’s   Heroes  Baseball  was  founded  in  1992  when  the  Optimist  Clubs  of  Lincoln  began  providing   Here is a link with all the details you'll need to tune in and call in if you would like boys   and  girls  with  a  wide  range  of  disabilities  the  opportunity  to  experience  the  fun  and  emotional   http:tinyurl.com/3gm58h7 Check it out and pass it along. His address is: P.O. Box 994, West f  playing   in  ato n  ohim. rganized  baseball  league.   Chicago, IL 60186development   if you wouldolike to write GAMES:  Baseball  games  will  be  played  on  Lewis  fields.    Games  will  begin  at  9:30  am  each  Saturday   morning   beginning  June    with  the  County final  game  on  July  13  (&  no  game  July  6).   Project Lifesaver in 1Sarpy STRUCTURE:   ames  will   not  bimplemented e  played  according   to  Lifesaver the  standard   rules  to of  b aseball.       missing The Sarpy County G Sheriff’s Office Project in 2008 help locate Score   is  nChildren ot  think kept,  tus he   g“special oal   is  to  por rovide   the   thrill   f  participation.   Every   ttempt  is  can made   to    their safety persons. with Autism Down Syndrome, whorough. are at  risk to awander, have You may moms” have itopretty greatly enhanced program. Lifesaver emphasizes relationships allow   each   pthrough layer  aWe n  this equal   nmanage umber  oProject f  alife t  bats   throughout   tget he  course   of  tough. a  game.       between specially We have no choice. just when things really trained personnel and enrolled the anever program BEFORE the need may arise for a Players  m ay  eindividuals lect   to  we hit  othought ff  a  tee  or  in have    coach  make pitch.   We'veSheriff’s made it through the days we'd it through. rescue. an binitial Lifesaver enrollees are fitted atpersonalized We've even impressed our visit, own selves with all that can do! with SAFETY:    The  During O ptimists   elieve  home safety   is  the  Project first  priority.    During   gwe ames   “Buddies”   help   heir  partners   wristband transmitter family members are provided with a comprehensive overview ofis   the who   have  special   needs  by  and giving   appropriate   assistance   as  needed,   such   as  guiding  someone   who   program. Trainedpatience communicating with individuals withnever schedule a We've gained measure, love giving. visually   impaired,   using  hin and   over  beyond hand  assistance   to  help   a  cwe hild  tspecial o  bat  odreamed r  needs, throw  adeputies  bof all,   or  pwill ushing   for  a   monthly home visit to inspect and maintainthis the equipment and get to know the enrollee better on a We worry the future but “special” life's living! child   who   uses  about a  w heelchair   acost round   tparticipate he  know base  paths.    This   interaction   hworth as  proven   to  be  aamonth.  positive   more basis. inbut thiswe program is minimal, at $10 We personal have bad days The and hurttosometimes, hold our heads up high. experience   f or   a ll   p articipants   i nvolved.   For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Griger at 402-593-2288. We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. TO  REGISTER  go  to  www.lincolnlittleleague.com  &  click  on  Homer’s  Heroes  in  the  lefthand   column   r  yHeroes ou   can  we contact   Jeanne   uda  at  402-­‐423-­‐7444   D Williams   ahere t  :) 402-­‐476-­‐3794   Heart Capes for with CHD, aottie   Non-Profit in Nebraska ForOour kids, aren't just cchildren SUPERMOMS, No, weor   do so much more Every year approximately 40,000 infants are born  in theaUS with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). CHD is Homersheroes1@aol.com   FAX   t  402-­‐423-­‐7444   We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door.

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the most frequently occurring birth defect and the leading cause of birth-related deaths. More than 50% of We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. children with CHD will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime. And in the US, twice as many Even though theythan bring cannot be erased. children die from the CHD pain each year from ALL forms of childhood cancers, combined! Needless to say, the Lincoln Fencing Wheelchair Program survivors of Club: CHD wear their scarsFencing like badges of honor. They are our “Heart Heroes”. Heart Heroes, Inc., is and treatment routes by areaages a lotNebraska to digest, Persons whoorganization are physically challenged, 8for to us adult a Therapies non-profit that originated few moms, who had children with CHD. After trying know what thecardiology future but give kids our best. LOCATION: Lincoln Fencing Clubholds, toWe coaxdon't their The children through appointments andour heart surgeries, they took comfort in the None ofpowers us can replaced, so we don't many breaks. wondrous of be “super hero” capes to comfort their children, and Heart Heroes was founded. Now, MORE INFO & RSVP: www.lincolnfencing.com or get call 402-420-7688 hundreds of VIDEO Heart Hero capes have beenkids, draped around little shoulders of CHD children everywhere. It wears us out, to help our we'll do the whatever it takes! WATCH THE on but YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=twc7ESexoZMm Consider donating a Heart Hero Cape to a child with CHD by going to www.heartherocapes.com to donate a We cape.are There is a perpetual list of children conquer their fears and give them selfless, not by wait choice you see. who Ourneed kidstheir justcapes havetomany needs. courage. You out can also join our the Heartworld, Heroesbut Facebook to see pictures of many of the cape recipients We're not to change wantGroup to plant some seeds. and hear their stories. the co-founders of is Heart We want our kids Contact accepted. That really ourHeroes aim. at heartheroes@yahoo.com. “Children hold our hands for a moment, but our hearts forever.” ~ Anonymous

Lincoln MAY Events

When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same.

Exceptional -- April Vernon Parent Magazine

Magazine for parents of children with developmental disabilities and other special needs. You can get May 3 & 24 edition of this magazine, Just go to www.eparentdigital.com type in the EMAIL: a digital Take A Break – Respite/Babysitting Available for Parents/Caregivers 155rw@eparent.com and use the PASSWORD: specialneeds to access editions digitally. This Children ages 6 weeks 10 years ofunder age Website Resources. information is also listedthrough in the back of OKN LOCATION: YWCA Lincoln, 2620 O Street, LINCOLN TIME: 6:30 & – 9:30 pm Leaps Bounds Pediatric Therapy NEW 2nd LOCATION COST: Our program has a sliding fee scalelocated & this amount varieshas duenow to family & income Leaps and Bounds Pediatric Therapy, in Lincoln, addedsize a South-West location in th MORE INFO & RSVP:Important Misti at 402-434-3494 103 Lincoln, in addition to their North locationxfor in Lincoln. The pages new clinic Tidbits Families 2 -is6located at 7945 S. 15 St., Suite D (just east f14th 4Street, between Pine Lake Road REGISTRATION: CalloMarch to 7 State-Wide page 6 and Yankee Hill Road). Physical Therapy, Therapy &toSpeech Therapy services are available at through BOTH locations! DESCRIPTION: TakeOccupational A Break offers a break any&parent or guardian of children 6 weeks Bellevue, Cedar Bluff Columbus page 7 Please 402-742-7400 to schedule an appointment at to either locations. 10 years call of age. The program facilitates opportunities for caregivers recharge while their children Fremont & Grand Island page 8 We cared look forward to seeing are for in a safe, fun, &you! nurturing environment. Families of all incomes qualify for the Take A Gretna & Hastings page 9 Break program. Experienced staff & volunteers are CPR & First Aid Certified, trained to work with Lincoln pages 10 - 15 children who have behavior disorders or disabilities. Children enjoy crafts, exercise, & games during Norfolk pages 15 - 16 NEW this time.

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Edition #24 May 2012

Edition #24 May 2012 Proudly serving over 8,500+ families -- NOW Across all of Nebraska!!! Proudly serving over 8,500+ families -- NOW Across all of Nebraska!!!

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month

Proudly serving over 8,500+ families --National NOW Across of Nebraska!!! May 9 is SchoolallNurse Day

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month

May is National Mother'sSchool Day Nurse Day May13 9 is

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Lincoln MAY Events

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 13 is Mother's Day May 9 is National School Nurse Day

May 13 is Mother's Day Special Needs Mom's

May X (Date Not Available at time of printing, call for information) The Arc Mentoring Program LOCATION: Lefler Middle School Cafeteria, LINCOLN TIME: 3:00 pm You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. MORE INFO: Contact Adam at 402-421-8866 if interested We have choice. We manage when things get really tough. You no may think usjust “special moms” have itstudents pretty rough. DESCRIPTION: This mentoring program islife pairing UNL with high school students in the area. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really We've made itUNL through the days wetothought we'd make it just through. We have many students excited participate innever this program, looking fortough. some more high We've made it through the days we we'd make it through. We've even impressed with allthought that do!never school students! J Call ifour youown are selves interested!! See The we Arc can of Lincoln Ad on page 23 for more info YouWe've may think “specialour moms” pretty even us impressed own have selvesitwith all rough. that we can do! Page 3 manage life when things get really tough. We have nopatience choice.beyond We just May 5 & 22 We've gained measure, love we never dreamed of giving. We've made it through thebeyond days we thoughtlove we'd it through. We've gained patience wenever nevermake dreamed of giving. MFLC Days We worry about the future but know thismeasure, “special” life's worth living! We've impressed own selves all that we canworth do! living! We even worry about the our future but knowwith this “special” life's For Military Families We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. We haveAir bad days LINCOLN and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. LOCATION: Guard, Learn how to adapt toys to use with a switch/button/BigMac We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more oftenmore than wenever cry.than We gained feel joypatience and pridebeyond and thankfulness often we cry.of giving. We've measure, love we dreamed 9:00 turn am tothe 1:00 pmthat your This workshop is for ANYONE!! You will learn how to easily & costTIME: effectively toys We worry about the future but know this “special” worth living! child already has, & isn't using because of physical limitations, into toys that are adaptedContact to your Renee Duffek at 402-219-2446 orlife's MORE INFORMATION: renee.duffek@ahsg.us for the For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, webut do No, so much more :) For our kids, wethat aren't just SUPERMOMS, we do soheads much more :) We have bad days and sometimes, we hold our up high. child!! You will learn how to install a jack into a single function toy &nd convert it into toy ishurt 22 Barbcheerleaders, Shupe ata402-613-3080 ortherapists barb.shupe@ahsg.us We are nurses, and who don't walk out the door. are nurses, and therapists who than don'twe walk out the door. We We feel joycheerleaders, pride cord and thankfulness more often cry. operated with a switch. You will learn how to assemble a switch. You will make aand detachable DECRIPTION: MFLC Consultation services are with provided at noand charge, with no records kept. Eligible We handle rude remarks dignity grace. Wewill handle rude andstares, unkind stares, with dignity and grace. that runs from the toy to the switch. You will be able to do this, AND you go home withremarks aand unkind individuals include military service members & their significant others (children & adults), whether working switch toy & switch. Best of all, your child's toy will look Even professionally adapted, bypain YOU!! though the they bring be erased. though the pain they bring cannot becannot erased.No, For Even our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, we do so much more :) related or not.if you Thiscould is a short-term solution focused consultation, notout psychotherapy. You have seen that the switch operated toys are sometimes 8x aslegally muchare to order, than We cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk the door. If buy the toy & put the switch in for a few dollars, yourself. Dates/Times will be determined when I and possible please call ahead to schedule an appointment. You candignity schedule on agrace. different date if the Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, We handle rude remarks unkind stares, with and Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, have 4 or more people interested in the class. This class is FREE, one however donations of any kind are listed doesn’tknow work. We don't what thebring future holds, be buterased. give our kids our best. Even though the pain they cannot

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be replaced, so we get many breaks. NoneNone of us of canus becan replaced, so we don't get don't many breaks. May 6 It wears us treatment out, but to routes help our kids, we'll do to Therapies and are as t lot for us digest, it takes! rd A & D Waiver – Aged & Disabled Waiver Pediatric It wears usParent out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever itwhatever takes! Support Group: Every 1 & 3 Monday of the Month We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. Is YOUR child on this? Is YOUR child eligible to be on this? This We support group is for parents, with children, who have injuries. not by choice you see.get Our kids breaks. justacquired have many needs. None ofare us selfless, can be replaced, so we don't many We are selfless, not by you see. Our kids have If your child is on this waiver, do you know that it makes your income guidelines non-existent? No LOCATION: Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, We're not out to choice change the world, butjust want to many plantneeds. some seeds. It wears us out, but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! cap on your income. Just have to use the 2 hours minimum respite eachnot andout every month, so you We're to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. Lower Levelaccepted. of Madonna Hospital, 5401 We want our kids That really is ourSouth aim. St., LINCOLN don't lose your A&D Coverage. Do you know that you can addWe your child, tokids your private That really is our aim. want accepted. At Madonna: Enter through main entrance of theyou'll AVCRHmany When we look at them, we just see kids. We do theneeds. same. are our selfless, not by choice youthe see. Our kidshope just have health insurance (non-medicaid), and if you are on the A&DWe Waiver, you can get those When we look at them, webejust seeworld, kids. We you'll do thesome same. seeds. TIME: – out 7:30 pm We're not to change the buthope want to plant premiums paid for for BOTH you and your child, through the HIPP6:30 program? Has to the MORE INFO: Contact Michelle at 402-499-4227 or is mhawleyg@windstream.net or April Vernon same family policy, but they will cover all the insurance premiums for your entire family!! We -want our kids accepted. That really our aim. Amy Nordness 402_483-9697 For us this was $1,200 in premiums, because we are self-employed, don't havelook aatcorporate medical --When April Vernon we at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. plan, and it was killing us. By talking with another mom, I found DESCRIPTION: out about this program, we are Richard Troia, from A Special Sitter. This support group is Special and Speaker waiting on our reimbursement to arrive!! So cool. For 5 years wenow werelead toldby that our income dictated a parent, Michelle. Come & expand your knowledge while gaining insights & -- April Vernon the medicaid that our sonout received, us that meant we had to either stay in this little income box Check any for event encouragement from other parents. This group is open to inpatient families also, just let us know so of like $45,000 or make an additional $100,000 to cover the expenses in therapy and medical changes, after publication can monitor child while you are at group. out any event services that our Check sons receives on an annual basis minimum. Thewe guidelines to beyour on the A&D

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additions MORE Waiver, I do not know forafter sure & what they are. If you want to know, I can find out, just email me. I changes, publication & solely 21 out event know thatCheck my son qualifies, andblog: if has something to do with May being7fed by g-button, and being at any our additions & MORE Important for Families pages Monthly) 2-6 Bowling Night: For me ANYONE withTidbits a Disability (1 s t & 3 r d Tuesday non-independent. you want the contact information for the HIPP program, just shoot an email changes, If after publication at our blog: on that also, orwww.ohanakidsnews. ask your Service Coordinator specifically about it. For There are many programs out State-Wide page 6 Individuals with a disability of any kind additions & MORE Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 there available to help families like ours out. We just need to get LOCATION: the word out there for families Parkway Lanes,to2555Cedar South Bluff 48th St., LINCOLN Bellevue, & Columbus page 7 blogspot.com at our blog: State-Wide page 6 access that information. If you know of a program, that would benefit email www.ohanakidsnews. Important Tidbits for Families TIME: 6:00families, pm to 8:00 pm me. Fremont & Grand Island pages page 82 - 6 ohanakidsnews@gmail.com We will research it and get the correct information out to all Bellevue, Bluff page 7 9 blogspot.com COST: $5.00 to bowl, $3.00 Cedar for shoe rental&&Columbus State-Wide page 6page www.ohanakidsnews. Gretna Hastings For more information, the families.

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DESCRIPTION: This is a collaboration of The Arc of Lincoln and Goodwill Industries. Marla Fischer-Lemke from The Arc of Nebraska will discuss the rights of employees and Dr. Jack Kirkland discuss how to prepare us along families youyou know who could this information!!! us alongtoto families know who use could use this will information!!! a resume. If you’re interested in finding employment, whether full or part-time, The Arc of Lincoln would like to help. See The Arc of Lincoln ad on page 23 for more info.

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Lincoln MAY Events

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

May (Date not available at time of printing, call for date) The Arc of Lincoln: Young Adult Social Club For High School students with intellectual or developmental disabilities LOCATION: Joyo Theater, LINCOLN TIME: 4:00 pm - ? COST: FREE MORE INFO: Call Adam to REGISTER at 402-421-8866 or arcifss@windstream.net DESCRIPTION: Come join us as we watch a movie, eat pizza, & plan upcoming events! See The Arc of Lincoln adthink on page for more moms� information. You may us23“special have it pretty rough.

May 13 is Mother's Day

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We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. May 20 We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. Pediatric Parent Support our Group: Every 1s t & 3 r d all Monday We've even impressed own selves with that of wethe canMonth do! This support group is for parents, with children, who have acquired injuries. LOCATION: Inside Madonna, TBD, Call Michelle for more information We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. TIME: 6:30 – about 7:30 pmthe future but know this “special� life's worth living! We worry MORE INFO:bad Contact Michelle at 402-499-4227 orbut mhawleyg@windstream.net We have days and hurt sometimes, we hold our heads up or high. Amy 402_483-9697 We Nordness feel joyatand pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. DESCRIPTION: Dr. Ryan Ernst, Neuroplasticity. Dr. Ernst will be doing a slide For our kids,sowe aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do Madonna so much at more :) presentation, group this month will be meeting inside a different We are cheerleaders, nurses, therapists wholead don't out the door. location. Call for that local. Thisand support group is now by awalk parent, Michelle. Come & We handle rude remarks and insights unkind& stares, with dignity and grace.This group is expand your knowledge while gaining encouragement from other parents. Even pain they be can erased. open to though inpatient the families also, justbring let us cannot know so we monitor your child while you are at group. 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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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 for the end of the trial period. During the last scheduled session, we will determine if the trial was a Edition #24 May 2012 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

NCDHH – The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing The mission of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to provide advocacy,

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MayStudy 9 is National School with NurseDisabilities Day Dental Research for Children

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The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Munroe-Meyer Institute is conducting a research study Easterday Recreation Centerfeel more relaxed and calm evaluating ways in which dentists can help children with disabilities during dental treatment. The researchers are seeking children between the ages of 2 to 10, who Adaptive Recreation Programs for Youth need dental work done. Children who participate receive a $25 gift card to Wal-mart. Children can Located at 6130 Adams Street, Lincoln be seen at MMI or at the new dental clinic at Children’s Hospital. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Please contact Dr. Keith Allen at 402-559-5756 or Kristi DeHaai, Fun Club MS at 402-559-4498 to learn more about how to enroll your child in this research. *

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You Kids mayNews thinkisus “special moms” have it where pretty rough. can come for a few hours and O'Hana looking to put together atoday 5:15 pm 6:30 pmcaregivers We have no We Transportation just manage life when things really tough. have a massage, see chiropractor, have a great meal, maybe aget mani or a pedi, possibly have $5choice. peraweek, Available for $16.00 more someone hair. Just a day caregivers getnever done in just aitcouple of hours, We'vedoing made it through thewhere daysus we thoughtcan we'd make through. Varied recreational & social activities with additional fees for some activities plus $1 something that makes us happy I haven't Cass County We've even impressed our:). own selvesseen withanything all thatinwe can do! or south of there, for per month caregivers. If any families would be interested in something like this, PLEASE either give me a call or send me angained email. I willat base even doing this how peopledreamed contact me it. I know the Call Debra 402-441-7901 orondwilliams@lincoln.ne.gov We've patience beyond measure, lovemany we never ofabout giving. need is worry there. about Just letthe me future know. Ibut am know interested any comments have regarding what you We thisin“special” life's you worth living! would in abad short dayand like this Is childcare look at too? Just let me know, Welike have days hurtalso. sometimes, butsomething we hold to our heads up high. Hi-Time Club Heather Ackman 402-227-5304 or ohanakidsnews@yahoo.com We feel joy and pride and to thankfulness oftenage than Jr High High Schoolmore through 21we cry.

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

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NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUB – Program of Ollie Webb Center, Inc. The Ollie Webb Center, Inc. has openings for Adults (18 years and older) in the Next Chapter Book Clubs Page 2 located across the city of Omaha. The Next Chapter Book Club meets once a week for an hour as a small group at a local coffee shop or gathering place to read and discuss a book selected by the group. All reading levels can participate! Book club participants will enjoy social connections and the delight of expanding their literacy. Radio Book club Show volunteer Facilitators are also needed to form new clubs in additional areas. For more by Adult with Asperger Syndrome informat“Parents ion ab ouCorner” t The Ne xtradio Chapte r Book C lu b please ac LCSW. t De niseBrian Gehri at with Asperger is a show, co-hosted by Briancont King, is ng aner adult dge hri nge r@ ollie .org Syndrome, whoinc presented heremoms” in the area back in January. Brian also has 3 boys on the ASD You maywebb think us “special have it pretty rough.

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spectrum. Brian will be We sharing parenting and discussing with a panel of parents. We have no choice. justhis manage lifestrategies when things get reallythem tough. Metro Stars Gymnastics Class for Kids with Special Needs “Special Stars” Here is amade link with all the details you'llwe need to tunewe'd in andnever call inmake if you it would like We've it through the days thought through. For children with a disability or special need. http:tinyurl.com/3gm58h7 Check it out with and pass it along. His address is: P.O. Box 994, West We've even impressed our own selves all that we can do!  Specializing in Autism LOCATION: Metro Stars Gymnastics, 13820 P Street, OMAHA Chicago, IL 60186 if you would like to write to him. TIME: Mondays at 7:15 pm; Wednesday at 7:00 pm; Fridays at 6:15 pm  Specializing in We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. COST: $60 Deaf/Hard of Hearing & We worry about the future knowCounty this “special” life's worth living! Project Lifesaver in but Sarpy MORE INFORMATION: 402-505-7600 info@metrostarsgym.com you can check high. Cochlear Implants We Sarpy have County bad days and or hurt we hold ouralso heads The Sheriff’s Officesometimes, implementedbut Project Lifesaver in 2008up to help locate missing Out the website at www.metrostarsgym.com We feel joy and with pride and thankfulness more who often than wetocry. persons. Children Autism or Down Syndrome, are at risk wander, can have their safety  Specializing in DESCRIPTION: Stars through Gymnastics, a Special Need Lifesaver class called Special Stars. Designed by greatlyMetro enhanced thisoffers program. Project emphasizes relationships between specially Late Talkers & Elizabethtrained Lilla,our who holds awe doctorate in Occupational Therapy, gymnastics classes For kids, aren't degree justindividuals SUPERMOMS, No,inwe do so much more :) teach Sheriff’s personnel and enrolled thetheir program BEFORE the need the may arise for a Developmental Delay children about social interaction, refine their gross motor skills, encourage themwalk to try newwith & difficult tasks, We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't out the door. rescue. During an initial home visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees are fitted a personalized & serve to build their self-esteem! Call today to find out more information!! We handle rude remarks andmembers unkind stares, with with dignity and grace. overview of the wristband transmitter and family are provided a comprehensive Even though theinpain they bringwith cannot be erased. program. Trained communicating individuals with special needs, deputies will schedule a 402-327-2500 Open Enrollment at Children’s Respite Care Center monthly home visit to inspect and maintain the equipment and get to know the enrollee better on a 8055 O Street, Suite S110 LOCATION: Children’s Respite Care Center Southwest & Northwest Locations,atOMAHA Therapies and treatment routes are a lot to digest, more personal basis. The cost to participate in for this us program is minimal, $10 a month. Lincoln, NE 68510 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lori on Maire, Assistant Director Nursing, 402-895-4000 or For Lifesaver, contact Griger 402-593-2288. Wemore don'tinformation know what theProject future holds, butof give ourLt. kids our at best. lmaire@crccomaha.org None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. www.heartlandspeech.com DESCRIPTION: Children’s Respite Center provides careafor children with special from Heart Heroes Capes for children withdoCHD, Non-Profit here needs in Nebraska It wears us out, butCare to help our kids, individualized we'll whatever it takes! Find us on FACEBOOK too! Every year to approximately infants are born infull the&US with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). the age of 6 weeks 21 years. We40,000 are currently accepting part-time enrollment at both locations forCHD is the most birthCall defect and theOur leading birth-related deaths. More than 50% of our infant, toddler & preschooloccurring classrooms. us for more information!! We are frequently selfless, not by choice you see. kidscause justof have many needs. children CHD to willchange require at least one invasive surgery in theirsome lifetime. And in the US, twice as many We're with not out the world, but want to plant seeds. children die fromWorth CHD each year than from ALL forms of childhood cancers, combined! Needless to say, the Activities Stones Stepping O’Hana Kids News is not responsible for Weat want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. survivors of CHD wear their like badges of honor. They are our “Heart Heroes”. Heart Heroes, Inc., is For children disability orscars special any events,. Including cancellations, or Whenwith we a look at them, we justneed. see kids. We hope you'll do the same. a non-profit that originated Nebraska moms, who had children with CHD. After trying changes after print. It is your LOCATION: Stonesorganization Worth Stepping, 600 N.by93ardfew Street, OMAHA to coax their children through cardiology appointments and heart surgeries, they took comfort in the responsibility to verify the information MORE INFORMATION: Call 402-391-2001 or www.stonesworthstepping.com -- April Vernon wondrous powers of “super hero” capes to comfort their children, and Heart Heroes was founded. Now, provided through the contact information DESCRIPTION: Stones Worth Stepping will be offering several different for kiddos with various hundreds of Heart Hero capes have been draped around the littleclasses shoulders of CHD children everywhere. provided. You can check the blog at special needs. Those classes are: Yogarilla: strength, core to by www.heartherocapes.com participating in yoga for the to donate www.ohanakidsnews.blogspot.com Consider donating a Heart Hero CapeBuild to a child with posture CHD by&going child! Poses will There focus on balance, coordination & who bilateral while to learning thetheir connection or our Facebook page as we try to update a cape. is abuilding perpetual wait list of children needcontrol their capes conquer fears and give them those with information Check outany any eventchanges that You alsoSensory join our Heart Heroes Facebook Group see pictures of many of that the cape betweencourage. mind, body & can spirit!! Boot Camp: Participate in an to intense boot camp session can recipients have occurred after publishing. and the hear their stories. Contact the co-founders Heart Heroes at heartheroes@yahoo.com. fulfill even greatest sensory-seeker’s needs! The childofcan explore variety of sensory tasks to stimulate changes, after publication “Children hold our hands for proprioception a moment, but ourengaging hearts with forever.” ~ Anonymous each sensory system: tactile, vestibular, while their peers! Social Butterfly additions & MORE Camp: at Participants our blog:will learn to be a social butterfly! Group structure will imitate “play date” activities, recess activities & summer activities to Exceptional Parent Magazine Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 6 facilitate generalization to real life!! Yikes Bikes: Lessons to build those bike skills! Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycle/helmet. Magazine parents of children with developmental disabilities and other page 6 & steering! www.ohanakidsnews. Group bike class will ride just across the street on the Keystonefor Trail to increase speed,State-Wide endurance, postural balance Don’t special forget aneeds. water You can get a digital this magazine, Just go to www.eparentdigital.com type in the EMAIL: Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 Painting, bottle!! Fine Motor/Creative Crafts: Children will engageedition in craftofactivities designed to increase those fine motor skills! 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WeNEW services Norfolk pages 15 16 please usthrough at: the start of Kindergarten, Leaps and provide Boundstutoring Pediatric Therapy, located in Lincoln, has now a South-West in startingcontact at 18 months & also services through the school year, summer & added extended school breaks.location We North page 16 new Lincoln, in addition to curriculum. their North location in Lincoln. The clinic is located 7945 S. 15 th St., have 2-3 hour preschool sessions 50 weeks of the year, using research based All ourPlatte teachers are trained in the curriculum theyatuse. Little 402-227-5304 Suite (justown east o f14th between Pine Lake and Hill Road). Omaha pages 16 -Road 24 Leaf strongly encourages children of all abilities to learn atDtheir pace, whichStreet, makes Little Leaf a wonderful place forYankee typical children as well. We ohanakidsnews@gmail.com Therapy, Occupational & us Speech Therapy services are available at BOTH locations! 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Omaha MAY Events

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

May 6 Adults on the Spectrum Support Group (1s t Monday every month) For adults 18 & up, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s LOCATION: Pump It Up, 960 S. 72nd Street, OMAHA TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 pm COST: $5 MORE INFO: Carol Salber at 402-658-9962 or csalber30@gmail.com DESCRIPTION: This group is for members to come together to connect around common issues & interests, in a relaxed & supportive environment. You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. May 6 We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. We'veSupport made it through the days thought Autism Group (1s t Monday of we Every Month)we'd never make it through. We've even impressed our all that we can do! LOCATION: Pump It Up, 960 S.own 72 nd selves Street,with OMAHA

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TIME: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. COST: $5 per child, $10 max per family We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! MORE INFO: Shawn Neff at 402-861-1947 We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. DESCRIPTION: Come to Pump It Up and climb, bounce, & have a blast with your family. Consider it a We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. family night out. You don’t have to participate in the support group meeting. You can also look at this as a night to get the kids out & burn off some energy in a reduced cost/autism friendly For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :) environment. 2. Leave the kids at homeand (withtherapists Dad or Momwho or Grandma a babysitter) join the We are cheerleaders, nurses, don't or walk out the & door. support group for a chance to talkand & meet otherstares, parents.with The support in a separate We handle rude remarks unkind dignitygroup andmeets grace. room away from the excited 3. Bring a helperbe to erased. supervise/play with your kids & then the Even though the pain chaos. they bring cannot adults can come join the support group discussion. 4. One parent can play/supervise the kids & the Edition #24 May other parent can attend the support group.are Allaautism families welcome. All ages are welcome. Therapies and treatment routes lot for us toare digest, We have two bounce usefuture & the equipment is even fun for kids the adults! You do not have to be a We don't know rooms whatinthe holds, but give our our best. member Omaha Support Group. Noneof ofASN us or 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! May 11 nd Down Syndrome Super Coffee (Every Saturday Monthly) We are selfless, notMom’s by choice you see. 2Our kids just have many needs. For families with children who have Down Syndrome Proudly serving over 8,500+ families -NOW Across all of We're not out to change the world, but want toNebraska!!! plant some seeds. LOCATION: Paradise Bakery Village Suite 101, OMAHA We want our kids accepted. ThatPointe, really 17305 is our Davenport, aim. TIME: 8:30we amlook to 10:00 am When at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. MORE INFO: Casie Schlueter at 402-658-4564 or casie sc hlu et er@yahoo.c om May been is Better Speech & Hearing Month DESCRIPTION: If you haven’t to a meeting yet, please come join us this month! The key -- April Vernon ingredient to our success is May the mixture of all our experiences the willingness 9 is National School&Nurse Day to share them. We can all benefit from the unique challenges, obstacles & opportunities that face our children. If you cannot make the meetings, you can request to join our FACEBOOK Group & then you can contribute on your own time! Find us on FACEBOOK at DSSMGroupconcessions are also available for purchase.

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May 11 Open Gym Time at The Barn (Every 2 nd Saturday Monthly) Tidbits Families pages 2 - 6 For families with Important children on the Autismfor Spectrum LOCATION: The Barn, GRETNA, State-Wide NE page 6 TIME: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. COST: $5 per child (under age 1 is FREE and of courseIsland parents are too!)8 Fremont Grand We have no choice. We just& manage life whenpage things get really tough. MORE INFO: www.myplaybarn.com RSVP 402-301-6829 at least 1 day in advance Gretna &toHastings We've made it through the days we thoughtpage we'd9never make it through. DESCRIPTION: Where kids can play and be kids in the safe environment that is provided! Lincoln pageswith 10 -all 15that we can do! We've even impressed our own selves

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program, please have them contact me to set up a screening. During the screen, the family will have 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 Edition #24 May 2012 for the end of the trial period. During the last scheduled session, we will determine if the trial 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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communication access and information to enhance awareness and services for improving the quality of life for all who experience hearing loss. The Vision Statement of NCDHH is: Being a proactive state agency, the Commission works towards building support, cooperation and understanding Mayability is Better Hearing Month regardless of hearing resultingSpeech in fairness&and equality for all Nebraskans. Make sure to check out our website v Mayat9 www.ncdhh.ne.go is National School Nurse Day

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We are selfless, not by choice you see.   Our kids just have many needs. We're not out to change the Eworld, but want to plant some WHEN:   very  Saturday,   starting   March   2   seeds. We want our kids accepted. TIMES:   That really our Starts  is at  9 :45  aim. am   When we look at them, we just kids. Weohope COST:   $10   for  see each   Saturday   r  all  6  you'll for  $50  do the same. -- April Vernon

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A  standard  DRAMA  AT  THE  ROSE  class  can  be  rambunctious  &  noisy,  an  environment  not  suited  to  all  children.    If  your  child  has  a  Sensory  Processing   or  Autism  Spectrum  Disorder,  we  strongly  suggest  that  you  begin  by  enrolling  him/her  in  one  of  our  Autism/Sensory  Friendly  classes.   These  classes  are  offered  in  partnership  with  AYou utism   Society   of  N ebraska   &  feature   a  have special   erformance   at  the  end  of  the  session!!!   may think us “special moms” itppretty rough.   We just manage life when things get really tough. We have no choice.   we'd never make it through. Class  #1:  It’s  All  Greek  to  Me   We've made it through the days we thoughtClass   #2:   Jumanji   We've even impressed our own selves with all we   For  Grades  8  -­‐12   For  that Grades   4  -­‐can  7   do!   Saturdays,  9:00  am  to  10:00  am   Saturdays,  10:30  am  to  11:30  am   We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving.       Help  us  rewrite  h istory!    What  would  happen  if  Helen  We of  Troy   was  uabout gly?     the future but This  cknow lass  is  bthis ased  o“special” n  the  m ovie,  life's Jumanji,   a  fantasy   film  about  a   worry worth living!   What  if  Odysseus  encountered  a  four-­‐eyed  Cyclops?    Together,   we  w ill  put   supernatural   board  game.   Together,   e  will  heads craft  our   own   board  game,   We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but  we holdwour up high.   a  new  twist  on  some  of  our  favorite  ancient  myths.    Instructors:   ennifer   our  own  theme   song   &  follow   the  we clues   of  a  wild  adventure!     We feel Jjoy and pride andcompose   thankfulness more often than cry.   Ettinger  &  Shannon  Rzucidlo   Instructors:    Kevin  Ehrhart  &  Shannon  Rzucidlo     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. Tuition  irude s  $30  remarks per  ASD  Student   We handle and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. To  register,  please  contact  D eprecia   Wright   at  pain depreciaw@rosetheater.org   r  (402)502-­‐4617   Even though the they bring cannot be oerased.   NOTE:  Rose  Educators  are  NOT  behavioral  specialists,  &  one-­‐on-­‐one  supervision  is  NOT  a vailable.    Please  inform  the  Rose  T heater  of  any  special  needs  PRIOR  to  the  start  of  the  class,  THANKS!  

 

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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! May X We are selfless, not by choice Pediatric Epilepsy Support Group you see. Our kids just have many needs. We're not out changewho thehave world, but want to plant some seeds. For families withto children Epilepsy We want our accepted. That really is our aim.OMAHA LOCATION: PTIkids Nebraska Office, 6805 Grover Street, When we TIME: 6:00 pmlook at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. MORE INFO: Stacey Doty at 402-850-7680 or sdoty77@hotmail.com -- April Vernon DESCRIPTION: Come join other parents as we support one another in our journey with our children.

May 14 PRISM Meeting: The Facts of Life and More LOCATION: ESU #3, 6949 South 110 th Street, Calamus/Platte Room on the Lower Level, OMAHA TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 pm COST: FREE Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 MORE INFO: Denise Gehringer at dgehringer@olliewebbinc.org or 402-346-5220 ext 33 to leave State-Wide page 6 a RSVP Message RSVP EARLY to reserve your spot! Space is LIMITED!! Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 DESCRIPTION: This session is presented by Leslie Walker-Hirsch, M.Ed., FAAMR. This educational Fremont & Grand Island page 8 event will provide information addressing: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with intellectual &ALL Hastings page 9 Special Needs. For the very Disabilities. This information isGretna relevant to ages of people with pages 10 - to 15make puberty easier. For the older young, Leslie addresses things you Lincoln can do in the early years Norfolk - 16issues and concerns. You WILL NOT ages she offers practical strategies to addresspages sexually15 related North Platte 16and the book, The Facts of Life . . . want to miss this! Leslie is the author of the Circles page program and More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People Disabilities. Omaha pageswith 16 -Intellectual 24

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May 14 Classifieds page 29   Special Needs Planning Seminar Thanks for Reading OKN!! Our  website,   LOCATION: Sump Memorial Library, Meeting Room, PAPILLION TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 pm www.challengerlittleleague.org,       MORE INFO: 402-343-8388 is  up  but  under  construction.     DESCRIPTION; The Andrew Benjamin Group will be talking about Special Needs Planning. This is If  you  cannot  find  the  i nformation  you   Help need   us Expand our Reach, Pass us Seminar alongyou towon’t families you know who could use this information!!! want to miss there  please  e-­‐mail  us  

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May 20 MFLC Days For Military Families LOCATION: Red Cross Office, 2912 So. 80 th Ave, OMAHA TIME: 1:00 – 5:00 pm You think us “special moms” it pretty rough. MOREmay INFORMATION: Contact Barb Shupehave at Barbara.e.shupe@ahsg.us We have no choice. We justservices manage when getwith really tough. DECRIPTION: MFLC Consultation arelife provided at things no charge, no records kept. Eligible We've made it military through the days we&thought we'd never make it&through. individuals include service members their significant others (children adults), whether We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! legally related or not. This is a short-term solution focused consultation, not psychotherapy. If possible please call ahead to schedule an appointment. You can schedule on a different date if the We've gained beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. one listed doesn’t patience work. We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. May 21 We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. CHADD – Parent & Caregiver Support Group (Every 3 r d Tuesday Monthly) For families & caregivers of children & adolescents with ADHD For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so much more :) LOCATION: PTI Nebraska Office, 6805 Grover Street, OMAHA We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. TIME: 7:00 pmrude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. We handle MORE though INFO: Contact Bobbiethey at Bobbielavolletteshuey@yahoo.com Even the pain bring cannot be erased.

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JuneWe 1 are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just have many needs. AMC Sensory Movie EPIC 2-D We're not outFriendly to change the* world, but want to plant some seeds. We our kids That is our aim. For want Individuals withaccepted. special needs & really their immediate family When we look them, just seeS kids. We hope you'll do the same. LOCATION: AMCatOak Viewwe 24, 3555 140 th Plaza, OMAHA AMC Star 17, 3220 23 rd Avenue, COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -April Vernon TIME: 10:00 am MORE INFO: www.amctheatres.com Oakview # 402-691-0000 Star 17 # is 712-325-8924 DESCRIPTION: AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by Autism and Other Disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. The movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up, the sound turned down, and AMC’s “Silence is Golden” policy isn’t enforced J There will be no previews so plan to arrive early as the movie will start at 10 am! AMC is also being generous in allowing our families bring in their own GFCF snacks. Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 Regular concessions are also available for purchase.

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Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 June 22 & Grand Island page 8 Car Seat Safety CheckFremont Event & Hastings page 9 to inspect &/or install Certified Child Passenger Gretna Safety (CPS) Technicians on site Lincoln pages 103308 - 15Sampson Way, BELLEVUE LOCATION: Alegent Creighton Clinic Bellevue, TIME: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Norfolk pages 15 - 16 MORE INFO: call 402-850-6303 North Platte page 16 DESCRIPTION: What to expect?Omaha Bring children if possible, Expectant parents are welcome too! pages 16 - 24 Parent/Guardian will fill out form, bring car and carpages seat manual Resources formanual Families x if possible. Plan on spending 30 min per car seat. If possible bring a spouse, friend or relative to help. You will install Classifieds page 29 the car seat with the techs guidance so you know how to do it in the future. No appointment needed.

Contact  Richard  Troia   June 29 402-­‐697-­‐8400  x201   AMC Sensory Friendly Movie * MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us along to families you needs know whoimmediate could use this information!!! rtroia@aspecialsitter.com     For Individuals with special & their family LOCATION: AMC Oak View 24, 3555 S 140 th Plaza, OMAHA   AMC Star 17, 3220 23 rd Avenue, COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA See  “Our  Story”  on  Page  8  

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

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  Special Needs Mom's WHERE:  Creighton  Pediatric  Therapy   16910  Frances  Street,  Suite  102,  OMAHA  

You may think us “special moms” have   it pretty rough. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. WHEN:   J une   3   t o   1 4,   E VERY   M onday,   Wednesday   &  it Friday   We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make through. We've even impressedTIME:   our own selves all that we can do! 8:30   am  with to  10:00   am  

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July  8-­‐12  

“Adventure  on  the  High  Seas”    

 

August  5-­‐9  

“CRCC’s  Got  Talent”    

We are selfless, not by choice see. Our kids“Mad   just W have needs.   July  1you 5-­‐19   orld  many of  Science”     We're not world, some seeds.   out to change the July   22-­‐26  but want to plant “Games   Galore”     We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim.   July  29-­‐Aug.  2   “Superhero  Training  Camp”     When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same.

 

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OmahaMay UPCOMING Events 13 is Mother's Day Pediatric   Therapy  CNeeds enter’s    FRIENDSHIP   Special Mom'sCAMP    

WHEN:  Ages  6  –  8;  Monday  &  Wednesdays,  June  3  to  July  10;  8:30  am  to  9:30  am   Ages  9  –  12;  Tuesdays  &  Thursdays,  June  4  to  July  11  4:30  pm  to  5:30  pm     You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough.  

Weshave juston   manage when things get&really tough. Our   ocial  sno kills  choice. group  is  We focused   assisting  life children   with   building    maintaining   healthy   We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. relationships   with  peers.    These  children  usually  have  pragmatic  language  difficulties  including:   We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do! problem  solving,  using  &  interpreting  non-­‐verbal  cues,  conversations  with  peers,  &  self  regulation.     The   curriculum   was   designed  beyond by  occupational   &  speech   herapists   address  skills   which  may   We've gained patience measure, lovetwe neverto  dreamed of giving. include:   ules  associated   with   developing   friendships;   Verbal  instruction   &  role  living! playing;  Initiating,   We  R worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth maintaining,    terminating   conversations;   Conversational   anners   turn   taking,  etc.);   We have & bad days and hurt sometimes, but we m hold our(sharing,   heads up high. Utilizing   small   talk  &and  communication;   Conversational   roblem   We feel joy and pride thankfulness more oftentopics;   than P we cry. solving.    

The   groups   will  mwe eet  taren't wo  times   a  wSUPERMOMS, eek  for  50  minutes   per   session   a  series   of  6  :) weeks.    The   For our kids, just No, we do sofor   much more Speech   anguage   Pathologist  nurses, will  collaborate   with  the  Occupational   herapist   use  door. interactive   We L are cheerleaders, and therapists who don'tTwalk outto  the materials,   sensory  band ased  unkind activities,   role  playing,    group  dand iscussions.   We handle rude remarks stares, with & dignity grace.       Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased.

The  children  will  have  FUN  while  making  friends  &  developing  pragmatic  language  skills.    These   groups   are  limited   to  treatment 6  children  proutes er  group.    Classes   re  contingent   upon  enrollment  of  3  or  more   Therapies and are a lotafor us to digest, children   group.   We don't know what the future holds,per   but give     our kids our best.  

None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks.

PTC  It periodically   Preschool   Group   lso,  for   children   ages  4  –  5.    Iit f  interested   wears usruns   out,a  but to help ourakids, we'll do whatever takes! please  inquire!    

 

Challenger   Little   League     This  baseball   Check out any event league  is   changes, after publication exclusively  for   additions MORE children   with  s& pecial   needs.  These   blog:and/or  physical   needs  cat an  our be  mental   disabilities.     www.ohanakidsnews.   blogspot.com Our   3  different  "little  league"   divisions  begin  at  age  5  &  work  up  to   or  high   school  graduation  -­‐   For21   more information, whichever  comes   first.     or advertising rates   please contact us at: Our  unique  &  older  4th  division  is  the   Alumni   which  takes  over  from  there  &   402-227-5304 has  no  age  limit.     ohanakidsnews@gmail.com

MORE   INFORMATION:  Contact  PTC  at  office@ptcne.org    or  call  402-­‐932-­‐2782   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

True  Buddy  Therapy  Sheep  Club    

DATES:  Monday,  June  10  &  24;  Monday,  July  8  &  22   WHERE:  13714  South  84th  Street,  Papillion    (Just  south  of  Hwy  370)   TIME:    6:00  –  7:30  pm   COST:  FREE  but  Registration  is  REQUIRED  J   SHEEP  S HOW  DATE:    August  3  from  4:00  –  6:00  pm  (during  Sarpy/Douglas  County  Fair)  

What's Where???  

The  True  Buddy  Therapeutic   Sheep  CTidbits lub  started   in  PFamilies apillion,  Nebraska   Important for pagesin  2the   - 6summer  of  2009  with   my  herd  of  4-­‐H  kids  and  our  sheep.    At  State-Wide our  county  &  state   fair,  6w e  noticed  how  children  with  special   page needs  &  children  with  m edical  challenges   were   drawn   o  our  sheep  &page  how  the   Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & tColumbus 7 sheep  responded  to   these  gifted  individuals.    OFremont ut  of  this,  the   rue  Buddy   Therapeutic   & TGrand Island page S8heep  Club  was  launched.     Gretna & Hastings page 9 Our  program  pairs  children  with  special   needs  pages or  children   ith  medical  challenges  with  a  youth   Lincoln 10 -w15 volunteer  &  a  sheep.    This  gives  volunteer   youth   the  opportunity   Norfolk pages 15 - 16 to  work  with  children  who  are   disabled,  &  to  participate  in  community   service   projects.   turn,  it  is  providing  occupational  &   North Platte page  In   16 physical  therapy  to  children  with  special  needs  or  children  with  medical  challenges  through  the   Omaha pages 16 - 24 interactions  with  our  sheep.    Children  who  have  limited  to  no  use  of  their  hands  grab  ahold  of  a  lead   Resources for Families pages x   rope   &   h ave   t he   t ime   o f   t heir   l ives.     P hysical   therapy  comes  naturally  when  our  True  Buddies  walk  a   FACEBOOK too!! Classifieds page 29 Registration   for  our  2013  season     sheep.    Expressive  l anguage  &  communication  is  increased.    The  power  of  touch  engages  children.     begins  January  1  and  will  end  at  the   Children  who  lack  response,  give  response.    Our  sheep  truly  engage  in  the  process  &  become  docile.   Thanks for Reading OKN!! end   of  February.         While  that  might  all  sound  very  clinical,  if  you  ever  attend  one  of  our  True  Buddy  –  Luv  A  Lamb   Our  website,   sessions  you  may    find  .  .  .  a  lot  of  sheep  play  involving    water  hoses,  soap  suds,  water-­‐filled  boots,   www.challengerlittleleague.org,       Help us Expand our Reach, Pass tiaras,   us along families know who could use thiskinformation!!! feather  to boas,   bandanas,  oyou bstacle   courses,   basketball   hoops,   laughing   ids,  friendship,  &  a  place   is  up  but  under  construction.     where  “everyone  knows  your  name!”   If  you  cannot  find  the  i nformation  you     need  there  please  e-­‐mail  us   MORE  INFORMATION:  donna@luvalamb.com  or  Kathy@luvalamb.com     admin@challengerlittleleague.org     or  (402)510-­‐3989   &  we  will  mail  out  some  i nformation   Check   o ut   o ur   w ebsite  also  at  www.luvalamb.com     &  a  registration.    

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