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Edition #37 June 2013

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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.    E xamples  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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Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. Sherri  Blome    Coordinator  Helena  Janousek   (308)432-­‐8190   (308)345-­‐4223   specialprojects@wchr.net     Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, (308)345-­‐4990   We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. respite@swhealth.ne.gov       None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. Important Tidbits forwe'll Families pages it2 takes! -6 It wears us out, but to help our kids, do whatever

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We are selfless, not by choice you see.&Our kids just have needs. Bellevue, Cedar Bluff Columbus pagemany 7 We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. Fremont & Grand Island page 8 We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. Gretna & Hastings page 9 When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same.

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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 i ts f o r F am il i e s May is Better Speech & Hearing Month May 9 is National School Nurse Day

 

MayClassroom 13 is Mother's Supporting our Community GRANTS!!Day

 

A  Special  Sitter  was     inspired  by  our  ongoing   journey  of  parenting  our   family,  which  includes  2  kids   with  special  needs,  &  we   believe  that  our  experiences   can  help  you  experience  the   fullness  of  blessings  we  have   received  as  we  have  raised  our   family.    

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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 of 1 award per person Classroom maycan notdo! be used toward edible even impressed ourannually. own selves with allGrants that we or disposable items, or curriculum items which are considered the school’s responsibility. Teachers please gopatience to the beyond Autism measure, Society oflove Nebraska’s at giving. We've gained we never webpage dreamed of 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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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 through this program. Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between specially trained May is Better Hearing Sheriff’s personnel & individuals enrolled in the programSpeech BEFORE the&need may ariseMonth for a rescue. During an initial home visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees fitted with School a personalized wristband & transmitter, & May 9 isare National Nurse Day family members are provided with a comprehensive overview of the program. Trained in communicating with individuals with special needs, deputies will schedule a monthly home visit to inspect & maintain the Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 equipment & get to know the enrollee better, on a more personal basis. The cost to participate in this page 6 program is minimal, at $10 a month. For State-Wide more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 Griger at 402-593-2288.

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Fremont & Grand Island page 8 & Hastings page 9 with Special Needs Wonderful Encouraging BlogGretna for Parents who have kids Lincoln pages 10 - 15 Notaloneparents.wordpress.com Norfolk pages 15 - 16 You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. Platte page 16 We have no choice. North We just manage life when things get really tough. Omaha pages - 24 we'd never make it through. We've made it through the days we16 thought Resources Families pages x We've even impressed ourfor own selves with all that we can do! Classifieds page 29

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! We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry.

Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us alongFor to our families you know who could use this information!!! 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 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


Edition #24 May 2012

I m p o rt an t T id b it s f o r F a m i l ie s Proudly serving over 8,500+ families -- NOW Across all of Nebraska!!!

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

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   legislative   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  f or  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  i s  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  you'll client  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  in  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  m embers  to  promote  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,  &  positively  reinforcing  environment.   our blog: EXAMPLE  at intervention   techniques  include:  music  m nemonics,  presentation  of  social  or  communication  scripts  through  musical  cuing,  m usic  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 please contact us at: Hold  &  maintain  the  Music  Therapist  Board  Certified   credential  pages (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  intentional  &  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  possible!  

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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 in theis program BEFORE the need may arise for a isn’t on this, I would contact your DHHS coordinator to find out if this 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! 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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 havetreatment 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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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialâ&#x20AC;? 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 theâ&#x20AC;&#x153;refreshâ&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Equipmentâ&#x20AC;? 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. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Respite Care Center NW, 2010 N. 88th Street, OMAHA 402-496-1000 ask for Sarah Tselentis -- April Vernon Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 accepts all individuals with ASD and their strengths and needs. Innovation: Is aware of empirically supported practices in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and may think usand “special moms” have it pretty rough. shows aYou willingness to adapt use resources creatively. We have no choice. We just manage life&when things get really tough. Inspiration: Displays positive interactions with students parents, and actively influences peers with We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. their energy & enthusiasm. We'vecontact even impressed our selves with all that we canthe do!nomination. Please include information for theown nominee and the person(s) submitting

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Weconsiderate feel joy and more often they thancan we cry. that explains the simple and way.pride Your and child’sthankfulness story can be about anything imagine A & D“What Waiver – Aged & Disabled question, happened to your ________ (fill in Waiver the blank)? Please keep your child’s story under 100 For kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, we doalong so much :) picture of words. You our can child submit the draft to YOUR kourtney.case@nculd.org withon amore favorite Is YOUR onfinal this? Is child No, eligible to be this? We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who walknon-existent? out the door. your child. You sendwaiver, an illustration for the as well you’ddon't like. Submissions are due NO If your child is can on this do you know thatstory it makes yourif income guidelines No LATER We handle remarks and unkind stares, with dignity grace. cap on your income. Justbe have to usefamily the 2 hours minimum respite each and and every month, you too! THAN APRIL 12!! Thisrude can a great project with parents and siblings chiming in withsoideas Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. don't lose A&D Coverage. Do you thatAll you can add your child, your private Have fun, beyour imaginative, but mostly, just know be YOU! proceeds will benefit thetoNebraska Children with health insurance (non-medicaid), and if you are on the A&D Waiver, you can get those Limb Difference organization. Each child author will be named and will receive a copy of the finished premiums paid for for BOTH you and your child, through the HIPP program? Has to be the Therapies and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, product! Happy policy, writing!!! sameWe family butwhat they will allholds, the insurance premiums your entire family!! don't know the cover future but give our kidsfor our best. For usNone this was premiums, because we don't are self-employed, have a corporate medical of $1,200 us caninbe replaced, so we get many don't breaks. plan, and it was killing us. By talking with another mom, I found out about this program, and we are What Recreational are Available Needed bytakes! the Nebraska IDD It wears us out,Opportunities but to help our kids, we'll do / whatever it waiting on our reimbursement to arrive!! So cool. For 5 years we were told that our income dictated Community? The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities is currently conducting a the medicaid that our son received, for us that meant we had to either stay in this little income box survey anare attempt to build a picture of what are available for individuals with We selfless, by choice yourecreational see. kids justinhave many needs. of likein $45,000 or make annot additional $100,000 to coverOur the opportunities expenses therapy and medical Intellectual, orour developmental disabilities inworld, our state. Your input be invaluable if you We're not outreceives to change but want to will plant some seeds. services that sons on anthe annual basis minimum. The guidelines to be on the live A&Din Nebraska want our kids accepted. ThatIfreally is our aim.I can find out, just email me. I and areWe either: Waiver, I do not know for sure what they are. you want to know, know that mywe sonlook qualifies, and if has do with being fed you'll solely by and being wesomething just seeto kids. We hope dog-button, the same. • a When self-advocate withatanthem, Intellectual or Developmental Disability; non-independent. If youor want the contact the program, just who shoot meananIntellectual email • or a family member caregiver who isinformation responsiblefor for a HIPP Nebraska resident has on that also, or ask your Service Coordinator specifically about it. There are many programs out April Vernon or--Developmental Disability. there available to help families like ours out. We just need to get the word out there for families to This completely anonymous If survey seeks to learn what recreational are currently used access that information. you know of a program, that wouldactivities benefit families, email me.and preferred. It also asks you to provide activities that it are unavailable, and what barriers make ohanakidsnews@gmail.com We will research and get the correct information out them to allso. the families. Closely related to this survey, a post doc student at Munroe-Meyer Institute is compiling a comprehensive * list of available recreational activities and organizations that cater to or accommodate individuals with ParentorGroup withdisabilities. kids with combined hearing & vision intellectual developmental Watch for updates on how and where to accessloss this data base. Assistance Project onabove, Deaf-Blindness hasa conducted training this yearthe survey, If The you Nebraska are amongTechnical the target population listed please take few moments to complete specific to parents of children who have a combined hearing & vision loss. The training has been in which can be accessed from theConsortium link on theon Council’s home page at: partnership with the National Deaf-Blindness (NCDV2.0). A total Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 -of67 parents have Page 2 http://dhhs.ne.gov/developmental_disabilities/Pages/ddplanning_index.aspx participated in a series of training activities from May 2011page through State-Wide 6 October 2011. They are now or working go directly to the survey at: on their leadership goals & have another planned meeting in April 2012, as well as ongoing Bellevue, BluffDB &Parent Columbus page 7 & have provided meetings in the future. They are calledCedar the Nebraska Leadership Team, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/neiddrecsurvey2013 Fremont Grand Island page 8to provide Sarah lots of support to the state deaf-blind project. It is the intent of this team one-on-one Paper based version or Spanish versions of the&survey, can be obtained by contacting Swanson interaction either via phones, technoloty or face with other parents Gretna Hastings page 9 in the state who have a (402-559-4573 sarah.swanson@unmc.edu )&atto-face Munroe-Meyer Institute. Radio |Show by Adult with Asperger Syndrome child birth to age 21 with a combined hearing & vision loss. If you want to be connected to one of Lincoln pages 10 -email 15 LCSW. “Parents is a radio show, co-hosted by Brian BrianThis is an with Asperger these parents,Corner” please contact Teresa Coonts at the number andKing, listed above. is adult an Syndrome, presented in the areapages back in15 January. Brian alsoother has families 3 boys on Norfolk - 16 of supporting exciting group ofwho parents working here & learnin together for the purpose in the ASD Brian will be sharing North his parenting strategies the spectrum. future. Platte page 16and discussing them with a panel of parents. Here is a link with all the detailsOmaha you'll need to tune pages 16in- and 24 call in if you would like http:tinyurl.com/3gm58h7 Check it out and pass it along. His address is: P.O. Box 994, West Resources for Families pages x Chicago, IL 60186 if you would like to write to him.

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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 through this program. Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between specially personnelyou and individuals enrolled in theuse program the need may arise for a us trained alongSheriff’s to families know who could thisBEFORE information!!! rescue. During an initial home visit, Project Lifesaver enrollees are fitted with a personalized wristband transmitter and family members are provided with a comprehensive overview of the program. Trained in communicating with individuals with special needs, deputies will schedule a monthly home visit to inspect and maintain the equipment and get to know the enrollee better on a more personal basis. The cost to participate in this program is minimal, at $10 a month. For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Griger at 402-593-2288.

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Sunday,  June  30  to  Saturday,  July  6   Camp  Starts  at  3:30  p.m.  on  Sunday,  &  ends  at  9:00  a.m.  on  Saturday   WHERE:  Camp  Kitaki,  LOUISVILLE   COST:   $470    Space  imoms” s  Limited!   egister   ODAY!!   You may think us “special haveRit pretty T rough.

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We're not out to change the9world, but want toages plant June – 14: Young Adults, 23some – 39 seeds. We are selfless, notkids by choice you see. Our kids many needs. We want our accepted. That isjust our have aim. 40+ June 16really – 21: Adults, ages We'reWhen not out change the world, but want to plant someyou'll seeds. wetolook at them, we kids. We hope do the same. JuneThat 23 –just 28: see Youth, We want our kids accepted. really is ourages aim.6 – 13 July 11we – 12: Military Youth ONLY, agesyou'll 7 – 17, AFB, Base Lake When look at them, we with just Disabilities see kids. We hope do Offutt the same. -- April Vernon

 

 

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Easter Seals Nebraska's new online registration is now open. Please stop by www.campeastersealsne.com to register. Make sure you check out the Important for Families 2 - 6 link. new links at the top of theTidbits homepage, as well as pages the PHOTOS State-Wide page 6 2-6 Remember summer is almost here!!! Important Tidbits for Families pages Bellevue, Cedar Bluff State-Wide page& 6 Columbus page 7 Fremont && Grand Island page Bellevue, Cedar Bluff Columbus page 78 & Island Hastings FremontGretna & Grand pagepage 8 9 Lincoln 10 - 15 Gretna & Hastings page Pediatric  Therapy   Center’s    Fpages OOD   F9RIENDzy   CAMP     Norfolk pages Lincoln pages 10 - 1515 - 16 WHEN:  North  June   4  –Platte  A15 ugust   8   page 16 Norfolk pages - 16 Ages  2  –  4,  Tuesdays   and   Thursdays,   12:45   pm   o  2:00  pm   Omaha pages - t24 North Platte page 1616 Ages  5  –  9,  Tuesdays   and  pages Thursdays,   to  6 :00  pm  x Omaha -5:00pm   24 Resources for16Families pages  

Resources Families pages x PTC  Food  Friendzy  is  a  feeding   group  for  for cClassifieds hildren   who  are  page picky  29 eaters,   &  problem  feeders.    It   Classifieds page 29 addresses   t he   u nique   f eeding   n eeds   o f   e ach   c hild   i n   a   f un   &   s upportive   setting.    Each  group  is   Home   Helper   Services   Thanks for Reading OKN!! directed  by  two  or  more  occupational  therapists  with  extensive  training  in  a  wide  variety  of  feeding-­‐   Thanks for Reading OKN!! based  therapy  techniques.    New  foods  are  introduced  based  on  the  Sequential  Oral  Sensory  (SOS)   For  More  Information   feeding  protocol  &  children  work  in  small  groups  to  allow  for  opportunities  to  interact  with  &   Contact  Richard  Troia   observe   their  peers   food-­‐based   tasks.    This  gwho roup  is  could ideal  for  cuse hildren:    With   specific  food   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us along toduring   families you know this information!!! 402-­‐697-­‐8400  x201   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us aversions;   along to families know who could use this information!!! That   are  eating  ayou  limited   number   of  f oods;   Demonstrating   rigid   diets  &/or  mealtime   rtroia@aspecialsitter.com     routines;    Having  trouble  transitioning  between  food  stages;  With  difficulty  tolerating  the     introduction  of  new  foods;  Showing  aversive  reactions  to  f oods;  Unable  to  meet  nutritional   See  “Our  Story”  on  Page  8   requirements  on  their  current  diets;  Transitioning  from  g-­‐tubes/increasing  oral  intake.     Groups  will  be  formed  based  on  each  child’s  age  &  feeding  abilities,  and  are  limited  to  4  children  per   group.    PTC  occupational  therapists  will  work  closely  with  caregivers  to  develop  a  successful  home   program  both  during  the  camp,  &  also  for  carryover  once  the  camp  is  complete.  

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May 13Cis Mother's Day Pediatric  Therapy   enter’s    FRIENDSHIP   CAMP    

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    

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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.

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.  

though the theyGroup   bringalso,   cannot be erased. PTC  Even periodically   runs   a  Ppain reschool   for  children   ages  4  –  5.    If  interested  please  inquire!    

MORE   INFORMATION:   Contact   PTC   ffice@ptcne.org    or  call  402-­‐932-­‐2782   Therapies and treatment routes area t   aolot 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!

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Special Needs Mom's

 

   

Special Needs Mom's

You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. We've impressed our own selves with all that we can do! You even may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough.

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June  2nurses, 4  –  28        and   therapists    “Out  of  this   Wdon't orld”  walk out the door. We are cheerleaders, who Therapies andrude treatment toin   digest, We handle remarks stares, with dignity and grace. July   1  –  routes 5  and     unkind   are a    “lot It’s  for a  Pus arty   the  USA”   WeEven don't know the what thethey future holds, butbe give our kids our best. though pain erased. 8  –  12  so  bring       we   cannot    “Adventure   n  the  High  Seas”   None of us can be July   replaced, don't get manyobreaks. July   5  –  1routes 9        kids,  a“Mad   World   of  digest, Science”   It wears us out, to1help our do whatever it takes! Therapies and but treatment are  we'll lot for us to July  2the 9  –  A ugust  holds, 2            “  Sbut uperhero   Training   Camp”   We don't know what future give our kids our best. WeNone are selfless, by choice see. just have many needs. of us cannot be replaced, we don't get many breaks. August   5  –  9  so  you   “CRCC’s   GOur ot   Tkids alent”   We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. It wears us out,  but to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes! We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. CRCC's   Summer   is  a  unique   camp   experience  We designed   tyou'll o  fit  the   needs   f  children  with  all   When weSensations   look at them, we just see hopejust do the osame. We are selfless, not by choice you kids. see. Our kids have many needs. ranges   of  abilities.    Mto ore   than  just   fun-­‐filled,   RCC  want is  committed   to  some the  continued   We're not out change the world,Cbut to plant seeds. growth  &   development   o f   e ach   c hild.     A n   a mazing   t eam   o f   t herapists   ( OT,   P T,   S peech   &   F eeding)   can  work   -- April Vernon We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. with  the   children   to  maintain   &  improve   their   whatever   rea  is  ndo eeded   ith  the  added   When we look at them, we just seeskills   kids.in  We hopeayou'll the w same. convenience  of  being  on  site  with  the  children  at  the  center.    Also,  CRCC  offers  a  modified  program   -- April Vernon 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!!!  

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Important Tidbits for Families pages Fremont & Grand Island page 8 2-6 State-Wide page 6 9 Gretna & Hastings page Bellevue, Cedar Bluff Columbus page 7 Lincoln pages&10 - 15 Fremont & Grand Norfolk pages Island 15 - 16page 8 CampGretna Abilities Nebraska Hastings page 9 North & Platte page 16 Lincoln pages - 15 Omaha pages 1610 - 24 July 21 – 26, 2013 Norfolk pages 15 16 Resources for Families -pages x North Platte page 16 Classifieds page 29 Camp Abilities Nebraska Omaha is a week-long residential sports camp for pages 16 - 24 youth you are blind, visuallyfor impaired deaf-blind. Youth will Resources Familiesorpages x explore sports & recreational activities in a safe environment with Classifieds page 29

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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  

 

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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)  

 

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•  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   alues   the  youth  of  today,  and  he  does  it  the   We want our kids accepted. reallyvis 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

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•  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

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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  

 

Special Needs HETRA     Mom's 2013  Summer  Schedule  

You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. We've 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!

 

 

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th  St,  O MAHA   have bad days4and sometimes, but we hold our heads up high. WHERE:  We  OMAHA    BARN,   906  hurt S.  180 We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. VALLEY  BARN,  29430  Ida  Street,  VALLEY   COST:    $For 50  our per  kids, day  owe r  $aren't 200  for   the   entire  week  No, we do so much more :) just SUPERMOMS, We cheerleaders, therapists who don't walk out the door. TIME:   Aare ll  Camps   are  9:00  nurses, am  to  1and 1:00   am   We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and grace. CONTACT:  Edye  at  edye@hetra.org   or  A manda   at  pain amanda@hetra.org   r  terased. he  office  at  402-­‐359-­‐8830   Even though the they bring cannot o be   and treatment arera lot for us to digest, with  t oileting,   Students  must  be  at  least  5  years  oTherapies f  age  to  attend.    If  your  routes student   equires   assistance   We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. ambulation,  or  may  experience  behavioral   ssues,   a  caregiver   will   need   o  be  pbreaks. resent  at  all  times.   None of us ican be replaced, so we don't gettmany It wears us out, but   to help our kids, we'll do whatever it takes!

 

           

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We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just have many needs. Omaha   Summer   Camp   We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. Advanced   ummer   amp  you'll do the same. When we look atValley   them, we just see Skids. We C hope -- April Vernon

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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 things get really tough. Recreation Center 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:

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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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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

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May 13 is Mother's  Day

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Camp  Quality  USA,  You Inc.,   may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. Camps   provides  year-­‐round   We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. the days we thought we'd never make it through.   support  programs  We've for   made it through We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do!   children  with  cancer  and   We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. their  families.    Programs  include  our  signature   Camps   a re   f or   ALL  AGES   We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! week  long  camp  and  other  year-­‐round   We have bad days and hurt&   sometimes, butawe upaily   high. Run  9:00   m  thold o  3our :00  heads pm  D We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. programs  such  as  reunions  and  ski  camps.    Each     camp  is  volunteer  run  and  community  funded.   For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do–so much more :) June   17    21    

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

We r handle with dignity June   24   –  28  and grace. Camp  Quality  gives  families  a  much  needed   est,   rude remarks and unkind stares, Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. knowing  that  the  highest  quality  program  has    July  8  –  12   Therapies for us1to been  selected  for  their  child  –  a  companion   will   and treatment routes are a lotJuly   5  digest, –  19   We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. be  assigned  to  ensure  the  child’s  safety  aNone nd  the   22  breaks. –  26   of us can be replaced, so we don't July   get many we'll do whatever it takes! finest  medical  supervisors  are  provided  It at  wears each   us out, but to help our kids,July   29  –  August  2   camp  to  administer  medications  and  on-­‐site   We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just August   5  -­‐have  9   many needs. We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. care.  

 

We want our kids accepted. That really is our aim. them, s we kids. you'll do same. Campers  at  Camp  Quality  range  from  4  yWhen ears  owe f   look atCamp   ize  just is  fsee rom   5  to  We 10  hope campers.    Wthe e  have   found  that    

age  through  17  and  vary  in  stages  of  t-heir   April Vernon treatment  or  remission.    They  are  children  who   smile,  laugh,  play  and  have  dreams  for  a  bright   Check out any event future.  

this  number  allows  for  more  one  on  one  interaction   and  less  waiting  by  the  campers.    Campers  will   experience  a  variety  of  sensory  activities,  outdoor   activities,  and  many  typical  camp  events  to  enhance   changes, after publication   What's Where??? sensory   integration   opportunities.    Summer  camp   additions & MORE The  Companions  are  the  lifeblood  of  the  camp.     at our blog: provides   a n   o pportunity   for  the  kids  to  interact  with   Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 They  are  the  around-­‐the-­‐clock  caretaker  for  the   peers,   a nd   b uild   o n   t he   s kills   State-Wide page 6 they  have  been  learning   www.ohanakidsnews. campers  and  ensure  the  m ost  enjoyable,  safe,   Bellevue, Bluff & Columbus pages7chool,  and  o ther   blogspot.com all  year  Cedar through   individual   therapy,   relaxing,  and  restoring  experience  possible  for   Fremont & Grand Island page 8 special   services.    Socialization  with  peers  within  a   Gretna & Hastings page 9 each   child.  information,  Each  companion,  at  least  18  years  of   For more community   setting   is  i10 mportant   for  kids  with  sensory   Lincoln pages - 15 or advertising ratesbackground  c hecked,  and   age,   is  interviewed,   Norfolk pages 15 - 16 please contact us at: integrative   d isorders   a nd   T he   B arn  summer  camps   trained  BEFORE  camp!!   North Platte page 16   provide   t hat   p rivilege   i n   a   s afe   and  nurturing   402-227-5304 Omaha pages 16 - 24 Camp  Quality  provides  all  the  year-­‐round   ohanakidsnews@gmail.com environment.    Campers   Resources for Familiesdevelop   pages xa  close  relationship   FACEBOOK programs   at  Ntoo!! O  COST  to  families.    The  camp  is   Classifieds pagea29 with  camp   counselors   nd  therapists  as  well  as  the   run  Reading 100%  on   donations,  supplies,   other  campers.    Your  child  will  need  to  bring  a  swim   Thanks for OKN!! &  volunteer  hours.   suit,  a  change  of  clothing,  sack  lunch  &  drink.    The     campers  will  be  interacting  in  many  activities   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass  us could use information!!! throughout   the  this week.   Would   you  like   to  V olunteer?   Or  along know  to families you know who   more  about  Camp  Quality  or  even  

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2013 SUMMER CAMPS

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May 13 is Mother's Day 2013 Camp  YouCan   SUMMER   Mom's WORKSHOP Special Needs Saturday   &  Sunday  

September  7  &  8   9:00  am  Saturday  to  3:00  pm  Sunday   For More   Meaghan YMCA  Camp  Kitaki   MWalls@crccomaha.org We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. Located   between  Omaha  &  Lincoln   We worry about the future but know this “special” life's worth living! have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold   our heads up high. COST for Each Camp: We We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry. COST:   $80   Non CRCC Summer Camp Enrolled $100 For our kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we do so   much more :) CRCC Summer Camp Enrolled We $50 are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door. For   children   ages   7  –grace.  21     We handle rude remarks and unkind stares, with dignity and   Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased. With  epilepsy   You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. Information or Questions: We've made it through the days we thought we'd never make it through. We've Walls at 402-496-1000 oreven impressed our own selves with all that we can do!

 

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This  is  for  kids  to  have  a  day  full  of  fun  and   adventure!       For Ages 10 - 14 We are selfless, not by choice you see. Our kids just   have many needs. Mondays & Wednesdays, June 17 – July 1 We're not out to change the world, but want to plant some seeds. lso  a  istime   to  meet  and  develop   TIME: 1:30 to 2:30 pm We want our kids accepted. It’s   Thatareally our aim. When we look at them, we just see kids. We hope you'll do the same. relationships  with  other   children   who  have   REGISTRATION DUE JUNE 10 th Location: 2010 North 88 Street,-- OMAHA epilepsy.     April Vernon   Your child will develop their function speech skills There   i s   s o   m uch   to  do  there:   Check out any event while engaging with peers in a relaxed group Boating,  Where??? Fishing,  Archery,  Games,  Arts  &   changes, after publication What's setting with& aMORE curriculum specially designed by 2 additions Crafts,  Zip  Line  &  Ropes  Course!!   at our blog: certified Speech & Language Therapists. Important Tidbits for Families pages 2-6   The workshop will end with a Bowling outing to State-Wide page 6 www.ohanakidsnews.   page 7 Bellevue, Cedar Bluff & Columbus Maplewood Lanes from 1:30 – 2:45 on July 1. blogspot.com FUN WITH FRIENDS

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Contact  Camp  Directors   Meg  &  Kael  Busing   402-­‐770-­‐3936   Help us Expand our Reach, Pass us along to families you know who could use this information!!! 402-­‐210-­‐3121   Your child will explore arts & crafts through the youcan.camp@gmail.com       senses by engaging in a multi media art experience lead by two Occupational Therapists. Our instructors are able to adapt the environment and activities to your child’s needs to ensure an enjoyable experience.


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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

NCDHH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing The 8,500+ mission of families the Nebraska Commission for the and Hard of Hearing is to provide advocacy, Page 19 Proudly serving over -- NOW Across all Deaf of Nebraska!!!

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 regardless of hearing ability fairness and equality forMonth all Nebraskans. Make sure to May is resulting Better in Speech & Hearing check out our website at www.ncdhh.ne.gov

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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.    

 

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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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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. 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

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The  Arc  of  Lincoln  is  launching  several  programs  for  2013,  &  we  want  as  many  people  to  participate   as  possible.    Please  make  sure  parents  know  about  these  exciting  programs,  which  are  geared   toward  high  school  students  with  intellectual  &  developmental  disabilities.       Every  program  &  activity  are  FREE!!     Young  Adult  Social  Club   You may usnamed   “special moms” haveof  itthe   pretty rough. It’s  mthink embers   it  The   Association   Coolest   People  Ever  for  a  reason!   have no choice. Weschool   just manage life things really tough. This  gWe roup   is  meant   to  give  high   students  w ith  when DD  a  chance   to  sget ocialize   &  m eet  new  people.    It   We've made it through theabout   daysbwe thought we'd never it through. is  also   meant   to  teach   participants   udgeting   &  planning.    All  of  tmake hese  skills   are  necessary  as   We've even impressed our own with weacan do! they  prepare   to  m ove  selves on  in  life,   and  all all  athat ctivities   re  FREE!     We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving. The  Arc  but of  Lknow incoln  this Mentoring   Program   We worry about the future “special” life's worth living! The  We Arc  ohave f  Lincoln   recruited   mentors   from  UNL  but that  we are  ihold nterested   n  working   ith  high  school   badhas   days and hurt sometimes, our iheads up w high. students   with   DD  and (these   are  Pand re-­‐OT,   Pre-­‐Pt,  &  SpEd   Majors).    We  than hope  we to  pair   these  mentors  with   We feel joy pride thankfulness more often cry. high  school  students  with  DD.    Research  has  proven  time  &  time  again,  that  the  relationship  these   pairs   invaluable   to  both   the  m entor  and  the  m entee.   e  aso re  smuch o  excited   to  get   Forform   ouris   kids, we aren't just SUPERMOMS, No, we  W do more :) going  &  we   We are and out door. have   a  lot   of  gcheerleaders, reat  college  kids  nurses, interested,   so  therapists we  just  need  who high  sdon't chool  swalk tudents   to  the apply!    There  will   handle m rude remarks and unkind stares, and grace. be  2We  face-­‐to-­‐face   eetings   &  weekly   contact   through   the  ewith nd  of  dignity the  school   year,   &  hopefully  longer!   Even though the pain they bring cannot   be erased. The  Next  Step  Employment  Program   and treatment routes are a lot for us to digest, This  Therapies is  a  program   in  partnership  with  Goodwill  Industries  to  help  people  with  DD  find  employment   We don't know what the future holds, but give our kids our best. in  the  community  (not  necessarily  Goodwill).    There  will  be  activities  &  sessions  about  all  relevant   None of us can be replaced, so we don't get many breaks. topics,   such  as  us knowing   your   inding   openings,   building   a  resume,   interviewing,  &  keeping   It wears out, but torights,   help four kids, we'll do whatever it takes! your  job.    Staff  is  available  to  help  with  this  process.    Completion  of  this  program  itself  is  a  strong   resume   that  myou ay  include   using  kids The  A rc  as   a  reference.   We are selfless, notbuilder   by choice see. Our just have many needs. We're not out to change the world, but   want to plant some seeds. We want our kids accepted. That Advocacy   really is our aim. we look them, we tjust see kids. We hope you'll same. The  AWhen rc  of  Lincoln   has  at staff   available   o  help   with   questions   that  arise   as  hdo igh  the school   students  age  out   of  the  public  school  system  &  prepare  fro  adulthood.    You  can  set  up  meetings,  call  or  write  to   -- a April Vernon discuss   ny  issue   that  comes  up  for  which  you  need  help.    Staff  is  happy  to  help  in  whatever  way  they   can,  so  please  use  this  great  resource!    

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Important Tidbits for Families pages 2 - 6 State-Wide page 6 Bellevue,aCedar Bluff & Columbus page 7 “Real  Life  Adaptations   nd  Ideas”   Fremont & Grand Island page 8 A  NEW  program  at  Handprints  &  Footsteps   herapy  in   LINCOLN   Gretna &THastings page 9 For more information, Lincoln pages 10 15   or advertising rates pages 15 - 16 Chrissy  Scontact cheer,  Physical   Therapist,  is  building  this  new  program.    She  has  10  years  oNorfolk f  experience   as  a  pediatric   physical  therapist  who  is  passionate   please us at: Platte page 16in  the  “real  home  environment”  as  an   about  adaptive  equipment  &  increasing  independence  f or  all  kids  &  families.    She  also  North has  extensive   experience   402-227-5304 Omaha pages 162000.   - 24 in-­‐home  caregiver  for  many  individuals  with  a  variety   of  needs   since   ohanakidsnews@gmail.com   Resources for Families pages x FACEBOOK too!! She  is  available  to  address:   Classifieds page 29 Adaptive  Equipment  Needs:    Such  as  power  &  manual  wheelchairs,  medical  strollers,  walkers,  gait  trainers,  standers,  etc.   Thanks for Reading OKN!! Positioning  &  Set-­‐up  of  switches  &  other  toys  &  environmental  controls     Home  Visits:    For  bathroom  &  bedroom  set-­‐up  ideas  for  transfers,  positioning,  etc.;  For  transfer  training  for  caregivers  (including  grandparents  &   others);  For  developing  ways  to  access  other  parts  of  the  home  more  independently,  etc.   Visits  in  our Public  Reach, Places  to  w ork  on  us specific   skills:   as  practicing   driving   a  power   wheelchair   t  the  local   store   Help us Expand Pass along toSuch   families you know who could ause thisgrocery   information!!! PT  sessions  to  specifically  focus  on  Power  M obility  (power  wheelchairs)  for  kids  who  need  “uncommon  methods”  to  be  successful:   Such  as  head  control  of  the  chair     For  more  i nformation  on  this  program,   Feel  free  to  contact  Chrissy  Scheer,  PT  at  Handprints  &  Footsteps  at  402-­‐420-­‐2099  or  cscheer@hpnfs.com     You  can  also  follow  the  blog  for  this  program  at:  real-­‐life-­‐ideas.blogspot.com  with  an  e-­‐mail  “following”  feature   (this  site  is  still  being  developed  so  there  will  be  more  information  coming  soon)   www.ohanakidsnews. blogspot.com

 


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Lincoln Information

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