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Occupational Therapist, Carly Starnes, has joined our team!

We are very excited to announce that Occupational Therapist, Carly Starnes, has joined our team! Carly is a tremendous asset to S.M.I.LE.S. and will be as well to each of our clients. She’s incredibly passionate, dedicated, motivated, innovative and positive. Carly will start OT services on Monday, February 12th.

Summer Therapy Camp with a Zoo Theme

Therapy Camp 2015

Register for Therapy Camp!

Come join us for a fun summer therapy camp to work on social skills as well as OT and language needs. Summer camp will be conducted by our certified OT and SLP and participants will learn and play as we transform our OT room into a “zoo”. We will practice motor movements as we become the animals of the jungle. We will work on taking turns and following directions in zoo related activities as well as provide proprioceptive and vestibular needs.

Why do Camp?
Camp is a wonderful way to increase peer interaction while receiving extra therapy time during the summer. Conducted in a very fun setting, camp gives an opportunity to work on social, gross and fine motor skills in a themed environment.

When will it be?
Camp will run in 2 hour blocks for 8 sessions and sessions will be held once a week for 8 Consecutive weeks. Once we have 3-6 participants per group, we will set the date for sometime in June/July/August that will best accommodate participant schedules.

Who is Camp for?
All children ages 2-21 are welcome. Groups will consist of 3-6 children who have similar skill sets.

What will We do?
Camp will work on motor skills, social skills and language skills in a fun, themed environment.

Example Activities for Younger Group (All activities will be age appropriate):

  • Teach/model sensory modulation by exploring active vs. quiet animals movements (fast vs. slow)
  • Parachute game with balloons and/or stuffed animals
  • Delivering “mail” to different animals game
  • Healthy snack — weave in the topic of what animals eat
  • Fingerprint animal art — proprioceptive fine motor work
  • Animal bath — put animal figures through shaving cream on a tray and rinse in water
  • Animal story at end with movements learned along the way

Call Terri @ (513) 583-8333 to reserve your spot!

Registration ends May 20th, 2015, so don’t delay!

Bubble Bash 5k — Fundraiser

Building Blocks for Kids—5K Bubble Bash

Come Join Us!

Building Blocks for Kids is having their 8th Annual 5K Event! This year’s event will be a little different than in past years—it will be a Bubble Bash! It’s a non-timed, 5K run, walk, roll, skip or jump course traveling through 5 stations of colored bubbles. The event includes music, games, prizes, food, and of course, BUBBLES!!!

The Building Blocks for Kids’ (BB4K) mission is to improve the quality of life for children with health-related needs that are not being met due to a lack of insurance, government funding, and/or family resources. BB4K assists families by finding alternative resources for them and/or by providing financial assistance for their needs.

Since 2003, BB4K has assisted more than 350 children with a variety of needs including therapy, therapy equipment, hearing aids, communication devices, home modifications, vans with wheelchair lifts, special beds, displacement costs when needing to see a specialist in another city, adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, seizure dogs, and so much more!

You can help us in meeting our fundraising goal for BB4K by either joining our team or sponsoring us! We’re looking forward to participating in the Bubble Bash 5K and we hope to see you there!

When: Saturday September 20, 2014

Where: Corwin Nixon Park, Mason

Schedule of Events:
8:00 am – Registration Begins
8:30 am – Vendor Fair Begins
10:00 am – 5K Bubble Bash Begins
11:00 am – Awards, Presentation
11:15 am – Kids Fun Run
11:30 am – Picnic, Games, Music

2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Cincinnati

We’re excited to participate in the 2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks! We hope you’ll join us for this fun filled, family event!

When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Where: Coney Island Amusement Park

Registration will begin at 8AM, with the Walk starting at 10AM, so be sure to get there early. Visit the official event page for more details and registration.

Meet and Greet Our New Occupational Therapist Michele DiCristoforo

Come Say Hello!

Come Say Hello!

Come join us in welcoming our newest team member and Occupational Therapist, Michele DiCristoforo. We are very excited to be offering Occupational Therapy services and can’t wait for you to meet her!

If you don’t have childcare, then please bring your child. Don’t let this interfere with your coming out to welcome Michele! So stop by and say hello, ask your questions, and get to know how Michele can help your kids through her wide range of OT specialties.

When: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Our Therapy center

*We’ll be serving light hors doeuvres.

Help Them Bring Her Home

Martini Family

Help Them Bring Her Home

Our wonderful clients, Craig & Viviane Martini, need your help. You have a chance to help them bring home their third child from Eastern Europe by bidding on any of the 33 items available in their adoption auction. We’re donating our services as one of the auction items.

Register for Upcoming PROMPT Therapy Training Classes

If you’re interested in learning the PROMPT Therapy technique or you’re ready to better your skills as a PROMPT Therapist, be sure to register for the Introduction to PROMPT or Bridging PROMPT classes this Spring. Tara will be  an instructor for the Introduction to PROMPT class in Chicago, Illinois. These classes will fill up quickly so be sure to register soon! For more information, check out our PROMPT Training page. Hope to see you there!

Michele DiCristoforo Joins Our Team

We’re excited to announce that we have a new Occupational Therapist working with us! Michele is a seasoned pediatric OT possessing 13 years of experience and a Masters Degree in Education. We’re excited that she’s a part of our team and we look forward to working and growing with her!

Terri Smock Joins Our Team

We’re excited to announce that we have a new PROMPT trained therapist working with us! Terri is a great addition to our team and possesses strong skills in PROMPT, EET, and AAC. We look forward to working and growing with her!