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Special Needs

Rising Up & Giving Back


Meet four local families who found the good when faced with big challenges by giving back to the community and more.

Special Camps for Special Kids


Summer’s a great time for kids to experience camp — and kids with special needs are no exception. With summer just a few months away, book your child’s adventure NOW. Here are some local options.

Making Playgrounds Accessible


A trip to the playground can be a frustrating one, depending on your child’s individual needs. Fortunately, plenty of area parks and playgrounds have been built or redesigned with the needs of all children in mind, and more are on the way.  Common Ground, an inclusive playground scheduled to be built on 23-acres near US… Read more »

Story-Time for Special Kids


Parents of kids ages 2 – 8 with sensory integration challenges can take advantage of a new story time offered Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library (401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger). Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime meets one Saturday a month and is led by children’s librarian Julie Mills, who received special training… Read more »

Special Needs and Sports: It’s a Great Fit!


All children can benefit from exercise and sports, but special needs kids will often thrive with them. Physical activities help special needs kids improve muscle tone and conditioning, self-esteem, motor skills, cognitive function and communication ability. While there may sometimes be extra obstacles for special needs kids to conquer, a little creativity and determination can… Read more »

Clippard Family YMCA Autism Learning Center


“I owe the Y my life,” Jennifer Petredis says simply.   Two years ago Jennifer’s twins, Aiden and Alex, were diagnosed with severe autism. In addition to numerous physical problems, the boys wouldn’t speak. They didn’t interact with the world around them, and their motor skills were underdeveloped. Then Jennifer visited the Clippard Family YMCA… Read more »