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More than 2,000 sensory awareness kits distributed in east suburbs

Connecting for Kids distributed more than 2,000 Sensory Awareness Kits to 30 preschools, daycare and community centers in Beachwood, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Bedford Heights, Solon and Chagrin Falls during the month of September. The goal of these kits is to help area families identify sensory issues early. These kits have been generously donated by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, Church of the Resurrection and the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Featuring an Ollie the Octopus doll, each kit also contains a card with “sensory red flags” that describe in easy-to-understand terms how families can identify if their child might be at risk.
Anyone who suspects sensory issues is invited to register for a free, 15-minute sensory consult with a pediatric occupational therapist from Abilities First, LLC and The Mobile OT.  The consults will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 15, from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  To sign up for a time slot, visit www.connectingforkids.org/consult.  Those who register will be emailed information about how to join the consult using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

This consult is open to all children ages 18 months–12 years.  At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist.  At the consult, families will also learn strategies to help their child at home.

According to research statistics found on the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder website, “1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions.”

Often, these children are “labeled” as behavior problems, impulsive, overactive or shy.  But in reality, sometimes these behaviors can be attributed to sensory processing issues where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.  The phenomenon may also explain some behaviors such as refusing to wear certain clothing, being bothered by noises or avoiding foods with unusual textures.  Once families learn the root cause of these behaviors and know how to address them, they are given hope.
 
About Connecting for Kids
Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their child.  We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses.  CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.

For more info about Connecting for Kids, visit: www.connectingforkids.org, email: [email protected] kids.org or call (440) 570-5908.

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