Two Richmond-based educational programs began a collaborative partnership this week that will help maximize opportunities for children with special education needs. Northstar Academy, a private nonprofit school in Henrico County, will host a school-age classroom for children at The Founders Center, a program of Commonwealth Autism.
Every day a mom or dad leaves their home with their special needs child to venture out for the day.
Maybe they are going to the supermarket, maybe the park or maybe off to another doctor appointment.
One thing is for sure, this parent ( often me) is taking a deep breath and hoping that;
1. their child does not become a focal point due to a meltdown or “off” behavior and
2. that they can find the strength to get through it all.
With August almost here, we found a few websites that offer educational ways to keep our kids learning and having fun.
Many of these sites are geared for kids with special needs. I have used a few with our son, but learned of some other great options while looking into this, please feel free to share any feedback or sites that we may have overlooked.
MEDARVA’s new outpatient surgery center at West Creek is officially up and running !
MEDARVA West Creek Surgery Center offers a different model of care—state-of-the-art surgical technology provided in a comfortable setting. The results are smooth, efficient operations and more intimate patient care, allowing staff to perform at their very best.
He was asked to “write down 5 things you see at the grocery store ”
He did just that.
Such a literal mind.
The new Virginia Medicaid managed care program, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) begins September 1st in Central VA. Individuals who live in Central VA and will be enrolled in this managed care program should receive a letter from DMAS near the end of July.
Names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Hello, Internet! Cole here. A long time ago – maybe 2 or 3 years prior – I had a minor obsession with international travel. The idea of going to other places with fundamentally different flora, fauna, and traditions fascinated me, and I longed for the day when I could finally exit my native country and begin exploring a different clime. That day finally came on June 26, 2017, when I embarked on my first international trip to Costa Rica. I will never forget the adventure that followed, nor will I forget the friend(s?) that I made. Join me as I recount the best – and currently only – international vacation I’ve ever had!
Days -600-something to -1: Preparation
I first found out about the trip as a freshman through an advertisement at school. The host and chaperone was my ninth-grade mathematics teacher Mr. Dexter, who’d tried to get students to go on similar, more expensive trips with him in previous years. Due to my aforementioned youthful wanderlust and my respect for the teacher, I naturally seized the opportunity and informed my parents, who supported my participation despite the sizable price tag. One boring school year, several preparatory meetings and three thousand dollars later, I was ready to go.
Day 0: Commute
This day started fairly normally, as I wouldn’t have to leave for the airport until around noon. Until then, I stayed at home and played video games, occasionally stopping to add various items to my bags or listen. At around 10:00, my parents and I got into the car and drove to the airport, stopping briefly to get Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
After arriving at the airport and saying goodbye to my parents, I followed my group to our gate. Over the course of the day, we would take two flights: one from our airport to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and another from that airport to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport. During both, we would fly first-class; I’m not sure if that accommodation was part of the travel package or if Mr. Dexter just got lucky, but I don’t really care either way.
The first flight was relatively short and uneventful – just a regular commute. The second flight, however, had video screens on the backs of the seats. At the start of the flight, the screens played two different safety videos; the first was a normal safety video, while the second… well…
Once I’d poured my hand sanitizer in my eyeballs to clean my brain of that video, fiddled with the screen a bit while filling out a few intimidating customs forms. It provided several forms of complimentary entertainment, including movies and music. Josef, my aisle-mate, watched the LEGO Batman movie while I listened to obscure music I’d never heard before. As I listened, I stared out of the window for most of the flight and took some pictures of the view, occasionally putting my arm on the armrest and then yanking it away when I got too close to Josef and he protested.
Healing Sounds Music Therapy has a new clinic in Midlothian! Healing Sounds is so excited to have their very own space to provide individual music therapy, music therapy social skills groups, and adaptive lessons for their clients.
They will be accepting new clients in this new space starting on Monday, July 31st.
More colleges are putting together options and programs for students with Special Needs. This list seems to be growing on a regular basis, which is wonderful. We have compiled a list of those schools, some are closer in proximity to the Virginia area than others. We will highlight additional in a future issue.
2017 Summer Soccer Season
Jacob’s Chance is glad to be providing again Sunday afternoon soccer program. This summer we will meet on Sunday’s in August 4pm to 6pm at the Brookley Road fields as part of Jack Bourne Park. NOTE — this is a NEW LOCATION!