Category: Tips & Tricks

Lessons on Screen Time from Early Intervention

Written by Alison Berning, Speech Therapist Edited by Amy Kerrigan, Communications Specialist According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), children of all ages spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers. On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours per… Read more »

Behavior Webinar for Shelby Hills Parents

On May 3, Shelby Hills Preschool hosted a Behavior @ Home Webinar by Jessica Branch, PhD. For those of you who missed the webinar, here is all the information to review at your convenience. Jessica Branch is a mother of four children. So, she understands that behavior is a part of childhood. Jessica researched and… Read more »

Benefits of Knowing Someone’s Job Interests

Shellie Farrier, employment specialist at the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities specializes in training new employees on completing job tasks. As an on-the-job support since 2014, Shellie has worked with employers in all settings to help new employees meet expectations and excel in the workplace.  Shellie was recently interviewed by Ohio Department of Developmental… Read more »

Between A Walk & A Hard Pace Walking Club

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Do you find yourself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting enough physical activity in your routine? Then join the Between A Walk & A Hard Pace-Walking Club. Time: 10:00-10:45 a.m. Place: Tawawa Park by the soccer fields at the covered shelter Important Benefits of Walking: 1. It strengthens your… Read more »

Parent Resource Lending Library

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The Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities has acquired many new resource books that we want to share with you and your family. This is a FREE resource for SCBDD families caring for children and adults with special healthcare needs or developmental disabilities. Our books cover such topics on Autism, Pre-Employment Skills, Teaching Healthy Relationship… Read more »

Choosing Remote Support

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Remote support, also known as remote monitoring, is an emerging service model that combines technology and direct care to support people with developmental disabilities. Remote support uses two-way communication in real time, including home-based sensors, cameras, and other technologies, to allow an off-site caregiver to monitor and respond to the safety and needs of people living in the community. When… Read more »

New Digital Resource Launched for Preschool Learning

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Ohio’s parents and educators have a new resource to help young learners ages 3-5 prepare for school and their futures with the INFOhio Early Learning Portal. The easy-to-navigate site contains more than 50 websites and apps chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy. The INFOhio Early Learning Portal… Read more »

Age Appropriate Toys: Birth to 3 Years

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The Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities Occupational Therapy Department put together this list of age appropriate toys for birth through three years of age.  Happy shopping and playing! Remember: It’s not about the expense of the toy(s), it is about the experiences your child has with that toy. Age Appropriate Toys

Ideas for Play Routines in Early Intervention

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Sometimes getting a toddler to say words can be tricky! They have the final say (pun intended!) on whether they will cooperate with your attempts to get them to talk. Having playful interactions is one way to form a relationship and get the ball rolling. Here is a list of some playful routines that may… Read more »

Grant Resources

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This document contains a list of wish granting organizations, grants for special needs, and grants specifically for those diagnosed with autism.  We hope you’ll find it useful. Wish Granting Organizations