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OCER Adaptive Fall Programs

9/1/2019

Orange Community Education & Recreation Kicks-off New Adaptive &  Special Needs Recreation Programs for Children this Fall  

Orange Community Education & Recreation (OCER), located at 32000 Chagrin Boulevard in the Pepper Pike Learning Center on the Orange School District Campus, is pleased to announce its new adaptive and special needs recreation programs for preschoolers and elementary students this Fall.

According to Assistant Director of OCER, Kelly Borders, M.Ed, “We welcome people of all ages and abilities to participate in our programs.  We aim to make our programs as inclusive as possible, but we also offer a variety of adaptive programs to meet an individual’s needs as well.  In addition, we are excited to be able to offer parents the opportunity to work together with us to create an Individualized Participant Accommodation plan at no charge to help us identify what programs make a good fit and how we can help support each participant.  This one-on-one planning meeting is not required, however, it gives parents the opportunity to tell us all about their child and we can create a plan for success.”  

The following programs will be offered this Fall to both residents and non-residents:

O.P.E.N. Information Session & Play Date, Thursday, August 29, 5:30-7 pm, Free, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  For Orange school district students and their families to learn more about the programs, services and networking opportunities that are available. Orange Parent Education Network (O.P.E.N.) will join us at the all new Pepper Pike Learning Center inclusive playground for a play date.

How to Effectively Communicate Your Child’s Needs to School Personnel, Wednesday, September 11, 6-7:30 pm, Individual $39/ Couple $54, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  As a parent, you may have struggled with finding the balance of advocating your child’s needs without coming across as too needy, pushy, or demanding.  This workshop helps parents understand their rights and empowers them to speak up.    

What to Expect When Expecting an IEP, Wednesday, November 13, 6-7:30 pm, Individual $39 / Couple $54, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  Finding out your child may qualify for an IEP (Individual Education Plan) may feel like an emotional, overwhelming experience.  Join Holly Etzkin, Certified Intervention Specialist, to find out what you can expect as you begin the IEP process.            

Portraits of Me Art Therapy, Grades K-2, Mondays, September 9 - October 21, 3:45-5 pm, Residents $169/Non-Residents $174, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  While they don’t always express it with words, stress and anxiety can be a daily reality for many children.  Your child will gain a toolbox of go-to strategies for regulating emotions, “calming down”, dealing with conflict, interacting with others and building resiliency.  Instructor:  Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Board Certified Art Therapist.            

Friends in Harmony Music Therapy, Ages 3-5, Wednesdays, September 11 - October 23, 3-3:45 pm, Residents $149/Non-Residents $159, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  Children need social skills to get along with others and manage feelings and behavior, whether at home, in school, or in the community.  This class is fun and engaging to practice important social, emotional, and behavioral skills while making music together.  Instructor:  Board Certified Music Therapist, The Music Settlement.

Friends in Harmony Music Therapy, K-5, Wednesdays, September 11 - October 23, 4-5 pm, Residents $149/Non-Residents $159, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  Children need social skills to get along with others and manage feelings and behavior, whether at home, in school, or in the community.  This class is fun and engaging to practice important social, emotional, and behavioral skills while making music together. Instructor:  Board Certified Music Therapist, The Music Settlement.            

Adaptive Sports & Fitness, Group Connection Preschool Recreation Therapy, Ages 3-5, Tuesdays, September 10 - October 15, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Residents $209/Non-Residents $219, Pepper Pike Learning Center.  This class is a sports-based, recreation therapy program that creates a customized, skills-based plan designed to help practice and refine gross motor skills through socialization, sensory input, and turn-taking.

Empower Sports Adaptive Basketball, Ages 5 & Up, 6-7 pm, Wednesdays, November 23 - January 29, Residents/Non-Residents $30.  Join us at the Pepper Pike Learning Center for basic drills and competitions, and games with local high school teams.  Players will be grouped by age and speed when possible.  Our goal is to help every player enjoy the game, build social skills, get some exercise and make friends!

For more information or to register visit www.orangerec.com or call 216-831-4909. 



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