Butler County Times Gazette
  • Special Families offers speech, tutoring, social skills programs

  • Special Families is again hosting the Summer Learning Fun program, and this year they have added a middle school social skills group.
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  • Special Families is again hosting the Summer Learning Fun program, and this year they have added a middle school social skills group.
    The new social skills program will focus on laying the foundations of perspective taking for students going into grades seven through nine. They will learn why some behavior is expected in specific contexts and why the same behavior is unexpected in other contexts. They also will learn by making specific choices with their own behavior, they can predict and control their environment.
    The program will be led by Molly Noon, autism specialist. They will meet twice weekly during the month of June at Haverhill Education Building, probably on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m., although that may change based upon schedules.
    In addition to this, they will have the tutoring and speech therapy programs again.
    Kathy Donovan, with Special Families, said this is a good way for students to catch up in the summer months, adding those who are struggling fall even farther behind during the summer break.
    Through the summer program, a certified teacher or licensed speech therapist provides individual or group tutoring to children who qualify for the program. The child’s educational goals are worked on during the tutoring session.
    In order to serve as many children as possible, they do not duplicate services provided by school districts or other service providers.
    The program starts in June, with dates and times of services varying depending on the program location for the student. Families are responsible for transportation although gas grants are available if traveling more than five miles one direction.
    The application deadline is May 2 for all three of these programs but will take applications until all spots are filled.
    For more information, contact Donovan at 393-4074 or kdonovan@usd375.org.
    The program serves residents of Butler County. They are funded by United Way of El Dorado and the George Trimble Trust.
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