Clay Piggy: Teaching Financial Literacy in A Virtual World

Now LGS students can earn, save and spend money on cars, toys, houses and more – just like their parents.

All in the virtual world of Clay Piggy.

The Clay Piggy virtual gaming environment has stores looking to hire talented kids. Students apply for a job at a shop or company, and then begin earning money. The more they work the faster they get to the next level, and the higher the level the higher the income.

Students can open checking and savings accounts, and learn how to write checks or use a debit card. Money is used for food, rent and buying cool things.

Students can also interact with each other in the virtual environment and travel together to the amusement park or other places – using the money they worked hard to earn!

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Once logged in, students choose a career and then can use their earnings to shop.
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4-6 Team Teacher Leah Kubachka helps Jack Peak navigate the virtual world of Clay Piggy.
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4-6 Team Teacher Leah Kubachka helps Liam Light navigate the virtual world of Clay Piggy.
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Liam Light browses a Clay Piggy virtual store for food and other items.






A series of exercises executed by tossing bean bags or bouncing balls in a steady rhythm.

The exercises have proven benefits for students including:

  • Increased confidence and self-discipline – Impulsivity decreases and attention spans increase. Physical coordination and body rhythm are enhanced. Stress is more easily managed.
  • Visual fitness improves – Eye tracking and focused attention improve, which accelerate classroom study, homework and test-taking performance.
  • Auditory skills are enhanced – Rhythmic patterns stimulate a new awareness of the nuances of sound. Listening and communication skills improve.

Bal-A-Viz-X has been utilized selectively at Linden Grove School in the past, but beginning in the 2016-2017 school year will be fully incorporated into the curriculum. With the addition of a full-time Sensory Coordinator – the only position of its kind in the Greater Cincinnati area and likely in the nation – we will able to work with small groups of students and even one-on-one to achieve results more quickly.

Watch the videos below to see our students demonstrate examples of Bal-A-Vix-X exercise.


New Year Brings Familiar and New Faces

Organizational Changes Enacted to Further the Mission of Linden Grove School

By Jonathan Batross, Board President

Christina Waddle (center), LGS’s new Director of Development, recently helped out in a classroom project involving Ethan Theisens, under the guidance of Jen Stolze.

Kristin Tennyson, a familiar face at Linden Grove School for 20 years, will be taking on a new role. To ensure LGS maintains its commitment to provide progressive education for students with autism and related learning needs, the Board elected to adopt a traditional single leader model for the school, appointing Kristin as the Head of School. Kristin had been principal for more than 16 years and the Board has the utmost confidence in her ability to lead the school in the future.

In addition to the typical staffing hires and adjustments with each new school year, LGS hired Christina Waddle as our new Director of Development to oversee fundraising ,and marketing efforts. Christina brings 30 years of experience with significant accomplishments in organizations like American Red Cross, United Cerebral Palsy, and Little Sisters of the Poor. We welcome her to the team and look forward to watching Linden Grove School grow even stronger and more capable of improving education for our students and families.

Thanks to all for the donations and other support you have provided in the past. We currently have 66 students and routinely graduate 10 to 14 students per year to high school in greater Cincinnati—you make this happen!

$.5MM Donation Recognizes School’s Success with Students

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The dedication of Kerry Stegman and other staff is an important part of LGS’s personalized approach for the success of students like Amiah Wilhite.

LGS Personalized Approach Creates Opportunities for Growth and Achievement

An $500,000 contribution to Linden Grove School was an incredible surprise over the summer months. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the unexpected gift in appreciation of Linden Gove School’s personalized approach to education for students with autism and related learning needs.

“We are truly grateful for this recognition of our successful blend of academics, social-emotional learning opportunities, and support services,” states Kristin Tennyson, Head of School. “It’s also an indication of how far we’ve come in the school’s nearly 30-year history to warrant such a generous show of support.”

The Board of Trustees is currently considering how best to utilize the contribution for the long-term benefit of Linden Grove School.

Autism Society Greater Cincinnati Preschool Parent Playtime

Check out this other great opportunity for socializing with our younger students through the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Click the link to learn more!!


Autism Society Greater Cincinnati
Preschool Parent Playtime

Preschool Parent Playtime
with Dramakinetics

When: Saturdays, Oct 1, Nov 5
from 10-11 am
Where: Mason Community Center,
6050 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040

To provide structured playtime for pre- schoolers on the spectrum and community support for their parents.

Girls Group

LGS is continuing to have our Girls’ Group back for the 2016-2017 year. We have facilitated the group, for girls ages 10 to 14 with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers, since Spring 2014. Its purpose is to provide social opportunities and foster friendships. The group is open to the public. Please check out the flyer!


Students Explore Da Vinci—The Genius

Students traveled back in time to explore the creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci hands-on.

On a field trip to the Da Vinci exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, our team of students and staff from grades 6 through 8 explored life-size reproductions of dozens of Da Vinci’s inventions ranging from a flying machine to a deep-water diving suit. Wooden machines created opportunities to learn about the science behind Da Vinci’s inventions with chances to push, pull, crank and spin. And an animated analysis of Da Vinci’s most famous painting “Mona Lisa” brought the Renaissance to life.

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No exhibit Da Vinci would be complete without the Mona Lisa (not actual size!) Shown left to right: Max Siekman, Lindsey Parker, Max Steinberg, Brendon Sears, Caleb Smith.
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Kiely Boone lends a hand to Avery Schonberg at one of the many hands-on exhibits.
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Max Rauch activates a wooden machine explaining the science behind Da Vinci’s inventions.














Have Pumpkin, Will Race!

2016 Great Pumpkin Race-1Linden Grove School was one of the many teams who joined in the friendly—and often hilarious—competition of The Great Pumpkin Race 2016 to benefit the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Each pumpkin racer entered in the competition is built from a pumpkin, two independent axles with wheels attached, and a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. The racers are then released down a ramp, rolling (we hope!) across the finish line,

Students designed and built the entry for Linden Grove School this year. And, for the third year in a row, LGS won “Best Branding” for its Star Wars-inspired theme:

“Awesome, Linden Grove is.”

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who came down to the Holy Grail near Great American Ballpark to cheer us on and share in the fun!


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