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Visual Supports Help Students Communicate and Learn

Most people with autism think in pictures. They have a hard time finding words to express their thoughts, so they’ll internally visualize pictures to help them find the appropriate words. It’s as if they have a virtual Rolodex of pictures in their head and as they’re speaking they’re referencing those images and equating them to words.

Linden Grove School uses visual supports in a variety of ways.

For students who are less verbal, they are provided with visuals to help them communicate their needs and wants while helping them to build their internal Rolodex. For example, they may be provided with images to indicate if they prefer to go out to the playground or use an iPad during free time.

Visuals are also used to communicate school schedules and to illustrate steps in a task, whether a science experiment, a writing assignment, or a recipe for making breakfast sandwiches.

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Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing new skills. Available options include swimming, Taekwondo, Lego™ Club, and the Dingoes scout group. NEW this year: Cooking at LGS and a Human-Animal-Intervention Program through the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Cultivating Skills and Behaviors for Future Learning — and Friends

Whether teaching about protons and neutrons or social, geographical and economic aspects of Ancient Egypt; LGS educators use academic instruction to help students increase their ability to maintain focus, organize materials, prioritize assignments, and more.

Specialized therapists and staff also work together to assist students in developing coping strategies to better manage stressors that can seem overwhelming. Social skills classes and extra-curricular activities encourage positive interactions among students both during and outside of school, often resulting in friendship that last through high school and into adult life. Most importantly, the LGS community helps students develop positive self-esteem and confidence to determine and pursue their personal goals and interests.

Specialized therapists and staff also work together to assist students in developing coping strategies to better manage stressors that can seem overwhelming. Social skills classes and extra-curricular activities encourage positive interactions among students both during and outside of school, often resulting in friendship that last through high school and into adult life.

Most importantly, the LGS community helps students develop positive self-esteem and confidence to determine and pursue their personal goals and interests.

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Mixed Feelings Mark May Graduation

Sad, excited, nervous. Sad, excited, nervous. These are some of the feelings expressed by this year’s graduates as they prepare to leave LGS and transition to high school.

One of our graduates has been enrolled at LGS since Kindergarten; others have been at LGS less than two years. Their favorite subjects range from math and science, to reading and social studies.

The one thing they all have in common? They will miss their friends and the time spent together in fun class activities, on field trips, or simply playing cards.

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Activity-Based Learning Increases Understanding and Interaction

Activity-based classroom experiences not only aid understanding and comprehension but also encourage students to be more inquisitive and develop their own problem-solving skills. Such experiences also help student engagement at school and encourage positive interactions with classmates.

Left: Jack Peak and Liam Light learn about open and closed circuits — as well as parallel versus series circuits — using wires, light bulbs, switches and more. Right: In their study of Ancient Egyptian agricultural practices, 6-8 team students create soil models of basin irrigation systems and LEGO™ models of shadufs — hand-operated devices for lifting and distributing water. Left to right: Owen Berta, Sophia Wooten, Alex Berninger.

Cincinnati Restaurant Company Creates Valuable Experiences for LGS Students

LGS Applied Skills students are gaining valuable work and life experiences thanks to RGT Management, Inc., one of the largest restaurant companies in the Cincinnati market.

Each month, students travel to RGT Management offices to assist with mailings and other tasks, developing valuable skills in a typical office environment. In appreciation for the students’ time and effort, RGT often provides the students with restaurant coupons, creating opportunities for students to dine out in the community.

RGT also facilitated funding of an oven hood to enable the use of an oven in the school’s Applied Skills kitchen – a kitchen used to help students learn cooking and related skills.

Just as important, RGT is a great ambassador for LGS among its employees and in the community. As a sponsor of LGS’s Crazy Golf event, RGT engaged employees in preparing and serving food for event attendees. At the event, RGT employees and their family members interacted with families and kids with autism and other special needs, providing face painting, playing the Crazy Golf course, joining in the carnival games and more.

Top left: 6-8 team staff and students take advantage of a photo opportunity with Colonel Sanders during a visit to RGT Management offices. Jackson Ramsey (top right,) Bennett Grady (bottom) and other students travel to RGT once a month to assist with office tasks, gaining valuable work experience.

Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing personal skills. In addition to Dingoes – a scout program developed by school staff – LGS facilitates a range of private and group activities at the school or in the community, including but not limited to music lessons, taekwondo, swimming, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ labs.

 

 

Music lessons, taekwondo, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ lab are some of the afterschool activities available at LGS throughout the year.

LGS Scout Program Instills Pride and Sense of Belonging

“I am a Dingo! I will work hard! I will have fun!”

That is the oath of the Dingoes – a new scout program created especially for Linden Grove School students. Each week, students enjoy hands-on activities and guest presenters based on a different theme. Themes range from Engineering to Personal Safety, from Animal Care to Culinary Skills, providing new experiences for students beyond their special interests. Students receive a badge reflecting each theme, nurturing feelings of accomplishment and pride. More importantly, activities are structured and facilitated to foster the development of social skills and a sense of belonging.

Left: Peter Lovaas assists Livy Berninger with making Dingoes Cookies for her culinary skills badge. Right: Donovan Kemp models firefighter gear during Fire Safety week.

Special Interests, Special Friends

Each member of Linden Grove School’s Class of 2018 has unique talents and interests.

One student is a talented artist. Another enjoys creating his own musical compositions using the computer application MuseScore. One student looks forward to a future working with animals, and another wants to cook food in a restaurant.

Whether their favorite class was art or music, math or science, social studies or reading, all students believe LGS has prepared them for high school in a variety of ways. Some say LGS has helped them learn how to follow directions and complete assignments. Others say LGS has taught them about sensory breaks and how to manage their behavior. All say LGS has helped them learn how to make friends and to have FUN!

Friends are what graduates will miss most about LGS. But they look forward to making new friends — friends with whom they can share their special interests.

Members of the Class of 2018 have their own interests and favorite memories of LGS. Clockwise from top: Daaks Austin; Nicholas Savchenko swinging in the sensory room; Finn Davitt and Simon Evans, whose egg survived the drop from a firetruck ladder; Max Siekman making his own pizza crust during a school outing to Pizzeria Locale.

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