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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Message from a Mom

Jackie Butler

Thanks to the Middletown Rotary Foundation

27332149 721454148058926 3151838665902013174 nVice President of Children's Services Jan Rosebrough received a $5,000 check from Ron Spaulding of the Middletown Rotary Foundation. We are grateful for the generous support of the Autism Learning Center expansion. 

Thanks to Anytime Fitness (Monroe, OH)

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Thanks to the incredibly generous members and clients, at Anytime Fitness (Monroe, OH), for raising $1245 dollars for Abilities First! We appreciate your participation in helping to support this great cause!

Happy Birthday!

27797931 1689410581120567 8309866904610778156 oCongratulations Abilities First on 60 years of empowering people with disabilities to achieve their unique potential from birth through life. Pictured is Vice President of Marketing and Development Debbie Alberico at The Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe & Trenton. 

“Are you flexible or are you a rigid like a rock???

Speech Language Pathologist Roni Hairston, is just one of the Therapy department’s group facilitators for the Kids Connect group. Recently, 24058986 693414550862886 3367693029138796721 nshe submitted this success story: “Are you flexible or are you a rigid like a rock??? 
Kids who are able to think about a problem in a new way engage in flexible thinking, while kids who are stuck in their ways tend to engage in rigid thinking. In the Kids Connect group, we have been working on the child’s ability to let go of an old way of doing something to try a new way.
When kids engage in flexible thinking, they are better able to cope with change and new information, both within the classroom and out in the world. Kids with weak flexible thinking skills (kids who are more rigid in their thinking) struggle to take on new tasks and have difficulty solving problems.
In this activity, we learned about a man named James Wright. He wanted to invent a substitution for rubber. When his invention did not work, he just gave up. He had a rock brain. A few years later a man named Peter Hodgson, thought that although silly putty could not be used as rubber, it could still do lots of cool things. He showed flexible thinking. 24058695 693414557529552 356971569924490101 n
We had fun making our own silly putty.” Also pictured is Speech Language Pathologist Michelle Moran, another group facilitator. Thanks for sharing Roni! 
For more information about group therapies contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Bettie at 423-9496.

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About Us

From birth through life, Abilities First of Middletown and Franklin, Ohio provides a broad array of individual and group programs for children and adults with disabilities.  

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Services for Children

Potential is Made Possible through our coordinated services - Autism Learning Center, Free Therapy Screenings, Pediatric Therapies, and Integrated Early Childhood Learning.

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