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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

"Team work makes the dream work!"

SifMeet Emalyne (Emma), Sif, & Michelle...

A winning team! Emma is an 11 year old student who just completed the fifth grade. Sif is a Golden Doodle service dog.

In 2006, Emma was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy. Only 3 other cases were known in Ohio at the time of her diagnosis. According to Emma’s mom Michelle, the family raised $15,000 to get Sif for Emma. The pair have been together for one year. “When Emma is out in public, she is tethered to Sif with a special vest with a D ring,” Michelle said.

Abilities First Physical Therapist Lynne Hauser, Abilities First Speech Therapist Michelle Moran, and Abilities First Occupational Therapist Hillary Fritz, work with Emma and Sif on a regular basis. To improve Emma’s feelings of safety, and self-confidence, the sessions focus on seizure alerts and behavior disruptions. Building Emma’s sense of independence is the goal.

Like other children her age, Emma has a morning routine: Get dressed and get out of the house with enough time to get to her favorite restaurant for scrambled eggs and hash browns before school. She also enjoys grocery shopping with her mother and buying her ten favorite things. That’s Potential Made Possible!

We are so grateful to this community for embracing Abilities First and supporting our mission for the past 59 years – helping our children and adults achieve success.

Please consider making a tax-free secure online donation at www.paypal.com.

Financial security for people with disabilities

STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security. Earnings in this investment account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “qualified disability expenses.” Doug Jackson, Deputy Director from Treasurer of Ohio's office was available, at Abilities First, tonight, to discuss STABLE Account benefits, eligibility, qualified expenses, and how to open an account. See more at STABLE Accounts.20292643 645382725666069 4058519657912848719 n

Water play is the BEST day!

Students in the Autism Learning Center Summer Program say: "Water play is the BEST day!"

Playing in the water helps children grow and develop in these essential ways: balance and strength;   coordination; communication and social skills; and, exploration and learning. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. You may help by making a tax-free secure online donation at secure online Pay Pal.

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Loving tummy time

Vivienne loves tummy time in the Early Childhood Learning Center...just look at her face!20229195 641414869396188 6823068693609979420 n
What's the importance of tummy time for a baby? According to Jay L. Hoecker, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic, Tummy time — placing a baby on his or her stomach while awake and supervised — can help your baby develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles and promote certain motor skills. Tummy time can also prevent the back of your baby's head from becoming flat. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Please consider making a tax-free charitable donation to our 2017 Mid-year Appeal which can be made through a secure online donation at Donate here.

Friends in STEP

IMG 1968The Friends in STEP (Social Thinking, Executive function, Physical fitness) group collaborated to earn money for a visit to Kings Island. Michael delivered ice cream to customers who pre-ordered sundaes. Participating in a fund raiser is just one way for Friends in STEP participants to practice team work, social skills, counting money, and much more. Thanks to our therapists for facilitating the groups.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children with disabilities.

Please contact Development Department at 513-423-9496 if you have any questions.
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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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We need YOU to help support local children and adults with disabilities. Donate to our mission, volunteer at one of our locations or special events, advocate for people with disabilities.