Adjusting for those with special needs: How groups and families are working together

first_imgThey’re also looking to help by sending daily visual materials and by staying in touch any way possible. This includes families with children with developmental disabilities, where not having face-to-face interaction can be tough. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. (WBNG) — We’ve all been adjusting to life while social distancing. “Ethan has a wonderful support system at his new school. It’s been interesting because we’ve been doing all of these Zoom meetings and tele-therapies, which are very difficult for a child on the spectrum to sit through,” said Montrose, Penn. resident Danielle Lewis. “Put on a nice face, somehow, and just tell your son or your daughter we’ll be alright. This will be over. I don’t know when, but we’ll be alright,” said Colletti. Disruptions from routine can be extremely difficult, so special needs groups are encouraging parents to keep it simple. “As a network just trying to figure out which platforms work best to communicate with the families. Which ones work best for the different programs. How to get the videos out and how to get the information out,” says GiGi’s Playhouse Program Coordinator Anna Bruce. “Any kind of change in life is difficult. So right now this is a change. So what we’ve done and I’ve always said, go back to what works. Go back to the simple. Go back to just right in front of them,” said Founder of Advocates for Autism Sally Colletti. This collaborative effort will help celebrate these amazing individuals, while also taking care of each other by staying strong. “We have a local autism awareness Facebook group and I rely heavily on that to kind of go and ask other people what they’re doing in these situations to help out the kiddos and also to celebrate things they are doing,” says Lewis.last_img read more

Chenango County provides COVID-19 update with important reminders

first_imgThe health department reports a total of 99 positive cases, 46 individuals in mandatory quarantine and 6 individuals in precautionary quarantine. They also say there are six active hospitalizations, 73 recoveries, and four deaths. For more information call or visit these resources online:Bassett COVID-19 hotline 607-547-5555 phone line 607-763-5555 COVID-19 hotline 1-888-364-3065Upstate University Hospital CYN triage line 315-464-3979 The health department also wants to remind residents that there are many measures in place for individuals who are not dealing with COVID-19 to safely see their provider. They also say that regular check-ups are important, and individuals should still attend those appointments. Additionally, the county health department released a statement reminding all residents to seek proper medical care when needed. They say residents should still contact their provider if they have urgent healthcare needs.center_img CHENANGO COUNTY (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus, including a reminder to all residents regarding routine health care needs on Saturday. The health department says the county has administered 810 total tests.last_img read more

Apple Hills trades in strawberries for pumpkins

first_img“Fall is really becoming our time, so you’ll have pumpkins now.” Instead, the farm has its eyes on the fall. For the first time, they will be growing pumpkins to be ready for the end of summer. Farmer Dave Johnson told 12 News the return was not worth the work put into those crops. He said the weather makes strawberries extremely hard to grow. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — July is typically the time of year to pick strawberries and cherries at Apple Hills Farm Cafe. This year, the farm will not be growing either.center_img “Here we have challenges with rain, and it’s moist all the time, so you have rot and fungus, and it’s just hard to grow,” said Dave Johnson. While you wait, Johnson said blueberries and raspberries will be available to pick in the coming days.last_img read more