April is Occupational Therapy Month!

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Occupational Therapy! URS is lucky to have a great team of Occupational Therapists to care for the children and adults with disabilities we serve at URS! What is Occupational Therapy (OT)? Occupational Therapy helps individuals with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments be as independent as possible in all […]

Community Resources Guide

The Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department has compiled a new Community Resources Guide for the Dayton Region – Montgomery County. Resources include but are not limited to: Clothing Assistance Educational/Vocational Family Violence Food Assistance Health & Medical Services Housing/Homeless Prevention Legal Services Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services       Click […]

World Down Syndrome Day 3/21

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on March 21st every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome […]

20 Alternative Date Night Ideas for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Originally posted on FriendshipCircle.org It’s not that likely you’ll be able to get a babysitter to watch your special kid, sure. Work conflicts and appointments and homework and routines are all going to stand in your way, absolutely. The effort to go out is probably not worth all the worry you’ll be doing and all […]

10 Alarm Clocks for Children with Sensory Challenges

Original post: friendshipcircle.org Is waking your child up in the morning a battle that gets everybody’s day off on the wrong foot? Maybe a better wake-up method would help. Kids with sensory challenges may have particular problems with the standard alarm-clock signal of a loud blaring noise. If you’re under-sensitive to sound, that’s not going […]

Updates from URS in reference to the RTA Strike

Thursday, January 12, 2017: RTA Buses will roll on Friday! Tuesday, January 10, 2017: WDTN Story: RTA strike costing United Rehabilitation Services $4,000 each day   Tuesday, January 10, 2017: WDTN Reports: “The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority said Tuesday both the RTA and the Amalgamated transit Union local 1385 have contacted the mediator and that […]

Top 10 Children’s Books for Kids with ADHD, Learning Differences and Sensory Processing Disorder

Top 10 Children’s Books for Kids with ADHD, Learning Differences and Sensory Processing Disorder The following books offer information and support to kids who struggle with ADHD, learning differences and sensory issues. These are great gift options for those special children who need to know they’re not alone in their struggles. Original Post from Brain […]

8 Ways NOT to find a Winter Coat for Your Child with Sensory Issues

Ah, winter coat season. That time of year when parents of kids with sensory processing disorder, unable to wrap their children in appropriately warming clothing, steel themselves for the icy blasts of judgment that will blow their way from teachers, other parents, and random judge-y adults. My son never had trouble wearing a winter coat, […]

The Top 20 Special Needs Resource Posts of 2016

It’s the time of year where we all like to look back at the 12 months we just survived and remember what informed us, moved us, and amused us. The following top posts of 2016 are the most-viewed of the year on the Friendship Circle blog. 1. 13 Chromosomal Disorders You May Not Have Heard […]

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House by Michelle Diament | December 9, 2016 Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House The U.S. House of Representatives approved Kevin and Avonte’s Law on its last day in session, but due to some revisions, the bill returns to the Senate. (Thinkstock) FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInPinterestEmail Legislation that would provide tracking devices and […]