Apply Now for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship!

  In 2012, the state of Ohio began the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN). This program uses tax dollars to allow students with disabilities to receive a non-public education. North Coast Tutoring Services has been a provider to the Jon Peterson Scholarship since its inception.  We provide academic services to students according to the needs list on their IEPs. …

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Attend a FREE Conference on Working with Challenging Students!

  No two students are exactly alike.  They learn differently, think differently, and act differently.  It can be a struggle for some teachers, parents, and administrators to understand challenging students.  After all, they are unique. Techniques that work for one student will not always work for another. Some people get frustrated dealing with a challenging student and simply give up. …

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Wrangle Your Morning Routine!

Some people are just born morning people.  (I never was…ask anyone!)  Others need a little bit of help to get going in the morning.  Especially kids. For most parents, getting the family ready in the morning can seem like a never-ending battle.  It can be even harder if you have a special needs child in the home.  It seems like …

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State of Ohio Increases Autism & Jon Peterson Scholarships!

Governor Kasich signed the state budget into law last evening.  The budget includes increasing the Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship each to $27,000. North Coast Tutoring Services engaged Brian Durdle, a Baker Hostetler lobbyist, in our efforts to make this happen.  He is tremendous at building relationships and maneuvering through the political arena.  We are grateful for …

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Family Fun Day BONUS — Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Kaput”

As part of the 6th Annual International Children’s Theatre Festival, Playhouse Square will present a sensory-friendly performance of one of its shows.  In January, the non-profit theatre company presented its first sensory-friendly performance.  During the performance, lights were left on and families were allowed to talk, get up and move around the theatre.  While these changes may seem minor, they …

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A Little Love Goes a Long Way

Every person in the world – no matter their age, race, religion, gender, sexuality, or income — has the right to a quality education.  Sadly, for some people, that right is not that simple. According to a 2013 article by Education Week, “1.8 million young adults ages 16-21 are neither enrolled in school nor have completed a high school education.”  …

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Apply Today for the 2015 Academic Fun & Fitness Camp!

We are less than two months away from the 2015 Academic Fun & Fitness Camp! Sponsored by the Creative Education Institute, this six-week camp is for kids ages 6 to 19 with diagnosed learning differences — including (but not limited to) Autism, ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and LD.  Combining academics, non-competitive athletics, social activities, and more, this camp has become a …

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The More You Know — the Autism Scholarship Program (ASP)

Q: My child is autistic.  I have recently heard about the Autism Scholarship Program.  What is the Autism Scholarship? A:  The Autism Scholarship Program was established in 2003 by the Ohio General Assembly.  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funding to parents of qualified children with autism.  It allows parents to select a private education provider to help …

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Special Tips for Working with Kids

Every child in the world is completely unique.  No two children learn in exactly the same way.   This is especially true for children with learning disabilties — including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism and several others.  When it comes to teaching children, there are general things that you should always remember – like the importance of getting down on their level, making eye …

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Finding the Gifts of Children with Disabilities

As we close another week here at North Coast Education Services, I am readily preparing our display for the 17th Annual Summer and Beyond Fair, hosted by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.  The fair, which will take place on Saturday, February 21st, is for families with children or youth with disabilities and offers them direct access to vendors …

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