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A great start makes all the difference

GESMV Children and Youth Services

We want to help children in our community, particularly those with a disability, get a good start in life. We also assist teens in the transition from high school to the world of work. No matter the age or personal goals, we can play an important role in helping them achieve independence.

GESMV Children and Youth Services
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Car Seat Safety Program

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley understands car seats can be expensive to purchase, especially for a child with special needs. We also know safely securing your child when he or she is riding in the car can help prevent disabilities that often result from accidents. Those who participate in the WIC program or are eligible for Medicaid qualify for this program, which includes an instruction seminar and child safety seat.

Little boy smiling during alphabet lesson with his speech therapist.

Child Screening Service

At no cost to you, GESMV provides an annual, center-wide screening within home-based or center-based child care programs. Pending parental permission, a trained child outreach coordinator will conduct on-site screenings using the Brigance screening tool for children from birth to five years old.

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Sign Language for Children with Autism Program

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley understands verbal communication doesn’t come easy for children with autism. This program teaches adult and child autism sign language, to enhance communication and serve as a foundation for speech. Sign language can be taught in conjunction with in-home programs such as ABA and Verbal Behavior.

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Youth Mentoring

Most young people would agree that his or her goal in life is to become a successful adult, but what does it take to successfully transition to adulthood? The Goodwill GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program focuses on answering that very question. Mentoring activities can be used to support career preparation of all youth, by providing access to career workshops, career coaching, mentor speaks, job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships, educational field trips and life skills. Our youth gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in the workplace and in life.