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Not one child acted like a chicken during the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ first Toddler Turkey Trot event.
Collectively, the 20 kids showed true bravery, with many inching across and wiggling through a tedious obstacle course.
After the run, their courage continued, wearing bold turkey-themed T-shirts they created and gobbling bird-shaped snacks they’ve likely never sampled before. They also felt foreign feathers, each boasting different textures, in a makeshift “petting zoo.”
But, most importantly, these activities helped engage children who often experience difficulties when interacting and communicating with others.
This event represents the latest board-sponsored function in fulfilling an organizational mission: aiding children diagnosed with a symptom affecting their development through its early intervention initiative.
Agency workers collaborate with children to overcome specific challenges by creating fun, interactive environments, such as Wednesday’s Toddler Turkey Trot. In the past, workers have also scheduled art nights, talent shows, reading events with area firefighters and play outings in the mud.
The event paid homage to Thanksgiving, taking place next week.
“Around the holidays, usually they have turkey trots for adults, so we wanted to do something fun for the kids,” said Jessica Cray, the board's occupational therapist who also organized the event.
Many parents appreciate the board’s efforts for putting on these events.
“Being around other kids and these activities, it helps them learn,” said Perkins Township resident Olivia Fisher, who’s 2-year-old son, Liam, attended the event.
Added her husband, and Liam’s father, Matt: “We just keep coming back to these events so he’s introduced to new things and being around other children.”
For more information about the board’s early intervention program, call 419-626-0208 or visit eriecbdd.org
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Sandusky Register. The original story can be found at: http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201711150018
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