Outreach and Community Education
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) is a leader in improving services and support through education, collaboration, and advocacy efforts in areas such as access to appropriate healthcare, transportation, emergency planning, community accessibility, and recreation.
Our employees are active on boards and committees of disability organizations, as well as local and statewide groups that target the planning and advocacy needs of the broader community.
Services and Educational Support
Within DDBP, and in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), we provide training and community education to parents, caregivers, and community members on relevant topics impacting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. This includes:
- Monthly caregiver education classes on topics such as:
- Understanding and addressing challenging behavior
- Managing childhood anxiety
- Toilet training children with developmental disabilities
- Sensory processing and strategies for home
- Visual supports
- Introductory information about the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
- Transitioning into adulthood
- Babysitter trainings, including information on caring for children with developmental disabilities
- Sensory-friendly events in Greater Cincinnati
- Family navigation and individualized support for DDBP families
- Family support professionals that help families identify and access hospital and community resources and supports, including educational support
- Advocacy programs that work with and support other community agencies
Video Series: Support and Strategies for Caregivers
The following videos include information and strategies that may be helpful to caregivers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- What is Autism?
Introductory information about autism spectrum disorder.
- Mindfulness for Kids with Developmental Disabilities
Information on mindfulness and coping techniques appropriate for children and individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Using Social Narratives and Video Modeling
Information on how to use video modeling and social stories to support children with developmental disabilities.
- Teaching Independent Activities in the Home
Information on how to promote independent play for children with developmental disabilities.
- Sensory Activities for Home
Information on how to incorporate a variety of sensory activities into your child's day.
- Using Timers and Teaching Kids How to Wait
Information on teaching patience and waiting, as well as the use of visual timers to assist with transitions.
- Using Visual Supports
Information on how to use visual tools to increase your child’s comprehension and on-task behavior.
- Homebound: Strategies to Improve Compliance and Cooperation with Your Children
Information for caregivers on fostering cooperation and compliance at home.
- Behavior Management Basics
Information on how difficult behavior develops and the basics to changing behavior.
- Sleep Hygiene Tips for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Information on establishing and supporting healthy sleep habits for children with developmental disabilities.
Video Series: COVID-19 Health and Safety Information
The following videos were created at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and include relevant health and safety information for caregivers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Collaborating with Your Child’s School Team through COVID-19
Information on collaborating and communicating with your child’s educators during homebound instruction.
- Social Distancing Tips for Caregivers
Information on how to teach children about social distancing.
- Wearing a Mask – A Video for Kids
Information for kids on how to practice wearing a mask.
- Wearing Masks: Teaching Individuals with DD to Tolerate a Temporary New Normal
Information on why masks are important to slow the spread of coronavirus, and how to teach those with developmental disabilities how to tolerate wearing them.
- Calming Strategies in the COVID-19 Storm
Information on the importance of healthy coping for caregivers during COVID-19 and in the future.
For more information about our community outreach services, contact our outreach coordinator Monday-Friday from 7-3:30 at 513-636-2158 or email DDBPFamilySupport@cchmc.org.