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The Missing Piece LLC
Heather Benner Ohl, Owner
The Missing Piece LLC opened in 2005, in order to offer Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) services, academic consultation, homeschooling guidance to parents, and tutoring services. The Missing Piece LLC is focused on serving the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The focus of services is ensuring that clients achieve quality of life goals that include meaningful relationships, productive work, community involvement, and appropriate education.
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Services
Heather Benner Ohl has been an RDI Program Certified Consultant since January 2005. Families engaged in the RDI Program focus on developing the dynamic thinking and decision making abilities of their children with autism spectrum disorders and challenges with executive function (ADHD).
Academic Tutoring and Consultation Services
The Missing Piece LLC offers customized educational consultation and tutoring services to meet the needs of each individual learner being served. Programming is developed based on student need and IEP goals and objectives. Academic consultation is also provided to ensure that content taught during tutoring is able to be extended at home in daily life. The Missing Piece LLC is an Ohio Autism Scholarship Provider.
Piece by Piece
Employment. While so many of us take this aspect of our lives for granted, employment is often elusive for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. One way to increase the competence and success of students with autism spectrum disorders in the workplace is to create opportunities for students to gain successful experiences in real life work situations while they are in their teen and preteen years.
During June of 2015, we launched our initial Transition Programming, focused on students building employment skills in local businesses, through volunteer opportunities. In each of three volunteer opportunities, students engaged in work tasks, in partners and small groups. While students worked on site, parents met as a group, with a facilitator, to discuss ideas related to building students’ independence and opportunities in the workplace.
Students, parents, and employers benefitted from the programming, which will now be ongoing, with a focus on continuing to build employment skills of students while educating potential employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with ASDs.
What We're Reading...
Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It
by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits
by Deirdre V. Lovecky
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even
how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know
and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know
and it’s knowing how to use the information once you get it.”