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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 28, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Klein wins womens Howard County golf Page B1 Vol 143 No 350 Kokomo Ind Sunday Aug Bona Vista makes house calls to young children By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Bona Vista Comprehen sive Rehabilitation Ser vices has created a staff position to help dis abled children The duties of the new position an early interventionist will be to make house calls to instruct developmental activities for dis abled infants and toddlers Jean Fruth who was appoint ed to the new position Aug 8 serves as an instructor and fami ly educator in mis homebased program for eligible children from birth to 3yearolds in Howard and Miami counties The position is financed by state funds through the Family and Social Services Administra tion Fruth said Fruth has been employed with Bona Vista for eight years as a preschool teacher of specialedu cation classes She was trained in developmental techniques by Sabra Rennaker an occupational therapist at Bona Vista This program is a comple ment to what we already have in added service I have special needs In this new position Fruth vis its the home of eligible children once a week for up to an hour depending on how the children feel and react she said Program services include inhome devel opmental activities incorporat ing goals into play and daily routines for children family training education and assess ment I teach children to develop skills that most children do natu Fruth said Grasping objects putting their hands together bringing their hands to their mouths and other develop mental skills Toys are used a lot in the developmental activities to get children to incorporate skills into she said The program also provides the family with training and educa tion to assist them in under standing the special needs of their children Fruth said The new position also meets the states stronger guidelines and requirements sine added Under new state requirements children with an identifiable dis ability will now be entitled to the early intervention services she Jean Blackburn Joshuas grandmother left and Jean Fruth his instructor work with Joshua Mason in loosening no the icHae Tribune photos by Tim Bath up the 9montholds muscles said Identifiable disabilities include the following chromosomal abnormalities or genetic disorder neurological disorder cbngeZnital malformation include children who experience vision or hearing impairment developmental delay according severe toxic exposure to a standardized assessment or severe infectious disease by an informed clinical opinion f atypical developmental dis Under the new requirements order toddlers and infants who have Identifiable disabilities also biological risk factors will be considered at risk and eligible for the early intervention ser vices based on medical docu mentation of the children Before the new requirements all biolog ically atrisk children were eligi ble New program helping Josh By MIKE FLETCHER Tribunt tUff writer Most parents teach their children not to suck their own thumbs but for 9 monthold Joshua Mason that simple action has to be learned Joshua was horn with hydro cephalus or water on the his mother Regina Mason said This condition is caused when the brain does not naturally filter off fluid in the brain as it does in most people said Sabra Ren naker Joshuas therapist at Bona Vista Comprehensive Rehabilita tion Service I have seen a definite improvement in him since we began Joshuas mother saM Joshua is among 12 disabled children assigned to Jean Fruth the new early interventionist at Bona Vista Frutb learned from Rennaker the techniques she teaches the children Fruth visits the children once a week She teaches Joshua at his grandmothers house Jean Blackburn his grandmother takes care of Joshua while his mother works Fruth said She teaches Joshua to develop his muscle and speech skills and instructs the grandmother on the techniques This is a good way for parents to get more involved and do the activities with their children Fruth said Most of the activities are to loosen up his muscles she said In the home they can use other resources and show me or parents they can use in a home setting that the en can relate Fruth v Hes doing a lot his grandmother said He has gone long way since me beginning He has been a very happy baby through it Rennaker said she has been working with Joshua tor about three months and teaches him ieeding skills motor skills and therapy She said the early inter vention program will help with Joshua Mason 9 months old takes a break from his developmental activities his skills su ing processes and social as laughing and smil I have seen lots of improve ment in therapy with Rennaker said When I first saw him he only was able to move his body one way and couldnt move his arms ana hands very well Now he is bringing objects to his mourn grasping objects and is starting to hold nis head up on his own better Even though he has shown drastic improvements he is still behind for his Cubans camp in tent city GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE Cuba API More thin Cubans who traveled byl makeshift boats and rafts joined the thousands already camped at a desolate tent city on Americas military outpost on the southeast ern end of Cuba on Saturday Many were unconvinced their quest for a new life has ended behind barbed wire in the same country they left We gotta go to Miami a young Cuban man shouted from the deck of the frigate Jack Williams which unloaded 797 Cubans at dawn Saturday When reporters told him he would stay at Guan tanamo indefinitely he shrugged Some Cubans who had come earlier expressed a sense of betrayal that the United States doesnt want them Others said they were just grateful to be in care The new arrivals filed off Navy ships in glum silence some wearing nothing but swim trunks Woman injured hits salon Customers waiting for a haircut were thrown to the floor when a car smashed through the side of a Kokomo styling salon Saturday Susanna Vondersaar 62 913 S Lewis was injured in the crash She was the driver of the car according to Sgt Rick Ferguson of the Howard County Sheriff Department Vondersaar received a head injury after the car she was dri ving went through the east side of Calliope Hair Designs 2600 E Markland Ave The accident was reported at Authorities are still trying to find out why the vehicle left the road and crashed into the hair salon Ferguson added No infor mation was available on the extent of damages to the salon She was listed in serious but sta ble condition at Saint Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis Saturday a hospital official said People waiting to get a haircut ended up getting knocked across the floor They had some scrapes and said Ferguson According to the accident report Vondersaar was driving a car west on 35 approaching Emery Street The vehicle then left the north side of the road broke through a fence struck the east side of the styling salon and hit a gas meter My hat goes off to Kokomo Gas and Fuel They ran across the street and shut down the gas meter If they hadnt have done that we would have had a serious gas Ferguson said Vondersaar was pinned in the car and had to be extricated by Kokomo firefighters The vehicle she was driving a 1988 Plymouth Horizon was stuck in the build ing also according to Battalion Chief Gary Stevens Inside Classified News of ;