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The Valley Breeze & Observer 5-9-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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2 Business MAY 9-15, 2013 | valley breeze & observer | smithfield scituate foster glocester edition VALLEY BREEZE & Observer PHOTO BY MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Place your classified ad online at Rainbow Roses are in bloom at Dave's Marketplace Smithfield Commons Order Your Presentation Bouquets for Proms & Graduations Fresh, Creative Arrangements for Mother's Day! Extraordinary Child opened last month in Smithfield, providing a sensory-rich environment where children with disabilities and their families can play. Running the nonprofit facility are, from left, Secretary Kerry Bozek of Cumberland, Executive Director Jennifer Gingras of Cumberland, and Tina Pedersen of Lincoln. EXTRAORDINARY From Page One pillow pit and stability balls. Eventually, it will have a small trampoline. There is a quiet room, painted a soft blue, where children can relax or read underneath the dim lighting, soothing music and weighted blankets. An art room has a whiteboard and a magnetic chalkboard painted on the walls. There are buckets of sensory materials like beans, cornmeal, moon sand and rice, with which children can play. Secretary Kerry Bozek, whose 9-year-old daughter Erika is autistic, said Extraordinary Child is a pioneer in the field. "It's a place we wish we had," she said. Families may find their children open up more in a space created just for them. One 4-year-old shocked his mother at the open house event, Gingras said. "He was doing things his mother had never seen and she had tears in her eyes," she said. "It just really, really melted our hearts. Creating those smiles is what it's all about." Employee Tina Pedersen said she appreciates helping others navigate the space. "It's so great going to work every day knowing you're going to benefit a child for the rest of their life." There are no age restrictions, Gingras explained, because children can be at varying biological and cognitive ages. Toddlers and preteens alike can have fun, she said, and perhaps Call Today! 830-5650 Le's Isle Rose Your Neighborhood Florist 371 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI Full Service | Bouquets | Blooming Plants | Balloons Dr. Scott B. Klimaj FREE VACS $4 .99 $3.00 OFF Platinum or Platinum Plus With this coupon. Expires 5/31/2013 IN AND OUT IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS! 1527 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI • 401-865-6009 even teenagers who are mentally younger. What she does know is that her children can spend a whole day at Extraordinary Child and not once complain about being bored. "For my children, that's huge," she said. Parents are responsible for their children at this pay-peruse facility, but there will be scheduled events for special projects, as well as parent support groups and educational sessions. Extraordinary Child will also host birthday parties. Brannon's Fishing Derby, named for Gingras' son, will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Stump Pond to benefit Extraordinary Child. Refreshments will be available, but participants should bring their own bait. Cost is $20 per family. There will also be monthly fundraising dinners planned, tentatively on the last Wednesday of every month, at different restaurants in the area. Until the space fully opens in June, check www.facebook. com/extraordinarychild for daily hours and whether appointments are necessary. Visit www.extraordinarychild. org or call 401-349-5251 for more information. Barone ORTHODONTICS Experience, Innovation and Continuity 2 LOCATIONS 5 Pleasant View Ave. Greenville, RI 934-0055 Dental care for the entire family. GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Accepting New Patients 949-3200 Nicholas D. Barone, DDS - Nicholas P. Barone, DMD 1804 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 401-353-1292 WWW.BARONEORTHODONTICS.COM

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