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Jodi Ogilvy

(217)-585-5104

jogilvy@thehopeinstitute.us

15 E. Hazel Dell Lane
Springfield, IL 62704

Hello there! Summer is (almost) over so we’re celebrating one of our art therapy experiences in light of that, but FIRST a little lesson on time and space! The autumnal equinox this year will be on September 22nd around 8:52 p.m. In the Northern Hemisphere the fall equinox marks the first day of fall and…

Imagine, as a parent, not feeling safe when alone with your child because they have severe emotional outbursts. Imagine being confined to your home because these outbursts make you fearful to take your child into the community. This is how 16-year-old Miguel’s family felt when he would have behavior incidents that included kicking, scratching, and…

Purple Elephant Week! There are times in life when we all worry. Worrying isn’t always problematic, but when it starts to interfere with your day-to-day, it can become a nuisance. We started this week’s art therapy with a reading of the picture book, “Don’t Think About Purple Elephants” by Susan Whelan and Gwyneth Jones. It…

This is a project we created in February for Dr. King’s birthday and black history month, but it’s just as historically important in March when Dr. King led the peaceful voting rights protests back in 1965. On March 21st, 1965 some 2,000 people set out on a march from Selma Alabama, protected by U.S. Army…

PALEOLITHIC ART WEEK! In Art Therapy this week we took it back, waaaaaay back to the Stone Age. Our students learned about the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, and created some of their very own. The cave paintings of Lascaux, France were discovered by 4 teenage boys and their dog in 1940. Most of the major…

A ‘Perfectly Messy’ Start to 2018 in Art Therapy! Our first art therapy session of the New Year begins with a reading of the book, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell. This bestselling author and award-winning artist creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect tale about embracing life’s messes. Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up,…

The new Hope Inclusion Cafe and Play is open for business! Hope vocational students run all the day to day activities of both Hope Cafe’s. They gain knowledge and experience in customer service, food preparation, baking, and preparing orders. We are preparing our students for competitive employment opportunities as adults in their communities and we…

In 1957, the very first Hope School for Blind Children was founded right here in Springfield, Illinois! Dr. & Mrs. Jordan had searched the world over for a place to educate their daughter, Judith Ann, who had multiple disabilities. They knew that their daughter, and other children like her, deserved a chance to reach their fullest potential,…

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