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can derby
NEWS
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killing her
LOCAL NEWS
Suspect arrested in Sheffield Twp.
assault, slashing
NEWS
Squawk
therapy:
Helping
students
with a
cockatoo
Chronicle-
Telegram Staff
Published on Sept.
22, 2008
ELYRIA — Move over
therapy dogs, there’s a
winged one in town.
Max, a 1½-year-old
medium sulfur crested
cockatoo, makes
monthly visits to Ely
Elementary School in
Elyria along with his
owner, Bre Crum, an
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CRITTER CHRONICLES
Critter Chronicles for Aug. 26, 2016
SPORTS
Browns appear to have set too high a
price for Gordon
SPORTS
High school football: Elyria Catholic
rolls over Brookside in opener
intervention specialist
for Elyria Schools.
Crum, 33, works with
19 sixth-grade students
who are learning
disabled, cognitively
delayed, medically
fragile or have ADHD.
She uses Max’s visits
as a reward for her
students, who earn
tickets to see their fine-
feathered friend.
“I thought it would be
neat to expose the kids
to a big bird. Some of
them will never get an
opportunity to interact
with a large bird on a
personal level,” Crum
said. “It works as an
incentive for them.”
Besides the motivating
reward system Crum
has in place, she said
there was an
unexpected, yet
positive, twist to Max’s
visits.
The students learned
self-control techniques,
something they can
take with them and use
throughout their lives.
LOCAL NEWS
Pig's selling time approaches
“You can’t have the
wiggles if you want to
see Max, as you cannot
approach a bird if you
are not calm and
collected,” Crum said.
“So I worked with them
on calming strategies.
To get close to him or
even to hold him, they
had to learn how to
relax. Soon the
students were bringing
themselves down,
which was awesome to
witness.”
The pet lover got the
idea from seeing a
golden retriever, also
named Max, reading
with children at the
Avon Lake Public
Library. Crum has six
dogs, but confesses
that none of them
would behave well
enough to come for a
school visit, let alone
become certified.
Crum also has two
other birds, four cats,
two rabbits, a hamster
and pond frogs.
Max’s school visits are
no dog and pony show.
Crum carries him
around with her (he’s
clipped, so he can’t fly
away), and lets the
children interact with
him throughout the
day. She uses his visits
to teach mini lessons
on animal care and
Australia, his natural
habitat.
After the lesson, Max
and Crum “conference”
with individual
students, and then Max
relaxes on the back of
a chair while the
students continue their
work. When Max is
done working, he likes
to nap. He puffs up his
feathers, pulls up his
right foot and falls
asleep.
But no matter how
tired he may be, he’s
always wide awake
when students read to
him. One of Crum’s
students particularly
enjoys reading to Max,
as he’s determined to
teach the bird to read.
But it’s the boy who is
benefiting, as he’s
reading more, and Max
doesn’t care if he
makes a mistake, Crum
said.
Ely Elementary School
Principal Jack Dibee
has embraced the idea
of Max.
“I have been amazed at
how the students have
responded,” Dibee said
via e-mail. “Mrs. Crum
really likes to use as
many creative ways as
she can to motivate
students and help them
learn. This has been a
great opportunity for
the kids. It’s great to
see Mrs. Crum’s
enthusiasm to try
different ways to help
them learn.”
While Max has no
official certification as a
therapy bird, he hasn’t
ruffled any feathers at
Ely Elementary. He did
scare a teacher once
when he was hanging
out on a copy machine,
and — of course —
there’s the occasional
“accident,” but the kids
think that is “really
cool,” according to
Crum.
Max may be the
teacher’s pet at school,
but he does have a
mischievous side at
home. He plays in his
water, hisses at the
dogs, picks at their
toenails and even
teases them by saying,
“C’mon go potty.” Most
cockatoos aren’t
completely vocal until
age 5, when they
should be up to saying
about 500 words.
Crum, an Eaton
Township resident who
herself has ADHD,
became interested in
working with special
needs children while
doing a service project
while a student at
Elyria Catholic High
School. She went on to
receive her bachelor’s
in education from
Bowling Green State
University and licensure
from Cleveland State
University, and she is
currently pursuing a
master’s at Ashland
University.
“I know having
something like a Max
would have helped me
when I was in school,”
Crum said. “My hope
was to be able to reach
some of the children
through a different
way.”
At home, Crum notices
that being around all
her pets is very
therapeutic. If her
daughter, who also has
ADHD, is worked up,
Crum gives her some
quiet time with one of
the cats, and the
stroking “brings her
right back down.”
Crum estimates that
Max will live to be
about 80, so she sees a
future in bird therapy
when she retires. Until
then?
“Max will continue to be
an incentive on (the
students’) crusade to
learning,” she said.
Contact Karen Uthe
Semancik at 329-7155
or
chamcomm@aol.com.
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  • 1. LOCAL NEWS Not old enough to drive ... but they can derby NEWS Vehicle strikes woman outside fair, killing her LOCAL NEWS Suspect arrested in Sheffield Twp. assault, slashing NEWS Squawk therapy: Helping students with a cockatoo Chronicle- Telegram Staff Published on Sept. 22, 2008 ELYRIA — Move over therapy dogs, there’s a winged one in town. Max, a 1½-year-old medium sulfur crested cockatoo, makes monthly visits to Ely Elementary School in Elyria along with his owner, Bre Crum, an ! SHARE " TWEET # SHARE $ EMAIL % menu & Delivering to Lorain County 7 days a weekMonday, August 29, 2016
  • 2. CRITTER CHRONICLES Critter Chronicles for Aug. 26, 2016 SPORTS Browns appear to have set too high a price for Gordon SPORTS High school football: Elyria Catholic rolls over Brookside in opener intervention specialist for Elyria Schools. Crum, 33, works with 19 sixth-grade students who are learning disabled, cognitively delayed, medically fragile or have ADHD. She uses Max’s visits as a reward for her students, who earn tickets to see their fine- feathered friend. “I thought it would be neat to expose the kids to a big bird. Some of them will never get an opportunity to interact with a large bird on a personal level,” Crum said. “It works as an incentive for them.” Besides the motivating reward system Crum has in place, she said there was an unexpected, yet positive, twist to Max’s visits. The students learned self-control techniques, something they can take with them and use throughout their lives.
  • 3. LOCAL NEWS Pig's selling time approaches “You can’t have the wiggles if you want to see Max, as you cannot approach a bird if you are not calm and collected,” Crum said. “So I worked with them on calming strategies. To get close to him or even to hold him, they had to learn how to relax. Soon the students were bringing themselves down, which was awesome to witness.” The pet lover got the idea from seeing a golden retriever, also named Max, reading with children at the Avon Lake Public Library. Crum has six dogs, but confesses that none of them would behave well enough to come for a school visit, let alone become certified. Crum also has two other birds, four cats, two rabbits, a hamster and pond frogs. Max’s school visits are no dog and pony show.
  • 4. Crum carries him around with her (he’s clipped, so he can’t fly away), and lets the children interact with him throughout the day. She uses his visits to teach mini lessons on animal care and Australia, his natural habitat. After the lesson, Max and Crum “conference” with individual students, and then Max relaxes on the back of a chair while the students continue their work. When Max is done working, he likes to nap. He puffs up his feathers, pulls up his right foot and falls asleep. But no matter how tired he may be, he’s always wide awake when students read to him. One of Crum’s students particularly enjoys reading to Max, as he’s determined to teach the bird to read. But it’s the boy who is benefiting, as he’s reading more, and Max
  • 5. doesn’t care if he makes a mistake, Crum said. Ely Elementary School Principal Jack Dibee has embraced the idea of Max. “I have been amazed at how the students have responded,” Dibee said via e-mail. “Mrs. Crum really likes to use as many creative ways as she can to motivate students and help them learn. This has been a great opportunity for the kids. It’s great to see Mrs. Crum’s enthusiasm to try different ways to help them learn.” While Max has no official certification as a therapy bird, he hasn’t ruffled any feathers at Ely Elementary. He did scare a teacher once when he was hanging out on a copy machine, and — of course — there’s the occasional “accident,” but the kids think that is “really cool,” according to
  • 6. Crum. Max may be the teacher’s pet at school, but he does have a mischievous side at home. He plays in his water, hisses at the dogs, picks at their toenails and even teases them by saying, “C’mon go potty.” Most cockatoos aren’t completely vocal until age 5, when they should be up to saying about 500 words. Crum, an Eaton Township resident who herself has ADHD, became interested in working with special needs children while doing a service project while a student at Elyria Catholic High School. She went on to receive her bachelor’s in education from Bowling Green State University and licensure from Cleveland State University, and she is currently pursuing a master’s at Ashland University.
  • 7. “I know having something like a Max would have helped me when I was in school,” Crum said. “My hope was to be able to reach some of the children through a different way.” At home, Crum notices that being around all her pets is very therapeutic. If her daughter, who also has ADHD, is worked up, Crum gives her some quiet time with one of the cats, and the stroking “brings her right back down.” Crum estimates that Max will live to be about 80, so she sees a future in bird therapy when she retires. Until then? “Max will continue to be an incentive on (the students’) crusade to learning,” she said. Contact Karen Uthe Semancik at 329-7155 or chamcomm@aol.com.
  • 8. SUBSCRIBE CONTACT US TERMS OF USE PRIVACY POLICY COPYRIGHT © LORAIN COUNTY PRINTING AND PUBLISHING CO. ∠TO TOP CLICK TO COMMENT