THE EARLY YEARS
The early years of your child’s life are an exciting time full of dreams and challenges. However, concerns about a child’s development or suspicion of a disability diagnosis could overshadow the joy of a new child. At times, these thoughts and potential challenges may seem overwhelming. It is critical that parents understand: a delay or disability does not define your child; instead, it may explain his/her behavior. It may be worrisome or hard to hear, but, with the right diagnosis, you can begin to get the information you need. With the right therapy, technology and support, you can greatly improve your life, your family’s life and the life of your child.
The first five years of a child’s life are among the most important. Giving your child the appropriate services can shape your child’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning. With love and proper nurturing, your child will develop a sense of trust and security and grow into a confident adult.
“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED ASSISTANCE?
Source: Special Needs Kids Information
Please note: while this website originated in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, we found its information useful for all!
BROWARD COUNTY RESOURCES
The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center
Serves children from birth through age 22 diagnosed with a developmental disability, including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader-Willi. They offer therapeutic services, child enrichment services, family support, respite care, support groups and parent training. They also offer Camp Kehilla, a special needs camp for children ages 3 – 22 with developmental disabilities.
The David Posnack JCC
Offers Camp Giborim for children, teens and young adults ages 3 – 21 with developmental disabilities. They also offer seasonal camps and social/recreational programs on selected Sundays throughout the year. Giborim U is a year-round program for children, teens and adults with disabilities, offering courses in fitness, the arts, sports, recreation, life skills and health and wellness. Applicants must meet the DPJCC and Giborim U admissions requirements as determined by a completed intake process.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Provides services to people of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder or Rhett’s Syndrome and individuals with a dual sensory impairment with other handicapping conditions. Also offers support to families and professionals involved with these individuals.
United Community Options of South Florida
Serves infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, prematurity, hearing problems, intellectual disabilities and speech delay) at more than 60 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Midcoast counties.