Broward & Miami Dade Countywww.211-broward.org: 2-1-1 First Call For Help, Inc. (2-1-1 Broward) provides 24-hour comprehensive Helpline and support services for individuals in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. www.211specialneeds.org – 211 special needs focused services birth-22 years of age www.namibroward.org -The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Broward County www.sunserve.org – Mental health services for issues of sexual identity and related concerns. Smith Mental Health Center – This sliding scale based facility has special needs after care among other services. http://www.hendersonbh.org/ http://www.chrysalishealth.com/ https://cscbroward.org/ http://casgroup.fiu.edu/ccf – This is the website of Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families. The website is loaded with excellent resources for parents and professionals, and they are world famous for their Summer Treatment Program for children and teens with ADHD. Palm Beach County www.2-1-1-palmbeach.org This is a service of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast which provides information, assessment, referral, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and suicide intervention, via the telephone as well as a comprehensive website listing local resources. http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/youthaffairs/ – At risk youth in Palm Beach County www.arcpbc.org – This is organizations serves special needs children and families in palm beach county. www.ctrfam.org – The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County offering a listing of direct services to families in Palm Beach County www.gocpg.org – The community partnership group that provides resources for housing, child development, and other supports for families. https://www.cscpbc.org/ State of Florida https://simplyhealthyminds.com/ www.ffddnews.com – Comprehensive site listing all news items and articles relevant to children and adults in Florida with developmental disabilities. www.doh.state.fl.us – The Florida Department of Health website with comprehensive information on all issues pertaining to child health check the A-Z listing on this site. www.apdcares.org – Agency for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Florida. www.fndfl.org – Family Network on Disabilities a statewide network of families and individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. Medicaid Waiver Information – Information about receiving state funded services for a child with special needs. www.floridaautism.org – Overview of Autism services in the state of Florida. https://www.findhelp.org/ – Enter your zip code to fine an array of public services for basic needs – food, housing and other social services. Public Services for Preschoolers CHILD FIND 3 yrs – 5 yrs www.fdlrs.org – put in applicable county on website for phone number. Broward 754-321-2204 Palm Beach 561-434-8925 EARLY INTERVENTION birth – 3 yrs Broward County – Childrens Diagnostic and Treatment Center – 954-728-8080 Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties – Easter Seals Miami Dade County – North Dade – Univ of Miami Mailman Center 305-243-5600, South Dade – MCH 786-268-2611 Healthy Start Florida – free in home visitation for pregnant women and parents of children under three to help with care coordination, stress management, and parenting education
Domestic Violence 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
211 from any county in Florida for help with resources
For general assistance by zip code – housing, finances, reduced cost medical care and other resources https://www.findhelp.org/
Mindful Kids Miami – A non-profit organization dedicated to bringing mindfulness meditation to all children grades k-12 in Miami Dade County. “Our vision is to improve the lives of all children in the community by giving them access to mindfulness skills which reduce stress and anxiety, develop attention and focus, promote emotional regulation and impulse control, teach empathy and compassion, and create a sense of well-being.”
Mindful Living Programs – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – founder Jon Kabat Zinn
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University
Emotional Intelligence from the source – Daniel Goleman
Facts on Childhood ObesityHealth Finder – a federal government website with tips for promoting a healthy lifestyle for the family www.cspinet.org – This website created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest is a non-profit advocacy and research group with excellent information on nutrition, health, and consumer protection related to food safety. www.getsweaty.com – Specific exercise and fitness tips for young children and teens. Nutrition for Kids an interactive PBS website For Teen Girls For Teen Boys
Triple P Parenting Program – Evidence based parenting resource with specific materials parents can use to manage problem behaviors and encourage optimal development in young children.
The Incredible Years – A comprehensive parent training series for behavior management an optimal emotional functioning of young children.
Lives in the Balance -Based on the work of Ross Greene author of The Explosive Child, this resource provides strategies for older children and teens with oppositional, inflexible, and the most challenging behaviors based on the model of collaborative problem solving.
Media Plan – develop a plan based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for screen time and appropriate use of technology for children of all ages. For more information check out the Center on Media and Child HealthEffective Parenting – Handouts and information on evidence based parenting practice for parents and professionals. ACES– research shows a parent’s history of stress and trauma from their own adverse childhood experiences (ACES) dramatically effects their parenting and their own physical and mental health. Calculate your own ACES score and learn what you can do to help yourself and your family.
Below is a listing of some of the syndromes we have treated in our practice and websites families have found helpful. The National Organization of Rare Disorders www.rarediseases.org is a general resource for families searching for support and information about a rare disease or syndromewww.rarechromo.org is also an extensive resource for rare chromosomal anomalies. If you would like us to post information about a syndrome that has impacted you or your family please feel free to contact us. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of mental impairment and autism. It affects one in 4,000 boys and one in 6,000 girls. Read more about Fragile X Syndrome here. Prader Willi Syndrome is a genetic disorder causing obesity, developmental delay, and other problems. For more information go to Prader Willi Syndrome USA . Also view the ABOUT tab on this website and look under Staff to learn more about one parent’s personal experience with PWS. Tuberous Sclerosis is a genetic disorder where children may have a variety of medical problems related to the growth of small tumors throughout the body. It is a common cause of infantile seizures and Autism. For more information www.tsaalliance.org Aicardi Syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder resulting in seizures and developmental delay. For more information www.aicardisyndrome.org Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder ranging from mild to severe where small tumors grow on nerves throughout the body. For more information go to www.nfinc.org Angelman’s Syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and problems with balance. It is often misdiagnosed as Cerebral Palsy or Autism. For more information go to www.angelman.org
After 5 pm call 211 Broward or text FL to 741741 to connect with a counselor.
Local organizations offering education, supports and help finding affordable therapy
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