Children With Special Needs Awareness

Evelyn Mann is a special needs mom living with her husband in Tampa, Florida. They are raising their six year old son who was born with a rare form of dwarfism called Thanatophoric Dwarfism. You can follow their journey on their website. “Did you see my son hit that baseball out of the park!” the […]

Autism: The Importance of Early Detection and Intervention

As with any child with special needs, early detection is essential to allow interventions to be implemented. With autism, intervention needs to be started before deviation and delay from the normal pattern of development has progressed too far. A characteristic unique to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the need for structure and repetitive routines. The […]

Difficulty Communicating Caused By Cerebral Palsy Is No Match for the Assitive Chat iPad App

Our Katie M., SLP, has been assisting one of our clients that recently purchased an iPad to use as her communication device. She is 20 years old, and has difficulty communicating verbally due to Cerebral Palsy. She has only been using her iPad for a few weeks, and is very excited about how easy it […]

Building Better Behavior for Children Who Tantrum, Refuse to Eat, Experience Sleeping Problems, Etc.

Do you work with young children who tantrum, refuse to eat, experience sleeping problems, and/or have other challenging behavior? If so, join us for the Building Better Behavior online course where you’ll learn evidence-based, behavior intervention strategies to address these behaviors. WHAT: Ten 2.5 hour sessions delivered online WHEN: Beginning Winter 2011 WHY: Participants who […]

What is Stuttering? What causes Stuttering? How to treat Stuttering.

Understanding Stuttering What is stuttering? Stuttering is more than just stuttering. It arises due to an interaction among several factors that are affected by both the child’s genes and their environment: Language Skills for formulating messages (planning) Motor Skills for producing rapid and precise speech (producing) Temperament for reacting to disruptions in speech (reacting & […]

All Children’s Hospital’s Fit4AllKids – Addressing Childhood Obesity

All Children’s Hospital has made a commitment to help address the problem of childhood obesity by creating a program called Fit4Allkids, Weight Management & Fitness for Families. A task force of pediatric physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, educators and advocates spent a year developing Fit4Allkids to help children maintain a healthy weight and body size, and […]

October 8, 2011: 8th Annual Tampa Bay Buddy Walk at Largo Central Park for Down Syndrome Awareness

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2011 worldwide. In 2010, more than $11.2 […]

December 2-3, 2011: Special Olympics Florida – Par 3 Marathon

Think you’re up for 100 holes of golf? Find out at our inaugural Special Olympics – Par 3 Marathon! The Par 3 Marathon is a unique golf event this fall, benefiting our athletes, and featuring golf celebrities, Special Olympics athletes and plenty of fun! How It Works… Golfers complete 100 par 3 holes at one […]

October 22, 2011: Third Annual Island Hop

Get away for a great cause at the third annual Island Hop for Special Olympics Florida on Saturday, October 22 from 6-10 p.m. at Gaylord Palms Orlando. Experience island cultures from around the world at this not-to-be missed party, presented by Travelocity. The evening features delicious regional cuisine, cocktails, live entertainment, casino gaming, and more. […]

October 1, 2011: An IEP Workshop on How To Write A Good IEP & How To Get Services from Public School

The IEP Advocate is presenting an IEP workshop to cover practical and useful information to help you get the services your child needs to be successful in school. Here are some of the topics you’ll learn: Exactly what services the public school provides that are available to your child. Negotiating strategies when you’re in an […]