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In an effort to do our part in helping eliminate the COVID-19 Virus, Northshore Families Helping Families office will be closed to the public and all guests until further notice. Families needing assistance are welcome to call our office at (985) 875-0511 or email us at

Upcoming Events

  • Louisiana Special Olympics
    Louisiana Special Olympics
    Aug 12, 10:00 AM
  • Basic Rights in Special Education Webinar
    Basic Rights in Special Education Webinar
    Aug 17, 10:00 AM
  • How to Access LRS Services
    How to Access LRS Services
    Aug 17, 1:00 PM
  • Schedules & Routines Webinar
    Schedules & Routines Webinar
    Aug 19, 11:00 AM
  • All About NFHF
    All About NFHF
    Aug 24, 1:00 PM
  • Waivers & Self Direction
    Waivers & Self Direction
    Aug 26, 10:00 AM
  • IEP 101 Webinar
    IEP 101 Webinar
    Aug 26, 2:00 PM
  • Intro to Early Steps
    Intro to Early Steps
    Sep 02, 1:00 PM
  • What Happens After High School
    What Happens After High School
    Sep 09, 7:00 PM
  • 504 vs IEP Webinar
    504 vs IEP Webinar
    Sep 14, 10:00 AM
  • Franklinton: Financial Planning Workshop
    Franklinton: Financial Planning Workshop
    Franklinton Town Hall
    Sep 16, 6:00 PM
    Franklinton Town Hall, 301 11th Ave, Franklinton, LA 70438, USA
  • Whatever it Takes: ACT 378 Webinar
    Whatever it Takes: ACT 378 Webinar
    Sep 21, 1:00 PM
    The History of ACT 378 In 1989 the Louisiana Legislature enacted Act 378, the Community & Family Support Act, in response to grassroots efforts by parents seeking resources for their children with disabilities.
  • The April Dunn Act
    The April Dunn Act
    Sep 23, 2:00 PM
  • Waivers & Sun Assessments
    Waivers & Sun Assessments
    Sep 23, 7:00 PM
  • Transitioning from Early Steps
    Transitioning from Early Steps
    Oct 07, 7:00 PM

Welcome to our Community!

The beginning of your child's diagnosis, whether before,
 at birth or later in life, can be challenging for parents.

"We learned about our child's diagnosis soon after he was born, but it didn't sink in until much later. We had no idea what to think, much-less expect for a parent of a child with a disability. We were completely blindsided. I remember wondering what my child's future would be like— would he have the same type of life as his brother and sister? It didn't matter, because we had a perfect, healthy baby boy and we were ready to take the new journey God had given us. Our greatest concern after receiving the diagnosis was, "what do we do next?" "What do we need to do as his parents to ensure he has everything he needs to live a meaningful life."

What is a Disability?

Two Types of Disabilities: Developmental and Intellectual 

Developmental Disability: a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.

  • Developmental disabilities can begin before birth or can develop anytime during a child's "developmental period."

  • Developmental disabilities can be caused from factors such as genetics, health and behavior during pregnancy (smoking & drinking), complications of pregnancy and pre-mature birth.

  • There are many factors that may cause developmental disabilities.

  • Many developmental disabilities have NO known causes.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Intellectual Disability: a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.

Intellectual functioning—also called intelligence—refers to general mental capacity, such as learning, reasoning, problem solving.

Adaptive behavior is the collection of conceptual, social, and practical skills that are learned and performed by people in their everyday lives.

  • Conceptual skills—language and literacy; money, time, and number concepts; and self-direction.

  • Social skills—interpersonal skills, social responsibility, self-esteem, gullibility, naïveté (i.e., wariness), social problem solving, and the ability to follow rules/obey laws and to avoid being victimized.

  • Practical skills—activities of daily living (personal care), occupational skills, healthcare, travel/transportation, schedules/routines, safety, use of money, use of the telephone.

Source: American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Milestones

Smiling for the first time, reaching for toys, crawling on all four's; eating with a spoon, saying their name, talking turns and showing emotions are all developmental milestones.

Each child reaches developmental milestones at their own pace. While it is unknown when your child will hit their milestones, developmental milestones indicate a general idea of what to expect when your child ages. 

Concerned About Your Child's Development?

Early Intervention can make a difference in your child's life. What is Early intervention? Early Intervention is services and support most likely provided by your state, to help children ages birth to 36 months (under IDEA Part C) with developmental delays. Checkout these resources and visit our support page for more information. 

CDC's Recommendation of Developmental Milestones

Where to Start

You've received a diagnosis, but what do you do next?

Locate services and support your child may require.

Contact your local Medicaid Office is medical assistance is needed.

Contact your local Social Security Office if SSI funds are needed.

Contact EarlySteps for Early Intervention services.

Contact Florida Parishes Human Services Authority for Waivers and other services.

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