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Upcoming Events

  • Navigating the IEP
    Navigating the IEP
    Jun 22, 7:00 PM
  • Special Education FAQs 2.0
    Special Education FAQs 2.0
    Jun 24, 2:00 PM
  • Healthy Relationships Matter Day 2
    Healthy Relationships Matter Day 2
    St. Tammany Coroners Office
    Jun 25, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St. Tammany Coroners Office, 65278 LA-434, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
  • Sibling Workshop for 8 to 12 Year Olds
    Sibling Workshop for 8 to 12 Year Olds
    Jun 28, 10:00 AM
    Hammond, 950 SW Railroad Ave, Hammond, LA 70403, USA
  • Sibling Workshop for 13 to 17 year olds
    Sibling Workshop for 13 to 17 year olds
    Jun 29, 10:00 AM
    Hammond, 950 SW Railroad Ave, Hammond, LA 70403, USA
  • Parent RIghts in Special Education
    Parent RIghts in Special Education
    Jun 29, 7:00 PM
  • Healthy Relationships Matter Day 3
    Healthy Relationships Matter Day 3
    St. Tammany Coroners Office
    Jul 02, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St. Tammany Coroners Office, 65278 LA-434, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
  • IEP BOOTCAMP  July 7th
    IEP BOOTCAMP July 7th
    Jul 07, 9:00 AM
  • Conversations with Kathy
    Conversations with Kathy
    Facebook Live
    Jul 12, 2:00 PM
    Facebook Live
    Join Kathy as she talks about Methodist Foster Care with Jennifer Savoie to learn how they serve LA children by certifying individuals/families as therapeutic Foster homes. You'll hear about the process of becoming TFC parents, how Foster parents are supported, and get a better understanding of Trus
    Tangipahoa Parish CVB
    Jul 16, 1:00 PM
    Tangipahoa Parish CVB, 13143 Wardline Rd, Hammond, LA 70401, USA
  • Financial Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
    Financial Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
    Jul 19, 10:00 AM
    Hammond, 13143 Wardline Rd, Hammond, LA 70401, USA
  • IEP BOOTCAMP July 22nd
    IEP BOOTCAMP July 22nd
    Jul 22, 6:00 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.