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The mission is to promote mental well-being, support recovery for adults who have a mental illness, resiliency in children and adolescents who have emotional disorders and everyday lives for persons who have developmental disabilities and provide to them advocacy and culturally competent services.
Qualifications for services for special needs children.
Provides male/female role models for children ages 7-14. The program focuses on friendship rather than activities. Volunteers must be 18 years old and a resident of Lehigh/Northampton counties. Volunteers interact with children 3-6 hours per week for a minimum of one year. The children must come from a single parent home. There is a minimum of a one year wait list for boys due to the lack of male volunteers. The wait list is shorter for girls.
A gathering place for children who are seriously, chronically, or terminally ill or disabled and for their families to share experiences and information.
A six-week summer day camp for children ages eight to twenty-one, with and without special needs. Monday – Friday from 9AM – 3:00 PM.
A private, non-profit agency, incorporated in 1993. The mission is to assist families in obtaining and sustaining quality child care.
A Lower Macungie based business specializing in the free distribution of clothing, accessories and home items for women and families in the community.
Free community meals from 4-6, every 3rd Tuesday, all year round.
A comprehensive listing of phone numbers for a variety of services for families and children in the Lehigh Valley.
Exemplifies excellence in early learning, providing inspiration and leadership that engages our communities to put children first.
Promotes and enriches the lives of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill by offering children the chance to hope, dream and live their fantasies.
A listing of locations for food baskets, Thanksgiving meals, and toy programs.
A local online resource to help parents and care givers find both fun and educational camps for their children.
Provides news, information, entertainment and resources for families in the greater Lehigh Valley.
View information on abuse, neglect, helpful tips in dealing with stress, and links to other agencies. The Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth is committed to protecting children from abuse and neglect, maintaining children in their own home and community, ensuring access to community-based services parents experiencing difficulty in caring for their children, preserving and stabilizing family life, and assuring that children have a permanent home.
The vision of Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot is to be “the hands and feet of God,” whose sole purpose is to receive, store and provide useful goods to those who need help reestablishing their lives or business.
Provides the highest quality services to people needing specialized supports through the blending of professional knowledge, arts and skills in an environment of unconditional respect and dignity.
Serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in 13 school districts in Monroe, Northampton, and parts of Pike County.
Northampton County’s Service Agency Directory
Helping thousands of people who are struggling to put food on the table throughout a six-county service area. They believe that no one should ever go hungry and that access to sufficient sources of nutritious food is essential to building sustainable healthy communities.
A program that gives individuals with special needs and developmental difficulties the chance to play an amazing sport in a way that’s suited to their individual abilities.
A safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. The mission is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence; increase community awareness of the problem; and empower victims of domestic violence by providing shelter and support services.
Offers a collection of programs designed specifically for your child’s needs and goals through individualized and/or group experiences. The program gives students the confidence and tools for academic and social growth.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers child car seats at no cost through its Child Safety Seat Program at CHOP. Anyone who cannot afford to buy a child safety seat can be referred to this program by a healthcare provider. To be eligible, you must be currently receiving public assistance and have a green EBT Access card.
Features information to help families and individuals find the resources they need to live healthier, happier lives; as well as offering providers valuable information to help them in their day to day activities providing care and services for Pennsylvanians.
This tool will help you and/or your caregiver to identify beneficial long term services and supports based on your specific needs.
To advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
Dedicated to bringing relief and assistance to children and families in need throughout the Delaware Valley.
One-stop hubs for early education and child care needs.
Search for a local food pantry.
Enhances the daily functioning of a child with special needs and his or her family by awarding assistance through the purchase of a specific item or items.
Comprehensive lead poisoning prevention, testing and control services targeting families and children in areas at high-risk for lead exposure. Receive a free home visit including free healthy home supplies.
Family planning program, Women’s health program, nurse family partnership (nurse home visits for first time parents which begin during pregnancy and continues for 2 years after the child’s birth for women who meet income guidelines). 610-432-3455
Make A Wish is looking for children to grant wishes to.
Resources for Special Kids in Pennsylvania.
Network of parents (who have special needs children or adult children) who offer information, support, and advocacy to other parents/families who also have special needs children or adult children. Assists families in locating support groups or develop new support groups. Also offers conferences and trainings.
A group made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Commonwealth.
An online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs.
Committed to the development of a comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative system of services for children and adolescents and their families with multi-system needs.
A statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.
Your one-stop online guide to services, programs, agencies, and organizations in Pennsylvania, that are ready to help you.
An innovative ministry which reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and other supportive community members.
State-of-the-art medical care and family-centered approach for children with spinal cord injuries, as well as a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases.
A directory of contacts covering a wide range of agencies and departments within the state.
Helping young people to build foundations for future growth and independence.
Vouchers for nutritious supplemental food, nutritional education and counseling, Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, referrals to health and human services agencies. Eligibility: pregnant women, new mothers and children under 5 years of age who meet income eligibility guidelines.
The leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.
Welcome to the world of parenting! Newborns are delightful–and tiring! View parenting tips.
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. They represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
A non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.
The Arc is the nation’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and the premier provider of the supports and services people want and need.
Connecting people and programs.
Celebrate Calm is a world-renowned educational organization that provides science-based training for educators, parents and children.
A comprehensive resource bringing awareness and education in preventing child abuse and related issues. Childabuse.com was created to support, inform and encourage those dealing with any aspect of child abuse, in a positive non-threatening environment.
The nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
The mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Pennsylvania’s leading source of autism-related resources and information.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
The Center for AAC & Autism is dedicated to building awareness of the power of AAC to change the lives of children with autism by providing specialized clinical training to health care professionals, teachers, and parents…empowering clients and families with education, resources, and information…and supporting clinical research, to give all children the ability to speak their mind and heart and become engaged in their world.
Funded by the Dan Marino Foundation, the mission of Childnett.tv® is to reach out globally to families, clinicians, and educators through the internet to provide information related to autism and other neurological disorders. Viewers can watch personal stories, therapies, and the latest medical research 24 hours a day from home, work, or wherever high-speed internet access is available – all for free.
Children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents
Children and adults are needed!
Contact your state insurance to inquire about this service.
This tool kit is designed to help families affected by ASD understand eating behaviors, give guidance on how to address feeding issues, and review some common questions that families have about eating problems.
Free Haircuts for Children with Autism (in Kutztown)
Making play accessible: These supportive play tools provide a kind of structure that is critical to the way certain children manipulate concepts to understand play.
This site includes a list of providers and services. The list is based on suggestions from parents and caregivers. You can search the list to find the kinds of services you are looking for to help you and your child.
An on-line tool designed to be administered by parents/care-givers to help assess risks for autism in children who may need a more thorough developmental evaluation.
Should my child take medicine for challenging behavior? A decision aid for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.
This site is a social network and support group. It is made just for individuals who care for children with autism.
An Autism Newsletter with Free Articles, Resources, and Teaching Materials.
Project Lifesaver International (PLI) helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, dementia and other related disorders.
STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center is the premier clinic for treatment of children and adults with sensory challenges. Each year, hundreds of families from around the world come to our Colorado treatment center for hope and help.
Behavior Health/Therapy Support Services:
Currently offered in Berks County, Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) Brief Treatment is a mental health service for children and adolescents that is considered less intensive than “BHRS”, but more intensive than traditional outpatient therapy.
Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects.
A process led by a facilitator where multiple systems come together with the child, youth, and family to create a highly individualized plan to address complex emotional needs.
A face to face/online early intervention family education program that is designed to target the issues of young children (age 3-5) exhibiting early behavioral symptoms of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Progressions follows Child Adolescent Service Program (CASSP) principles in services to children and adolescents. All of the services are: child centered, family focused, community based, multi-system, culturally competent, least restrictive; least intrusive.
The importance of the emotional and social development of infants and toddlers.
Created to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.
Works with parents and child care providers to provide support and intervention for young children whose behavior in child care is difficult to manage. Services and resources are brought to the child care program and to the family to help the child succeed in child care.
An organization with a mission to enhance the lives of children with brain injuries.
ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. They are strong advocates for our families in Washington D.C., they produce the highest quality materials on childhood cancer, and they have over 40 local affiliate organizations across the country providing direct services to the families in their communities.
Prognosis information for mesothelioma cancer patients, including ways to improve prognosis.
Stories can inspire and move people to action. Your story could change lives. Send in your essay today and help make strides toward a future of a hope – a future without cancer.
Learn all about Cerebral Palsy and other common birth injuries.
Developmental Delay Resources
DDR to meeting the needs of children with developmental delays in sensory, motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR integrates conventional and holistic approaches for parents and professionals who support children with special needs.
Do It Yourself:
The Eastern Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center is dedicated to the physical and mental well-being of ALL persons with Down syndrome and their families.
Early Development/Education Resources:
Helping you track and encourage your child’s development.
Ideas for teaching little learners.
A summer reading and hands-on learning initiative from Reading Rockets.
Resources to promote early brain and language development.
A blog that supports healthy development in kids through play. Features easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids.
Provides caregivers an overview of the needs, communication abilities, basic understandings, and feelings for a child at each stage in development during the first 36 months.
A national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
A nonprofit, 501(c)(3) voluntary health organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy and their families.
A nonprofit child welfare agency which has provided foster care, life skills, training and delinquency services to over 14,000 children and teens since 1978.
A non-profit agency that works closely with over 50 county children and youth agencies throughout Pennsylvania providing quality foster care and adoption services, domestically and internationally.
Provides parent-centered services locally and globally to young children with hearing loss, offering families hope, guidance and encouragement.
Parenting a Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Learn the signs…act early! Children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when your will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones listed can give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child gets older. There is also interactive tools and screening methods that allow you to view how a developmental milestone category (social, emotional, cognitive, or language) changes as a child grows.
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).
A comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being. Offers programming and support to keep them self-sufficient and their homes safe, while the educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the disease.
Tried and true tips for comforting your newborn (and yourself).
Toddlers are tricky — they’ve grown enough to have their own ideas and wants, but their bodies and emotions haven’t kept pace. Help for navigating the toddler years.
A national public engagement campaign helping parents, caregivers and communities create early learning opportunities for young children. It’s built on awareness, education and action.
Fun activities that adults and young children can do together. Designed around the Key Learning Areas in Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood, Build Blocks for Babies offer simple at-home experiences that build infants’ and toddlers’ learning in the areas of social, emotional, physical and academic development.
A resource for all parents starting prenatally and continuing through adolescence – with the key information that can help their family unit thrive and support their children as they grow up healthy and ready for success.
Web site offers a Parents Site (practical parenting information and news), a Kids Site (homework help and how the body works), and a Teen Site (answers, advice and straight talk).
Hotline for families in need of assistance in coping with daily stress. 1-800-448-4906
Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Pricilla Payne Hurd Education Center at St. Luke’s from 7:00-8:00 PM.
Parenting classes. A program of Valley Youth House.
A parents resource created by parents…for parents.
The definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory processing issues.
Free, online informational newsletters for parents and teachers (on a variety of topics!).
On-line grocery ordering. In 3 simple steps you can have your grocery order placed, with all the savings you would get in one of the stores, and available for pickup without you having to set foot in a single aisle!
Real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.
Supports babies, children and their families with unexpected and urgent needs due to premature birth.
To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Teaching AAC is a team approach involving the Speech Therapist, teacher, instructional assistants and parents.
A blog of tips and techniques on early speech and language development posted by a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Tips for parents on how to respond in a supportive way to a child’s stuttering.
A public health program, designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life.
We seek to ensure that parents get all the information available to them regarding torticollis and its appropriate treatment. We also want to provide support and an open forum for parents to discuss their situation and their needs.
Offers an extensive selection of products for young children of all abilities – from infants and toddlers to children in the early elementary grades. A wide selection of fun and educational products in all areas of child development, as well as specialized products for early intervention and special needs. The catalog and web site are for professionals of all disciplines, as well as for parents and caregivers.
Increasing awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions.
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
A focus on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster.
Provides a comprehensive set of preventative, rehabilitative, support and social services enabling blind and visually impaired clients to achieve their personal goals and restore quality of life consistent with those goals.
A public health program, designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life.