Offering advocacy and support to families of children with special needs is something very important to me. As a sister of exceptional siblings, a licensed counselor and mother of two awesome children; I have an understanding and passion to provide information on services and resources for children of all abilities. Last month I wrote an article on supporting parents of children with abilities on the topic of going out in the community. I promised that I would compile a list of services, accommodating activities and other resources…and here it is! I have been working hard on this for months and hope that the list is helpful to many families. This article provides websites, phone numbers and information on advocacy services, support groups, intervention and treatment, activities with accommodations, summer camp options and upcoming events for 2017.


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ACTIVITIES WITH ACCOMMODATIONS

Greenwell Foundation  

www.greenwellfoundation.org

301-373-9775

Charles County Special Olympics

http://www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/recreation/special-olympics-charles-countyhttp://www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/recreation/special-olympics-charles-county

301-870-3388

Melwood Recreation Center

https://www.melwood.org/recreation/

301- 870-3226

Spring Dell Center

http://springdellcenter.org/

301- 934-4561


ADVOCACY & SUPPORT SERVICES

Charles County Special Education Department

http://www2.ccboe.com/sped/

301-932-6610

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland

http://www.decodingdyslexiamd.org

Maryland Disability Law Center

www.mdlclaw.org

1-800-233-7201

National Alliance of Mental Illness Southern Maryland

www.nami.org

The Parents Place of Maryland

http://www.ppmd.org/

1-800-394-5694

Pathfinders for Autism

http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/

301-290-0040

Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy

http://www.smcfa.net/

301-373-4141

United Way of Charles County

www.unitedwaycharles.org

301-932-4655


CAMPS

CSS Summer Camp

www.css-md.org/

301-926-6780

Deaf Camp, Inc.

www.DeafCampsInc.org

443-739-0716

Dove Pointe, Inc.

www.dovepointe.com/

410-341-4472

Lions Club Camp Merrick

http://lionscampmerrick.org/

Mellwood- Camp Accomplish

http://www.melwoodrecreation.org/camp

 301-870-3226

Summer Camp for Children with Multiple Disabilities

www.mysummercamps.com

301-445-3350

Joni & Friends Family Camp

(My family attended Joni & Friends Camp every year and loved it, it’s great for respite care and spending quality time together as family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment)

http://www.joniandfriends.org/retreat-locations/maryland/

(818) 707-5664


RESPITE CARE

Arc of Southern Maryland  

www.arcsomd.org

301-855-1835

Care for You, Inc.

www.careforyou.us

301-215-7751

Charles County Respite Care Department

http://www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/aging/family-caregiver-and-support-program

301-392-6660

Promise Resource Center

http://www.thepromiseresourcecenter.org

301-290-0040


EVALUATION, INTERVENTION, TREATMENT SERVICES

Barstow Acres

Barstow Acres provides mental health services, developmental and enrichment programs for children, adults and families. Services are provided in a home-like environment by competent, compassionate, culturally diverse and client-centered staff. They are known for their creative therapy interventions such as play therapy and art therapy.

http://childrencenter.net/services/

401-414-9901

Child Find

Child Find is a program for children from birth to age 21, that provides screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of early Intervention Program or Preschool Special Education services.

https://www.ccboe.com/departments/special/specialeducation.php

(301) 934-3884

Children’s Hospital- Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

This Nationally recognized program offers; assessment, diagnosis, and care for children and teens with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disorders.

https://childrensnational.org/departments/psychiatry-and-behavioral-scienceshttps://childrensnational.org/departments/psychiatry-and-behavioral-sciences

1-888-884-BEAR

Center for Children

Provides comprehensive mental health services to children and their families.

http://center-for-children.org/

301-609-9887

Coordinated Movements

Coordinated Movements, Inc. has been serving the Southern Maryland for over fifteen years. I can remember taking my siblings here and always feeling so supported. They specialize in pediatric occupational, physical and speech-language therapy.

http://coordinatedmovements.com/

301-290-0800

Department of Health-Infant & Toddler Program

The Infant & Toddler program is great; they provide developmental intervention services for children age’s birth to three.

http://www.charlescountyhealth.org/health-services/infants-toddlers/

301-609-6900

Head Start Programs

Head Start is in all three counties and provides programming in an educational setting that promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

http://www.smtccac.org/hstart/

301-274-4474

Judy Centers

Provides a central location for early childhood education and support services for children from birth through kindergarten. Judy Centers promote school readiness by developing the child with communication skills, basic math ideas, understanding of stories and understanding of the world around them.

http://www.ccboe.com/schools/judycenter/

301-934-7493

Kennedy Krieger Institute Behavioral Management Clinic

Kennedy Krieger is my number one recommendations to families when looking for early identification, intervention, and treatment of disabilities. Kennedy Krieger values maximizing potential and preventing major problems throughout a child’s life.  It is a great place to start to get an evaluation and locate services near you.

https://www.kennedykrieger.org/patient-care

844-334-3211

The Promise Resource Center

Provides a variety of parenting, co-parenting and behavior management support programs, as well as classes on child development and developmentally appropriate practices for families and child care providers.

www.thepromisecenter.org

(301) 290-0040

Tri County Youth Services Bureau

Tri County Youth Services Bureau serves children and families in all three counties by providing social, mental and behavioral therapy services through both school based and community based programs.

http://tcysb.org/

301-645-1837


RESOURCE LOCATORS

Early Childhood Resource Directory

https://www.charlescountymd.gov/sites/default/files/cs/community_programs/Early%20Childhood%20Resource%20Directory_0.pdf

Family Support Services

http://www.cliservices.org/

301-932-3426

Maryland Community Connection

http://www.marylandcommunityconnection.org/liss-county-resources/charles-county-resources/

Maryland Community Service Locator

www.mdcsl.org

301-405-9796

Maryland Special Needs Events

https://www.facebook.com/Maryland-Special-Needs-Events-171415123012584/


2017 EVENTS

AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR

(THE PLAYFUL PARENT IS EXCITED TO BE AT THIS EVENT!!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE LOTS OF PARENTS AT THIS!)

April 1, 2017

9:30 AM -12:00 PM

St. Charles High School

Join Charles County Public Schools in celebrating Autism Awareness Month. This event has a morning of events planned for children, parents, and other caregivers! Participate in interactive sessions designed to address the needs of children with Autism in the classroom and at home! Session topics include strategies and materials to support learning at home, busy box activities for the child on-the-go, and sensory strategies and supports for children of all ages. Spend time in our Parent Lounge, connecting with other parents and learning about community resources. Children will participate in their own sessions, with trained staff and sensory-friendly craft, music, and movement activities!

AUTISM SPEAK WALK

Join many at the National Mall on October 7, 2017 to advocate and take action for the diverse needs of the autism community. The event helps generate funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.

CARING BUNNY

(St. Charles Town Center)

Two Special dates: March 26, 2017 & April 2, 2017

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Did you know that our local mall has partnered with Autism Speaks to host two special times that provide a more welcoming and quiet environment for children with special needs and their families! Make sure you register online March

26:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-bunny-tickets-32053572097

April 2nd: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-bunny-tickets-32054251128

DUCK RACE

Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 2:30 registration, 3:30 Race Begins
Location: Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center
Details: Sponsor one or more ducks for a chance to win awesome prizes! Any and all donations will be put towards helping campers with special needs attend a CCPR 2017 summer camp.
Event Type: Family Fun/Fund Raiser
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $5 per duck
Information: 410-535-1600 ext 8204

EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY

This annual event offers kids a great start to the school year! This event usually occurs the first Saturday in August from 10AM to 1PM at the Capital Club House in Waldorf, MD. 2017 date and time to be announced.

PARENTS PLACE OF MARYLAND

Check their page for parenting workshops and events the next one on the agenda is “Special Education: What Parents Need to Know, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions” on March 17, 2016 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

http://www.ppmd.org/

SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS

It’s exciting that AMC’s have partnered with Autism Society to provide sensory friendly films. It’s great that this exists because it increases public awareness of autism and advocates services in the community. The show times offer a more welcoming and subdued environment by keeping the lights on and volume at a lower level.

https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Spring Schedule:

  • March-11, 2017 -Rock Dog
  • March 14, 2017  – Kong Skull Island
  • March 25, 2017  – Disney’s Beauty and The Beast
  • March 28, 2017 – Power Rangers
  • April 8, 2017 – Dream Works: Boss Baby
  • April 11, 2017- Gifted
  • April 22, 2017- Smurfs The Lost Village
  • April 25, 2017- The Fate of The Furious
  • May 9, 2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • May 13, 2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

SPRING FLING BARSTOW ACRES CHILDREN’S CENTER
Date: 4/22/2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Barstow Acres Children’s Center
Details: Fun filled activities for the entire family, including grilled hamburgers and hotdog lunch specials for donations of $3. Come out and get information on the various groups and activities hosted by Barstow Acres.
Event Type: Open House
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Information: 410-414-9901

CHILDREN’S THEATER OF ANNAPOLIS 

Performance of James and the Giant Peach- Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Sensory-Friendly Performance & American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation

Children’s Theater of Annapolis offers sensory-friendly performances for all three of their main stage productions each season. These performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to families with children who are autistic or have other sensory sensitivities. Accommodations for these performances include
– Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
– Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
– A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
– Patrons are free to talk and move about during the performance
For more information click on the link below to visit our Accessibility webpage or call 410-757-2281.

Maryland Discovery Days At Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Tuesday, May 9 – Friday, May 12, 9:30 AM – 5PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $14.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Groups of 15 or more who book ahead are eligible for Port Discovery’s group rate.
Contact Kristie Gulick at 410-864-2664 for group pricing.

Every year, Port Discovery sets aside days for children with special needs and their caretakers as part of the museum’s dedication to inclusive learning. The Museum staff lowers volume, sound effects, and lights, so that children with physical and cognitive abilities can truly enjoy the museum experience. Activities are designed for children with special needs, but all children are encouraged to join this fun-filled week. Children with IEP’s are welcome at this week’s events. Visit PortDiscovery.orgfor more information about Maryland Discovery Days.  Find out more about each day’s activities:

Portability Autism Day

Tuesday, May 9, 9:30 AM – 5PM

Kickoff Discovery Days with Portability Autism Day, designed for children with Autism and their peers. Enjoy a can’t-miss puppetry performance from the Kindersinger, get up close and personal with wildlife at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, become a scientist during the interactive Eric Energy show, and much more!

Discovery Day

Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 AM– 5PM

Get ready to sing, dance, and move on day two of Maryland Discovery Days! Join programs designed for children with special needs, Pre-K to 2nd grade. Learn about different sound techniques at the interactive Percussion Garden, meet wildlife at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, and watch a lively performance from the Kindersinger!

Discovery Day

Thursday, May 11, 9:30AM – 5PM

Join Port Discovery for an exciting day of interactive activities designed for special needs children, 3rd grade and above. Don’t miss a live performance from the one and only Kindersinger, our lively interactive Jingle Jangle Music Time, or our award-winning literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose.

Be a part of the Arts Day

Friday, May 12, 9:30 AM– 5PM

Celebrate the last day of Discovery week with Be a Part of the Arts Day, featuring an inclusive fun-filled schedule for children of all abilities! Listen to Mr. Norman fill the halls with classic music, enjoy Face Painting by Landre SFX, learn sign language with Shakey K, and more art activities the whole family will love!