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. In 2017 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 and will keep it updated. 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 2019.


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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

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.

The Charles County Judy Center

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/


2019 EVENTS


AUTISM SPEAK WALK

Join many at the National Mall on October 5, 2019 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.

 

BIG APPLE- AUTISM FRIENDLY DAY 

(Big Apple Circus- National Harbor)

Date:  February 23, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Details: This performance is designed to accommodate people with special needs.  The show is sensory friendly and includes a calming center, volunteers and a social story.

 

B&O RAILROAD – SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY 

(B&O Railroad Museum)

Date:  March 24, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Details: For the first time, B&O Railroad is offering a new series of Sensory Friendly Days for children and guest with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The Museum will open one hour earlier at 10:00 AM on this special day to accommodate guests of all abilities and their families. Staff will modify museum lights and sounds and post extra signs to give guests a more accessible experience. Additional volunteers and staff will be available to support visitors throughout their visit. This event offers a great chance to explore the museum with less crowds. event link.

 

CARING BUNNY

(St. Charles Town Center)

Date:  April 7, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Details: 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 event link.

 

CHUCH E CHEESE- SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY 

(Chcuk-E-Cheese, Waldorf)

Date:  1st Sundays

Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Details: Chuck E. Cheese’s opens it’s doors two hours early the first Sunday of the month for a special sensory sensitive play time. Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. They now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Their trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. Event Link

 

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

SKYZONE – SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY 

(Skyzone Waldorf)

Date:  2nd Saturdays

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Details: Enjoy the freedom of jumping in quieter, relaxing environment for those of special needs.Event link.