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DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK

by Margaret Travillion C.E.O.                    

In my role here at Lauren’s Institute For Education I have the honor and privilege of meeting many new families.  Some of these families are not necessarily new to the services yet new to our organization and all that it can offer.  However some of the families I meet are new to all aspects of this world of developmental disabilities we live in.  These are the families I want to share about, I am becoming increasingly concerned with how many families I am meeting that are not being properly supported and/or educated as it pertains to their child and the needs they may have.

I think it is so critical for families to know it is acceptable and advisable to seek further guidance if they suspect something is not quite right with their child’s development and they are not happy with what the professionals are telling them. If you suspect your child is not reaching their developmental milestones as they should I urge you to ask your current pediatrician for a referral to see a Developmental Pediatrician who specializes in this field.

Please see the attached flyer for your review as it pertains to developmental milestones.  Of course some developmental disabilities are much easier to detect early on, however those associated with the autism spectrum can sometimes be overlooked and put off.  It is important for parents to be aware of what some of the early indicators may be for our children who are being diagnosed with autism.  Please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs for more information on this.

Historically families who live in lower income communities, attend high risk school districts and/or who may not have access to specialist with their insurance coverage’s are at higher risk of not being properly diagnosed or not being diagnosed until years of precious time have passed.  It is important for those families to know what kind of resources they have to refer to.  Please see the attached document “Parent Resources”.  If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a development disability it is important they apply for services in order to get the very valuable treatments needed to help the child develop accordingly.  Please see the attached document “Resources for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children” for information on how to apply through the Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities.

If your child is currently struggling in their academic environment and you have asked for help with no response, please know your rights.  Please visit http://www.azed.gov/special-education/  for more information on what can be done to get your child help.

Lastly, those that know me know that I am very passionate about children and adults with developmental disabilities receiving the very best in options and services to help them reach their highest potential.   If you or someone you know is in need of help, please do not hesitate to contact the front desk and schedule a time to meet with me.  I will do everything in my power to help advocate for your child and help guide you in how you can obtain the help your child needs today.

Parent Resources

Resources for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children

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