Coral Springs

 

1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

&

Psychological Associates

Boca Raton

 

7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996

 

SPECIAL NEEDS IN FLORIDA

Perecent of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

13.1%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs whose conditions affect their activities usually, always, or a great deal.

28.1%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs with 11 or more days of school absences due to illness.

17.8%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs with any unmet need for specific health care services.

24.5%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs with any unmet need for family support services.

5.3%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs needing specialty care who had difficulty getting a referral.

27.7%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs without a usual source of care (or who rely on the emergency room).

10.7%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs without a personal doctor or nurse.

13.9%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs whose families pay $1,000 or more in medical expenses per year.

12.7%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs whose condition caused financial problems for the family.

25.9%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs whose families spend 11 or more hours per week providing or coordinating care.

15.7%

Percent of Children with Special Health Care Needs whose condition affected the employment of family members.

37.2%

SOURCE: Department of Health & Human Services: The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and Special Needs

At Linda Berlin, Psy.D. & Psychological Associates, we offer a full array of services to meet your child's special needs. In addition to psychiatric and psychological services, we provide full educational and special needs services. We can evaluate your child's needs and determine the necessary steps to insure your child's success in his or her educational and psychosocial development. Due to the extensive backgrounds of our clinicians, we are able to offer you a comprehensive set of services to assist your child all in one location. This makes it far easier for the various clinicians to work together as a team in developing a plan for your child's future well-being. We will coordinate care with your child's primary care physician, school, teachers and any other individual or organization that is working with your child. Managing medications, psychological counseling and educational needs can be a daunting task. However, with our ability to coordinate your child's care we can help make it easier.

In order for your child to be considered disabled, he or she must be: a student who is mentally handicapped, speech and language impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, physically impaired, emotionally handicapped, specific learning disabled, hospitalized or homebound, or autistic. In order to be eligible for public services and special accomodations, you must provide your child's school with the appropriate proof and documentation of a disability. We can evaluate your child and help have your child classified as a student with disabilities.

Our Services Include, but are not limited to:
  • Psychological Testing

  • Psychological Counseling

  • Psychiatric Medication Management

  • Screening

  • Therapeutic Strategies and Interventions

  • Environmental Modifications at home, school, child care

  • Child and Parent Education and Advocacy

  • Review of school records

  • Home  Observation Visits

  • School/Child Care Observation Visits

  • Observation for At Risk Children

  • Observation for Developmental Delay, Challenging Behaviors, Attentiveness, Achievement

  • Recommendations to Parents and Care Givers

  • Recommendations to Teachers and Other Ancillary Personnel

  • Liaison with School or Child Care Center

  • Develop Appropriate Inclusion Techniques

  • Assist in the Development of Realistic Classroom/Home Accommodations and Modifications

  • Organizational Strategies

  • School Readiness Strategies

  • Parent Education and Advocacy

  • Child Advocacy

  • Transition Planning

  • Vocational Counseling

  • Educational Choice Counseling

  • Special Service and Assistive Technology Recommendations

  • Work with Teams (IEP/FSP)

  • Tutoring

  • Facilitate Life and Independent Skill Development

  • Social Skill Development (Individual/Groups

Below you will find articles written by Rhonda Grunther, MSW. She has been a leading special needs advocate in Broward and Palm Beach Counties since 1970. She has helped hundreds of children receive the educational accommodations necessary to lead a healthy and productive life.

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Promoting Awareness and Understanding of Children and Adults With Special Needs

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The United States, as well as other countries across the globe, has become increasingly involved in the process of expanding the social, emotional, and educational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

 

Where Do You Start? 
  • Identification –
  • Screening and diagnostic testing

  • Awareness and Involvement –
  • Become educated, and learn the optimal ways to intervene and meet the special needs of the individual.

  • Emotional Support –
  • Obtain assistance from community and educational services as well as private individual counseling agencies that provide trained professionals to support, inform, and offer additional resources.

  • Become Proactive not Reactive –
  • Develop advocacy skills by learning about your legislated rights. Special needs legislation has been enacted into law, which provides critical protection and supports for children and adults with disabilities.

  • Become Aware of Alphabet Soup –
  • Special needs legislation is a language onto itself. The terminology is daunting. To communicate effectively and obtain all the services you are eligible to receive, you must learn this new language. Seek out trained counselors that specialize in working with children and adults with special needs to provide crucial guidance.

  • Curriculum and Instruction –
  • Become knowledgeable. Realize that the methodologies for educational instruction and curriculum are sensitive to diversity, and reflect the differences in all children and adults.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD):

What Every Parent Needs to Know

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As a parent, you have a very crucial role in your child's overall well-being and development. Whether your child meets his or her potential and whether his self worth and self dignity stays intact is, in great part, up to you . . . the parent.

You are the one responsible for assisting and guiding your child every day. Teaching your child to successfully manage, organize, and cope with disappointments and frustrations are what parents do for each of their children. But for your child with ADD or ADHD, more is required of you. You must learn as a parent how to teach your child, how to focus on thier strengths, compensate for their weaknesses, and develop self advocacy skills to a greater degree.

As a Parent You Must:

  • Start with the premise that your child will grow into a healthy, successful adult with an intact self concept.

  • Teach your child that they are an individual in their own right and their uniqueness should be valued by others and by themselves.

  • Accept your child's uniqueness.

  • Embrace your child's individual needs. *Remember that if your child had poor vision, you would purchase glasses for them, or if they were hearing impaired, you would evaluate thier need for a hearing aide.

  • Do what you must do to insure your child's "survival" in thier home, school, religious, sports and social environments.

  • Learn what strategies and intervenions your child requires to "survive." Remember glasses and an hearing aide. You had your child evaluated and obtained what they required to meet their unique and individual needs.

  • Thwart their failures, their frustrations, depression and/or anger by learning what they need to meet with success in all situations.

  • Realize that the school environment is a key component in his or her life, from early childhood on, and whether or not they fare well in school will impact them not just today, but for all their tomorrows.

  • Be assertive and agressively intervene to make certain your child receives all the interventions, accomodations, and understanding that the child requires in school. Be patient, perservere, and do not accept "No" responses, constant criticisms, and school failures.

  • Know your rights. Know your child's rights on federal, state and local levels.

  • Be a part of the educational and psychological teams that will support your child daily and clear the obstacles in the child's path that will prevent their health, psychosocial and educational well-being, on-going growth, and success in school and in life.

To learn more about ADD/ADHD, read Dr. Giselle Leibovitch's article on What is ADD?

 
 
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