Special Assistance Guide

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Early Steps
Early Steps provides early intervention services to children ages 0-3 born with a
disability or developmental delay. These include:  Family Support/Training,
Health/Nutritional/Vision/Translator Services, Occupational/Physical/Speech/Vision
Therapy, Service Coordination, and Third Party Referrals. Evaluation is free, and
services are covered by insurance or Part C funds. Once your child is deemed eligible,
you will receive the Individualized Family Support Plan with authorized
services/guidance on what to do next.
Call 305.929.8705 or visit www.benchmarkhs.com for more information.





Best Buddies

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical
and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by
helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live
independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and
feel valued by society.  


Interested in being involved in South Florida? Call us at 305-374-2233 ext. 243 










Parent to Parent 

Parent to Parent of Miami's Community Parent Resource Center provides peer support
and advocacy to families of people with disabilities. The assistance and coaching
provided empower families/caregivers to access services that lead to increased
advocacy at home, school, and community. Each family is assigned an Education and
Support Specialist to coach as they face the challenges of parenting children with special needs. 

Website: http://www.ptopmiami.org/











Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is Florida's largest and oldest nonprofit serving the needs
of the blind and visually impaired. Through education, training, research and vision
enhancement, Miami Lighthouse provides hope, confidence, and independence to
people of all ages, transforming the lives of over 75,000 blind and visually impaired
people annually, from babies to seniors, and their families. Our programs’ impact is
statewide, national, and international.

















 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

The Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Joe DiMaggio
Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive rehabilitation services to support children and
adolescents with physical and neurological conditions that affect the functionality of the
brain, spinal cord, limbs, muscles, and nerves. We support our pediatric patients through
every phase of their rehabilitation process, including inpatient and outpatient care.
1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive
Hollywood, FL 33021 

















CRYSTAL Academy 
Crystal Academy Premium Therapy Center provides Behavior, Speech & Language and
Occupational Therapy interventions, tutoring and academic support. The School side
offers individualized attention within a group setting promoting communication,
education, socialization, inclusion opportunities within the City of Coral Gables and
Community Based Instruction in the Greater Miami Area.

107 Antilla Avenue, Coral Gables, Ph. 305-567-5881 www.crystalacademycg.com 





Therapies 4 Kids 
Therapies for Kids provide services in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational
Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, as well as ABA therapy at their new location
American Therapy House (www.ATHaba.com). Almost all insurances, both private and
Medicaid, accepted. Services provided by license therapy; for more information visit our
website www.therapies4kids.com















Children’s Rehab Network

Children’s Rehab Network is dedicated to providing nursing, education, and therapeutic
care to children requiring habilitative and rehabilitative services. We strive to provide the
highest quality pediatric care that places the child and family at the heart of the program.
We seek to help stabilize and improve a child’s condition and to assist the family as
much as possible. With compassion, we provide services that enhance the health,
independence, self-sufficiency, and productivity of those served, while also providing
support to their families. 

We have two Locations :

North Dade  : (305) 622-7575
South Miami : (305) 665-0886

















Cherry Blossom Academy 
Blossoms Therapy service, along with Innovative Minds multi-disciplinary team,
specializes in the field of early childhood education, program implementation, and early
intervention pediatric therapy services in the home environment. We provide a
comprehensive competency to Early Intervention Services, following the early steps

educational models that are outcome-driven, community-focused, and compassionate in nature.
For more information:  Innovativemindsaba@gmail.com or call 305-321-7817










Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is the state’s low cost, high-quality health and dental insurance program for
kids. Offering head-to-toe coverage, Florida KidCare is great insurance for kids and one less
worry for parents! Four programs (Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s
Medical Services Managed Care Plan) provide kids-only coverage from birth through the end of
age 18. With no application fee and year-round enrollment, the time to apply is always now!

Estimate your monthly payment in 20 seconds or less at floridakidcare.org.















Easter Seals
Easterseals South Florida provides special education services or services for children
with disabilities/special needs. Therapists, teachers and health professionals help each
person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.  
Educational services include: Early Education, Child Development, Autism Elementary &
Middle School, Culinary Arts High School (students ages 14-22 with autism/special needs).
For more information, please contact:  305-547-4715

Website:  www.easterseals.com/southflorida  
















GTG PPEC is a prescribed pediatric extended care facility that caters to medically fragile children
ages 0 -21. We provide the highest quality nursing care in addition to therapies; physical,
occupational, speech, behavioral and respiratory. Transportation services are free of cost and
care is covered through Medicaid. Join us now!

Website: www.gtgppec.com

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital 

Offers a full range of bilingual diagnostic and therapeutic services to meet the needs of
infants, children and adolescents. Inpatient rehabilitation services are offered to patients
in the hospital’s neonatal, pediatric and cardiac intensive care units. A full spectrum of
outpatient rehabilitative care is also offered at select Nicklaus Children’s outpatient
locations throughout South Florida providing physical, occupational, speech-language,

and feeding and swallowing therapies. Orthopedic sports medicine, injury prevention
and performance training programs are also available.
Address: 3100 SW 62 Ave
Miami, FL 33155

Appointment line: 877-624-8413


My Optimal Child 

We provide comprehensive services to reach children’s optimal development through innovative,
evidence-based, and whole-child approach. From psycho-educational assessments and parent support
to brain training, educational therapy, and shadow services. Home-based and school-based services
provided in South Miami, Brickell/KB, North Miami, and Doral. Gardiner Scholarship providers. Over 20
years of experience.

Web page: www.myoptimalchild.com email: info@vseducation.org Phone:786-393-7955 Address: 777
Brickell Ave, suite 542,33131 Contact: Valeria Fontanals, Ed.M,SS Director/ Licensed School
Psychologist/ Harvard trained.













Miami Learning Experience School

At Miami Learning Experience School (MLE), we know that children and
adults with special needs have capabilities far beyond what was imagined
before. At MLE we provide personal care and attention, carefully
developed programs, and objectives that help each student achieve their
goals. We are of the belief that all children with developmental disabilities
have the potential for learning and becoming active members of our
community as independent as possible. This is not just what we believe
here at MLE, this is what we strive to achieve!

Email: mle@mleschool.org
Phone: (305) 275-5900


Help your child SUCCEED with our 8-week intensive therapeutic program by working on
individualized goals implemented in the individual and small group settings. These goals are
developed by Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and

Behavior Specialists. S-U-C-C-E-ED uses a combination of individual and small group instruction
designed to bridge the gap between individual therapy and the preschool setting.













 Broward Children Center 
 Since 1971, Broward Children’s Center has been providing services through our network of care to
infants, children, and young adults with special health care needs. Our network includes a skilled nursing
facility, group homes, PPEC, home health, developmental preschools, respite care, advocacy services,
ABA, occupational and speech therapy.

For more information contact: Myrna Miott

200 SE 19th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060













. Snip Its Hairsalons 
To make a Snip-its haircut adventure a positive experience, our stylists receive special
training to meet the needs of children with autism. You can schedule a pre-visit, or
download our Snip-its Haircut Guide with a visual path at snipits.com, to make your
kiddo comfortable about visiting the salon and familiarize them with our stylists.
Phone: (786) 901-7186














. Young at Art Museum  -Sensory Sunday a “YAA for ALL” program
Every Second Sunday of the month Young At Art Museum opens one hour early for
families of children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. Guests can explore the
museum and enjoy art activities in a safe and welcoming environment with CARD staff
members present for support and additional resources.

Young At Art Museum

751 SW 121 st Avenue
Davie, Florida 33325













Area Stage Company

ASC's Inclusion Theatre Project (ITP) reaches participants and assists them on their journey as they

move towards adulthood. ITP serves its target population of student actors across South Florida,

ages five and up, with developmental disabilities who are eager to expand their talents. Coaches also

travel to local schools to provide on-site training to individuals who might not have the opportunity to

explore and access their abilities through the arts. Through our innovative program, developing actors

across the board experience socially-relevant and impactful artistic interactions that inspire change

and foster understanding in our audiences and community. 


Irma Becker

ITP Coordinator 



Rebecca Ashton