If you know of services or programs available for children on the spectrum, please email Alicia@TurnToUsInc.org so we an add it to this list. This list is in no particular order and we are not affiliated with any of the services.
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Looking for Help With Your Special Needs Child This Summer?
We Can Help…
- Provide Home Health Aide or Nursing services while you work
- Accompany child to camp or day program
- We check insurance coverage for you and handle all the paperwork
Give us a call to learn how our services can enhance your summer and give you peace of mind.
Carbon & Schuylkill Counties
Call our office at 610-377-4717 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy - Beth Raiola (516) 320-4787
Specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD
58 Camp Victory Rd
Millville, PA 17846
We believe that children who experience chronic health problems or catastrophic illness, or who are physically or mentally disabled, need help and encouragement to cope with their lifelong challenges. Recognizing the sense of isolation and frustration these challenges can bring to the children and their families, Camp Victory’s founders ensured that the design and building of the various facilities would incorporate their special needs.
At Camp Victory, partner groups with specialized knowledge and training operate camps for children who live with chronic health disadvantages. The children receive the greatest possible care, support and personal growth, have much fun and make many friends.
We believe that by sharing their challenges with each other in the relaxed atmosphere of a summer camp, the children become mutually supportive, teaching each other confidence, courage and self-esteem. We believe that the personal growth children experience at Camp Victory remains with them throughout their lives, helping them achieve a greater measure of independence, thus benefiting them, their families and the world around them.
Our greatest reward is constantly rediscovering that the children bring to every camp a quality of joy, love and extraordinary kinship. It’s these special kids who truly make Camp Victory a special place.
Susquehanna Service Dogs
1078 Gravel Hill Road | Grantville, PA 17028
- Application, personal interview, and home interview required
- The personal interview determines which do you will receive (you will be interacting with dogs during the interview)
- The home interview will determine whether or not your home is suitable for a service dog
- $25 application fee
- Waiting time for a service dog can be up to 2-3 years
- There is a $5000 fee for a service dog that must be paid by the client or a third party
- A limited amount of scholarships are offered and are only available to PA residents; these scholarships are need-based
- Fundraising and grant application assistance is provided
- Clients must participate in training session with your new service dog
- Training can last up to eight months, and varies depending on the client's need and type of service dog
- Service, Balance, Hearing, Facility, In-Home, and Companion dogs are available
- Offers service dogs for men and women who serviced in the military
New Hope Assistance Dogs
3 Scott Run Road | Warren, PA 16365
- $25 application fee
- Dogs are provided based on the best match rather than time; the dog that best matches you may need more time to complete training
- Training is required for the first four to ten days; clients must train three to five hours a day
- Clients must provide transportation, lodging, meals, and personal aid during training sessions with a new service dog
- Clients will receive weekly checkup calls for the three months after training graduation
- Clients must keep in contact with their trainer for one year after training graduation
- Clients with Public Access service dogs will be required to have their service dog certified for the PAT test
- This is required annually for first three years; after three years, you must re-certify your service dog every five year
- Assistance, Companion, Skilled Companion, Hearing, Seizure Response, Service and Therapy/Facility dogs are available
- Provides a list of businesses and organizations (often local) that will assist you in raising funds to purchase a dog
Call or Text: 818-707-5664
Product Orders: 800-736-4177
Joni and Friends
International Disability Center
PO Box 3333
Agoura Hills, CA 91376-3333
Family Retreats and International Family Retreats offer a haven for special needs families. Here, families are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated in a fully accessible camp environment. Each Retreat site offers fun, age-appropriate activities and cultivates meaningful connections with families who understand the challenges of life with disability.
115 Meadow Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Fax: 570 346 8436
Vocational - Based out of Adult Day Services, The Arc’s Vocational
Services provide meaningful and gainful facility-based work experience
to individuals participating in the Adult Training Facility. Work opportunities
and assignments include outside contracts with various community
businesses where quality production standards are met and compensation
Supported Employment - Supported Employment
Services assists adults with intellectual and developmental
disabilities gain and maintain employment. Particular
to individual needs, an Arc Job Coach will assist with
the application process, skill development, and any
area related to acquiring and keeping a job including
transportation and social skill awareness.
Recreation - Throughout the year The Arc offers a
variety of recreational opportunities. Every effort is made to meet the needs
of our participants by offering a diverse selection of both community and facility- based activities. We strive to make inclusive options available which lead our consumers to independent leisure skill development. Regularly scheduled leisure choices are offered each week throughout the year. Programs are varied and include dinners, dances, swimming, bingo, arts/crafts, special events and much more. Our Fun and Friendship Bowling League meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For children, the Arc offers a six-week summer camp program. In addition “Arc Tracks” presents travel prospects for those who enjoy excursions to destinations such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Lancaster for shows and shopping. We also experience amusement parks, and sporting events.
Carbon County Special Dates
Dance – February 10th – 7:00pm
Dance – March 10th – 7:00pm
Dance – April 7th – 7:00pm
Dance – May 19th – 7:00pm
Dance – June 16th – 7:00pm
Picnic – July
Picnic – August
Dance – September 15th – 7:00pm
Dance – October 27th – 7:00pm
Dance – November 10th – 7:00pm
Community Residential - Community Residential affords people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to enjoy “everyday life” in regular homes on ordinary streets throughout our neighborhoods. Individuals are encouraged to maximize their independence at home and in the community. Trained staff in each home assist individuals in various aspects of household routines such as shopping, laundry, cooking, budgeting and entertaining. During the day, individuals participate in Adult Day Services, volunteer services, center based or community employment. Others may enjoy retirement in their homes or around their communities. There are currently nine Arc sponsored homes within Lackawanna and Wayne counties. Each residence is monitored twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
Supported Living - The Arc Supported Living program assists individuals to fully function as members of our community with-out twenty-four hour staff supervision. A Supported Living Coach provides “supports” to individuals in one or more of the following areas: scheduling appointments, budgeting, shopping, transportation, etc. This unique program empowers individuals by promoting increased independence and control in financial matters, socialization and recreation, employment, and in maintaining a home or apartment.
Life Sharing through Family Living - Family Living/Life Sharing offers an opportunity for an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a family or individual to share their lives. Family Living/Life Sharing is based on the importance of enduring and permanent relationships as the foundation for learning life skills, developing self-esteem and learning to exist in interdependence with others.
For additional information on Family Living/ Life Sharing or other services provided by The Arc, please contact the administrative office or visit our web site www.thearcnepa.org.
Information and Referral - Individuals and families may not be aware of community supports and services available for them. Therefore, The Arc will provide information about available community resources and make referrals as needed.
Individual Advocacy - In most cases this is a short term association between the advocate and the client. Issues are diverse and include accessing services, employment, benefits, exploitation, education, housing, abuse, neglect, legal matters and more.
Systems Advocacy and Governmental Affairs - In line with our on-going effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc actively communicates with legislators regarding pending and/or necessary legislation.
Public Awareness and Community Education - The Arc speaks to individuals and groups on various issues related to prevention and reducing the consequence of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy, and the support of families, friends and community.
1 East 33rd St. 4th Floor | New York, NY 10016
- Offers grants, services, and programs for those with autism; performs research on the cause, prevention, and cure for autism
- Financial Assistance can be received through Autism Speaks Cares; includes grants, medicaid, insurance, and housing assistance
- Provides services such as apps, employment network, and housing support
- List of Camp Programs for children in Pennsylvania: https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide/by-state/126/Camps/PA
- For more resources or questions call (888) 288-4762
Pennsylvania Autism Action Center
- Offers Social Skills Classes, ABA Services, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Professional Training, Family/Parent Training
Travel Tips for Families with an Individual on the Autism Spectrum
Preparing the Person
- Think of the individual’s daily routine and the items he or she likes or needs and bring them along to make him feel more at home. Bring whatever foods and drinks will keep him happy on the trip, especially if there are dietary restrictions.
- Buy some small, inexpensive toys or books that he or she can play with during the journey and that if you lose it will not be the end of the world.If he only plays with one favorite item, try to find a duplicate and see if you can “break it in” before the trip.
- Do not wash any items (including plush toys) before the trip as the individual may feel comfort in the home smell of his cherished item
- Put a monthly calendar with the departure date clearly marked, and have the person check off every day until departure
- Put together a picture and word “travel bok” f what means of transport you are going to be using to, who you are going to see, where you will sleep, and what you will do or see at your destination. Go over this with the person, like you would a storybook as often as you like in preparation for the trip. Using a three-ring binder is best, as you can add extra pages or insert the calender mentioned above for use on the trip.
- Taking a short trip before attempting long trips, if possible, is recommended. This will help the person get used to traveling and give you the opportunity to see and plan ahead for possible areas of difficulty.
Preparing the Environment
- When staying in a hotel it is a good idea to call ahead and ask for a quiet room. You may wish to explain about the person’s behavior if there is a likelihood of him or her exhibiting them in the public part of the hotel. Same with a friend or family's home. It can be a bit disconcerting for everyone concerned if your child or adolescent takes his clothes off and races through your friend’s home stark naked.
- If you are traveling by plane call the airlines as far in advance as you can, and tell them that you will be traveling with someone with special needs. Some airlines have a special needs coordinators. You may wish to explain the person's needs and some of the behaviors that may affect other travelers, such as rocking in their seat. If you need help getting luggage to the gate ask for a wheelchair, this guarantees that someone will be waiting for you and available to assist you.
- Persons with autism should always carry identification. Make sure he or she has an id tag attached to them somewhere with a current phone number attached to it. You can order medical bracelets, necklaces, and tags to attach to shoelaces. Additionally, if the person can carry it in his or her pocket, make an id card with a current photo, date, and phone numbers. Don’t forget to put on allergies and medications and any special information.