Family Resources

The Kaufman Children’s Center works closely with families to provide the best care possible for our KCC kids. We understand that navigating your way through the special-needs system can be incredibly challenging, and we endeavor to help as much as possible. We hope the information listed in this area may be of help to you. Please feel free to provide feedback by emailing Cyndi Davis, the KCC’s community outreach coordinator. We would love to hear what has worked for you, and will be happy to pass on helpful information to other families.

Grant Opportunties

Organizations that provide support
and financial help to families

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Special Needs Apps

Apps for phones and tables that are both fun and helpful for your child

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Insurance Tips

Helpful information to get the most
from your health coverage

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Helpful Organizations

Friends of the KCC who may be of assistance to special needs families

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Special Needs Grant Opportunities

The KCC has made every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but we cannot be held liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed. If you receive help from another grant source not listed here, please let us know so we may share it with other families.  Thanks for your help!

Special Needs Grants

Autism Grant Sources

Grants for Travel Expenses

Grant Search Engines

Special Needs Apps

Every day at the KCC we are hearing more and more about the usefulness of smartphone and tablet apps for kids with special needs. We have been approached by many parents for a comprehensive list of apps. Although it may be impossible to list every app available, the following resources are a great first step in finding technology that may be helpful for your child.

Friendship Circle App Review

Parents can search for apps by keyword, tag, most popular and most recent.  There’s also a fantastic category search to find apps for the following uses: communication, social skills, life skills, behavior, educational, scheduling, and speech/language.

 

http://www.friendshipcircle.org/apps/

One Place for Special Needs App Guide

The guide breaks down the best of the apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child. Great for kids with autism, ADHD, apraxia, learning disability, sensory issues and more. Included are apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and some Android apps.

 

http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_special_needs_apps.html

Easter Seals BridgingApps Program

BridgingApps is an Easter Seals program that helps parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.

 

https://insignio.bridgingapps.org/dashboard

Autism Speaks App Review

This service is constantly updated by parents and other users and includes information on the platform, cost, age group, price, any related research.

 

https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps

Birdhouse for Autism

Birdhouse is a super helpful, easy-to-use website and smartphone app designed FOR parents raising children with autism, BY parents raising a child with autism. Easily keep a running, searchable journal of your child’s daily activities like sleep, medications/supplements, moods, therapies, poop, meltdown, food, and other activities, so you can figure out what’s working and what needs to be changed, and have everything on you whenever you need access to it.

 

http://www.birdhousehq.com/

App Store for Your Specific Device

Both Apple and Android offer built-in tools and technologies that help people with disabilities get the most out of their devices. Search the iTunes store and Google Play for additional special needs apps.

 

Tips for Dealing with Insurance Companies

While we do bill certain insurance companies for our ABA autism services, the KCC does not currently bill directly for speech/language and occupational therapy services. Payment is the responsibility of the parent. We understand that dealing with health insurance can be a complicated and sometimes frustrating process, and have pulled together some tips we hope will help.

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Helpful Organizations

logo aaom

Assistance navigating the autism through a wide variety of resources

logo apraxia connection

Childhood apraxia of speech charity based in the greater Chicago area

logo asoc

Area group supporting all aspects
of life for those with ASD

logo asha

Making effective communication accessible and achievable for all

logo birdhouse

Using technology to help your special needs household stay organized

logo camp tall tree

A traditional summer camp experience
for kids with special challenges

logo CASANA

Charity ensuring best opportunities for
children with apraxia of speech

logo down synd copy

Opening a world of opportunity for
people with Down Syndrome

logo family connections

Support and services for parents and
families of special needs kids

logo friendship circle

Assistance and friendship to children
with special needs and their families

logo metro parent

Online community to enrich the
experience of raising children

logo miota

How OT can help people perform
at the highest level of their life roles

logo msha

Resources from the Michigan Speech-
Language-Hearing Association

logo nss

Speech-language pathology continuing
education and treatment resources

logo jfed otdp

Enables Jewish children to participate
in a quality Jewish education

logo small steps

Funds therapies and treatments for
children with communicative disorders

logo songs to grow on

Therapy songbook resource from
the KCC’s own music therapist

logo toyology

West Bloomfield toy store with
unique special needs resources