What a way to kick off the Fall Season at our last event with Commissioner Sabina Covo on September 16th at Regatta Park!
PUBLISHER - EDITOR
Karla C. Richey
PUBLISHER - EDITOR
Karla C. Richey
Enrique Chavez Pincilotti
Enrique Chavez Pincilotti
The American Heart Association
Coach Nick Bevilacqua
Families enjoyed pumpkin decorations and many shows on stage! Take a look at the pictures on page 42.
New year, new goals, and on page 6 you will have a great article on how to teach your kids to set realistic goals as individuals and as a family!
We started this first issue of the year with a super interview and also on the cover page Ron Magill, the very well-known American wildlife expert and Communications Director at Zoo Miami. Don’t miss the interview on pages 20 and 21, and also the behind the scenes pictures and videos coming up on our social media pages.
This issue is very special because we have our Special Assistance Guide. Like every year, thank you to our sponsor, The Rotary Club of Miami. In this guide, parents can find information about special education centers, therapy centers, recreational and inclusive activities, and much more. Take a look at pages 24 and 25. Also, visit our web page for the Virtual Special Assistance Expo, thanks to our sponsor Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. You will find many examples of therapies and other educational videos for special needs families here.
As requested by many parents, our best and most complete guide for the summer, Summer Camp Guide number I sponsored by iSwim Academy on pages 22 and 23.
Who doesn’t know the famous word “Good Job” from Miss Penny from South Florida PBS? I think many children always enjoy her amazing field trips on TV! Don’t miss to check out this great interview with her on pages 22 and 23, and also see some pictures with Clifford, the big red-nose dog!
February is the month of love and we have a Valentines Gift Guide for the entire family. In March we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and we have some ideas of activities to do with the family.
We are proud that during the month of January, we were able to give away a toiletry basket that includes a hand sanitizer, face mask, hand soap, towel, and a toothbrush to one reader per day on our social media pages. We hope that while having the virus around, we maintain social distancing and keep washing our hands and taking the respective precautions.
If you want to find a good school for your kids, you must turn to page 35 to check out our Schools Guide II sponsored by Super Cuts! Make sure to visit the school’s web pages to register for a tour and to learn more.
Spooky time is here, and if you want to go to a fun event, don’t miss to check out our Fall Activity Guide, sponsored by American Pediatric Dentist, where you can also find great tips to take care of your oral hygiene when eating so many candies!
Cheers to all of us, we are here for you, stronger than ever and ready to provide you with great articles, keep planning great events, and continue with our mission to integrate exceptional kids into society!Karla C. Richey
The American Heart Association
Coach Nick Bevilacqua
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Happy 2021! We are super excited for this new year with much hope and expectations for good things to happen for all of us!
The vaccines are here! We are happy that our elderly and first responders are getting the vaccine and soon most of us are going to get it also.
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Raising our children for every parent is an unknown adventure. When you are given a child with a disability, whether it is emotional, behavioral, developmental, or physical, it can be very challenging and rewarding. It is first necessary to seek out the most qualified specialists and receive a proper diagnosis. Sometimes, this requires a 2nd or 3rd opinion. You are your child’s best advocate.
You can research and gain as much knowledge about their condition and possible treatments with the internet. Be cautious not to jump to medicate too quickly until you have weighed all the pros and cons of different options. All medications can have side effects affecting their small, growing bodies and minds. My youngest son, now a very successful businessman, was a handful as a child. It resulted in many teacher conferences and discussing the option to medicate him. Instead, I enrolled him in afterschool sports, where he excelled and even received his 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. We were blessed with a fabulous second-grade teacher who was patient and understanding about his hyperactivity and followed my suggestion to have him run papers to the office, clean the whiteboards, pass out books, etc. She didn’t take me up on my joke suggestion to clean the basketball court with a toothbrush!
I Googled, in preparation for this article, “Support groups in Miami”. I was pleased to see a plethora of so many options. When you participate, you can share frustrations, experiences, and successes, and have questions answered. You can learn from others about many things that can save you time and money. You can feel less isolated, lonely, and judged in this support group. You can learn about non-profit agencies that provide free therapy and Medicaid Insurance, a financial blessing. This issue
Special Needs with Raising a Child
(and all the others) of Miami Kids Magazine is a valuable resource, and major gratitude must be given to the founder and Publisher, Karla Richey. She is a visionary to provide all families with support, information, and resources throughout the year.
As parents, we want to provide the best care for our children. But it is important to be aware of the stress others place on us and ourselves. First, be cautious of misguided comments from others. For example, one might say to you: You should be punishing their bad behavior, or telling you about a friend that cured their kid’s autism, or my all-time favorite of horrible comments, “God only gives you what you can handle”. Unless you are raising a special needs child, you will not fully understand. You are doing your best to care for, love, and nurture your
special child to be like everyone else…. to be independent, happy, and healthy. Give yourself a Hug and a Hi Five!
If you have a special needs child, please acknowledge you are a Special parent and your child is blessed!
Among adults and children, produce prescription programs appeared to decrease food insecurity and improve self-reported health status.
According to the American Heart Association, people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease who participated in produce prescription programs increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables, which was associated with improved body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and blood pressure levels, as well as a decrease in food insecurity. This new research was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a peer-reviewed AHA journal.
Produce prescription programs enable doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables in addition to medications. Patients receive electronic cards or vouchers to access free or discounted produce of their choice at retail grocery, explained study lead author Kurt Hager, Ph.D., M.S., an instructor at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Participants attended nutrition classes. At the beginning and after completing the program — which ranged from 4 to 10 months— participants completed questionnaires about fruit and vegetable consumption, food insecurity and health status. Routine testing of blood pressure; weight and height; and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) -a measure of blood sugar - was completed at enrollment and at the conclusion of the program.
The analysis of all participants found:
• Adults reported that their intake of fruits and vegetables increased by nearly one cup per day (0.85 cups per day). Among children, intake of fruits and vegetables increased by about a quarter of a cup per
day (0.26 cups per day).
• Systolic blood pressure — blood pressure during heartbeats — decreased more than 8 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg); while diastolic blood pressure — blood pressure between heartbeats — decreased nearly 5 mm Hg among adults who had high blood pressure at enrollment in the study.
• Blood sugar, as measured by HbA1C levels, decreased by 0.29 to 0.58 percentage points among adults with diabetes.
• BMI significantly improved, with a reduction of 0.52 kilograms per square meter (kg/m2) among adults with obesity. Among children, however, BMI did not change.
• Adults were 62% more likely and children were more than twice as likely to report better health status by program completion.
• Overall, participants were one-third less likely to report food insecurity after completing the programs compared to before the programs.
“Poor nutrition and nutrition insecurity are major drivers of chronic disease globally, including cardiometabolic conditions like Type 2 diabetes and their cardiovascular consequences, including heart failure, heart attack and stroke,” according to Mitchell Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAHA, chief clinical science officer of the American Heart Association and a tenured professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University. “This analysis of produce prescription programs illustrates the potential of subsidized produce prescriptions to increase consumption of nutritious fruits and vegetables, reduce food insecurity and, hopefully, improve subjective and objective health measures.
Keeping your diet in check during the holiday season and fall festivities can be tough with easy access to unhealthy treats.
Poor nutrition and nutrition insecurity are major factors in poor heart health.
A new study finds prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index, leading to better heart health.By Maria Lusich
Celebrate a Special Thanksgiving at
PGA National Resort
South Florida’s world-class PGA National Resort meets at the center of world class golf and tailored luxury, reimagining the family resort experience through a stunning and extensive $100 million transformation. The revitalization of this iconic resort, which debuted in February 2022, features fully updated guest rooms and meeting spaces, new dining concepts, wellness offerings, and new programming, all offering guests an unforgettable experience and members a sense of community
During the month of October they will have a “Spa-Tober”. A month-long promotion similar to Miami Spa months with great specials. One of them will include the childcare at Banyan Buddies Kids Club with a treatment.
The Spa at PGA National
Resort features mineral pools that glisten in the warm sun and soothing sounds from flowing fountains complemented by tropical prints. Wet and dry treatment rooms; and a retail shop. The Spa’s revitalization also includes the addition of a couple’s treatment room as well as two Himalayan salt rooms.
In November, you will be able to enjoy a mommy and me spa weekend! Something special to connect with your mini me. Swim, Sip, Dance, Repeat. Dive in movie activation all month long on select dates.
Forget the running for Thanksgiving! PGA hosts Thanksgiving Pickleball Paddle-Offinstead of the traditional turkey trot, the resort will host a tournament followed by a delicious buffet.
With something for every member of the family, PGA National Resort is changing the game on dining in South Florida, allowing guests to be guided by their palate throughout the day. Offerings include
The Butcher’s Club– Helmed by “Top Chef” Season 13 winner and Executive Chef of the acclaimed StubbornSeed in Miami, Jeremy Ford, The Butcher’s Club offers guests a high-end dining
experience in a sleek, stylish atmosphere. The menu includes selections from the raw bar as well as select dry aged cuts paired with an innovative cocktail menu and an extensive wine collection.
Honeybelle –Classic Florida style and southern charm meet seasonal American cuisine by multiple James Beard Award nominee and Palm Beach resident Chef Lindsay Autry at Honeybelle, the resort’s allday dining concept. Guests dine and unwind in this airy and refreshing space, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. Signature favorites include: wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, sandwiches, and delicious entrees.
Birdie’s Diner – Birdie’s leans into the retro look. The current menu celebrates quintessential American cuisine with a South Florida spin.
The MKT– For the guest on the go, The MKT offers a fast casual option, offering light bites and beverages.
Sugarplume – This extremely unique chocolate shop is a retail gifting destination, allowing guests to custom create an assortment of chocolate gifts from around the world.
The perfect time of the year to reunite with family members all in one place!
The tree lighting ceremony is on November 24, with lots of activities for the entire family! You can’t miss to visit and enjoy all these amazing attractions and culinary delights that PGA National Resort has to offer.
A Story about Kyrie and Me
Kyrie is an 8 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy.
He does’t understand his limitations. He is smiling kid who is happy to be alive and approaches most of what I ask of him with desire to try.
Imagine that for a minute, as a parent, the doctors tell you something about your child, then you see they are mostly accurate (but
somethings don’t add up), and then your child starts to prove them wrong, through desire and action. What do you do? I think the answer is you help them. You help them live the best life as possible. That is what so many parents of special needs children are trying to do, help their child live the best life they can. That is what Katia, Kyrie’s mom is trying to do for him.
Kyrie walked into the pool that Monday. He was taller and stronger than I had imagined.
it. We, like Kyrie, can do things that are hard, and we can do things that are scary. Like anything else, with anyone else, if you want to get better at something, you must practice. Just like we, as “typical” people, we must practice the way in which we respond to kids with special needs.
Honestly, most of the time, all they need is a little love and patience from those around them. In speaking with Katia, I heard a mom on the other end of the phone. I heard a human who has ups and downs, joys and heartaches, challenges and victories. Kind of sounds like almost every other person I have interacted with.
Now, I have a challenge for you. Practice looking at humans with special needs as simply another human who has their special need out where you can see it. The Lord knows, I am not interested in letting the world see most of my issues that I have struggled with. Let us practice leading with love, kindness, and understanding. Before we judge, point fingers, and whisper… Practice helping someone, even if it is just holding the door open. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be special, just like Kyrie!!!
Kyrie could walk, manage stairs, and do it mostly all on his own. I was in shock. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always fun. It wasn’t always successful; however, we made it. Kyrie was able to swim and jump into pool and return to the wall.
Kyrie worked hard, you could tell it was hard for him, and maybe a little scary. In the end, he still did
I grew up in Hollywood, Florida going to Hollywood Beach and playing in the woods around Sheridan Street and 441. The neighborhood was full of kids. We walked to school together and back home again. We created our own fun. I graduated from Nova High School and went on to Nova Southeastern University (NSU). I am a real South Florida girl.
My journey into working in education began when I had two young children and needed a job that offered childcare so I could return to work. This led me to NSU’s preschool, then known as the Family Center. We loved it. I labored my way up from a teacher’s aide to a director and at the same time went to school. After obtaining my master’s degree I began teaching other educators how to teach preschool through a course called CDA (Child Development Associate).
Throughout my extensive career in preschool education, I learned many of the nuances involved in early education.
How did you start working in broadcasting, and how did KidVision come to life?
My journey into broadcasting started as I worked on a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership with a focus on creating an online professional development tool for early childhood teachers. At the time nothing of the sort existed and I knew from experience that preschool teachers needed affordable on-going professional development. During my doctoral research, NSU asked me to join WPBT, a public television station, as a member of their Community Advisory Board. Our goal was to design educational and entertaining content for preschoolers through oneminute interstitials that aired between PBS Kids shows, covering topics like healthy habits and literacy. Our work together was a success! This partnership opened the door to KidVision PreK, the innovative online program I had dreamed of
creating. Together we set up the website and produced virtual field trips, for which I wrote lesson plans, student assessments, and take-home pages. We set up the KidVision Teachers Association so teachers could earn credits. We went online in July of 2007 with 4 field trip learning units. To date, we have 100 Virtual Field Trip Learning Units, in English and Spanish, with over 80,000 registered users and a strong following on social media.
What is the KidVision Teachers Association?
The KidVision Teachers Association is the reason for KidVision PreK. It is for early childhood educators to earn in-service hours and CEUs (Continuing Education Units) as required by the state and nationally to keep up their preschool teaching certification. We are partnered with FACCM (Florida Association of Child Care Management) to provide the training certification. As a member, which is $40.00 per school year, a teacher can earn certified credits, belong to a professional early childhood organization, and enjoy various other perks. The association is helpful for early childhood educators in all settings.
What kind of educational programs do you offer for children with special needs?
One of the perks of KidVision PreK is that it is free, so it meets many preschool teachers and parents needs. It is unique as all the materials such as virtual field trips, lesson plans, assessments, and take-home pages are available online at the convenience of the user. These virtual field trips and materials can be used in any setting and can be modified to suit the student’s best interest. The KidVision PreK virtual materials are friendly and developmentally appropriate for children of varying developmental stages. Our goal is to meet every child where they are to help prepare them for kindergarten. Please leave a final message to all parents reading this article. KidVision is the umbrella for all children’s programming produced by South Florida PBS. We are trusted and committed to children’s education with entertaining and
engaging content. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for young children on all media platforms including two apps, “KidVision Games” and “KidVision,” which can be found on the App Store. All our digital content can be found on our YouTube, @ SouthFloridaPBS. Lastly, we’re thrilled to announce our newest KidVision initiative, KidVision Feelings, will be premiering in January and the second season of our fulllength broadcast TV show KidVision Mission will be coming to a TV near you in the spring! Watch, learn and play with KidVision today!
Miss Penny, please tell us about your upbringing and education.
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 empowers 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.
Phone: (305) 271-9797
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.
Phone: (305) 929-8705
We are known for our enthusiasm, infectious spirit, camaraderie, and commitment to serve others! A special part of our mission is to help children and individuals with special needs as we work to further advancement for all within our beautiful city. We work together on a number of different projects each year to benefit our youth and our community, touching thousands of people.
The Student’s Tuition Includes:
• Enrollment in online private school
• A Personalized Learning Path and access to our learning education management system
• Instruction from highly qualified teachers who are subject matter experts and experience in virtual learning
• A rigorous, challenging curriculum and the use of all required course materials
• Socialization through clubs and activities and message board
• Ongoing support through a dedicated relationship manager, academic counseling, and technical support. Website: https://mgmacademy.net/enrollment/
Premium Center and School for children with Autism and other Developmental Delays. Founded by parents in 2009 and executed by professionals, our premium services include ABA, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Academic Tutoring, Music, Theater and Fitness Club, Theater, and Community-Based Instruction. The School curriculum offers individualized attention within a group setting, promoting communication, education, socialization, and inclusion opportunities within the City of Coral Gables and the Greater Miami.
Free Informal Placement Evaluations- FES- Unique Abilities and Insurance are accepted.
107 Antilla Avenue, Coral Gables, Phone: 305-567-5881
Provides students with various learning needs the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support they need to reach their full potential! We use evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, and positive behavior supports to help students succeed. We conduct routine, ongoing assessments to monitor students’ progress and establish the best learning environment for them. Our teachers adjust instruction based on assessment and ongoing progress monitoring to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student. Address: 9600 SW 107th Ave. Miami, FL 33176 / Phone: (305) 781 – 4676 /Website: https://www. atlantisacademy.com/
Broward County Public Schools www.browardschools.com
Miami Dade Public Schools www.dadeschools.net
South Florida Autism Charter School
South Florida Autism Charter School provides education and therapeutic services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) residing in Miami-Dade/Broward Counties, targeting students with communication deficits and/or behavioral challenges, and who may require training in self-help skills. The methodologies of B.F. Skinner’s Theory of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB) are applied in conjunction with State Standards for students on a modified curriculum in order to provide the most effective individualized educational programs possible.
Phone: (305) 823-2700
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallasbased organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart. org, Facebook, Twitter.
Easterseals South Florida has been serving families for 78 years. Our mission is to provide exceptional services, education, and outreach so that children with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. We want every child in our Head Start, early education, and special education programs to reach their full potential.
Phone: (305) 325-0470
Address: 1475 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) works in partnership with organizations to provide services and support for customers with developmental disabilities. A person must live in Florida and have a developmental disability that occurred before the age of 18 to be eligible.
APD serves people with: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome,Intellectual disabilities, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Severe forms of autism, Spina bifida
Cortney Vega Sports Athletic Foundation
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited, chronic blood disorder that affects approximately 100,000 Americans.
Sickle Cell Disease exists in many nationalities, including African Americans, and people with ancestors from South America, Saudi, Arabia, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Cortney Vega Sports Athletic Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of this life-long illness.
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?
Phone: (305) 374-2233
Agency for Health Care Administration www.ahca.myflorida.com
Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization www.bgcdownsyndrome.org
Cerebral Palsy Guide www.cerebralpalsyguide.com
Children’s Medical Services www.cms-kids.com
Children’s Services Council www.cscbroward.org
Disability Rights Florida www.disabilityrightsflorida.org
Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mda.org
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities www.advocacynetwork.org
The Children’s Trust www.thechildrenstrust.org
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. It offers an array of pediatric specialty consultations, rehabilitation services, diagnostics, and walk-in urgent care services at locations throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties. To browse a complete list of services by location, visit Nicklauschildrens.org/Locations 3100 SW 62 Ave
Denali Behavior CRT
Denali CRT is composed of a unique family of ABA therapy and Mental Health professionals with more than 20 years of experience. We provide the most effective and least restrictive treatment, training, and education to empower our community.
Denali CRT recognizes that the increasing diversity among residents in the South Florida region has added cultural, social, and economic benefits to our community we are committed to building a city that is equitable and inclusive.
We rely on a foundation of evidence-based practices and are dedicated to providing personalized care and improved quality of life for individuals of all ages.
A1A Behavioral Health
A1A’s core team has well over 50 years combined and dedicated proven experience in helping enhance the lives of our patients, families, and all that we service. We have utilized this experience to develop a positive patient care approach in order to achieve the goal of total and complete health. All treatment plans are customized for each individual patient and are based on detailed clinical assessment data, and successful processes. As a patient of A1A, you are part of our family and we remain committed to doing all in our power to achieve our mission of enhancing the quality of life of all patients, families, and all that we serve.
ABC Behavior Development
ABC is Accepting New Students! - No waitlist. ABC Behavior Development provides humane & individualized ABA therapeutic services. ABC’s team is composed of exceptional professionals that are highly trained and experienced. We accept most private insurances and will soon be in network with Medicaid.
(786) 310-7460, email@example.com
Provides diagnostic testing and therapy services to children as young as 18 months, adolescents, and young adults. Services are offered by a highly qualified licensed psychologist with expertise in autism assessment, certified in ADOS-2 administration. We offer neurodiversity-affirming services using a strength-based approach that empowers clients and their families.
Little Angels Special Care
Little Angels is a Pediatric Home Care Agency, providing personal care services throughout Miami-Dade, and Broward. We understand the struggles and the challenges that families with Special Needs face every day; Little Angels Special Care will always put those needs first. We proudly serve individuals ages 0 to 21.
5979 NW 151 Street, Suite 102-D
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
1926 Hollywood Blvd., Ste 200 Hollywood, FL 33020
Fax: 786.636.6965 www.angelsinmyhome.com
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital www.jdch.com
Gigi’s Playhouse Miami gigisplayhouse.org
HAIR SALON SERVICES
At Supercuts we take pride in our ability to accommodate all of our customers’ needs. We have many years of experience working with children with disabilities both at our salons and at Nicklaus Children’sHospital. Our skilled stylists go above and beyond to make the experience comfortable, fun, and enjoyable.
American Pediatric Dentistry
Oral health is a vital component of healthy daily living. Children with special needs may experience more dental problems due to various reasons such as sensitivities around the mouth, difficulty with brushing, and no access to dental care. We offer options such as desensitization visits, private rooms for families, and sedation dentistry. Our team is very compassionate and trained to care for all children, regardless of their condition. We accept all dental insurance plans!
Pembroke Pines | Doral | Coral Springs | Kendall | Plantation | Lake Worth Toll Free: (844) 30-4KIDS
HEARING, SPEECH & VISION
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 90,000 blind and visually impaired people annually, from babies to seniors and their families. Our programs’ impact is statewide, national, and international.
Phone: (305) 856-2288
NSU Audiology Clinic www.nova.edu/healthcare/hearingbalance
Stuttering Foundation of America www.stutteringhelp.org
UM Audiology/Speech/Language Services www.umiamihealth.org
Center for Hearing & Communication www.chchearing.org
Florida Division of Blind Services Dbs.myflorida.com
Resources on amblyopia from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology https://www.mdeye.org/amblyopia
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus https://www.aapos.org/home
Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System www.fdlrs.org
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center www.nicklauschildrens.org
In October, the Health Channel’s social media pages will run a campaign focusing on raising awareness about how people, young and old, facing disabilities can succeed and achieve great things. The campaign will consist of first-hand accounts from individuals of all ages who have and continue to struggle with physical challenges but found ways to overcome them. Moreover, it will inform about organizations that can assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals.
Autism Speaks Web page https://www.autismspeaks.org
Autism Society of America www.autism-society.org
UM-NSU CARD www.umcard.orgs
RECREATIONAL AND INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Discovery Cove has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to become designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). It is our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Discovery Cove, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.
Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0 to 5 years over 40+ years. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of all children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement which encourages participation in and the understanding of each child’s development.
iSwim Academy, managed by Coach Nick, is a fun way for children to learn how to swim. iSwim Academy works with children of special needs to make sure every child knows water safety. The classes are divided into two main areas: Private and group classes. Each class is 30 minutes long. Phone: (305) 456-0518
Las Madrinas de los Seguros
We are an Insurance Agency licensed in over 40 states, available every single day 365 days from 7 am to Midnight. Our area of expertise goes from individual health plans such as Obamacare, Medicare, Life Insurance with Living Benefits, Group Employee Benefits, Indemnities, International & Travel Policies to Property and Casualty. 877-MADRINAS (877-623-7462)
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Sensory Inclusive Performances
These performances are intended to create a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum as well as individuals with other sensitivity issues or developmental disabilities. To create a sensory-Inclusive setting, slight adjustments have been made to the production, including reduced sound levels, no flashing or strobe lights, and minimal special effects. An area adjacent to the theater has been designated as a Quiet Room with specially trained volunteers to provide audience support.
Area Stage Company
ASC’s Inclusion Theatre Project (ITP) is a theatre training program for students with developmental disabilities. It inspires its participants through multi-modal, multi-sensory classes within the musical theatre medium and assists them by building social-emotional intelligence, cognition, motor skills, and confidence. The program currently serves 360+ students across Miami-Dade and works with local schools to provide on-site training as well.
Contact: Irma Becker
CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL EVENT AT THE BEAUTIFUL Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
Only once in our kids’ lives you celebrate their baptism, first communion, their quinces or sweet sixteen. As those, we celebrate other events for our family members, and it is nothing more special that to make it memorable.
Hyatt’s Regency Coral Gables is modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Spain and the architecture and design is a modern twist on it. The hotel feature 20,000 sq ft of event
space, with a striking two-story marble lobby, antique accents, and Spanish-style windows, just off the popular Miracle Mile is a great place to do it.
Their expertise in customer service and hosting all types of special events includes, Weddings, Quinces and Sweet Sixteen, Baby Showers and First Communions as well as school proms and homecoming events Celebrations.
They offer a variety of 15 venues, including boardrooms with Miami skyline views and ample pre-function areas, easily accommodate meetings and events of nearly any size. A majestic fountaincentered courtyard serves as a romantic backdrop for year-round pictures of your special celebration. They can seat up to 200 attendees for dinner functions with a dance floor.
The events packages can all be customized starting at $120.00++ per person. You will receive all-inclusive packages that include, table, chairs, linen, cake and outstanding food and beverage service along with a dedicated event manager to assist you along the way. They also offered an enhancement option that include donut walls, chocolate fountains late night snacks, tableside food and beverage experiences and more
If you are receiving family members from out of the state or from out of the country for the special celebration, nothing better to give them comfort in one of 254 magnificently updated rooms, including 80 with inviting balconies or patios to soak in the Florida sun, and 60 spacious suites with separate seating areas. Moorish and Spanish design influences blend seamlessly with modern technology throughout the Coral Gables hotel.
When you book an event or staying at the property you get rewarded with World of Hyatt points. Their brands loyalty program, World of Hyatt, is a fantastic way to redeem your points for future travel and hotel stays across the globe!
The hotel is located at 50 Alhambra Plaza Coral Gables, Florida
To book your next event please call 305-447-6063 or salescoral@hyatt. com
Supercuts provides a wide range of salon services for the entire family all at a moment’s notice. We invite you to try out our Kids Corner at the South Miami location, check out our newly remodeled salon in Coconut Grove, or visit any of our other locations in Miami.
Phone: (305) 444-4343
Atlantis Academy provides students with various learning needs the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support they need to reach their full potential! We use evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, and positive behavior supports to help students succeed. We conduct routine, ongoing assessments to monitor students’ progress and establish the best learning environment for them. Our teachers adjust instruction based on assessment and ongoing progress monitoring to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student.
Address: 9600 SW 107th Ave. Miami, FL 33176
Phone: (305) 781 - 4676
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired - in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Early Steps and the Early Learning Coalition - offers an inclusion environment for pre-kindergarten, and a kindergarten, first grade and second grade for blind and visually impaired students. As a certified Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Provider, the Miami Lighthouse Academy pre-kindergarten enrolls students with and without vision impairment promoting an inclusive program and resulting in a sense of belonging for all children and families. In support of our mission, children without vision impairments are selected to aid the learning environment for children with vision loss.
SOUTH FLORIDA AUTISM CHARTER SCHOOL
South Florida Autism Charter School provides education and therapeutic services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) residing in Miami-Dade/ Broward Counties, targeting students with communication deficits and/or behavioral challenges, and who may require training in self-help skills. The methodologies of B.F. Skinner’s Theory of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB) are applied in conjunction with State Standards for students on a modified curriculum in order to provide the most effective individualized educational programs possible.
Phone: (305) 823-2700
BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The Jesuits founded Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, when the new political regime confiscated Belen and all private schools, the school was re-established in Miami that same year and has grown over the last six decades. Currently, the enrollment is nearly 1,400 male students in grades 6 to 12
GLOBAL CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Global Connection International School focuses on “active learning”, or learning through play, to obtain the child’s joy of learning. Here at Global Connection, your child will easily learn a second language by being immersed in the language and culture in a safe and nurturing environment.
Website: https://www. globalconnectionpreschool.com
GYMBOREE’S SCHOOL SKILLS
Gymboree’s School Skills Preschool Steps Builds confidence and curiosity for kids. This drop-off class includes both independent and group learning activities that require cooperation and self-awareness while encouraging communication with peers for children ages 3-5. Preschool Prep for kids ages 2-3 is a one-hour drop off for children who are starting to become independent and participate on their own within a shorter time frame. Build important development skills that help prepare your child for school!
LA PIAZZA ACADEMY
We are Miami’s leader in progressive education. Our innovative program teaches students to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, preparing them as members of the global community. Our approach combines high quality academics, project based learning, languages, arts, music, sports, and nurtures socioemotional development. Graduates are academically brilliant, reflective, responsible citizens.
LA PRIMA CASA MONTESSORI
La Prima Casa – preparing the child for life. We educate children, ages 6 months to fifth grade using the Montessori Philosophy to be lifelong learners empowered with the intellectual, emotional, and social skills needed to succeed. Call to schedule a private tour of one of our two beautiful campuses. For admissions information, please visit our website.
Address: Roads Campus - 2773 SW 3rd Avenue
Miami, Fl 33129
Phone Number: 305-854-8001
Address: Brickell Campus – 1770 Brickell Ave. Miami, Fl 33129
Phone Number: 305-854-2824
Website: https://laprimacasa.com/our-programs/ summer-camp/
MATER GROVE ACADEMY
Mater Grove Academy has been serving the South Florida community since 2011. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality, tuition free Kinder through 8th grade educational program. Mater Grove Academy is located in a state of the facility located in a 10-acre campus. We are a Leader in Me and a Verizon Innovative Learning School. Website: www.matergroveacademy.com
Premium Center and School for children with Autism and other Developmental Delays. Founded by parents in 2009 and executed by professionals, our premium services include ABA, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Academic Tutoring, Music, Theater and Fitness Club, Theater, and CommunityBased Instruction. The School curriculum offers individualized attention within a group setting, promoting communication, education, socialization, and inclusion opportunities within the City of Coral Gables and the Greater Miami.
Free Informal Placement Evaluations- FES- Unique Abilities and Insurance are accepted.
107 Antilla Avenue, Coral Gables, Phone: 305-567-5881
PINECREST PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL
Located on almost 5 acres in Pinecrest, we have been here since 1962, specializing in early childhood education, serving ages 18 months through Kindergarten. We exist to nature the wonder of children in a loving, respectful, and safe environment. We emphasize exploration and play and encourage empathy, thoughtfulness, and selfconfidence.
10400 SW 57 Avenue
Pinecrest, FL. 33156
PALMER TRINITI SCHOOL
ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL www.sseds.org
MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
BRITO MIAMI PRIVATE SCHOOL
ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
EPIPHANY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
We are a group of professionals with a deep love for children and great empathy for parents.
We believe in supporting and accompanying parents in their adventure of raising children, and at the same time, kids can learn and have fun.
We intend to have a place where parents RELAX, and kids GROW!
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HALLOWEEN IS A TON OF fun every year, and it’s right around the corner!
American Pediatric Dental Group
American Pediatric Dental Group provides gentle, experienced dental care and a dental home that makes your kids feel comfortable. The health and well-being of your child is our focus, so you can feel confident and at ease when receiving care from us. We also offer orthodontic services for the whole family in our Coral Springs, Lake Worth, and Plantation locations. Schedule an appointment today!
Safe Streets Halloween with Miami Kids Magazine and City of South Miami
The City of South Miami and Miami Kids Magazine will be hosting our annual Safe Streets Halloween with free festivities that will include music, candy stations, pumpkin decorations, entertainment, and surprise treats! The block party will go from South Dixie Highway to 57th Avenue (Sunset Drive 72 Ave.) October 31st from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
RSVP on our social media pages link in bio
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum ofScience
Join us on Saturday, October 28th for a spinetingling science adventure. From radical chemistry reactions to eye-catching and eerie experiments in the Mad Science Lab, you’ll spend the day doing hands-on science that’s so fun, it’s almost scary. You’ll also meet scientists from local universities and professional organizations, including the South Florida Chapter of the American Chemical Society, who are helping Frost Science celebrate National Chemistry Week. Spooky Science Monster Mash programming is free with paid museum admission.
Event link: www.frostscience.org/By Brothers Family Park
At By Brothers we have plenty of fun activities for all the family. We are here to help you create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Enjoy a day at our family park and get to experience the farm life without leaving the city
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm https://by-brothers.com/
Third Annual Pumpkin Patch at Tinez Farm
Enjoy animal interactions, pumpkin patches, garden maze, photo ops, Tinez yard games, climbing, swings, zip lines, bounce house, wooden play structures, the tubing slide, and more fall fun activities for the family!
You can add Cow Barrel Train, Pony, Donkey, or Horse rides to your experience.
Tuesday - Sunday from September 10thNovember 19th. Tickets are non-refundable. Please note that in-person ticket prices are $19 for adults and $17 for children. https://tinezfarms.com
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Join us on the second Saturday & Sunday of every month for culturally rich, inexpensive family fun featuring beloved movies, from classics to new favorites for all to enjoy. Admission is pay what you can per ticket, with a suggested price of $5 per person. Tickets include free popcorn. Phone: (786) 472-2249
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.gablescinema.com/ programs/family-day
Sofia’s Hope Reason to Run 5K
Join us on Saturday, October 28th to run (or walk) for the 16th Annual Reason to Run 5K. Run/walk or stroll through the gorgeous Deering Estate area and enjoy the Family Festival overlooking Biscayne Bay with food and drink, music, photo booth, raffle, and more!
Link to register: https://runsignup.com/ Race/Register/?raceId=85104
Miami Book Fair
Miami Book Fair’s Children’s Alley - Learn! Create!
Meet under The Canopy where there is storytelling, music making, theater games, free books, hands on activities, and much more. Nov 18 & 19, downtown Miami. FREE for children 12 and younger.
BlueFoot Pirate Adventures
We would love for you to join us on our Florida pirate ship, the vessel Bluefoot, as we search for the treasure! Our swashbucklin’ gang of pirates needs the help of all our little crew members to find the treasure as we sail the Intracoastal Waterway on our pirate boat tour in Fort Lauderdale. Book one of our pirate family adventure cruises online today and take your shot at finding the treasure https://www.bluefootpirates.com/
Saturdays & Sundays now – October 31, guests looking for family-friendly fun will be in for quite the treat at Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular. A whimsical world of enchantment full of notso-spooky Halloween fun, Spooktacular is an immersive experience ideal for the little ones full of eye-catching new characters, trick-or-treating, a colorful costume parade and more.
Miami Children Museum
Put on your best costume and get ready to trick or treat throughout Miami Children’s Museum’s 17 galleries on Sunday, October 8th!
This family-friendly Halloween extravaganza returns for activities like mini pumpkin decorating, spooky arts and crafts, lunch, character meet & greets, and much much more! For those who dare, our renowned Haunted House is back and better than ever!
Treetop Trekking Miami at Jungle Island
Step into the exotic and adventurous world of Treetop Trekking Miami South Florida’s only aerial adventure park.
You’ll be immersed in nature and experience a new perspective on Miami on this amazing aerial adventure – so don’t wait any longer!
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami FL 33132 Tel: (321) 277-7310 https://miamitreetoptrekking.com/
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween is back and more colorful than ever! Join our crayon crew on their quest to discover rare, Halloween colors and meet monster-ific characters as you go! To find them all, you’ll journey into an ancient Pharaoh’s tomb, visit with a 3D Bride of Frankenstein, and more all while creating creepy crawly crafts!
Website: https://www.crayolaexperience. com
Peppa Pig Theme Park
Get ready to splash, oink, giggle, and play at Peppa Pig Theme Park, the theme park built for preschoolers! Featuring six rides, six themed playscapes, a water play area, and more oinktastic experiences, Peppa Pig Theme Park is the perfect place for your family’s first theme park memories.
The SoMi Kid’s Marketplace
The SoMi Kid’s Marketplace is a one-day marketplace where kids get to sell their product and display their talent on a hands-on business experience. It aims to motivate young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into action, learn business skills and develop social skills while having fun.
November 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at The Shops at Sunset Place.
Deering Estate, in collaboration with the Antique Automotive Club of America South Florida Region, will host the 11th annual Vintage Auto Show on November 5th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing day outdoors with a variety of vintage cars displayed on the historic grounds of Deering Estate.
Gaylord Palms: Festive Fall Fun!
Family fun never ends during Goblins & Giggles events and activities. Find quality time with spooktacular adventures to enjoy together, all without leaving the resort. From September through October, join us and embark on a trick-ortreating expedition, explore the resort on a themed scavenger hunt, dance it out at the Monster Mash Bash party, and more!
Phone: 1 (407) 586-0000
Monsters are taking over LEGOLAND® Florida Resort at Brick-or-Treat Monster Party! Select dates Sept. 16 thru Oct. 29, meet exclusive LEGO® Monsters, see the ALL-NEW fireworks show and get TONS OF CANDY!!! Brick-or-Treat, Holidays at LEGOLAND and more AWESOME events are included in park admission and select Annual Passes.
Miami Kids Magazine Back to School Event
On August 5th, we celebrated our annual Back to School event at Shops at Sunset Place. We offered free eye vision tests and glasses when prescribed, thanks to the Florida Heiken Vision Program. We gave away backpacks with school supplies and other goodies. Families were able to enjoy many shows on stage, music, entertainment, and more thanks to our sponsors Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, South Florida PBS, The Health Channel, Centennial Bank, Bakerly, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, The Rotary Club of Miami, NBC and Telemundo.
Commissioner Sabina Covo and Miami Kids Magazine Fall Festival
On September 16th, we celebrated the beginning of the fall season with an incredible and fun-free Fall Festival at Regatta Park, thanks to Commissioner Sabina Covo from District 2. Families enjoyed pumpkin decorations, ponies and train rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, gelly ball games, and much more.COMMISSIONER SABINA COVO AND HER FAMILY