PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

PACT Annual Outdoor Weekend Movie

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A New Life, Half a World Away

by Kristina
Rolfes
November 2, 2012
Ostracized by her own people because of her son's developmental disabilities, a mother's journey to save her son leads her from Africa to Kennedy Krieger and its affiliate PACT.

In rural Africa, where 3-year-old Fabian Ndungu Githinji was born, his mother Maureen could feel the eyes of her neighbors on her when she held Fabian, and hear their whispers behind her back. It was obvious that Fabian was different, with his abnormally large head and delayed development. In her culture, many still believed that children with developmental disabilities were a bad omen or a curse.

Growing Together: A Helping Hand for Parents with Special Needs

Growing TogetherA new baby means new responsibilities: doctors' appointments, menu planning, finding a good child care program. Although for almost any new parent this can be a daunting prospect, for new parents with intellectual disabilities, special support and guidance is critical to providing safe, supportive, and nurturing family environments for their children.

Special Care for Special Kids: Inclusive Child Care Training Program

Special Care for Special KidsFor years, child care providers throughout the State of Maryland have been asking for help. They want to learn how to better care for children with special needs in their programs. Many are unfamiliar with certain pediatric disabilities and are often afraid they will be unable to meet their needs.

Tender Loving Care

Courtney
McGrath
Daycare Fills Gap in Services for Children with Special Medical Needs

Children at World of CareFor parents of children with special medical needs, returning to the workforce is often a necessity, not an option. They need the income and health benefits a job provides. But finding quality childcare can be nearly impossible.

Working at Play

Holly Lewis
Maddox
A Child's Work Is to Play, But Not All Children Know How. Several Programs at Kennedy Krieger Teach Them -- For the Sake of More Than Just Amusement.

Corey Opher, Jr.The playroom of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Achievements program doesn't look like a typical child's playroom. There are no blocks, books, dolls or trucks lining the shelves or scattered about the floor. In fact, the room seems practically devoid of toys, those things that inspire the imaginations of children but it's not.

Audrey N. Leviton, LCSW-C

Audrey Leviton
Audrey Leviton
Executive Director, PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (410) 298-7000
Email: leviton@kennedykrieger.org

Audrey Leviton is the executive director of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs and co-director of the Child and Family Support Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an assistant vice president of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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