In this section you will find resources you need to maximize the potential of your child allowing them to meaningfully participate in schools, work and community life. Look for help with early intervention, school special education and private options to help you navigate the world of education for your child with special needs.
- Help Me Grow (Birth-Age 3) - Provides health and developmental services so children start school healthy and ready to learn. Montgomery County Help Me Grow also has a wonderful resource directory.
- Ohio Department of Education - Determine what specialized instruction and support will help special needs children learn and succeed.
- Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities - Ensures that every child with special needs receives a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to enable that child to reach his/her highest potential.
- Miami Valley Regional Center - Provide materials and assistance to educators for special needs education.
Additional Resources at Dayton Children's
In addition to the resource center, we also offer the complete KidsHealth Library to help parents learn more about a specific condition. Information is given in easy-to-understand terms and in many cases available in Spanish as well as English.
We encourage you to explore and feel free to add resources that are currently not included by emailing FRC@childrensdayton.org. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700.
Articles of Interest
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Kids with delayed skills or other disabilities might be eligible for special services that provide individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge to families. Understanding how to access these services can help parents be effective advocates for their kids.
Balancing Academics and Serious Illness
When your child has a serious or chronic illness, it's hard to think beyond the next treatment. While health is the first priority, education also is important. You'll want to help your child stay on top of schoolwork as much as possible and plan for when he or she can return to school.