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  • 1. THE OP FOUNDATION Optimizing the Potential of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities
  • 2.
    • Paul A. Walker, M.D.
    • President and Co-Founder
    • Joy K. Walker, PharmD
    • Executive Director and Co-Founder
    • Jessica L. Bost
    • Executive Administrative Assistant
    The Op Foundation
  • 3.
    • ENT Practice
      • Source of speech delay
      • Parents seeking advice
      • Physician’s trained response
    • The Search for Treatment Options
    • Evidence-based Solutions
    The Op Foundation
  • 4.
    • Dr. Vincent Carbone, BCBA
      • Workshop #1 - Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
    • “ Technology exists but the workers are few”
    The Op Foundation
  • 5.
    • Team Effort
    • Obedience to our Calling
      • “ God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”
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  • 6. Developmental Delays and Disabilities
    • Five Areas of Development:
    • Cognitive
    • Social and Emotional
    • Speech and Language
    • Fine Motor Skill
    • Gross Motor Skill
    • Developmental Delay 1
      • An ongoing, major delay in the process of development
      • Child does not meet developmental milestones during predictable time frame
      • Developmental Milestones –
        • Building blocks for development
        • Babbling, Pointing, Reciprocity, etc.
    1 www.med.umich.edu
  • 7. Developmental Delays and Disabilities
    • Developmental Disabilities:
    • Mental Retardation
    • Visual Impairment
    • Hearing Loss
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Developmental Disability 2
      • Severe chronic condition
      • Due to mental and/or physical impairments
      • Problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living
      • Begins anytime during development up to 22 years of age
      • Lasts throughout a person’s lifetime
    2 www.cdc.gov
  • 8. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders:
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
    • Rett Syndrome
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)
    • Signs can be subtle or obvious
    • No known biological marker or medical test to help diagnose
    • Cause unknown
    • Complex neurological spectrum of disorders
    • Begins very early in development
    • Siblings of affected children are at greater risk
    • No cure
    • Studies suggest that children can reach cognitive potential with early intervention
    3 www.firstsigns.org
  • 9. “ IF YOU ARE OUT TO DESCRIBE THE TRUTH, LEAVE ELEGANCE TO THE TAILOR.” -ALBERT EINSTEIN
  • 10. Increasing Prevalence of ASD 5 5 www.cdc.gov
  • 11. Escalation of ASD in Northwest GA
  • 12. Total Prevalence of ASD in NWGA
  • 13. ASD vs. Other Childhood Disorders 4
    • Cancer = 1.5:10,000
    • Down Syndrome = 1:800
    • Juvenile Diabetes = 1:400-500
    • ASD = 1:150
    4 www.cdc.gov
  • 14. Lifetime Expenses of Developmental Disabilities
  • 15. More Than Just Statistics
    • 1994 to 2006
    • Number of 6 to17-yr-olds with an ASD receiving special education increased from 22,864 to 211,610
  • 16. Community Impact
    • Equal Opportunity Disorder
    • Retention and Recruitment of Employees (Professionals)
    • Financial Burden
  • 17.
    • “ Desperate times do not require desperate measures. They require thoughtful deliberation on basic principles that can ultimately lead to low risk, high benefit solutions.”
  • 18.
    • The Op Foundation exists to optimize the potential of children by serving as a resource and facilitating the education and collaboration of families, health providers and educators caring for children with developmental delays and disabilities
    Our Mission Statement
  • 19. The Op Foundation Arms Awareness Advocacy Collaboration Continuing Education
  • 20. AWARENESS
    • Partnerships
      • Centers for Disease Control Campaign
        • “ Learn the Signs. Act Early.”
      • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Awareness 2008
      • Initial Presentation to Pediatricians and Berry Administration
      • Dessert Parties
      • Civic groups and churches
  • 21. CONTINUING EDUCATION
    • Dr. Vincent Carbone, BCBA
      • Workshop #1 – Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
      • October 22-24, 2008
      • Berry College Science Center Auditorium
      • Target Audience: Health Professionals, Educators and Families of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities
      • Goals:
        • Kickoff event for series of nationally renowned speakers
        • Provide scholarships for educators and health professionals to attend workshops
  • 22. COLLABORATION
    • AAP
    • ASHA
    • Babies Can’t Wait
    • Berry College
    • CDC
    • Community Foundation of Chattanooga
    • Coosa Valley Tech
    • Easter Seals
    • Georgia Governor’s Council
    • Sara Hightower Regional Library System
    • Vanderbilt University/Bill Wilkerson
    • Winshape Foundation
    • Winston’s Wish Foundation
    • Area Churches
    • Area School Systems
  • 23. COLLABORATION
      • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/ Center for Disease Control (CDC)
      • Berry College – Host for Continuing Education Symposiums
      • Community Foundation of Chattanooga
      • Georgia Governor’s Council
      • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
        • Early Intervention
        • Bill Wilkerson
      • Sara Hightower Regional Library System
      • Summer Day Camps
    Progress Report
  • 24. HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR FAMILY CHILD ADVOCACY “ OPTIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL”
  • 25. ADVOCACY WWW.THEOPFOUNDATION.COM
  • 26. The Op Foundation
    • 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization
      • Tax-deductible contributions
    • Financial Advisory Board
      • Mike Crego
      • VP of Investments , Wachovia Securities
      • Braden Burns, MBA
        • VP , Northside Bank
  • 27. 2008 Volunteer Opportunities
    • Administrative Assistance
    • Carbone Conference Planning and Logistics
    • "Date Night" Initiative (childcare for families with
    • special needs children)
    • Prayer for families with special needs
    • Standing Committee Involvement
      • Fundraising
      • Grant Writing
      • Publicity
    • Library Liaison position
    • Project Toy Box Committee
  • 28.
    • PRAY
    • SPREAD THE WORD
    • USE YOUR GIFTS
      • Volunteer your time
      • Give in-kind and monetary donations
    WAYS TO HELP
  • 29.
    • Our ability to meet the needs of our community is limited only by our collective vision and generosity.