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Epu presentation 180

  1. 1. EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS UNLIMITED (EPU) 4440 N First St. Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 229-2000
  2. 2. THE BEGINNING EPU was started in 1976, founded by Marion M. Karian. EPU started as a small support group for parents of children with Down’s syndrome. The name Exceptional Parents Unlimited was chosen because EPU wanted to provide services for the parents of children with all kinds of special needs. 35 years later EPU has grown to a staff of more than 100 therapists and early childhood specialists to meet the critical needs of children and families in our community. It’s a non-profit organization.
  3. 3. MISSION AND VISION The mission of Exceptional Parents Unlimited is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical developmental and parenting challenges. Their vision is that children grow up in families in which their individual needs are met; their parents have confidence in themselves and their ability to meet the needs of all family members and have a sense of comfort with their personal situations that brings forth an internal sense of empowerment.
  4. 4. GOALS • Promoting the development of infants and children with special medical, developmental, or emotional needs. • Supporting and assisting parents as they grow in the understanding, knowledge and skills needed themselves and their children experience success at home and in the community. • Supporting the development of secure parent-child relationships as the basis for optimal social and emotional development.
  5. 5. SPECIFIC POPULATION-AT-RISK • The Assessment Center for Children at Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) assesses children whose parents/caregivers have multiple concerns about their child's learning, development, and/or behavior. • The center is staffed by medical and mental health professionals. Additionally, staff from several other child serving agencies are co-located at the Center. • By coming together, these agencies offer Fresno County children — birth through 5 years of age — and their families, more comprehensive assessment services in one location. Other participating agencies with staff located at the Center include Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) and Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health.
  6. 6. WHO DOES EPU SERVE? Families served have a wide range of special needs including children with disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, or who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect. EPU primarily serves children 0-5 and their families. • The Family Resource Center provides support, training and advocacy assistance to families whose children have disabilities of ALL ages, birth to adulthood. • Fresno County area • Low-income families • Hispanic’s most served. • Transported by car or bus. Rarely need to be picked up. • Agency is actively involved in the community.
  7. 7. DEMOGRAPHICS Ethnicity o Hispanic- 54% o Caucasian- 20% African American- 8% o Multiracial- 8% o o o Asian- 1% American Indian- 1% Area by Zip Code Grouping oFresno Proper- 50% oClovis- 7% oEast Fresno County- 14% oWest Fresno County- 8%
  8. 8. AGENCY INTERACTS WITH WHO? CVRC (Central Valley Regional Center) Fresno County behavioral, public health, and social services. School Districts Medical Facilities/ Primary Physicians
  9. 9. SERVICES Family Resources Center (1976) Infant Family Program (1979) Learning about Parenting (1992) Play and Grow (2001) Assessment Center for Children (2005) Gentle Start (2009)
  10. 10. EPU ORGANIZATION CHART EPU is a nonprofit organization
  11. 11. SOCIAL WORK VALUES • Empowers children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges. Services to clients • The programs at EPU are inclusive of the entire family: the child with special needs, their parents, and the child's siblings. Diversity and competence • EPU acknowledges every families tradition and respects their culture. They are well train and capable to work with different ethnicities.
  12. 12. ABROAD Located: Randwick, Australia/ Annie’s CentreChild health and development clinic They provide assessment, treatment and support for conditions such as: ADHD Behavior Difficulties Anxiety Disorders Depression Language Disorders Stuttering Handwriting Difficulties Autism, Asperger’s, or related developmental difficulties Services: Clinical Psychology Speech Pathology Occupational Therapy Applied Behavior Analysis Multiply Reading Tutor Program School based learning support Anxiety treatment program for children with Autism Annie’s Centre Children’s books Sensory processing: Guide for parents and professionals Dr. Annie’s Free Resources for Parents
  13. 13. ANNIE’S VALUE STATEMENT Annie's Centre was launched in December 2004 by Founder and Director, Dr Anne Chalfant, Clinical Psychologist. Anne and her team of health professionals have extensive experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of childhood difficulties such as challenging behaviour and ADHD, learning difficulties, language disorders, fine and gross motor difficulties, anxiety and depression, Autism, Asperger's and related developmental difficulties.
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