Support

A shoulder to lean on… A friend to confide in… We’re here for you at every stage.

When parents first learn that their child has a developmental delay or disability, most are unsure of what to do or where to turn. They worry that their child won’t be able to walk, talk, or experience some of life’s simplest activities. At UCP of Central Florida, we are able to calm their fears and provide answers to many of their questions.

Advocacy, Information and Referrals

UCP’s team members offer families support in being an advocate for their children. Navigating the many paths on which to travel with a special needs child can be overwhelming, and our team is dedicated to helping parents find their way.   At each of our campuses, we have a Family Services Case Manager who is available to help find resources and guide families through the process.

Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling

Whether it’s talking with mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, or sister and brother, we offer families compassion and understanding. From individual sessions to group meetings for couples or families, our licensed metal health counselor talks with clients in various settings, helping them ease the mental pressures in a positive manner and feel comfortable with their situation.

Counseling services are offered by appointment only and are free for eligible families (children with disabilities and their families) through a grant provided by Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children. To schedule an appointment, contact Sylvia Ochoa-Gonzales at sochoa-gonzales@ucpcfl.org.

Supportive Counseling Program

Our Supportive Counseling Program focuses on the growth and well-being of everyone affected by a disability including the child, their siblings, friends, and family. By educating everyone involved and equipping them with the proper tools, we are working to maximize each child’s level of success.

Our team of physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, speech language therapists and occupational therapy assistants provide personalized activities that optimize each child’s potential according to their individual abilities.

Family Support and Training Meetings

When it comes to raising a child, parents don’t always know what to do or how to do it effectively. Throughout the year, UCP offers free, educational support meetings and trainings to eliminate some of these frustrations. Topics include, but are not limited to, behavior training, potty training, encouraging language, and choosing age appropriate toys for your child. Please check our calendar of events for upcoming meetings and trainings.

Family Fun Nights and Events

Families often find there are a limited number of places where they have the opportunity to meet and interact with others whose experiences are similar to theirs. Several times throughout the year, our campuses host family fun nights and other events for its students and families. These events are a great way to meet and mingle with other families at UCP and in our community. Family Fun Nights are open to everyone and often include light food, games and activities for the children. (i.e. shows, reading, music, etc.). Please check our calendar of events for upcoming family fun nights and festivals.

For more information on UCP’s Support Programs, call 407-852-3300 ext. 1009.

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