Easterseals Louisiana's Support Coordination assists children with disabilities and their families in finding and securing needed services and direct assistance such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Disability. With offices located throughout the state, Easterseals Louisiana has become a community leader in helping families in need of assistance access and secure the services appropriate for a person's specific needs. Easterseals' Support Coordinators not only help people with disabilities locate services and assistance, but will play an active role in the coordination of services to ensure that each individual's needs are being met. Click here for more information.
Easterseals Louisiana assists individuals living with chronic mental illness by providing safe and affordable housing and mental health stability with the goal of improving function within a community, social interaction, employment, and gaining independence. Our trained mental healthcare staff understands the needs and challenges faced by individuals living with mental illness. Easterseals' Mental Health Services specifically target children and adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, who appear to be eligible for Medicaid/SSI benefits based on their income, but who have otherwise failed to qualify for those benefits on their own. Click here for more information.
In July 2016, several of our staff had the opportunity to be trained to provide an evidence-based social skills intervention, Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS©). PEERS© is unique because it requires a parent to be involved and learn how to best support their child in developing friendships. Having one or two close friends has been shown to be predictive of successfully adjusting throughout life. Having a friend buffers the impact of stressful life events by reducing depression and anxiety and increasing independence and self-esteem. PEERS© is effective for adolescents from 11-18 (in middle to high school) with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social disorders. During the 14-week program, the adolescents will learn many things including:
- How to use appropriate conversational skills including how to start, enter and exit conversations
- How to find their source of friends
- How to organize and have get-togethers
- How to be a good sport in games/activities
- How to handle arguments and disagreements
- How to handle teasing, physical bullying and rumors or gossip
Currently, we are spreading the word about our new program. We want to reach as many families as possible! If you’d like to learn more about this program or would be willing to allow us to bring flyers to you that can be distributed to families or other organizations, please contact us to schedule a visit or coordinate the delivery of flyers. For a pdf. version of our flier, please click here.
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Easterseals Louisiana is proudly partnering with Camp ASCCA in Alabama and Camp ABLE in Louisiana to send as many kids with special needs to camp as possible this summer. From campfire sing-a-longs and late night ghost stories, to boating, nature walks, swimming, and arts and crafts, Easterseals camps provide the same excitement and activity available at other summer camp programs. The difference? Easterseals campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting. Click here for more information.