• Summer Resources for Families

    The following list includes free resources for families to support the maintenance of academic and social-emotional skills over the summer.

     Reading

    • ReadWorks.org: Access thousands of passages and comprehension activities by reading level.
    • News ELA: Thousands of news articles. Complexity can be adjusted by Lexile level.
    • BookshareThe student must have a Bookshare account (based on eligibility). This is an audiotext resource with thousands of titles, all that can be read aloud to the student on an electronic device. The student’s teacher or regional district Bookshare coordinator can create a reading list for the student                                                                                                                                                                         The teacher will need to create and account and assign lessons/activities to the student.
    • Jacksonville Public Library: The digital library is available 24/7 to access audio and digital books. For enrichment this summer the Jax Public Library has "Book Hook Up" which includes digital library - downloadable e-books, audiobooks, streaming movies.  They also have "Literary Sparks" in their digital library which was created to address literary and informational texts.  Standards, lesson plans, and discussion questions for classroom activities are included.

    Math

    • Khan Academy: Online lessons, tutorials, and practice opportunities for hundreds of math concepts/skills.
    • Moby Max: The teacher will need to create and account and assign lessons/activities to the student.
    • Illuminations: Tons of lessons and interactive math activities for all grade levels by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
    • FunBrain Math Zone: Fun, free math games by grade level.

    Science

    • NASA STEM at Home: Science and Engineering puzzles, videos, digital books, and activities for all ages.
    • Moby Max: The teacher will need to create and account and assign lessons/activities to the student.
    • PBS Kids Science: Tons of games for young learners.

    Social-Emotional

    Social-Emotional Apps and Websites for Kids

    • Breathe, Think, Do (self-management, decision-making): Use with younger learners to help practice deep breathing and problem-solving skills.
    • Go Noodle (self-management): Hundreds of videos to help kids take a brain break and practice mindfulness.
    • The Mindfulness App (self-awareness, self-management): A mindfulness app that helps you become more present in your daily life with guided and silent meditation sessions.
    • Stop Breathe & Think: Meditate (self-awareness, self-management): Tailored to your specific emotions, this app helps you take a break and reduce stress through meditation.
    • Listening Skills (social awareness, relationships): Strategies for becoming an active listener.
    • Breathe (self-management): An app that assists in controlling your breathing.
    • Gratitude Journal (self-awareness, self-management): This app helps you focus on the positive by identifying what you are thankful for each day.
    • Affirmation Reminder (self-awareness): Select from a list of positive affirmations or make your own to add as reminders.

    Community Resources

    • Angelwood, Inc.: Group homes; residential respite; summer day camp; adult day training; behavior services; supported employment for children and adults with developmental disabilities (autism, down's syndrome, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities
    • APD (Agency for Persons with Disabilities), iBudget: iBudget waiver offers supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live in their communities: based on individual needs: lie skills development, medical supplies, medical equipment, personal emergency response systems, respite care, medical home care, residential habitation, support coordination, transportation, dental services, dietician services, and many more
    • APD Cares (Agency for Persons with Disabilities): Provides connections to local, state and national resources for people with disabilities and their families: transportation, group homes, respite care, adult day training, recreational activities, job fairs, webinars, workshops, support groups
    • The ARC, Jacksonville: Provides assistance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with employment, education, social opportunities, independent living skills, group homes
    • Behavior Management ConsultantsAssessment and treatment plans, progress monitoring, onsite supervision, home and clinic based therapy, parent training
    • Camp I am Special: Summer camp for students with disabilities. Provides one-on-one support, nursing services, ABA. Activities: swimming, pony rides, hay rides, fishing, waterslide, and more, adapted to fit unique needs of campers.
    • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD): Information about disabilities; referrals to agencies; find support groups; planning for the future; trainings on how to work with individuals with ASD; develop communication skills, help increase/improve social skills
    • Child Guidance Center: Private, nonprofit agency that treats emotional and/or behavioral problems of children; outpatient services; case management services; psychiatric services; rapid response program, and much more
    • Clay Behavioral Health Center: Mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, school based counseling, family counseling, emergency/crisis intervention, medication management, parenting skills
    • Disabled Services Division: Multiple services available through the Mayor's Disability Council. Educational presentations, adaptive recreation program, disabled parking, wheelchair ramp enforcement. Meetings at City Hall first Tues. of every month, 3-5 p.m.
    • Disability Rights Florida: Free services, like: information and referrals; self-advocacy support; technical assistance; investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect, rights violations; dispute resolution support; advocacy services
    • ESE Solution Center: If a parent, teacher, etc., has a concern/complaint about anything pertaining to a student in ESE, contact the solution center
    • ESEAC (Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee): Collaborative team of outside agencies, DCPS representatives, parents, community service providers, meet bi-monthly, with speakers and important information on ESE in the district.
    • FAAST (Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology): can provide device demonstrations, lending, equipment reutilization, training and education, public awareness, information and referral, financial loans for AT
    • Family Care Council Area 4: to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
    • Family Network on Disabilities (FND): POPIN: To ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for school and beyond.
    • Family Support Services: short term services to assist families in crisis; parent resources; emergency shelter; develop family services plans; support for families involved with DCF (substance abuse, anger management, etc.); connect to community resources (parenting, budgeting, case management); help with high-risk newborns
    • FDLRS/ Child Find: information and free screenings for children birth to age 5 who may be having difficulties with development; assistance placing children with special needs in appropriate exceptional education programs; information for students with disabilities
    • Florida Inclusion Network (FIN): collaborates with all districts, schools, and discretionary projects to provide customized services and supports for all students in ESE programs; assists with inclusive practices; trains schools and teachers; technical assistance, coaching, resources
    • Full Service Schools: Neighborhood-based help: behavior, individual/family counseling, mentoring, parenting help, after school tutoring, case management, medical/health services, enrichment activities.
    • Henderson Haven, Inc.: After school programs, private school, community education presentations, advocacy, evening social club, adult day program, Camp Possible (summer day camp)-all for students with pronounced learning disabilities, autism, behavioral concerns, etc.
    • Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center: social skills training groups, summer programs (academic, private tutoring, skills for success); behavior counseling, ASD evaluation and therapies, psychological evaluation, Down Syndrome evaluation, treatment recommendations and referrals, tutoring, and more
    • Inclusion Dept. at the Early Learning Coalition of Duval: child development concerns, child care and community service, referrals, law and regulation, information on inclusion services
    • Jacksonville School for Autism: School for students on the autism spectrum, includes applied behavior analysis services, clinic programs, vocational training, and more
    • Jericho School (The): School for children with autism and other developmental disabilities: also has a summer camp available
    • Law Office of Carol S. Weinman: assisting individuals with autism spectrum disorders who are arrested
    • My Money: Financial literacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, to become financially independent
    • New Heights of Northeast Florida: assist students with disabilities and their families develop independence and empower them: life skills, adult day training, personal support services, supported living coaching, therapy services, respite care services
    • North Florida School of Special EducationSchool for exceptional students, with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, providing academic, vocational, and social skills, age up to 22.
    • Northeastern Early Steps: Supporting infants and toddlers to age 3. A resource for parents who are concerned about their child's development. Can receive early intervention services.
    • Parent Help Center: parents trying to deal with children with severe behavioral concerns
    • Proactive Life Skills: Supporting students with social and communication challenges (ADD/ADHD, Autism, Social Anxiety, Learning Disabilities)
    • SEDNET (Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Network): Assists with the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges
    • UF-Pediatric Assessment and Intervention ProgramEating and feeding clinic, the masterful reader, parent training, social skills, study strategies, diagnostics: anxiety disorders, ADHD, dyslexia, gifted, learning difficulties, speech/language
    • UF-Florida Diagnostic and Learning System at UF Jax: For ages 3-22, struggling in school due to: medical, behavioral, developmental and/or social concerns; assessments, feedback, next steps; planning your child's education; parent training
    • UF-Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD): consultation/training in behavior and social skills; referral to service providers, funding sources, support groups; family support, counseling, workshops for siblings; consultation at schools; assist with behavior plans; trainings at schools
    • Understanding Behavior: Behavior counseling and therapy for students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, dual-diagnosis, social skills deficits, and much more. Family and school ABA therapy. Intervention and strategies.
    • N.A.P.: For children 6-11 engaging in aggressive, anti-social behaviors. Develop action plan, 13 week program, free.
    • Very Special Arts (VSA): statewide arts and disability education program; exhibitions, community art classes, arts for all lending, young soloists program (there is a booth selling art by Artists with Autism in Pompano Beach)