Family Advocacy Program & Support

We offer family advocacy program in Washington, DC and provide individualized and group support for families of children birth through 8 years old in a variety of areas such as obtaining an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) & Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP), transitioning to school, potty learning, and daily routines. We also support families in finding the best-suited program – whether it’s a family child care, center, or school-based for their child’s social-emotional and academic needs. These services are offered in-person and virtually.

Elderly man talking with young boy and provide family advocay and support

From the Director

I became a mother at the age of 18. My daughter turned my world upside down in many ways - mostly positive but some not so much. Today, my daughter is 24-years-old and over the years, I learned many things about parenting through trial and error and listening to advice and suggestions from family and friends. Through my schooling and personal experiences of working with young children, I created this space “The Family Support Group” to support all families through the journey of child-rearing. My hope is this group will be a springboard for you to openly share your experiences and struggles while enhancing the support system you already have as a family.   

Family Support Groups

Winter Cohort 2023
Registration Open Soon!

$405 (6 weeks)

  • Weekly virtual group meetings

  • Strategies and resources provided 

  • Session to Home follow-up skills 

Childcare Support
Plans & Pricing

The decision to place your child in the care of someone else can be a difficult one, especially when you don’t know where to start. Let us be a resource to you and your family as you navigate the complex child care world. 

Consultation

Don't need our full services now but in need of a "thought partner" and resources for you and your child?

Do you have resources but are not confident how or where to begin?
Schedule a consultation and we will support you!

$45 (for up to 30 minutes)

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Miss nELSon's Halloween Tips

Here are some tips to be inclusive and considerate during Halloween season, especially when trick-or-treating:

  1. Beware of allergies children may have to certain foods, candy, and chocolate. Check and read each label carefully before eating or serving.

  2. Think about comfort instead of style and look. Remember some fabrics may not be the most comfortable for children with sensory processing disorder.

  3. Talk with your child about real and make-believe. Some costumes may be scary and frightening for young children. Talk them through what the costumes are and why the individual may be wearing it.

  4. If you are staying in your neighborhood, notify your neighbors that your child is non-verbal and may not be able to say “Trick or Treat” when they come to the door.

  5. Plan ahead by mapping out the routes you will be taking. Do a practice run with your child to prepare them for the evening.

  6. Children learn independence and feel confident when given choices. Therefore, provide children with choices such as “Would you like to carry your bucket, or do you want me to carry it for you?”.. "Would you like a Twix bar or a candy apple?"

  7. For toddlers and preschoolers, set the expectation of how many pieces of candy and/or chocolate they can have per day or week.

  8. Trick or Treating can be overwhelming for young children. Make the outing interesting by telling stories, singing songs, comparing costumes, sharing what they noticed or remembered, etc.

  9. If your child is upset because they are tired, scared, or don’t want to trick or treat anymore, honor their feelings by ending the evening festivities.

  10. Make the evening fun so your child will look forward to doing it again next year!