Masks are required when entering our building. We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all clients, volunteers, and staff.

Special Needs Resources

Special needs

Services for Children with Special Needs

Our goal is to help special needs children and families reach their highest potential socially, emotionally, behaviorally and intellectually. To fulfill this goal our approach is to involve and support family, friends and community resources.

JFS has been providing a continuum of services for children, adults and their families for more than 60 years. Our team of experience professionals include diagnosticians, intervention specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, play therapists, school mental-health counselors and psychiatrists.

For more information about our Special Needs Resources or if you’re not sure of what kind of help your child might need, contact us.

Special needs

Special Needs Services Include

Intervention Specialist Services: Early Childhood and Student Specialists
Play Therapy
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Comprehensive Assessment
Speech-Language Assessments and Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Social Skills Groups
School Mental-Health Services
Psychiatry Services

Our Special Needs Resource Team brings additional expertise if more complex developmental challenges become apparent and sometimes act as the liaison in schools for teachers, leadership and parents.

Special needs

Special Needs Partnership

The Special Needs Partnership was founded more than a decade ago by a group of local families to advocate on behalf of their children with special needs. The Partnership continues today as a grass-roots initiative that furthers awareness and inclusion by providing support, resources, and education for individuals and families through our programs and services.

You’ve heard the proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”  This is never more true than when raising a child with special needs. In fact, building this “village” is vital to the health and happiness of the entire family.  To address this need, our SNP community was created to foster social relationships, encourage an inclusive environment, and to help all families with the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.

Our team of professional experts works to ensure individuals with special needs can reach their fullest potential at home, at school and in their community.

Community of Families

Every family has heard the proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is never more true than when raising a child with special needs. In fact, building this “village” is vital to the health and happiness of the entire special-needs family.

To address this need, the Community of Families was created to foster social relationships, encourage an inclusive environment, and to help all families cope with the ups and downs, joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.

True to the mission of Jewish Family Service, we are always interested in building new relationships with the Greater Dallas community. Please call 972-437-9950 x340 to connect.

Our Partners

We work with many partners to help provide an inclusive community for families with special needs. Major funding partners are Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Collaborating organizations include:

Aaron Family Jewish Community Center
Adat Chaverim
Center for Jewish Education
Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI)
Congregation Anshai Torah
Congregation Beth Torah
Congregation Shaare Tefilla
Congregation Shearith Israel
Congregation Tiferet Israel
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Shalom
Friendship Circle
Ann and Nate Levine Academy
Torah Day School of Dallas
Mesorah High School
Yachad
Akiba-Yavneh Academy of Dallas

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Have a community event to add to the Special Needs calendar? Submit your event here.*

*All events must be approved by an admin

Other Community Events

Check out the current programs at Highland Park United Methodist Church Belong Ministry.

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