Autism affects as many as 2.5% of Georgia’s children. Many of these children have the chance to live successful lives if proper intervention and education are available. Unfortunately, resources available in Rural Georgia (and specifically Bulloch County) are limited and difficult to access.
The Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center was started in 2018 to try to improve resource availability and opportunities for education. We focus on children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and/or anxiety in rural Georgia. Right now we perform several critical tasks:
Parent training and support: We offer a monthly free parent support group for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder. We also offer workshops to help them better understand how their children perceive the world.
Community education: The Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center provides speakers for civic organizations and other groups to help them better understand autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and anxiety.
Educator training: Some professionals in our local community (including teachers and school administrators) have a very limited understanding of autism and the special needs of affected students. Better training for teachers helps these students on the autism spectrum. It also helps the rest of the class as disruptive behavior is reduced or eliminated. Therefore, the Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center offers trainings for groups of educators.
Facilitation of family support service grants: Autistic children deserve to get to participate in community activities too. They can benefit greatly from activities like individual or group sports instruction; acting classes that teach emotions, how people typically express these emotions, and how to better understand non-verbal communication; art and music lessons; and family outings or trips that facilitate social interaction. These grants are funded by the state of Georgia, but the application process is difficult. Many families cannot complete it on their own. Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center can spend $300 to put on an application assistance workshop for up to 8 families. This can bring in as much as $24,000 in funding from the state of Georgia. This represents an 8,000% return on donated dollars. The grants we help families receive are spent on enriching or therapeutic activities that help our autistic children become more well-rounded and independent.
Please note that Michelle Zeanah, MD is our executive director, but grant money can not be used to pay for medical services in her practice. Furthermore, any family in south Georgia can participate in the Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center’s activities. No affiliation with Dr. Zeanah’s medical practice is needed.
If you want to support us, you can make a donation below.
Alternatively, our mailing address is:
Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center
406 Savannah Avenue
Statesboro, GA 30458