This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we have a lot to celebrate. First and foremost we want to celebrate all the moms, dads, teachers, and caregivers who day in and day out support kids with special needs. Raising children with special needs is rewarding but also comes with its own unique challenges. Taking a day to recognize the sacrifice and commitment that goes into taking care of these very special people is important. So if you are supporting a special needs family give yourself a pat on the back, you are doing a great job. If you know someone who is a caregiver for someone with special needs please encourage them and remind them that what they are doing makes a difference.
Julie Ames is proud to be recognized for Excellence in Media at the Mayor’s Alliance Awards Luncheon for People with Disabilities
This Sunday also marks the 2 year anniversary of Special Needs Family Hour Radio Show. Our first show aired on May 10th, Mother’s Day of 2015. It is a weekly show heard every Sunday afternoon 1-2 pm and Saturday 4-5 pm on AM 860 “The Answer”. Our station reaches seven counties with a potential listening audience of 3.2 million people. Our goal is to help and inspire those parents and caregivers who are caring for special people. On the show we cover all things related to special needs to include medical, educational and legal issues. Through these 2 years we have created fifty unique shows featuring advocates, authors, officers, Miss America, Ms. Wheel Chair America, and even a therapy dog. Julie Ames was recognized for Excellence in Media at the Mayor’s Alliance Awards Luncheon for People with Disabilities and officially achieved 501c3 status. We are proud to have achieved these milestones and excited to continue to serve the special needs community by providing the resources and answers that they need to be successful.
If this is your first time visiting this site we are glad you are here! Check out some of our amazing programs listed below. If you are a long time listener thanks for your support and feel free to use this list to listen to your favorites again.
List of Shows:
- Julie’s Story/Child Find & Early Childhood Council
- Julie’s Story/ Early Steps at USF
- Julie’s Story/ Parent Liaison Project
- Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Special Needs Child/Organizational tips
- Guardianship Part 1, Attorney Jay Hemness
- Guardianship Part 2, Pepin Academies Special Needs Nurse
- Special Needs Ministries, One Roof Initiative, Young Life Capernaum
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Part 1
- Artistas Café Training & Employment Program
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Part 2 – Crises Counselor Answering listeners questions.
- Autism Friendly Business Initiative with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF with Dr. Karen Berkman and The Florida Aquarium, as well as The Learning Academy at USF
- Buddy Baseball – a non-competitive recreational league for individuals with special needs.
- Rotary Camp Florida – a camping facility for children and adults with disabilities.
- Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community Tampa Bay & Organizing Your Medical Files
- “Working with Your Local School to Get the Help Your Child Needs” by Hillsborough County Schools, Exceptional Student
- Dr. Nicole Johnson (Miss America)Executive Director/ Founder Bringing Science Home to Students with Diabetes
- Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Development Disabilities.
- Vocational Rehabilitation – School to Work Transition Program with Milton Moss
- Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, Jennifer Lynn Adams
- Shriner’s Hospital – Tampa with Jamie Lynn Santillo
- The Pepin Academies with Dr. Craig Butz and Celeste Kellar
- Pepin Transitional Job Training Program with Dr. Butz / Pepin Nurse Diane McCurdy
- Lawyer’s Autism Awareness Foundation (known for “Sensory Friendly Santa” event for children w/autism) with Luis E. Viera.
- Ava’s Law with Anna Bullard – Insurance Coverage for Autism/ Tips on medical record organization!
- Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income with Liz Montefu of Montefu Consulting
- Success 4 Kids & Families – Services for kids w/problems at school, home, or the law.
- USF’s Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Hot Docs Program – Dr. Kathi Armstrong & Dr. Carrie Adams
- A Special Thanksgiving Message with the award winning author of “I Choose”, Suzin Carr
- Benefits of Drama Therapy with Loretta Gallo-Lopez, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Equine-Assisted Therapies with Dr. Edie Dopkling, Executive Director of Quantum Leap Farms
- Jack Kosik’s Villages at Noah’s Landing– $15 Million Dollar community for those w/ intellectual disabilities completed 2016.
- A Special Christmas Message with the author of Sweetie Pie/ Tips for Holiday Travel with individuals with Special Needs.
- Healthy Transitions Program for those 16 to 25 years experiencing Mental Health Challenges.
- Julie Ames with Tips on Raising Children with Special Needs
- Pharmacist Sally DePalma Discusses Tips on Working with Your Family Pharmacist.
- MacDonald’s Training Center has Supported Living, Employment, and Community Living.
- Discuss Mary Lee’s House, a State of the Art Child Protection and Child Advocacy Center
- Hart’s Travel Trainer Program for Those with Special Needs Who Desire to Ride the Bus Independently.
- Hillsborough County’s Public School Training Programs for Adults with Disabilities 18 yrs of age and older w/Keensha Parham
- Discuss “Finding Mathew” with Author Donna Kirk. It’s a Story of Hope and Encouragement.
- Emma Hemness Attorney at Law Discusses Long Term Care, SSI, Trusts, and ABLE Accounts.
- The Founders of Speech and Language Discuss Speech & Language Therapy
- Emmy Award Nominated Reality Show “Born This Way” follows seven young adults with Down Syndrome – Interview with Sean’s mother Sandra McElwee
- Keeping Your Child Safe-Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division Internet Predator Unit with Detective Heaverin
- Quinn Bradlee’s Founder of Friends of Quinn – online Community of those w/Learning Disabilities
- Interview with Tahni Cullen about “Josiah’s Fire “
- Ric Edelman, NY Times Best Selling Author, discuses planning for your retirement and for your child with special needs.
- Chronic-Complex Clinic For Children At St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
- Healthy Sexuality for Adolescents & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities
- Update on Rotary Camp Florida – a camping facility for children and adults with special needs.
Special Needs Family Hour Airs Every Sunday Sunday 1-2pm at 860AM The Answer
You can listen to the most recent shows here:
Loretta Gallo-Lopez and Julie Ames
Our guest is Loretta Gallo-Lopez, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and we discuss Healthy Sexuality for Adolescents and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
Loretta has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and their parents. She is a Registered Drama Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and she is the Clinical Director & a Founding Board Member of the Focus Academy in Temple Terrace, FL.
View the Power Point on Healthy Sexuality for Adolescents & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Guest Bio: Loretta Gallo-Lopez, MA Clinical Director of Focus Academy
Loretta began her professional career as an ESE teacher and has been in private practice in Tampa for over 20 years. Loretta is a nationally recognized speaker, a published author of both books and articles about her work and is co-director of the ACT Project – a drama therapy and performance based social skills program.
You can Like Focus Academy on Facebook
Official 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status
Special Needs Family Hour is proud to announce that we have been approved for 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Our mission has always been dedicated to helping special needs families and educate the public and this non-profit status makes it easier for our donors and sponsors to give with confidence knowing that their gifts and support are tax deductible. Contributions donated to Special Needs Family Hour are fully tax-deductible retroactive to the founding of the organization. Special Needs Family Hour is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to serve families with special needs in the Tampa Bay area.
New Opportunities to Continue Our Mission
We’ve worked hard over the last year and a half to provide all the proper documentation and set it up properly. We are excited that our non-profit status is now official. Obtaining 501(c)(3) status is a major milestone for Special Needs Family Hour. This opens many doors for us to expand fundraising activities and fully realize our goal as a charitable organization to provide a place where special needs families can find the answers they need to be successful.
Special Needs Family hour has produced radio shows and podcast broadcasts that educate listeners on resources and development opportunities available to special needs families. Guests on the show include attorneys, authors, advocates, job placement specialists, educators, and more. Being a non-profit helps us to continue to provide these valuable shows to our listeners.
How you can Help:
Thanks for your continued support as listeners, donors, and sponsors. Your continued patronage is what makes it possible to continue to provide educational material for Tampa and beyond to special needs families. 100% of donations received will go toward providing quality programming and helping other special needs families in Florida.
The IRS letter granting Special Needs Family Hour its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is available upon request. Contact us to see how to donate or sponsor Special Needs Family Hour.
Julie Ames with Ken Gibson and Sunny Hall of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Part I: Ken Gibson, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, and Sunny Hall,
Vice President of Client Services explains the many ways the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay helps people in our area.
Part II: We will be back with Part 2 on October 23rd with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the answers to your questions.
We welcome Alex DeMolina from USF Early Steps and will discuss getting help for your child birth to 3 years old.
Save The Dates!
Our next two shows will continue the theme of getting help for your child,
birth to 22 years of age:
May 29: Julie’s Story / The FDLRS Parent Liaison Project
May 31: Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Special Needs / Organizational Tips
Alex DeMolina, USF Early Steps with her daughter.
USF Bay Area Early Steps Program
Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.
Family Resource Specialist
Phone: (813) 974-0674
Website and Facebook
Download Family Resource Specialist Brochure – Hillsborough County (Alex DeMolina)
Special Needs Family Hour Radio Show is Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary!
We started broadcasting the show on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.
We have a great show for you – listen here! Julie will be telling her story. Then we will have representatives from the Early Childhood Council and Child Find to discuss helping your child 5 years old and younger.
Save The Dates!
Our next three shows will continue the theme of getting help for your child,
birth to 22 years of age:
May 22: Julie’s Story / Early Steps at USF
May 29: Julie’s Story / The FDLRS Parent Liaison Project
May 31: Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Special Needs Child / Organizational Tips
Julie Ames, SNFH, and Jennifer Broughton, Early Childhood Council
and Dr. Emily Cimino, Child Find.
Child Find: A service within the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Child Find, a free service, assists parents and schools with the early identification of children, birth through age 21, who have, or are at risk of, a disability. Every child grows mentally and physically at his or her own pace. However, some children experience disabilities that can hinder their potential progress. Child Find offers parents services to help in identifying these children.
This week’s show will feature Alicia Yimoyines and Brieann Yimoyines Papp, Speech-Language Pathologists and owners of All About Speech & Language, a pediatric private practice located here in Tampa, FL with offices in Riverview and South Tampa. As graduates of University of Florida and Boston University, they have a passion for working with children, with and without a special needs diagnosis, and specialize in therapies for reading and social skills.
All About Speech & Language (AASL) is a premier therapy company offering a unique approach to therapy that is reflective of the needs of their clients and families. They offer highly skilled speech/language and occupational therapy services with unwavering commitment and dedication to providing quality, evidence-based, results-driven treatment.
Discover All About Speech & Language 2016 Summer Programs! Featuring: Tiny Socialights, Socialights Elementary (Social Skills Programs), Intensive Reading and Handwriting Booster at their Riverview and South Tampa Offices! Limited Spaces Available!
All About Speech & Language also offers individual Speech and Occupational Therapy appointments throughout the summer. Please contact Holly Marino at 813-220-0971 or email@example.com for more information.
Brieann Yimoyines Papp, Alicia Yimoyines, Julie Ames, SNFH, and Jose Cruz, On-Air Studio Engineer
All About Speech & Language
Website and Facebook
Julie Ames with Vicky Westra
Original air date: July 5, 2015
This week’s show will feature Vicky Westra of Artistas Café. Vicky will discuss Artistas Cafe’s Training & Employment Program, and the upcoming Artistas Development Center for individuals with disabilities.
Artistas Cafe has been providing training and employment to people diagnosed with Autism since 2011. Visit Website
The show features “Working with Your Local School to Get the Help Your Child Needs” by Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), Exceptional Student Education (Special Education), Staffing Supervisor, Suzette Sample.
Suzette will answer many questions that parents may have, such as:
I think my child may need help in school. What should I do?
What is special education?
Who is eligible for special education?
How does the school evaluate my child?
If my child is found eligible for special education. What next?
Pictured: HCPS, Special Education, Staffing Supervisor, Suzette Sample and Julie Ames, SNFH
Exceptional Student Education
(Special Education)Supporting the Needs of Students with Disabilities
HCPS serves over 29,000 students with disabilities, ages birth through 21, in over 250 schools.
Staffing & Compliance
Hillsborough County Public Schools: HCPS serves all of Hillsborough County, Florida. It is the third largest school district in Florida and the 8th largest district in the United States.