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OUR MISSION

AFNIC serves neurologically impaired children whose inability to handle frustration causes them to have violent rages, tantrums or other behaviors indicative of their inability to cope with sensory overloads and situations that overwhelm them ("explosive children"). These children often have diagnoses such as Tourette's Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or other neurologically-based disorders.

Parents and schools often address these issues through traditional methods of reward and punishment that neither motivate nor intimidate the neurologically impaired child and thus are not effective in helping the school or the child in working together; often leaving parents at odds with the schools. This approach does not address the underlying neurological disability and will not solve the problem. It is a fact that when dealing with neurologically impaired children, the use of punishment and reward systems have been shown to increase the child's frustration, and the reward and punishment system will actually escalate the problem by increasing the frequency and severity of the undesirable behaviors and rages.

AFNIC has developed a program for children with neurological disabilities that has been extraordinarily successful both at home and school. While the AFNIC philosophy and program can be used anywhere, we are currently only able to provide direct services in the state of Texas.

Please browse our site to see how we can help you and the neurologically-impaired child in your life.

WHAT WE DO?

We help train parents and schools on how to create an accessible environment for the neurologically impaired child. We help parents and schools understand the behaviors and challenges they are experiencing are part of a disability and are not volitional.

We provide advocacy services at ARD meetings by attending in person or by phone for members. These services can include reviewing your concerns, providing you with a clear understanding of your options, helping you get the special services needed, developing or revising a behavioral plan, helping you interpret IEP goal progress or lack of progress, helping write new goals or correcting existing goals so they are objectively measured, and helping write correspondence on your behalf to the schools to express concern.

We help empower you to be a successful advocate for your child.

We can help you navigate through the complex Special Education System by providing information and advice. If necessary we can help you understand the initial referral and identification, the testing and evaluations, and IEP (Individual Education Program) and 504 meetings process.

We help create an effective and appropriate environment with the school that will address your child's needs and produce a successful experience.

We add a personal special understanding to training and consulting because we are family based with first hand knowledge of the challenges and frustration you are, or will be, experiencing.

WHO DO WE HELP?

Children that have already been identified as eligible for Special Education services or a 504 plan. Those children not yet identified that may be struggling at school and/or home where parents are wanting to know what they can do to help their child.

Children that have been diagnosed or are suspected of having Tourette Stndrone, PDD Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and more.

Children with or are suspected of having behavior, learning and processing disorders that are affecting math, reading, writing and social development.

Children that need a specially designed program to meet their unique needs in the least environment with the access to the general curriculum.

Families and schools that need help implementing the AFNIC program for the neurologically-impaired child.

"Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes

the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society."

~ Congressional Findings, IDEA 2004 ~



How does a parent get started?

When the parents make initial contact, we will schedule an intake phone conference, which usually takes about an hour to gather basic information regarding the child's needs and your concerns. We will evaluate your case to see if our services are appropriate.

We will request the parents provide copies of relevant documentation to build a file. The request may include outside and school evaluations/reports, previous IEP documents, report cards, and correspondence from the school concerning the child. We will review all of the documents highlighting any areas of concern discuss options and make recommendations. We will then outline the necessary steps to present your case to the school that may include attending an IEP or 504 meeting.

We will help with the preparation for the IEP meeting to help parents generate a document that explains the parents' concerns and requests for services. We may provide guidance to the parent if they choose to attend alone. Because often times more complicated issues are not resolved at a single meeting, this process may be repeated any number of times. If a disagreement between the school district and the parents concerning the needs of the child should arise we attempt to help parents solve the disagreement.

Please note, however, we do not provide any legal advice. If you seek legal advice, you will need to hire an attorney.

If you would like to inquire about having us advocate for your child, please contact: Philip Ferrara, 972-264-7983 or email ferrara54@tx.rr.com

Contact Us

Contact Phil Ferrara, our executive director, at 972-264-7983 during the following times or email ferrara54@tx.rr.com

M-F: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: please do not call

 

If you are unable to reach Mr. Ferrara contact D.J. Powers, our president, at 512-444-1641 during the following times:

M-F: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: please do not call
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Viewing any part of this website constitutes agreement with our disclaimer:

The information contained in this Web Site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a therapeutic recommendation, prescription, or legal advice. We urge you to consult your own medical provider or attorney. By using this website, you are agreeing that this website, the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children, the owner or operators of this website and the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children's volunteers, employees, and directors:

-make no express or implied warranties or representations of any kind regarding any of the information contained in its Web Site;

-disclaim all liability of any kind for the content of any information transmitted to or received by any individual or entity in connection with such individual or entity's use of the Web Site; and do not endorse or recommend in any way any such information.

In consideration of your accessing the Web Site, you agree that:

under no circumstances shall this website, the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children, the owner or operators of this website, or any of the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children's volunteers, employees, or directors be liable for any damages whatsoever in connection with, arising out of, or resulting from your use of the Web Site or any information contained in the Web Site or referred to in the Web Site; and you will defend, indemnify same and hold harmless this website, the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children, the owner and operators of this website, and the Association for Neurologically Impaired Children's volunteers, employees, and directors from any and all suits, claims, demands, causes of action, judgments, damage, losses, liabilities and expenses, including attorneys' fees, consultant fees and expert witness fees arising out of or resulting from your use of the Web Site or any information referred to or contained therein. 

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