Including Children with Special Needs

Support for Including Children with Special Needs

Children with developmental, behavioral or physical challenges and their families are offered security, compassion and understanding.  We assist families in locating quality inclusive programs and work with the program staff to assure the best care possible.

The more we learn about children’s development, the more we know how important it is to diagnose and intervene sooner rather than later when a child has a developmental delay, disability or other special need, including challenging behavior.

We also know that the American with Disabilities Act (the ADA) requires that child care providers make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of these children.

Our hearts tell us that we want to meet the needs of ALL the children we care for – but it’s not always easy to know HOW to successfully include a child with special needs.

United 4 Children Can Help!

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Specialists offer the following services to assist you as you work to meet the needs of children with special needs in your centers and homes.

Telephone or on-site technical assistance, short term observations, consultation and training specific to the needs of a particular child.  This service is provided free of charge.

Community-based workshops about Inclusion.  Watch for information about dates and times several times each year in email notices, flyers and on the Missouri Training Calendar.  There is a small fee for these trainings.

Providers –  click here to view the brochure:  Do You Care For A Child With Special Needs?

To reach your Inclusion Specialist please call 1-800-467-2322 plus your Inclusion Specialist extension below.

Eastern Region – Gina Dattilo –   ext.  35
Lisa Eberle-Mayse –   ext.  17

Southeast Region – Jennifer Rush –   ext. 60

Central/Northwest Region – Kristina Royer –  ext. 53

Western Region – Jan Inman –  ext. 54

Southwest Region – Karen Base –  ext. 32

For more information, or to request assistance from an Inclusion
Specialist, call 1-800-467-2322 or email us at