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 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.

On-site or telephone 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 training.

Providers –  Click HERE to view the specialist in your area map

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

Eastern Region
Lisa Eberle-Mayse
(314) 531-1412 ext. 117
Eastern Region
Gina Dattilo
(314) 531-1412 ext. 135
Southeast Region
Jennifer Rush
(314) 531-1412 ext. 160
Central/Northwest Region
Wendy Cornell
(314) 531-1412 ext. 153
Western Region
Jan Inman
(314) 531-1412 ext. 154
Southwest Region
Karen Base
(314) 531-1412 ext. 132


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

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Weighted lap pads are sensory tools that promote regulation, calming, and refocusing.
(Do not use with children under 2 or while a child is sleeping or in a crib.)

List of items:  Fabric, Thread, Snack Size Baggies, Rice, Buttons, Fidgets.  Should weigh about 5% of a child’s body weight.   ½ Cup Rice in baggie per square  – 12 squares  = 2-3 lbs.  total weight

Lap Buddies are sensory tools that promote regulation, calming, and refocusing.   They provide proprioceptive input.

List of items:  Long men’s crew sock, rice, essential oil, buttons for eyes, Rit Dye for color.

Wish You Well Visual helps to promote community in the classroom.  Provides a way to teach children how to think about others when they are sick, absent or struggling.

List of items:  Pizza Pan, Cardstock, Laminate, Bottle Caps, Modge Podge, Sticky Magnetic Tape, Pictures of Children

First Then Flip Book is a visual tool to support communication with PECS,  and self regulation for children with autism or special needs.  It is a strategy used as an individualized visual schedule to support positive behavior.

List of items:  Card Stock, Laminate, Velcro
(to be able to get the template for the book, visit HERE)