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Quest Kids

Imagine what it would be like if you were four years old and not able to say that you were hungry, sick or even hurt. Children with disabilities often have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities and are faced with very difficult educational and social challenges.

 

Recognizing the increased need for quality early intervention and therapy services, Quest opened the Quest Kids program in 1996. Quest Kids specializes in helping children with disabilities ranging from 15 months old to 18 years of age. About half of the children in the program are on the autism spectrum, while the remaining 50 percent have developmental delays, learning differences, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, chromosomal abnormalities and other learning and behavior concerns.


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Working hand-in-hand with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educational professionals, Quest Kids develops and implements an appropriate path of learning that meets each child's specific needs. At Quest Kids, children are taught how to learn using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are given tools to communicate.


Children receive intensive instruction in language, self-care, social skills, academics and decision making. Through early intervention, children have a higher chance of succeeding in mainstream education, obtaining a career and fully participating in their families and communities.

Financially, families must rely on their own resources and nonprofit agencies, like Quest, that receive funding from private foundations and corporations. Ultimately, most families are forced to accept fewer hours of therapy than their child needs or rely on special education programs at schools where teachers may not be equipped to properly teach children with autism. It is extremely difficult for teachers to effectively educate these children because they require consistent one-on-one attention and a focused, individualized education plan - nearly impossible for the already over-loaded school system.

Quest believes that every child deserves to receive the education, support and opportunities necessary to grow into a successful, independent adult. No child should be denied the right kind of learning environment based on a disability or low socio-economic status. Through the generosity of donors, Quest is happy to offer a scholarship program to families.

 
 
 

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