3755 Abbott Road Orchard Park 14127

Southtowns Children's Associates

We are a non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide every individual with special needs the support, friendship and inclusion that they deserve.

Since forming in 2006, Southtowns Children’s Associates has strived to provide an effective and compassionate early intervention experience to children with developmental delays and their families. From the very beginning, our mission has been to improve the quality of life for children experiencing developmental delays. Through early detection and a commitment to a personalized family-centered approach in the delivery of our educational services, we aim to involve families in every step of their child’s early intervention programming.

More narrowly, it is a legal term applying in foster care in the United States, derived from the language in the Adoption and Safe Families Act. It is a diagnosis used to classify children as needing “more” services than those children without special needs who are in foster care.

In the United States, special needs is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, or psychological. For instance, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.