Hey there #teamleaf! It has been some time since I’ve stopped to chat with you on this platform. Hopefully you’ve been following us on our Facebook page. So much has happened over the past few months. Soooooooo, let’s back up a minute….as you may recall, I relocated from Maryland to Virginia Beach last fall. Two VERY different places, but I have come to enjoy not sitting in traffic jams on I-495 & I-270. I still visit often (because deep down I really love the traffic..ha!).
LEAF has joined forces with a wonderful organization in Virginia Beach, Community Direct Services (CDS), and as a result so many families have access to many more services. I serve as the Chief Operations Officer at CDS, and also recently became credentialed as a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator for the state of Virginia. We do accept clients that are Waiver recipients and those with medicaid (with prior authorization). If you are interested in learning more about Behavior Consultation, click here or all me at (757)965-4899. At CDS, we offer many other services such as Personal Care, Respite, Companion, and Sponsor Residential Services. If you are interested in learning more about these services, click here.
As you may or may not know, LEAF started as a tutoring agency in 2011. Over the years, I have kept MY love for teaching, but have made it a priority to ensure that the professionals that provide direct care services for our “au-some” friends are highly trained and remain in compliance with the state of Virginia. At CDS, we have also continued to provide training opportunities to families so that they are able to better support their loved ones. Some of those training topics include behavior support, IEP preparation, an introduction to Autism, and person centered practices. A new service coming under the LEAF program is Doula services. That’s right! Yours truly will begin offering support to expectant mothers that have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, or are expecting to give birth to children with developmental disabilities. As a certified Doula, I will be able to not only support expectant mothers through the life changing process of childbirth, but I will also be able to utilize my years of experience in the special education field during the postpartum period to help new families understand their rights, milestones that their child may encounter, and serve as a liaison between medical professionals and the family.
These are only a few of the changes that we have happening over at #CDS headquarters. My days are spent providing support to our wonderful staff, supporting families, and seeking new ways to be of service. I would love to stay connected with you, and hope that you will check us out on Facebook . Until next time!