Easterseals of Southwest Florida

Easterseals Southwest Florida has been part of our community for 65 years. They offer the highest quality of care and services to children, youth and adults with special needs so that they can enjoy access, opportunities and increased life choices. Easterseals Southwest Florida is committed to remaining a leader in special needs services – an organization to which individuals and their families can turn to for resources and support with a continuum of care throughout their lives.

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Meadows Cup Easter Seals Lily School

The Lily School for Child Development

The Lily School offers children who are both typically developing and differently abled an equal opportunity to learn in a creative atmosphere by providing high quality education and care that children need in their early developmental years, ages birth to five. Programs available to children based on needs and interests through individualized curriculum plans that include the arts, social skills groups, developmental therapy, and family support. Please visit: www.thelilyschool.com for more information.
Children’s Therapy
At our Children’s Therapy Center we offer Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Early Intervention Services for children ages 0-18. Our therapists collaborate to determine the best treatment plan by working closely with family members and caregivers to ensure that each child has the opportunity to meet their full potential. We offer Natural Environment therapy services for children 0-3 who are enrolled in Early Steps and therapy at our clinic for children over the age of 3. Our therapists have training in Interactive Metronome, Linda Mood Bell Phoneme Sequence Program (LIPS), Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, and Phonographix.

Children’s Therapy

At our Children’s Therapy Center we offer Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Early Intervention Services for children ages 0-18. Our therapists collaborate to determine the best treatment plan by working closely with family members and caregivers to ensure that each child has the opportunity to meet their full potential. We offer Natural Environment therapy services for children 0-3 who are enrolled in Early Steps and therapy at our clinic for children over the age of 3. Our therapists have training in Interactive Metronome, Linda Mood Bell Phoneme Sequence Program (LIPS), Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, and Phonographix.
the meadows cup easter seals  Respite

Project Rainbow – Children’s Respite

Our Project Rainbow program creates temporary relief for families or caregivers by providing a safe environment where kids have time to be kids and parents/caregivers have time to be independent adults. Trained respite care workers provide home-based respite care services in 4-hour increments to families of children who are chronically ill, medically fragile and/or developmentally/physically disabled. Project Rainbow staff supervise all of the minors in the home when they provide the respite care, not just the child with special needs. Project Rainbow also provides monthly community-based, or drop-off, respite activities to children and their families.
Meadows Cup Easter Seals VIP Academy – High School Program

VIP Academy – High School Program

The VIP (Vocational Introduction and Preparation) Academy is an alternative high school program offered through the Manatee County School Board for students’ age 14-22 years old that are eligible for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services. The students who attend the VIP Academy have a wide range of developmental and/or physical disabilities and the focus of the program is to assist these students with developing confidence, maximizing their attainable levels of independence, and to introduce and refine pre-vocational and employment skills to prepare them for their transition into life after school. The primary purpose of the program is to teach vocational skills, leading to job placement and increased healthy individual development, such as self-esteem, feelings of self-worth, and independence.
Easter Seals Life Skills

Life Skills Development

The Life Skills Development program offers relevant personal, social, therapeutic, and work skill training to adults with disabilities through community and center-based resources. The activities are designed to advance individual independence and expand participants’ life choices at work, home, school, and in the community. Our adults enjoy participating in community outings, agency projects, community contract work, board games, cooperative activities, volunteer opportunities, shopping, creating art, cooking, tai chi, social clubs, and book clubs.