Services for Children With Special Needs

The military understands that families with children who have a medical, emotional, or physical challenge can benefit from extra supports. Some children require in-home medical support, additional academic support, or therapeutic intervention, for example.  In other cases, families just need guidance about school policies.  The following is a list of just some of the additional supports available to military families and their children. This list includes both military and nonmilitary resources.  Detailed information about each of the guidebooks and services listed below can be found in the Resources section of this module.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

This program applies when an eligible family member residing with a sponsor possesses a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability that requires special medical or education services. The EFMP ensures that a sponsor will be assigned to a location where appropriate services exist to support the special needs of the family. All of the military branches have an EFMP.

Special Needs Parents Handbook

This is a comprehensive guide to information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special-needs children navigate medical and special education services, community support, benefits, and entitlements. The handbook, produced by DoD, is broken down into six colorful modules that can be easily downloaded and printed. Also included are facts, records, tools, and sample letters.

Special Needs Organizational Record (SCORE)

This tool is a series of documents and forms designed to assist families of children with special needs to organize and record necessary care information. Use of this tool can assist parents in maintaining consistent care for their children.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

This is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. The staffs of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

Yellow Pages for Kids With Disabilities

This resource lists education consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys in each state, along with government agencies, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.