Montefiore Medical Center helps families find special ed classes
Montefiore Medical Center is putting $70,000 of grant money toward the United Hospital Fund, which helps place children in the right special education classes.
The need for the money was highlighted by the Stenavage family, who has a 5-year-old with a speech issue.
"I was noticing he wasn't talking. He was very frustrated he couldn't speak. He couldn't say what he wanted," says Jennifer Stenavage.
She entered her son, Jerimiah, in speech and occupational therapy, which was helpful until he was 3 years old. But when his age range changed, things got complicated because they had to find a new program.
The Stenavage family then contacted Montefiore, which helped connect them with the right special education pre-school.
That kind of help is not always available. Montefiore staff says they realized it was way too difficult for parents of 3- to 5-year-olds to find the right resources, prompting the $70,000 toward fixing the problem.
Stenavage says her son is now in pre-k and starting kindergarten in September.
"If it weren't for Montefiore, he wouldn't be where he is right now," says Stenavage. "...I thank them from the bottom of my heart."