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How to identify Developmental Delays?

Many children with clinically significant developmental delays are not detected until the first few years of school. Consequently, critical early intervention opportunities for young children who are at-risk of developing problems may be delayed and/or lost.

Every child grows and learns differently; however, children are expected to gain some specific developmental skill sets according to their age.  



A developmental delay refers to when a child hasn’t achieved some of those developmental skill sets expected according to their age. 

These delays may occur in one or more areas, such as motor function, speech and language, cognitive, social and emotional skills. Different from a developmental disability, such as cerebral palsy or autism, developmental delays may not last for life. Early intervention as in screenings, evaluations, caregiver education, coaching and treatment as needed are possibilities to help children overcome their developmental delays.


What CAUSES Developmental Delays?

Although developmental delays can happen to any child, some factors can contribute to it. Some of them are genetic or hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, trauma to the brain, PTSD, exposure to toxic substances, infections and food deprivation.


What are the SIGNS of Developmental Delays? 

Signs may vary from child to child and may be difficult to notice at an early age. However, the earlier a concern is identified, the quicker your child may catch up. Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Learning slower than other children the same age
  • Rolling over, sitting up, crawling, or walking much later than developmentally expected
  • Being clumsy or having difficulty holding onto small objects, tying shoes, or brushing teeth
  • Trouble learning in school
  • Trouble understanding social cues or carrying on two-way conversations
  • Difficulty dealing with frustration or coping with change.
  • Having problems remembering things
  • Difficulties talking or talking late
  • Inability to connect actions with consequences
  • Difficulty with problem-solving or logical thinking


Your child deserves a chance to reach his or her full potential!

With that in mind, we developed the K-Shield Assisted Screening: A complete assessment that will give an accurate picture of whether your child’s development is on track. It is a highly effective way to identify developmental concerns and provide guidance to avoid academic or social school related struggles.


K-Shield is recommended for kids from 36 to 66 months old, and includes:
• Live video consultation
Pre-evaluation with specialized therapists
Assistance to parents in applying ASQ 3™ questionnaires
Documentation results supporting the new Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship Program
Recommendation on intervention activities which parents, daycare and preschool staff can use promoting development before starting school


You can learn more about K-SHIELD Screening and choose the best date for scheduling here.

We are here to help you from the beginning!


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My cancer, my blessing – Lessons and advice from a cancer survivor.


It was a sunny July day 2017 when my journey began, my life changing episodic events, which I now see as blessing, a chance for me to change the trajectory of my life.

I am now mentally and physically stronger, able to fulfill my life’s purpose with more vibrance and love than ever before.

When I received the diagnosis of a stage 3 colon cancer and the results of the 63 removed lymph nodes showed only 1 of them had cancer cells, I saw it as a wakeup call to change my daily mental and physical habits, and to prioritize the importance of a well-balanced life.

If I had listened to the signs my body was telling me and acted in accordance with the recommended screening for colon cancer prevention, my cancer may have been prevented. But I tried to focus on being happy that I had not taken even longer, or it could have been too late.

To my family and friends, I have always been seen as one who would always help them through their hardships. For the first time, they saw me vulnerable, someone who also needed them. My cancer brought us together as family, each took a part giving a helping hand and heart. We learned that “it takes a village”, we are a team, I am not alone.

Workwise, I have always been considered an unstoppable locomotive working long hours and remarkably close to patients and therapists. My passion to support and guide with my experience would often last from dawn to midnight.

It was only during my treatment, when I could no longer really work as much as I liked, and with the suggestions from my family, that I transferred much of my knowledge and expertise to others by hiring supportive supervisors and creating trainings through video. This proved to be a very effective endeavor, allowing me to help more people through an online platform, successfully treating, consulting therapists and patients and completing therapy-based projects to reach patients globally.

These past few years have been focused on listening to my body, my mind and what makes my heart beat faster with joy. I realized how close I came to my end of life, I also realized I had so much more to do, so much more to give.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1629387752423{border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1629386826543{margin-right: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;background-color: #edf7de !important;}”]

My Cancer… My Blessing: A New Beginning

Like tiny particles of sand whirling into the gusts of air
each one landing to form a fresh blanket a new surface.
My Cancer… My Blessing.

Like a lightning bolt spitting a tree
and a new sprout grows in its place.
My Cancer… My Blessing.

Like a train full speed ahead
stopping before a fatal crash.
My Cancer… My Blessing.

Like a Harsh winter’s snowstorm
before the new day of spring.
My Cancer… My Blessing.

A New Beginning.

Amee Cohen

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]If I could give you some advice, these would be it:

1. Listen to your mind and body. If you feel something is not functioning as it is supposed to, do not wait. Contact your physician.
2. Don’t stress over small problems. If you can only count to 10 and take deep breath, there is always a calm solution.
3. Be grateful. Practice looking at everything as a miracle, even in tiny simple things like feeling the breeze on your face, opening your eyes in the morning, or hugging your child.
4. Build meaningful relationships. Work is important but the people around you are paramount.
5. Have a purpose. No matter what you do, make your career about touching people’s lives.

Amee Cohen,
President and founder of AC&Associates

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June 6 is National Cancer Survivor Day!

Today we recognize and celebrate the lives of the more than 43 million people living with and beyond cancer in the world.

According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, “a ‘cancer survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”

Did you know that it is possible to detect most cancers early?

About 5 % of cases of cancer could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively. Patient survival rates and quality of life may be significantly improved by early detection, screening, and diagnosis.

Most people present cancer signs or symptoms at the primary care level in the year before their formal cancer diagnosis!

When cancer is detected at an early stage — and when coupled with appropriate treatment—the chance of survival beyond 5 years is higher than when detected at a later stage. In the United States, the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with cervical cancer at an advanced stage, is 15%, compared to 93% if diagnosed when the cancer has not spread.

Early detection can also considerably reduce complexity of cancer treatment and its costs. A study from MDPI, for instance, estimates cost savings from early diagnosis in the U.S. at $26 billion per year.

Early consultations with a Primary Health Care Provider and sharing your feelings and symptoms with him or her are crucial to prevent or early detect any sorts of conditions or diseases, including cancer.


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