National Autism Association of MD-Eastern Shore Brings New Services to Eastern Shore

March 23, 2010
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Easton, MD
March 25, 2010

National Autism Association of Maryland-Eastern Shore (NAAOFMDES) has brought new developmental disability services to the Eastern Shore. Recently, Karen Lombardi, MS. Ed. of Early Connections, LLC, who holds a combined Elementary Education /Special Education degree from University of Maryland with a minor in Psychology, and a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in severe disabilities, has expanded her services to Easton from Annapolis. Lombardi serves not only autistic children, but also children with other developmental disabilities on both sides of the Bay. Lombardi has had extensive training in “Talk Tools” techniques, and Hanen Methods, and Di Gangi’s Play Based Therapy, and Greenspan and Lewis’s Curriculum. She uses positive behavioral methods in addition to, three step guided compliance, sign language, augmentative communication, phonemic awareness, sensory integration and Speech Box Program. She also has training in TEACCH, Picture Exchange, as well as Augmentative Communication. Clients of Early Connections include children who need help with speech clarity, children with verbal dyspraxia, communication and behavioral needs. She serves children who have mild cerebral palsy, dysgraphia, sensory integration issues, and children who are in the autism spectrum. Having recognized the growing demand for services and service providers for children with developmental disabilities on the Eastern Shore, Lombardi and Early Connections, LLC aligned with NAAOFMDES to help meet the need of this growing community.

Lombardi said, “I train parents to advocate for their children, and I create home programs which are family friendly. My goal is to empower families to help themselves.”

Jaime Langdon, Executive Director of NAAOFMDES said of Lombardi, “NAAOFMDES has been very selective about what kind of services to which we align ourselves. Having met Karen, her experience speaks for itself. She has dynamically served the autistic community and the even greater developmentally disabled community in both Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County, for over 30 years, making her an amazing asset not only to children with autism, but also children with other developmental disabilities. Karen Lombardi and Early Connections, LLC is exactly who and what I have been looking for, she’s perfect for these kids.”

To Learn More: To learn more about National Autism Association of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Early Connections, please visit (www.naaofmdes.org) and (www.earlyconnections.com) and call 410.820.9005.

2 Responses to “ National Autism Association of MD-Eastern Shore Brings New Services to Eastern Shore ”

  1. Mary Long on March 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    This is just what families need. Many times they do not know where to turn for assistance. Being an advocate for children with developmental disabilities is often the most important step for families to receive help. Early intervention can make a big difference in the quality of life of these special individuals.

  2. Scott Fowler on May 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good Morning,

    I am conducting training for several law enforcement agencies on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Salilsbury Fire Department on Cypress Street in Salisbury MD from 8:30 – 12:00p.m. and wanted to invitie a represntative from the National Autism Association of MD, Eastern Shore to attend if you care to. More details are available along with other information at http://www.MyPieceOfThePuzzle.org.

    Much Thanks,

    Scott Fowler

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