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sharedbelief12-14,2The Daniel M. Center for Behavioral Change is very excited to tell you about our upcoming events!!!

“talk DERBY to me” and the 2nd Annual “Starfishes with Wishes” luncheon!!!

May 3rd, 2014 3pm-7pm “talk DERBY to me” …..Daniel M. goes DERBY!!

Join us for the most EXCITING 2 minutes in sports!

         Wagering and cheering for your favorite Derby horse   

        Authentic Cigar Roller for your pleasure

    Photo Op with a winning “Derby” horse

    Derby Hat Contest


        Great Silent Auction items!

       Wonderful Raffles:

       A “Garden bench”  

       by  Anita Prentice

         An original oil painting

    by Linda Relis

             Authentic Derby Food and Beverages

          (Hot Browns and Mint Juleps)

      Ladies: Spring Attire and Over the Top Hats!

            Gents: Casual Track Attire

Tickets are on sale NOW!!!

$40 per person/$75 per couple. Reserve a table of 8 for $300

Please visit our “Give” page to purchase your tickets!!!! Just ‘click’ the donate button!

or contact Susan (772) 595-5898 for more information.

Please take a look at our raffle items below. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase on our “Give” page. Just ‘click’ the donate button! ONLY $5 per chance!!!!

This ORIGINAL Cormorant Oil Painting by Linda Relis has an estimated value of $2,000. Buy your chances for only $5 per ticket!!! Learn more about Linda’s incredible talents at


This original HANDMADE Garden Bench by Anita Prentice has an estimated value of $500. Buy your chances for only $5 per ticket!! Learn more about Anita’s beautiful talent at


2nd Annual “Starfishes with Wishes” luncheon/ Green Ribbon Campaign

Date: Thursday May 29th, 2014

Time: 11:30am- 1:30pm

Place: Old Historic City Hall

315 Avenue A

Downtown Fort Pierce



To purchase advance tickets of $25.00 for the luncheon please visit our “Give” page and click the ‘Donate’ button! Please type Luncheon in the ‘description’ form field.

You can also purchase your Green Ribbon by clicking the Donate button as well. Please use the ‘Description’ field to show us what you would like printed on your green ribbon.

Congratulations Alec Rothman

Our Very Own Outstanding Youth, Alec Rothman!!!!

A special congratulations to Alec Rothman! He was one of five students chosen by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County to win the Outstanding Youth Award 2013. We are very proud of him. Below is the letter of top recommendation from our own Frank Krukauskas:

To Whom It May Concern:

Alec Rothman volunteered for our Summer Adventure Camp and the Daniel M Center for Behavioral Change. During this time, he was a dependable volunteer who never missed a shift.

Alec was an asset to the program and a great mentor/assistant counselor for our children attending the summer camp program. Alec was always pleasant and willing to assist with any task that we assigned him. It is often difficult to find adults who are willing to work with children with serious behavioral heath issues. Alec endured the summer hear and the challenges that our children present, with a smile.

Alec is planning on attending college and studying to become an anesthesiologist or a Behavioral Therapist. Personally I hope he chooses to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis, he has a gift. Alec was motivated and interested in learning as much as possible about strategies working with children with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Alec will be misses as a volunteer, and I highly recommend him for consideration for the Outstanding Youth Scholarship. It’s refreshing to see today’s youth show an interest in impacting the lives of children with emotional/behavioral disabilities.


Frank Krudauskas BCaBA


Congratulations Alec!! Also, thank you to Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County for the opportunity to shine a  much deserved positive spotlight on Alec!

A Mother’s Perspective

Daniel M. Center Transforms Our Future Leaders
Parents get help coping with the challenges of raising an exceptional child

Contributed by Beth C.
May 18, 2011

The most common misconception about children with behavioral, emotional and mental health issues is that the child is misbehaving and needs better parenting. Just because the child’s disability is “invisible” doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. These kids my look like every other child their age, but they are not like them.

My son had problems from the time that he was very young–everything was always a struggle. He had difficulty transitioning from one thing to another, so when you got in the car he would throw a tantrum. About the time you arrived he would have adjusted, but then it would be time to transition again, and that would set him off again.

It is difficult when you have a child with outbursts to have people to your home, because of the potential for issues to arise. It’s difficult for parents of kids without these issues to understand, so you tend to feel isolated. The Daniel M. Center gives you a place to talk about these feelings with the staff and other parents who are going through some of the same struggles.

And my son, as a result of being at the center, transformed and responded to positive reinforcement, which made him more successful in school and better ale to cope at home as well. The Daniel M. Center is a unique resource in the community. It is my belief that these children are our future leaders in the community, and they need this facility to reach their full potential.

Jonathan’s Story

Daniel M. Gives Every Child A Chance
Alternative education setting helps kids with behavior problems

By Wendy Dwyer for Hometown News
July 31, 2009

Being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and as bipolar before kindergarten is hard on the entire family. For Jonathan Taylor and his family, it was almost too much to handle. Every member of the family was bruised and feeling very beaten. They had tried as many avenues of assistance as possible and still Jonathan was out of control, unhappy and the entire family was suffering. Finally, April Taylor heard about the Daniel M. Center for Behavioral Change (DMCBC) and learned about Camp Holiday, a special care center for children like Jonathan with mental health challenges which might be able to help her son. It was a small light in a very long tunnel, but April was willing to give it a try.

“I was the toughest little kid you have ever met,” admits Jonathan. “But when they told me they were taking me to a camp, I was all over it – camp is fun, right?” He laughs now, but admits that the first day was a challenge because, even though there were loads of activities and lots of kids around for company and fun, there were also guidelines and lots of structure; neither of which Jonathan wanted. “I was a monster that day,” he recalls, “really acting out and just being difficult. When my mom picked me up that first day I told her I was not going to go back. Fortunately, she won that argument. I was so surprised when I walked in the next day and everyone was still happy to see me and, all of a sudden, I felt like I belonged there – like I was a valued member of the family.” From that point on, April had hope and Jonathan had a chance for success.

Read the whole story.