SPARK for Autism

Families are invited to take part in a nationwide research project by SPARK for Autism. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is involved as a clinical site partner.  The website also has links to existing research that provides new insights to a autism diagnosis. https://sparkforautism.org/portal/page/spark-igniting-autism-research-improving-lives/  

A Moment in the Life of a Grieving Parent

For all the parents who live this moment, every moment of every day & In loving memory of my son, Bridger Wayne Hogan (May 20, 1993-April 19, 2011…you will forever be in my heart!   Since beginning this journey they call “surviving the loss of your child” I have learned so many things.  I’ve learned…

Family Support Network of Eastern NC and NICU Follow-up Clinic

The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic (NFC) located in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital is a long-standing joint partnership between East Carolina University School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center.  Since the early 1980’s the NFC has focused on improving outcomes and reducing disabilities of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates.  The clinic monitors the…

ADHD or Autism? Does it matter?

The lack of focus, noise and confusion common to these disorders is also common to diagnosing them. Do we even need to diagnose? Many just say since there is no cure for either we should focus on treating the symptoms. In my experience, a definitive diagnosis is helpful when deciding many issues. Should you medicate?…

Summer Camp Directory 2017

Summer camp provides a unique opportunity for growth and development, and provides a period of summertime respite for parents and caregivers. The camp experience may be especially valuable for children who have special needs, as they can be isolated from some of the social experiences that other children take for granted. The camps in this…

Empowering Families

LISTEN, HOPE, EMPOWER Dedicated to helping families who have a child with special needs. The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina, Inc, provides emotional support and resource information for families who have a child with a disability, chronic illness, premature birth and for families who have experienced the death of a child.The Family Support…

Thank You, St. James Shawl Ministry

  5/18/2017 St. James has again brought us a donation of the most beautiful, delicate blankets and hats for the NICU babies at Vidant Children’s Hospital. We do appreciate this group and the dedication they have for the newborns.   2016 A big thank you to the St. James Prayer Shawl Ministry that made blankets…

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration!   Thanks to ASA Violins for their donation to the Festival of Trees! Professional and Student Violins, Violas, and Cellos. Their instruments are made with the precision and craftsmanship of an era by gone. Constructed with aged maple, spruce, ebony, and other exotic hardwood appointments, the final instrument is one whose…

Volunteer Award Recipients

Ricky and Beverly Hines – Given the Family Support Network of Eastern NC recognized for their outstanding contribution and encouragement to families in eastern North Carolina, during and after their son’s hospital stay in NICU at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Memorial. Joan Adams – Given the…

Mitchell Picton Awarded $1000 Pitt Community College Scholarship

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that Mitchell Picton has received a $1000 scholarship.  Mitchell will be attending Pitt Community College in the fall of 2010 and is a graduate of Farmville Central High School.  His future goals are to work as a game warden or wildlife officer after…

2009 Pitt County School Education Grant Recipients

Tiffany JohnsonEC TeacherHope Middle Five non-verbal students with various disabilities, some with limited vision and hearing. Classroom with assistive technology communication devices. Students communicate throughout the day using switches, Go Talk devices, Cheap Talk devices, as well as other communication devices. In the classroom, we have various computer programs, such as the Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters…

Graci – Our Hero

Hello, my name is Graci and I was born with Hemifacial Micorsomia. My mom is the Parent Coordinator for FSN-ENC in Wilson County.  FSN-ENC allows my family to share our experience with others. We also want to say thank you for all the support we have received from so many people. It meant a lot…

Thomas and Daniel – Our Heroes

My name is Thomas and this is my little brother Daniel. When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with Autism and a month later, my little brother was born.  My mommy got in touch with the Family Support Network of Eastern NC in Johnston County and found many resources for me.  She also…

Sasha – Our Hero

My name is Sasha, and I was born in February 2009, at 27 weeks gestation, weighing 900 grams. I want to thank FSN-ENC for visiting with my mom while I was in the hospital and for telling her about Early Intervention. Even when I was re-admitted to the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit my…

Robbie – Our Hero

My name is Robbie and my birthday was in August. I am one year old.  My mom and dad met the FSN-ENC staff when I was born. They gave them information about Down Syndrome and Early Intervention. Mom and Dad have learned a lot of new information by attending workshops and other groups sponsored by…

Hunter – Our Hero

Hi! My name is Hunter.  When I was two years old I had a speech delay and a sensory processing disorder.  My mommy got a call from the Family Support Network and they helped us find resources and even other mommies that she could talk to who had a child with a similar diagnosis.  It…

Christian – Our Hero

Hi, my name is Christian and I am going to be 2 years old on December 24.  I was born at 25 weeks gestation in 2007.  It was a scary time at since I only weighed 910 grams and was 13 inches long and on a ventilator. My stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit…

2009 Grant Application for Pitt County Teachers

Each year the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina takes a portion of the proceeds from our annual fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, and gives it back to the community through education grants for exceptional children’s classrooms. Please click here for a Pitt County Schools application.

Sponsorship

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be applied directly to providing emotional support and resource information, free of charge, to families who have experienced the death of a child or who have a child with a chronic illness or disability. Please Make Checks Payable To: FSN-ENC CDSA Irons Bldg, Oglesby Dr. Greenville, NC 27858 Festival…

Jarrell – Our Hero

Family Support Network Hero Hello everyone, my name is Jarrell. I am 7 years old and I have Autism. When I was 2 years old, my mommy found out and she didn’t know anything about Autism. The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina made sure my mommy had all the information that she needed…

Brianna – Our Hero

Family Support Network Hero Hi everyone, my name is Brianna. I am 5 yrs old and I have Down Syndrome. When I was born, The Family Support Network of Eastern NC came and gave my mommy and daddy lots of information and encouragement to help them understand the open-heart surgery I was going to have…