Janice de Armas
Janice de Armas is passionate about early childhood education and focuses on the positive effect of early intervention using a multidisciplinary approach. Janice was the director of International Children’s School, in Coral Gables, Florida, for seven years. During her time as director, she helped many families navigate through the system for social services and helped countless children receive the diagnosis and therapy they needed, including her own.
In 2015, when her son, Charlie, was three years old, Janice noticed that he had aversions to several sensory stimuli, such as loud noises, sticky textures and slimy foods. More importantly, Charlie was becoming anxious by the constant sensory assault that was his everyday life in a busy household and preschool. He began having long, intense, drawn out melt downs. It took over a year for Charlie to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). Suddenly, Janice fund herself navigating the system she had referred so many families to, only to find that the process of advocating for her child is at best overwhelming, and more often, devastating. Once Charlie was diagnosed and began receiving the therapy he needed, he learned how to regulate his body and manage his impulsivity. Now,
Charlie is a happy, healthy and thriving kindergartener. The combination of navigating the labyrinth of the social services, doctors’ appointments and opinions coupled with the positive experience of seeing Charlie finally comfortable, happy and thriving inspired Janice to join the MoMa Movement and thus, Movers & Makers was born. The idea, is simply to help bridge the gap between the services that are provided to children with learning disabilities, and the services the child needs to overcome the challenges they face daily.