Resources for Mandala Family Wellness parents and caregivers of children include national and community sites on diagnoses and symptoms of child development issues in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Commonly served diagnoses and symptoms w/ hyperlinked resources for the major diagnoses/symptoms include information on:

Academic Underachievement

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Anxiety Disorders 

(generalized anxiety, social phobia, panic attacks, acute stress disorder, simple phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brain Injury


Cerebral Palsy

Communication Speech/Language Disorders

Conduct Disorder

Depressive Disorders 

(major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, adjustment disorder, bereavement)

Developmental Disorders

Down Syndrome





Feeding Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Related Disorders

National Organization on FAS

Genetic Disorders

Intellectual Disability

Learning Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Oppositional Defiant Disorder


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychiatric Disorders

Reactive Attachment Disorders

Self-Injurious Behaviors

Sleep Disorders

Speech/Language Disorders 

Stereotypic Movement Disorder

Suicidal Thoughts or Gestures 


Tic Disorders 

Evidence-based Practices

Evidence-based practice is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett D, 1996). At Mandala, we use this model to inform clinical decision-making. Clinical expertise, currently available research, and patient preferences all play a role in the treatment decisions that are made on a day-to-day basis. 

We want to help families stay aware of interventions that are evidence-based and have strong scientific research demonstrating their efficacy while having an understanding of interventions that lack such evidence – here are some links of interest:

Community Resources

  • Wrightslaw
    Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.
  • How to Apply for Disability Benefits
    The Federal Social Security Administration (SSA) offers income-based support to families of children with disabilities.
  • Best Colleges Guide for Students with Disabilities
    A college guide for disabled students
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – North Florida Chapter
    Grassroots work that focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
  • Heal Foundation
    A local nonprofit organization in northeast Florida that does outreach by providing educational programs and camps tailored to the needs of the local autism community and awards funds to support grants, provide classroom enhancements, conduct educational seminars and host fun recreational and social events for families.
  • March of Dimes
    Promotes healthy pregnancies and babies and works to prevent premature birth and birth defects; educates moms and supports families in need.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
    A nonprofit organization committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to help create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome.
  • Kate Amato Foundation
    A local foundation dedicated to finding safer, smarter and more effective treatments for children with cancer.  Their mission is to fund innovative pediatric cancer research that accelerates the pace of progress and saves young lives.

Emergency Resources 

  • Mental Health Resource Center
    MHRC provides 24-hour emergency services; inpatient psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults; and numerous outpatient services.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255 (available 24 hours every day)
  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital at Baptist Downtown
    Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides a range of inpatient services for adults, children, and adolescents requiring hospital-based care. Their multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, recreational therapists, social workers, and mental health technicians.