NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development Receives $500,000 Gift from the Kapila Family Foundation


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla.Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Mailman Segal Center (MSC) received a gift in the amount of $500,000 from the Kapila Family Foundation. The gift names both the Kapila Family Foundation Feeding Disorders Clinic and the Kapila Family Foundation Challenging Behaviors Clinic.

“We are honored and grateful to be the recipient of this endowed funding,” said Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean of NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. “This generous donation allows us to offer scholarships to families who would otherwise not be able to receive evidence-based clinical treatments that positively impact children’s health and well-being.”

The Kapila Family Foundation Feeding Disorders Clinic, one of a handful of its kind in the U.S., works with an inter-professional team that treats children who refuse to eat an adequate volume of food or for those who eat an insufficient and limited variety of food. Without appropriate clinical treatment, many of these children may experience numerous hospital stays, life-threatening medical crises and surgically implanted feeding tubes to support their nutritional intake. With a professional team of behavioral psychologists, nutritionists and speech pathologists focusing on oral-motor concerns, the clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and intervention services with a 94% success rate.

Engaging in significant problem behaviors isolates children from peers, decreases children’s ability to learn, leads to elevated levels of stress in school, home and community settings and may develop into long term psycho-social challenges. The Kapila Family Foundation Challenging Behaviors Clinic addresses these concerns through individual therapeutic sessions for children and offers vitally important continuous trainings for caregivers and support for the professionals who work with the children in school settings.

This gift follows a $150,000 donation from the Kapila Family Foundation in 2014 that named MSC’s Starting Right Program.

Both intensive and outpatient services are available to best match each child’s specific concerns. For more information, please call 954-262-CARE.


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About the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development: Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) is a multi-disciplinary demonstration and professional development center for education, research and the advancement of knowledge in the fields of  early childhood, autism and infant mental health. MSC’s ongoing research, academic programs and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students highlight our commitment to both providing evidence-based programs of excellence and training future professionals. The integration within NSU’s wider community of higher education supports its commitment to quality educational and clinical programs and positions MSC for preeminence in their fields.  For more information, please visit msc.nova.edu.


About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu.

May 16, 2019

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