Resources for Parents
The Parent Resources page keeps you up to date with events and resources through out our community that may be of interest to you. Information about non-VMC sponsored events is for your consideration only: we cannot guarantee the accuracy/content of the listed events and services.
Skills For Work Summer Camps
Skills for Work Summer Camps is now happening at Bellevue College! They are teaming up with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to offer Pre-Employment Training Services (Pre-ETS). This will be a summer camp that will give 16-21 year old students job readiness training and community activities to explore the world of work. The goal is to introduce workplace readiness skills and career options to students by engaging in fun activities! For more information and to register, click here.
Summer 2021 Camps
Summer is here and school will be out soon! If you would like to find a summer camp or program for you child, check out this document as a starting point. We also advise parents/caregivers to do their own research to find a camp that best fits their child.
Join the Y and the Seattle Krakens for a sports sampler camp this summer. For more information click here.
COVID Vaccine & Kids
Check out this article written by speech therapist Betsy De La Rosa, MA,CCC-SLP as she gives families resources to talk about the COVID vaccine, especially if your child fears needles! Resources include a cool/fun music video and a social story. For more information click here.
Transition IEP Parent Panel
Join this online Lunch and Learn as they cover topics such as what DDA services looks like during transition years (ages 16-21). Also, pre-vocational support starting at 16 years old and many more topics. For more information and to register click here.
Free Speech/Language Text Messages for Kids
Bright by Texts is offering a great virtual resource for you child's speech and language development, and learn how to support you child's communication skills at home. They are offering a service to families giving them free informational text messages both English and Spanish! Simply text "TALK" to 27448 and follow the link to provide information on your child's developmental age and your location for free resources of local community events.
New York City Ballet Virtual Workshop
Join the New York City Ballet for their three weeks virtual workshops! Movers of all abilities are welcome to join for FREE! For more information on dates and to register click here.
This webinar class is for parents to learn about four strategies designed to impact their child's development and have a chance to discuss recommendations on their child's diagnostic report. Also, this is a chance to ask questions and buid community with other parents. This webinar for this month will be for Spanish speaking families with children under three. For more information click here.
Parenting is hard work! This website gives you a list of locations that offer parenting classes. Some locations require a small fee, others are free. For more information on dates, time and availability, please check out this link.
Car Seat Inspection Event
Here is a list of places that are doing car seat inspections. Social distancing and COVID safety measures will be in practice, to find an area near you and register please click here. For more dates and locations please click here.
COVID-19 impact on Education
This project aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 pandemic for services and education your child receives. Who qualifies to participate? Parents of 0-3 years old children who have been receiving Part C/Early Intervention/home-based intervention services since Fall 2019. And parents of 3-5 years old children with/without disabilities attending classroom-based instructions since Fall 2019. For more information please click here (English) (Spanish).
Pondering Pandemic Learning Pod
In this article you can learn ways to create a learning Pod for your children. Most schools have transitioned to online schooling and it can be difficult for families to find childcare or a space for their students to learn. Learning pods can be a way for students to socialize, learn and parents to have childcare. If you are interested in the idea check out this article for more information.
Child Find is a process in identifying children (between 0-21years) who may need to be tested for developmental delays and/or disabilities. Each school district is required by law to have evaluation and services available. If you are interested in more information about child find please read this article.
The National Stuttering Association
The National Stuttering Association is currently hosting monthly virtual meeting for children and their loved ones. For more information on when your local chapter is meeting and where to sign-up, please click here.
Five Week Class for Families
Seattle Children's is offering a 5 week class on finding strength and building community for parents and caregivers of children with health conditions or disabilities. For more information please checkout this flyer.
Helpful Tips for Reading to Your Child
Reading to your baby and toddler can help with normal development of speech and language skills. Here are some tips to help guide you in reading to your child, from birth to preschooler. (English) (Spanish)
Supporting Your Baby's Learning: Play in the First Year
Play helps babies learn about their bodies, practice communicating and interact with their world. Get play ideas for supporting your baby's learning for each stage of the first year here. (English) (Spanish)
School District Information
Your local school district is a wonderful resource for support for you child. In addition to the clinical therapy your child receives, he or she may also be eligible for services in your local school district, beginning at age 3. The attached document provides contact information for the school districts in our area, simply click on the link.
Early Intervention Providers
Connect with a directory of providers offering specific programs for children aged 0-3.
Looking for Ways to Incorporate More Activity into Your Family's Life?
1) Active video games vs active play
2) Ways to increase preschoolers energetic play
3) Link for all Preschool Focus Newsletters (old and new)
Free Weekly Creative Development Art Class at Children's Therapy Clinic
Join us on Thursdays, 12 – 1 PM, where children of all ages (not
limited to Children’s Therapy patients—welcome siblings and friends!), will be
provided an opportunity to learn through a variety of sensory experiences in
the familiar space of the Children’s Therapy Clinic. Art activities are also an
opportunity to allow children to develop social skills, express emotions,
follow structured activities, and improve coping skills. Plus, it’s a lot of
fun! No registration required, it’s completely free, so just show up and start
Stop by the Friends Project, 1st & 3rd Fridays
Help your child establish positive relationships of education and trust with local first responders. Children’s Therapy hosts The Friend’s Project meet-ups on the first and third Fridays of the month from 12 - 1 PM with fire department or police department members, department vehicles, information about the Take Me Home program, movement stations with a physical therapist…and our very own therapy dog, Clover! Each meeting will have a different safety focus. Learn more.
Recreation, Play, and Camps
Please click here to access a PDF filled with wonderful places to play for you, your child, and your family! Play together!
The Play Lounge is a wonderful place for families to play. For more information, check out their Facebook page!
For more resources click here.
Washington state summer camp and program options for children with special healthcare needs: This resource also has information to help address concerns if this is your child’s first time camping. View here
Summer Camps 2021: Summer is here and school will be out soon! If you would like to find a summer camp or program for you child, check out this document as a starting point. We advise parents/caregivers to do their own research to find a camp that best fits their child's need.
Toy Selection Tips from Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapy practitioners are experts in promoting participation in activity, including play. Read this toy selection checklist, developed by occupational therapy practitioners, to assist you in selecting toys that can help your child learn and develop while having fun.
Appropriate Toy and Play Development Tip Sheets
Birth to 12 months English Spanish
Ages 1-2 English Spanish
Ages 3-5 English Spanish
Ages 6-8 English Spanish
Ages 9-12 English Spanish
Resources for Children and Families
- ParentHelp123 is a statewide database of local services and resources by zipcode covering a wide range of topics from free meals to medical services.
- Crisis Connections is a King County database of local services and resources offering connections on a wide range of resources related to social services and community events.
- Seattle's Child provides a variety of Seattle area resources, programs, and events for children ages birth to 18 years. The site includes a special section for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and a directory for community resources.
- CDC app allows you to keep track of appropriate milestones for your child from two months to five years of age. This app has checklists, tips, photos and videos along with what to do if you are concerned.
Parent Support Resources
- PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support): Free, 12-week support program offered by Children's Therapy. More info.
- Parent Training Videos: Check out this link for wonderful videos produced in partnership by King County DDD and The Arc of King County and King County Developmental Disabilities Division Early Intervention Program. They feature parents of children with disabilities sharing their insight regarding sibling support, parent support and IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) development. These videos are also available in Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese on the King County DDD Website.
- Washington State Father's Network provides support for father's through a yearly conference, meetings, website materials, support groups, and family outings.
- The Washington State Parent to Parent Coalition provides support for parents through a multitude of avenues and family-friendly events.
- FamilyFirst has specialized pages for moms and dads with articles on parenting and building relationships with children, from newborns to tweens!
- A Care Notebook is a tool to help you organize important information about your child. Bring the notebook to appointments and meetings so you can easily share information with doctors, therapists, and school or child care staff. The Care Notebook is a resource available for parents of children with complicated needs or for children who see caregivers in multiple disciplines. Use it as a means of organizing home recs/reports/test results, etc. all in one location. The Care Notebook is free to parents! Access the Care Notebook here.
- Seattle & King County Public Health publishes a quarterly newsletter with information regarding the identification and management of special health issues for children. Read the current issue or search archives.
Visiting the dentist and tooth-brushing are important self-care activities to keep us healthy! For some kids, the dentist office is full of new sights, sounds and touches. Going to a new place and meeting new people can be scary at first, but with some helpful tips and a little planning a visit to the dentist can be fun. Here are some suggestions for before, during, and after your child’s dentist appointment. Click on the image to learn more.
- It's that time of year again, and many students will be heading back to school. Here are some tips to make sure that your student is receiving the recommended, eight hours of sleep! For more information click here.
Take Me Home
Take Me Home Program was designed for the safe return of loved ones who may
have difficulty communicating or may need special assistance during an
emergency situation. This kind of assistance may be needed if the person is
unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented
or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
- If a person registered in the system is
encountered by a police officer, the officer can query the database searching
by name, physical description or unique characteristics. Once their
record has been located the officer has the information at-hand to
appropriately assist the person.
- This program is for individuals with autism, Down syndrome,
developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is also intended to assist
senior citizens who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's.
- View brochure
Registration form must include a current picture of the
individual registered sent via email to the Community Programs Coordinator.
Please contact the Community Programs Coordinator for questions or if you need additional information.