Resources for Parents


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)

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 creating!

 

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.

Camp Information

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

 

Toy Selection Tips from Occupational Therapists

 Photo of toyOccupational 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 

 General Resources

  • 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.

 

  • CanChild website provides a wealth of information regarding child development.

 

 

  • 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!

Health Resources

  • 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.  

 Behavior Resources

 

 Safety Resources

Take Me Home

Take Me Home Brochure CoverThe 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

TMH 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.