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.

2022 Summer Camps

Check out the 2022 Summer Camps and Recreational list. Here you can find a wide variety of camps and activities for all ages and varying locations. You can also find information on swimming lessons for all abilities and needs.

Check out The City of Renton’s Summer Camp opportunities. Summer Day Camps are now Registering! Renton Recreation and our partners are looking forward to celebrating summer with you! Whether you are looking for an all-day experience, a specialty niche, sports, aquatics or the great outdoors we have a summer line-up for ages 6 to 14. All camps are designed to foster personal growth, create new and unique experiences, in a recreational environment.

  • STREAM Team Summer Camp

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  • Thanks to the Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA), Association of Washington Cities (AWC), and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) we are able to offer scholarships through an amazing funding source called "SEEK". The SEEK Scholarship (Summer Experiences & Enrichment for Kids) program allows children ages 6-14 to attend up to three weeks of STREAM Team Summer Camp as well as COYLE Outside Summer programs for Summer of 2022.
  • Specialty Camps
    • Specialty Camps are the perfect place to spend a week (or many weeks) of your Summer learning and developing new interests in a hands-on environment! In these camps you’ll dive deeper into a particular subject area whether it’s art, engineering, cartooning, outdoor life skills, or movie making; we’ve got a fun and unique experience for you this Summer!
    • Scholarships are also available for eligible participants. Check out the Gift of Play Scholarship and see if it's right for you!

  • Youth Athletic Camps
    • The City of Renton Recreation Division has teamed up with Skyhawks this Summer for all of your Youth Athletics Summer Camp needs!


The Kent Parks Youth & Teen division offers a variety of camps throughout the year to fit the schedule and needs of you and your child. Check out the links above to see all programs, activities, and camps your child could take part in! Examples will be listed below and more found on the website!

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Check out Seattle Parks and Recreation for 2022 Summer Day Camps. As the most challenging part of the pandemic seems to be behind us, we're so excited to be rebuilding our staff and offering a variety of summer camps this year!  Check out what's available below so far. Updates may be added as we determine staff capacity.

  • Activity Camps
  • School Age Care Summer Day Camp
  • Magnuson Park Summer Camps
  • Discovery Park Nature Camps
  • Carkeek Earthkeepers Day Camps
  • Camp Long Nature and Adventure Camps
  • Specialized Programs Summer Camps
  • Free Programs and Meals
  • Preschool Camps
  • Rowing and Boating Camps

Boys and Girls Clubs of King County Summer Camp

Find a Boys and Girls Club near you!

  • Summer Day Camps: K-5th Grade
    • In this action packed summer camp, kids will have the time of their lives. Our summer camps are safe, inclusive, engaging, and fun. Each week has a different theme, where kids will get to participate in a variety of activities, field trips (if safe), and make lasting friendships!

  • Summer Sports Camps: K-12th Grade
    • Join us this summer for our fun, skill-building programs that are designed for beginner to intermediate athletes. We have a variety of sports camps and clinics offered all summer long!

  • Teen Summer Camps: 6th-12th Grade
    • Teens can hang out with friends, connect with caring mentors, and participate in fun activities like sports, arts, and volunteerism. Every day teens are out and about doing something new! From planning and implementing service projects to growing their leadership skills through team challenges, this is an excited program that teens love!

Camp Erin - King County

  • Camp Erin-King County is a free weekend camp for children and teens ages 6-19 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.

Summer Camp - by Camp Korey

http://campkorey.org/camper-programs/summer-camp/

24880 Brotherhood Road Bldg A
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
(425) 440-0850

  • This summer, we will be hosting condition-specific programming open to your whole family (up to 6 members) in a safe, intentional, and fun environment.  Each family member will have the opportunity to join in the fun right alongside their camper and experience what camp is truly about. Families will eat, sleep, and do some activities within their own family pod, and, in socially distanced program areas, join other family pods for even more fun! The program schedule is full of opportunities to spend time growing as a family, participating in activities, and making connections to those with similar journeys.

Camp Prov Special Day Camp

https://www.providence.org/locations/wa/providence-regional-medical-center-everett/childrens-center#tabcontent-1-collapse-3

Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Everett.

  • Camp Prov is a fun, supportive, educational day camp for children with special needs and their siblings. Small groups of children are paired with leaders and volunteers for hours of fun, including arts and crafts, music, nature activities, dance and movement, swimming and sensory play. The one-week camps typically run July through August.

Check out Recreational Camps compiled by the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy below and more on the website above!

Camp Berachah

19830 SE 328th Place
Auburn, WA 98092
253-939-0488 or 800-859-2267

www.campberachah.org

staff@campberachah.org

  • Camp Berachah has been serving families for over 34 years through sponsored programs throughout the year. Offers weekly special needs camps for children age 5-18 throughout summer. Examples of conditions included are: ADHD, autism, Asperger Syndrome, partial blindness, deafness, Down Syndrome, and physical limitations which would require accommodation. Campers are pre-screened to determine placement.


Camp BLAST (Being Leaders and Sharing Talents)

Wallingford Boys & Girls Club
503 N 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
206-547-7261

www.wallingfordboysandgirlsclub.org

nsmith@positiveplace.org

  • Camp BLAST was awarded the Honor Award for Program Excellence in May 2007 at the Boys and Girls Club National Conference. Designed for high-functioning developmentally disabled children age 9-17, the camp’s goal is to help participants develop confidence, independence, and improve their understanding of health and safety. Activities include multi-cultural cooking, movies, art, and field trips to pools, beaches, parks, zoos, the aquarium, fire and police stations, libraries, bowling, swimming, hiking and more. Camps are held at various Seattle locations.


Camp Burton

9326 SW Bayview Drive
Vashon Island, WA 98070
206-463-2512

www.campburton.com/youth_new_horizons_camp.html

campburton1@centurytel.net

  • Camp Burton provides two types of summer camps for developmentally disabled youth and adults: The Youth New Horizons Camp for ages 13-24; and Camp Parkview for adults. Activities include swimming (at the local pool), canoeing, games, archery, dancing, and campfires. Campers must be able to care for their personal needs (eating, dressing, and restroom) with minimal assistance and be able to participate in most camp activities.


Camp Killoqua – Camp Fire USA (Snohomish County Council)

4312 Rucker Avenue
Everett, WA 98203
425-258-5437

www.campfireusasnohomish.org

killoqua@campfireusasnohomish.org

  • Located on 185 acres of forest and lakefront near Stanwood, the camp serves children ages 7-21 with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Participants must have self-help skills including feeding, dressing, toileting and grooming. Both mainstream and specialized cabin groups are available. Siblings may also attend. To ensure a successful session, please contact Camp Killoqua prior to registering to discuss your needs, and also be sure to indicate the inclusion program on your camp registration form. They may be unable to accommodate campers with special needs if the camper is not registered through this program.

City of Seattle Parks & Recreation Department

Special Needs Youth Summer Camp
100 Dexter Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
206-684-4950

www.cityofseattle.net/parks/specialpops/index.HTM

michael.figueroa@seattle.gov

  • Offer recreational day and overnight camps for children age 4-21 with developmental and learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral and social problems, visual and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and medical conditions. Overnight camps are held at Camp Long in West Seattle, while day camps are at Lower Woodland Park. Year-round offerings include day and after school programs, swim lessons, bowling, Special Olympics and teen socials. The Specialized Programs staff will also work with individuals or family members who would prefer to integrate into other Department programs but need some type of accommodation such as an interpreter.

Gluten Intolerance Program at Camp Sealth

15110 10th Avenue SW, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98166
206-246-6652

www.gluten.net/events.php#camps

info@gluten.net

  • Volunteers with the Gluten Intolerance Group of Seattle will prepare meals for children on special diets during a regular camp for ages 6-18 held in August. Siblings may attend.

King County Specialized Recreation

201 S. Jackson St., Suite 700
Seattle, Wa 98104
206-296-4136

www.arcofkingcounty.org/guide/recreation/organizations/king/

  • King County Parks & Recreation offers Specialized Recreation programs specially designed for people – age 16 and older – with developmental disabilities. People with special needs are encouraged to participate in all recreational programs offered for the public also. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Pacific Science Center Summer Science Day Camp

200 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109
206-443-2001 or 206-443-2925

www.pacsci.org

summercamps@pacsci.org

  • Offers weeklong science camps at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue from June through August. Although not specifically designed for children with disabilities, parents of children with physical disabilities, learning and developmental disabilities, behavior disorders, and other medical conditions or diagnoses must call ahead to discuss what camps would be right for your child in grades K-8.

Special Saturday Club – Camp Fire USA (Central Puget Sound Council)

8511 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-826-8908

www.campfire-usa.org/specialsaturdayclub

info@campfire-usa.org

  • Special Saturday Club provides children with disabilities, ages 2-12, and children without disabilities, ages 2-10, an opportunity to participate in year round recreational and social activities that are adapted to the abilities and interests of each child. Each session is staffed by an adult program manager and 2 to 4 teens trained in Camp Fire USA’s Special Sitters Program to care for kids with special needs.

Check out adaptive swimming lessons below:


Auburn Adaptive Aquatics for Special and Medical Needs

We’ve worked with Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists so we can better accommodate children with special needs such as autism, speech delays, motor skills delays, and other developmental concerns. From utilizing basic sign language with kids who don’t yet speak, to integrating exercises in the water to help with motor development and breath control, we work to understand your child’s needs and tailor our lessons to suit their comfort level and their current skills. Please just let us know how we can accommodate your child when you register. We want to create a calm, safe environment for your child to learn to enjoy the water! If you have an occupational therapist who would like to join your child in the water, coordination is possible! Please just let us know your needs when you register.

Locations that offer Special Needs Swimming Instructions
Provided by the National Autism Association
Click here for Autism Safety Fact & Swimming Instructions.

YMCA Location Contact Name Contaction Email Location
Auburn Valley Branch Rebekah Celver rcelver@seattleymca.org Auburn, WA 98001
Northshore Branch Jamie Owens jowens@seattleymca.org Bothell, WA 98011
Mill Creek Family Janette Parent jparent@ymca-snoco.org Everett, WA 98208
Tom Taylor Family Linda Cota lcota@ymcapkc.org Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Lakewood Family Christine Daly cdaly@ymcapkc.org Lakewood, WA 98499
Monroe / Sky Valley
Family Branch
Leif Ellsworth LEllsworth@ymca-snoco.org Monroe, WA 98272
Mel Korum Family Jodie Gould jgould@ymcapkc.org Puyallup, WA 98374
Meredith Mathews
East Madison Branch
Karine Zwicki kzwicki@seattleymca.org Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle Zack Lisson zlisson@seattleymca.org Seattle, WA 98104
John O. Morgan Family Natasha Castro ncastro@ymcapkc.org Tacoma, WA 98465

*Call your local YMCA for more info on swimming lessons near you*

The Henry Moses Aquatic Center is closed for the season. We are currently in the process of planning the 2022 swim season. We are hopeful to start our season, Saturday, June 25, through Monday, Sept. 5. Check back in early May for the latest developments on admission fees, swim session times, online reservations, programming and what you can expect for Summer 2022 as our guest at Henry Moses Aquatic Center. For information regarding Henry Moses Aquatic Center please email recreation@rentonwa.gov.


LINDBERGH POOL:

Lap Swim Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00AM - Noon and 7:30PM - 8:30PM.Private Lessons are now available. Please call to register or for more information on dates and times. Morning Water Exercise 8:30AM - 9:30AM. Monday & Wednesday Shallow Water, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Deep Water. All other pool activities will begin at a later date.

Check out the link for more information on swim lesson levels. These skills are the minimum requirements for each level. Placement tests are conducted during open swim for free and no registration is required.


KENT YMCA Swim Lessons:

As the largest provider of swim lessons in the country, there’s no one more qualified than the Y to ensure swimmers build confidence with every stroke. Welcoming kids and adults of all ages and abilities, our program offers a clear progression track to monitor achievement while every lesson emphasizes personal safety around water. Whether you're just starting out or want to improve your stroke technique, each instructor tailors lessons to fit the needs of needs student or students in the class. Swimming is a low-impact sport that works all your muscle groups and builds cardiovascular endurance. It also stretches and lengthens your body, improving your posture. The support of the water and the lack of joint impact make swimming a good choice for people who are unable to undertake high-impact activities. Opportunities for Private and Group Instruction.


Covington Aquatic Center: is proud to offer the gold standard of swim instruction: The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Each of our instructors is certified as both an American Red Cross Lifeguard and an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and undergoes additional in-house training continuously to assure program quality. We offer classes for everyone! Whether you are brand new or an experienced swimmer, we can help you improve your swimming ability and water safety skills! Classes are offered for all ages and all ability levels. Parent & Child classes require an adult from the same household in-water with the student to provide support. Preschool Aquatics and lower Learn-to-Swim Levels are offered with instructors in the water. Beginning levels focus on water adjustment and introduce basic swimming and water safety skills. More advanced levels concentrate on stroke development, stroke refinement and additional water safety skills. Lessons are 30-minutes long, except for Competitive Swim Lessons and Adult Swim Lessons, which run for 60-minutes. If you do not know which level to register for, please contact us at parks@covingtonwa.gov for a consultation.

Register for Spring (March 7, 2022 - June 18, 2022) Swimming Lessons Online or call (253) 480-2480

Private Lessons are available in sets of 4 (1 day/week) or as individual 25-minute sessions. Semi-Private Lessons are available for two or more students registering for the same private session in the same transaction.

Private Swim Lesson Fee - $38.00

Semi-Private Swim Lesson Fee - $23.00


Seattle parks and Recreation offers a variety of swimming classes, lessons, and exercises at our pools. Find a pool in your area or contact your location directly for dates, times, and availability. A variety of classes are offered for all swimmers. For more information check out the link for schedules, lessons, locations, and more!

 

Shayla's List

A menu of resources to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).

Financial

Charity Care and Financial Assistance at Washington
State Hospitals

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What is it? 
Washington’s hospitals are committed to ensuring patients get the hospital care they need regardless of their ability to pay for that care. Charity care eligibility is based on family size and income. Providing health care to those that cannot afford to pay is part of the mission of Washington’s hospitals. State law requires hospitals to provide free and discounted inpatient and outpatient care. Each hospital is responsible for maintaining its own charity care program.

How to get it:  Reach out to the hospital’s charity care/financial assistance program for information on eligibility and to get the application.  Below are links to information on the children’s hospitals programs:

SSI (Supplemental
Security Income)

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What is it? 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that gives payments to children and adults with disabilities who have limited income and resources. The cash payments can be used to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

How to get it: Call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm., Monday through Friday.

DDA (The Developmental
Disabilities Administration)

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What is it? 
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is where people go to get help for in-home, out-of-home, and community-based services. Children who do not qualify for SSI due to family income may still be eligible for DDA services which are based on the child’s disability and not family income.

How to get it:

Medicaid Premium
Payment Program

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What is it?  Medicaid will provide reimbursement for private health insurance coverage when an Apple Health (Medicaid) client has access to private health insurance coverage, such as through an employer or private policy.

How to get it: Visit this website

Ben’s Fund

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What is it? 
This is only for children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a $1000 grant that can be used for your child’s services, technology, therapies, camps, equipment, safety/security, etc.

How to get it: www.bensfund.org

Transportation

Disability Parking
Placard

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What is it?  A parking placard that allows your family to park close to the entrance of medical/dental offices, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, zoos, etc. if there is a medical condition for your child that qualifies.

How to get it: Your child’s medical provider needs to write a prescription and the Disabled Parking Application for Individuals.  Take both of these to where you get your parking tabs.

Medicaid (Apple Health)
Transportation Services

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What is it?  The Health Care Authority (HCA) covers nonemergency transportation for eligible clients to and from covered medical appointments through transportation brokers. For eligibility, clients must have a current ProviderOne services card, have no other way to reach your health care appointment, and must ensure that the appointment is covered by your Apple Health program. The most common types of transportation available include: public bus, taxi, wheelchair van, airplane, gas vouchers, ferry tickets, and reimbursement for vehicle mileage.

How to get it:  Contact the transportation broker for your county. The transportation broker will arrange transportation that is most appropriate for you. Transportation to health care providers that are outside of your local community will need approval from the transportation broker.

Learn more here.

WA State Ferries

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What is it?  Reduced fare tickets on WA State ferries.

How to get it: Present identification verifying disability eligibility to the ticket seller when purchasing a ticket.

Learn more here.

Public Transportation
Reduced Fare Permit

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What is it?  People with disabilities may ride the bus or train at a reduced rate if they submit an application to their local agency and get approved for a permit.

How to get it: Contact your local public transportation office for information on eligibility and the application.

Recreation

National Parks Pass

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What is it?  The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) that severely limits one or more major life activities. It provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

How to get it: Visit this website

WA State Parks
Discover Pass

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What is it?  You do NOT need a Discover Pass for day use access at state parks if you have a disability placard/license plate OR a free state-issued Disability Pass. This program also offers free watercraft launching, trailer dumping and a 50% discount on camping and moorage. 

How to get it: Visit this website

This resource list was created by Shayla Collins and is distributed through the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project (MHPP).  If you would like to share ideas or feedback on this list, please send an email to info@medicalhome.org.


Special Healthcare Needs

Visit the Washington State Department of Health website for publications on children and youth with special healthcare needs.


Living Well Kent

LivingWell Kent provides early intervention programming, food access, health and wellness services and youth empowerment programs focused on health equity”.

Click here to view their website

Click here to view their early learning page


FREE Online STEAM Coaching Program with Starlight and CoachArt

Starlight Children's Foundation has partnered with CoachArt to launch their new online educational STEAM Coaching Program. These fun lessons, integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), are FREE for ages 5-18. From cooking to coding to science experiments and art, these virtual lessons stimulate curiosity and promote creative solutions to real-world problems, helping kids explore, learn and improve various skills that interest them. When you sign up, volunteer coaches will contact you to propose activities and schedules that you can choose from. Starlight will send you a STEAM Starter Kit and any lesson materials you may need. To learn more check out starlight.org/education.


FREE ParentChild+ Early Learning Program through Intercultural Children & Family Services 

Check out the ParentChild+ Early Learning Program where specialists help children get ready for school. This two-year virtual visit program is for ages 16 months-2 years. There will be free educational books and toys, plus a computer tablet provided. Check out the flyer here and learn more by contacting sapcpiccfs@gmail.com or call Bri Arfi at 253.733.9952. 


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.


YMCA Programs

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.


Webinar Class

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 Class

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

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 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.


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!


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


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.

  • University of Washington Medical Center  offers a comprehensive list, aiding families to resources about childhood and adolescence development and health. 

  • 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.

  • PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support): Free, 12-week support program offered by Children's Therapy. More info

  • 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. 

Challenging Behaviors

Are you experiencing challenging behaviors?  Consider the ideas in this visual from North Star Paths "Reframe the Behavior"

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.

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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! Click here for more information.

National Child Passenger Safety - Parents and caregivers receive education and hands on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and seatbelts.  You can get a list of technicians near you specialized in working with special needs. 

Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students and 1, 2, 3's of Basic Backpack Wearing informational flyers from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

The 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. 

Amerigroup Benefits

Sports Physicals: These are paid once a year for members ages 7-18. We pay in-network primary care providers for performing sports physicals for our members ages 7-18. Use current CPT code 99212 with DX Z02.5 when you bill. You can bill for both a wellness visit and a sports physical on the same day by including modifier 25.

Free Memberships for WA State 4-H| 4-H is a youth development program that serves youth statewide for member ages 5-18

Free Boys & Girls Club Membership | where available for members ages 6-18

Healthy Families Program: We give families with children ages 7-13 coaching and support on nutrition and physical activity

Memberships for WA State 4-H: This benefit is available for members ages 5-18 to support with youth development statewide

Calm app: This is an annual membership for members up to 18 years old. The Calm App provides age appropriate meditations and sleep aids to help calm the mind and body

TutorMe-online Tutorial: TutorMe is an online platform used to improve student engagement and success by providing easy access to detailed information on student’s progress, hours spent, tutoring and subject analytics. The maximum allowance is 24 hours per member, per year. This benefit is available for members between 8-17 years of age and at risk of failing a grade or individual subject, or in the juvenile justice system.