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www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org. Special Kids Crusade is dedicated to developing resources , raising awareness , and providing support for children with disabilities and their families residing in Monterey County. Monitoring Development Validating Concerns Getting Services

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Special Kids Crusadeis dedicated

to developing resources, raising awareness, and providing support

for children with disabilities and their families

residing in Monterey County.


  • Monitoring Development

  • Validating Concerns

  • Getting Services

  • Establishing a Support Network

  • Educating for Advocacy

  • Finding Community Resources

    One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.


MONITORING DEVELOPMENT

  • Special Kids Crusade’s Family Resource Center

    One-to-one Parent Education Appointments & developmental milestones screening tools.

    1900 Garden Road, Monterey or in-home appointments

    (831) 372-2730 or [email protected]

  • Go Kids-Nuevas Posibilidades

    Developmental screenings & parent education for zero-five in the 93905 zip code or Alisal School District. Funded by First 5.

    1330 E. Alisal Street, Salinas

    (831) 757-4537


MONITORING DEVELOPMENT

  • Parent Education Programs

    • The Parent Center at Salinas Adult School

    • Parent’s Place in Pacific Grove

    • Cabrillo Family Resource Center in Seaside

    • Early Head Start & Head Start through MCOE

    • First 5 Vision 1 Programs to begin July 2011


MONITORING DEVELOPMENT

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Milestones Checklist: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones

  • Department of Developmental Services Reasons for Concerns brochure: www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/docs/ReasonsForConcern_English.pdf

    Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese.

  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) www.FirstSigns.org/downloads/m-chat.pdf


VALIDATING CONCERNS

  • Schedule appointment with child’s Pediatrician Ask for a referral to a specialist who can perform a more in-depth evaluation.

    • Developmental Pediatrician

    • Child Neurologists

    • Child Psychologists or Psychiatrists


VALIDATING CONCERNS

Birth to 36-months:

  • Point of Entry: San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)

    • Schedule an Intake Interview

    • Local Education Agency(LEA) & SARC will provide assessment

    • Eligibility for Early Start will be determined

      Over 36-months to 21-years:

  • Point of Entry: School District

    Provide a written request for assessment

    School District will provide assessment

    Individualized Education Plan meeting will be scheduled

    Contact Special Kids Crusade for assistance.


GETTING SERVICES-Early Intervention

Birth to 36-months:

  • San Andreas Regional Center

    Consultation with Family Services Coordinator

    Early Intervention Team recommends services*

    Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) developed

    Transition assistance into preschool services at 36-months

    *Early Start Services may include Assistive Technology, Family Training & Home Visits, Health & Medical Services, Respite, Occupational & Physical Therapy, Speech & Language Service.


GETTING SERVICES-36-months to 21-years

  • Special Education through School District or MCOE

    • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be scheduled following District performed assessment

    • IEP will list all services to be provided

    • Parents should be well-informed prior to IEP meeting

  • San Andreas Regional Center

    • Schedule an Intake Interview

    • Intake Team will gather information from School District, physicians, psychologists & other professionals

    • Eligibility for services will be determined (only services not available through School District)


GETTING SERVICES

San Andreas Regional Center

344 Salinas Street, Suite 207, Salinas

(831) 759-7500

www.SARC.org

Monterey County Office of Education, Special Education

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

(831) 755-0345

www.Monterey.k12.ca.us/drupal/student-services/special-ed

***Prior to obtaining service recommendations, be certain to describe what is important to the family, including philosophies & culture.


ESTABLISHING A SUPPORT NETWORK

  • Support Groups

    Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group

    Second Wednesdays, 6-8:00pm

    Stilwell Community Center, Fort Ord

    Sponsored by Exceptional Family Member Program & Easter Seals

    (831) 242-7960 or (831) 684-2166 x 120

    Mom’s Night Out (non-hosted dinner)

    Second Mondays, 6:30-9:00pm

    Alternate between Salinas Area & Peninsula restaurants

    Sponsored by Special Kids Crusade

    (831) 372-2730 [email protected]


ESTABLISHING A SUPPORT NETWORK

  • Support Groups

    Father’s Group Dinner Get-Together

    Meets once per month, various dates

    Coordinator: Alex von Dallwitz

    (831) 626-3524 [email protected]

    Grupo de Apoyo

    First Fridays, 6:00pm

    Early Head Start, Alisal & Front Streets, Salinas

    Sponsored by Padres Compartiendo Juntos

    (831) 261-2528


ESTABLISHING A SUPPORT NETWORK

  • Parent Mentor Program & Special Family Events

    Special Kids Crusade

    (831) 372-2730 or [email protected]

    AND Padres Compartiendo Juntos

    (831) 261-2528

  • Consider wide-range of support

    Family Doctor, Specialist, Marriage & Family Counselor, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Case Manager, Parent Advocacy Trainer, Special Education or Resource Teacher, Inclusion Specialist, 504 Coordinator

    Contact Special Kids Crusade for assistance.


EDUCATING for ADVOCACY

  • Special Kids Crusade Parent Empowerment Workshops

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Educational Series

      Second Tuesdays thru Aug 2011, 6-7:30pm

      San Andreas Regional Center, 344 Salinas Street, Salinas

      Presented by Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Stanford Autism Center

    • Wrightslaw: Special Education Law & Advocacy Seminar

      Thursday, March 24, 8:00am-4:30pm

      CSUMB World Theatre, Seaside

      Presented by Pete Wright, Esq.

    • Other regularly scheduled workshops: www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org


EDUCATING for ADVOCACY

  • Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area

    • Basics of Autism Spectrum Disorders;

      An Introduction for Parents & Community

      January 29, 8:30-11:30am

      901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

    • Ongoing Workshops: www.monterey.k12.ca.us/drupal/student-services/selpa/workshops

  • Easter Seals Central California

    & Safeway All Kids Can Funding

    • Understanding ASD: Interactive Parent Training Series

    • Contact Stella Lauerman: (831) 684-2166 x114


EDUCATING for ADVOCACY

  • Talk About Curing Autism: www.TacaNow.org

  • Global Autism Collaboration: www.Autism.com

  • Autism Research Institute: www.DefeatAutismNow.com

  • Autism Speaks: www.AutismSpeaks.org

  • Wrightslaw: www.Wrightslaw.com

  • Disability Rights California: www.DisabilityRightsCA.org

  • Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act: www.dds.ca.gov/ConsumerCorner/LantermanActGuide.cfm

  • Social Security: www.ssa.gov/kids


FINDING COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Project Playroom: www.ProjectPlayroom.org

    • Therapeutic Toy Lending Library for special needs children.

  • Kernes Adaptive Aquatics: www.KernesPool.org

    • Warm water exercise programs for health, strength, mobility & confidence.

  • Christine Marie’s Star Riders: www.CMStarRiders.com

    • Equine facilitated horseback riding experiences to maximize potential of children & adults with disabilities.

  • Salinas Circle for Children: www.SalinasCircle.org

    • Provides tools & support for children with special needs.


FINDING COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Project Lifesaver: www.ProjectLifesaver.org

    • Protecting the wandering through rapid-response partnership with law enforcement. Local contact: Office of the Sheriff at (831) 647-7702

  • Parents Helping Parents Assistive Technology Services: www.php.com/services/itech

    • Preview & demonstration center in Bay Area for Assistive Technology.

  • Curriculum & Assistive Technology Resource Center: www.monterey.k12.ca.us

    • Variety of workshops offered to MCOE staff & parents.


FINDING COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Easter Seals Central California: www.CentralCal.EasterSeals.com

    • P.L.A.Y. Project for children 0-6 with autism.

  • Special Kids Crusade: www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org

    • Including Special Kids Adaptive Skills Program

    • VIP Basketball Camp designed for developmentally disabled players (8 weeks beginning Feb each year)

    • Ability Awareness Trainings in collaboration with the Monterey County SELPA to offer children & adults experience at what it might be like to live with a disability (Autism Station)

    • Family Resource Directory in print & on-line (Spa & Eng)...search “autism”






Special Kids Crusade

Executive Director, Laura Harris

1900 Garden Road, Suite 230

Monterey, CA 93940

[email protected]

www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org


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