Who to contact for guidance:
- Developmental Concerns & Early Intervention – How to identify possible areas of concern for your child and access early intervention services.
- Public Health Nurses (PHN) – PHNs work in local health departments. They can answer questions about your child’s health, growth and development and help you find local resources.
- Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Coordinators – CSHCN Coordinators, generally public health nurses, can provide screening and assessment of your child, refer you to services and resources, provide health information and help you coordinate services.
- Family Resource Coordinators (FRC) – FRCs provide information about child growth and development, coordinate resources and services for your family, and find screening for your child if you have concerns about his or her development.
- Health Care Providers include doctors, nurses, therapists, or social workers who can tell you about available services and resources and help coordinate your child’s care.
- People at Your Child’s School including teachers, school nurses, counselors, or therapists can help your child with medications, equipment, therapies and homework. If your child goes to a private school, you can still get help from the public school system.
- Other Parents – can tell you about their experiences, give you tips, tell you about helpful providers, and give you hope. Parent to Parent and The Fathers Network are two parent-run organizations that provide emotional and informational support to parents.
- WithinReach ASK (Answers for Special Kids) Family Health Hotline – The WithinReach ASK (Answers for Special Kids) Family Health Hotline may also be able to help if you live in Washington State. They can be reached at 1-800-322-2588.