Harvey Crowder,Interim Director
Vision… to provide emotional support and information to families of children with special needs and/or disabilities.
The Parent to Parent program…provides both emotional and informational support to parents of children with special needs from birth to adulthood. Parents who may be just learning about their child’s disability or chronic health condition will be provided with helpful information and resources in their local communities that will assist them. Parents may also recieve personal support and mentoring from other parents who have a child of their own with similar needs. “Helping Parents” provide one to one emotional and informational support to caretakers. They will be able to answer your questions and provide you with useful resource information regarding how best to meet your child’s special needs. Parent to Parent also offers two support groups. The first is for children ages birth to eight and the second is for caretakers who are parenting high school students thru adulthood. In addition to support and educational groups, Parent to Parent also holds special events featuring guest speakers and host Legislative Teas, educational teleconferences, and Hispanic children’s day and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions…
Question: How do I learn more about my child’s special needs?
Answer: You may call Cindy Knight, our local program coordinator at 509-524-2940.
Question: What is a Parent to Parent match?
Answer: It is a carefully made one-to-one relationship between a “Helping Parent” and a parent who is looking for emotional and information support from another parent with similar family and disability experiences. Parent to Parent matches can be done locally or statewide at www.arcofwa.org or nationally at www.p2pusa.org
Question: What is Emotional Support?
Answer: Someone who you may consider “a reliable ally, who will provide you with a sense of empowerment and social support, and assist you with coping.”