The H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Family Resource Center is staffed by parents and family members of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Staff in the Family Resource Center provide families with parent to parent support, advocacy, training and assistance, resource coordination and information. Family Resource Center staff are also available for consultation and training for professionals who serve families with children who have special needs.
Our services and resources are available for both the English and Spanish speaking communities in Kern County. Local agencies refer parents to our organization and we visit local Infant Development Programs on a monthly basis to provide support and resources to parents. The staff in the Family Resource Center can help you to locate local resources that may benefit your child and family. We are also linked with statewide resource organizations.
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Services
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Resources
- H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Newsletters
- Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children. These children misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. Some feel bombarded by sensory information; others seek out intense sensory experiences or have other problems. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and other issues.
- The ABC in Behavior
Behavior is one of the major concern for parents of children with special needs, no matter what diagnosis a child has. There are different alternatives for behavior techniques. One of this techniques is called the ABC=(Antecedents, Behavior & Consequences)
- Conservatorship Issues
If you have a child with a disability (age 14 or older), you need to read this article. You may choose to pursue conservatorship or not, but you need to know the legal ramifications of your choices. Conservatorship takes place at the age of 18.
- Toliet Training
Welcome parents to the world of toilet training. H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection felt that toilet training a child can be challenging. The information mentioned below is suggestions that we think might benefit you. Although this information is directed for typical children, we felt that it is applicable for special needs children.
- Toys R' Us Offers Online Toy Guide For Children With Special Needs