Parent to Parent Support/Mentor Program
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection has trained staff and mentor parents who can are available to provide Parent to Parent Support. We can match up parents of children with similar diagnosis.
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection offers a support group for family members of children with disabilities or special health care needs. Each group is facilitated by a trained support group facilitator. Group time is a relaxed time for networking, support and sharing of the unique experience and lifestyle when families are caring for children with special needs. Guest speakers are often scheduled to present during support group meetings. Groups are held at varying times during the month in English and Spanish.
While there are some distinction to some of the groups, the majority of support groups are generic in their representation of disability. The reason for this is that we have found that although the disability may be different, the emotions experienced by families are similar.
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection provides FREE IEP trainings in English and Spanish. Check calendar for dates. We have IEP clinics each month, where families can bring their individual issues to the table for discussion and leave with a plan of action and additional resources.
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection provides sibling events on a quarterly basis. Siblings (of special needs children) between the ages of 8-13 can participate. Facilitated discussion regarding sibling issues is provided.