Until there is a cure...there is Easterseals. Autism services have expanded to address the urgent need for effective intervention for children on the autism spectrum.
Camp Harmon is a residential camp for children and adults with disabilities, ages 8-65. Campers attend 6 or 8 day sessions and participate in nature, farm and garden, arts and crafts, swimming, and many other activities.
The Educational Services program provides services that supplement those normally offered by public schools. These services include: one-to-one assistance, sign language interpretation, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, behavior intervention and home teaching.
Kids on the Block is a puppet presentation for elementary school children which educates and promotes tolerance and inclusion of children with disabilities in educational settings and the community at large. This program is available in Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Fresno County.
SibShops are workshops specifically designed to meet the unique needs of typically-developing siblings (ages 8-13) of children with disabilities or special needs. A lively, action packed, four-hour workshop that mixes information and discussion activities with new games, an opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with other kids who can relate to their situation. This program is active in Monterey County.
Stepping Stones Triple P, a specialized component of Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Developed in Australia, Triple P is supported by over 30 years of research and is now used in 22 countries and over 20 states. Triple P is designed to help parents develop a more positive relationship with their child, gain confidence to handle challenging behaviors and prevent them before they begin, and build a stronger and happier family unit. This program is active in Santa Criz County.