Mental Heath Providers
Children's Home Society of Washington
The Children's Home Society of Washington is a nonprofit organization that provides residential and group care for troubled children as well as a range of family support and therapeutic services, including early childhood education, child and family counseling, out-of-home care, adoption, and advocacy. The administrative offices are in Seattle and there are regional offices in King County, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Walla Walla, and Wenatchee. The organization operates over 20 sites to serve children and families across the state.
Navos, a nonprofit organization, is one of the largest providers of community mental health services to low-income people in King County and offers an infant mental health program.
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital is a nonprofit hospital and research center that serves families throughout the region. Seattle Children's offers a wide range of mental health services for babies, children and young adults. In particular, Seattle Children's Autism Center provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for autism spectrum disorders. Accepts referrals from primary care physicians. Patients who are covered only by DSHS/Medicaid and reside outside of King County can only be served if their county agency contracts with Seattle Children's for services.
Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation
Valley Cities is a nonprofit community behavioral health center operating outpatient clinics in Auburn, Federal Way, Kent and Renton as well as programs in partnership with other organizations throughout King County. Valley Cities offers mental health, chemical dependency and domestic violence counseling as well as psychiatric assessment, medication management, vocational training, homelessness and housing services, and family support services.
Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services is a nonprofit organization providing a range of parent services and parent-infant psychotherapy (birth to age three) conducted through individual sessions with licensed therapists. Operating at multiple locations throughout King County, Wellspring Family Services accepts many insurance plans and in some cases, offers reduced fees. No professional referral required.
Kaleidoscope School is a small caring preschool program located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle for children ages two through six.
Seattle Children's Playgarden Preschool
Seattle Children's Playgarden is a nonprofit organization operating a preschool program for children with special needs and typically developing children (ages two and a half to five) at the Colman Playfield in Seattle. The Playgarden's program is organized so that special needs children are grouped with typically developing children. Open enrollment. Services are fee-based.
King County Child Welfare- Early Learning and Development Database
Find free high quality early learning and development programs available in King County to meet the needs of prenatal to age 5 children and their caregivers who are low income or involved in the child welfare system.
Services for Special Needs
Boyer Children's Clinic
Boyer Children's Clinic is a nonprofit organization in Seattle serving children (birth to teen years) who have neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy or delay in development. No professional referral required. Fees are charged based upon ability to pay after consideration of other resources. No child is denied services because of a parent's inability to pay.
The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
ICDL is a nonprofit research and training institute that promotes the DIR©/Floortime™ Model for the assessment and therapeutic treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental challenges. Website offers a search function for DIR©-certified professionals.
Kindering is a nonprofit organization serving children (birth to 10 years) who are disabled, medically fragile or vulnerable because of abuse or neglect. At its locations in Bellevue, Bothell, Redmond and Renton, Kindering provides physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, special education and family counseling among other services. Services are fee based. No professional referral required.
Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy Services
Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy Services (Seattle) and Pacific Northwest Pediatric Therapy (Portland) are private practices owned and operated by Rosemary White, OTR/L. The practices serve children with challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, sensory processing disorders (sensory integration disorders), regulatory disorders, dyspraxia, learning, behavioral and neurological disorders. Services are fee-based. No professional referral required.
Seattle Children's Playgarden
Seattle Children's Playgarden is a nonprofit organization operating a preschool program for children with special needs (ages two and a half to five) at the Colman Playfield in Seattle. The Playgarden's program is organized so that special needs children are grouped with typically developing children. Open enrollment. Services are fee-based.
The Seattle Public Library Sensory Story Times
Seattle Public Libraries run regular special story times for for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload. Our librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during story times.
University of Washington Experimental Education Unit
The Experimental Education Unit (EEU) is a state certified special education school that serves children from birth to age seven with diverse abilities. In addition, faculty at the EEU conduct research projects and provide training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and other professionals.
Parenting Support Resources
Casey Family Programs
A national operating foundation located in Seattle, Casey Family Programs provides services to children in foster care (birth to age 18) and their families out of nine field offices located in Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona and Texas.
Community of Mindful Parents
The Community of Mindful Parents offers resources and discussions groups online for parents and also conducts two parenting groups, Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting. Listening Mothers is an eight-week program for parents and their babies, age birth to six months. Reflective Parenting is an eight-week workshop for parents of children ages 1 1/2 to 5. Parents can register for groups through the Community of Mindful Parents website.
Postpartum Support International
The PSI website has information about postpartum mood disorders and additional resources for parents, including support groups and a toll-free warm line staffed by mothers who have recovered from pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.
Profectum Parent Toolbox
The Toolbox, created with a generous grant from the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, is a user-friendly, online training program comprised of short webcasts, video examples of strategies to promote development, and your own customized companion workbook. It is built on the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model) developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, which is central to the work at Cooper House.
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
PEPS offers weekly parent-child support groups throughout King and Snohomish Counties to parents of children under age three. Sessions are facilitated by both volunteers and professionals. Open enrollment. Some partial and full income-based scholarships are available.
Western Washington Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Resources
A list of therapy groups for sufferers of domestic violence living in Western Washington, compiled by Psychology Today.
Sensory Profile Toolkit
This resource helps parents understand how their sensory profile and their child's might intersect.
This article talks about how a parent with a terminal illness can talk to their child about the illness.
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Also provides online resources for professionals.
Talaris Institute has developed a line of products that are intended to assist parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
What to Expect
Month-by-month development calendar and other resources for pregnancy and beyond.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Also provides online resources for parents.
This agency has an online resource for families and providers who are unsure if a child might have a developmental delay in a particular area, using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). After completing the questionnaire, a Child Development Specialist will contact the parent or caregiver to walk through the results, and provide information and referrals to community based programs (including early intervention) as needed.