Children’s Services for Ages 0-5
Caring and Help Early on can Start a Child on the Right Path for a Lifetime
Children’s Services for Ages 0-5 supports families with young children who are exhibiting behavioral issues or physical disabilities. This intelligent and professional intervention can make a huge difference in the ability of a family to cope with the unique challenges of raising a special needs child. ARCC offers culturally and linguistically sensitive in-home services for parents who need training in positive parenting skills, nutrition counseling and early literacy. These services enable parents to strengthen families and ready their children for kindergarten.
Through its convenient, home-based programs and workshops, ARCC is able to offer opportunities and advantages that families might not yet be able to obtain on their own. The importance of readying a child for kindergarten cannot be overstated; one essential part of that readiness involves decreasing environmental stressors and helping the family to be positive and strong for the child. Sensitivity to the challenges that the family itself is going through is an integral part of the program. Supporting parents as they deal with the child helps to ensure a good learning environment in which important new skills can be learned and reinforced.
ARCC’s Home Visitation Program aims to prevent child abuse and to educate and support parents in learning effective childcare and child-rearing skills. The program also helps build families and teach crisis and stress management to create a safe, positive and caring environment for an at-risk child.
Home Visitation is a Santa Clara County FIRST 5 funded program and implemented in collaboration with a cadre of local non-profit organizations.
To find out more about this program please call (408) 240-0070
Hard of hearing since birth, two-year-old Elizabeth has the good fortune of loving parents and her skilled AARC First Five Services counselor to support her. In the past, the little girl has had to wear hearing aids, but now her parents are obtaining cochlear implant surgery to help her. In order to obtain this expensive surgery at no cost, however, Elizabeth’s mom and dad need to fulfill a set of requirements.
To help the family, ARCC’s counselor is providing psycho-educational and emotional support—in particular to Elizabeth’s mom. This is because in order to qualify for the surgery, her mom must be able to communicate with Elizabeth in sign language. Her counselor practices signing with mom; and both counselor and mom help Elizabeth to learn as well. The counselor has connected mom to community resources such as ESL classes and helps her attend doctors’ appointments and orientations that help her mom fully understand Elizabeth’s surgery. Both mother and counselor are enabling Elizabeth to enhance her physical development and learn needed skills as she grows. This ARCC support is much appreciated as the family undergoes these difficult processes that will best address their child’s special need.
Alum Rock Counseling Center has worked with this family for about eight months, helping Elizabeth’s parents to learn a great deal more about their daughter’s diagnoses and become more proactive and confident. As a result of this support, Elizabeth has been developing very well, learning signs both from her mother and at a day school session that she attends. As her surgery draws nearer, Elizabeth’s parents are understandably very anxious, but they also feel positive about the outcome for their daughter’s well-being, thanks to the ARCC First Five program.