Assessment and Consultation
Your Service Coordinator may arrange for a meeting with one of HRC’s specialists, or a multi-disciplinary team, to evaluate your child’s needs and provide you with consultation. Assessment and consultation may assist in providing or clarifying a diagnosis, determining what type of services and supports are needed, identifying health and infant/family mental health needs, supporting eligibility for a publicly-funded benefit, etc. HRC has specialists with expertise in Early Childhood Development, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Infant/Family Mental Health, Behavior Intervention, Medicine, Genetics, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Financial and Health Benefits, Special Education, and Law.
Early Childhood Development Classes: Together from the Start
Classes led by specialists in early childhood development provide opportunities for parents/family members and their infants and toddlers to interact socially with other children and parents, while enjoying songs, music, movement, and play. They help parents learn techniques in a group which can then be used at home, for building early childhood developmental and communication skills. Classes include Mommy/Daddy and Me, Early Language Development, Parenting, Toilet Training, and more. Classes and informational presentations for families are offered throughout the year on topics such as Infant Massage, Parenting, Parent-and-Child Activity Sessions, Creating Activity Schedules, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Special Needs Trusts, etc. HRC also offers interpreter, childcare, and transportation supports at selected presentations, when this is needed to allow the client or parent to participate. Learn more on the Together from the Start page.
Family Support / Family Resource Centers
At Harbor Regional Center, we believe that a good support system is a critical. A network of information and support gives families a good foundation for navigating the service system, making informed choices, and achieving a better quality of life for the child with a developmental delay or disability.
Harbor’s Family Resource Centers offers support through printed information, education and training opportunities, and through linking any interested parent/caregiver with other parents. Other support services include an extensive multi-media and toy lending library. HRC also offers Parent Support Groups, the Parent Mentor Program, and the HRC Sibling Club. For more detailed information on these family support options, please check the Family Resource Center webpage, discuss with your Service Coordinator, or visit Harbor’s Family Resource Centers in Torrance, Long Beach, or Norwalk.
Individualized service planning with the family may include referral to and coordination of services provided by HRC staff, community agencies or regional center funded service providers, advocacy for accessing appropriate services, and periodic review at least twice a year or more often when needed.
Twenty-four Hour Emergency Response
HRC maintains a 24 Hour non-medical emergency response system. If you have a non-medical emergency situation and need to contact HRC outside of regular business hours, someone will be available to respond to you.