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, Assistive Technology, 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.
At Harbor Regional Center, we believe that a good support system is a critical advantage for families. 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. Support is offered in the form of Parent Support Groups, the Parent to Parent Mentor Program and the HRC Sibling Club. For more detailed information on these family support options, please check the HRC website (Resources/family), discuss with your Service Coordinator, or visit the HRC Resource and Assistive Technology Center in Torrance or Long Beach.
Resource and Assistive Technology Center
The HRC Resource and Assistive Technology Center offers support through information, education and training, technology, and through support from other parents. Services include an extensive multi-media library, computer lab, assistive technology lab, toy lending library, and family and sibling support groups.
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 emergency response system. If you have an emergency situation and need to contact HRC outside of regular business hours, someone will be available to respond to you.