Special Needs Community Outreach Program For Empowerment (SCOPE)
What SCOPE Provides:
Support: Ongoing parent-to-parent mentoring facilitates mutual support and understanding. A Parent Support Specialist connects families to needed resources. The Parent Empowerment Program is designed to build self-advocacy skills and training for the first year of a new diagnosis. A virtual parent group provides a safe space and introduces parents to others with similar challenges and needs.
Education: Regular workshops and trainings address felt needs of parents of children with special needs (ex. IEP education, toilet training). Guest speakers include pediatricians, therapists, or other specialists who can serve to educate parents about the health and well-being of their children and provide tips for improving quality of life and outcomes.
Community: Inclusive social events provide safe spaces for children and families to socialize. Several annual events, including Dance 4 A Cause, Halloween party, Valentine’s bowling, and Christmas spectacular are opportunities for children to have fun and make friends in a judgment-free zone.
Resources: Situated between health systems and the community, SCOPE serves as a resource for both. We provide cultural competence resources to providers, and overall health and wellness related information to families. The virtual support group provides a platform for parents to be resources for each other.
In 2020, SCOPE is launching a Parent Empowerment Program, through which families of children with new diagnoses of special needs will receive one-on-one support from a trained Parent Support Specialist. If you are interested in signing up for this program, or have questions, please contact: email@example.com