Special Needs: Health: General

General Resources

For families with children with special needs, supportive communities and programs may not be far away. Online platforms let families across the world exchange stories of challenge and success, and rising awareness of special needs has produced more opportunities for helping kids live full, joyful lives.



ADHDchildhood. Tools & tips for caregivers & teachers of kids with ADHD. A sister website includes information for adults with ADHD. http://www.adhdchildhood.com.

Autism LifeSpan; Chico. Serving 9 Northern CA counties. Supports individuals with developmental disabilities & their families. Resource office includes a lending library with more than 500 books, videos, DVDs & curriculum materials spanning the autism spectrum. Provides families, individuals, educators & other professionals with information & resources. Also offers trainings & monthly parent support group. http://www.autismlifespan.org. 2418 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 150. (530) 897-0900.

Autism Speaks. An organization that helps families recognize early signs of autism & seek early intervention to improve learning, communication & social skills. http://www.autismspeaks.org.

Autism Support Network. A free online community that connects thousands of families to support one another. Strategies & guides for managing autism. Provides a search feature to find support near you. http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com.

Braille & Talking Book Library; serving Northern California. A free service that loans braille & audiobooks (& playback equipment) by mail to eligible Northern CA residents who are unable to read standard print materials due to blindness, low vision or physical disabilities. http://www.btbl.ca.gov. (916) 654-0640 or (800) 952-5666.

California State Department of Rehabilitation. Serving all upper CA counties. Helps individuals with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional or learning) go to work for the first time or return to work. Job training & placement, adaptive technology, vocational counseling, help with transportation & more. By application. http://www.dor.ca.gov.

Butte Co; Chico. 470 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 4. (530) 895-5507.

Oroville. 78 Table Mountain Blvd.

(530) 822-4570.


Shasta Co; Redding. 1900 Churn Creek Rd., Ste. 100. (530) 224-4708.

Siskiyou Co; Yreka. 500 N. Main St.

(530) 842-1662.

Tehama Co; Red Bluff. 705 Pine St.

(530) 529-4270.

Center for Parent Information and Resources; Sacramento. A network for parents of children with disabilities. The Parent Center for Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta & Siskiyou counties is Warmline Family Resource Center.


http://www.warmlinefrc.org. 2791 24th St.

(916) 455-9500 or (844) 455-9517.

Disability Action Center; Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou & Tehama counties. Serving the needs of people with disabilities since 1980. Advocacy, peer advising, information & referrals, housing strategies, assistive technology, durable medical equipment reuse program, volunteer opportunities, vision resources & traumatic brain injuries program. We now offer voice options & senior communications program (social media), for all ages, families & individuals. www actionctr.org.

Chico. 1161 East Ave. (530) 893-8527.

Redding. 1600 West St. (530) 242-8550.

Far Northern Regional Center; serving all upper CA counties. Serving individuals with developmental disabilities & their families. Referrals to services & support for infants to adults. http://www.farnorthernrc.org.

Chico. 1377 East Lassen Ave.

(530) 895-8633.

Redding. 1900 Churn Creek Rd., Ste. 319. (530) 222-4791.

Mt. Shasta. 421 Chestnut St.

(530) 222-4791.

Lake Almanor. 401 Peninsula Dr., Ste. 2. (530) 895-8633.

Head Start/Early Head Start. Offers support for children ages 5 & under with special needs & their parents. To find a program in your area, use the Head Start Locator online or call a local office in your county. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc.

Homeschool Association of California (HSC) Special Needs Homeschooling Information. Volunteer contact person for general information about homeschooling kids with special needs. http://www.hsc.org. (888) HSC-4440.

National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS). The oldest down-syndrome advocacy organization in the country. Helps people with Down syndrome reach their full potential. Offers prenatal information for parents expecting a child with Down syndrome. http://www.nads.org.

NCCDI Tehama County Head Start; Red Bluff. http://www.nccdi.com. 220 Sycamore St.,

Ste. 200. (530) 529-1500 or (877) 224-7772.

Parent Infant Programs; Redding. Serving all upper CA Counties. In-home program for children ages 0-3 with special needs. Curriculum focuses on maximizing the development of the individual child, strengthening the parent-child relationship & helping parents develop strong advocacy skills. Includes autism support program for ages 3-5. http://www.parentinfantprograms.com. 2628 Victor Ave., Ste. B. (530) 247-1375.

Remi Vista Inc. Offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Chico, Redding, Mount Shasta & Yreka. ABA is a proven method of helping individuals, including those with autism, learn important life skills such as communication, social interaction & self-care.  It is also very effective in helping people unlearn harmful or problematic behaviors such as self-harm, aggression & defiance. http://www.remivistainc.net/applied-behavior-analysis. (530) 245-5805.

Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern CA; Siskiyou, Trinity, Shasta, Tehama, Butte & Glenn Counties. Parent-founded, parent-operated, non-profit organization that offers free services to families of children ages 3-22 with special needs. Programs are supported through grants, contracts, donations & fundraising activities. http://www.empoweryourfamily.org.

(530) 226-5129.

Shasta Head Start, Inc.; Redding.

http://www.shastaheadstart.org. 375 Lake Blvd., Ste. 100. (530) 241-1036.

Siskiyou Early Head Start; Yreka. http://www.siskiyoucoe.net/domain/60. 1 Childs Way. (530) 842-8493.

SLATE. The hallmark of SLATE (Successful Living with Autism through Training & Education) is Get SET (Get Social Emotional Training), SLATE’s summer program which provides an environment for children & young adults to learn & grow side by side with typical children. http://www.empoweryourfamily.org/slate. (530) 226-5129.

Special Olympics Northern California. Offers free sports training for anyone diagnosed with intellectual disabilities age 5 or older. Competitions for ages 8 & up. Call for county  information. http://www.sonc.org.

(925) 944-8801.

The Autism Society. The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services & providing the latest treatment information. Also hosts a national autism conference. http://www.autism-society.org.

Triple Creek Ranch; serving Shasta & Tehama Counties. Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, emotional & mental disabilities, plus youth horsemanship activities with Christian values. Fosters increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, muscle tone & more. http://www.tcri.org. (530) 524-8426.



ARC of Butte County; Chico. Serving Butte, Glenn & Tehama Counties, ARC assists people with developmental disabilities to choose & realize their goals. Family support groups in English & Spanish.

http://www.arcbutte.org. 2030 Park Ave.

(530) 891-5865.

Club Kidwell; Chico. Designed as a safe, comfortable, supportive time for kids with special needs so parents can attend church services stress-free. Offers individualized programs & accommodations to help kids with special needs engage in activities like a Bible lesson, craft, play time & musical worship. http://www.bidwellpres.org/club-kidwell.php. Bidwell Presbyterian Church,

208 W. First St. (530) 343-1484.

CSU, Chico Autism Clinic. Year-round program promotes the sensory, motor, communicative & cognitive skills of children with developmental disorders. Allows children to experience the sensory & motor input they are seeking in order to balance their nervous systems so they may focus on learning other skills. Sliding scale available. http://www.tinyurl.com/CSUChicoAutismClinic. Department of Kinesiology, CSU, Chico. (530) 898-6373 or

(530) 898-6324.

Do-It Leisure; Chico. Recreation & empowerment agency for individuals ages 18 & up with developmental disabilities. Individualized programs & sports programs for all skill levels. Summer camps, independent living skills program, group socializing & recreation program (by referral). http://www.wtcinc.org. 2233 Fair St.

(530) 343-6055.

Innovative Preschool, Inc.; Chico. An integrated preschool program serving typically developing children & children with special needs. Unique structure emphasizes social-emotional learning through play. http://www.innovativepreschool.org. 2404 Marigold Ave. (530) 343-2028.

Integrative Therapy; Chico. Sensory-motor based occupational therapy & massage for children & infants with special needs, including sensory processing & motor delays. Also offers trainings for parents with children with sensory processing issues & classes on infant massage for special needs children. 2627 Forest Ave. (530) 879-9030.

Little Red Hen LifeSpan Center; Chico. Nonprofit organization offers year-round socialization training programs for children, teens & young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Unique programs teach children skills needed to successfully integrate into the community. Targets communication, play skills, group participation & positive peer interactions. Provides sensory exploration & behavioral support in a fun & engaging environment. http://www.littleredhen.org/lifespan-center.html. 2418 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 150. (530) 897-0300.

The Lifespan Center Store; Chico. Features items & toys that assist in developing pretend play skills, social & language skills, & sensory & fine motor skills for children 4-12 years old. Also offers awareness merchandise. Open during Little Red Hen’s Children’s Programs & Autism Lifespan’s Office Hours. http://www.autismlifespan.org. 2418 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 150. (530) 897-0900.

Work Training Center; Chico. Programs in Chico, Oroville & Paradise. Dedicated to meeting the training, vocational & recreational needs of people ages 18 & up with disabilities. Day programs (transportation assistance available), community employment services & more. http://www.wtcinc.org. Main office: 2255 Fair St. (530) 343-7994.



North Valley Services; Red Bluff. Offers programs & activities that assist persons with special needs ages 18 & up. Emphasizes independence & integration into the community. Functional, behavioral & employment skills development, transportation assistance, resource info & more. http://www.northvalleyservices.org. 11799 Highway 99W. (530) 527-0407.

Triple Creek Ranch; Shasta & Tehama County locations. Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals of all ages with physical, emotional & mental/learning disabilities. The unique relationship developed with a horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem & more. Also offers youth horsemanship activities. http://www.tcri.org. (530) 524-8426.



Shasta Disabled Sports USA; serving Mt. Shasta & surrounding regions. Offers outdoor sports & activity programs to anyone with a physical or developmental disability. Snow sports, river rafting, camping, rock climbing, lake days, bowling & other events. Run by outdoor enthusiasts who share their love of fun & adventure. http://www.shastadsusa.org. (530) 925-1531.



Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre. Professional instruction in dance, theater, voice & music. Welcomes individuals with special needs & those who are deaf or hard of hearing. http://www.redbluffperformingartscentre.com. 12881 Baker Rd. (530) 255-4180.

Updated September 2017 RD
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Updated: Sep 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm