Helpful Sites for Parents
The Kansas Early Autism Services website is intended to provide Kansans with information about the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Autism Waiver. As a result of the drastic increase in diagnosed cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) the Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has sought funding support for an early intensive Autism Medicaid waiver program to provide services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The waiver will provide opportunities for children with Autism to receive intensive early intervention treatment and their primary caregivers to receive needed support through respite services.
Build From Birth (by Kansas Health Foundation) Cuddling and being loving with a child encourages good self-image. The simple act of playing builds connections in a child’s rapidly developing brain. Research shows sharing books — along with singing, rhyming, drawing and storytelling — promotes language skills as well as motor development, memory, attention span and a child’s social and emotional development. Start now. Take a few moments to explore their site. Even better, do it with a child. It will help you build something great.
Families Together, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization that has an established network with eight designated regins making individual parent assistance available as well as providing support through parent-to-parent programs. This agency provides numerous mini-conferences and workshops throughout Kansas on a yearly basis focusing on special education law, IEP development, inclusion, transition, Section 504, and early childhood. The local branch that serves Butler County is located in Wichita. For more information utlize the above link or call 888.815.6364.
Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. Their membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods.
Kids Healthworks, provides information for each parenting stage. It includes dvice from pediatric specialists, real-life stories from parents, plus helpful fun-facts and insights that help you grow with your child.
Visit Starfall with your child and enjoy the fun activities! Through this non-profit site, you can purchase educational games and materials for your child.
The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center, federally funded under Title V of No Child Left Behind, is the official Parent Information Technical Assistance Center for the state of Kansas. A major goal of the KPIRC is to support parents in helping their children meet the Kansas QPA (Quality Performance and Accreditation) standards.The KPIRC works hand-in-hand with the KSDE State and Federal Programs office in providing you information and resources on early childhood through high school parent involvement.
PBS Parents is a site that ties in with PBS Kids (a link on our "Fun Sites for Kids" page). This site offers information about child development, monitoring media in your child's life, tips for throwing parties, and preparing your child to attend school.
Reading Rockets offers reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Resources are intended to assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading fundamentals and comprehension skills development.
Children's Mercy Family Health Partners is one of two choices for those individuals who quality for HealthWave services in Butler County. This site offers information about local health care providers who are connected with Children's Mercy and community events sponsored by Children's Mercy. For more information about HealthWave, click here.