What speech and language resources are available to parents within the local community?

As parents and caregivers it can be hard to know who to turn to when your child is diagnosed with a speech or lanaguge disorder.  Often friends and family with typically developing children do not understand what you are going through.  This can lead to feelings of frustration and isolation.

The good news is that as Bay Area residents, we are lucky to have many speech, language, and special education resources available to us!  The resources below are fantastic places for you to turn for additional information and support.

Berkeley Parents Network:  Offers general support and an online forum for parents to communicate with each other about their children's speech, language, and learning disabilities. (English only)

CHADD of Northern California: Bay Area support group for parents with children who have ADD/ADHD

Down's Syndrome Connection Bay Area (English/Spanish)

Parents Helping Parents (English, Spanish, Vietnamese): This a wonderful organiztion based in San Jose which offers many different types of parent support groups for a wide variety of speech and langauge disorders.

San Francisco Bay Area Autism Society (English only)

Your Local Library: A great place to find more information!  For specific information about speech and language disorders, it is best to go to your main branch library.  Librarians are on hand to help you find the information that you are looking for.  Free internet access is available. Explore the website of the San Francisco Public Library.