The Help Group hosted its 9th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair on Sunday, April 7th at the Autism Center in Sherman Oaks. The free event, which attracts more than 600 people each year, is an opportunity for parents and professionals to connect with the resources available for the special needs community, including children with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, and emotional challenges.
A diverse mix of exhibitors provided information and answered questions about services for children, young people, and adults, as well as their families. There were representatives from support groups, medical and therapeutic services, educational supports, financial and estate planning, advocacy services, respite services, recreational and camping programs, vocational and residential programs, and more.
The event featured opportunities for children and families to interact with therapy dogs from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs; visit with animals from Special Spirit, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center; and play with friends on the Hasbro playground. Food and snacks were available for guests.
The Help Group’s Kids Like Me program – featured at the event – offers summer, winter and spring camps at The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks and Culver City locations. Camp programs are developed by a multidisciplinary team to address unique strengths and abilities, foster social skills, and cultivate friendships. They are led by highly trained therapists and counselors, and campers are assessed and matched with the right program to ensure the best possible camp experience for everyone.
Our thanks to the faculty, staff, volunteers and exhibitors who helped make this event a big success for our community!
1. Bryan Scheihing, Head of The Help Group’s new program Kaleidoscope
2. Dr. Sara McCracken, Director of Early Education at Young Learners, The Help Group
4. Debby Webb, Senior Executive Administrator, The Help Group, Nicole Webb, Director, Kids Like Me at The Help Group, Zeyda Martinez-Gallardo, Program Assistant, Kids Like Me at The Help Group
5. The Help Group’s Paws and Pals volunteer with service dog