Parent and Caregiver Resources

We get many calls from parents and caregivers asking about local resources and information on not-so-common disorders in children. Hopefully, this page will help direct you in finding what you need or answer a question that has gone unanswered. Please contact Danielle or Sara if you have further questions or need assistance. If you have information that you believe would be helpful to include on this page PLEASE let us know.
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Local Support/ Speech and Language Support

Connections SLP
Speech Language Pathology

Western Washington University Speech and Hearing Clinic
516 High St MS9078
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 650-3881 or (360) 650-3198

The Opportunity Council - Birth to Three Agency
1111 Cornwall Ave, Suite C
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 734-8396 ex 209

Whatcom Center for Early Learning - Birth to Three Agency
2001 H Street
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 671-3660

Early Childhood Opportunities, Northwest Head Start
220 Unity Street, Suite 102
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 734-8396 ex 153

Whatcom County Parent to Parent

Auditory Processing Support

Vital Links Therapeutic Listening Program; (this program is available through our clinic)

Liliana Sacarin Sacarin Listening, Movement and Developmental Center

Visual Processing Support

Amy Bearden, OD
2222 James St. Ste. A
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 676-4030

Peter M. Charron, OD
1616 Cornwall Ave. Ste. 105
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 393-4479

Dr. Nancy Torgerson, FCOVD
Alderwood Vision Therapy Center

Karen Preston, OD
14645 Bel Red Road, Ste. 102
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 732-6056

Family and Behavioral Support

Marilyn Jensen, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Support for parenting children with special needs
(360) 733-1497

Parent To Parent of Whatcom County

Nutritional Support

Gluten and Casein Free Diets

DAN! "Defeat Autism Now" and Washington State DAN! practitioners

Liliane J. Bartha, M.D.
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 456-2967

Mark Steinberg, N.D.
2505 Cedarwood, #5
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 738-3230

Que Areste, N.D.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2926

Sally Rockwell, Ph.D., C.N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-1814

Jonathan Wright, M.D.
Renton, WA 98055
(425) 264-0059

Body Support

Michael Maskornick, LMP
Rolfing, Cranial Release/Balancing
(360) 671-9716

General Information Sites

Basics about Sensory Integration Dysfunction and related links

A Parent’s Guide to Sensory Integration'sGuideToSI.pdf

Basics of Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT)

Therapeutic Listening

Recommended Book List

Sensory Integration and the Child, by Jeal Ayres

The Out-Of Sync Child Has Fun, by Carol Kranowitz

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals:  A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers by Angie Voss, OTR/L

Your Essential Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder:  When You See a Child Through Sensory Goggles…It All Makes More “Sense”!

By Angie Voss, OTR/L

Just Take A Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges! by Lori Ernspeger, PhD and Tania Stegen-Hanson , OTR/L

The Kid Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook:  The Ultimate Guide to The Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet by Pamela Compart, M.D. and Dana Laake, R.H.D., M.S., L.D.N.

Cooking for Isaiah:  Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals by Silvana Nardone

Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet, Cheri Fraker, Mark Fishbein MD, Sibyl Cox, and Laura Walbert

The Alert Program With Songs for Self-Regulation, by Mary Sue Williams, Sherry Shellerherger

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, by Sharon Heller

The Mislabeled Child, Looking Beyond Behavior To Find True Sources and Soulutions,by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide

When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder, by Teri James Bellis

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The definitive Handbook for Helping your Child with Sensory Integration Issues, by Lindsey Biel

The Sensory -Sensitive Child:Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior, by Karen A. Smith

Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding& Supporting your Sensory-Sensitive Child, by Christopher R. Auer

Listening with the Whole Body, by Sheila Frick and Colleen Hacker

Brain, Mind and Behavior, by Floyd E. Bloom, Arlyne Lazerson

Brain, Mind and Behavior,by David L. Robinson

The Healing Mind:The Vital Links Between Brain and Behavior, Immunity and Disease, by Paul Marin

The Complete Resource Book: An Early Childhood Curriculum with over 2000 Activites and Ideas!, by Pamela Chiller, Kay Hastings, Joan C. Waites

Making Sense of Sensory Integration( Audio Cassette & Booklet) by Jane Koomar, Stacy Szklut, Sharom Cermak

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with your Child's Learning Disabilities, by Larry B. Silver

Comic Strip Conversations by Carol Gray

My Social Stories Book by Abbie Leigh White, Carol Gray, and Sean McAndrew

The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism orAsperger's Syndrome, and their Peers by Carol Gray