Transitioning to Virtual Services and Support for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families

NEW Resource– Flyer- COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (3/8/2021)

Clinicians, early intervention providers and other community service services providers and educators are having to quickly ramp up telehealth and online learning capacity during COVID-19.

People with Developmental Disabilities and their parents and caregivers have been moved up the vaccine priority list- the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program at the Washington State Department of Health have put together a user friendly flyer sharing relevant information.

A recent study found that parents with young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities report that their biggest challenge during this pandemic time is being home caring for their children with the loss of many essential services. Many are concerned about the long-term impacts on their children’s development. Professional support is critical to support family well-being and child developmental outcomes. (Neece,McIntrye,Fenning, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 2020  

Telehealth and virtual learning supports can help.

This new section of the website contains curated resources for you to find telehealth technical assistance and support, connect with peers, and find trainings to help support children and youth with special health care needs and their families effectively.

Clinicians and Telehealth

  • Resources for primary care providers, early intervention therapists and other clinicians to help with telehealth technology
  • Coding and billing tips
  • Peer to peer clinical supports

Educators and Telehealth

  • Special Education and learning resources 

Families and Telehealth

  • Free Wifi Hotspots
  • Resources for families and caregivers
  • Tips for doing therapy and school at home through telehealth
  • How to use Zoom in a telehealth visit

Upcoming webinars and trainings can be found on the Events Calendar

We welcome your suggestions for additional resources to add.  Please send ideas to