Opportunities in child development, children with special needs or supporting parents

Providence Swindells Resource Center – We currently house a couple different programs and systems under the larger umbrella of Providence Swindells – the Resource Center, Help Me Grow and Family Navigators.

Swindells Resource Center – http://www.providenceoregon.org/swindells

The primary program and focus is the Resource Center. This the longest standing program and what started Swindells. Swindells Resource Center was initially started by the Swindells family over 20 years ago in 1994, as they had a child who experienced special needs. Through their experience they saw the value and importance of families being connected to support, resources and education. All of our services and supports are free thanks to the generosity of the Providence Foundations. We are primarily philanthropy funded through the Providence Foundations. Although we are a part of Providence, we are not exclusively for Providence patients or health plan members. We support families across Oregon and SW Washington, regardless of their insurance or provider.

We have three office locations but support all of Oregon and SW Washington. Families can connect with us in multiple ways – phone, email or at our offices.

  1. Providence Portland (NE Portland – 47th & Glisan)
  2. Providence St. Vincent’s (Hwy 26 & 217)
  3. Medford We also have an office and staff in Medford, situated with the pediatric primary care clinic.

Support – We can provide supportive listening to families. Sometimes families are trying to figure out navigating systems, sorting through a new diagnosis, encountering challenges with getting needs met,  not sure what to do or where to go.

Information & Resources & Referral – We help families identify key information they might be needing or looking for, along with relevant resources and referrals. This could be helping them connect with DD services, early intervention, social groups, support groups, summer camps or other relevant community resources.

Education – We offer parenting classes, individual speaker events and a sibling support group called Sibshops.

Parenting classes – Currently we have three curriculums that we provide throughout the year (Developing Our Children’s Skills, Trauma Informed Parenting, Powerful Tools for Caregivers).

Speaker Events – We also offer a variety of individual speaker events, including a series in the school year focused on sensory related needs.

Sibshops – Lastly, we also offer a sibling support group for siblings of children with special needs, called Sibshops for ages 5-12.

Lending Library – We have a lending library available for families and community partners to learn more about a variety of topics related to special needs. We currently have primarily books available. Materials can be viewed on our website and requested via phone, email or in person. Up to 3 materials can be checked out for 3 weeks. We are usually able to renew/ extend the deadline if requested.

Help Me Grow OregonTri-county area (Washington, Multnomah & Clackamas)

This is an integration system set up to provide early detection and intervention for children ages birth to 5, who are at risk for developmental delays.

We work with pediatrician offices to do developmental screenings earlier and if there are additional questions or concerns they can refer families to the call center.  The call center is meant to be a central access point for families to be connected with community supports, resources and systems.  We host the call center as a part of Swindells and regularly connect with county-based liaisons to help bridge the connection between the county services and families. We are also able to close the referral loop with the referring provider or community partner to help them know what next steps were taken and if the family got connected.

Family Navigators

This program was piloted with a Health Share grant. Now the roles have been adopted into the specialty pediatric development clinics at Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland. There is a family navigator embedded in each Providence Children’s Development Institute. This is a peer support person to help families who would benefit from more involved support, systems navigation or connection with resources. The Family Navigators help parents and providers identify potential barriers or navigate various systems with individualized support and case management. The navigators are accessed through referrals once families have been seen in the clinic.

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