Spotlight on Special Education in Valencia: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Valencia is an upscale neighborhood in Santa Clarita, California; thus, special education teachers, parents and students would find resources mainly in that city.

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Special education resources for Valencia residents can also be explored in other nearby areas, such as Burbank and Altadena. These resources are offered mainly through nonprofit organizations focusing on a specific learning or developmental disorder, such as autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Educational Resources for Special Education Teachers, Parents and Students in Valencia

The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) offers meetings addressing behavior intervention plans and strategies as well as aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents will also find networking opportunities through the SELPA, in addition to workshops. Special education training is also provided.

The Community Advisory Committee, in addition to workshops and meetings, also oversees advocacy and outreach practices.

Through the SELPA’s website, parents can access documents containing information about parents’ rights and a glossary of special education terms.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) offers counseling, mobility instruction, and speech, language, occupational and physical therapy services to special education students. LACOE also offers an Early Start program for special needs children.

Other Special Education Resources Available to Valencia Teachers, Parents and Students

The two organizations closest to Valencia that provide special education information and support for professionals and parents are found in Santa Clarita. They are the Family Focus Center of California State University – Northridge and the Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN).

The former offers support groups, IEP training and parent mentoring at its Santa Clarita branch, which is located in the North Los Angeles County Regional Center. SCAAN is a networking and support service for special needs families.

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About 25 miles southeast of Valencia, the SFV (San Fernando Valley) Autism Families in North Hollywood hosts  workshops, lectures and conferences for parents. Activities designed to build social skills for autistic children are also provided.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) holds monthly meetings in both North Hollywood and Burbank. Burbank is about 28 miles outside of Valencia. These meetings can feature educational speakers and allow for special education parents to network with other parents.

About 38 miles southeast, in Altadena, California, Education Spectrum offers programs for children with autism, Asperger’s and related disorders and their families. Parent training sessions conducted by the organization targets behavioral management and intervention strategies and techniques. Children can attend social skills camps and individual or family therapy programs.

Valencia parents of special education children who might need or be interested in legal advice or support can turn to California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG). Though based in Pasadena, the law firm offers its services, which include conflict mediation and IEP development assistance, throughout the state.

Special Education Spotlight Palmdale: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Palmdale is a city located about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. Parents, students and professionals seeking special education information and support can tap into some resources in the city, but in most cases will have to venture beyond Palmdale’s borders to find relevant organizations.


While a bit too far from L.A. for Palmdale residents to explore special education organizations and resources provided by that city, parents, students and teachers can look to nearby Lancaster, Santa Clarita and surrounding areas for information sources and supportive services.

Educational Resources for Palmdale Teachers, Students and Parents

The Palmdale School District provides various services for special education students, including occupational therapy, counseling, early intervention and speech and language pathology.

On the school’s website, parents can find links to parents’ rights as well as a directory for youth and family services in the community. These would include support groups and mental health services.

The Antelope Valley SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) has its office set up in Palmdale. The SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee and offers information about parents’ rights on its website. The SELPA also provides professional development workshops for special education teachers.

Powerline Programs is based in Palmdale and has a reading program designed for students with learning disabilities.

The Palmdale location of Penny Lane Centers, which offers mental health and family services in many areas of Southern California, hosts a day school for children with developmental disabilities that runs during the school year and during the summer with adjusted hours.

The non-public Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism (AACA) is located in Lancaster, less than ten miles north of Palmdale. In addition to a specialized curriculum, AACA offers occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and behavioral analysis. Parent training services are also provided.

Other Resources for Special Education Professionals and Families in Palmdale

Though located about 35 miles from Palmdale, Santa Clarita is the nearest city with large-scale special needs resources.


The Santa Clarita branch of California State University – Northridge’s Family Focus Resource Center is found at the North Los Angeles Regional Center. Support groups, parent mentoring and IEP development training are among the services provided by this branch. The Center also hosts an annual Special Needs Resource Fair.

Family support and networking services can be found through the Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN). Special education students can enjoy playgroups to help with the development of social skills, and there are also family events and parties. Members can take advantage of a lending library that offers books and other materials on developmental disabilities.

Farther from Palmdale, about 50 miles south in North Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley Autism Families provides parents with workshops, lectures and conferences. Social skills-building activities for autistic children are also provided.

Special education legal support and advice is offered by California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG). This Pasadena-based firm provides advocacy services, represent parents through conflict mediation and helps with IEP development.


Spotlight on Special Education in Modesto: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

The largest city in Stanislaus County, Modesto, California, is home to a few resources for special education professionals, parents and students. These resources can be found through educational organizations, treatment centers and nonprofit agencies.

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However, though it is a large city, Modesto has somewhat limited special education resources. Residents seeking support in or information regarding special education might look beyond the city’s limits to organizations located in nearby cities.

Education-Based Resources for Special Education Teachers, Parents and Students

Modesto City Schools provides a Community Advisory Committee offering parents workshops and meetings addressing such topics as IEP development and special education laws. The website for the school system also provides a link to a document detailing the rights of special education parents and children. Parents can also access Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) news.

The Stanislaus County Office of Education, based in Modesto, has a Special Education Department that oversees speech and language, occupational therapy and Early Start services. The office also has an intern program for teachers seeking special education certification.

Other Organizations in or Near Modesto Offering Special Education Resources

Very few organizations focusing on special needs are located directly in Modesto. Parents and special education professionals interested in workshops, support groups or other services may need to travel up to 50 miles outside of Modesto.

Behavioral treatment programs are offered to infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary special needs children through the Central Valley Autism Project in Modesto. Programs are designed to help children develop language, social and cognitive skills. B.E.S.T. (Behavioral and Educational Strategies and Training) has an office in Modesto  offering assessment and treatment plans for autistic children. Parent services include a newsletter, monthly support group and training workshops.

Based about 30 miles northwest of Modesto in Stockton and serving several counties, including Stanislaus, Family Resource Network provides advocacy services, workshops, seminars and support groups for parents of special education students. The Network also hosts an annual Early Start symposium and publishes helpful articles for special education parents in an online newsletter published four times per year.

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In Sierra Vista, about 50 miles southeast of Modesto, the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center offers an Autism Support Group for parents. The group meets on the third Friday of February, April, June, August, October and December.

And the Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance (SASSNA), about 75 miles Modesto, provides advocacy and case management services. There’s also events designed to help special education students build social skills, parent support groups and an email discussion group for families, teachers and other professionals.

The California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG) is a Pasadena-based firm offering services throughout the state. These services include IEP development assistance and conflict mediation.

Spotlight on Special Education in Santa Clarita: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

A small city located northwest of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita offers both educational and nonprofit support for special needs parents and their families. Special education teachers, too, can find some professional development opportunities in Santa Clarita.

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Resources, however, are somewhat limited, and special education parents and families may need to look beyond this city’s limits. Fortunately, cities such as Burbank and North Hollywood, within 20 to 30 miles of Santa Clarita, are home to several special needs organizations providing support services in the form of workshops, camps and training programs.

Special Education Resources in the Santa Clarita Educational System

Parents, teachers and students can find helpful resources through the Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Parents will find family support services and parent workshops, and special education children can benefit from child find activities and a referral program. Online resources include a parents’ rights document and glossary of terms. Training is also provided to special education teachers.

The SELPA’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) offers meetings and networking opportunities. Meetings can address such topics as behavior intervention strategies and positive behavior strategies. Community outreach and advocacy practices are also conducted by the CAC.

The Saugus Union School District in Santa Clarita offers a Student Support Services office that provides assistance to parents with special education issues and concerns.

Support Services and Resources for Special Education Families in Santa Clarita

The following organizations are the only two specifically designed for special needs found  in Santa Clarita:

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Outside of Santa Clarita, special education parents and families can turn to the following for therapeutic, social and behavioral support:

  • The SFV (San Fernando Valley) Autism Families in North Hollywood, approximately 20 miles southeast of Santa Clarita, offers workshops, lectures and conferences. Activities designed to build social skills for autistic children are also provided.
  • The Burbank office of Autism Spectrum Therapies, which also has locations in other states including Arizona and Washington, offers behavioral analysis and social skills programs as well as occupational and speech therapy and psychological evaluation services. Burbank is about 23 miles southeast of Santa Clarita.
  • The nonprofit organization Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) holds meetings at two locations in Burbank. TACA has parent mentoring and support workshops as well as conferences, clinics and webinars.
  • About 33 miles southeast, in Altadena, California, Education Spectrum offers programs for children with autism, Asperger’s and related disorders and their families. For children, programs are designed to help build social skills, while parent training includes behavioral management strategies and intervention techniques. Individual and family therapy programs are also offered, as are social skills camps.

In some cases, parents of special education children may need to seek legal advice or support. California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG), based in Pasadena and offering its services throughout California, can help with such issues as IEP development or conflict resolution.

Spotlight on Special Education in Huntington Beach: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

One of the three Beach Cities in California, Huntington Beach has limited resources when it comes to special education professionals, students and parents. In some cases, these individuals might have to look beyond the city’s limits for information and support. Fortunately, nearby cities have plenty of resources in the area of special education.

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Huntington Beach Educational Organizations and Their Special Education Programs

The Huntington Beach City School District has a Community Advisory Committee that holds bimonthly meetings. Any parent of a special education child can become a member.

The school also belongs to the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education (WOCCSE) to form a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Online resources provided by this SELPA include parents’ rights and a parent handbook detailing legal rights, IEPs and program options. Links to relevant nonprofit and county-run organizations are also found on the website.

The Orange County Department of Education offers a link on its website to an Early Education program for special needs children up to five years of age. Additional links provide information about many other topics, including assistive technology and parent rights.

Extensive training programs for special education teachers are provided through the department’s System of Support (SOS). Teachers can receive training in classroom management, instructional methods and intervention strategies through class training and guest speaker seminars.

Special Needs-Focused Nonprofit Organizations Near Huntington Beach

While there are generally no organizations devoted to special needs found directly in Huntington Beach, residents of the city can look to Irvine and Santa Ana, two cities located less than fifteen miles from Huntington Beach, for information about autism, AD/HD and other developmental and learning disorders.

The Autism Society of Orange County, based in Santa Ana, holds support-group meetings in Orange for English-speakers members and in Santa Ana for those who speak Spanish. Members can borrow books, tapes and videos about autism and attend seminars and conferences sponsored by the organization.

The Greater Orange County C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) holds monthly support meetings, mainly in Santa Ana but also in Irvine and Orange. These meetings provide information about AD/HD as well as family networking opportunities.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a nonprofit organization in Irvine that offers learning seminars and social events for autistic children and their families. The organization’s website provides links to helpful articles about therapies, medical interventions, parent support, parents’ rights and more. A resource library lends out books, DVDs and CDs on autism to TACA members.

Irvine-bsaed KiDA (Kids Institute for Development and Advancement) serves Orange County as the largest Center for Autism in the county. Clinical and educational services include behavior, occupational, and speech and language therapy, social groups and a school for K-6 students that focuses on behavior management and social skills development.

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Easter Seals Southern California in Santa Ana offers behavior analysis and services in areas of language, speech and physical therapies for autistic children.

For legal advice and support, most notably in areas of IEP development or conflict resolution, parents of special education students can turn to California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG). The law firm is based in Costa Mesa and serves counties throughout the state.