What is Parent Navigation?
Parent Navigation is at the core of what we do. When you have a child with special needs, between home, medical, school, and the community, there are a million puzzle pieces to put together – and families are the ones responsible for putting those pieces together. Parent Navigators sit down with each family to help figure out what pieces are missing and put them into place.
We take into account the family as a whole and not just the needs of the individual child. Parent Navigators familiarize you with available options by offering specialized information, support, training, and community resources based on each family’s unique needs. With first-hand knowledge of programs and services throughout the community, Parent Navigators act as a reference and guide.
- Parent Navigation services are provided at no charge to families
- We stay involved as long as you want us to. You can come back whenever you need support
- Parent Navigation is available for families caring for a child with special needs from birth to age 26.
Families frequently use Parent Navigation at points of transition or challenge: when receiving a diagnosis, when looking for the right provider, if there is an issue in school, or when preparing to transition out of school.
Who Are Parent Navigators?
Parent Navigators are experienced family members of individuals with special needs who are familiar with connecting to resources and support in Alaska. They’ve made the journey and can guide others who may be overwhelmed or less experienced in the process. Many Parent Navigators actively participate in community councils and advisory boards to provide a family perspective as plans and decisions are being made for our community.