Your September Updates are Here!
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We hope this message finds you and yours well. With summer coming to a close and school back in session, we are here to support you as you and your family may be starting new routines. We also want to share that after careful consideration, we have decided to require that all our team members providing in-person services be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the month. We are working with our practitioners to support them through this process and to also ensure continuity of services.

Autism Services

We’re excited to share that Easterseals NorCal will now be providing in-home respite services across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! Staff are currently compiling resources for exciting activities to engage in with their respite clients during sessions, and we look forward to this new service line beginning later this month. Families will be able to work with the Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) to request this service.

Another exciting advancement is that we will soon be offering another new program, called Chat. Chat is a naturalistic developmental program for children aged 5 and under with autism or other developmental disabilities. An alternative to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Chat focuses on how young children naturally develop language and social-emotional skills through interactions with their caregivers, other family members and peers.

Chat was developed by a group of clinicians including psychologists, speech therapists, marriage family therapists and early child developmental specialists. Like ABA, Chat is empirically based. Much like Parent-led ABA, Chat provides intensive training and support to parents and caregivers. For more information about Chat, be sure to ask your clinician.


Our Kaleidoscope participants have been busy and on the move! During the past month KCAP has visited museums, gone to the movies, gone bowling and had a whole lot of other fun. Participants have worked on money management, life, safety and prevocational skills. Many of our participants have expressed interest in searching for jobs, so in the month of September we will be working on developing work-related skills, writing resumes and participating in mock interviews.

Kaleidoscope is always looking to grow, and our Dublin and Walnut Creek locations have space for newcomers. If you know of an individual seeking services, please have them contact Zach Lupton at [email protected]

Early Intervention (EI)

It’s been a busy summer for our Early Intervention program, as earlier this month we rolled out a hybrid service model which allows us to serve clients in-person. Given the high demand for in-person services and the current COVID-19 state and local guidance, we are doing our best to meet the needs of those in our communities and appreciate your understanding as we navigate this process.

When providing in-person services, staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and administer health and safety checks prior to meeting with families. We are implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff effective October 1.

In our Lake County offices, we are excited to share that we will be implementing the Easterseals NorCal Toy Library! Through this library-loan process, local Early Intervention providers and clients can check out developmentally appropriate materials and toys for local children to use. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested in finding out more about our new toy library!

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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