Screening & Assessment
Begin by exploring the resources under “WHERE TO START?” (link under Special Needs/Concerns tab). Below are additional community resources that provide screening, assessment and intervention services.
Special Needs Resources, Ages 0-5
As a leader in psychiatric care, Vista del Mar Hospital is committed to providing safe and secure psychiatric inpatient care for adolescents (ages 12 to 17 years of age). During this time, some adolescents experience disabling symptoms such as:
Depression and Hopelessness
Self-Injury or Suicidal Behavior
Rebellion, Defiance or Aggression
Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse
The purpose of Vista del Mar Hospital’s Adolescent Inpatient Unit is stabilization and safety. The treatment team’s goal is to stabilize and deal with the crisis by reducing the symptoms to help adolescents develop more appropriate coping and social skills. Vista del Mar Hospital serves the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
For more information or to speak with someone in our assessment and referral department, please call (805) 653-6434
An outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, designed for youth ages 12-18 and their families, is available through SLO Drug and Alcohol Services. In the Youth and Family Program, families can participate in 4- 6 hours of treatment per week; this includes: group counseling, family counseling, drug education, parenting education, and multi-family sessions. Evening hours are available.
Please call for an assessment appointment.
3556 El Camino Real, Atascadero
Grover Beach Center
1523 Longbranch Avenue, Grover Beach
San Luis Obispo Center
2180 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo
Children’s Assessment Center
The Children’s Assessment Center provides assessment and treatment strategies for children at high risk for health and behavioral health problems.
Martha’s Place utilizes a comprehensive system of tools and procedures to identify, assess, refer and treat children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and/or who are exhibiting at-risk behaviors that may interfere with normal development. The goal is to facilitate appropriate interventions to support each child in reaching their full potential, to enter school ready and able to learn, and to be emotionally well-developed.
Children referred to Martha’s Place undergo a comprehensive assessment of their medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, educational, and emotional development, as well as their family relationships. Services for children include: a medical examination, cognitive, psychological, behavioral, emotional and social evaluations, mental health therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration, family support, parent education and case management.
2925 McMillan Avenue, Unit 108
San Luis Obispo
Martha’s Place Brochure
Monarch Behavior Solutions provides high quality child behavior therapy, consultation, and parent training. Based in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and the fundamentals of child development, services are individualized and monitored to ensure that your child transforms. Whether your child exhibits severe problem behaviors, disruptive tantrums, has difficulties socially, or sometimes just “doesn’t listen,” Monarch can help.
Monarch provides common sense approaches to everyday behavioral challenges. With individual attention and coaching every step of the way, we promise that you’ll be empowered. For more information: http://www.monarchslo.com/
BEST PALS offers FREE screening, evaluation, and intervention services to assist children birth-kindergarten age and their families in all areas of development. We provide your family with tools and information, as well as behavior management techniques to address your child’s behavior and social difficulties. Our experienced staff will deliver services in your child’s natural environment, with learning tailored to meet your child’s and family’s needs.
CONTACT: To learn more about BEST PALS, call Julie Loe at (805) 772-6014 or visit the website and view the video: http://www.best-pals.org/
Services include assessments for ADHD and learning difficulties for children 2-18 years of age.
Located at: 330 James Way, Suite 180, Pismo Beach
For more information, call (805) 545-9449 or visit http://peppertreecounseling.com/
Peppertree Counseling accepts MediCal. Services are offered in Espanol.
Pickles n’ Tickles provides Early Intervention Services to families with children from birth until 3 years of age in which concerns over their development have been identified. Services are provided at no cost to families through the California Early Start Program.
Please feel free to call Pickles n’ Tickles with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s development, infant/child development, our Early Intervention/Infant Development Program, or California’s Early Start Program.
Referrals to this program may be made directly by parents or other professionals working with the child who have concerns over the child’s development. To refer a child in San Luis Obispo County, please phone directly to Tri-Counties Regional Center by calling 805 457-1009. You may request that Pickles n’ Tickles provides the assessment for your child. You may also call or email Sherri Russell at Pickles n’ Tickles to discuss the program and make a referral.
Phone: 805 610-9540 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a child 3 years of age or older, please contact your local school district for requests for speech or developmental assessments.
FREE Early Intervention Services for Children Ages 3-5, living in the Lucia Mar School District
Your child may need a screening if they show some of the following warning signs: difficulty being understood, difficulty producing many speech sounds, inability to follow simple directions by age 2, limited use of words, one or two word combinations instead of short/simple sentences by age 3, delays in motor skills, and delays in socialization.
PEP will provide a developmental screening to determine if further assessment is needed.
If services are indicated, PEP may provides services in: speech and language development, pre-academics, fine and/or gross motor skills, socialization and transition skills for kindergarten (typically at the child’s neighborhood school).
Please call for an appointment if you have any concerns about your child, 805.473.3000, extension 1148