CIRCLES OF PARENTS is an evidence-based parent support and leadership training that meets on a regular basis with funding from NC Children’s Trust Fund. FIRST currently has 2 groups in the community: parents with young children, Spanish speaking families, plus an online group for foster/adoptive parents.
Funded by the US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Program, the goal of CPRC is to ensure that families acquire the tools to access better opportunities for their children, with a particular focus on rural and Latino families. FIRST works directly with families to train and support parents to participate meaningfully in making decisions during IEP meetings and to inform them about available community services and research-based programs.
This parenting program is available free to families with funding from the NC Children’s Trust Fund and our partnering with local churches and agencies for location and childcare. This program is open to families that want support to improve outcomes for their children with challenging behaviors in Buncombe and Madison Counties. Groups are for families with children that are both Preschool and School Age.
Individually designed supports for you and your family. Parents, family and friends, and other natural supports are the only constant in anyone’s life. Oftentimes, people with a loved one with disabilities struggle to find all the support the need to help their loved one live the life they desire. FIRST has created a program that has a goal to do just that. As parents of children, youth and adults with disabilities, we understand your needs and concerns. By using a team approach when appropriate, FIRST hopes to address your concerns and improve outcomes for persons with disabilities to live the life they want. Contact us for Community Guide/Navigator Services, Specialized Consultative Services or Natural Supports Education. Check out My FIRST Key for our supported living program.
Each FIRST therapist came to providing therapy to individuals and their families by a unique path and unique experiences. Each of our therapists have worked with individuals and families in a variety of capacities, giving our staff perspectives that differ from many other therapists. Our goal is to offer therapy that meets your needs within the ever changing world of insurance. FIRST therapists offer support to specific populations including young children, youth, and adults with ASD and Intellectual Disabilities.
Parents in Action aims to help Spanish speaking families who have a child with autism learn about autism, different services and how to access them, and strategies for improving overall child behaviors. Our promotora received special training and is a native Spanish speaker.
This research-based program trains parents to provide the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation of 25 hours per week of intensive interventions to their young child with autism, usually up to the age of 8. FIRST has secured scholarship funds enabling more families to benefit from the yearlong training program.