TLG provides home-based services in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for families and their young children who have had particularly worrisome and difficult beginnings or who have ongoing physical, medical or developmental problems. Services are based upon TLG's nationally recognized model program which combines professional expertise in the areas of infant mental health, infant development, family therapy, and peer counseling. Services are tailored to meet the social, emotional and cultural needs of each family.
TLG provides direct services to families of infants and children within the Bay Area in which a parent and/or child has a disability. In 2008, TLG served 1696 clients: 941 individuals in 204 families received regular services (typically, once or twice a week) which consisted primarily of home-based mental health services and early intervention; additionally, 186 children were served by TLG through center-based services to Head Start and Early Head Start. Of our 1696 clients in 2008, 35.2% were African-American, 10.3% Caucasian, 40.2% Hispanic, 7.3% Asian, 0.4% Native American or Other, and 5.8% Mixed Ethnicity. 56.2% of the clients we served were from birth to 4 years old, 6.9% were ages 5 to 6, 7.2% were ages 7 to 12, and 3.8% were ages 13 to 17. Of the 204 families served, child(ren) in 167 families had disabilities, delays or significant medical issues. In 106 of the families both parent(s) and child(ren) had disabilities. 78% of the clients were in Alameda County, with the remainder in other Bay Area counties.
Infant/ Toddler developmental specialists from a variety of disciplines assess and intervene during home visits to enhance the development of children from birth to age three.
Families can have home visits from a social worker, psychologist or family therapist, many of whom have personal disability experience. These providers focus on nurturing and supporting relationships between parents, children, and families, as well as on facilitating parenting skills, interaction, and problem solving.
Parent Support Groups
Parents of children with disabilities and other medical issues can participate in one of our parent support groups in the East Bay Area.
Through The Looking Glass provides Group and Individual home and community based specialized services for kids with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
CCS Youth Group
In collaboration with California Children's Services, TLG is facilitating a youth mentor group for youth with disabilities that are transitioning from teenage to adulthood in the local San Francisco bay area. The participants range in age from sixteen to twenty-two. The purpose of the group is to empower participants to gain independence and mentor other youth to do the same. The group focuses on issues such as job readiness, self-advocacy, college preparedness and obtaining housing.