As a parent, you want the best for your child’s health, growth and well-being. But sometimes, it’s hard to know how best to respond to your child’s ever-changing needs. Palo Alto Medical Foundation's pediatric classes and support groups can help ease your concerns and answer your questions.
We offer a variety of classes, lectures, special programs and support groups for all parents – from first-time parents with a newborn to parents with teenagers. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to make informed parenting decisions, as well as guide your children toward healthy life choices.
Specialized healthcare professionals lead all of our educational programs. You can choose from a wide range of topics, spanning from breastfeeding basics and child development to CPR, available at some locations or through community partners.
Our parenting support groups create a cooperative environment where you can meet other parents coping with similar issues, share information and offer each other encouragement.
Support for Children
PAMF offers specialized programs at certain locations, including our Pediatric Exercise Medicine Clinic to assess physical performance and address related health concerns. We also offer classes and support groups for children and teens facing life changes related to:
- Preparing for a new sibling
- Grief and loss
- Stress management (through mindfulness, yoga)
Support for Children and Families - Healthy Young Minds
PAMF's Healthy Young Minds (HYM) program provides mental and emotional health assessments and evidence-based therapies with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for up to three office visits. The LCSW is available to discuss any behavioral, emotional or other issue of concern to the patient or their family. The HYM program is intended for new issues that aren't being treated by a professional.
The goal of the HYM visits will be to assess and create an integrated treatment plan on a focused concern with the family. The visits will also connect the family to appropriate therapists or community resources if needed. LCSW's are available within your pediatrician’s office to coordinate care.
Interested? Ask your child's primary care provider for a referral.