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©2018 by Opening Doors PTA

2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont CA 94002


Opening Doors PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your charitable gifts are tax-deductible. 

Special Needs Events

Learn how to intervene during those challenging times when your child refuses to comply with what you ask, stubbornly says, “no” or argues, walks away, has a meltdown with emotions that are so escalated that he or she seems unable to calm down, is aggressive or destructive (such as tearing up homework or throwing things). You will learn techniques to implement immediately with your child, that will strengthen your relationship while also decreasing the challenging behavior. Click here for details

January 15th, 2020  6:30-8:00 pm, 595 Price Ave, Redwood City

January15th: Manage your child's oppositional behavior while building connection (K-5th)

Pssst...hey, kid. You wanna know what dragons really love? Tacos of course!! But always remember - NO SPICY SALSA. The children's book dances to life on stage.This sensory-friendly performance offers guests and families living with autism or other special needs an opportunity to enjoy "Stories on Stage" in a safe and accepting environment. Click here for tickets

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 5:00 PM  6:00 PM, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

January18th: Dragons Love Tacos- An Autism Friendly Performance

Saturday, January 18th
12:00-2:00 pm
Please join Angela Piazza, Ms Wheelchair California. She will be coming to the Palo Alto Magical Bridge Playground. This MAGICAL event will feature Q&A and story time with Ms. Wheelchair plus a wide variety of hands-on crafts and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) activities for ALL AGES and ABILITIES.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto

January18th: Let's Get Rolling

On Sunday, January 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm the Palo Alto Junior Museum will be open exclusively to families with children who have disabilities.

This is a time to recognize parents who work extra hard on their child’s behalf! Children with all disabilities are welcome, as well as siblings and grandparents.

  • Come and meet some of our animals up-close!

  • Enjoy a fun, hands-on science activity!

To create a welcoming and accommodating experience, the number of guests is limited. EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND.

To request special accommodations or for questions, please call (650) 329-2111.

January 26th, 2020  4:30-6:30pm

January 26th: Super Family Sunday at Palo Alto Junior Museum

Vanessa Kellam from www.health-connected.org will be the speaker at the January ESPA group. Vanessa is an educator with a passion for human development and facilitates workshops for parents and families focusing on sexual health. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gina Baldi: gbaldi@chconline.org

January 28th, 2020  6:30-8:30pm, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto

January 28th: ESPA workshop- Preparing for puberty

This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs. Join us to learn about when and how a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Click here for more details

January 30th, 2020  7-9pm, Parents Place San Mateo

January 30th: Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs

Using the toilet independently is an important accomplishment for every child. A little advanced preparation, and knowledge of evidence-based techniques, can go a long way in making the process faster and easier for children with special needs. Email maggie@gatewaylg.com to register

January 30th, 2020  12-1pm and 4:30 to 5:30pm (MST), Webinar

January 30th: Toilet Training- A Path to Success

This event offers exclusive hours for kids with special needs and their families. Play with hands-on exhibits, see CuriOdyssey animals in a safe, friendly environment.

CuriOdyssey will be closing at 2:30pm to the general public for this event.

Parking for Super Families Salute is free for this event. Request your free parking pass at the CuriOdyssey guest services reception desk upon arrival for this event.

A description of what your child can enjoy during a visit to CuriOdyssey is available as a downloadable Social Story.

Feb 9th, 2020  3-5pm

February 9th: CuriOdyssey Super Families Salute sponsored by Opening Doors PTA

Opening Doors PTA invites you to discover the power of Social Thinking®!


For over 20 years, experts at Social Thinking® have helped children and adults with ADHD, ASD, or social communication disorders around the world understand themselves and others to better navigate the social world, foster relationships, and improve their performance at school, at home, and at work. Their evidence-based, unique tools break down complex social concepts (like perspective taking) into understandable and doable parts that can be applied in any setting. Registration starts soon

April 18th, 2020  8am-12pm, Crowne Plaza Foster City

April 18th: Social Thinking® Conference sponsored by Opening Doors PTA


Opening Doors PTA is proud to partner with Artists on Wheels to offer a special art class for kids of all abilities 7 and up!


We believe that every child should have the opportunity to explore and create art, including kids with special needs! Projects are subject to change depending on participants’ interest and ability. Parents and therapists are welcome to stay with the child to provide 1:1 support. Click here for details

Thursdays 4-5pm, 2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City

Ongoing Every Thursday: Mixed Media Art Class for Kids with Special Needs

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Does your special needs child love to dance?! Opening Doors PTA is excited to partner with Arthur Murray Dance Studio to provide a weekly dance class specifically tailored for with special needs. Siblings are welcome to join as well!

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Johnson: johnson.jennifer.k@gmail.com

Fridays 4:30-5:10pm(except holidays), Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Redwood City

Ongoing Every Friday: Dance Class for Kids with Special Needs


AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly

Second and Fourth Saturday of every month

Ongoing Every Saturday: AMC Sensory Friendly Films


Kids with Dreams is an organization of Stanford students dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with special needs. Through its weekly programs, the organization networks Stanford volunteers with community organizations and connects them with children and young adults with special needs. Through fun activities like playing soccer, swimming, rehearsing a play, making arts and crafts, and practicing dance moves, volunteers and kids alike get to have a blast while building skills and friendships that are meaningful to all.


For more information please contact Ana Gomez at (650) 509- 9451, or April Ball at (805) 660-6522.

Weekly Program in Palo Alto

Ongoing: Kids with Dreams