Scholarships, Education, & Support for Children With Special Needs in Our Community


PAUSE4kids is a volunteer run 501(c)3 Non – Profit Corporation located in Ventura County. PAUSE4kids P4kprovides information, education, and support for residents of Ventura County and nearby areas. Monies donated are used to cover overhead costs, costs associated with our lecture series, support for parents, and to provide scholarships for services to benefit children with Special Needs. P4k is a payer of last resort.

PAUSE4kids was formed in September 1999, by Keri Bowers, a parent of an autistic son. Eight parents came to P4k’s first meeting. Today, P4k serves hundreds of families in the Ventura County area. Our goal is to “fill the gaps” by helping to provide for our children with special needs and to provide information to parents/adults who have or work with children with special needs.

PAUSE4kids shares the vision of being a positive, proactive force, helping our community gain information, educate parents, and provide opportunities for parents to collaborate on behalf of children with special needs. We are determined to create better opportunities for children to enhance their lives through services and education of parents/guardians of children with special needs.

Informational Series

Chris Byers – SLP

Chris is a speech-language pathologist, who has worked individuals and families with
special needs for over 30 years. On a Dec. 9, 2020 Zoom, Chris will provide expert insight in to building skills with your children, how to develop language and expression techniques and activities to elicit specific speech sounds. Chris will also answer pre-submitted questions, and time permitting take questions from the group. This is a great chance to ask questions about specific things you can do with your child at home.

Should time allow, questions may be taken during the session.

Please submit your specific questions to info@pause4kids.org at least 48 hours prior to the Zoom session.

Speaker: Chris Byers
Topic: Speech-Language Pathology
When: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30
Where: Zoom – see flyer HERE
Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvc-2oqjgiGNzAM_1yL6khoIPnd4eC9-dO
RSVP & Questions: Pause4kids: info@pause4kids.org or Pause4kids

Holiday Family Adoption


PAUSE4kids is honored to adopt two families* with a special needs kid(s) this holiday season. Adoption will include up to $300 in holiday joy (for example: holiday gifts, tree, food.

A nomination requires a third party who is familiar with the circumstances and to utilize this form to fill in PAUSE4kids with details and affirm eligibility. This form needs to be received by info@PAUSE4kids.org no later than 12/7/2020. The adopted family will need to meet ALL of the following requirements:

(1) has at least one child with special needs;
(2) said child lives or goes to school within Ventura County SELPA; and
(3) family is currently struggling financially and such would benefit from said award.

Fill out application found HERE.
Please submit your application to info@pause4kids.org by December 7, 2020.

*Not all families that are nominated will be adopted.