Did you know that Partners In Learning offers Support Groups to parents and professionals in the community?
Imagine being able to meet face-to-face with people each month that are experiencing similar issues as you. Our support groups encourage you to meet new people and share advice with your peers. You have the opportunity to discuss how your children are coping with their latest challenges and offer solutions to others that have worked for you in the past. Wouldn’t it be helpful to share strategies for coping with the public school system and other legal situations? Knowing that you are not alone can be just as helpful as the information that we provide during each meeting.
For each month’s meeting, we provide either a speaker or a specific topic. Our most recent meeting involved the use of technology by children with special needs. We learned how to pick out age-appropriate applications, such as for your iPad or phone. Professionals shared their favorite Apps and we discussed the consequences that may arise from the use of technology with young children.
Other past meetings have involved a Disability Rights speaker discussing the legal rights of children with special needs. We usually have seasonal themed meetings, such as a Christmas dinner and visit with Santa as well as our annual trip to Patterson Farm’s strawberry patch.
Not only will these meetings allow you to feel less isolated, but you will gain a sense of empowerment and knowledge. You will feel more comfortable when coping with situations that involve your child with special needs. Through open, honest discussion, you will come to better understand what to expect from specific situations. And best of all, you will get useful advice while making new friends that can serve as support for your family.
We specifically offer Autism and Down Syndrome Support Groups, but any parent of a child with special needs is welcome to attend our events. Our support groups for families of children with special needs meet monthly, typically at Partners In Learning’s resource room. Most of the meetings include free dinner and childcare. Professional babysitters and our own teachers provide childcare for children whose parents are attending the meeting.
Partners In Learning always encourages parents and professionals to attend our support group meetings and workshops. Please call ahead to reserve your spot at one of our meetings and follow us online for upcoming events.
Katie Zink is a graduate of Catawba College and serves as a CBRS therapist for Partners In Learning. Prior to her role as a therapist, Katie served as a teacher beginning in 2009. Working with children is her life’s passion.