Professional Education Programs
Empowering Families of Young Children with Significant Special Health Care Needs
Having a young child with medical and/or developmental disabilities can be both challenging and rewarding for families. Often parents are negotiating complex medical and educational systems in order to obtain appropriate services for their child. This discussion will focus on collaborating with families to help build a community of support that will enhance services for their child and family. The discussion will include various stages that families experience when confronted with the loss of the "typical" child. Parent empowerment and knowledge of educational and medical systems will enable families to effectively advocate for their children. Additionally, parent support and information groups are often helpful to decrease a sense of isolation, particularly for first-time parents. Participants will be provided with a list of community resources that can assist families with information and education in order to obtain services and advocate for their children. Facilitating parent support and education groups both long- and short-term will be discussed.
Ruth Silverstein, LICSW, MPH; Clinical Social Worker, Perkins School for the Blind
May 1, 2013 // 12pm - 2pm // 2 CECs // $45