Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, when advocacy groups around the country promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  One of the biggest events in Georgia is the Buddy Walk, which will be held at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on Sunday, October 16!  The day-long celebration will include food trucks, games, bounce houses, and performances, culminating in a 1/4 walk around the park!  Events begin at 1 pm, and the walk will be at 4 pm!  For details, visit this link: http://www.dsaatl.org/buddy_walk

Friday, October 7, 2016

October Parent Workshops

There are two free parent workshops coming up this month!

On Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 pm, in recognition of Special Needs Law Month, there will be a workshop on planning for the future for your loved one with disabilities.  The workshop "4 Essential Documents: Why a Will is Not Enough"  will be led by Watkinsville attorney Dennise Grayson, who specializes in elder and special needs law; she will share valuable information to guide families as they look to the future.  We will meet at the ESP Watkinsville campus, 189 VFW Drive - register at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/8sonBy5reO1WBRnD3
On Monday, October 17, Dr. Cindy Suveg from the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia will lead a discussion on recognizing and addressing signs of anxiety and stress in children, specifically students with learning differences.  We will meet at the Oconee Veterans Park community room (3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville) at 6:30 pm; a question and answer session will follow.  In "Anxiety and Stress: Guidance for Parents", Dr. Suveg will share ways to identify signs of stress, coping strategies, and ideas for successfully navigating this issue.  Please register at this link:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Safety Training for Families

The Autism Society of Georgia, along with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA, is offering a free training for families of people with autism and other disabilities.  On October 17, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, families can attend a training conducted by two law enforcement professionals who are also parents of someone with autism; parents can learn how to prepare their loved one for an encounter with a first responder, the hazards to be considered for people with autism who elope, and safety programs and tracking supplies that are available through public safety departments.  Sounds like a great opportunity, worth the drive to Forsyth!  Check out the flyer here: GPSTC Family Training  or you can register at this link: http://bit.ly/1stresponderfamilyGPSTC

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Academy: The ABC's of Behavior

Oconee County Schools, Special Student Services is hosting a Fall Parent Academy on Saturday, September 24, at Oconee Elementary (2230 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville). Parenting may be the most important job we’ll ever have – but it’s not easy! And if your child struggles with learning differences, the stress level can go even higher.  What are some strategies to make life smoother for families dealing with challenging behavior?  Lisa King, behavior consultant & special education teacher (check out “Boss Parent” www.bossparent.com), will share information on behavior basics, as well as practical strategies, to guide parents to learn to understand what’s behind your child’s behavior, and use your precious energy to better connect with your kids!  The workshop is from 9 am - 12 pm - coffee and snacks provided, but no childcare.  Please register at the link below by Friday, September 23!