Monday, February 20, 2017

New Social Skills Groups

Michelle Carney Herron and Meg Abbott at Holistic Therapies & Consulting are planning to facilitate a social skills group starting March 14. "We have a few more slots open and are looking for clients around 6-10 years old to join us. This group is open to any child needing to work on social skills and behavioral issues, including children diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, PDD, or social anxiety. The group will meet on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm over the course of 8 weeks. Parents interested can email"

There are also plans to begin a group especially for boys, for elementary, middle, and high school age groups.  Two information sessions  are planned in February, to share the vision of what they'd like to offer, such as healthy masculinity, strong sense of self, interpersonal skills, communication, etc.  They are looking for feedback from parents and boys on what you would like.  Information sessions are February 20 @ 5:00 pm, and February 25 @ 1:00 pm, both meetings at Thrive Integrative Medicine, 2080 Prince Avenue, Athens (706-850-2000).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Financial Planning & Special Needs: Mapping Your Route

Making decisions for the future for your child with special needs can seem like an overwhelming task; begin by creating a plan! Oconee County Schools, Special Student Services will host a free parent workshop on Saturday, February 25, from 9 am - 12 pm, titled "Financial Planning and Special Needs: Mapping Your Route".  Donald McCarty, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant, will give parents an overview of important things to consider when making a financial plan, pitfalls to avoid, and effective strategies for designing a secure financial future for your child.  The workshop will be held in the community meeting room at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500A Hog Mountain Road; coffee and light breakfast provided. Register at this link! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

College Board Testing Accommodations - NEW

College Board Exams, which include SAT, PSAT, Advanced Placement Exams, has streamlined the process for requesting testing accommodations this year.  Students who have testing accommodations as part of their IEP may now more easily request that they receive those same accommodations with College Board tests!  However, a request for accommodations must still be made (having an IEP doesn't automatically give you accommodations, they must still be approved). The approval process can take up to seven weeks, so plan ahead and work with your student's case manager or guidance counselor.  For more information, visit the College Board website:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Butterfly Dreams Family Festival & Show

On Sunday, February 19, from 12 - 4, Butterfly Dreams Farm will host a Family Festival and Horse Show, at 2981 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.  There will be games and fun for all - including Chicken Bingo!  BDF riders will show off their skills starting at 1:00, and the UGA Equestrian Team will be there!  Plan to attend and learn more about the therapeutic riding program at Butterfly Dreams!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Workshop: Applying for "Katie Beckett" Medicaid

A new learning opportunity for parents is coming up! Applying for "Katie Beckett" Medicaid has been scheduled for Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 pm in the community room at Oconee Veterans Park (rescheduled from last November). KB Medicaid is a program through which children under age 18 with significant disabilities, whose family income is above Medicaid limits, may still be able to receive vital benefits. Debbie Dobbs, an education and healthcare consultant with years of experience helping parents apply for this program, will lead parents through the application requirements.  Learn more about the "Katie Beckett" waiver at to see if this free workshop will be helpful to your family!  If you plan to attend, please register at this link:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Workshop: Keys to Help Your Teen Get A First Job

Oconee County Schools is hosting a free workshop for parents of students with disabilities on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 pm. Presented by Parent to Parent of Georgia, "Keys to Help Your Teen Get a First Job" will give parents valuable information on the employer's perspective in hiring people with disabilities, how to address workplace accommodations, and practical tips to help teens get that first job.  Join us in the community meeting room at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.

Registration is free - reserve your seat today at this link:

Questions?  Contact or call Parent to Parent of Georgia at 1-800-229-2038.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Autism Tracking Device Bill

Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 346 to 66 last Thursday to pass the measure known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law. The bill would expand an existing program that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease who are prone to bolting to include children with developmental disabilities too. Research shows that about half of kids on the spectrum have wandered away from a safe place, and advocates point to more than 100 deaths stemming from wandering incidents since 2011 involving children with autism or Down syndrome.  Check out this link to learn more: New Legislation