Monday, March 20, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Georgia Hands & Voices Advocacy Training

Georgia Hands and Voices is offering a free parent training, to provide educational advocacy and support to parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  There will be two Saturday sessions - the first will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am - 2 pm at the Watkinsville campus of Extra Special People (ESP), 198 VFW Drive. This wonderful training will give parents the tools they need to be effective advocates for their students!  While supplies last, attendees will receive a free copy of "Educational Advocacy: The Hands and Voices Guidebook"! Contact Deshonda Washington at or 470-991-9165 to register, before March 20.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dream Bigger, Aim Higher! Parent Workshop

Parent to Parent of Georgia and Oconee County Schools are offering a workshop for parents of students with disabilities: "Dream Bigger, Aim Higher!" Parents will learn strategies for developing their own advocacy skills, to better support their child - as well as ways to encourage the development of self-advocacy skills in their children!  This training will be held Saturday, March 18, from 9 am - 1 pm in the counseling center at North Oconee High School (1081 Rocky Branch Road, Bogart).  This will be a "brown bag" day, so please bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided.  To register, visit this link:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Extra Special People Summer Registration!

Registration is now open for summer camp at Extra Special People in Watkinsville!  Registration will be open from March 1 - March 31; there are six weeks of day camp, and two weeks of overnight camp, for a summer full of fun!  For summer 2017, ESP campers will explore a theme of  "ESP: Tribal Summer".  To learn more about ESP Summer 2017, visit and click on "Camp"!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spectrum Summer Camp Registration

Registration for Spectrum Autism Support summer camps is now open!  Spectrum summer camps are designed around a weekly theme, and campers work on specific social skills each week. Summer camp is held in Lawrenceville; camps fill up fast, so don't wait to register!  Check out the schedule here!   Spectrum Summer Camps 2017

To learn more about the programs and resources available through Spectrum, visit

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!