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”, 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!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


A cooking class is being offered for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities by Superkidz, Inc.. The class will meet on Tuesdays, beginning September 13, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Hebron Christian Church (2461 Hebron Church Road).  The fee for the 12 week class is $120.  For more information about Superkidz, Inc., or to register for this class, visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

After School Programs @ ESP

Extra Special People (ESP) in Watkinsville offers after school activities each semester; classes meet for 12 weeks, and will begin the week after Labor Day (September 6).  The calendar below shows the days, times, and activities that are offered through this program, called ESP 360; there's a great variety of activities to choose, from outdoor exploration to arts and music - you're sure to find something that your child will love!  ESP serves individuals with developmental disabilities from all over northeast Georgia.  Registration is open now! For more information on class descriptions, costs, or to register, visit this link:

Monday, August 22, 2016

"The Importance of Belonging"

The Georgia Advocacy Office is sponsoring a seminar in September that I highly recommend; the speaker is Dr. David Pitonyak, who will be presenting on "The Importance of Belonging".  People with challenging behaviors can experience limited opportunities for meaningful connections in their communities; Dr. Pitonyak's speaks about the importance of connections, and the vital role they play in the emotional and physical health of people who experience disability.   He explores the idea of moving beyond interventions, to a system that emphasizes freely chosen relationships.  There will be a seminar in Athens on September 28, and one in Augusta on September 29; there is a discounted registration fee for families of people with disabilities - click here for more information and to register!  David Pitonyak Seminar

Friday, August 12, 2016

Comic That "Redesigns" the Autism Spectrum

The idea of autism being a linear thing is so inaccurate; people who live with autism really can't be categorized or stereotyped.  Artist Rebecca Burgess addresses this in comic form, giving a fuller description of what autism is like.  Check out this link to "The Mighty", and the article on Understanding the Spectrum; if you know someone who has recently received an autism diagnosis, or maybe a family member who is struggling to understand, this is a cool way to share information with them!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Athens Area ADHD Support

The Athens Area ADHD support group hosts a summer conference call series - "No Excuses, Just Call In!"  The next conference call will be on Tuesday, August 16, at 8:00 pm, and the conversation will be around "Why being late seems to be part of who you are...and what to do about it".  Call in to (515) 604-9000, and use the access code 619382 to join the conversation!  Rules for the calls and meeting...
  • Please keep it positive! We're happy to hear that an idea didn't work for you but we're here to talk about what did work.
  • Remember we're just peers not counselors and we're here to share our experiences with each other. 
Be sure to check out this group for future meeting dates!