Special Needs Focus Of This Week’s UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Series

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UNM-LA News:

The UNM-LA/JJAB parenting series Raising a Child in a Challenging World, continues Thursday, Oct. 16 with the discussion of Supporting Children With Special Needs.

This class is designed to help parents and caregivers of children with special needs navigate the IEP process, locate community resources and make time for self care.

This week’s session will feature three experienced panelists; Dr. Christine Hazard, Clinical Psychologist with the Los Alamos Public Schools, Wendy Marcus, New Mexico Attorney and Kimberly Petersen, parent advocate with extensive experience with children with special needs.

Kimberly Peterson has extensive experience navigating school and community support systems on behalf of her children, advises, “Communication and connections are key to any level of advocating. If dealt with early on, larger problems can be avoided or large problems become smaller. Keeping your team informed so that you can address behaviors as they arise makes all the difference.”

The classes meet 6-7:15 p.m., Thursdays in room 610 on the UNM-LA campus. The cost is $50 per class for up to two caregivers, or $25 for the entire six-class series. Financial assistance is available.

Parents are reminded that although the series is on its fifth session, the series will repeat once more this semester, so there is an opportunity to attend any session they missed and they may begin the series at any time.

The Ark will provide free childcare services to parents and caregivers who want to attend the parenting series. Childcare will be provided for a limited number of students, ages 3-10, including 15 minutes before and after each session. Parents should register their students with the Ark by noon on Thursday each week. The Ark can be reached at 505.662.4822. Donations will be accepted.

For detailed class information, schedule and to register, call UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346 or click here.

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