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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weekly Support Group for Parents: Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Transition to Adulthood

From MSPCC's Connecting Parents
The MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

July 1, 2014

Connecting Parents support groups offer parents and caregivers a safe place to find the support, education and resources necessary to manage the challenges and rewards of raising children with mental health concerns. Meetings are facilitated by professionals who have personal experience as a caregiver of a child with mental health concerns.

These groups are funded by the Department of Mental Health, and are free and open to the public. 


Monday Evenings

6:30 - 8:30pm: Canton Library 
                                Art and Activities Room
                                786 Washington Street
                                Canton, MA 02021

Tuesday Mornings

10:00 – 11:30am: Westwood Library
                                      Conference Room
                                      660 High Street
                                      Westwood, MA 02090

Friday Mornings

10:00am - Noon: Tufts Library
                                     Jones Room
                                    46 Broad Street
                                    Weymouth, MA 02188

For more information call Betty Wagner at 617-983-5803 or email bwagner@mspcc.org.

Knowledge is Power Topics

During the first hour of the sessions during the weeks listed below, we have a mini-training/open discussion on a specific topic. This summer’s series is entitled Planning for Your Special Needs’ Child’s Transition to Adulthood. Specific topics include:

July 7 – July11: Age 14 - The Process Begins: What to Expect and What to Do…

Join us as we review the process of creating transition plans for your child. We will look at the role of the IEP process, and discuss ways to be prepared for this important discussion in the life of your child. We will discuss: how to stay organized about this aspect of your child’s IEP planning; how to talk about this with your child in a meaningful way; and how to find and access the available resources that can be helpful to your child as he/she prepares to leave the security of the K-12 educational system.

August 4 – August 8: Getting Your Children “On-Board” with Becoming Their Own Best Advocate

Join us as we discuss information that you and your child need so that you can have productive discussions that determine the IEP vision for your child. We will be looking at ways to make this discussion meaningful for your child and strategies of how to empower your child to really join the IEP Team on his/her own behalf.

The transition planning part of the IEP process is a great opportunity for young people to begin to learn skills of self-advocacy since post-graduate plans that are being designed and discussed involved them and their futures… and here is a great place to practice how to speak up in what might seem to them to be an adult process.

September 8 – September 12: Graduation! Now What? Help for the Post-Graduates (and their parents)

Join us for a review of what is available to high school graduates with special needs. We will provide some general information about programs and resources that are available to high school graduates who have special needs.

If you have a specific topic that you would like us to research and/or highlight at this meeting, please email your questions or concerns to bwagner@mspcc.org and we will do our best to be prepared to offer you (and the group) our findings.

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