Parent Education & Support Group

August 14, 2017

There are many misunderstandings about developmental disabilities, or differences, as we prefer. Autism Spectrum Disorders are common and diverse. Despite everything that has been written, families continue to lack practical information to help them understand what these challenges can look like. Parenting becomes problematic: knowing how to respond to difficult behaviors, advocating for their child at school, what to expect for the future. The absence of good information causes families to struggle with their responses and lack confidence in best raising their child. Due to these unique dynamics, it can be difficult to talk openly with others about challenges and find support, guidance, and self-assurance.

GOAL #1: provide knowledge regarding developmental differences and the practical impact on daily life, both now and moving into adulthood.

GOAL #2: provide education and tools for understanding diagnosis, interventions at school, strategies to develop and improve emotional regulation, independent living skills, communication skills, impact on sibling relationships, etc.

GOAL #3: provide a comfortable place where parents can ask questions, acknowledge challenges, and gain validation from others who truly “get it.” Every family approaches challenges differently, and we view this as a positive, safe place to get ideas, support, and insight from others.

Goal #4: empower informed parenting and give participants the skills to assist their children in functioning independently. With tools, support, and confidence we believe your child will reach their full potential.

Facilitated by Tom Denczek, LMSW and Michelle Davis-VanArnam, LMSW




10:00AM – 12:00PM

*resumes Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Cost: $40 per session, space is limited to 12 participants

Pay-per-session or pay ahead to reserve space in future sessions.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 16th, 2017

PESG is open to all families, with children of all abilities.

Participants do not need past or current affiliation with BRAINS.