Parents For Parents Group To Meet At TRC Wednesday

Parents for Parents, a support group for family members of people with special needs, will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in The Resource Center administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave., Jamestown.

Shannon Prince, an applied behavior science specialist and nationally certified school psychologist, will discuss using the Ziggurat model, a pyramid technique to ensure that the needs of children with disabilities are met by increasing their ability to learn new social skills.

Learning social skills can be a challenging task for anyone with a disability, particularly for individuals on the autism spectrum. There may be a variety of factors affecting a child’s ability to learn social skills. She will share tips for teaching social skills and will answer parents’ questions regarding their children.

Parents, caregivers and all who support individuals with special needs are encouraged to attend this workshop. The regular parent support meeting will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., is directed by a licensed master social worker and connects and supports families of individuals with special needs. It offers support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County and an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns.

The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of each month. A north county parent support group meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road, Route 60, Dunkirk. Prince will be the presenter for the Feb. 13 meeting in Dunkirk.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should call in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to attend are asked to call ahead so that organizers can have enough refreshments and children’s activities on hand. For more information, call 661-1490 in Jamestown or 366-8176, extension 268, for the Dunkirk meeting.