Parenting Seminar Offered At Children’s Home

RANDOLPH – New Directions Youth & Family Services, in conjunction with Parent Network of WNY and The Advocacy Center, will host a free informational event for families dealing with children that display challenging behaviors in the home and the community on Monday from 6-8 p.m. in the administration building conference room at the Randolph Children’s Home, 356 Main St.

The informational session is open to the public and will feature Dr. Marcus L. Thomeer, co-director of the Institute for Autism Research and an assistant professor at Canisius College. Dr. Thomeer, a specialist in child behavior, will provide an in-depth review of challenging behavior problems among children. He will also discuss how parents raising children can know the right and wrong things to do and why making correct choices is such an extremely important aspect of childhood behavioral development.

The purpose of the workshop is to educate parents, caregivers, respite workers, recreation program staff and childcare providers on recognizing the early signs of conflict, implementing strategies that can manage the conflict in a proactive way, and preventing conflicts from turning into a crisis. The workshop will also provide attendees with information on available local services, support systems, best practices, and results of the latest research on extreme child behavior issues.

For more information, visit or call 332-4170 or 866-277-4762, or by calling Melissa Martin at New Directions at 358-3636, ext. 232.