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Spectrum Services Summer 2018 Workshop Series
Family members, caretakers, professionals, and paraprofessionals are invited to sign up for our Summer Workshop Series. Included is a discussion on the New York State OPWDD Program, and two parent and sibling discussion groups.

 

Understanding the Self-Direction Program through OPWDD
Monday, June 4th, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 workshop in Kingston
Presented by Jennifer Strano – Self Direction Coordinator

OPWDD (Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is a New York State program that provides supports and resources for the families of individuals with developmental delays. These services may include such things as respite, social, recreational, home modifications, supplies and service coordination. This can help pay for services or items that are not covered through your child’s educational program. The Self-Direction program is relatively new and provides a different way of managing these services such as developing a budget, choosing the mix of supports and services that work best for you, and using the staff and/or organizations that provide them. Jennifer will describe this program, the application and development process, eligibility, and the difference between Self Direction and the more traditional services offered through OPWDD.

Parent’s Discussion Group  - Sibling Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 6:30– 8:00 groups in Kingston

Our parent discussion group offers caregivers the chance to share parenting experiences, educational and management strategies, community resources, upcoming conferences and new research. We can also offer support to one another in an informal and comfortable setting.  Our sibling discussion group (ages 5-12) includes various activities (games, cooking, discussion, art) designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting in a fun manner.


Parent’s Discussion Group  - Sibling Discussion Group with Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 6:30-8:00 groups in Kingston

Our parent discussion group offers caregivers the chance to share parenting experiences, educational and management strategies, community resources, upcoming conferences and new research. We can also offer support to one another in an informal and comfortable setting.  Our sibling discussion group (ages 5-12) includes various activities (games, cooking, discussion, art) designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting in a fun manner.