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My daughter has made tremendous progress and is able to attend a typical class in a public school on a part-time basis. I have worked extensively with my daughter since her diagnosis, however I feel her progress is largely because of the services she receive at the Center for Spectrum Services.Debbie
Mother of Brandi
Parent Groups and Workshops

At Spectrum Services we believe that parents must be partners in their child’s educational program. For this reason we offer Parent Support and Parent Workshops free for any parent of a child with a developmental disability. Funding is provided through grants from the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

See Our Schedule of Upcoming Groups and Workshops Below

The Parent’s Support/Discussion Group
This group offers an opportunity for parents to discuss issues related to their child’s unique disability facilitated by a clinically trained group leader. Topics are determined through group consensus and may include such things as behavior management, dealing with family stressors, medical and alternative therapeutic interventions, educational strategies, therapeutic interventions, community involvement, social supports, etc. We also discuss community resources, current research and literature.

The Sibling Group
The Sibling Group is offered during the same time as the Parent’s Group, and is offered to the brothers and sisters of children with ASD who are between the ages of 6 and 14. This is an opportunity for the siblings to interact with other siblings who may be experiencing similar feelings and concerns. The group includes various fun activities (games, cooking, discussion, art, etc.) and is designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting with their sibling in a fun and supportive manner

Educational Workshops
Spectrum Services also provides educational workshops for parents and primary caregivers.  These forums provide information and skill training on pertinent topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The groups are led by professional staff or by guest speakers. Materials (handouts, videos, etc.) and hands-on training can be used to make the material meaningful for each family. Topics may include such things as  Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), social skill/play development, intensive behavioral supports, researched based educational practices, therapeutic techniques, communication development, sensory integration strategies, motor development, adaptive skill development, guardianship/estate planning, advocacy issues,  dietary/medical interventions,  alternative/ holistic approaches, etc. Topics will change based upon the interests and needs of the families. Many of our programs are developed from parental suggestions and identified needs.


Understanding and Improving Challenging Behaviors
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 4 – 7 p.m. Workshop in Ellenville
Presented by Sandra Brownsey, Program Coordinator of Center for Spectrum Services—Ellenville

This workshop is designed to help prepare Early Intervention providers, Preschool Special Education teachers, therapists and other personnel who work with young children who present with challenging behaviors. Often times, adults will misunderstand why certain behaviors happen. In this workshop, participants will be given tools to help uncover the functions (or the “why”) of behaviors.  Then, we’ll discuss and demonstrate effective strategies to improve these challenges.   We’ll also discuss the importance of teaching functional communication skills and strategies to do so.  Participants will leave feeling confident in their skills and ability to demonstrate them in home and community settings. Click Here for Details.

Caregivers of Dependents with Special Needs
Tues. March 30th   6:30 – 8:00 Workshop in Kingston
Presented by Ernest Selke, Jr - MassMutual Financial Group:

Planning for the future is always challenging, but when you are parenting a child with special needs there are many additional things to consider. We will review the 10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers. Important considerations include establishing guardianship, protecting government benefits, estate planning, planning for their financial security, considering special needs trusts, etc. The ABLE Act allows funds to be set aside for an eligible beneficiary for qualified expenses and earnings do not county as taxable income. This savings program is disregarded when determining income eligibility for most federal means-tested benefits. Making the future more secure.

The Sound of Music Therapy!
Tues. April 4th
12:30 – 2:00 Workshop in Ellenville
Presented by Aiko Okawa-Scannell, M.S. MT-BC. -Board Certified Music Therapist  

What is music therapy and why is it an important tool for children with Autism?  How can it be used to improve attention, communication, social interaction, and group collaboration? These questions will be explored through a fun, interactive approach where participants will have the opportunity to have hands-on experiences and begin to understand the true “sound” of music therapy. Some ideas will be shared for using music in the home. Come ready to discover and enjoy!

Picky, Picky, Picky!  Help, My Child Won’t Eat!

Thurs. April 6th    12:30 – 2:00
Workshop in Kingston
Presenters: Leah Siuta, Family Service and Laurie Hopkins, OTR, will discuss food and feeding issues

Many individuals with autism and their families struggle with the daily challenges of mealtimes. We will offer a program which will assist in increasing food variety, tolerating new textures, managing utensils and decreasing meal time stress.  This program will look at how the child’s sensory needs, communication style, play activities, social skills, and behavioral needs impact their feeding skills. We will not be discussing the pros and cons of specialized diets but rather how to help children develop better eating habits.

Parent’s Discussion Group and Sibling Discussion Group
Wed. April 19th    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 is for children 5-12 and provides an opportunity for your child to interact with other children who have a sibling with special needs and may be experiencing similar feelings and concerns


Groups are free of charge for families of a child with a
developmental disability
PLEASE RSVP to Leah Siuta at 336-2616 x120 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it