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I have been networking with administration and staff of the Center for Spectrum Services since the mid-1980s. Among private providers, Spectrum Services administrators were known for the quality of their program. Attention to detail, whether it be in the design of their building or in developing unique programs for children, was an obvious priority.Steve Throne
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel, Pine Plains Central School District
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.

Click Here for Our Current List of Seminars, Support Groups, and Workshops

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.

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