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. Free childcare is available for some trainings for Spectrum Services Parents.

The Parent’s Support/Discussion Group

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 20th
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 (see above), 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. Stay

Upcoming Educational Workshops

Spectrum Services provides educational workshops for parents and primary caregivers. These forums provide information and skill training on pertinent topics related to Autism. The groups are led by professional staff or by guest speakers. Topics may include such things as social skill and play development, intensive behavioral supports, researched based educational practices, therapeutic techniques, communication development, sensory integration strategies, and more. Topics will change based upon the interests and needs of the families. The workshops are generally free of charge to families of children with developmental disabilities, and an RSVP is needed.

Maintaining Your Child’s Safety – Preventing and Managing Elopement (Running Away) – Tues. Feb 5th – 12:30 – 2:00 – Kingston
Maintaining Your Child’s Safety – Preventing and Managing Elopement – Tues. Feb 19th – 12:30 – 2:00 – Ellenville

The Sound of Music Therapy – Tues. Feb 26th – 12:30 – 2:00 – Kingston

Caregivers of Dependents with Special Needs: Making the Future More Secure – Tues. Mar 12th – 6:30 – 8:00pm – Kingston

Our Spring and Fall Workshops

These series of workshops, offered twice a year, provide parents and caretakers a more academic look at the multi-faceted issues surrounding autism. This is why these workshops are also offered to professional and paraprofessional educators in the area who wish to better understand their own students with autism. Topics have included current trends in Autism diagnosis and treatment, understanding Applied Behavior Analysis and its use with children on the spectrum, playtime strategies for children with limited language, skills, and interests, and addressing challenging behaviors. The workshops are offered free to parents and caregivers, and a nominal fee is charged for professionals.

Unless otherwise noted, groups are free of charge for families of a child with a developmental disability.

Please RSVP to Leah Siuta:

(845) 336-2616 x120