Conference to help families of special needs kids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Parenting can be one of the most rewarding and difficult experiences in life. Fortunately, parents of special needs kids in West Michigan have support groups that can help.

Love Learn Hope – A Journey Together 2014” is a day-long conference hosted by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. It’s for parents, caregivers, and siblings of children with special needs, designed to give them practical information and resources to make life with their loved ones better. The keynote speaker is Collette Cullen, whose inspirational presentation, “Annie Speaks,” is a tribute to the commitment Annie Sullivan showed when teaching Helen Keller.

Breakout sessions at the conference include workshops on addressing challenging behaviors, self-care for parents of children with special needs, and preparing for the transition from early childhood to life after high school. There is also a sibling panel to discuss what it’s like to be a brother or sister of a person with special needs.

The conference is on Friday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the OAISD Education Services building in Holland. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. It costs $10 to attend, which includes lunch. The deadline to sign up is March 25. You can register by clicking here.

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