The Resource Center’s Parent Support Groups to meet

JAMESTOWN – Information about supports available to children on the autism spectrum will be presented at the next monthly meetings of the Parents for Parents support groups.

The meetings will be held Oct. 2 at The Resource Center’s administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave. in Jamestown, and Oct. 9 at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Center for Autism Support and Education has arranged for Wendy Johnson of the Parent Network of WNY to talk about supporting siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Do you have a child with ASD? Are you concerned about how ASD can affect your other children? Would you like to learn ways to help your children better understand and work with their sibling with ASD? Come and learn about the supports that are available to families, including The Resource Center’s Sibshop initiative.

Also slated to speak is Marcia Restivo, The Resource Center’s administrator for work force and operations. She will discuss TRC’s SUCCESS Program for children with autism. SUCCESS is an evidence-based program that builds social skills in youths with autism.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns. The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month. Information about supports available to children on the autism spectrum also will be shared at the Dunkirk meeting.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children’s activities and support staff on hand.

For more information, phone 661-1490 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176, extension 265, for the Dunkirk meeting.