Parents for Parents support groups to meet in August

Advice on how to establish a routine for children to follow will be shared during the August gatherings of Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Many families struggle with getting their children to understand what to do at bedtime or how to prepare for school in the morning. Those attending the Parents for Parents meetings will learn how to set up a schedule their children can follow to accomplish these tasks. With the new school year beginning in a few weeks, parents can get their children started on a routine and have their children learn some independence along the way.

Parents, caregivers and all who support individuals with special needs are encouraged to attend one of the meetings. The regular support group will meet following the presentation.

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.

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 366-8176.