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Free Parent Groups and Workshops Sponsored by the Center for Spectrum Services


►Wed. 11/16   12:30 – 2:00 (workshop in-person Ellenville or remote)
Developing play skills
Play skills are an important foundation for all learning. When children learn how to play it increases attention, flexibility, problem solving and communication skills. In this workshop, participants will learn how to increase play skills with their child by engineering environment. The presenters will discuss easy at home ways to connect with your child and increase their functional play skills. Presented by Elizabeth Forte & Laura Nelson.
►Wed. 11/16   6:30 – 8:00 (group is in-person Kingston or remote)
Parent’s Discussion Group- Sibling Discussion Group
Our parent discussion group offers caregivers the chance to share parenting experiences, educational and management strategies, community resources, upcoming conferences and new research. We can also offer support to one another in an informal and comfortable setting.  Our special sibling discussion group is for the brothers and sisters ages 5-12 and includes various fun activities designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting with their sibling in a fun manner.  Childcare is available for CSS students, alumni, and their siblings. Facilitated by Leah Siuta.

►Tues.11/29 12:30 – 2:00 remote only 6:30 – 8:00 (in-person Kingston or remote)
Part 1-Using Verbal Behavior (VB) strategies at school
At our school, we utilize a variety of strategies to teach and support the whole child. This workshop will focus on the Verbal Behavior (VB) methods that may be used with your child regardless if they are verbal or not. We will have additional workshops on other strategies which are used to develop a program that is unique to each student. We encourage parents to become familiar with these strategies and attend both sessions so there can be greater consistency across settings. Presented by Denise Hanlon and Leah Siuta.

►Tues. 12/6  12:30 – 2:00 remote only 6:30 – 8:00 (in-person Kingston or remote) 
Part 2 – Using Verbal Behavior (VB) strategies at home
Many of these educational strategies used within the school environment can be easily be used within the home or community. We will look at teaching functional life skills by making small but important changes based on the way our children learn. How can we use the natural home environment to teach greater language skills, promote positive behavior, encourage social development, and nurture each child’s interests and motivation? You don’t need to sit with your child to do “formal instruction” but you can add meaningful teaching experiences into your home routine to promote these skills.  Presented by Denise Hanlon and Leah Siuta.

Groups are free of charge for any family or primary caregiver of a child with a developmental disability.  Join this Zoom Meeting link for all events:

Please send  RSVPs to Leah at (845) 336-2616 x120 or