Siskin Children’s Institute Hosts Free Workshops For Families With Special Needs

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Siskin Children’s Institute announces it will be teaming up with the Chattanooga Autism Center and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders to provide free educational workshops for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Ideal participants are parents with children 5 years and younger, or who are newly diagnosed. Siskin Children’s Institute will be hosting all workshops at 1101 Carter St. during September, October, and December. 

"TRIAD has provided services to thousands of children and families and is a member of the renowned Marino Autism Research Institute.
It has been a partner of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center since 2005. The goal of each workshop is to provide parents and caregivers with strategies to be used at home, at school, or in the community. The strategies discussed are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis," officials said. 

Live streaming sessions with the TRIAD staff in Nashville, in-person segments, and various activities are on the agenda for each of these 3-hour workshops.

Registration Now Open:
Developing Communication Skills - September 16, 2017 from 10am-1pm
Beginning Toilet Training - October 7, 2017 from 10am-1pm
Out and About: Preparing for Community Routines - December 2, 2017 from 10am-1pm

Registration is required and can be done at Siskin.org/TRIAD. On-site child care is available on a first come first served basis. Child care interest should be indicated when registering.



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