WHAT WE DO…
Families Together’s programs are designed to build and sustain strong, healthy, informed, and actively involved family members who can work together to improve the lifelong outcomes for their child or sibling with a disability.
OUTREACH AND SUPPORT:
Families Together staff provide support through phone, email and Home visits to families who call in with difficult situations. We are able to support questions about your child’s IEP/504 and can attend meetings with you, for additional support.
POSITIVE PARENTING FOR CHLLENGING BEHAVIORS CLASSES:
They are free to parents and child care is provided. It is a class taught in a series of two sessions. Parents learn why their children have difficult behaviors, how to prevent unwanted behaviors, and lastly, how to teach replacement behaviors.
PLAY GROUPS AND SUMMER CAMPS:
Playgroups are designed to for parents to attend with their child and focus on supporting social/emotional development. The summer programs are an oppurtunity to connect with other parents and community programs.
FAMILY UNITY RECREATION ACTIVITIES:
FURA ‘s provide families an opportunity to have a structured recreation activity with other families who have children with disabilities. Parent’s network and exchange information. Children renew friendships. A good time is had by all.
THEATRE ACTING CLASSES
Families Together has partnered with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) to provide free theatre acting classes for children with disabilities. Particular features of theatre-based strategies make them especially useful when working with individuals with disabilities:
-The theatre is a safe place for individuals to try new things/make mistakes
-Theatre activities allow for repeated practice of specific skills i.e. appropriate responses in conversation, recognizing nonverbal facial expressions of others, both positive and negative, suitable greetings and farewells, initiating friendships and conversations with others, introducing others, conversational tones and appropriate voice volume, manners and conversational etiquette, accepting help and giving and receiving compliments
-Theatre is inherently fun and motivating
Karen Nelson has been serving children and families in a variety of ways for over twently years. Karen has her Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Idaho. The focus of her degree was parent education, raising a child with special needs, and the parent-child relationship. Karen has four children, one of which has learning disabilities and another child who was born extremely premature with a long stay in the NICU. Karen is so grateful for the opportunity to provide support, resources and educational classes to parents and community members who are raising or working with a child with special needs.