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:
The class is taught in a series of two sessions. Parents learn why their children have difficult behaviors, how to prevent unwanted behaviors, and 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