Parent to Parent

For parents supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD), talking to someone who has faced similar challenges  can be tremendously helpful.  Parent to Parent provides support and encouragement to parents through Helping Parents (a parent mentoring program), support groups and workshops.  Stay current on upcoming events on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/spokane-parent-to-parent.

HELPING PARENTS - For parents with a new diagnosis, new to the Spokane area or just newly reaching out for help.  Helping Parents has trained volunteers that we match with a "new" parent to assist with emotional support, encouragement, and resource information.

SUPPORT GROUPS - Our support groups give parents, guardians, siblings and other family members an opportunity to celebrate success, receive support with challenges, and strengthen one another in an atmosphere of understanding and trust:

  • Parent to Parent - A support groups for parents, guardians, etc. with a child with special needs
  • Parents for Life - A support group for parents, guardians, etc. of an adult child with I/DD
  • Adult Sibgroup - A support group for siblings age 18 and older

WORKSHOPS - Workshops help parents navigate the important issues affecting them:

  • Birth-to-Three Transition - Transitioning from early intervention services to the public school system can be challenging.  This workshop gives parents important information about IEPs and 504 plans, how to work positively with teachers and administrators, and strategies to get organized.
  • Sibling Workshops - Youth and adult siblings of people with I/DD sometimes struggle with challenging feelings.  These workshops help siblings work through their feelings in an atmosphere of trust.

ACTIVITIES - Social activities give families a chance to make friends and share information.

  • Breakfast with Santa - A December breakfast with Santa Claus himself!
  • Family Carnival - A summer barbeque with food, games and prizes for the entire family.

To participate in a support group or workshop offered by Parent to Parent, contact Shelley Gacusana at (509) 328-6326 or sgacusana@arc-Spokane.org or watch for announcements in the Advocacy & Family Support Newsletter. 

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