With the challenges and social issues facing many of our youth and families today and in light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, more support and education for youth and parents is critical, experts say.
The Human Services arm of the City of Temecula has joined forces with Southwest Riverside Autism Task Force and Novell and Novell Counseling Services to offer a series of educational workshops to help and support parents and caregivers raising children with special needs.
“Special needs encompasses many things,” city spokeswoman Yvette Martinez said. “Things like neurological impairment, autism, mental health issues, at risk youth, children with behavioral issues, foster youth and underserved youth.”
Martinez added that the response to the free four-course workshop has been overwhelming.
“Our goal is to reach as many parents in the community who need help and to offer them tips, resources and tools to navigate what can be a stressful situation,” said Martinez.
Classes are taught by licensed and trained professionals and parents are invited to join other parents to learn, ask questions, and share their experiences.
Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at TCSD.cityoftemecula.org.
The schedule for the classes are as follows:
- January 16th, 2013 —Parenting the Child with Special Needs. Class #2420.101
- February 27th, 2013 —Increasing Resiliency in Siblings. Class #2420.102
- March 20th, 2013 —Transitioning to Teen and Adulthood. Class #2420.103
- April 17th, 2013 —Raising Children in Difficult Times Class. #2420.104
Temecula Mayor Naggar stated that, “This educational series is just one of the many programs and services being provided by the City of Temecula that we hope families will take advantage of.”