ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS
The BRISTOL/WARREN SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) will meet on the following dates (unless notified of cancellation) at 6:45 P.M. at Kickemuit Middle School Library.
Sargent Rehabilitation Center is expanding its group offerings to make room for speech and language We will continue to offer The Action Zone groups, which will focus on occupational therapy services and we are happy to introduce our new zones. The Express Zone, a speech and language group and A & E, a combined speech and occupational therapy group.
1. THE ACTION ZONE (OT groups)
Who: Children ages 3-12 who would benefit from experiences which will improve their sensory motor and social skill development
2. THE EXPRESS ZONE (language groups)
Who: Children ages 3-12 who would benefit from experiences which improve their communication and language skills and basic social skills
3. THE ACTION & EXPRESS ZONE (A&E)
This group is run by an occupational therapist and a speech-language therapist. It is designed for students, ages 3-12, who need additional movement and language support.
For more information on these three groups, please contact Amy Marcille or Patrecia Zebrowski, Occupational Therapists, at Sargent Center (401-886-6643).
Placement and General Information:
Placement is based on availability of appropriate peer matches. Size of groups will range from 3-6 children. Groups are held for 5 consecutive weeks (except holidays) for one hour per week. A pre-enrollment process.is required before placement in a group.
Fees and Payment Sources:
A modest $15 pre-enrollment fee will be charged for all applicants. The pre-enrollment fee is self pay. For children who have not received services at Sargent Center within the past year, a screening (half-hour assessment) will be required to determine appropriate placement. A screening fee will be charged for the service ($60). The screening fee is self pay. Children who have received services at Sargent Center within the year will not require a screening assessment. Payment sources for Action Zone groups include E~SDT and self pay (cash, Visa, MC, Am.XP). Payment for Action Zone or Express Zone Groups is $480 (8 weeks. one-hour sessions). Payment for A&E Groups is $960 (8-weeks. one-hour sessions.
Brain Injury Association of RI, Sargent Center Support Groups for brain injury survivors and families and friends. 3rd Wednesday of each month 3:30 - 5:00. Sharon Brinkworth at 725-2360.
Sargent Rehabilitation Center offers summer programs for children with special needs ages 3 - 21 years. Registration and tuition required. Call 886 - 6600 for more information.
The Groden Center
THE GRODEN CENTER, INC. Community Support Services Consultation Program is now offering School based Group Therapy Programs including:
• Social skills training for children and adolescents in the school setting
• Designed for children with Aspergers Disorder and/or social skills deficits that may be interfering with achieving success in the educational setting
• Skills taught include: peer interaction skills, self control, stress/anger management, understanding emotions, reading social cues, problem solving, conversation skills, friendship building
• Groups for ages 5 to 18
• Services provided in the school setting during or immediately after school hours
• Parent and teacher training offered to enhance generalization of skills across settings
To make a referral, contact the CSS Referral and Service Coordinator, Maggie Powers, at 274-6310, ext. 1242.
BROTHERS, SISTERS AND SPECIAL NEEDS
When a child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, brothers and sisters face unexpected challenges. Although every child's experience is unique, siblings often express similar concerns and share common needs. These include:
The need for simple, accurate information about their brother/sisters illness, its cause and treatment
The need to talk honestly with a trusted adult or friend
• Concern about their own and other family members' health
• Adapting to changes in family routines, activities, and opportunities
• Reactions of friends and peers
Like their parents, siblings cope and adapt better to their brother/sister's illness or disability when they have information, support from their families, and the opportunity to speak with other children who have had similar experiences.
Many services are available at Hasbro Children's Hospital to address the needs of brothers and sisters. These resources include:
Individual evaluations are available to assess siblings' understanding and adjustment to the brother/sisters' illness or disability. Evaluations may involve interviews and questionnaires completed by siblings and their parents. Feedback is provided to each family regarding the child's strengths. Recommendations are offered to address each child's needs.
Individual and Family Counseling
Individual and family counseling is available from professionals trained to understand the unique concerns of brothers, sisters, and parents.
Sibling groups are available for siblings ages 4 to 18 years old. Sibling groups meet for six weeks and are scheduled each fall and spring. All children enrolled in Sib Group receive an individual evaluation before and after the program. Siblings meet in small groups with other children or teens whose brothers and sisters have a wide variety of medical or developmental problems. The activities are designed to be educational, therapeutic, and fun. Simultaneous groups are conducted for parents to address their concerns about brothers and sisters.
Fees for individual or group services for siblings may be billed to your insurance company. Sib Group requires a separate $25.00 registration fee to cover cost of materials. All fees are offered on a sliding scale. We are happy to discuss any questions regarding fees. SibLink faculty have many years of experience working with children, adolescents and families of children with medical. developmental and behavioral disorders. They share unique experience and dedication to meeting the needs of brothers end sisters. The core SibLink faculty are Debra Lobato, Ph.D. (Director of Child Psychology and SibLink Director) Wendy Plate, Ph.D. (Staff Psychologist and Associate Clinical Director) Kristin Bruning. M.D. (Child Psychiatrist and SibLink Medical Director) Contact Information : To contact program staff to register for or learn more about SibLink programs, please call (401) 444-8945.
Debra Lobato, Ph.D. (Director of Child Psychology and SibLink Director) Wendy Plate, Ph.D. (Staff Psychologist and Associate Clinical Director) Kristin Bruning. M.D. (Child Psychiatrist and SibLink Medical Director) Contact Information : To contact program staff to register for or learn more about SibLink programs, please call (401) 444-8945.
SibLink faculty have many years of experience working with children, adolescents and families of children with medical. developmental and behavioral disorders. They share unique experience and dedication to meeting the needs of brothers end sisters. The core SibLink faculty are Debra Lobato, Ph.D. (Director of Child Psychology and SibLink Director) Wendy Plate, Ph.D. (Staff Psychologist and Associate Clinical Director) Kristin Bruning. M.D. (Child Psychiatrist and SibLink Medical Director) Contact Information : To contact program staff to register for or learn more about SibLink programs, please call (401) 444-8945.
We are looking for brothers and sisters of children with diabetes to
Participate in a research study examining physical symptoms experienced by siblings of children with diabetes.
If interested, please detach a slip below and contact Dr. Wendy Plante in the Dept. of Child and Family Psychiatry at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
RESEARCH ON BROTHERS AND SISTERS
We are looking for families with healthy children to serve as a comparison
group in a research study examining the physical problems experienced by
You must have a child between the ages of 8 and 14 years old who has not experienced a chronic illness or developmental disability and who has at least one brother or sister who is also healthy.
If interested, please detach a slip below and contact Dr. Wendy Plante
of Child Family Psychiatry at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Adaptive Family Swim
For individuals with special needs and their families:
Sundays 11:00 - 12:00 at the Bayside Family Y in Barrington
The cost is $3.00 for non members and is free for members.
CEDARR Family Centers
Services and supports for children with special health care needs
For more information call
Center for Child and Family Health - RI Dept. of Human Services
Info Line 401-462-1300
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Epilepsy Foundation of MA and RI
Parent and family epilepsy gatherings are held in RI and MA.
Call Marie Hennessy at (888) 576-9996
Family Voices of RI
Information, education, advocacy and peer support for families of children with special health care needs.
Call Dawn Wardyga at 727-4144 ext. 62
Parent Support Network
Peer to peer support group
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
6:00 - 8:00 for families of children and adolescents with challenging behaviors
Call (800) 483-8844 or 467-6855
The Rhode Island Development Disabilities Council
Christine Singleton, Chairperson,
400 Bald Hill Road, suite 515, Warwick, RI 02886,
RIPIN (RI Parent Information Network)
Offers lectures and training for parents on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children with and without special needs.
For mailing list information call 727-4144 ext. 23 or (800) 464-3399
Tourette Syndrome Association of RI
Monthly youth support group for children who have TS and the associated disorders, and parent support group
7:00 - 8:00 in Pawtucket
Call 724 - 9982 for information.