Parents of children with disabilities have unique challenges. Often these are complicated by the fact that they must balance the special needs of some children with those of typical children as well. Parent support groups are tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants of the group. Most meet on a monthly basis.
Group members learn to:
- Identify problems
- Locate resources
- Promote positive engagement and outcomes
Topics may include:
- Working with schools, agencies, medical systems
- Balancing the needs of all family members
- Seeking support from family members and clergy
Jerry has been facilitating a group for Fathers of Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities for more than ten years.
He also participates in a yearly Fathers Panel at University of Massachusetts Medical School LEND Fellowship Program which provides an opportunity for dialogue with health care professionals who are eager to learn about the unique experiences of fathers and parents of children with disabilities.