Thursday, June 1, 2017

Who's who at the Great Start Families Fair

We hope your Memorial Day weekend was full of family, hot dogs, summer fun and parades!  The community parades are such a terrific way to help us remember and honor those who have served our country and those still serving.

We have confirmed all of the guests for the June 30th Great Start Families Community Fair.  Together with Community Action Agency we excited to provide you with a full line up of local resources to learn about and talk to for additional information.

· Michigan Alliance for Families for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) support, advocacy and education.  If you have a young child who will require additional supports in school odds are you don't know what those supports are and how to get them.  Michigan Alliance for Families works with you from the families perspective to help each child develop to their full potential in school.

· Birth to 3 specialists for information about child speech and physical development.  As the parent of a young child you may notice your child doesn't have as many words as their peers or maybe you are concerned with tip toe walking.  Talk more with a specialist to find out more.

· Integro and LifeWay’s Community Mental Health to find out what you need to know about child and adult behavioral mental health.  Are you wondering if your child's mood swings, behaviors and intense feelings are symptoms of something more?  Maybe a family members anxiety is becoming a problem.  This is your opportunity to find to learn more. 

· Family Services and Children’s Aid to tackle challenging behaviors and learn parenting techniques through Nurtured Heart.  If you are not familiar with Nurtured Heart it is time to learn.  Many schools practice these methods which were originally designed for "difficult, challenging or intense" children.  The approach began as a method for treating children labeled as challenging, difficult, or intense – especially those with diagnoses such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and more. The approach is now used successfully in schools, foster-care systems, and communities worldwide to help all children flourish.

· Great Start Playgroups to learn more about free, local playgroups, where and when they meet.

· Department of Health and Human Services  Take this opportunity to talk with someone face to face about the wide range of resources available to families from foster care to birth records to financial assistance.  

Free lunch and on site, licensed childcare will be available for all families who attend.  Please join us
and bring a friend or a neighbor who might benefit from one or all of the wonderful programs on 
hand that are helping support families in Jackson County.   See you there!

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