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Developmental Disabilities: Fostering Resilience and Optimism for Children and Families

Mar 29, 2012 6:30 pm -
Mar 29, 2012 9:00 pm

Event Description

Part of a Series of Workshops Supporting Children Living with Development Disabilities: A Strengths Approach

Anastasia Galanopoulos, PhD, instructor

What role do professionals play in the journey of helping children with developmental disabilities thrive – while also supporting their families? For both children (through middle school age) and families, the issue of perspective often means the difference between developing resilience and optimism or surrendering to fear and hopelessness. This program will examine the nature of stresses on families of children with developmental disabilities and assess needs using a strengths-based approach versus a deficit model.  Such an approach, within an ecological framework, will offer insights to professionals as they seek to create dynamic partnerships with individual families and help them build and maintain supports. The program will identify effective communication strategies and valuable resources for both professionals and families.


Participants will gain the ability to:


1.     identify examples of using a “deficit” model

2.     identify examples of using a “strengths” approach

3.     identify strategies for effective communication with parents


Program Code: DD254
2.5 CE Credits, .25 CEUs, or 2.5 PDPs 
Location: at Freedman Center, Newton

Anastasia Galanopoulos, Ph.D., is a child development and parenting education expert with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies. She has taught at Wheelock College and Pennsylvania State University. For over 15 years, she has taught students and professionals working with children and families, and led workshops in academic and community settings. Anastasia is the mother of three.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Early Childhood Professionals
Early registration ends on Jan 11, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Jan 12, 2012 and ends on Mar 18, 2012.
Late registration starts on Mar 19, 2012.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Developmental Disabilities:Fostering Resilience & Optimism (DD254)
Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00
Non-Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00

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