Social skills for children on the autism spectrum and programs supporting the entire family
When a child has a developmental or medical disability the situation impacts not only the child, but also the parents, siblings, and extended family. Family University was created in the fall of 2009 to help those closest to the child with a disability explore the dynamics among the entire family.
The Schwartz Center for Children’s expert staff, in combination with professional psychologists from Brown University and UMass Dartmouth, are providing participants with the latest information and strategies to help improve their communication, relationships, and general well being. Sessions are interactive, dynamic, and thought provoking.
Social skills groups for children living with autism spectrum disorder
Parent and sibling support
Parenting Group (5 week program): Explores the challenges of raising both typically abled children and children with special needs. Parents will receive insights and strategies on ways to improve family communication and functioning. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, professor of psychology, UMass Dartmouth.
Sibling Group (5 week program): A learning experience for the typically developing siblings of children with special needs. Sessions will teach siblings appropriate ways to express their needs and desires to their parents. Led by Dr. Richard Rende of Brown University Medical School and Butler Hospital.
Tuition discounts for Family University programs are available on a sliding fee scale upon income verification.
The Schwartz Center for Children is a partner agency of the United Way of Greater New Bedford