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Workshops for Parents

Becoming A Self Sufficient Young Adult: How Parents Can Help Promote Independence In Their Young Teenager with Special Needs

There is no time like the present to help prepare your child for the future! Join us for this informative workshop for parents of preteens and young teenagers as we take a look at the skills needed to develop independence as adults. Because self-sufficiency is learned via instruction and practice, adult independence needs to be planned for and taught. Much of this practice takes place outside the school. Learn how to look at your child's present abilities and determine where you want them to be as adults. Then, develop a plan to get you there!

Effectively Managing Your Child's Behavior

Learn to deal more effectively with your children. The focus is on parenting children with developmental delays/disabilities, with suggestions to address the needs of all children in the family. This workshop emphasizes understanding the causes of problem behavior, the reinforcements for behavior, communication styles and valuable strategies for successful parenting. If both parents in the family are able to attend, the chances for
successful implementation of these ideas multiply!

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Toilet Training--Working Toward a Painless and Successful Transition from Diapers to Toilet

Gain new insight into the toilet training process to equip you with the skills to help your child achieve success. Specific issues that affect children with special needs to become toilet training are discussed, although the information is applicable to any child.

Transition to Preschool Workshop

Public preschool is just around the corner for your child who will be turning 3 years old within the next 12 months. Learn about the educational laws affecting the services your child can receive, by understanding the identification and evaluation process, creating an IEP, parental rights and obligations, and NJ procedural safeguards. Handouts and Q&A included.

Support Groups for Parents

Down Syndrome Parent Support Group Quarterly meetings held in host family homes throughout Monmouth County. Each meeting has information, support and socializing and a guest speaker. Topics include: medical issues, social relationships, behavior, long-term goals, inclusion, housing, NDSS conference reviews, and much more. This group is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this group, please call 732-747-5310, ext. 117.  MEETING 10/29/15 at FRA, 7:30-9:00.  Growing up with a sibling with Down syndrome. Words of wisdom direct from adult siblings.  RSVP to

Meeting of the Moms of Young Children with Down syndrome This group provides parents with the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to families with young children, such as coping with the diagnosis of Down syndrome, and dealing with family members, friends and the community. Questions regarding medical concerns and developmental milestones are answered as well. Parents share ideas, parenting successes and community resources that have been helpful. The group meets monthly in a host family's home. Information, support and play time for the kids are part of each meeting. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this group, please call 732-747-5310, ext. 117.

Winter 2015: Februry 19th, 7:30 - 9PM - We will discuss the newly passed Able Act and what that means for your child's future.  We will have a presentation by Ann Martinelli, Family Advocate and FRA parent.  "Keeping High Expectations:  How to Best Advocate For Your Child In The Schools and In LIFE".   Please RSVP to

Support Group for Parents of Children with PDD/Autism Receiving a diagnosis of PDD for your child can be overwhelming and frightening. Finding your way through the maze of information and services is difficult to negotiate alone. To address the many concerns of parents of young children on the Autism spectrum, FRA hosts a quarterly meeting at the FRA office. At each meeting, a particular topic is discussed, often with a guest speaker. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this group, please call 732-747-5310, ext. 117.

Parents of Children with Multiple Impairments FRA offers a monthly support group for parents of children of all ages with multiple disabilities (including medical issues, seizures, visual impairments, etc.). The group combines discussion and peer support for a valuable experience. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of every month from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm at FRA.