Grandparenting special needs kids is focus of workshopA free informational workshop and interactive session, “Grandparenting kids with special needs,” will be held Saturday, January 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
A free informational workshop and interactive session, “Grandparenting kids with special needs,” will be held Saturday, January 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Glenwood State Bank, 2221 South Broadway, Alexandria. Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 9 a.m.
The presentation is sponsored by The Windmill Project with funding from the Community Foundation and in cooperation with PACER Center and Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association.
Featured speakers include the following: Pam Telleen, co-chair of a grandparent-to-grandparent support group in Bloomington; Brianne Leaf, director of programs for PACER Center; Crystal Petersen, coordinator of the Relatives as Parents program; Julie Zuehlke, certified in autism spectrum disorders and grandmother of a special needs child; and Gail Kulp, director of The Windmill Project and parent of a special needs child.
The format for the workshop includes ideas to help build meaningful and positive relationships with special needs grandchildren; open discussion and time to share and compare personal experiences and challenges; opportunities to ask questions; and information about resources.
The event is free and open to anyone. To register, mail information to The Windmill Project, 1205 Birch Avenue, Alexandria, MN 56308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call (320) 763-9228 or 763-7789.