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Vanderbilt Training Program for Parents of Children With Autism Announces Spring Schedule

Updated on 1/7/2009 4:16:30 PM.

Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Families First Program, a free training program for parents of children, ages 2-5, with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has announced its 2009 spring schedule.  

The spring program is designed to provide specific instruction and skills to parents, focusing on developing and diversifying play routines (January 24), adapting daily routines (February 21), and creating family activity routines (March 28).

The series is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The Families First Program is designed to provide parents with information and concrete skills for enhancing their child’s behavior in the core areas of ASD vulnerability. The program recognizes that parents are the experts when it comes to their own children and is designed to ensure that parents desiring help for their child with an ASD will have a way to get that help.

The 2009 workshops will take place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in room 241.  Free on-site childcare will be available on a limited basis. Registration is required at:

For information contact, or call (615) 343-4275.

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