This is for all of Rhode Island Parents to know.
Cranston had a SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) Meeting last night and gave a free Seminar that was offered by SibLink at Hasbro. It is for Siblings of children with a disability such as Autism, PDD, LD. The experience is for the child to have an ability to connect with similar peers that have feelings like "not as important as my sister who has a feeding tube" or "My brother always has tantrums and my mommy and daddy only give him all the attention and I don't get much time" or "A child who gets A's on her report card hides them because she is afraid to show her successes knowing her brother is unable to do well and she doesn't want to make him feel bad". I was very impressed with the concept. NOTE: The Autism Project has partnered up with this kids support group.
One parent questioned pairing up her family disability with exposing her child to another childs. It was a fair question. I know there are already some similarities they all share, but she was concerned her child would be overwhelmed and confused. Dr. Lobato, Ph.D., explained everything and opened many parents’ eyes to the lost sibling that is not Spec. Ed. and suffers in many ways.