Adult Transition Education provided for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Charlotte, NC – Several Latino families were benefitted and educated about the plan that they should follow when their children who are disabled or with special needs reach adulthood.
The information presented at the workshop that MIRA USA and the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) offered in the city of Monroe on Saturday, July 29th.
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During the seminar, Teresa Peña, ECAC educator, took the participants on a walk through from when the child starts school until graduation, and the importance of the parents and the school getting involved in the process.
“The plan for transition to adulthood should begin at age 14 when the child enters high school,” said Peña.
In the workshop, parents learned that they should encourage their children to do tasks that will help them become independent, and that when they become adults can help them obtain a job or take a course.
One of the beneficiaries of the workshop was Norma Recillas, a Mexican mother of a 14-year-old girl with autism and a 16-year-old girl with “Asperger’s,” a condition of the autistic spectrum.
“I learned a lot of things that I did not know, and I think I have more tools and information to help my two teenage children more,” Recillas said
While the parents attended the interesting talk, their children were in an alternate room where several young “Miraists” helped to distract them with crafts and games.
The event, which lasted two and a half hours in the conference hall of the Monroe Public Library, is the second to be held this year in a series of three workshops to educate parents of children with special needs that MIRA USA has coordinated and completed the work of its volunteers.