Caregiver Education and Support
Children’s Behavioral Health – Ireland Center presents a 10 session supportive parent education group for parents of children with difficult behavior. This group meets on specified Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The program is an evidence based parent education program which features activities to promote positive brain development in children birth to 18 years, activities to foster positive parenting, self-nurturing, family nurturing time, and home practice exercises. We address behavior symptoms such as ADHD and oppositional or defiant behavior.
This group provides an opportunity for parents or guardians to learn new attitudes and skills designed to reduce family friction while supporting one another. Certificates of completion are provided at the end of each session including a program completion certificate for successfully completing all 10 sessions.
CHILD CARE IS NOT PROVIDED
*Refreshments served. Registration is required to ensure adequate space and materials.
Each Saturday, September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.
(No session on October 29, 2022)
Register or call 205-638-9193
Children’s of Alabama
1600 7th Ave South, Lowder Bldg.
If you arrive after the start time, please call 205-638-6405
No admittance after 10:15 a.m.
Parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder can add extra stress and obstacles that are often not recognized by others. At Children’s Behavioral Health Ireland Center (CBH-IC) located in the McWane Building, we have established parent workshops to address the unique issues of raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Workshops aim to empower caregivers by giving them knowledge to better understand their child and to teach essential skills to help care for their child’s individual needs. An action plan is developed by the caregiver in each workshop that is tailored towards their child and specific situation so they can immediately start intervention. We have found it beneficial for the families to be able to have a plan to put into place at home to help make their child more successful and improve quality of life for the whole family. We hope that as caregivers attend the different workshops, they gain the experience to be able to apply strategies they learn to new issues they may face.
The service is available to the community for any caregivers of a child or adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It also is a great supplement for families already receiving treatment at CBH-IC or in the community by helping to maximize the success for their child. It also can be helpful for families waiting for an upcoming CBH-IC appointment.
Parent workshops are offered every 1-2 months. The specific topics of each one rotates, though important, foundational topics will repeat yearly (e.g., “What is Autism?,” “Using Visual Supports,” etc.).
The Autism Caregiver Empowerment (ACE) Workshops include:
- Important suggestions for improving a child’s daily success.
- Ways to help caregivers learn new skills to address the individual needs of their child with autism.
- Time for parents to collaborate in supportive groups.
- Opportunity for caregivers to apply the provided information to their individual needs and create a unique plan for their child with autism.
For more information about upcoming workshops, go to ACE (PDF).
*Additional Information regarding Caregiver Education and Support can also be found Helpful Resources page.
Upcoming ACE Workshops and Registration
Accessing and Advocating for School Services: Help for Caregivers of Youth with Autism
September 10, 2022–November 12, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
To learn more about ACE Workshops and how to register, call (205) 638-9193 at our CBH-IC main office.