Parent Support

Being the parent of a Gifford student is a unique and rewarding experience. It is also really challenging.  Every other month during the school year, Gifford parents come together to share ideas, offer support, and brainstorm solutions to complex issues.  Parent support groups are facilitated by our Clinical Director Peter Rosenmeier and offer insight into a variety of topics such as: social skills, coping skills and emotional regulation, anti-bullying, social media, and life transitions just to name a few.  This year, we've had two groups so far:

November 29, 2017 - Encouraging Independence

Gifford kids need extra support. They depend on their families, yet need greater independence and autonomy.  What a bind!  November’s support group looked at the process of growth and individuation for kids who have special needs. Developing skills, understanding strengths and vulnerabilities, and building communities of support outside the home were all important themes in the discussion.

January 24, 2018 - Teaching skills, what works?

HOW to teach skills to kids with significant emotional, organizational, and learning deficits is one of our biggest challenges.  In this session we explored the need to focus on specific goals, and develop consistent interventions across the home and school day. We also brainstormed the use of a variety of cognitive, pragmatic, and multi-sensory strategies in teaching skills.

Coming up!  March 21, 2018 - Behavioral AND Clinical

Please join us. We will be discussing how behavior management systems and clinical supports weave together to support the best functioning for our students.  


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