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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
Children with autism face several challenges, so do their families. Those challenges are usually followed with questions, "How can I support my child at home?" or "What to do when they won't sleep at night? Now, a new support group in Shreveport could help them find answers to those questions.
The teacher of this group, Monica Sullivan, knows all too well the challenges these families face, her son was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old.
Christian is now 14 years old. While he is non verbal, Monica says he manages to get his point across and she manages to understand them. She says she owes some of that to a support group that helps families understand how to support children with developmental disabilities and autism.
"Autism is something that a lot of parents need that type of support," says Sullivan," The educational part, the emotional part. Even how to take care of themselves."
Monica is an education specialist with "Families Helping Families" in Shreveport. She has partnered up with the Centers for Families hoping to answer questions some parents may have about their autistic child.
She also plans to education parents about their child's education rights, as well as federal support available to them.
Clinical Director with the Center for Families, Katie Garcia, says the support group gives parents a chance to relate to each other.
"My child does that too! Just hearing that can make you feel so normal. My child is not the only one who struggles with this, and has this limitation or has this exceptionality. To be able to have those types of conversations like that with other parents I think is quite healing." says Garcia.
Katie and Monica hope to extend the olive branch to all parents of children dealing with Developmental Disabilities and Autism to let them know, they are not alone.
Group sessions at the Center for Families start October 3, 2013. They will be held from 6pm to 8pm. The sessions are $30 for the entire program, but scholarships are available. To sign up you can call 318-222-0759.
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