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Children's hospital to offer special-needs parenting classes

June 27, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is offering free eight-week Partners in Parenting workshops focused on parenting children with special needs, including developmental disabilities, special health care needs including Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or emotional disturbances. The specialized group parenting classes help teach parents how to focus on their strengths, set appropriate expectations for their children as well as specialized and effective discipline strategies.

The workshops meet for eight Sundays starting July 1, with two different sessions available from 3 - 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 - 6 p.m. at Golisano Children's Hospital, located at 9981 Bass Road in Fort Myers. Parents who complete all eight classes (no special order required) will receive a certificate of completion.

The Partners in Parenting workshops feature lessons focused on positive discipline from the Nurturing Parenting Program, authored by Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D.

The workshops help parents:

* Manage their child's behavior without spanking or shouting

* Learn effective communication skills

* Establish nurturing routines for meal times, bath times, bedtimes, chores and homework

* Understand the exceptional child's effect on typical siblings

* Gain a sense of personal power and feel good about themselves

* Enjoy their families and have fun together

Free child care is available during the workshops.

For more information or to register to participate, call 239-343-6468 or email Child Advocate



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