Developmental Differences Resource Fair
One thing families with children with special needs all know is
that more challenges often come along with a diagnosis.
This year's Neighborhood Parents Network's Developmental
Differences Resources Fair will focus specifically on empowering
families to take on some of those challenges, NPN Executive
Director Melanie Schlachter says.
The breakout workshop sessions planned at this year's fair will
focus on challenges involving school, home and community, she
The school workshop will focus on school transition and will
provide a road map for school options. Parents can expect to get
expert advice on education, no matter where they are in the
education process, she says.
The home workshop, led by Tuesday's Child, includes a parent
panel that will share behavior and family dynamics tips to help
families make the home environment happy and healthy for everyone,
The community workshop, led by Leep Forward, will help families
discover the best and most inclusive activities for their child,
along with tips for making treks out of the house more successful.
Checklists and resources will be available to make life easier for
families, she says.
The free fair is open to the public and attracts about 90
exhibitors ranging from therapeutic services to education and
enrichment help to retail stores all geared for families with
"I think it is truly a unique event," Schlachter says. The
resource fair is now in its third year and draws more than 350
people with a variety of special needs.
Chicago Parent, which publishes Chicago Special Parent, is one
of the sponsors of the event. The new issue of Special Parent is
available Feb. 17.
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