“Specially Yours” is being organized to educate and empower parents

The Kern County Consortium SELPA, a division of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, will host an all-day conference geared toward parents of children with special needs on Friday, Jan. 26 at Hodel's Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Dr. in Bakersfield. Admission is just $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

 The second bi-annual conference, titled “Specially Yours,” is being organized to educate and empower parents who are struggling to meet the needs of their complex families.

 “There are very few local training opportunities geared specifically to parents about issues that may impact children with special needs,” said SELPA coordinator Lee Knotts-Martin. “Our goal is to provide an affordable means for parents to come learn from an industry expert and network with other parents and local service organizations.” 

 The conference will host Dr. Amanda Nicolson Adams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Autism Center and Founder of the Autism Center at CSU. Topics will cover:
• Social skills programs for grade school through adult
• Siblings, peers and social support for kids on the spectrum
• Understanding and supporting your child’s behavior
• Parent specific tips: toileting, sleeping, and behavior support

 In addition to the vast knowledge parents will take away from engaging with Dr. Adams, the conference will be an ideal networking opportunity wherein parents can meet and mingle amongst vendors whose missions are to serve children with special needs.

 To register for Specially Yours, visit http://kern.org/selpa. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 19.