Starting in September, the Children's Museum of Tacoma together with the Exceptional Families Network’s support group SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, will host a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
For parents, the informational family nights will include: parent networking, coffee and a featured speaker in the museum’s program room addressing topics related to special needs. Children will have the opportunity to have a sensory-friendly and supported play experience in the museum galleries with trained volunteers and museum personnel.
Programs will take place this fall on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m., beginning in September and running through December, 2012. Event dates are: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
In September, an Occupational Therapist will be on hand to talk about the purpose of play. In October, the discussion will focus on self care and wellness for parents. In November, a topic related to communication and friendships will be addressed by a Speech Therapist. The December program will be a fun holiday social gathering for the entire family.
The program is free, but pay-as-you-will donations will be gladly accepted to help offset program costs. Parking on the street is free after 6 p.m.
To review upcoming speakers and topics, visit the Exceptional Families Network at http://www.exceptional-families.org and click on Events. Meeting details and schedules are also available from SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at http://www.special-families.org You c.an also find EFN and SFPC at http://www.facebook.com/exceptionalfamiliesnetwork and http://www.facebook.com/specialfamiliespc. Learn about the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at http://www.playtacoma.org.