Developmental disabilities, which can include autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, amongst other challenges, are of a neurological nature and, therefore, lifelong conditions. As a person caring for a child or adult with a developmental disability, you face unique challenges. Thankfully, there is an abundance of services and supports to help both you and your son or daughter manage daily living – emotionally and physically. It is important for you to access available resources to avoid feelings of isolation or helplessness.
The need for caregivers to receive emotional support is of particular importance. Caring for a person who has a developmental disability can be exhausting and isolating. Breaks are necessary and recommended.
If you would like to give yourself some tender loving care, joining the BCS Family Support Group, a network of other caregivers, may do just that. Sharing experiences not only provides an emotional release, but also allows for the exchange of useful information regarding services you might not have considered.
Some of our basic group goals include:
- Recognizing similarities in parenting experiences even though our children have different disabilities, illnesses, or syndromes.
- Learning about the different emotional states commonly experienced by caregivers of children and adult children with special needs.
- Addressing issues of self-care for the Caregiver.
- Exchanging resource information between families and local service providers.
The Family Support Group meets twice-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 5-7pm. Refreshments served.
If you are interested in joining our group, please call Maria Graceffa at 718-622-9400 or email email@example.com. We would be glad to hear from you and can provide more information about the group.