Family Workshop

The 2018 Family Workshop Series provides individuals, family members, and people within the community an opportunity to learn more about a wide range of subjects, all for free! This spring the Family Supports team is offering more than 20 workshops to choose from.

The first workshop for spring will be held on January 31:

Summer Recreation Programs

Wednesday, January 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Recreation Council is the central resource for leisure, recreation, and camps for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities of all ages. The St. Louis Arc offers summer volunteer/work programs for teens and young adults ages 13-21 with a developmental disability. Find the right opportunity for your family member! Registration for summer programs begins soon and fills up quickly! Don’t miss this chance to find the right summer program. Presenters: Susan Fleming, Executive Director, Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis St. Louis Arc Leisure Staff


For families with young children, or who are expecting their first child, this workshop held at Childgarden is perfect:

Tiny Baby, Small Budget, Smart Mama

Thursday, March 29
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location Note: Central West End
Do you know your annual budget for diapers? What about formula? Or kids clothing? Do you want to lower those expenses? At this workshop you will learn easy and practical ways to save money on all things related to raising young children, with a particular emphasis on how you can save as a St. Louis parent! You will learn how to find good quality used clothing and toys, which can easily save you hundreds of dollars each year. You will also learn how to save money on St. Louis kid-related activities like the Magic House and Zoo, and how to sell your used children’s items to make the most profit. Presenter: Sarah Luderer, Author and parent of two children at Childgarden


The Arc is excited to welcome Aaron Likens in April:

Aaron Likens Understanding Autism from the Other Side of the Wall

Wednesday, April 11
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Aaron Likens was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 20. Over the past nine years, Aaron has become a published author, accomplished public speaker, and avid blogger. He has given over 900 presentations to more than 85,000 people. He uses these avenues to share what it is like to have autism. This is a unique opportunity to get a better understanding of how it feels to have autism, what types of issues and challenges people with autism face, and how to interact with someone on the autism spectrum.

Presenter: Aaron Likens, Easter Seals National Autism Ambassador


Download the complete Family Workshop Series brochure and RSVP today. For more information, please email Brianne Smith at  or call 314-817-2216.

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