The Family Workshop Series is designed to provide in-depth information on topics related to supporting family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

These workshops provide valuable information from experts in the community, at no cost to attendees.  In addition to broadening your knowledge on a subject, the workshop series offers an opportunity for family members to expand their support network.

This winter, the Family Workshop Series brings many new workshop topics.  The Family Support team at the St. Louis Arc surveys workshop participants to learn more about the topics that would be helpful to family members in the future. New workshops are then incorporated into the next season’s calendar.

We have several new workshops debuting this season:

Each year spaces for summer programs fill up earlier and earlier.  Attend our “Summer Recreation Programs” workshop on Thursday, February 2 to learn more about what options are offered this summer.  Representatives from the Recreation Council and the St. Louis Arc will be on hand to answer questions and help family members prepare for registration.

Also new this year is “Promoting a Positive Image of People with Disabilities” on
Thursday, February 23. Family members have shared that it’s often hard when they are approached by people in the community who want to know more about their family member with a disability. This workshop will provide families the tools to talk confidently about disabilities with the focus on capacity and personal strength, while also being able to advocate for necessary supports.

In March, we welcome Paula Berry, Project Construct Coordinator to present “How Children Learn in a Constructivist Classroom”. Project Construct, the curriculum implemented at Childgarden, is derived from the belief that learning is a lifelong process in which learners construct knowledge through interactions with their physical and social environments. Listen and ask questions about how a child learns in a constructivist classroom. Hear what the research is saying about the benefits observed as these children move on to elementary school and eventually out into the workplace.

Register Today

Our first workshop of the season kicks off on Monday, January 30! Click here to access the full 2017 Winter/Spring brochure, and don’t forget to RSVP for these free workshops.