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Texas Autism Collaborative Offers Free Parent/Teacher Training in April

A free seminar on April 10 will provide help and resources to families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Stress and grief, seeking and applying for resources and/or aid, navigating the special education system, insurance, therapeutic treatments, social isolation, transition and future planning are just a few of the challenges these families face.

The Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) and Easter Seals East Texas/Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center have partnered with FACETS (Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support), Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living to produce “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Family’s Journey.” The free seminar will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1318 Memorial Drive in Bryan. Childcare will be provided by Project Sunshine; attendees must RSVP to reserve a place for their child(ren) by emailing Rose Mason at rosemason519@neo.tamu.edu or by calling (979) 776-2872.  

Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) is a team of professionals, including a licensed psychologist with LSSP credentials and advanced doctoral students, that provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, autism diagnostic evaluation and screening. TAC also offers intensive early childhood intervention clinics during the year for children ages 2-5 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

For more information about the Texas Autism Collaborative and the services offered, visit http://txautism.tamu.edu/

Texas Autism Collaborative Offers Free Parent/Teacher Training in April

A free seminar on April 10 will provide help and resources to families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Stress and grief, seeking and applying for resources and/or aid, navigating the special education system, insurance, therapeutic treatments, social isolation, transition and future planning are just a few of the challenges these families face.

The Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) and Easter Seals East Texas/Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center have partnered with FACETS (Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support), Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living to produce “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Family’s Journey.” The free seminar will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1318 Memorial Drive in Bryan. Childcare will be provided by Project Sunshine; attendees must RSVP to reserve a place for their child(ren) by emailing Rose Mason at rosemason519@neo.tamu.edu or by calling (979) 776-2872.  

Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) is a team of professionals, including a licensed psychologist with LSSP credentials and advanced doctoral students, that provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, autism diagnostic evaluation and screening. TAC also offers intensive early childhood intervention clinics during the year for children ages 2-5 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

For more information about the Texas Autism Collaborative and the services offered, visit http://txautism.tamu.edu/

Brazos Valley CHADD Hosts Monthly Support Meetings for ADHD Children & Adults

The Brazos Valley Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Brazos Valley CHADD) organization is a local support group committed to effectively addressing the needs of those diagnosed with and affected by AD/HD, a condition that affects between 3-7% of school-age children and between 2-4% of adults.

BV CHADD’s vision is to provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential outlet for sharing with peers who have gone through similar experiences and to offer resources, speakers and literature that is otherwise not readily available. Members are able to regain some control over their lives through the group’s shared understanding and by assuring those supporting the AD/HD child or adult that they are not alone.  

Separate monthly meetings are held for parents and adults with AD/HD. The Parent Support Group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.; the Adult AD/HD Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. All meetings are held in Room 111 of the annex building of Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 State Highway 6 South in College Station.  

For more information and to register for free childcare, contact BV CHADD at brazosvalleychadd@gmail.com or (979) 209-0421.  

Pink Alliance Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Twice Monthly on Tuesdays

Pink Alliance meetings offer a safe, inviting environment that allows breast cancer patients to share feelings and concerns and to receive emotional support through small group discussion. Meetings feature guest speakers on special-interest topics for breast cancer patients while providing practical advice, information, supplies and publications.

Meetings are free and open to all breast cancer patients or survivors within the Brazos Valley, regardless of where they are receiving or have received treatment. No pre-registration is required.

Breast cancer survivors Patricia Gerling and Linda Cerami serve as program plan-ners and co-facilitators, with support from board members of the Pink Alliance. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments and informal social time is followed by a guest speaker and group discussion. Meetings are held in the Travis B. Bryan Community Room of The Bank & Trust, 2900 S. Texas Avenue in Bryan near the Tejas Center.

For more information: pinkalliancegroup@gmail.com; Patricia Gerling, (979) 224-3813; Linda Cerami (979) 690-2592; www.PinkAlliance.org.