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Workshops on Parenting From accessAbilities, Inc.

You learned what to expect when you were expecting, but what can you expect when your little bundle of joy arrives? accessAbilities, Inc., a leading Early Intervention services provider, is here to help with a parent workshop series funded through a grant from the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital (ACMH) Medical Staff Fund, an affiliate of the ACMH Foundation.

The goal of the parent workshop series is to provide information and practical tips to support families in successfully navigating the developmental stages and challenges of early childhood from infancy through the terrible twos.  Parents will have the opportunity to share their experiences, ask questions, and learn how to best enhance their child’s growth and development.  Each session will be led by a developmental specialist with experience in the field of early childhood education.

On September 15, 2011, the workshop will focus on healthy play, understanding and reinforcing the motor development of infants and toddlers.  Topics include gross and fine motor skill development, the importance of play and movement, choosing age appropriate toys and activities, and how to effectively incorporate play into a child’s life.  The next session, to be held October 6, 2011, will focus on language and literacy development.  Participants will learn the stages of language development, how to choose books for young children, and simple ways to encourage language and learning.

All workshops will be held at the Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church in Ford City, PA at 5:30 p.m.  Free child care and refreshments will be available.  For more information please visit www.accessAbilities.org/parentworkshops.asp. To reserve your seat, contact Amanda Newcomer at (724) 832-8272, ext. 1021.

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