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A Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Sessions will be focused on providing support to one another, learning healthy coping behaviors & stress reduction techniques, problem solving challenging behaviors, and sharing resources.

When? 6 Wednesdays; April 2, 9, 23, 30, & May 7, 14 2014 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where? Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS) 123 4th Ave, between 12th & 13th St., 2nd Floor {steps from Union Sq}

Cost? $240 for the 6 week group

How do I register? Contact me via email at sonali@sonalizoracki.com or via phone at (917) 274-7248

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The new year is an opportunity to start afresh.  Did you make a resolution for 2014 that involves taking better care of yourself? Perhaps you resolved to manage your stress in a healthier way.  Research out of England has shown that it takes an average of 66 days to form a simple habit–that’s 66 days to make your resolution stick.  If you feel your resolve wavering, it may be helpful to write encouraging notes to yourself, to give yourself a pep talk, and to engage the support of family and friends so that you can stay on track.  Remember, in just a little over two months you will be closer to a healthier and happier you!

Taking Care of Ourselves: A stress reduction workshop for parents & caregivers of children with special needs

Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful.  It is important to learn to manage that stress instead of letting it manage you! In this workshop you will learn simple stress management and relaxation skills that will enable you to self-soothe.

When: Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 730-9pm

Where: Watch me Grow, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003

http://www.watchmegrownyc.com

Cost: FREE

RSVP via email to Sonali at sonali@sonalizoracki.com

Register now as space is limited!

Would you like to be sitting on a beach right now? Or perhaps walking the streets of Paris? An escape might be just what you need to recharge and de-stress.  If you do not have the luxury of getting away try using the “safe-place visualization” technique.  It is a powerful tool that allows you to soothe yourself by imagining a peaceful, safe place, where you can relax.  Your brain and body often cannot tell the difference between what is really happening to you and what you are just imagining.  If you can successfully create a peaceful, relaxing scene in your mind, your body will often respond to those soothing ideas.

Find a quiet place, free from distractions.  Get comfortable, close your eyes, and imagine that you are in your safe place.  It can be a real place or some place that you have made up.  Use your five senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste – to experience your safe place.  Stay there for as long as you like; soak it all in.

Visit your safe place as often as you need to and share this technique with others!

Parents often have to devote a lot of time to meeting the needs of their child with special needs and sometimes, the needs of siblings are either put on the back burner or go unnoticed.

Siblings may have a difficult time coping and may have different and conflicting feelings like worry, jealousy, anger, resentment, embarrassment, and even guilt for feeling all of the above.  The good news is that there are many ways that you can support your typically developing child and maintain a strong family life.

  • Help your child to understand their sibling’s disability in a way that makes sense for their age and own stage of development
  • Check in with your child about how they feel and encourage them to express themselves – consider using art to help your child express how they feel if they find words too difficult
  • Celebrate their achievements and successes – a little positive reinforcement goes a long way
  • Arrange to spend some time alone with your child – take your child to a movie, for a special meal or even for a little playground time
  • Plan fun activities that your children can do together to help strengthen the bond between them
  • Think about enrolling your child in a sibling support group where they can connect with other kids who may share similar experiences
  • If your child appears to be having a particularly difficult time, consider finding a therapist who understands the unique challenges your child is facing