Re­sources for par­ents of chil­dren with spe­cial needs

Record Observer - - News - By BON­NIE LAR­RI­MORE

While we take this month of April to cel­e­brate the “Month of the Young Child,” I would like to high­light young chil­dren with spe­cial needs. My, name is Bon­nie Lar­ri­more and was the proud par­ent of a child with mul­ti­ple dis­abil­i­ties. I work for The Par­ents Place of Mary­land, a cen­ter for fam­i­lies of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. I am the Eastern Shore Re­gion Ed­u­ca­tor, and I live in Queen Anne’s County. I pro­vide one-to-one as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies con­cern­ing spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion and health care ad­vo­cacy.

In April, we are cel­e­brat­ing the Month of the Young Child which fo­cuses on the early learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of young chil­dren. We are here to help par­ents to be sup­ported, in­formed and, most of all, be­come the best ad­vo­cates for their chil­dren.

Par­ents cen­ters help fam­i­lies to bet­ter un­der­stand their chil­dren’s dis­abil­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional needs, to com­mu­ni­cate more ef­fec­tively with schools and re­lated pro­fes­sion­als. We also help them to ob­tain ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices for their chil­dren with schools or other agen­cies and to con­nect with the com­mu­nity re­sources that as­sist chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

I look for­ward to as­sist­ing our fam­i­lies and youth to achieve their vi­sions and dreams. For more in­for­ma­tion, call me at 410-928-2079 or visit www.ppmd.org.

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