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Special Workshops


Building Speech Skills

Strategies for Parents to Improve Their Child’s Speech and Language
Lanterman's Koch-Young Resource Center and Pasadena Child Development Associates present a a two-hour workshop for parents to learn how to promote their child’s speech skills. Gain ideas you can incorporate in daily life and playtime with your child who is between the ages of birth to 5. Learn how to build off of your child’s interests and your family’s regular routine to motivate and support your child in finding his or her voice.


Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask

This presentation for parents of teenagers and young adults with Dr. Nora Baladerian, Ph.D, Certified Sex Therapist, and Dr. Peter Alsop, Ph.D., will provide answers to a number of sexuality related questions that parents may have. The presentation is scheduled for August 20, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Music Together: A Parent and Me Music Series

Lanterman presents Music Together, which brings together families in sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. Music is learned through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of very young children from 2 to 4 years of age. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers participate at their own levels in family-style classes of mixed ages.


Nuturing the Development of Young Children with Dr. Tom Pomeranz

What we know is that early intervention for children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities can have profound impact on improving quality of life. In this session Dr. Tom Pomeranz will discuss a variety of strategies that can easily be utilized to promote and facilitate the development of young children with intellectual and other
developmental disabilities.

Outside the realm of typically utilized interventions e.g. OT, PT, Speech/Language, Tom will discuss the importance of such stategies as thinking out loud, non-contingent touching, floor play, selecting toys that maximize learning, supporting participation in all aspects of childrens’ lives, proactively responding to behavioral issues and many others. Tom will also explain the importance of compensating for the fact that many children with intellectual and
other developmental disabilities “don’t push back” and therefore, parents must shape the behavior to support their child's independence.

This session is intended for parents and professionals involved with children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, ages birth to 5 years of age.


Playgroups for Children Birth to 5

Quality play time with parents can lead to improvements in skills such as communication, engagement, sensory awareness, cognitive ability and creativity. Each session of the parent-child playgroups will run for six weeks and will provide caregivers with play strategies and tips for engaging children with special needs to make playtime more fun and meaningful as well as exposure to a variety of types of play and ideas for low-budget activities that can be done at home. Parents and children can practice their play skills in a supportive setting. Sessions are conducted in English and Spanish concurrently for various age ranges between birth and 5 years of age and at various days and times to accommodate the needs of the community.