My Childs Journey

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Are you the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with autism?

Do you need help securing services and support?

Do you want to learn how you can help your child suceed at home, at school, and in the community?

Please come learn how you can help to support your child, as well as share your experiences and knowledge with a supportive group of parents, by joining our My Childs Journey™ parent group.

We hope you will be a part of this learning community where providers learn what parents NEED, and parents learn, and get advice and access to resources, that can help your child be successful NOW!

This parent group is FREE of charge and no insurance is necessary. If you have a child diagnosed, or in the process of being diagnosed, with Autism we want to help you help your family.

Family Service of Greater Boston

31 Heath St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Referral process: Anyone can refer or self refer.

Session Dates: Tuesday 9/29/15- Tuesday 11/24/15, 11:00am-1:00pm

Mencia Lopez MS, BCBA

In-home Behavior Services Supervisor

617-824-5947

MLopez@fsgb.org

Family Service of Greater Boston helps families address challenges and reach their maximum potential. Our counselors work directly with children, adolescents, adults, and families to promote self-sufficiency, healthy behaviors, and overall well-being.

About My Child's Journey

Family Service pursues five overarching goals in our delivery of children, youth and family services. Children and youth will:

  • Have safe, nurturing, and positive homes and community environments
  • Have healthy attachments, supervision, and appropriate expectations in their relationships with parents or other caregivers
  • Develop healthy social and emotional competencies
  • Have healthy coping and resiliency skills

Parents and caregivers will have the necessary skills in parenting, enhancing family functioning, and communication.

My Child's Journey seesk to expand Family Service's capacity to reach a greater number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and relatred behavioral diagnoses; particularly those unable to access services due to poverty, lack of adequate insurance or medical necessity constraints. This population is concentrated in Boston public schools and inner city early education centers, with which Family Service has clinical support relationships and are important referral sources of children and families in need of services. It is essential to engage these children and caregiveres in systematic, developmentally appropriate activites that increas socially significant behaviors; functional communication/social skills, effective peer ineraction and daily living skills; and decrease nproblem behaviors: aggression, tantrums and destructive behavior.

For most families these challenges are daunting and often delay timely intervention that might slow the progress of developmental disabilities, and/or position children to benefit from clinical and educational support. Often, cultural traditions and economic circumstances may prevent parents from seeking professional help for their children – out of shame or a concern that external intervention may be detrimental to the children. Family Service's deep experience in addressing the needs and cultural challenges of this population is particularly advantageous.

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