The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
November 3, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Training on Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP)
  • Care Giver Support Group
  • Parent Education Classes on Autism offered through Children's Hospital
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Training on Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP)

    Using the IFSP to do a great job and prove it!

    The Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP) invites

    • Early Intervention providers
    • Famliy Resouce coordinators (FRC)
    • School district staff
    to join the following discussion and training event.

    Wednesday, November 5
    1:00-4:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center,
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy.

    The IFSP is the foundation of all services provided for children eligible for early intervention services.
    Join the presenters as they explore how to use this document to be intentional and accountable in implementing the IFSP.

    Presented by Lead FRC Christi Louro and Kris Slentz, of WWU Early Childhood Special Education.

    Other training events planned by the ITEIP program include:
    Tuesday, December 9th:
    Whatcom Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)
    12-1:30 p.m.
    1321 N. Garden St.
    A panel of parents will share their experiences with the IFSP process from the family perspective.
    Tuesday, January 27th: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Functional Outcomes and the
    Early Intervention Team
    March 24, 25, 26
    Parent Coaching in Early Intervention

    For Questions please call:
    Christi at the Opportunity Council 734-5121X 209

    Care Giver Support Group

    Weekly meetings offer support and skills for self nurturing.

    The care giver support group continues to meet weekly. Participants have a supportive environment and an opportunity to learn skills that help them nurture themselves while caring for their family members.

    There will be three more meetings this year- November 5, 12, and 19.

    All parent and family care givers are welcome to join the group.

    Please register first by calling 360-715-0170 X 304.

    Parent Education Classes on Autism offered through Children's Hospital

    Two levels of information and depth are offered throughout the year.

    Autism 101 is an introductory class for families of newly diagnosed individuals. It is offered several times throughout the year.
    The next class will be November 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    The Autism 200 series is a series of more in-depth classes on specific topics such as communication skills, behavioral skills, social skills, medication and legal aspects.
    Classes are taught by rotating faculty members from Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, along with professionals from the community.

    The next Autism 200 class will be on "Day to Day Functions" on November 20, 2008

    Follow the link below for more information about the classes, times, location and video conferencing options.

    Information is also available by calling 206-789-2306.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Drama Class-- Care to Join?

    Drama Class-- Care to join?

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for sessions
    that will begin this month!
    Here is an opportunity to learn all about personal safety and awareness.
    Presented by
    John Davis, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 302

    Care Giver Support
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Weekly Group Meetings for parents and other family members who are primary care providers.
    Facilitated by
    John Davis, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    November 8
    Parent to Parent
    Helping Parent Training

    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Information contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 X 1

    November 10
    Training Opportunity with Michael Callahan

    1:00-5:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    For information contact Vicki McClure at
    360-676-6742 X 32243 or

    November 10
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

    November 15
    Psychological and Psychiatric Problems in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities Workshop

    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Presented by: Dr. Ann Uherek, Psy.D.
    The Theater (Bldg. 1600) at
    Shoreline Community College 16101 Greenwood Ave N
    Shoreline, WA 98133
    To register: contact Kristin Ihrig at: or 425-339-4828

    November 21
    Community Meeting to address the Services for Children with Developmental Concerns

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Information contact Margaret Jahn, PHN at
    360-676-6742 X 32098
    RSVP by Nov. 14 Contact Janice at
    360-676-4593 X 50804 or

    November 24
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact: Jessica
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    November 27 and 28
    Holiday Closure

    The Arc of Whatcom County will be closed both days for the Thanksgiving Holiday
    The office will reopen 9:00 a.m. Monday December 1.

    December 6
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

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