Cherokee Nation offers free training for special needs children

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Catoosa, Oklahoma (CN) December 2010

The Cherokee Nation is offering two free training workshops on Jan. 6-7, designed to help improve the quality of care given to children with special needs.  The first workshop, “No, Not My Child,” is aimed at the parents, grandparents or guardians of developmentally challenged children, and the second workshop, “Teaching Children with Special Needs,” is directed toward teachers, school administrators, counselors and para-professionals.

“No, Not My Child” shows attendees what to expect with the birth of a special needs child and alerts them to the stages of grief parents of those children often face. The workshop also helps parents determine what type of specialized care needs to be given to their child.

“Teaching Children with Special Needs” offers educators and those who work closely with developmentally challenged children the opportunity to learn about effective ways to reach children who face unique difficulties so that they may grow to lead independent, productive lives.

Mansur Choudry is conducting the workshops. Both workshops will be at the Tulsa Hard Rock Casino and Resort, 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa. Attendees must apply by Jan. 4 and be approved by the Cherokee Nation Child Care Resource Center. call 918-453-5300.