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Hand to Hold Discussion Series: What about healthy siblings?

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Balancing life with children can be a struggle for any parent. Juggling work, school, extracurricular activities, and managing a household all at once isn't easy.

But what if one of those children has special health or developmental needs? How does one maintain balance between caring for a special needs child and caring for a healthy child. Is it wrong to feel guilty?

These are the types of questions parents can find answers to in Austin non profit Hand to Hold's free quarterly discussion series, to be held Sunday, May 15, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This quarter's topic asks, "What about healthy siblings?"

Learn more about Hand to Hold.

At the discussion, a panel of experts will review not only the issues that face children who have siblings with special, chronic, or developmental needs, but also how parents can find balance and support all of their children.

Parents will leave with a better understanding of the struggles healthy children face being part of a family with a special needs sibling. Panelists will give practical suggestions on how to effectively support healthy siblings, as well as suggestions on how parents can make special sibling time, find balance, and free themselves from guilt associated with parenting children with different needs.

Panelists include:

Khris Ford - LPC and founder of My Healing Place
Anne Claire Hickman - Child Life Specialist, Dell Children's Medical Center
Vanessa O'Dell - Social Worker, Dell Children's Medical Center
Emily McElmurry - Trained children's art therapist and teacher
Joan Richburg - Adult sibling and PT in Leander ISD

For more information, visit Hand to Hold's website.

What: Hand to Hold Quarterly Discussion Series: What About Healthy Siblings?
When: Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church
Cost: FREE

Dinner served by Buster's BBQ, with dessert by Rise and Shine Bakery.

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