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Special Education


Last Updated on May 8, 2018 at 1:05pm | Special Education

Garrett County Public Schools and Caring Communities are bringing a day-long respite care program to Garrett County. This training will prepare teens and adults to offer first-rate care for children who have mild to moderate disabilities in the home. Caring for a child with special needs can be a 24-hour-a-day job, with limited downtime to take care of family matters, catch a movie or just relax on the sofa. Parents of children with disabilities desperately need a break to rest, relieve stress and get re-energized. Respite care for a child with disabilities is something that every parent asks for, but few ever get.
Unlike families of typical children, who can hire a neighborhood teenager to baby-sit when they need a night out, respite care requires someone with training and confidence to tend to the child's needs. Training topics include: Role and responsibility of the Respite Care Provider (specialized babysitter), Disability information and awareness, Communication issue, Behavior management, Safety, Seizures, Assistive/adaptive equipment, and much more!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Garrett Enterprise Information Center (GEIC Building)
Garrett College
687 Mosser Road
McHenry, MD 21541
Room 103
To register, please contact Babette Smith @ 301-616-8119 or email
Caring Communities, Inc.
A 501c3 non-profit charitable organization
1341 West Liberty Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
410 549 5707
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