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Strong Children ~ Strong Communities Conference slated for March 1

Updated: March 24, 2014 6:03AM



Good Shepherd Center’s 23rd Annual Strong Children ~ Strong Communities Conference is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, according to a news release from the center.

This event is one of the largest bilingual conferences in the Chicago area, featuring many individual workshops in both English and Spanish to provide parents, child-care workers and educators with educational and support information targeting topical issues regarding children with and without developmental disabilities, the release said.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Brian R. King, a five-time bestselling author and life coach for parents of children with autism/Asperger’s and ADHD, the release said. In his interactive presentation, King will introduce the six core needs of every human being. His presentation will provide specific, usable and concrete guidance on how to create a trusting relationship, according to the release.

Attendees also can choose from a variety of individual workshops. Topics include supporting young children with a lot of energy or ADD; creating a safe environment; keeping the kids safe in transit; best marketing tips for your program; stress management; knowing your rights as a provider; multicultural music; raising healthy children; sign language and more, the release said.

Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch. Preregistration is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.

To register, visit www.gscenter.org or contact Maggie Keane at (708) 957-2600, Ext. 226.

Early Intervention trainings hours; continuing education units (CEU) and Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) credits all are available that day.

Sponsorship and exhibit table opportunities are available.

For more information, visit www.gscenter.org. For sponsorships, contact Good Shepherd Center development director Kristen Bonk at (708) 335-0020, Ext. 20.

Good Shepherd Center is a Hazel Crest-based multiservice agency serving children and adults with and without disabilities, as well as their families, according to its website.

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