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Free workshop to explain autism to parents

Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center is holding a free parent training workshop, “Explaining Autism to Your Child,” on Friday, 6:30 p.m. in the Statesboro YMCA conference room.

Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center is a Statesboro-based, non-profit organization that regularly offers parenting workshops, support groups and speaker for civic groups.

According to local pediatrician and behavioral pediatric specialist Michelle Zeanah, M.D., autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 2.5% of Georgia’s children.  A better understanding of autism assists these children, their siblings and their classmates.

“This event will equip parents, caregivers and teachers with developmentally appropriate tools to explain autism to children,” said Zeanah, who serves as executive director for the Resource Center.  “Parent training workshops are designed to help parents better understand how their children perceive the world.”

This month’s resource group will be led by Kyleah Boyd, a master’s level social work intern for the Resource Center. “Patient education is important. Children often do not understand adult conversations about autism. We are helping to fill this knowledge gap,” said Boyd.

“My goal for this parent training is to equip parents with appropriate books, videos, and other resources in order to effectively answer questions that their child may have related to their diagnosis, whether the child is recently diagnosed or has been diagnosed for several years,” Boyd said. “Assisting parents with navigating these tricky topics improve self-esteem, confidence and age appropriate understanding what is going on inside the brain.”

An autism caregiver’s emotional support group meets on the first Thursday of each month at noon. Additionally, the Parent Resources Group meets on the second Friday of each month at 6 p.m.  Both meet at the Statesboro YMCA. Childcare is available for those programs but should be requested in advance at

For more information about these events or the Behavioral Pediatrics Resource Center, visit the organizations website at




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