Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Oct 1 @ 9:22 am
Celebrating Differences



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Celebrating Differences

.  Coping with special needs in your family?

·  Feeling overwhelmed but don't know where to turn?

·  Worried about your children's future?

Local experts will discuss coping strategies for families involved in caring for loved ones who have special needs at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium.  Topics will include effective alternatives for disciplining children, financial planning, and helping children transition into adulthood.  

A ‘Resource Fair’ where families will find additional information from a variety of local businesses offering special services for these kids. In addition, the Children’s section of the Library will have “play stations” that introduce library resources to our families.

Our speaker panel:

Aimee Benfield, certified life quality coach, licensed marriage & family therapist-associate of Serenity Family Therapy, will discuss how special needs impact family functioning and how to overcome the stress.

 Monica Piper, board certified behavioral analyst and owner of Stepping Stones ABA Therapy, will talk about handling difficult behavior.

A representative from 29 Acres will discuss this proposed housing community for adults who have special needs. 29 Acres is working toward a goal of creating a safe and dynamic supported living community where adults with autism (ASD) and other neuro-diversities can live, enabling them to build relationships, feel value, success and happiness in their lives.

Dawn D. Hallman, JD, a nationally recognized estate and tax planning attorney, will present an overview of the essential estate planning tools for individuals with special needs.  You will learn about Special Needs Trusts (first and third party settled), an estate planning tool designed for the care of loved ones with special needs, while preserving eligibility for public benefits.

Exhibitors include:

Hallman Law                                      
Cutting Edge Therapy
Hugs Café
APT G: A Place to Go                        
nonPareil Institute                                   
Upside Therapy                                       
My Possibilities                                 
Angel League                                     
29 Acres   

Please join us for this free community event - all supervised kids are welcome!" For more information, call 469-667-1185, or email