August Special Needs Newsletter

Conference Focuses on Family Balance

The Balance Conference for Special-Needs Families taking place Aug. 16 and 17 in Pacific Palisades features one day for fathers and siblings of children with special needs, and another day just for moms. It will include information on meditation and mindfulness, roundtable discussions with therapists, nutrition information and a drum circle and beach walk for teens and tweens with special-needs siblings. Conference fees may be covered by Regional Centers. Learn more ….

  • A (Twice)

    Exceptional Film

    2e: Twice Exceptional, a documentary now out on DVD, tells the story of students from Studio City’s Bridges Academy, who struggle with learning difference but are also highly gifted. Read on ….

  • STEM3 Marries Learning

    Differences, STEM Education

    The STEM3 Academy opening this fall via The Help Group brings a STEM-based curriculum to high school students with learning and social challenges but also intellectual gifts. Get details ….

  • Autism Swim

    Adventure Club

    Lessons and recreational swim for kids with special needs. Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Gonzales Park Aquatic Center, Compton. Free.

  • Back 2 School

    Resource Fair

    Get school supplies and enjoy entertainment and a skateboard clinic for kids with special needs. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 8. Compton. Free; RSVP required.

  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    Family Fun Day


    Bring Frisbees, Hula hoops, sand toys and other items to enjoy a day with family and friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9. Alondra Regional Park, Lawndale. Free.

  • Braille Cooking Demonstration

    Braille Institute instructors will cook and hand out recipes and teach adaptive cooking techniques. 1-1:30 p.m. Aug. 13. OC Fair. Free with fair admission.

  • Club 21 Wild West

    Annual Meeting

    Enjoy food, fun, dancing and learn a little about this organization for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Club 21, Pasadena. Free.

  • Pasadena Loves


    Reading screenings and information on early signs of reading troubles and navigating the IEP process. Aug. 29. Pasadena. Free, advance scheduling required.

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