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Local ARC to host workshop

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Advocacy Resource Center will be hosting a three-day training workshop for parents or guardians with family members living with autism, Asperger's syndrome or pervasive developmental disorders.

According to master trainer Debbie Vansant, the workshop is designed to teach parents how to communicate and work with their children living with disabilities.

"Topics that we will be focusing on will be communication problems, behavior development strategies and sensory integration," she said.

The Judevine-certified master trainer said parents and guardians will learn important information about such key issues as sensory integration.

"If a child is hyper-sensitive to sound, that is going to set off this type of behavior," Vansant said. "We will teach them how to handle that situation if, say, the fire alarm goes off."

An informative overview of autism will also be included during the three-day workshop for parents and guardians who have family members recently diagnosed with autism.

"We will go over what it means to have autism and details about the developmental disorder," Vansant said.

Child care will be provided for those families who wish to attend.

The workshop will be held from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. May 10-12 at the Albany ARC Training Center, located at 1319 West Broad Ave.

Training will be provided by Judevine Autism master trainers Vansant and Sonia Prescott. The free workshop is open to the community.

To register for the workshop, individuals can call (229) 888-6852, extensions 350 or 357.