Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction For Parents of Kids with Special Needs
April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 19, 2020
Is your mind spinning with to-do’s and follow-through’s as you do the best you can for your child with special needs? Do you feel overwhelmed and isolated by the intensity and unpredictability of your family life? You are not alone and these struggles do matter. At CEA, we connect and build up parents just like you.
Through education, support, and targeted mindfulness training, parents raising children with special needs experience large reductions in stress and improvements in overall health—benefits that impact the entire family. In fact, children have shown better functioning, less stress, and increased social skills. All parents of children with special needs are welcome and will benefit from this course. Mindfulness practice is putting your own oxygen mask on first so you can help others!
Join us for a seven-week course based on the Vanderbilt University curriculum designed specifically to target stress reduction through training and mindfulness for parents of children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities. Fee includes seven classes led by skilled guides who understand special needs family dynamics. Participants receive an insightful resource manual as well as meditations and mindfulness practices on CD/DVD and for download on a personal device. Upon completion of the course, participants will be invited to join our Practice Group which meets regularly for support in maintaining our shared practice. Practice outside of class times will ensure maximum benefit to participants and their families.
Meet Our Facilitators:
Kate Biederman, OTR/L, NBC-HWC, has a passion to support children and their families’ ability to learn, grow, participate successfully in their daily activities, enjoy one another, and create lives filled with health and happiness. She is a certified health coach and has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years. She currently serves as Clinical Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at St. David’s Center where she has worked for over 22 years in a variety of roles including occupational therapist in the outpatient clinic, Autism Day Treatment Program, and on multidisciplinary assessment teams, as well as a Yoga Calm teacher, a health coach, and the Wellness Program Coordinator. She has been both a participant and an assistant facilitator for the MBSR course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has a mindfulness practice that supports her deeply.
Amy Wink, MA, SLP has devoted her career to serving young children and their families. After earning her Master’s Degree in1995, Amy worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist for non-profit organizations in Illinois and Minnesota where she gained experience evaluating, treating, and supporting young children and their families affected by autism. Amy had the joy of watching children and families thrive when provided support, education, and opportunities for connection. Amy’s love of this work led her to the school setting, where she currently works as the Autism Resource Specialist for an ECSE program in the West Metro. Amy has participated in formal mindfulness courses and experiences the positive impact of mindfulness practice within her daily life.
Jennifer LeGrand Reiter has worked in the arts community for over 20 years. A Minnesota native and graduate of College of St. Benedict, she has worked with Ordway, Guthrie Theater, and Walker Art Center. The diagnosis of her daughter with ASD shifted her focus to creating more opportunities for inclusion for people with disabilities via arts and parent education.
She is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking Class 30, an innovative leadership training program created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is a current 2019-2020 MN LEND Fellow focusing on how mindfulness can be a powerful tool for parents of Neurodiverse children. Reiter has been studying meditation and yoga with local instructor Coleen Elwood for 3 years. She has participated in two of CEA’s MBSR for Parents of Kids with Special Needs.