Parenting Class Offers Resources, Support for Parents with Special Needs Children

Published on: January 28, 2013

A local mother is sharing her knowledge and first-hand experience with learning differences in childhood development during an eight-week parenting class offered through Lone Star College-Montgomery’s continuing education department.

Beginning February 6 through April 3, the class (Parenting Class #12787) will meet Wednesday nights, from 6-8 p.m., in the college’s General Academic Center (Building G), Room 224. The cost is $89.

The class offers an inside look into how kids learn. The topics covered will include growth and learning, motor function, strengths and intelligences, interventions and therapies, support systems, and more. Anyone with developing kids, especially those recently diagnosed with learning differences or special needs, are encouraged to attend.

“I’ve been blessed with the resources and time to work with therapists, doctors, teachers, and our school system,” said class instructor Gayle Fisher, who’s from The Woodlands. “I want to share what I have learned, to help parents save precious time, to help them prioritize what to do to get their children's learning back on track.”

Fisher, who holds a master’s degree in education, has two children on both sides of the learning spectrum—a daughter who is gifted and a son with special needs.

“Parents of special needs children can get overwhelmed and want to hide, but that’s not best for the child's learning,” said Fisher. “The class is as much science-based as it is educational theory-based. There are a lot of things you can do at home to help learning. It’s all about empowering families to help their children’s strengths come out.”

For more information about the class or to register, contact Donna Smith Burns, program coordinator for continuing education, at 936.273.7446, or Donna.SmithBurns@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.