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HELPING RIVERINA FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES

Free workshop to be held in Wagga Wagga to help parents deal with the emotions associated with having a child with a disability

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WAGGA WAGGA, MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2015 – For families with a child with a disability, the last thing on parents’ minds is the importance of looking after themselves.

A free one-day parent workshop will be held in Wagga on Wednesday 11 March. It is called ‘Riding the Waves’ and is designed to encourage parents to spend some time focusing on looking after themselves.

Shiva Otim from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the workshop would have immense benefits for parents and carers from throughout the region.

‘The workshop will provide an opportunity for parents to meet others in the same situation, in a warm and friendly environment’, Shiva said.

‘Through a series of discussions, parents will be able to develop strategies to deal with complex emotions, as well as develop strategies to encourage relaxation and taking a break.

‘There will also be an art activity which will help parents be creative and at the same time unwind. It will really be a valuable workshop to help parents and carers look after themselves, when they devote nearly every waking hour to looking after their children.’

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of children with a disability in the Riverina region to attend the free day-long workshop. The information provided could be life-changing’, she said.

The free workshop will be held at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Wagga centre, 38 Murray St, from 9:30am-2:30pm on Wednesday 11th March.

Registration is essential by 4th March. To register, contact Shiva Otim on 02 9975 8816 or sotim@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 16 Feb 2015