Respite conference to be training, educational experience

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Shelly Birkelo
Friday, March 7, 2014

JANESVILLE—Parents raising children with special needs can learn about the latest topics in health care at seventh Annual Respite Care Conference on Wednesday, April 9.

Workshops topics will range from visual supports for children with autism to trauma-informed care, said Whitney Walraven, executive director of Family Respite Care Services for Rock County.

"This year's conference has a diversity of presentations we feel is new and rare that needs more attention. Providing that is the first step, implementing the information then lies in the hands of the beholder," she said.

The event is open to parents, providers and professionals caring for children with special health care needs or long-term illnesses.

Participants can choose what four workshops to attend between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 4224 Whilden Court.

The intent is to spread awareness of therapeutic resources available in Rock County, Walraven said.

“Between funding, therapies, waiting lists and rejections, it can be very frustrating caring for children and adults with special health care needs. Family Respite Care Services wants to assist in eliminating that stress and providing the tools and resources to alleviate the challenges they encounter,” she said.

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