“Surviving the Holidays” Q&A Session Launches Admission-Free Autism Q&A Series

Autism Q&A SessionHoliday celebrations such as Thanksgiving can be difficult for children and youth with autism and their families. To help these families prepare for the holiday season, the nonprofit Birchtree Center in Newington launches a series of admission-free “Autism Q&A” sessions on November 12, 2014, with a session entitled “Surviving—and Enjoying—the Winter Holidays.”

From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. that evening, Executive Director Sandra Pierce-Jordan and Behavior Analyst Brianne Pileggi will be at the Birchtree Center in Newington to answer questions from parents, guardians, and caregivers about the challenges their families face during the holidays.

“We’re expecting a range of questions,” reports Pierce-Jordan. “Some families are trying to figure out how to get their child to join the family for Thanksgiving dinner; others are looking for ways to make gift exchanges meaningful for their child with autism; and others are struggling to keep their child busy during winter vacation.”

The November 12 session is the first in a series to be held on the second Wednesday of each month through June 10 of 2015. Sessions occur from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Birchtree Center at 2064 Woodbury Avenue, Suite 204, in Newington. Each session focuses on a different topic and begins with a ten-minute presentation on that topic, followed by questions and discussion. A complete list of topics and dates is available at www.birchtreecenter.org/workshops.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers of children and youth with autism are invited to attend. Admission is complimentary and reservations are requested. Complimentary on-site childcare is available by advance reservation. For reservations and more information, call 603-433-4192 or email us.

These sessions are made possible thanks to funds raised during Birchtree’s annual Benefit for Learning auction. The public is invited to attend the organization’s third-annual auction on November 15 at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth. This fun event features live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, and drinks. All proceeds benefit The Birchtree Center’s educational and therapeutic programs for children and youth with autism and their families. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.birchtreecenter.org/auction or call 603-433-4192.

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