Symposium for Parents of Special Needs Children Fifth year for popular offering by Xavier and Cincinnati Children"s

February 9, 2012


CINCINNATI, 9 Feb 2012 -- Raising children with special needs is a tough job that can also be very rewarding. That is the message of a symposium co-sponsored by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children’s and Xavier University’s College of Social Sciences, Health & Education. On Friday, March 2 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in Xavier’s Cintas Center, Tri-state parents raising children with special needs will find information, resources and networking opportunities in an effort to build family resiliency and learn to not only survive—but to thrive. Plenty of free parking is available. Registration is $25, including lunch, and can be completed online at A limited number of free admissions exist for families who cannot afford the fee. Please call 513-745-3703.


The keynote address will be given by Dr. Gary Sweeten of Sweeten Life Systems. It is his life’s work to support families raising children with special needs both practically and spiritually. He recently began mobilizing churches and community organizations to build support systems around families of children with disabilities. In this session, he will share key insights from parents and caregivers of children with special needs, and how to support them, lower their stress, and increase their effectiveness and resiliency.

Eighteen breakout sessions will feature topics such as Developing Financial Trusts, Faith and Resiliency, IEPs, Health and Wellness, Insurance Waivers, and Dealing with Grief. To see the full list, visit

A resource fair will feature 75 service agencies, community agencies, companies and professionals specializing in medical support, recreation, community programs and services, home health, financial planning and more. The event is completely handicapped-accessible. To register or to get more details, visit or contact Tom Knestrict at 745-3703 or by email at