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Wisconsin Family Ties to Host 'Fun Day' for Families with Special NeedsSubmitted: 04/17/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

Wisconsin Family Ties to Host 'Fun Day' for Families with Special Needs
Photos By Kailey Burton

MINOCQUA - In the Northwoods it can be hard to find help for special needs children. But in April especially, families affected by autism shouldn't feel alone. April is World Autism Awareness Month.

In Minocqua families can find a helpful retreat. On Sunday April 28th, Wisconsin Family Ties will host a family fun day at the Waters of Minocqua.

Caregivers and children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges can come for workshops, and a chance to network.

"I think it's especially needed up here in the Northwoods because there are not many events like this for families who have kids with emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorders or autism," said Jackie Baldwin, a Wisconsin Family Ties Parent Peer Specialist.

Baldwin specializes in bringing families together with the resources they need. She knows an early diagnosis and proper support can help a lot.

"When you know what you're dealing with, and you know what the outcomes can be, and you know how to help your child, what better way?" she says.

Workshops will focus on trauma-free crisis intervention, tools for caregivers, and transitioning special needs children into adulthood.

There will also be child care available for special needs children.

For more information contact Jackie at 715-605-2097 or email her at Jackie@wifamilyties.org.

They're also looking for more child care volunteers.

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