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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
All Day

Spalding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL


Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Spalding Pastoral Center
419 NE Madison Ave, Peoria, Illinois
Registration 8:30-9:00am
Conference 9:00am-3:00pm

On a perfection-preoccupied planet, sisters Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi, dare to openly speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys, and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities (one with Asperger’s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder). This refreshingly frank and enjoyable presentation, based on their book, has participants laughing out loud and celebrating the joys, gifts, and milestones of special children. Participants will learn –
• How laughter can be a powerful coping technique.
• How to deal with insensitive people.
• How to get your children the services and the support they need.
• How to help break stigma.
• How to see the joys and gifts in raising special children.

Gina (Terrasi) Gallagher (the sister afraid of failure) is a Hatch award-winning copywriter and speaker who provides writing and strategic consulting services to several of New England’s leading businesses. The mother of two daughters, Katie and Emily, Gina resides in Marlborough, MA, with her husband Michael and countless dust bunnies. Patricia Terrasi (the sister afraid of success) is Director of Family Services in the Developmental Services Division at Advocates, Inc. The mother of three children, Julianne, Jennifer, and Michael, Patricia is a strong advocate for wearing white after Labor Day. Gina and Patty are co-authors of the best-selling parenting book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children; creators of a nearly one-million strong worldwide Facebook community; and past recipients of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Heroes in the Fight Award for advocating for those with mental illness. They speak at parenting, mental health, and educational conferences around the country, have been featured by CNN, and in national radio and print media outlets.

The Conference is for adult family members & caregivers of children (birth-22) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Service providers & educators are also welcome.

Click here for complete event brochure and registration details: Family Conference Brochure 2018 Final