Through the Looking Glass (TLG), a nationally-recognized center for families with disabilities, is offering a new free program, called Chatterbox, for parents with learning difficulties or intellectual disabilities and their young children.

TLG describes the program this way:

 Chatterbox is a parent-child interactional therapeutic play/care group designed to give parents with intellectual disabilities or learning difficulties the tools to encourage language skills in their children through fun, engaging and interactional activities. Parents and their young children under the age of three, will participate in morning snack, themed circle time with songs, arts and crafts, sensory motor activities, book time, outdoor fun, parent group (kids separate for child focused developmental activities), lunch and closing song. The group is run by a special educator, speech and occupational therapy consultants and a family clinician all with specialized training and experience working with parents with intellectual disabilities.

Happening every Tuesday morning from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, the program includes a morning snack, lunch, books and diapers–all for free.

To participate, parents must be Oakland residents with children under 3 years of age.  For further information, contact Thao Chung at Through the Looking Glass at 510-815-6957.

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