Joy for the Journey Bible Study, September 22

Thursday, September 22 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Bethelview United Methodist Church, 4525 Bethelview Rd, Cumming, GA 30040


Our monthly Bible Study is led by group member and pastor, Rev. Nancy Johnson. This is a regular Bible Study held monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00pm until 8:30pm. This particular event is for the women in our group (special needs moms/grandmoms/female caregivers in our group), but those outside our group are also welcome – please bring a friend!

For our women’s study, we will be using a study book to guide us. The book is entitled: Healing from Brokenness (despite the title of the book, there is no implication that we, our families, or our children are “broken”) This group will focus on encouragement for finding joy while living this journey. You are not required to order the book. You may attend without it and just follow along while you are there. But if you desire to, we encourage you to order the book for less than $10 at this site:

A great big “THANK YOU” to Rev. Nancy Johnson “Nancy” for leading this group. Nancy is pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Roswell. She and her family live in Forsyth County. We also want to send a huge “THANK YOU” to Rev. Ken Hagler and Bethelview United Methodist Church in Cumming for allowing us to meet monthly at their facility off Bethelview Road. We are thankful for you both!!! ♥

We hope many moms can make it out to the Bible Study as we share together and encourage each other!!! See you there! 🙂


Parent Meetup, September 12

Parent Meetup, Monday, September 12, 12noon-2pm

Coffee/Lunch Hour at Starbucks (big Bucks) Exit 13 across from Collection

Whether you are new to the special needs community, or you are a long-timer, come out to meet other parents in our group as we share together. We are here to listen and encourage. We want to share together information and resources to help each other find support along the journey! Hope to see you then!

(we have the large table reserved for our group)

Movie Night Social – August 22 at 5:30

Our August meeting will be a Movie Night Social at the Library.

What: Movie Night Social (we will view Temple Grandin)
When: Monday, August 22, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Post Road Library Meeting Room, 5010 Post Rd, Cumming, GA 30040
Please RSVP to if you are able to attend. We will provide bottled water.
Our August meeting will be a Movie Night Social at the Library. Join us for a viewing of the inspirational movie, Temple Grandin, followed by a time of sharing. We have the library room from 5:30pm-8:00pm and the movie is almost 2 hours. We will show the movie first and should have about 30 minutes afterward for interacting and socializing. If you’ve never seen the movie, you are in for a treat! If you have, you are welcome to join us to see it again. [Sorry no childcare is available].
Sharon Howell & Mary Kathryn McDonald

Join us for Colors & Coffee on Monday, April 18

What: Colors & Coffee: Parent/Caregiver Meetup Social
When: Monday, April 18, 2016 10AM-12PM
Where: Post Road Library Meeting Room

This is a meetup/social event for special needs parents/caregivers. Coffee and Water and Napkins will be provided. Please bring a small treat to share (does not have to be homemade). Bring your “grown-up” coloring books and colors if you like that kind of thing. You can bring a craft or other activity if you like. We are going to sit and chat with one another and sip coffee, munch on yummies and color if you feel like it. You may bring children, but no childcare is available. If the kids are not happy it is okay to leave early – you also may arrive after 10 – very casual event. Hope you can come out and hang with us!

March Meeting- ADHD: Practical Goals and Strategies

March Meeting

ADHD: Practical Goals and Strategies

Monday, March 14, 2016

6:30pm – 8:00pm

at Post Road Library, Cumming

Join us as we receive a special visit from Dr. Bonnie Cohen-Greenberg from BCG Learning Center.

Has your child either been diagnosed with ADHD or displayed ADHD-like symptoms? If so, it is not surprising because something that’s going to affect the brain and cause one developmental outcome may also cause a second developmental outcome. We see this all the time with students who have learning disabilities, and now we have learned something that most parents of children with autism already know – about 30% of young children with autism also show signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is a rate that’s three times higher than it is in the general population. When a child or adolescent has ADHD-like symptoms, it is essential to have collaborative, goal-oriented support where parents, children, educators and any other professionals who are involved work together to identify the goals and then develop the necessary strategies to reach these goals. It is important for students and families to learn about the nature of the disorder and its management. Often strategies that work for your children without ADHD don’t work for people with ADHD. In this presentation we can offer a brief overview of ways of helping your child with the practical activities of daily life in an organized, goal-oriented, and timely fashion. Dr. Cohen-Greenberg has taught students with learning disabilities in a variety of public and private settings. She worked as an educational evaluator for the City of New York in 1979, where she assessed students to determine whether or not they had a learning disability. She is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists. Bonnie has been in this field, in many different capacities, for over 32 years. She is now joined by writing coaches, early intervention specialists, and tutors who specialize in all of the secondary level content areas at BCG Learning Center. Everyone on staff has an extensive background in working with ADD, LD, gifted, and alternative learners.

We hope to see you there!!!! 🙂

Please RSVP if you will be there to

Sorry, childcare is not available.

Meet & Share Monday – February 29 at Starbucks

Join us Monday, February 29th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Starbucks across from The Collection (exit 13) for our Meet & Share Monday group meeting. The address is 435 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, Georgia 30041.

Whether you are new to the special needs community, or you are a long-timer (like me 🙂 come out to meet other parents in our group as we share together. We are here to listen and encourage. We want to share together information and resources to help each other find support along the journey! Hope to see you Monday evening, Feb. 29!

Please RSVP below and let us know you are planning to be there so we can save you a seat!

October Meeting: All About Supported and Customized Employment Services

October meeting of the Forsyth Autism and Special Needs Support Group

Topic: Supported and Customized Employment Services

Date: Monday, October 12, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Vine Community Church, 4655 Bethelview Road, Cumming GA 30040 (turn into Silver Leaf Subdivision off Bethelview Road)

Our speaker, Nathan Heald, MSW, comes to us from AADD All About Developmental Disabilities. Nathan is the Supported Employment Manager at AADD. He will speak about supported and customized employment services, address some of the potential ways of funding services like these, and try to give us a little bit of guidance as how to navigate state funded services. There will be handouts on these services as well.

AADD is located in Decatur. Find out more information about AADD at their website,

Please RSVP to if you can attend!!!

Sorry, childcare not available

September Meeting: Vision Therapy

September Meeting: Vision Therapy
hosted by Pediatric Vision Development Center in Cumming
Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Pediatric Vision Development Center in Cumming

*** This month’s Meeting will be held at the Pediatric Vision Development Center in Cumming! (located near CiCi’s Pizza on Ronald Reagan not far from The Collection)

Vision Therapy: Beyond 20/20

Did you know that the way you process what you see can affect your reading skills? It’s called VISION PROCESSING. Just because your child has 20/20 vision, they could still have VISION PROCESSING issues.

17 Visual Skills are needed for success in reading, academics, and sports!

Some of those skills are:

  • Eye Tracking – eyes following a line of print
  • Eye Teaming – two eyes working together as a team
  • Binocular Vision – simultaneously blending the images from both eyes into one image
  • Accommodation – maintain clear eye focus when reading
  • Visual-Motor Integration – eye-hand coordination

What is Visual Perception / Processing?
The ability to interpret and understand what you see.
Difficulties occur when the brain inaccurately receives and reads the visual cues sent by the eyes.
Individuals may process information differently and need a specialiized learning approach and vision therapy.

Meeting Location:

Pediatric Vision Development Center

2920 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Suite 104

Cumming, GA 30041

Phone: 770-904-0979

Please RSVP if you will be there to

Sorry, childcare is not available.


We hope to see you there!!!! 🙂

August Meeting: Best Practices for Handling Problem Behaviors hosted by Therapyland

This month’s meeting will be a MORNING meeting graciously hosted by Therapyland! They will provide a speaker on behavioral issues and best practices for handling problem behaviors. At the end there will be an open forum for discussion on specific topics parents may have. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
**Meeting will be held at the Therapyland facility
** Meeting will be in the morning on August 25th (a Tuesday) at 9:00AM

Meeting Location:

Therapyland, 6505 Shiloh Road, #100, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Please RSVP if you will be there to

Sorry, childcare is not available.

We hope to see you there!!!! 🙂