Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD; Ben Zequeira-Russell, PsyD
Families come together for healthy and meaningful purposes. The modern family is challenged by life’s realities even under the best of circumstances. Sometimes unforeseen challenges occur, such as having a child with special needs. Establishing and growing a perspective of family strengths lays the foundation for negotiating the inevitable ups and downs, as well as individual issues, such as sleeping, eating, aggression, and social development. We will provide a lifespan developmental perspective which includes a historical perspective of family dynamics, a review of the science underlying how humans function, ideas for promoting marital health, developmental stages through case examples, with video, and how to use the DIR model template to make meaning of the best parts of individuals and families. This Workshop has relevance for both professionals and parents who will be included in the dialogue during the presentation.