Parent Workshops and Support Groups


  • Offer parent workshops designed to increase understanding and use of practical strategies at home about a range of disabilities.

  • Offer a Parent Hotline to answer questions and address parents’ concerns with phone and email access

  • Review testing and assessments with parents and provide direction for next steps.

  • Hold monthly CHADD meetings for parents of children with ADD and Executive Function issues.


Several times a year we offer parent workshops. This past year in February, in honor of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, we scheduled a viewing of a video about dyslexia called The Big Picture. The video was followed by a parent panel and discussion. We felt that we had a positive impact on the families and students who attended but we had no idea how profound that impact was until we heard from a parent a few days later: “Now I understand my child’s disability. I didn’t realize he could make something of himself until I saw the movie and heard from doctors, lawyers and even a politician with dyslexia about overcoming their challenges. It completely changed the way I view my son. Instead of feeling disappointed I have hope for the future. With support from the SHEMESH learning center and encouragement from his family…. he can achieve his goals! I hope that other families get to see this video too, so that it can affect them in the same way! Thank you SHEMESH!”

“SHEMESH keeps raising the standard for excellence and for helping the parents of the community understand their children and help them.”


“Thank you for bringing such high quality and worthwhile speakers to the community.”


“As a parent, I found the presentation to be extremely informative. I truly feel it will assist me and my husband in becoming better parents and raising more successful children. Thank you.”