LifeLine™ Launches SNAP First Responder Training
SNAP – Special Needs Awareness Program
Chattanooga, Tennessee: LifeLine™ launched its new Special Needs Awareness Program (“SNAP”) on Monday, January 9, 2017, with the first of a planned multi week training for the Chattanooga Fire Department. For several years training and information on specific diagnoses or disability groups has been available to first responders, but this is the first time first responders will be trained with general disability information covering a multitude of different diagnoses, scenarios, and circumstances.
For co-authors Lisa Mattheiss and Skyler Phillips, this is a personal mission.
On Thursday evening, January 27, 2017, LifeLine families came together at our northwest Georgia FamilyShare support group and discussed ways to facilitate our children’s emotional regulation at home and at school. Lisa Mattheiss shared ideas and resources that she and Michal Jones had collected in their years of working with families in Chattanooga and northwest Georgia. You can find the notes for that presentation here. After a break, the group reconvened. Families began to share various challenges and solutions, outlining resources, strategies, and websites that had worked for them in various emotionally challenging situations. They also offered their own observations based on personal circumstances.
Here is a list of many of the ideas and suggestions that were provided by our families:
On January 2nd, 2008 I woke up in a hospital room with a small view of the rising sun. I had been up earlier that night giving birth to my first child. Hudson James Horner was born a bit abruptly as I had gotten an upper respiratory infection and had been sick for several days. That morning I felt time slow down enough for me to enjoy the momentous reality that every new mother wants to remember.
I knew I had been sick and I knew it was hard to breathe; I also knew my newborn was whisked away to the NICU because he was born premature. I only got to give him a small kiss before he left.
Many of us are in the same boat. We are raising children with special needs. The problem is, they didn’t come with a manual and there are things that happen with them that we can’t explain, medicine can’t explain, and mainstream medicine can’t always cure. Our purpose at our last FamilyShare support group meeting of 2016 was to share some potential solutions and possible alternative product options.
thu4may6:30 pm- 8:30 pmVacation Bible School Church Staff TrainingIncluding Children with Special Needs6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc.