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Laurel Heights Hospital

Laurel Hights Hospital logo“The Acute Program is specifically designed to provide inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents ages 7 to 17 who present with co-morbid autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders.  The primary objective of treatment is to quickly stabilize the symptoms that led to hospitalization, including severe self-injury, suicidal behavior and/or severe aggression.  Our second objective is to more thoroughly evaluate a broad range of factors that contributed to the current crisis and implement treatment interventions that can translate to the community.”

“Laurel Heights Hospital’s new inpatient acute program is designed to effectively treat the psychiatric crisis of children and adolescents who present with a co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neuro-developmental disorders.   Laurel Heights Hospital is located in

Hospice of Chattanooga: End of Life Care & Grief Support

“Call in Hospice of Chattanooga when you or a loved one are faced Hospice of Chattanooga logowith a terminal diagnosis or are struggling to cope with pain.  We will provide a wonderful team of professionals to surround you and your family with care.  Hospice of Chattanooga offers a wide range of services that includes hospice or end-of-life care, plus extensive grief support programs for those coping with the loss of a loved one. We specialize in personalized care that is tailored to each individual patient and family’s unique medical, emotional and spiritual needs. Our talented team of hospice care experts will do for you as we have done for thousands through the last 30 years: we will help you navigate the challenges of managing your care, while working to ease your pain and suffering.”

RIP: Parenting That Works

Regional Intervention Program (RIP)
A FREE Positive Behavior-Management Program for Children ages 2-5
that helps parents improve their parenting skills and learn to better deal with problem behaviors such as:

  •  tantrums
  •  whining
  •  bedtime problems
  •  non-compliance
  •  aggression
    …and more…

Resource Books for Those Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Here is a list of books that have helped me as a caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s.

While I Still Can by Rick Phelps
The 36 Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins from Johns Hopkins
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s by Robert N. Butler
Life With Alz by Mildred Kay Thomas
Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers by Frank Broyles
The Hedge People by Louise Carey
Caring for Mother -n A Daughter’s Long Goodbye
When Your Aging Parent Needs Care by Candy Arrington and Kim Atchley
Sunsets by Deborah Howard
The Final Mile by Faye Landrum

Submitted by Vicki Bennett
(Thanks, Vicki, for sharing!)

Tax Breaks for Families with Special Needs

Piggy Bank sitting on top of pile of penniesThere’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the odds of winning the lottery aren’t exactly in your favor. Tax breaks, though, may be something you can bank on.  Here are some tips for families with members who have special needs. (From Military One-Source)

  1. Make sure you claim all eligible dependents
  2. Explore adoption credit
  3. Try to recoup child and dependent care expenses
  4. Explore the Earned Income Tax Credit
  5. Explore the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
  6. Find out whether you can claim medical or dental expenses

    Find out more about each option as well as find the IRS Publication where the details are found by going to

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Chattanooga Scale Modelers Show 2015

Chattanooga Scale ModelersJoin the Chattanooga Scale Modelers for their day long model show on February 7th.  LifeLine will be there with a booth to share information about our services.  If you have an interest in connecting with other scale modelers, whether your interest is model cars, trains, planes, tanks, or figures, sign up for a couple hours for a chance to go to the show and share your experiences with LifeLine at the same time.  There is no cost to volunteers.  Families are welcome to come as well to the show for make-and-take and other activities for parents/children.  Families who come as attendees must pay at the door.  For more information on the show, click here.

Price: Free Event

Date: February 7, 2015

Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, Tennessee Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 11

Special Education Rights Overview

Join us at the Hatch's House Support Group to learn more about special education services.
We will be speaking at the support group meeting for families affected by pediatric cancer at Hatch's House.   LifeLine will be sharing an overview of the services that are provided byAustin Hatcher Foundation both LifeLine and STEP, Inc.  A quick overview of special education rights will also be covered.  For more details about the support group, contact Bryan Humphreys at Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer at 423-243-3471.



Price: Free Event

Date: February 9, 2015

Hatch's House of Hope
979 East 3rd Street, Suite C-232
Chattanooga, TN
37403 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Special Education Basic Rights Workshop

stack_of_booksThis workshop is designed for parents of children in special education or that might need special education. Come and gain a working knowledge of special education laws, including eligibility for an IEP, and your role in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) and how to be an effective partner with the school team in the process.  If you have recently received a diagnosis or have a child just transitioning from the early intervention program into the school system, this workshop will be especially helpful.  This parent training event is the foundation for all of the other special education law trainings that LifeLine provides.
RSVP to 423-622-4007 or or on this page.

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Price: Free Event

Date: February 10, 2015

LifeLine, Inc.
LifeLine, Inc.
1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112
Chattanooga, TN
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 22