Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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UMass Amphitheater 
333 South Street
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Shrewsbury, MA 01545-4169

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Valarie Whiting, PhD.





Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid

by best-selling authors Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian

Presented by the DDS Speakers

Tuesday, March 6, 2018



On a perfection-preoccupied planet, imperfect sisters, speakers, authors, mothers, housecleaners, blah, blah, blah, Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian, dare to openly speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities (one with Asperger’s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder).

This refreshingly frank and enjoyable presentation, based on their best-selling book, “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, a Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children” (Random House, August 2010), has participants laughing out loud and celebrating the joys, gifts, and milestones of special children. Participants will learn –

  • How laughter can be a powerful coping technique.
  • How to deal with insensitive people.
  • How to get your children the services and the support they need.
  • How to help break stigma.
  • How to see the joys and gifts in raising special children.

The Massachusetts-based authors speak at parenting, mental health, and educational conferences around the country and have been featured by CNN and in several national radio and print media outlets.  They are creators of a worldwide Facebook community with 900,000 special needs parents, caregivers, and clinicians from around the world.