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Parent Mentors share advice for families of students with special needs: ‘Behavior Strategies to Help Parents’

Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an informational session on Thursday, December 8, part of the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. Behavior specialists of GCPS’ Special Education Department will present Behavior Strategies to Help Parents.” Managing behaviors at home can be very difficult for parents and caregivers. This presentation will provide families with behavior strategies to employ in the home environment, helping to provide consistency in behavior interventions and strategies across the home and school environments.  In this session, we will identify behaviors that are perceived as problematic, the four main functions of behavior, and some tips and techniques for addressing behaviors.

This monthly learning series is designed for families of children with disabilities, and presented by the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors in collaboration with GCPS' Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations. Spanish interpretation services are available.

Two sessions will be held for families on December 8. An in-person session will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd., NW, in Suwanee, in the Central Gwinnett Room (2.111) in Building 200. A second session will be hosted on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Please register using the appropriate link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Click the link to register for the in-person session at 9:30 a.m.
  • Click the link to register for the Zoom session  at 6 p.m.  

A Parent Mentor is a parent who works within GCPS' special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children receiving special education services. Parent Mentor Dawn Albanese has first-hand knowledge of raising a child with special needs who receives special education services in GCPS.

Questions? Contact Parent Mentor Dawn Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at