Special Needs Care Workshops - Vista Points


Executive Director, Darlene Kemp, MPH, MBA, is pleased to announce that Vista Points Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center will be hosting three specialized workshops for people living with a disability and their caregivers.

Loretta Leda, Public Relations Manager, is coordinating these workshops. “Many caregivers and people with disabilities are often looking for services available to them that can offer a social outlet, or calming therapies, giving them all a better quality of life.”

These are a unique blend of therapies and resources to offer support and quality of life for the caregiver and the person with special needs, or a disability.

The speakers are professionals in their field who are passionate and dedicated to achieving a healthier community, from children to seniors.

Margaret (Maggie) Bailey, 200RYT, will be speaking about the benefits of yoga for people living with a disability. Bailey works with people with special needs, cancer survivors and is studying to work with Veterans and others who experience PTSD.

Mandy Sutton, MS, NCC, will offer an interactive session of laughter yoga and is a counselor for seniors. She will give a brief overview about the benefits of laughter yoga for anyone, anytime.

Katherine Goforth is a Music Therapist, Board Certified, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, works with all populations utilizing music for calming, memory and other benefits.

Blythe Mayfield is a Registered Art Therapist and will be sharing the benefits of art therapy as a calming, uplifting and fun social activity.

Sarah Hathcock, ASID, will speak about the spatial footprint for children and

for seniors. If you have a child with special needs she will give you tips and techniques to create a calming room and to keep them safe. If you have a loved one with dementia, she can help with functionality for their movement and comfort.

Jeannie Harrison, RN, will be sharing about essential oils and the plethora of health benefits for all ages. Case studies have demonstrated the life-enhancing benefits offering a new level of wellness through a mainstream approach which is naturally safe for the whole family as well as pets. Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, help someone focus and/or elicit powerful emotions, as well as the memory.

Workshop Dates, Times & Locations:

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:30 am – 12 pm, The Walden Club, 633 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, will be the Children’s Special Care Needs Workshop (sorry no daycare). This event is for parents of children with special needs and/or disabilities.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5001 Hixson Pike, Hixson, will be the Special Needs Care Workshop for people with Mental Health issues and/or their caregivers.

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:30 am – 12 pm, Concord Baptist Church, 7025 E. Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, will be for Seniors with Special Needs and/or their caregivers.

R.S.V.P- by calling: 1.888.422.4076, or visit their website,

Please leave your name, phone number, which workshop you will be attending and if you are a caregiver or have a disability. We will contact everyone to confirm.

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