Families dealing with autism prep for summer

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. School is coming to an end and for families dealing with a child with autism summer poses a new set of hurdles.

While school's normally provide support and structure during the week, summertime means families don't have the help they're used to.

But at a picnic Thursday, STRiVE took the opportunity to educate some local families about other options that exist to help alleviate some of the stress.

"What we're trying to do is develop those programs for the children and for the parents so they understand that it's exciting, not scary," says Director of Children's Services for STRiVE, Sarah Sharp.

STRiVE and The Parenting Place of Western Colorado offer several weekly and bi-weekly programs for parents and kids including:

- Summer camps
- Independent living courses
- Classes and support groups
- Movie nights
- Brown bag lunch events

For more information, contact Jennifer Cutts at (970) 244-5526

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