How do you know whether your child’s behavior is normal teenage rebellion or something more serious? And if it is something more, what resources are available to you
Those questions are the focus of a new series of parenting class that kicked off this week at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, designed to assist families with special-needs children.
“It came about because we have offered a variety of parenting classes in the past for more normal kids, and then realized that there were parents that had additional challenges with raising kids with special needs,” said Ana-Marie Schaefer, fitness director at the YMCA.
The free series, which takes place 7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 3, will include presentations by several local mental health experts such as Dr. Skip Baker and Dr. Peter Gero. Topics that will be covered include attention deficit disorder, personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders, among others.