On Saturday, November 12, 2011, the CFA hosted our 2nd annual Mother's Retreat at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Thanks to a generous donation from Stryker, the CFA was able to provide a day of education and fun for these special moms who share a common bond of having children born with craniofacial differences.
Rose Hutton, M.S. CC-A and Terrilyn Hollings Ladd, M.S. CCC-SLP from the Hamilton County School System and Claire Overmyer from Children's Hospital at Erlanger Speech Department led the morning session with a discussion on speech and hearing services offered by the local school district. They provided much needed information on the assessment process and eligibility of school aged children for Hamilton County Special Education Services.
Following a lunch break, Karen S. Glen, director of STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) led a presentation on social issues in the school system. Ms. Glen discussed such topics as the difference between bullying and conflict and how parents and teachers can help guide their children through these situations.
Following the educational presentations, the participants gathered at Ignis Glass for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Renowned glass artist Christopher Mosey and his staff assisted each mom in creating their own heirloom glass ornament. While our moms were choosing the unique colors for their ornaments, they continued to bond, sharing stories of their children's accomplishments and gaining hope and inspiration from one another's experiences.
The CFA would like to express our gratitude to all of our sponsors, guest speakers, participants and supporters who made this day possible.