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Howard County, “GROWING UP IS HARD TO DO: HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES OF GROWING UP WITH ASD”

October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

Growing Up Is Hard to Do: How to Help Your Child Navigate the Challenges of Growing Up with a focus on puberty and adolescence in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented by Barbara Obst, RN, MS, Co-Coordinator SHNIC at Kennedy Krieger.

This event is part of the Howard County Autism Society monthly speaker series. For more information, please visit http://www.howard-autism.org/.

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